The federal court in San Antonio has now issued orders that slightly tweaked the State House and State Senate maps; the new plans are H302 and S164, respectively. The modifications are minor and mostly affect a few districts in Harris County. You can see the new interim maps at the Trib. Barring the unlikely and extraordinary step of a stay issued by the Supreme Court or an even more unlikely motion to disqualify one of the Republican judges, what you see is what we’ll get for 2012. As noted by the Trib, the State House map was not unanimously drawn by the three-judge panel. I suspect that may be an issue at some point, but I don’t know when.
Here’s a boatload of new data on these maps:
2008 general election data for Plan H302.
2010 general election data for Plan H302.
A complete listing of what precincts are in what districts, county by county, for H302.
If all that isn’t enough, the hard-working and raise-deserving folks at the Texas Legislative Council have a whole pageful of election analyses of all three new maps, going back to 2002. Knock yourselves out on that. Never let it be said that I don’t give you enough data.
Meanwhile, on the Congressional front, we have some more pitiful whining from AG Greg Abbott, who must find it hard to type with his thumb in his mouth like that. I think Harold has an appropriate response to that; MALDEF and PDiddie also weigh in, and Daily Kos’ Steve Singiser adds his analysis. Again, responses by all parties is due on Friday, and one presumes we’ll have a final map Monday. After that, it’s filing season. I don’t know about you, but it feels like a cloud has lifted, because up till now none of this felt real. None of what we have now is likely to be permanent, but it’ll at least get us through 2012, and that’s all we can ask at this point. Let the filings begin!