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Monday, June 10th, 2013

Redistricting is harder than it looked

The Texas Legislature’s redistricting mission was supposed to be easy-peasy: Zip in for a special session, ratify the court-drawn maps used as a stopgap in the 2012 elections, close the legislative books and go home.

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

No upsets in Hays County’s gerrymandered Congress, State Senate seats

Tuesday's unfolding election returns yielded no surprise finishes in any of three U.S. Congress districts that overlap Hays County nor in either of the county's two Texas Senate districts.

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Audio: Campbell benefits from Tea Party tailwind

State Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, expected a tough fight in the GOP primary for Senate District 25. But instead, he has been tussling with Dr. Donna Campbell, a political newcomer who has broad Tea Party support.

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Hispanic districts aren’t opting for Hispanic candidates

Lawmakers thought congressional districts with large Latino majorities would elect Latinos. All over the state, voters are going different directions including in CD-35 which includes eastern Hays County.

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Audio: Texas primaries could be pushed back to May or June

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Monday in a case that could determine what Texas’ legislative and congressional districts look like. And as Matt Largey of KUT News reports from Washington, D.C., the hearing left the possibility...

Monday, January 9th, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court hears Texas redistricting case

The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments today about Texas redistricting and now must decide whether the state's primaries must be delayed to buy time for the courts to approve new maps.

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Hays commissioners pass redistricting plan

The Hays County Commissioners Court on Tuesday voted 3-2 to redistrict the county in a way that splits Kyle into three commissioner precincts and removes from Precinct 1 almost all its current territory west of Interstate 35.

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Hays County commissioners cull redistricting plans

The Hays County Commissioners Court effectively whittled down the field of possible redistricting maps from 10 to four during a public hearing on Tuesday.

Thursday, August 11th, 2011

Hays County commissioners cull redistricting plans

Hays County’s governing body, which chose four plans for the redrawing of commissioner precinct lines this week, appears roughly split on the matter of how communities in San Marcos and Kyle should be apportioned.

Friday, August 5th, 2011

Kyle, Buda protest ‘outrageous’ redistricting plans

The Kyle City Council unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday that urges the Hays County Commissioners Court to avoid lopping off parts of western Kyle into a third commissioner's precinct. Buda council members, meanwhile, offered "moral support"...

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