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Photo: Matthew Busch/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Texas House voted 84-59 late Monday to approve new congressional district maps that reduce the number of districts with Black and Hispanic majorities, per the Texas Tribune.

Why it matters: The legislation comes after recent census figures found Texas' growing diverse population doesn't bode well for Republicans, who then worked to protect incumbents with the redrawn maps.

Details: The congressional district maps are part of a redistricting process that occurs every 10 years to account for population growth. Texas was the only state to gain two new seats after the 2020 census.

  • The new maps create 25 districts that voted for former President Trump in 2020 and 13 that voted for President Biden.
  • The two new seats added will account for Austin and Houston, who will favor a Democrat and Republican, respectively.
  • Texas' current congressional map has 23 Republicans and 13 Democrats.
  • Democrats and voting rights advocates are expected to challenge the maps in court, AP reports.

Of note: Rep. Lloyd Doggett, a longtime Democratic representative from Austin, told Axios Friday that he plans to announce his run for the Austin congressional seat.

What's next: Gov. Gregg Abbott is expected to sign the measure into law. 

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Some Republicans fear Roe win could backfire

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

Republicans are on the brink of achieving a decades-long conservative project — overturning abortion rights — but some strategists worry that the party isn’t ready for the political dangers of this monumental victory.

Why it matters: The GOP has the best political environment in a decade leading into the midterms — and the last thing top party operatives want is for the Democratic base to become energized if the Supreme Court narrows or overturns Roe v. Wade.

New ward map still unresolved

Chicago's City Hall. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

Yesterday was supposed to be the deadline for Chicago's city council to approve a new ward map. Instead, the vote was canceled and a new proposal emerged later in the day.

Why it matters: The new ward map will change the course of political power in the city for the next decade.

  • The law says that if the ward map isn't voted on by December 1st, it's put on the 2022 ballot for voters to decide but can be removed if city council can secure 41 votes to pass the new map anytime up to the June election.
  • In other words: this deadline is for show.

What the Supreme Court's docket means for Texas

Data: Myers Abortion Facility Database on OSF; map: Thomas Oide/Axios

Austinites might soon have to drive more than 575 miles — one way — to have an abortion.

Driving the news: The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday appeared likely to weaken abortion rights and perhaps let states ban the procedure altogether.