Mixed Results in Texas Courts’ Primary Voting

After GOP primary voting on Tuesday, two of three races for the Texas Criminal Court of Appeals appeared to be headed for runoff votes, while three Republican incumbents seeking a new term on the Texas Supreme Court (handling civil cases) appeared headed for primary wins and safe seats in November. The Dallas Morning News,  The Texas Tribune and […]

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Supreme Court Justices Face Challengers in Texas

According to the Texas Tribune all three of the Supreme Court Justices up for reelection this year will face Republican challengers in a March 1st primary. The newspaper reports that although the GOP primary will in many ways decide who will win the seat (no Democrat has a won a court seat since 1992), the issues dominating the three […]

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In Race for Texas’ Top Criminal Court, Politics is Central

A race for a seat on the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the state’s highest court for criminal matters, is spilling over with so many personal and political attacks that it seems highly and transparently politicized, The Houston Chronicle reports. The article is headlined, “Candidates cite politics as key to criminal court race.” The incumbent, Judge Larry Meyers, […]

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Texas Commission to Address ‘Justice Gap’

A recent article by the Texas Tribune reports that a large number of mostly middle class Texans fall into a “justice gap” where they aren’t poor enough to receive free legal aid provided to indigents but can’t afford basic legal services on their own. The article reports that the state’s highest civil court launched a […]

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Campaign Finance Disclosure Legislation Dies in Texas Legislature

Legislation to require politically active nonprofit groups to disclose their donors was declared dead in the Texas legislature, The Texas Tribune reported. “The Legislature gets a ‘F’ on ethics reform this session. The bills they passed largely protect the politicians and limit disclosure of information,” said Craig McDonald, director of Texans for Public Justice, a Justice at […]

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