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March 31, 2016
Twenty Years of Empty Seats in Texas' Federal Courts

Twenty Years of Empty Seats in Texas' Federal Courts

Ed. note: the following is cross-posted from the Texas Research Institute . Texas has eleven empty seats in its federal courts . That’s more vacancies than any other state in the country, and a new court vacancy will come up on May 1. When you add the...
February 17, 2016
Obamacare Numbers Continue to Improve, Despite Republicans

Obamacare Numbers Continue to Improve, Despite Republicans

Ed. note: the following was originally posted at the Texas Research Institute . New official numbers on health insurance enrollment show a strong increase in the number of Texans who are now insured thanks to the Affordable Care Act. In the last year, 1.3...
January 17, 2016
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Why the Fight for LGBTQ Equality Isn't Over in Texas

Ed Note: This article was originally published on the Texas Research Institute blog. Marriage equality is now the law of land throughout the nation, but the fight for LGBTQ equality in Texas isn’t over. In much of Texas today, it is totally legal to...
December 8, 2015

Why Abortion Access Is an Economic Equality Issue

Editorial Note: This article was orignally published on the Texas Research Institute blog. Most women who seek abortion care already face significant financial challenges, and low-income women are disproportionately affected by anti-abortion regulations...
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
Four New Polls Added to Texas Polling Center

Four New Polls Added to Texas Polling Center

Our organization, the Texas Research Institute, manages the Texas Polling Center - an easy-to-search database of all of the publicly available Texas polls from the last five years. We upload all the polls to our own database so they don't disappear, and...
September 10, 2015
Texans Need Paid Sick Days. Here's Why.

Texans Need Paid Sick Days. Here's Why.

There is no federal or Texas law that guarantees employees the ability to earn paid sick and family leave. Almost 45% of private sector workers in Texas —more than 4 million Texans—cannot earn a single paid sick day. Texas families need paid sick days to...
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...
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...
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...