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...

Election News for September 6

Voter ID: Oral arguments before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals have been scheduled for the first week of December. The state has appealed a lower court decision ruling that invalidated the state’s Voter ID law and determined that legislation passed during the...

Voter ID Stay and Other Election News for September 5

Voter ID: A divided Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals panel has stayed a lower court ruling that prevented the state from implementing its revised Voter ID law. The panel ruled that the state may implement Senate Bill 5, which was passed during the regular session, for...

Laubenberg Retiring and Other Election News for August 31

Redistricting: As expected, the state has requested the U.S. Supreme Court stay a lower court ruling invalidating nine Texas House districts pending appeal. The high court has already granted a similar stay of a decision made by the same three-judge panel invalidating...

State Seeks Stays of Redistricting, Voter ID Rulings

The state filed an emergency application with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a stay of last week’s ruling striking down two Texas congressional districts while it appeals the decision. “This is not déjà vu all over again,” the state argued. “This time around the map...

Nine House Districts Ruled Unconstitutional

A panel of U.S. district judges ruled that nine Texas House districts must be redrawn because their configuration intentionally discriminated against minorities. In Dallas Co., the court determined that the intentional discrimination it found in the western part of...

Voter ID Law Ruled Unconstitutional

U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos has struck down the state’s Voter ID law, ruling that legislation passed during the regular legislative session (Senate Bill 5) did not cure the discriminatory effect of the original law (Senate Bill 14). She issued a permanent...

State Appeals Redistricting Decision

The state has filed with the U.S. Supreme Court its appeal of this week’s federal district court ruling invalidating two congressional districts (CD27 and CD35). The state informed the district court that there would be no special session on redistricting and...

Election News for August 16

Redistricting: Gov. Greg Abbott announced the state will appeal yesterday’s federal district court ruling invalidating two congressional districts directly to the U.S. Supreme Court. The appeal is expected to be filed this week, unless the state requests and is...

Election News for August 7

Redistricting: Parties in the ongoing lawsuit over the state’s congressional and house districts were advised to keep September 5-8 open for a potential remedial hearing. The court also asked attorneys representing the state to provide their availability later in the...

Election News for July 25

HD18: Huntsville software consultant Garrett Cradduck established a campaign committee for a potential challenge of Rep. Ernest Bailes (R-Shepherd). Social media activity indicates he may be running as a Tea Party Republican or a Libertarian. However, Cradduck is a...