Phillip Martin

With 11 Judicial Vacancies, Texas Has Most Open Court Seats in Country

A lot of attention is currently focused on the Supreme Court vacancy that resulted from the unexpected death of Justice Antonin Scalia.

In Texas, 11 of our federal court seats don't have a judge, far more than any other state in the country. Nine of those vacancies qualify as "emergency vacancies" - which means the delays are of extraordinary length and creating a back-up in the courts. Read more about With 11 Judicial Vacancies, Texas Has Most Open Court Seats in Country

VIDEO: Cornyn and Cruz Create Judicial Emergency by Slowing Nominations

For nearly three years, U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz have been slowing down the process associated with President Obama's ability to nominate federal judges in Texas.

So all of the issues you care about - immigration, health care, rights of same-sex couples - languish in court, causing a legal backlog of 12,000 cases and creating a judicial emergency because of politics. Read more about VIDEO: Cornyn and Cruz Create Judicial Emergency by Slowing Nominations

Four New Polls Added to Texas Polling Center

Our organization, the Texas Research Institute, manages the Texas Polling Center - an easy-to-search database of all of the publicly available Texas polls from the last five years.

We upload all the polls to our own database so they don't disappear, and so you can review the original results. We also maintain a robust system of tags to track how an issue or candidate performs over time, and have simple drop-down menus that make it easy to look up polls by topic or pollster. Read more about Four New Polls Added to Texas Polling Center

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