is an engagement reporter for The Texas Tribune, which she joined in June 2017 after a stint as a fellow during the 85th Texas Legislature. She graduated in 2017 from The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism. Cassi has previously reported for The Daily Texan, the university’s official student newspaper, and The Washington Examiner in Washington, D.C.
As Texans continued Harvey relief and recovery efforts last night, news broke that a federal judge in San Antonio had temporarily blocked the state's controversial "sanctuary cities" law, which had been poised to go into effect Friday.
Hurricane Harvey rescue efforts are still rolling throughout the state — and President Donald Trump is set to land in Corpus Christi this morning. Plus there's more news in Texas' years-long battle over political maps.
The Texas Legislature isn't likely coming back for an overtime round in Austin anytime soon — at least not to draw a new congressional map. But what does that mean for one of the most gerrymandered districts in the country?
With a 29-day special session in the rearview mirror, we should find out today whether the Texas Legislature is coming back for more — but this time, to draw a new congressional map for the state ahead of 2018 elections.