Redistricting: The U.S. Supreme Court will once again consider the state’s redistricting case at its conference on Friday. Meanwhile, a three-judge federal panel ruled that Tennessee’s congressional map is an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander and ordered new maps be drawn for the 2018 election. The North Carolina General Assembly has 20 days to produce new maps. The current plan – itself a remedial plan after the previous plan was ruled an unconstitutional racial gerrymander – produced seats held by 10 Republicans and three Democrats. Keep in mind that a Wisconsin partisan gerrymandering case is still pending at the U.S. Supreme Court. We’ll have more on the North Carolina case later this week.

GOV: Democratic candidate Demetria Smith has been declared ineligible after her filing fee check bounced. With the filing deadline long passed, Smith has no way to correct the problem. Smith participated in the Tom Green Co. Democratic Party’s candidate forum yesterday in San Angelo. Nine Democrats remain in the race to challenge Gov. Greg Abbott (R).

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