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The Waiting Game

Redistricting is right where we left it last week — in the U.S. Supreme Court.

House members look at redistricting maps in the House chamber on April 27, 2011

Redistricting is right where we left it last week — in the U.S. Supreme Court.

The state asked the high court to block the use of political maps drawn by a panel of federal judges in San Antonio, and the Supremes have not yet emitted a ruling. It could come any time now.

Meanwhile, a panel of three federal judges in Washington, D.C. has asked everyone in the case to file arguments about which maps should be the basis of hearings on preclearance — the ones drawn by the Legislature or those drawn by the federal judges in San Antonio. They'll hold a pre-trial conference and gave the lawyers until next Wednesday — December 14 — to file briefs and responses. 

The next day — Thursday, December 15 — is the deadline for candidates to file if the primaries are to be held as scheduled on March 6.

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