Election and Candidate News for October 27

Early Voting continues for the November 6 general and constitutional amendment election through November 3. Turnout continues to be very light across most of the state. Redistricting: The state of Texas filed its formal appeal (PDF) with the U.S. Supreme Court of a...

Election News for October 17

Redistricting: Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to hear “and correct a U.S. District Court ruling from August that invalidated two of the state’s 36 congressional districts.” The high court stayed that ruling last month....

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...

Partisan Gerrymandering Case Goes Before SCOTUS

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments tomorrow in Gill v. Whitford, the partisan gerrymandering case from Wisconsin that could have implications for Texas’s current districts and the way they are drawn in the future. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has described...

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...