Early redistricting plans show GOP retrenching for long haul

When Texas Republicans rolled out a proposal for congressional district lines that would likely give their party a nearly two-to-one edge for the next decade, a similar thought struck both Democrats and anti-gerrymandering advocates: It could have been worse.

The same thought occurred to those keeping a close eye on proposed maps in other red states, like Georgia and Indiana, that have begun work on the decennial redistricting process. Though many states have yet to begin fashioning their maps, Republicans in states where they control all the levers of government appear to be playing a cautious game.