Redistricting: The U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily stayed the federal district court ruling invalidating two Texas congressional districts, likely placing a remedial hearing scheduled for September 5 on hold. Plaintiffs have until 3 p.m. that day to file a response, at which time the high court could decide to life the stay and allow the remedial hearing to proceed. The stay arose from an emergency request filed late last week by the state and covers the congressional decision only. The state is expected to request a similar emergency stay of last week’s decision regarding state House districts, which could postpone indefinitely a September 6 remedial hearing. In the meantime, the district court advised that the stay does not “prevent the parties from voluntarily exchanging their proposed remedial maps” or trying to reach agreement if the stay is eventually vacated.

SD31: Amarillo restaurateur Victor Leal announced he would challenge Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) in the Republican primary. In July, we reported that Leal was considering the race. He previously sought the 2010 Republican nomination for what was then an open HD87 seat, losing to now-Rep. Four Price (R-Amarillo), 55%-45%. Also in the race is former Midland Mayor and 2014 primary challenger, Mike Canon. Seliger defeated Canon, 53%-47%, in that race.

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