State Readies for Second Phase of Redistricting Trial

Jul 9, 2014 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas is going to reopen the redistricting case left over from 2011. The first phase of the case involves the maps for the Texas House of Representatives; the second involves the U.S. House maps for 2011. The case comes at an…

Regarding the Redistricting Op-Ed by Perry and Dewhurst

Jun 10, 2013 By Paul Burka

Governor Perry and Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst published an op-ed piece on redistricting in today’s Houston Chronicle. Here is an excerpt: Following every federal census, the Texas Constitution requires the Texas Legislature to draw new district boundaries for the Texas House of Representatives, Texas Senate and U.S. Congress, which the Legislature…

Abbott’s Redistricting Play

Mar 29, 2013 By brian sweany and Paul Burka

Attorney general Greg Abbott’s push to reopen the redistricting battle that was waged in 2011 and wound up in the federal courts threatens to blow up the session. The District Court of the District of Columbia has already ruled that Republican lawmakers intentionally discriminated against minority voters while…