Redistricting: The U.S. Supreme Court denied plaintiffs’ request for an expedited hearing schedule to resolve the stay it issued on rulings invalidating several congressional and state House districts.
SD2: The Texas Medical Assoc. TEXPAC endorsed Rep. Cindy Burkett (R-Sunnyvale), who is challenging Sen. Bob Hall (R-Edgewood).
HD2: Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) announced he would seek re-election. His 2016 primary opponent, Royse City financial services manager Bryan Slaton, is seeking a rematch. Flynn defeated Slaton, 51%-49%.
HD46: District Judge Brad Urrutia granted a continuance in the criminal trial of Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin). Travis Co. District Attorney Margaret Moore requested the delay after a state witness changed his testimony, prompting her office to shelve felony charges until more investigation could be done. Dukes’s trial, originally scheduled for October 16, has been moved to December 11, but Urrutia told prosecutors that they must decide whether they will pursue felony charges by October 30. Dukes has also been charged with two misdemeanor counts of abuse of official capacity.
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