Tribpedia: Redistricting

Redistricting is the revision or replacement of existing representative districts. It results in new districts with different "lines" or geographical boundaries. The purpose of redistricting is to equalize population in state and congressional districts after publication of the United States census, and to ensure that minority populations are considered. 

Redistricting in Texas is mandated by the Texas Constitution of ...

Analysis: Oh, You Thought Your State Government Worked For You?

Reserved parking places awaited voters at the Hays County Government Center in San Marcos on Feb 25, 2016.
Reserved parking places awaited voters at the Hays County Government Center in San Marcos on Feb 25, 2016.

A lot can happen when you're distracted by presidential politics. The past week offered a few relatively local reminders of why politics matters. From watching taxpayer dollars to protecting democratic elections to ensuring the safety of the state's most fragile citizens, there's much more to this than just the personalities of the candidates.

Tatiana Suriano (center) and Mario Carrillo (right) of Voto Latino demonstrated in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 8, 2015, before a Congressional Hispanic Caucus news conference on the Evenwel v. Abbott case. The case dealt with a challenge to how Texas' legislative districts are drawn.
Tatiana Suriano (center) and Mario Carrillo (right) of Voto Latino demonstrated in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 8, 2015, before a Congressional Hispanic Caucus news conference on the Evenwel v. Abbott case. The case dealt with a challenge to how Texas' legislative districts are drawn.

Analysis: In Texas Case, Supreme Court Rules Nonvoters are People, Too

In a ruling on political redistricting this week, the U.S. Supreme Court made an argument for equal representation from legislators even if that means voters don't get an equal say in electing them. 

Mario Carrillo (left) and Avery Lord, both of Voto Latino, held a sign ahead of a Congressional Hispanic Caucus prepares press conference in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8, 2015. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments that day in the Evenwel v. Abbott case.
Mario Carrillo (left) and Avery Lord, both of Voto Latino, held a sign ahead of a Congressional Hispanic Caucus prepares press conference in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 8, 2015. The Supreme Court heard oral arguments that day in the Evenwel v. Abbott case.

U.S. Supreme Court Hears Texas Redistricting Case

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday over a Texas case that sought to clarify what “one person, one vote” means in American politics. 

State Rep. Trey Martinez-Fischer, D-San Antonio, grills UT Regent Brenda Pejovich at the Select Committee on Transparency in State Operations on May 9, 2013.
State Rep. Trey Martinez-Fischer, D-San Antonio, grills UT Regent Brenda Pejovich at the Select Committee on Transparency in State Operations on May 9, 2013.

MALC Asks State to Pay Legal Fees for Chief of Staff

A legislative staffer is claiming the state owes him thousands of dollars in legal fees for his role in a redistricting lawsuit he worked on for up to 16 hours a day while still collecting a salary as a full-time state employee.