Monday, February 27, 2006

Republican Primary - The Chronicle endorses three candidates for places on the state's highest courts: The Houston Chronicle provides its endorsement for Texas Supreme Court Place 2 in this article.

Editorial – Our Recommendations: This editorial in The San Antonio Express lists its recommendations for the March 7th primaries, including Texas Supreme Court Place 2.

2006 Primaries – Texas Supreme Court (Republicans): Today’s edition of the Fort Worth Star Telegram includes this article comparing the candidates for Texas Supreme Court Place 2.
"Appointed justice facing his first political race": This article appeared yesterday in The Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Friday, February 24, 2006

In this short, bullet-point article, the Houston Chronicle summarizes the race for "TX SUP CT Place 2"

Monday, February 20, 2006

"Court Hears Insurance Cases on Reimbursement Right, Duty to Defend": Texas Lawyer contains this article (subscription required) discussing two of the oral arguments the Court heard last week. In the first case, the Supreme Court considered whether an insurance company has an extra-contractual right to be reimbursed for an uncovered claim if the insured never agreed to the reimbursement. In the second case, "the Supreme Court wrestled with whether a commercial general liability (CGL) insurance policy requires an insurer to defend its insured."
"The right choices for Texas' important high court posts": Today's Austin American Statesman contains this editorial about the only contested Texas Supreme Court race in this year's primaries, where Justice Don Willett, an appointed incumbent, is running for the GOP nomination against Steve Smith.

The Dallas Morning News had previously expressed its views on this Supreme Court primary here.

And, the Star-Telegram offered its opinions on the race here.

This article in today's San Antonio Express, "Texas Supreme Court: GOP candidates talk of fair resolutions", explains the candidates positions. Steve Smith said "he believes the most pressing issue facing the Texas judiciary is the inherent conflict of interest that arises from contributions from parties and attorneys with cases before the Texas Supreme Court." Don Willett "said the most important issue is public confidence. That is, that judges should adjudicate cases based on the law and their merits rather than legislate from the bench."

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Mixed Signals: With a special session on funding public education just around the corner, the state's leaders are still operating off different playbooks: Today's Houston Chronicle contains this article discussing how lawmakers only have until June 1 to meet a Texas Supreme Court order for a new funding plan to replace a school property tax system that the Court had previously declared unconstitutional.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

"Revenge, intrigue in high court races": Today's edition of the Houston Chronicle contains an article about this year's only contested primary race for the Texas Supreme Court. Earlier coverage of this race can be found here.