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8:00 am
Sun June 30, 2013

How This Week's 3 Big Supreme Court Decisions Affect Texas

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on three cases this week that affect Texans.

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. 

All three of these cases have national implications, but they also mean changes for Texans, too. 

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Politics
5:47 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Changes to the Voting Rights Act: What Texans Need to Know

The Supreme Court struck down a section of the Voting Rights Act, which could lead to less scrutiny in redistricting maps in the future
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On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its second big decision of the week, 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.

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Politics
5:05 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Senate to Vote on Court-Drawn Legislative Districts

The Senate will debate whether to go with the districts used in 2012.
Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

A plan to use court-drawn political boundaries is on its way to the full Texas Senate.

Today the Senate Committee on Redistricting approved the district boundaries set by a federal court in San Antonio for the 2012 elections.

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Politics
5:30 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

Agenda Texas: Redistricting Never a Quick Fix

Illustration by Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

It was supposed to end last Monday.

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.

It was a week some thought might be the last for a short special session. But there's nothing quick or easy about redistricting.

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Politics
8:20 am
Wed March 6, 2013

PolitiFact: Texas (Almost) Never Passed Redistricting

This week KUT's Emily Donahue and PolitiFact's Gardner Selby discuss Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer's claim that Texas has "never" passed a redistricting plan without a federal lawsuit.
KUT News

In this week’s PolitiFact Texas check-in, KUT’s Emily Donahue speaks with the Austin American-Statesman’s Gardner Selby about a comment by State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer, a Democrat from San Antonio and chairman of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus.

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. 



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Politics
9:10 pm
Mon December 12, 2011

Supreme Court Sets Redistricting Hearing

A panel of three federal judges in San Antonio issued this map for Texas's 36 congressional seats in the 2012 election. The U.S. Supreme Court has stayed the map and wants to hear from both sides in person on January 9
Image courtesy Texas Legislative Council

UPDATE 8:45 p.m.:  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's 36 congressional seats. The deadline is Thursday, but last week's ruling by the Supreme Court that putting redistricting maps for the state's legislative and congressional districts on hold until the justices can review them rendered that essentially moot. The high court won't hear oral arguments on that case until January 9.

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Politics
9:48 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Redistricting Orders Throw Texas Politics Into Disarray

Photo Illustration by Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

Forget everything. The candidate announcements, the relocations, the decisions not to run again, the who vs. who vs. who and the campaign finance. Poof!

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.

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Politics
1:28 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Court Blocks Texas Redistricting Map, Prompts "Disorder"

Photo illustration by Nathan Bernier, KUT News

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 agreed with the U.S. Department of Justice that the state legislature used an improper standard for determining whether the new districts discriminate against minorities.

For some clarification on the ruling, we spoke to Jim Henson, a University of Texas professor of government and director of the Texas Politics Project.

KUT News: In plain language, what does this ruling mean?

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News Brief
6:26 am
Tue June 21, 2011

Top Morning Stories June 21, 2011

AISD is holding a public meeting Tuesday night to get input on a new performing arts center.
Photo by KUT News.

Give Your Input on AISD Performing Arts Center

The Austin Independent School District is planning to build a district-wide Performing Arts Center at the Mueller redevelopment site. AISD will be gathering public input on the project tonight. As KUT previously reported, the district already bought the land for the facility:

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