| Jul 13, 2013
| 8:15 AM
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican lawmakers passed a bill that would give Texas some of the nation's most restrictive abortion laws and force most of its clinics to close, leading Democrats to promise a fight over the contentious measure in the courts...
| Jul 7, 2013
Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis, who rocketed to fame by filibustering the Texas Legislature for 11 hours over abortion rights, reminds me of Ginger Rogers. I mean that in a good way.
Rogers famously did everything that her great dance partner Fred Astaire...
| Jul 1, 2013
| 3:17 PM
The pro-choice side won the last battle in the abortion wars. It's overconfident about the next one.
Gov. Rick Perry has summoned the Texas Legislature for a second special session to pass legislation regulating abortion. The bill was set to pass at the...
| Jun 26, 2013
| 9:43 AM
Truth is stranger than fiction, and the Texas Legislature may be stranger than them all.
On Tuesday night, state Sen. Wendy Davis attempted a herculean 13-hour filibuster to stop the passage of SB5, a bill seeking to ban, among other things, abortion...
| Jun 27, 2013
| 9:21 AM
Abortion rights supporters may as well put away those champagne glasses.
Jubilation probably came a bit prematurely for those celebrating the demise of the Texas measure that would turn back the clock on reproductive rights.
While many thought...
| Mar 16, 2012
| 11:35 AM
Redrawing Congressional voting district maps is never easy. But in Texas, in the midst of this election year, the already contentious process has been made even more volatile with its mix of race and politics.
When 2010 Census numbers showed that Texas's...
| Aug 27, 2012
| 2:02 PM
A 65-year-old man who repeatedly sexually abused two sisters has been sentenced to 99 years in prison with no possibility for parole.
Last week, jurors in state district Judge George Gallagher’s court convicted Charles Samuel Burgess II of one...
| Aug 3, 2012
| 7:57 AM
A former North Texas teacher has been given the maximum sentence for sexual assault of children under 14. The charge carries punishment of 25 years to life in prison with no possibility of parole; yesterday a Tarrant County jury sentenced 60-year-old...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 4:30 PM
It suddenly hit me this week: I don't live in the real world. I live in Washington, D.C.
In the real world, nobody would argue about renewing the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). It's a no-brainer. Violence against women, all women, is wrong. Only in...
| Oct 2, 2012
| 2:26 PM
When Governor Rick Perry was making out his calendar for the month, he probably thought he would be the Republican standing on the stage in Denver this week debating President Obama. But that would be a no.
Instead, he came to Houston to talk economic...
| Nov 3, 2011
| 4:36 PM
Death row: Hank Skinner's attorneys had requested DNA testing of evidence untested before his trial in 1995, but a Texas judge said no; Skinner is now on death row....
| Jan 22, 2012
| 4:36 PM
For those who follow political and legal controversies over the Voting Rights Act, there were a couple of eyebrow-raising features of the Supreme Court’s decision last week in a Texas case. The court rejected an interim redistricting plan...