Politics

Illustration by Todd Wiseman

State Seeks Clearance for Political Maps

Texas bypassed the Obama administration's Department of Justice on Tuesday, opting to ask a panel of federal judges in Washington, D.C., to review the state's new maps for congressional, legislative and State Board of Education districts.

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Illustration by Todd Wiseman

First Election Stop: San Antonio

That exhibition of musical chairs is contingent on the outcomes of several lawsuits filed against this or that piece of the new political maps drawn by the Legislature earlier this year.

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Campaign Chatter

The legislative session is over, the new maps have been drawn, and candidates are starting to make their decisions about whether to run, and for what offices.

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Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Rick Perry: The Democrat Years

Gov. Rick Perry, a no-apologies conservative known for slashing government spending and opposing all tax increases, is about as Republican as you can get. Except when he wasn't.

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Marjorie Kamys Cotera

Americans for Rick Perry Super PAC Files With FEC

Dave Carney, Perry's top political consultant, told the Tribune on Thursday that the Super PAC, which can raise and spend unlimited money on political contests, isn't affiliated with the governor of Texas or with his explorations of the presidential race.

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Justin Dehn / Todd Wiseman

The Pundit vs. the Professor: A Debate About Academic Tenure

Naomi Schaefer Riley, author of the book The Faculty Lounges ... And Other Reasons You Won’t Get the College Education You Pay For, and Daniel Hamermesh, economics professor at the University of Texas at Austin, debate the merits of tenure.

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Bob Daemmrich

Video: Martinez Fischer, Texas Redistricting on CNN

CNN is anticipating another redistricting showdown in Texas. The Mexican American Legislative Caucus, led by state Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, D-San Antonio, is preparing for a court battle over the newly-passed congressional map.

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Inside Intelligence: In Closing

You can let your children out of the storm cellar — the Texas Legislature has gone home. Better still, our insiders don't think lawmakers will be back in session before January 2013, when the 83rd Legislature will convene.

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Bob Daemmrich

Sine Die Report: What Survived, What Died

The Trib's been keeping track of the key issues throughout the special session. From budget measures to school finance, health care and airport groping, here's our final rundown of bills that passed, and the ones that died.

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Bob Daemmrich

The Brief: June 27, 2011

Will they or won't they? That's the question lawmakers, who seem to have met for a matter of minutes in the waning days of the special legislative session, face today on a series of controversial measures Gov. Rick Perry added to the call.

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