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Leffingwell? Leffingwell?
Really, there are only four words you need for this one. Lee Leffingwell. Re-election. Shower. Oh, and this one: Enjoy.

3:39PM Fri. Feb. 17, 2012, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

War on Women Heats Up in Washington, on Campaign Trail
Just when you thought lawmakers in Washington, D.C., couldn't possibly be any more arrogant, Republicans in the House on Thursday held a meeting on birth control – but wouldn't let any women speak.

7:58AM Fri. Feb. 17, 2012, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

Answering the Redistricting Questions
So after the latest two days of judicial hearings in San Antonio, the primary season is getting a little more settled: There is now a new potential date, and a handshake deal on a Senate map. After that, the news is not so good.

4:53PM Thu. Feb. 16, 2012, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Brothers Rise in the East
Much of the news on minority voters in Texas over the last couple of years has been bad: headlines incorporating unneeded Voter ID laws or state redistricting efforts designed to lessen the voting strength of minorities. Finally, here's some news of some local pushback: an Eastside-based effort to register new voters and encourage engagement.

3:45PM Thu. Feb. 16, 2012, Michael King Read More | Comment »

Judge Appointed to Consider Court of Inquiry
Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson today tapped a veteran North Texas jurist to preside over the court-of-inquiry for Williamson County Judge Ken Anderson.

1:56PM Thu. Feb. 16, 2012, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

Two Officers Fired In 'Spit/Slap' Incident
Two Austin Police Department officers have been terminated and two others have been suspended in connection with an incident in August during which Officer Michelle Gish hit a woman in the head after the woman allegedly spit on Gish.

1:40PM Wed. Feb. 15, 2012, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

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'No Compromise' on Gerrymandering Travis
In the latest twist in redistricting, the State of Texas has said it is nearing a deal on Congressional maps, but there's one big issue. They refuse to back down on the vicious gerrymandering of Travis County and in particular Lloyd Doggett's seat, Congressional District 25.

3:44PM Mon. Feb. 13, 2012, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Federal Judges Still Want April Primary
In a sign that the San Antonio panel may be growing impatient, the judges in the redistricting court case sent an order to all parties on Friday: Work all weekend on an agreement and be in court Feb. 14 for up to two days of hearings, because we really want to save the April primary date.

11:47AM Mon. Feb. 13, 2012, Richard Whittaker Read More | Comment »

Ken Anderson Should Face Court of Inquiry in Morton Case
State Judge Sid Harle on Friday signed off on a probable cause affidavit, setting the stage for Williamson County Judge Ken Anderson, who prosecuted Morton, to face a court of inquiry into whether he deliberately concealed from Michael Morton exculpatory evidence that could have helped him avoid a murder conviction for his wife's brutal 1986 murder.

5:47PM Fri. Feb. 10, 2012, Jordan Smith Read More | Comment »

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