The Texas redistricting battle opened a second front last week when the State of Texas bypassed the US Department of Justice and filed with the Federal District Court in Washington, DC to request preclearance of the Republican redistricting plans.
Republican attack on minority voters sets stage for legal battle
Yesterday, as one of its final actions in the current Special Session, the Texas Senate agreed to changes made by the State House to the Republican congressional redistricting plan, thus clearing the way for Governor P
Yesterday, the Texas House passed a congressional redistricting plan that is a gross political gerrymander very similar to the Plan C141that was approved by the Republican dominated State Senate earlier this month.
Allegations against Farenthold could lead to sanctions for violating official code of conduct
Few would mistake Republican Blake Farenthold (TX CD27 – Corpus Christi) as a congressional "mover and shaker" or even a particularly serious Member of Congress. He cuts a comical figure, while often spouting typical divisive Tea Party Republican rhetoric.
Swearing in from the Capitol Visitor Center, restaurants or other venues - even if you're watching on TV - doesn't count
Dear Congressman Sessions,
Just a quick note to remind you that the members of the 113th Congress will be sworn in today on the floor of the US House of Representatives in the US Capitol at 12:00 PM ET. Remember,12:00 PM sharp, on the House floor. Swearing in from the Capitol Visitor Center, restaurants or other venues - even if you're watching on TV - doesn't count.
Hostility to minority voters means district lines will remain unsettled for 2014
Ongoing hostility by Texas Republican leaders against Hispanic and African American voters and against the US Voting Rights Act has left the final resolution of boundaries for Texas House, Senate and congressional districts in disarray. Last fall, Rick Perry, Greg Abbott and other Texas Republican leaders filed an appeal with US Supreme Court asking that a previous Federal District Court ruling that the boundaries adopted by the Republican Legislature last year intentionally discriminate against minority Texans be overturned.
Any boundary change could require ALL State Senators to run in 2014
Late yesterday, in a brief filed before the US District Court in San Antonio, State Senator Wendy Davis, LULAC and allied voters asked that the current Senate map, which was used in the 2012 elections, be ordered as the final remedial plan to be used for the remainder of the decade.