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...

Hearings on Hold and Other Labor Day Election News

Redistricting: The federal court overseeing litigation over the state’s congressional and House maps has canceled hearings scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a temporary stay. SD31: Amarillo restaurateur Victor Leal re-activated...

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...

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...

Two Congressional Districts Invalidated, Must Be Redrawn

Two of the state’s congressional districts were struck down by a unanimous panel of federal judges and must be redrawn: CD27, currently represented by U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi), and CD35, currently represented by U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Austin)....

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...

Dukes Deal and a Duo of Redistricting News

HD46: The Austin-American Statesman’s Ryan Autullo reported that Rep. Dawnna Dukes (D-Austin) has been offered a deal to drop the criminal charges against her if she resigns by Tuesday. “It is truly not dignifying this new low that such character assassination has hit...

Election News for July 23

Special Session: The Senate State Affairs Committee unanimously approved a bill intended to prevent mail-in ballot fraud. Senate Bill 5 by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) would increase penalties for voter fraud committed via mail-in ballots, particularly...