Bout Time II
"...The first called special session of the 83rd Legislature begins in earnest Thursday morning as the Senate Select Committee on Redistricting holds their first, and seemingly only, public meeting...."
"...House Redistricting Chair Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton, rolled out a proposed map for new House boundaries earlier this week, with substantial changes to two districts in western Travis County...."
"...Amidst the carnage of redistricting, some unsurprising news: A large number of Texans want the way the state draws districts reformed. That's music to the ears of Sen..."
"...The congressional redistricting map has finally been released by the chairs of the Senate and House redistricting committees, and it's even more appalling that Lloyd Doggett's worst nightmares – it divides Travis County five, yes five ways. And worse yet for Doggett, it puts him in a very Republican district..."
"...Political geography junkies will have to wait a little longer to see how Texas gets divvied up in Congressional redistricting. The chair of the Senate Redistricting Committee, Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, just confirmed to LegeLand that it won't happen this session...."
"...The biggest can of redistricting worms, redrawing of congressional lines, was scheduled to be opened at a public hearing tomorrow morning, but that meeting has been canceled. It has not been rescheduled yet, nor have any Senator-submitted maps been made public yet...."
"...The first official proposal for Congressional redistricting has been released. PlanC117 by Rep..."
"...Clearly, Austin Congressman Lloyd Doggett's fears that Travis County might get split four ways in congressional redistricting are not paranoia: A map of proposed state Senate redistricting released this afternoon does exactly that, threatening Austin Sen. Kirk Watson and pairing some Austinites with cities as distant as Abilene and Laredo...."
"...Austin/San Antonio Sen. Jeff Wentworth’s attempt to prevent another Tom DeLay re-redistricting fiasco continues to fall short...."
"...Under the proposal for Senate redistricting put forward by Redistricting Committee Chair Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, southeast Travis County would be put into the Dist. 21 of Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo..."
"...To the surprise of no one, the first legal volleys against the GOP-designed redistricting maps began today. The first shot, a letter from Rep..."
"...If it's Friday, it must be time for another installment in the ongoing Texas redistricting courtroom battles. This morning the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Federal Court in San Antonio has to go back to the drawing board and develop yet another set of maps..."
"...Could state Sen. Jeff Wentworth’s long-running (and long-failing) attempt to reform the Texas congressional redistricting process actually pass this time? It has at least taken the first few steps..."
"...[UPDATE: THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELED. NO WORD YET ON WHEN IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED] It was announced this morning that a public hearing on the hotly contested Congressional redistricting will be held Thursday morning at 9am, in the Capitol Extension Auditorium (Room E1.004)...."
"...Think an April 3 Texas primary is bad? How does June 26 grab you? The possibility of a further delay in primary season was raised today as the Supreme Court of the United States argued over how to resolve the redistricting debacle...."
"...I just got off the phone with Austin Congressman Lloyd Doggett, who once again is being targeted by the redistricting efforts of Texas Republicans. The latest GOP proposal would make Doggett's Dist..."
"...As if the Austin ISD Board of Trustees did not have enough on their plates, tonight they will receive a presentation showing that they will almost undoubtedly go through major redistricting...."
"...The special session of the 78th Legislature on congressional re-redistricting opened under storm clouds Monday morning -- and went downhill from there. A few moments after Speaker Tom Craddick had gaveled the House to order, Speaker Pro Tem Sylvester Turner offered a resolution formally announcing the return of the House -- and several of his Democratic colleagues immediately lined up at the back mic to challenge the motion..."
"...There were plenty of fireworks over the weekend during the marathon public hearings of the House Redistricting Committee, mostly between the committee members themselves -- who graphically exemplified the polarization found this session throughout the entire House. Democrats, in particular Laredo's Richard Raymond and San Antonio's Ruth Jones McClendon, accused Chairman Joe Crabb, R-Atascocita, and his GOP colleagues of ramrodding an entirely partisan and unnecessary exercise to remap the state's congressional delegation to their advantage..."
"...The state filed its response to an amicus brief filed by Travis County, among others, in the redistricting case that is set for hearing at the end of the week in Dallas...."
"...It's full speed ahead for congressional redistricting at the Lege. Field hearings of the House Redistricting Committee -- divided into three five-member subcommittees -- are being held today (Thursday) in Lubbock, San Antonio, and Brownsville and on Saturday in Dallas, Houston, and Nacogdoches..."
"...Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the state Capitol, redistricting has once again appeared to stalk the hallways of the statehouse. And even after months of contention over the redrawing of congressional seats, you may not have seen anything yet...."
"...Doggett followed Barrientos, excoriating the Republicans and vowing to continue the fight against redistricting, noting the four federal lawsuits already filed against the GOP plan. But Doggett added that the GOP "came after me personally" in carving Travis Co..."
"...Harold Dutton, D-Houston, has filed suit in the U.S. Western District Court of San Antonio over how Texas uses population numbers in redistricting..."
"...When did the current redistricting fight start? Arguably during the 2011 legislative session, when Republicans rammed through House, Senate, and Congressional maps that were bound to fail legal tests under the Voting Rights Act and the 14th Amendment. Or it could have been last November, when a federal three-judge panel threw out those maps and drew its own districts..."
