Early Voting concludes tomorrow (Tuesday) for the May 6 elections in most jurisdictions holding them.

Redistricting: The three-judge panel overseeing ongoing litigation over the state’s House and Congressional maps denied the state’s request to appeal to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Specifically, the state sought to appeal the court’s decision that the Legislature intentionally discriminated against minority voters when drawing the maps in 2011. The court’s permission was required because it has not entered a final order in the case. The court also denied the state’s motion to toss out claims against the 2013 maps adopted by the Legislature largely to conform with court-drawn maps. Instead, the court scheduled a five-day trial beginning July 10.

SEN: U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-San Antonio) said in a Facebook post that he will not run for Senate and will instead seek re-election, citing his positions on the Foreign Affairs and Intelligence Committees of the U.S. House.

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