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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...
July 24, 2015

Republican Court Upholds Rick Perry Indictment

The all-Republican 3rd Court of Appeals of Texas allowed the "abuse of official capacity" indictment count to proceed. Rick Perry is learning the hard way that no politician is above the law. Almost one year ago, Perry was indicted by a grand jury on two...
July 7, 2015

Historic June Proves Why Courts Matter

A month of historic rulings at the U.S. Supreme Court showed, yet again, why courts matter. Federal courts can protect and preserve our country's progress - as we saw on major rulings from the last month on the freedom to marry, health care, abortion,...
June 27, 2015
SCOTUS 2015: Freedom to Marry for Everyone

SCOTUS 2015: Freedom to Marry for Everyone

Ed. Note: the following is Part 5 of our 5-part SCOTUS 2015 series reviewing decisions from this summer. Every American has the freedom to marry the person they love. This is why courts matter. It was a long, hard-fought legal battle which many hoped...
June 25, 2015
SCOTUS 2015: Health Care Survives

SCOTUS 2015: Health Care Survives

Ed. Note: the following is Part 4 of our 5-part SCOTUS 2015 series reviewing decisions from this summer. A technicality couldn't take down the Affordable Care Act, ensuring that 8 million Americans , and 1.5 million Texans will keep access to affordable...
June 25, 2015

Supreme Court Upholds Health Care Law - Again!

VICTORY! And once again - this is why courts matter. Today, in an historic ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a crucial component of the Affordable Care Act, delivering a major victory to Texans who rely on quality, affordable insurance. The ruling is...
June 24, 2015
SCOTUS 2015: Independent Redistricting Commissions Survive

SCOTUS 2015: Independent Redistricting Commissions Survive

Ed. Note: the following is Part 3 of our 5-part SCOTUS 2015 series reviewing decisions from this summer. Between the latest Voter ID laws in Texas and the rampant use of redistricting for political gain – also known as gerrymandering – how much say do we...
June 24, 2015

Texas Poll Finds Growing Support for Marijuana Policy

Following a year of unprecedented progress for marijuana policy reform, a new poll by the University of Texas at Austin and Texas Tribune finds growing support for marijuana - specifically, reducing criminal penalties for small possession. Two years ago...
June 23, 2015
SCOTUS 2015: Housing Discrimination in Texas

SCOTUS 2015: Housing Discrimination in Texas

Ed. Note: the following is Part 2 of our 5-part SCOTUS 2015 series reviewing decisions from this summer. The Supreme Court just upheld an essential tool that is needed to combat housing discrimination. The case, the Texas Department of Housing and...