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Cornyn: Trump’s tweets undermine agenda, but gains still made
 President Donald Trump’s habit of unloading via Twitter tends to undermine his agenda, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said Tuesday, adding that the president has nonetheless had a “pretty successful” first year in office. “I think sometimes the president undermines his own effectiveness because of his tweeting, and things like...

Posted: 15 days ago

President Donald Trump’s habit of unloading via Twitter tends to undermine his agenda, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said Tuesday, adding that the president has nonetheless had a “pretty successful” first year in office. “I think sometimes the president undermines his own effectiveness because of his tweeting, and things like...
Willett leaves Texas Supreme Court for federal bench
 Changing his title from justice to judge, Don Willett took the oath of office Tuesday, leaving the Texas Supreme Court for a lifetime appointment to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. His vacancy lasted only minutes, ending when Gov. Greg Abbott swore in the man he had chosen to replace Willett — Jimmy Blacklock, Abbott’s...

Posted: 15 days ago

Changing his title from justice to judge, Don Willett took the oath of office Tuesday, leaving the Texas Supreme Court for a lifetime appointment to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. His vacancy lasted only minutes, ending when Gov. Greg Abbott swore in the man he had chosen to replace Willett — Jimmy Blacklock, Abbott’s...
Cornyn: Trump’s tweets undermine agenda, but gains still made
 President Donald Trump’s habit of unloading via Twitter tends to undermine his agenda, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said Tuesday, adding that the president has nonetheless had a “pretty successful” first year in office. “I think sometimes the president undermines his own effectiveness because of his tweeting, and things like...

Posted: 15 days ago

President Donald Trump’s habit of unloading via Twitter tends to undermine his agenda, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn said Tuesday, adding that the president has nonetheless had a “pretty successful” first year in office. “I think sometimes the president undermines his own effectiveness because of his tweeting, and things like...
Ceremony marks Don Willett departure from Texas Supreme Court
 Updated at 12:56 p.m.: Changing his title from justice to judge, Don Willett took the oath of office Tuesday, leaving the Texas Supreme Court for a lifetime appointment to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. His vacancy lasted only minutes, ending when Gov. Greg Abbott swore in his replacement, Jimmy Blacklock, Abbott’s general counsel...

Posted: 15 days ago

Updated at 12:56 p.m.: Changing his title from justice to judge, Don Willett took the oath of office Tuesday, leaving the Texas Supreme Court for a lifetime appointment to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. His vacancy lasted only minutes, ending when Gov. Greg Abbott swore in his replacement, Jimmy Blacklock, Abbott’s general counsel...
Should jurors see disputed video in $8.5M workplace injury case?
 Injured on an oil rig off the coast of Egypt, mechanic Willie Williams was awarded $8.5 million by a Texas jury that blamed Houston-based Diamond Offshore Services for operating an unsafe rig that led to a career-ending back injury. Diamond, however, argues that the jury was deprived of one essential piece of evidence — surveillance...

Posted: 19 days ago

Injured on an oil rig off the coast of Egypt, mechanic Willie Williams was awarded $8.5 million by a Texas jury that blamed Houston-based Diamond Offshore Services for operating an unsafe rig that led to a career-ending back injury. Diamond, however, argues that the jury was deprived of one essential piece of evidence — surveillance...
Appeals court upholds Norwood conviction in Austin murder
 A state appeals court has upheld the capital murder conviction and life sentence given to Mark Alan Norwood in the 1988 death of Debra Baker, an Austin woman whose case went unsolved for more than two decades until efforts to exonerate Michael Morton turned up evidence linking Norwood to the deaths of Baker and Morton’s wife. Norwood...

Posted: 21 days ago

A state appeals court has upheld the capital murder conviction and life sentence given to Mark Alan Norwood in the 1988 death of Debra Baker, an Austin woman whose case went unsolved for more than two decades until efforts to exonerate Michael Morton turned up evidence linking Norwood to the deaths of Baker and Morton’s wife. Norwood...
Appeals court upholds Norwood conviction in Austin murder
 A state appeals court has upheld the capital murder conviction and life sentence given to Mark Alan Norwood in the 1988 death of Debra Baker, an Austin woman whose case went unsolved for more than two decades until efforts to exonerate Michael Morton turned up evidence linking Norwood to the deaths of Baker and Morton’s wife. Norwood...

