Advocates for minorities in Texas blasted the process by which the state is considering new political maps, complaining on Thursday that lawmakers are not giving poor people outside of Austin the chance to testify and the versions under consideration would discriminate against minorities.
Texas Democrats signaled Wednesday that a two-year fight over disputed political boundaries won’t end if Governor Rick Perry succeeds in getting the Legislature to permanently adopt voting maps that a federal court made for the 2012 elections.
A Latino civil rights group is asking the Supreme Court to stop Texas from using congressional districts drawn by a lower federal court in the November election because they discriminate against minorities.
The future of Texas’ voting districts is again in question after a federal court Tuesday found evidence of discrimination in new district maps approved by the state’s Republican-controlled Legislature last year.
A political race that’s catching a lot of attention in North Texas is the new 33rd Congressional District. The winner will represent parts of Dallas, Arlington, and Fort Worth.
Texas lawmakers have expressed skepticism on whether 15 elected members on the State Board of Education are enough for a state the size of Texas.
Lawyers representing Hispanic and African American groups have asked judges in Washington to make a decision quickly on whether new political maps in Texas violate the federal Voting Rights Act.
With 155 delegates up for grabs during its primary, Texas is the nation’s second biggest prize. In any normal year Texas matters, but the redistricting fight has delayed the state primary.
April primaries are all but impossible for the state’s election administrators, and if the state wants to hold primaries on May 29, they’ll need approved congressional and legislative maps by March 3.
This week three federal judges in San Antonio will start resolving one of the great political mysteries of the year: When will Texas hold primary elections and what will the congressional and legislative districts look like?
A congressman’s lawyer says the Texas attorney general has agreed to a temporary voting map that could keep the April 3 date for primary elections in Texas.
Time is running out for a minority group and the State Attorney General’s office to agree on how to draw new political maps.