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Between the Lines: Everything’s Bigger in Texas, Even the Opportunities

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Republican Rep. Ron Paul’s retirement announcement put another seat in play in Texas.

Former Rep. Nick Lampson (D) told the Houston Chronicle he’s considering running for Paul’s seat, although the redrawn 14th district favors a GOP candidate. Former Rep. Steve Stockman (R) also indicated his interest.

There are also two open seats where Democrats are expected to prevail.

Democrats continue to mention state Sen. Eddie Lucio or state Rep. Eddie Lucio — father and son, respectively — as potential candidates in the 34th district, although both have indicated they’re not interested.

Meanwhile, two big-name Democrats are already running in the new 35th district, which stretches from southern Austin to San Antonio. Doggett and state Rep. Joaquin Castro will face off there.

“You have a Latino and an Anglo squaring off, but some will see it [as] a generational race,” said Democratic consultant Matt Angle, a veteran of Texas politics. “Someone will see it as a choice between looking forward and looking back.”

Nevada: Judge Rules Nonpartisan Panel to Draw New Lines

A state court judge ruled Tuesday that Nevada’s new Congressional lines will be drawn by a panel of nonpartisan officials, a decision made after the state Legislature was unable to agree on a map.

According to the Associated Press, the judge suggested the panel be made up of registrars from Clark and Washoe counties, Carson City and an official from the Legislative Counsel Bureau who has experience working with computer map-drawing software. Lawyers for the two parties were given until July 20 to offer their own panel suggestions and raise concerns they might have about the process, the AP reported.

“I don’t want anybody with political agendas,” Judge James Russell said.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval previously vetoed two Democratic proposals to redraw the lines and declined to call a special session for the two sides to come together again.

California: Members Resigned to Visualizing New Lines

The 14-member California Citizens Redistricting Commission is not releasing a second round of draft maps this week.

Instead, the commission will continue to release map “visualizations,” which are proposed options for districts that are considered and discussed by the commission. The decision was made so the commission can “produce the best district maps possible,” according to a release.

The final maps for state legislative and Congressional lines are scheduled to be released July 28. The commission will then adopt the maps Aug. 15.

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