Posted: 21 days ago

A state appeals court has upheld the capital murder conviction and life sentence given to Mark Alan Norwood in the 1988 death of Debra Baker, an Austin woman whose case went unsolved for more than two decades until efforts to exonerate Michael Morton turned up evidence linking Norwood to the deaths of Baker and Morton’s wife. Norwood...
Dog bite case makes it to the Texas Supreme Court
 It’s not often that a dog bite case makes it all the way to the Texas Supreme Court, but this one involves a bomb-sniffing dog trained in the Texas Hill Country and deployed to help military operations in Afghanistan. Lawyers on both sides warn that the outcome could have far-reaching effects on the military and those who help fight...

Posted: 27 days ago

It’s not often that a dog bite case makes it all the way to the Texas Supreme Court, but this one involves a bomb-sniffing dog trained in the Texas Hill Country and deployed to help military operations in Afghanistan. Lawyers on both sides warn that the outcome could have far-reaching effects on the military and those who help fight...
Prosecutors’ appeal accepted in Ken Paxton criminal case
 In a ruling that keeps alive, at least for now, the criminal prosecution against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the state’s highest criminal court announced Wednesday that it will determine whether the prosecutors in the case can be paid $300 an hour for their work. Unpaid since January 2016, the three prosecutors have said they...

Posted: 28 days ago

In a ruling that keeps alive, at least for now, the criminal prosecution against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the state’s highest criminal court announced Wednesday that it will determine whether the prosecutors in the case can be paid $300 an hour for their work. Unpaid since January 2016, the three prosecutors have said they...
Prosecutors’ appeal accepted in Ken Paxton criminal case
 In a ruling that keeps alive, at least for now, the criminal prosecution against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the state’s highest criminal court announced Wednesday that it will determine whether the prosecutors in the case can be paid $300 an hour for their work. Unpaid since January 2016, the three prosecutors have said they...

Posted: 28 days ago

In a ruling that keeps alive, at least for now, the criminal prosecution against Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the state’s highest criminal court announced Wednesday that it will determine whether the prosecutors in the case can be paid $300 an hour for their work. Unpaid since January 2016, the three prosecutors have said they...
Abbott names Austin lawyer Dustin Howell to new court bench
 Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday appointed Austin lawyer Dustin Howell to be the judge for a newly created state District Court in Travis County. The 459th District Court was created by the Legislature in May to handle civil matters. Howell practices civil appellate law as an associate at the McKool Smith law firm and previously represented Texas...

6:00 AM Saturday, Dec. 09, 2017

Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday appointed Austin lawyer Dustin Howell to be the judge for a newly created state District Court in Travis County. The 459th District Court was created by the Legislature in May to handle civil matters. Howell practices civil appellate law as an associate at the McKool Smith law firm and previously represented Texas...
Abbott names Austin lawyer Dustin Howell to new court bench
 Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday appointed Austin lawyer Dustin Howell to be the judge for a newly created state district court in Travis County. The 459th District Court was created by the Legislature in May to handle civil matters. Howell practices civil appellate law as an associate at the McKool Smith law firm and previously represented Texas...

10:20 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday appointed Austin lawyer Dustin Howell to be the judge for a newly created state district court in Travis County. The 459th District Court was created by the Legislature in May to handle civil matters. Howell practices civil appellate law as an associate at the McKool Smith law firm and previously represented Texas...
Democrats get a front-runner for governor: Lupe Valdez
 Giving Democrats their highest-profile candidate for the state’s top race, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez launched her campaign for governor Wednesday after better-known politicians took a pass against a well-funded GOP incumbent in a strongly Republican state. Valdez entered a crowded 2018 Democratic primary against at least seven...

11:57 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

Giving Democrats their highest-profile candidate for the state’s top race, Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez launched her campaign for governor Wednesday after better-known politicians took a pass against a well-funded GOP incumbent in a strongly Republican state. Valdez entered a crowded 2018 Democratic primary against at least seven...
Updated: Democrat Lupe Valdez is out as sheriff, in for governor
 Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez announced Wednesday that she will run for governor, giving Democrats their highest-profile candidate to date. Valdez submitted her resignation to Dallas County commissioners in the morning, then flew to Austin to file her candidacy paperwork with the state Democratic Party. “Good government is about...

