Redistricting: A week-long trial over the state’s congressional and House districts adopted in 2013 begins Monday before a three-judge federal panel in San Antonio.

GOV: Dallas street rapper and marijuana legalization activist Yvette “Will Rap 4 Weed” Gbalazeh filed paperwork establishing a campaign committee to challenge Gov. Greg Abbott (R). According to her Facebook page, she is collecting names for people to sign a petition for a ballot position after the primaries, indicating she may run as an independent (Note: The Green Party lost automatic access to the general election ballot in November when none of its statewide candidates received at least 5% of the vote.).

HD26: Sugar Land software developer Sarah DeMerchant reactivated her campaign committee for a potential rematch against Rep. Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land) as a Democrat. Miller defeated DeMerchant, 58%-42%, in the 2016 general election.

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