Redistricting: The U.S. Supreme Court did not indicate whether it will hear the state’s appeal of federal court rulings invalidating two of the state’s congressional and nine state House districts. No new cases were included in orders issued by the court this morning. The case was scheduled to be considered as part of the high court’s conference last Friday. The high court also did not release its ruling on the Wisconsin partisan gerrymandering case, which could have implications for how Texas draws its districts going forward.
LTGOV: The Manufacturers PAC of Texas endorsed Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R).
SD19: Stan Bates, a co-defendant in the criminal case against Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio), pleaded guilty to nine felony charges, including conspiracy to commit fraud. The former CEO of defunct frac sand company FourWinds Logistics withdrew his motion to sever his case from Uresti and another co-defendant. The three men were indicted in May. Uresti, who is not up for re-election until 2020, has maintained his innocence throughout. His trial is scheduled to begin on January 18.
HD114: Republican challenger Lisa Luby Ryan’s campaign announced she received more than $220K in contributions from around 270 donors. More than “80% of her funding was from Dallas County,” according to the campaign’s press release. She will report having more than $270K on hand as of December 31. Rep. Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) reported having $29K on hand as of June 30.
HD115: In a tweet, Democratic challenger Julie Johnson said she raised over $204K since she announced her candidacy in October. Johnson, an Addison attorney, faces Dallas attorney Rockwell Bower for the Democratic nomination against Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving).
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