KUT Morning Newspod December 13, 2011
AISD Board Delays Vote On Contract with IDEA Public Schools
After a long and contentious meeting, the Austin ISD school board put off a major decision on whether to partner with a charter school from South Texas. KUT’s Nathan Bernier has details on the podcast.
Perry to Take Iowa Bus Tour
Three weeks left until the Iowa Caucus, the first test for candidates in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. In an effort to turn his recent fortunes around– Texas Governor Rick Perry is set to embark on a 16-day bus tour of the state. For KUT News and the Texas Tribune, Ben Philpott reports from Iowa.
San Antonio Court to Hold Hearing on Texas Primaries
A three-judge federal panel is meeting in San Antonio Tuesday to try to figure out the next steps for Texas’ March 2012 primaries. Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked interim state legislative and congressional district maps that were drawn by the San Antonio court. That has thrown Texas redistricting into legal limbo.
The original maps, drawn by the Republican-controlled Texas Legislature, are still being considered by another court in Washington. Those judges are looking at whether the state maps comply with the Voting Rights Act.
Meanwhile, candidates for the state house and senate and Texas’s 36 congressional seats don’t know what maps they’re filing under. The San Antonio court is scheduled to discuss logistics such as timetables and candidate filing deadlines at its hearing Tuesday.