Texas Tech to Host Legislative Redistricting Symposium and National Conference on State Politics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: May 16, 2006
CONTACT: John Davis, john.w.davis@ttu.edu
742-2136

LUBBOCK – In an effort to educate people about state politics, Texas Tech University College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Political Science and the American Political Science Association will hold A Symposium on Redistricting and the Sixth Annual National Conference on State Politics and Policy.

The symposium is from 12:30-9 p.m. Thursday at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 5215 S. Loop 289.

The conference runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Matador Room of the Student Union Building on Texas Tech’s campus.

The symposium brings together academics and practitioners to discuss redistricting and its consequences as well as the prospects for reforming redistricting practices. The public can attend three sessions featuring experts from academia, media, advocacy groups and the Texas Legislature.

The panels will be followed by a social hour and a dinner with a special panel addressing the 2003 Texas redistricting effort. The panel includes election law specialist and author Steve Bickerstaff, Texas Rep. Pete Laney (D-Hale Center) and State Sen. Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio). This dinner has sold out to the public. However, media can attend by e-mailing Dora Rodriguez at dora.rodriguez@ttu.edu.

The panel discussions are:

• 1-2:30 p.m. – Unfair Advantages? The Consequences of Redistricting for Elections and Governance

• 2:45-4:15 p.m. – Public Perceptions of Redistricting and the Role of Media and Interest Groups

• 4:30-6 p.m. – Redistricting Roundtable: Avenues of Reform and Prospects for Success

• 7-9 p.m. – Dinner with Keynote Address on Redistricting in Texas

At the National Conference on State Politics and Policy, researchers from 26 states will present their research on such topics as state voting practices, the changing roles of governors and legislative leaders, comparative state policies in education, marriage, the environment and state reactions to federal policies.

Tickets are $15 per full day, or $25 for both days. The public can attend one or two panels during either day for free.

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CONTACT: Nelson Dometrius, professor of political science at Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3036, or nelson.dometrius@ttu.edu
Cherie Maestas, member of the State Politics and Policy Executive Council for the American Political Science Association, (850) 644-7324, or cmaestas@mailer.fsu.edu
Dora Rodriguez, senior business assistant at TTU’s Department of Political Science, (806) 742-3121 or dora.rodriguez@ttu.edu.