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Special Session Redistricting Hearings Commence
Senate and House committees taking testimony for next three days
DAILY News  May 30, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Travis House Delegation Pleased With Redistricting Proposal
Williamson, other parts of state upset with new lines
DAILY News  April 15, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...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...."

Texans Warm to Redistricting Reform
Sen. Wentworth greets new poll numbers
DAILY News  February 24, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Congressional Redistricting Map Released
Lege says 'Screw you, hippies!' and divides Travis five ways
DAILY News  May 31, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...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..."

Congressional Redistricting Dead This Session
Not enough time to move map through process, committee chair says
DAILY News  May 24, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...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...."

Thursday Redistricting Hearing Canceled
Committee "just not ready to move forward"
DAILY News  May 18, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...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...."

First Congressional Redistricting Map Released
Splits Travis four ways, but not exactly as Doggett predicted
DAILY News  May 17, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...The first official proposal for Congressional redistricting has been released. PlanC117 by Rep..."

Senate Redistricting Chops Up Travis County
Austin split four ways in proposed map
DAILY News  May 11, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...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...."

Redistricting Reform: Try, Try Again
Wentworth's attempts to prevent another DeLay fiasco keep falling short
DAILY News  May 4, 2009, by Lee Nichols
"...Austin/San Antonio Sen. Jeff Wentworth’s attempt to prevent another Tom DeLay re-redistricting fiasco continues to fall short...."

Rep. Rodriguez on Senate Redistricting
Are Texans with Spanish surnames all the same?
DAILY News  May 12, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...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..."

Legal Challenges to Redistricting Maps Begin
Rep. Garnet Coleman files complaint to Justice Department
DAILY News  April 29, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...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..."

SCOTUS: Back to the Redistricting Drawing Board
State, local politicians respond to latest shifts on the maps
DAILY News  January 20, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Redistricting: What Is and What Could Be
Wentworth reform passes Senate, Congressional map passes Lege
DAILY News  June 23, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...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..."

Congressional Redistricting in Committee Thursday
Public will finally see map; will it split Travis four ways?
DAILY News  May 17, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...[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)...."

SCOTUS Listens to Redistricting Fight
Oral arguments heard in DC Monday
DAILY News  January 9, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Doggett Responds to Congressional Redistricting Maps
Congressman says he'll move if necessary
DAILY News  May 31, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...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..."

AISD Headed for Redistricting
Trustee boundaries need serious adjustment
DAILY News  April 4, 2011, by Richard Whittaker
"...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 Gavel Comes Down on Redistricting A-Go-Go
The Lege returns, and the gentlemen start their engines.
News Story  July 4, 2003, by Michael King
"...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..."

If Tom DeLay has his way, Austin will have no voice in Congress.
News Story  May 9, 2003, by Michael King
"...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..."

Still Fighting Redistricting
Plaintiffs argue state used inaccurate census data
News Story  January 21, 2005, by Kimberly Reeves
"...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...."

Redistricting Hard Ball
News Story  June 27, 2003, by Michael King
"...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..."

The Next Redistricting Target: Ronnie Earle?
Tom Craddick hatches a plan to redraw the lines for Texas' elected prosecutors
News Story  November 7, 2003, by Lucius Lomax
"...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...."

The Redistricting Shuffle Commences
Doggett jumps into the new District 25, Barrientos is peeved; Congressional wannabes find themselves on the new Texas map.
News Story  October 31, 2003, by Michael King
"...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..."

Redistricting Map Draws Lawsuit
Houston rep questions state's method of counting population
News Story  May 13, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...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..."

Texas Redistricting: A Timeline
News Story  March 9, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Redistricting: GOP Has Lock – But Dems Have Key
Can Obama's DOJ thwart DeLay-style footwork?
News Story  December 3, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...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...."

Not one Central Texan on Senate redistricting committee
News Story  July 9, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...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..."

Redistricting: Follow the Bouncing Pols
Redistricting trims Texas Dems and progressives from the Lege ranks. Start worrying.
News Story  December 7, 2001, by Michael King
"...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..."

Legislative Redistricting Proceeds Under a Cloud
2014 primaries will use 2013 maps
News Story  September 13, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Redistricting Commission Moves On ... With All Deliberate Speed
First order of business for the ICRC is the organization, not maps
News Story  August 2, 2013, by Elizabeth Pagano
"...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 ....."

Travis Redistricting on Deck
Commissioners debate redrawing of precinct boundaries
News Story  July 15, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...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)..."

On the Lege: Census Could Cause Senseless Redistricting
The GOP will be in charge of drawing new congressional districts. Terrific.
News Story  December 24, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"..."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."..."

The Redistricting Rematch
Election law experts differ on meaning of Supreme Court's move
News Story  October 22, 2004, by Kimberly Reeves
"...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...."

Redistricting Lands in the Feds' Hands
Texas Democrats make their case in court and at the Dept. of Justice
News Story  November 7, 2003, by Michael King
"...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..."

Redistricting Time Again
Postmarks  December 5, 2012
"...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..."

The Go-To Source on Redistricting
News Story  March 9, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

More Confusion in Redistricting Case
High court hears arguments; primary date up in the air
News Story  January 13, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...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..."

Questions Rep. Castro Involvement in Redistricting
Postmarks  October 11, 2011
"...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..."

Redistricting Map Is 'Deplorable'
Postmarks  June 21, 2011
"...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..."

Redistricting: Unsavory Stew
What's on Austin's redistricting menu?
News Story  March 4, 2011, by Lee Nichols
"...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...."

Reading the Redistricting Tea Leaves
What havoc will redistricting wreak this time?
News Story  October 29, 2010, by Lee Nichols
"...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...."

Redistricting Not the People's Issue
Postmarks  August 15, 2003
"...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..."

Redistricting 2001
The new census numbers are out, and here's what to look for in the Lege's plans for redistricting.
News Story  April 6, 2001, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...As you've heard, the 2000 U.S. Census numbers are out, which kicks the state's redistricting process into high gear..."

Redistricting Plan Deserves Kudos!
Postmarks  December 16, 2013
"...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...."

Redistricting: Making (Almost) Everyone Happy
The ICRC settles on new City Council maps
News Story  November 15, 2013, by Elizabeth Pagano
"...Austin's first City Council redistricting is quickly nearing its end...."

Redistricting: Devils and Details
The ICRC attempts to increase minority representation
News Story  November 8, 2013, by Elizabeth Pagano
"...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..."

Redistricting Maps Head to House
New maps likely to draw court challenges
News Story  June 21, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Lege Lines: Redistricting Battle Drags On
More hearings are scheduled as the House debates alternate maps
News Column  June 7, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...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...."

Only Use Horizontal Lines in Redistricting Effort
Postmarks  December 17, 2012
"...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]..."

'Chronicle' Should Take City Redistricting More Seriously
Postmarks  December 10, 2012
"...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..."

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