"...It seems appropriate that the Tom DeLay trial would reach its climax last week – after all, it's time to discuss redistricting again. Austin-area Democrats did just that last week at the Central Texas Democratic Forum, a monthly affair held Downtown at the Austin Bar Association, hearing from a panel of folks knowledgeable on the issue...."
"...Nearly a decade ago (and then again in 2003), the goal of redistricting in Texas seemed to be sticking it to Democrats, and Austin in particular. Looking at Lt..."
"...In the wake of the federal court decision largely affirming the Legislative Redistricting Board's state redistricting maps, the other shoe fell. Then another shoe fell..."
"...District Circuit Judges Jerry Smith, Orlando Garcia, and Xavier Rodriguez cited prior case precedent that they must defer to the Legislature on maps until there has been a ruling of racially motivated gerrymandering. Simultaneously, however, the judges allowed the plaintiffs – who originally filed suit against the 2011 redistricting – to modify their suits to include the 2013 maps..."
"...The critique from the audience came early in the seventh meeting of the Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission, the body charged with drawing maps for the eventual 10-district City Council. James Peterson, who lives in Northwest Austin, told commissioners, "Most of the concerns ....."
"...Redistricting battles aren't just for the Legislature; the Travis County Commissioners Court took up the topic at its Tuesday meeting. After taking input at previous public hearings, consultants presented a commissioners map that would have its biggest effects in precincts 1, 2, and 3 (represented by Ron Davis, Sarah Eckhardt, and Karen Huber, respectively)..."
"..."Their goal is to cut up our community, defeat me personally, and ignore what makes Austin unique. It's another big, uphill challenge, but if we get enough folks committed and actively involved, both during and after redistricting, we can overcome their scheme."..."
"...Election law experts are split on just how significant the Supreme Court's decision this week to remand the Texas redistricting case back to a three-judge district court panel might be...."
"...Royce West, D-Dallas. "I repeat: one Democratic representative north of Houston and Austin." West was speaking of the proposed congressional re-redistricting map passed by the Legislature and now under preclearance Voting Rights Act review by the U.S..."
"...Dear Editor, There is a current push by the Texas GOP to redraw the court-ordered state redistricting map after the party lost several House seats in the recent election. Redistricting according to Texas law is supposed to take place once every 10 years..."
"...One truly unexpected consequence of the redistricting farrago has been the rise of Michael Li. A year ago, he was a campaign finance lawyer in Dallas – hardly the most headline-grabbing of careers..."
"...Supreme Court heard oral arguments Jan. 9 in the ongoing Texas redistricting case, but the short-term result is yet more shadows cast over primary season..."
"...Dear Editor, The Oct. 7 edition of your paper carried a story that spoke to redistricting as related to the actions of this past legislative session [“Get Out Your Colored Pencils,” News, Oct..."
"...Dear Editor, Re: “Redistricting: ‘Purposeful Discrimination’” by Lee Nichols [News, June 17]: Shame on the Republicans who worked on this deplorable map. Using this deceptively manipulating strategy just goes to show how low they will stoop to gain more political power..."
"...The Republican-dominated Legislature will no doubt try to preserve its majorities, but it will be tough to keep them quite as large as they are now: 89% of Texas' new growth is attributed to non-Anglos, and 65% is Latinos, who traditionally vote Democratic. Matt Angle of the Lone Star Project argues that in order to undo the damage done by the Tom DeLay-driven re-redistricting of 2003, all four of the new congressional seats would have to be drawn to empower Latinos or nonwhites...."
"...But this election is crucial for another reason that hasn't been discussed much, yet will make an impact for the next decade: the drawing of new political lines based on the decennial federal census. And if there is any group of people that knows the effect redistricting can have, it's Austinites...."
"...When is the last time our legislators worked so hard to pass or fight a bill? It's a shame they don't have so much passion for everything else. Because of the redistricting battle, many bills are pending and not making their way to Gov..."
"...As you've heard, the 2000 U.S. Census numbers are out, which kicks the state's redistricting process into high gear..."
"...Dear Editor, The independent redistricting process has been overwhelmingly successful. I hope the Chronicle will generously congratulate the city auditor and each member of the Applicant Review Panel and Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission...."
"...Austin's first City Council redistricting is quickly nearing its end...."
"...Now, with next year's advent of 10 single-member districts, hopes are high that next November, that ratio will change. The Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission has taken seriously its charge to increase minority representation, tackling the potential minority-opportunity districts first..."
"...Seven minutes. That's how long the June 18 meeting of the House Redistricting Committee took to vote out House, Senate, and Congressional redistricting maps...."
"...Gov. Rick Perry's plans for a quick special session on redistricting seem to have gone awry as lawmakers have announced far more extensive hearings than he seemingly envisioned...."
"...Dear Editor, Though redistricting efforts have just begun, it appears as if the internecine sniping has begun in earnest ["10-1: If It Ain't Baroque, Let's Fix It," News, Dec. 14]..."
"...Dear Editor, Please get serious. Despite having preached for decades about the importance of citizen involvement in government, the need for single-member districts in Austin, and the benefits of redistricting by an independent commission instead of elected officials, the Chronicle surprised many of its readers by coming out against the city charter amendment (Proposition 3) that embodied all of these worthwhile objectives [“Nov..."