Redistricting: The federal court overseeing litigation over the state’s congressional and House maps has canceled hearings scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary stay.

SD31: Amarillo restaurateur Victor Leal re-activated his campaign committee for a potential primary challenge of Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo). Leal previously announced he would seek the seat.

HD62: The Sherman Herald-Democrat’s William Wadsack reported that Rep. Larry Phillips will make “an announcement at the appropriate time” about he will seek re-election. Phillips said he is focused on the state’s storm recovery efforts. “There’s going to be plenty of enough time for politics in the future,” he said. Meanwhile, announced primary challenger Kevin Couch said he will resign his city council seat during its Tuesday meeting, which is required under the state’s “resign to run” law. Couch may serve until a replacement is named, but the council is expected to call a special election in November to fill the remainder of his term, which expires in November 2018.

HD89: Candy Noble, a Lucas community organizer and State Republican Executive Committee member, established a campaign committee for a potential race for the seat being vacated by Rep. Jodie Laubenberg (R-Wylie).

HD112: Richardson researcher Michael Devin formed a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Angie Chen Button (R-Richardson). His social media activity suggests he would run as a Democrat.

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