Congressional Redistricting http://kut.org en How This Week's 3 Big Supreme Court Decisions Affect Texas http://kut.org/post/how-weeks-3-big-supreme-court-decisions-affect-texas <p>This week was a busy one for the U.S. Supreme Court. It ruled on cases involving three major issues: affirmative action, same sex marriage and voting rights.&nbsp;</p><p>All three of these cases have national implications, but they also mean changes for Texans, too.&nbsp;</p><p> Sun, 30 Jun 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Kate McGee 8254 at http://kut.org How This Week's 3 Big Supreme Court Decisions Affect Texas Changes to the Voting Rights Act: What Texans Need to Know http://kut.org/post/changes-voting-rights-act-what-texans-need-know <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F98886212" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its<a href="http://kutnews.org/post/voting-rights-act-partially-overturned-texas-implements-voter-id-law"> second big decision of the week</a>, striking down part of the Voting Rights Act. Supporters praised the decision, calling it a step forward in eliminating antiquated aspects of the law. Opponents of the decision say it makes it easier to discriminate against minorities.</p><p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 22:47:08 +0000 Kate McGee 8251 at http://kut.org Changes to the Voting Rights Act: What Texans Need to Know Senate to Vote on Court-Drawn Legislative Districts http://kut.org/post/senate-vote-court-drawn-legislative-districts <p>A plan to use court-drawn political boundaries is on its way to the full Texas Senate.</p><p>Today the Senate Committee on Redistricting approved the district boundaries set by a federal court in San Antonio for the 2012 elections.</p><p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 8098 at http://kut.org Senate to Vote on Court-Drawn Legislative Districts Agenda Texas: Redistricting Never a Quick Fix http://kut.org/post/agenda-texas-redistricting-never-quick-fix <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F95281476" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>It was supposed to end last Monday.</p><p>After 140 days, lawmakers were supposed to pack up and head home. Instead we’re now a week into a special legislative session on congressional and legislative redistricting.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was a week some thought might be the last for a short special session. But there's nothing quick or easy about redistricting.</span></p> Mon, 03 Jun 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Ben Philpott 7974 at http://kut.org Agenda Texas: Redistricting Never a Quick Fix PolitiFact: Texas (Almost) Never Passed Redistricting http://kut.org/post/politifact-texas-almost-never-passed-redistricting <p></p><p>In this week’s <a href="http://www.politifact.com/texas/">PolitiFact Texas</a> check-in, KUT’s Emily Donahue speaks with the <em>Austin American-Statesman</em>’s Gardner Selby about a comment by State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, a Democrat from San Antonio and chairman of the <a href="http://www.malc.org/">Mexican American Legislative Caucus</a>.</p><p>He was talking up the need for the United States Supreme Court to uphold Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, the civil rights legislation that originated in 1965. 

</p><p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 14:20:04 +0000 Emily Donahue 6833 at http://kut.org PolitiFact: Texas (Almost) Never Passed Redistricting Supreme Court Sets Redistricting Hearing http://kut.org/post/supreme-court-sets-redistricting-hearing <p><strong>UPDATE 8:45 p.m.:&nbsp; </strong>Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is asking a three-judge federal panel in San Antonio to stay the deadline for candidates to file for primary elections in the state House and Senate, as well as Texas&#39;s 36 congressional seats. The deadline is Thursday, but last week&#39;s ruling by the Supreme Court that putting redistricting maps for the state&#39;s legislative and congressional districts on hold until the justices can review them rendered that essentially moot. The high court won&#39;t hear oral arguments on that case until January 9.</p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 03:10:02 +0000 Andy Uhler & Ian Crawford, KUT News 3199 at http://kut.org Supreme Court Sets Redistricting Hearing Redistricting Orders Throw Texas Politics Into Disarray http://kut.org/post/redistricting-orders-throw-texas-politics-disarray <article><div class="content"><p>Forget everything. The candidate announcements, the relocations, the decisions not to run again, the who vs. who vs. who and the campaign finance. Poof!</p><p>With a one-paragraph order on Friday night, the U.S. Supreme Court froze the Texas congressional and legislative elections and replaced pre-holiday candidate filings, politicking and fundraising with uncertainty and chaos.</p> Mon, 12 Dec 2011 15:48:18 +0000 Ross Ramsey, Texas Tribune 3195 at http://kut.org Redistricting Orders Throw Texas Politics Into Disarray Court Blocks Texas Redistricting Map, Prompts "Disorder" http://kut.org/post/court-blocks-texas-redistricting-map-prompts-disorder <p>Controversial maps that redraw political boundaries in Texas will be sent to trial, delivering a blow to the Republican state lawmakers who dominated the redistricting process. A Washington D.C.-based federal court <a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/265227-dc-court-ruling-on-redistricting-maps-november-8.html">agreed</a> with the U.S. Department of Justice that the state legislature used an improper standard for determining whether the new districts discriminate against minorities.</p><p>For some clarification on the ruling, we spoke to <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/about/staff/jim-henson/">Jim Henson</a>, a University of Texas professor of government and director of the Texas Politics Project.</p><p><strong>KUT News</strong>: In plain language, what does this ruling mean?</p><p> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 19:28:07 +0000 Nathan Bernier & Andy Uhler 2937 at http://kut.org Court Blocks Texas Redistricting Map, Prompts "Disorder" Top Morning Stories June 21, 2011 http://kut.org/post/top-morning-stories-june-21-2011 <p><strong>Give Your Input on AISD Performing Arts Center</strong></p><p>The Austin Independent School District is planning to build a district-wide Performing Arts Center at the Mueller redevelopment site.&nbsp;AISD will be gathering public input on the project tonight.&nbsp;As KUT previously reported, <a href="http://kut.org/2011/04/aisd-board-buys-land-for-performing-arts-center/">the district already bought the land </a>for the facility:</p> Tue, 21 Jun 2011 11:26:09 +0000 Crystal Chavez, KUT News 1757 at http://kut.org Top Morning Stories June 21, 2011