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 ...

MALC Asks State to Pay Fees for Capitol Staffer

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.

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.

 

Demonstrators in favor of HB2 rally inside the State Capitol Open Air Rotunda wreathed by marching opposition demonstrators during State Affairs Committee hearings on the bill, July 2, 2013.
Demonstrators in favor of HB2 rally inside the State Capitol Open Air Rotunda wreathed by marching opposition demonstrators during State Affairs Committee hearings on the bill, July 2, 2013.

An Announcement, a Legal Fight and a Special Session

Midsummer doldrums have been replaced by a little suspense — about the governor's plans, a court's decisions and the Legislature's protracted debate over abortion law.

The Never-Ending Story

Politics is fast. Redistricting is slow. A rare set of openings has candidates wrestling for advantage at the same time that redistricting debates are raising some of the same questions that stalled the 2012 primaries.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (left), House Speaker Joe Straus and Gov. Rick Perry met with reporters on Jan. 9, 2013, the second day of the 83rd legislative session.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (left), House Speaker Joe Straus and Gov. Rick Perry met with reporters on Jan. 9, 2013, the second day of the 83rd legislative session.

Sharper Elbows in a Special Session

The comity of the regular session might disappear in a special session: The rules change to the disadvantage of the Democrats, and the agenda changes to the advantage of the governor.