Cruz continues attack on Dewhurst
By Joe Holley
In a Thursday night forum in Houston among candidates vying to succeed U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, former Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz picked up where he left off after a Dallas debate last month, blistering Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the front-runner.
Will Texas Supreme Court race hinge on the name Smith or Willett?
By Linda P. Campbell
You just have to roll your eyes with an OMG! when Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett says stuff like this: “People always comment on the sheer ferocity of the paper flow at the Supreme Court, and that’s certainly true. If anything, the biggest surprise is how swiftly it confirmed for me how metabolically hardwired I am for the cloistered, contemplative, cerebral and nerdy life of Supreme Court judging.”
Planned Parenthood a proxy in abortion fight
By Brian Chasnoff
A startling moment emerges at the end of an appeal filed this week in which Attorney General Greg Abbott fights doggedly on behalf of Texas to exclude Planned Parenthood clinics from participating in a Medicaid waiver program for low-income women.
Establishment Bona Fides
By Andrew Kerr
A new group is purporting to rate lawmakers as conservatives, yet their results are surprising. As the Dallas Morning News noted, “establishment Republicans” who vote badly can claim a conservative rating. It signals the strength of the conservative movement in Texas that philosophically weak legislators are looking for help covering up their representational records.
Todd Smith Will Say Anything (Then Raise Taxes)
By Michael Quinn Sullivan
As a trial lawyer and politician, Todd Smith says whatever people want to hear. Too bad for them that he’s saying different things. The problem for Todd Smith is that folks are starting to compare notes about what he says… and none of it is good for Texas.
Judge rules Texas can’t exclude Planned Parenthood from health program
By Chuck Lindell
Texas cannot proceed with plans to exclude Planned Parenthood from a health and contraceptive care program for low-income women, a federal judge ruled Monday.