Disappointments in 2020 and Republican voter suppression laws make passing HR 1 a #1 priority for the Democrats, or else they face a very steep climb in 2022 and beyond.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) calls on then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to hold a vote on HR 1 back in 2020 (credit: businessinsider.com; AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

By Andres Cerda

May 10, 2021

AUSTIN — 2020 was a bit of a “mixed bag” for Democrats. Sure the party won the most votes ever for a Presidential candidate, and even recaptured the Senate chamber for the first time in 6 years. However, the margin of victory was much closer than expected, and had Democrats walking away with much less than they anticipated.

Joe Biden was considered a heavy…


As UT Seniors prepare to walk the stage this May, some students look back on their last two-and-a-half semesters at the University.

It’s been 383 days since UT’s campus operated under normal conditions. With most classes online, not nearly as many students set foot on campus as they used to. Photo taken by Andy Cerda (2021)

By Andres Cerda

March 30, 2021

AUSTIN — More than a full year has passed since the fateful morning of March 13, 2020, when now-former University of Texas President Gregory Fenves announced that the final class day before Spring Break would be cancelled due to the first positive case of COVID-19 on campus.

“My main concern at this time is the health and well-being of UT students, faculty, staff and community members,” said Fenves in an email released to the UT…


By Andres Cerda

Map of Texas’s Congressional Districts (credit: Gabi Wongso)

It was announced this past week that Texas would receive two new congressional districts thanks to population growth over the last ten years. While this was one less than political scientists had predicted, it nonetheless brings Texas’s total number of districts to 38, the second highest total in the nation behind California’s 54.

With redistricting set to begin and the high jinx of the Texas legislature ready to ensue, we thought it’d be fun to look back on some of the most infamous districts of the outgoing map. …


Screenshot of the Focus Group we hosted on Zoom

After returning from a well-deserved Spring Break, the What the &$!#% is Gerrymandering?!? crew got back to work and made huge strides in their march to complete the anticipated website! Over the course of the last month, we conducted survey research, created an official website, created maps, and officially launched social media accounts on three major platforms. While we didn’t do everything we set out to do at the beginning of the sprint, we are getting closer and closer to our ultimate goal. Here are some of the general points about what we accomplished in the last sprint.

Survey and Focus Group

For this…

Andy Cerda

Journalism and Government Senior at the University of Texas at Austin

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