Judges let primary proceed in Senate district called discriminatory

Unpacking the week in Texas politics with The Texas Tribune.

By Alexandra Hart & Wells DunbarFebruary 4, 2022 11:42 am, , , ,

Federal judges in El Paso have denied a request from Tarrant County residents to block primaries in recently redrawn Senate District 10.

The North Texas district has received a lot of attention due to the way it splits up Black and Hispanic voters, notes James Barragán, political reporter for The Texas Tribune. But this week, a three-judge federal panel opted not to halt the upcoming primary election.

“That’s because they’re so close to the election – mail ballots have already been sent out,” Barragán says. “And there’s also Supreme Court precedent that says, you really don’t want to mess with elections on the eve of an election.”

That story’s not the only one from this week in Texas politics. Listen to the audio player above for more, including questions about the timing of the FBI raid on Democratic Congressman Henry Cuellar’s home in Laredo and amended campaign finance reports from Attorney General Ken Paxton.

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