Endorsement and Campaign News for February 15

Filing deadline: Candidates for offices on the May 5 uniform election ballot must file by tomorrow, or by Tuesday if they wish to be write-in candidates. Early voting for the March 6 primary election begins Tuesday. COMP: The San Antonio Express-News endorsed Joi...

Ads, Endorsements and Campaign News for February 12

Early voting for the March 6 primary election begins one week from tomorrow. LTGOV: The campaign of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) released a new ad focused on property taxes. The ad repeats visual cues and the “I won’t back down” tagline that appeared in a previous ad...

SCOTUS to Hear Texas Redistricting Cases

This post has been updated since we issued our Breaking News alert. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a pair of Texas redistricting cases during its current spring term. The state appealed lower court rulings invalidating two congressional and nine state House...

Analysis: North Carolina’s Partisan Gerrymandering Ruling

A three-judge federal panel unanimously ruled that North Carolina’s most recent redistricting plan constituted an invidious* partisan gerrymander that violated the First Amendment, the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and the Election Clause (Art....

Election News for December 20

Certified Candidates: The state’s political parties were required to submit their certified lists of candidates to the Secretary of State yesterday. We have matched those final lists to our Crib Sheets. However, we have not yet received a final list of...

SCOTUS Hears Partisan Gerrymandering Arguments

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments today in the partisan gerrymandering case Gill v. Whitford. Several of the justices appeared to be amenable to some kind of test to determine whether a map is too partisan in its bias, but there was no consensus on what such...

SCOTUS Stays Redistricting Rulings

By a pair of 5-4 votes, the U.S. Supreme Court has granted the state’s requests to stay lower court rulings invalidating two Texas congressional and nine state House districts. The stays are in effect pending appeals to the high court. A panel of three U.S. district...