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How Can You Know Who to Vote for in the Numerous Judicial Races?

Posted on · This election year, 40 individuals in the Houston area — and many more statewide — are running for various judicial seats, from the State Supreme Court to Justice of the Peace. That means voters might find themselves standing in a voting booth with just as many questions about who to pick for these seats — especially if they’re in a profession that […]

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Candidate Interview With Sheriff Ron Hickman: Tuesday’s Show (October 4, 2016)

Posted on · The November election is just over a month away, and early voting starts in less than a month. In these final weeks, we’ve been devoting time to two key races in Harris County, for Sheriff and District Attorney, and offering you a chance to talk directly with candidates vying for your vote. On today’s edition of […]

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Lawsuit Alleges the Way Texas Elects Judges to its Highest Courts is Unfair to Minorities

Posted on · Last month (July 2016), a civil rights organization sued the State of Texas, arguing the way the state elects judges for the Texas Supreme Court and the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals violates the Voting Rights Act. The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court saying the […]

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Galveston Bay, Electing Judges and Monty Python: Wednesday’s Show (August 10, 2016)

Posted on · The Galveston Bay Foundation and the Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) release the latest Galveston Bay Report Card today (Aug. 10, 2016). It’s an annual report that grades the health of the bay based on a number of factors, including water quality and coastal changes. On this edition of Houston Matters, Heather Schiappa with the Galveston Bay Foundation and […]

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Judges and Party Affiliation: Friday’s Show (March 25, 2016)

Posted on · Across the country, you’ll find different systems in place for naming and retaining judges. In some states, judges are named by the executive branch and approved or rejected by the legislature. In others, judges are named and then face “retention elections” at regular intervals when voters can choose to retain or dismiss the judge. Here […]