1:10 PM Wednesday, Dec. 06, 2017

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez announced Wednesday that she will run for governor, giving Democrats their highest-profile candidate to date. Valdez submitted her resignation to Dallas County commissioners in the morning, then flew to Austin to file her candidacy paperwork with the state Democratic Party. “Good government is about...
Supreme Court rejects Texas case on gay marriage benefits
 The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to overturn a Texas ruling that raised questions about the rights of couples in same-sex marriages. The controversy arose in June when the Texas Supreme Court revived a lawsuit that sought to eliminate benefits offered to the same-sex spouses of city of Houston employees, ruling that the right to...

12:13 AM Tuesday, Dec. 05, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to overturn a Texas ruling that raised questions about the rights of couples in same-sex marriages. The controversy arose in June when the Texas Supreme Court revived a lawsuit that sought to eliminate benefits offered to the same-sex spouses of city of Houston employees, ruling that the right to...
Texas back in court on ‘discriminatory’ voter ID law
 Lawyers for Texas return to court Tuesday to try to save the state’s voter ID law, and there is more at stake beyond requiring photo identification at the polls. Republicans in the Legislature stand accused of blatant racism in enacting the 2011 law, and unless that finding by a federal judge is reversed, Texas could be forced to get...

11:19 PM Monday, Dec. 04, 2017

Lawyers for Texas return to court Tuesday to try to save the state’s voter ID law, and there is more at stake beyond requiring photo identification at the polls. Republicans in the Legislature stand accused of blatant racism in enacting the 2011 law, and unless that finding by a federal judge is reversed, Texas could be forced to get...
Supreme Court rejects Texas case on gay-marriage benefits
 The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to overturn a Texas ruling that raised questions about the rights of couples in same-sex marriages. The controversy arose in June when the Texas Supreme Court revived a lawsuit that sought to eliminate benefits offered to the same-sex spouses of city of Houston employees, ruling that the right to a marriage...

2:56 PM Monday, Dec. 04, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to overturn a Texas ruling that raised questions about the rights of couples in same-sex marriages. The controversy arose in June when the Texas Supreme Court revived a lawsuit that sought to eliminate benefits offered to the same-sex spouses of city of Houston employees, ruling that the right to a marriage...
House GOP changes speaker selection process, bypassing Democrats
 Texas House Republicans voted Friday to pre-select their House speaker candidate for the 2019 legislative session and beyond, effectively bypassing Democrats in filling the powerful leadership position. Conservative Republicans championed the change, hoping the speaker slot will be filled by a House member who is more conservative than the...

12:21 AM Saturday, Dec. 02, 2017

Texas House Republicans voted Friday to pre-select their House speaker candidate for the 2019 legislative session and beyond, effectively bypassing Democrats in filling the powerful leadership position. Conservative Republicans championed the change, hoping the speaker slot will be filled by a House member who is more conservative than the...
Updated: House GOP changes speaker selection rule, bypassing Democrats
 Texas House Republicans voted Friday to pre-select their speaker candidate for the 2019 legislative session and beyond, effectively bypassing Democrats in filling the powerful leadership position. Conservative Republicans championed the change, hoping the speaker slot will be filled by a House member who is more conservative than the current...

9:45 PM Friday, Dec. 01, 2017

Texas House Republicans voted Friday to pre-select their speaker candidate for the 2019 legislative session and beyond, effectively bypassing Democrats in filling the powerful leadership position. Conservative Republicans championed the change, hoping the speaker slot will be filled by a House member who is more conservative than the current...
Dallas County sheriff to run for governor, reports say
 Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez plans to resign and run for governor, Dallas-area media reported Wednesday evening — news that was greeted with a sigh of relief from Texas Democrats who were facing the 2018 elections without a well-known name atop the ticket. Valdez, who helped break a Republican grasp on Dallas County when she was...

1:19 AM Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017

Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez plans to resign and run for governor, Dallas-area media reported Wednesday evening — news that was greeted with a sigh of relief from Texas Democrats who were facing the 2018 elections without a well-known name atop the ticket. Valdez, who helped break a Republican grasp on Dallas County when she was...
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