Texas Supreme Court

Texas has never seen an early voting surge like this before. Driven by the acrimonious contest between presidential candidates Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump, voting lines have been long ever since early voting kicked off on October 24th.

With 38 electoral votes, second only to California, keeping Texas a red state is critical to Republican plans  of retaking the White House. This is true for this Tuesday and into the future.

The likely presidential nominee for the Republican Party adds one of his chief Texas critics as his possible pick to replace the late Supreme Court-Justice Antonin Scalia.

If elected president, Donald Trump announced on Wednesday he would consider appointing Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett to the bench.   It’s a campaign strategy that Gov. Greg Abbott applauded following his latest book signing in Austin.  Abbott said it is essential that voters know who each presidential candidate would consider for a lifetime appointment to the high court.

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State GOP leaders are applauding a unanimous Texas Supreme Court ruling that described the state’s school finance system as “flawed” but constitutional.  Many of the 600-plus school districts that sued to gain greater education funding said they’re stunned and disappointed. 

Texas Supreme Court Upholds School Funding System

May 13, 2016
Houston ISD

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday issued a ruling upholding the state’s public school funding system as constitutional, while asserting it could be better. 

“Our Byzantine school funding ‘system’ is undeniably imperfect, with immense room for improvement. But it satisfies minimum constitutional requirements,” Justice Don Willett wrote in the court’s 100-page opinion, which asserted that the court’s “lenient standard of review in this policy-laden area counsels modesty.”

By Bob Daemmrich / The Texas Tribune

A large number of Texans — mostly middle class — 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, according to Nathan Hecht, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court.

But how many remains unknown, making the issue hard to address.

“These are not the very poor, these are people who are more middle income folks — and how many of them are there? It’s very difficult to tell,” Hecht said Monday. “By any estimate, it’s a large number.”

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