Four different U.S. congressmen will represent students living on and around the UT campus, effectively shattering the voting power of a student body numbering 50,000, under the congressional map passed by the Texas Legislature on Tuesday.
Republican lawmakers have rubber-stamped most of the legislation Gov. Rick Perry added for the special session, leaving Democrats voiceless. Four major bills are hurtling past the final roadblocks to becoming law after passing at least one chamber this week.
About 57 percent of the state is suffering from an “exceptional” drought, the U.S. Drought Monitor's most severe designation. Weather forecasts leave no reason to expect relief soon, and that spells trouble for farmers.