December 5, 2011 |
The Supreme Court is likely to decide early this week whether to act on an appeal from Texas Republicans and block the use of an election map that could help three or more Latino Democrats win seats in Congress next year. The case of Rick Perry vs. Shannon Perez is the first redistricting battle to come before the high court in the round of political line-drawing that followed the 2010 census. It mixes partisan politics with a continuing legal dispute over the role of the Voting Rights Act in aiding minority candidates.
October 20, 2010 |
American Crossroads, a conservative group founded by Republican strategist Karl Rove and other party leaders, has raised more than $24 million since it was started this year, including $8 million in the first 13 days of October. Reports filed Wednesday night with the Federal Election Commission shed some light on the group's funding sources. Major donations flowed by way of Texas, the reports show. Bob J. Perry, a Houston home builder known for financing the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, contributed $7 million.
September 29, 2005 |
The Texas law that Tom DeLay is accused of violating dates to the era of the robber barons and has been widely emulated in other states concerned about corporate influence in politics. It bans the use of corporate funds on behalf of state political candidates. Such laws -- including bans at the federal level -- have withstood legal challenges that they violate the free-speech rights of corporations. Nonetheless, it is far from clear whether Rep.
January 7, 2004 |
Federal judges on Tuesday upheld election maps that Republicans drew last year to cement their control of Congress, extending the GOP's dominance in Texas. Democrats had charged in a December trial that the maps disenfranchised minorities and rural communities.
March 10, 2002 |
If demography is destiny, Latino businessman Tony Sanchez represents the inevitable future of Democratic politics in Texas. The question for Democrats is whether the future is now. Sanchez, the clear front-runner in Tuesday's primary for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, is the key figure in the party's strategy to restore its competitiveness in a state that has been dominated by Republicans.
March 2, 2002 |
Even as they made history in the nation's first Spanish-language gubernatorial debate Friday night, a pair of tough-talking Mexican American Democrats couldn't keep from wrangling over ethnic pandering and the politics of language. "I believe that we need to recognize that a great majority of the voters in the state of Texas--and including those who are Hispanic--speak English," said former state Atty. Gen.