On Tuesday evening, the Supreme Court blocked two rulings by a federal district court that would have required Texas to redraw its state and federal congressional districts. The lower court had ruled that the Texas Legislature illegally gerrymandered these districts along racial lines and ordered new maps for the 2018 election. But by a 5–4 vote, the Supreme Court put that order on hold, ensuring that the gerrymander will remain through 2018. The decision may also indicate that the five Republican-appointed justices will eventually reverse the district court’s decisions altogether.
Organizers have canceled President Donald Trump’s Dallas fundraising event that was scheduled for this month.
Trump was to headline a Sept. 27 fundraiser in Dallas. Ticket prices had ranged from $2,700 to $100,000 and included a $50,000-per-couple option. Most of the proceeds were headed to the Republican National Committee, with the first $2,700 going to Trump’s 2020 re-election account under more restrictive “hard money” rules.
The group includes computer science PhD candidates, mathematicians, political operatives, and experts in so-called geographic information systems, or GIS. That’s the mapping technology that underlies many apps and software tools that run our lives, from Google Maps to logistics software.
It also comes in handy when you’re carving the American electorate into voting districts that favor your political party, a time-honored—and reviled—tradition known as gerrymandering.
Founder Paul Chabot, 42, started the company in May after making the move from San Bernadino, Calif., to McKinney, Texas, with his own family. Chabot, a Republican, had recently endured a second failed run for Congress.
When asked to describe what the company does exactly, Chabot said, “Our primary job is to help families living in more blue states relocate to red states.” In practice, he collects a commission from the buying and selling of homes.
Chabot’s goal is to establish a series of communities, primarily in North Texas, where entire neighborhoods are populated by conservative Republicans. In a way, what Chabot said he is offering is a chance to step into a time machine.
Texas statehouse districts drawn by the Republican-led legislature in 2011 intentionally diluted the votes of minorities, violating the U.S. Constitution and parts of the Voting Rights Act, a federal court ruled Thursday.
In a 2-1 ruling, a three-judge panel in San Antonio found that the maps gave Republicans an advantage in elections and weakened the voting strength of minority voters. House Districts in Dallas and Tarrant counties were among those in which the judges ruled minority voters had seen their clout weakened.
The ruling is yet another blow to the state in its six-year legal battle over the redrawing of the maps. Last month, the same court found that the state’s congressional maps were drawn with intent to discriminate against minority voters and invalidated three congressional districts. And last week, a federal judge ruled that the state’s voter ID law was written with intent to discriminate.
For Democrats stuck in the basement of statewide Texas politics, Beto O’Rourke is fresh air.
That doesn’t mean the two-term El Paso congressman will beat Republican Sen. Ted Cruz in 2018, but it does signal that the party out of power is doing a better job of fielding candidates.
O’Rourke, 44, is not some has-been, or a product of the nutty fringe. He has solid ideas and understands that America needs bipartisanship in order to end gridlock in Washington. His embrace of social media makes him ideal for younger voters. He’s a former singer, guitarist and punk rocker.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Federal judges found more problems in Texas’ voting rights laws, ruling that Republicans racially gerrymandered some congressional districts to weaken the growing electoral power of minorities, who former President Barack Obama set out to protect at the ballot box before leaving office.
The ruling late Friday by a three-judge panel in San Antonio gave Democrats hope of new, more favorably drawn maps that could turn over more seats in Congress in 2018. But the judges in their 2-1 decision didn’t propose an immediate fix, and Texas could appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
If Plano decided the presidential election, the outcome would have been the same. But what’s surprising is the rising number of blue pockets in Plano.
In the 2016 presidential election, Collin County had record-setting turnout: Out of 62 voting precincts, 37 percent went to Clinton/Kaine.
With Collin County’s continued growth, the demographic and political palate of the area could change as well. These changing demographics are something to which both Collin County Republican and Democratic parties are paying attention.
Conservatives are still king in Collin County — for now — but a steady influx of new residents from traditionally Democratic states has local Republicans sounding the alarm about a “possible Californization” of the area.