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NATIONAL
March 3, 2010 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Texas Gov. Rick Perry cruised to an easy victory Tuesday night in a bitterly fought GOP primary that pitted him against the state's popular U.S. senator and an insurgent running as a favorite of the tea party movement. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison conceded less than an hour after polls closed, bringing an abrupt finish to one of the most highly anticipated contests of the 2010 primary season. The victory gives Perry plenty of time before November to unify Republicans. With nearly 92% of precincts reporting, Perry held 51% of the vote to Hutchison's 30%, enough to avoid an April 13 runoff.
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NATIONAL
June 29, 2006 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court gave politicians legal license Wednesday to aggressively redraw election districts to benefit the party in power, as it upheld the mid-decade redistricting plan engineered by former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay and other Texas Republicans. By clever line-drawing, DeLay and the Texas Legislature -- with both houses newly under GOP control in 2003 -- remade its delegation in Congress, turning a 17-15 Democratic majority into a 21-11 Republican majority in 2004.
NATIONAL
March 5, 2005 | Ronald Brownstein, Times Staff Writer
More than a year after a bitter showdown in Texas, Republicans and Democrats are battling elsewhere over the drawing of congressional district lines. And the renewed confrontation could help fuel the drive for redistricting reform in other states, including California. The latest clash has been triggered by the Republican-controlled state legislature in Georgia, which is about to toss out the congressional districts approved in 2001 and impose a new map that could help the GOP win more U.S.
NATIONAL
January 20, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
The Supreme Court gave an early win to Texas Republicans in the fight over redrawing election districts and the balance of power in Congress, ruling that the district lines should mostly follow those set by GOP lawmakers and not those by judges who drew new boundaries to favor Latinos. The 9-0 decision set aside a new map of congressional districts drawn by a special federal court in San Antonio that gave Latinos and Democrats a good chance to win three or possibly four new seats in the House of Representatives.
NATIONAL
September 11, 2006 | Lianne Hart, Times Staff Writer
At a campaign stop last week, congressional candidate Shelley Sekula-Gibbs asked a group of women who own businesses to vote for her twice in November: once in a special election to fill the unexpired term of former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, and again in the general election as the Republican write-in candidate running for the full two-year term.
NEWS
February 7, 2002 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Enron Corp. debacle is increasing pressure on lawmakers to close a loophole in the nation's bankruptcy code that allows millionaires in Texas, Florida and several other states to declare bankruptcy--and keep their mansions. From the start, the federal bankruptcy laws have included some exemptions set by the states. Bankrupt homeowners in many states are allowed to keep a basic dwelling.
NATIONAL
February 19, 2013 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will take up a case from Alabama next week to decide whether to strike down a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, a landmark measure that made voting a reality for blacks in the South and won extension by a near-unanimous vote from Congress in 2006. Critics on the right agree the law was a success, but they contend it is now outdated and unfair to the South. They also say it is used mostly as a way to force states to draw electoral districts that favor black or Latino candidates.
NATIONAL
February 26, 2006 | David G. Savage, Times Staff Writer
The Supreme Court will take up states' rights -- of both the blue- and red-state variety -- in a pair of election-law cases to be heard this week that could have a big impact on the future of American politics. Tiny Vermont, a true blue state, hopes to restore small-town democracy by greatly limiting the role of money in politics. If its new spending caps win before the high court, they could change how campaigns are conducted across the nation.
NEWS
September 25, 1985 | ROBERT SHOGAN, Times Political Writer
In a glum assessment of national economic conditions, Sen. Pete Wilson (R-Calif.) said Tuesday that because of congressional concern about trade issues and the budget deficit, the chances of enacting any tax changes are "very slim" this year and "fatter, but not robust" for 1986. At a breakfast session with reporters and editors of The Times' Washington Bureau, Wilson said he could detect "no great groundswell" of support for tax revision, one of President Reagan's top domestic priorities.
OPINION
March 20, 2005
You can't get to the heart of what's wrong with state Sen. Jack Scott's 21st District just by looking at it. Of course, it's like many of the stretched, fractured and jutting legislative districts created in 2001 to keep seats safe for one party or the other. A skinny peninsula shoots from Warner Bros. studio out along the Ventura Freeway to Tarzana. A funnel cloud swoops out of the bottom across Dodger Stadium, coming to a point in Chinatown.
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