Analysis: Texas government grinds to a stop — of the governor’s choosing

By Ross Ramsey

Texas Tribune

The courts are busy now and will be for a while. Legal battles over COVID-19 responses and non-responses rage on. Various counties, cities and school districts — including some of the biggest ones — want tighter local restrictions than the state wants to allow. The four biggest counties imposed mask mandates for public schools, for instance, in defiance of the governor’s orders. The federal government is looking at whether it can challenge Gov. Greg Abbott’s ban on mask mandates.

Census numbers were delivered last week, and this same cast of characters will take those and draw the political maps that will be used in Texas elections for the next 10 years.