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February 16, 2016
Ted Cruz Court Vacancies

Ted Cruz Lied About Supreme Court Confirmations

Ted Cruz has a history of refusing to recommend judges to fill Texas' vacant court seats . So maybe it should come as no surprise that he would lie about filling the most recent vacancy for the U.S. Supreme Court. During the last GOP debate, Cruz lied...
January 11, 2016
Redistricting

Redistricting: The Erasure of Political Opponents

My Zilker Park-area voting precinct in Austin is a very active, progressive precinct. It votes about 75 percent for Democrats. Despite that, our congressman is Republican Lamar Smith, the right-wing extremist and anti-science chairman of the House Science...
December 17, 2015
Texas DPS adopts rules for limited medical marijuana law

Texas Adopts Rules for Limited Medical Marijuana

Texas' first medical marijuana law is one step closer to full implementation. Today, the Texas Department of Public Safety has, through its Public Safety Commission, formally adopted the rules that will govern the Texas Compassionuate Use Program . That's...
November 2, 2015
Will Texas Get New Redistricting Maps for 2016?

Will Texas Get New Redistricting Maps for 2016?

We're halfway through the decade and the state of Texas still doesn't have final redistricting maps for Congressional and State House seats. The process has been stuck in Texas' courts for years, but an upcoming deadline for the 2016 election cycle has...
October 20, 2015

Record Number of Texans Support Marijuana Policy Reform

The momentum continues to grow for marijuana policy reform. After a year of unprecedented progress for marijuana policy reform and good polls from earlier this year , a new poll from the Texas Lyceum finds that a record 74% of Texans support reducing...
September 28, 2015

The Unfair History of Marijuana Laws on Minorities

The consequences of the war on drugs has impacted Latinos and Blacks at tremendous rates. Blacks use marijuana at roughly the same rates as Whites , yet they are incarcerated at far higher rates. Correcting the imbalanced incarceration rates is one of the...
September 3, 2015

Vote for Our SXSW Marijuana Policy Reform Panel

SXSW - or "South by Southwest" - meets every March in Austin, bringing together thousands of music, movie, and technology professionals, reporters, and fans. This year, SXSW is considering putting up a panel about marijuana policy reform in Texas . The...
August 25, 2015

Texas Needs Voter Law Fix Before 2015 Fall Elections

In early August, the 5th Circuit Court ruled that Texas' voter ID law had a "discriminatory effect" and needed to be fixed. It was another tremendous reminder of why courts matter. Yet there's serious concern that Republican obstruction will keep the law...
August 19, 2015
What 5,000 Days Without Federal Court Judges Means for Texas

What 5,000 Days Without Federal Court Judges Means for Texas

Texas' federal courts make rulings on almost every issue important to our state. While so much attention is given to the Supreme Court , it's critical to remember that dozens of federal judges in Texas have lifetime appointments to serve on lower federal...
August 18, 2015
Ted Cruz: Roadblock to Justice

Ted Cruz: Do Your Job and Fix Our Courts

Ted Cruz has had a busy year campaigning for a new job, but he has had a much less busy year doing his current one. We live in an era where many political issues wind up in court - issues like racial discrimination, equal pay, immigration, abortion,...
July 29, 2015

Momentum for Marijuana Policy Reform at Federal Level

The following post is cross-posted from our 501(c)(3) site, the Texas Research Institute. Momentum for marijuana policy reform is sweeping the country. Over the past few months, there's been real traction in the national fight for marijuana policy reform...