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: Down the Ballot, Few Races in November

Political mapmakers have moved most of the real competition for congressional and legislative races in Texas to the March primaries. Though there will be 36 congressional races, 15 Senate races and 150 House races on the November general election ballot, only a dozen or so are expected to be truly competitive.

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 Fees for Capitol Staffer

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Midsummer doldrums have been replaced by a little suspense — about the governor's plans, a court's decisions and the Legislature's protracted debate over abortion law.

Inside Intelligence: About the Redistricting Maps...

For this week's nonscientific survey of insiders in politics and government, we asked about the redistricting issues facing the state's legislators and lawyers, about whether lawmakers will find a solution, whether maps will be ready in time for elections and who might be held responsible for the unfinished state of things.

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.