The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously rejected attempts by conservatives to remove children from traditional population counts.
Why Courts Matter
Today marks an important milestone in the fight against judicial obstruction in Texas.
Texas has eleven empty seats in its federal courts. That’s more vacancies than any other state in the country. When you add the length of those vacancies together, it adds up to twenty years of vacant court seats in Texas’ federal courts. A new court vacancy will come up on May 1. Read more about Twenty Years of Empty Seats in Texas' Federal Courts
A new poll from CNN found that two-thirds of Americans want the U.S. Senate to have a hearings on a new Supreme Court nominee.
The poll found that: Read more about Two-Thirds of Americans Want Hearing on SCOTUS Nominee
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
The U.S. Supreme Court announced it will take up the case on President Obama's executive order on immigration this spring, with a ruling expected in June of 2016. The court's ruling will determine the fate and future of five million undocumented immigrants, once again underscoring why courts matter. Read more about SCOTUS Will Take Up Obama's Actions to Keep Immigrant Families Together
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
We're halfway through the decade and the state of Texas still doesn't have final redistricting maps for Congressional and State House seats. The process has been stuck in Texas' courts for years, but an upcoming deadline for the 2016 election cycle has led some observers to at least hope the maps will be up soon.
This is yet another reason why courts matter. Read more about Will Texas Get New Redistricting Maps for 2016?
We've spent a lot of time highlighting the lack of nominees for our federal courts - specifically, the lack of women - in recent months. And now, responding to a public call to action, Sens. Cornyn and Cruz are finally putting forth a woman for Texas' courts, the first female nominee in four years. Read more about Senators Cornyn, Cruz Respond to Their Lack of Female Judicial Nominees
Today, the Austin American-Statesman ran an op-ed we wrote about Texas' judicial vacancy crisis. The op-ed, which was published under Progress Texas for identification purposes only, can be read online at the Statesman, or below. Read more about Justice Suffers While Cruz Delays Judicial Nominations
Texas' federal courts make rulings on almost every issue important to our state. While so much attention is given to the Supreme Court, it's critical to remember that dozens of federal judges in Texas have lifetime appointments to serve on lower federal courts, where they hear hundreds if not thousands of times the number of cases the Supreme Court hears.
And most of the time, on the biggest issues of the day, it’s the lower federal courts that have the final say. Read more about What 5,000 Days Without Federal Court Judges Means for Texas