What’s on the ballot: Texas Supreme Court Justices

first_imgReddIt Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Twitter Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Madalyn Shircliffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/madalyn-shircliff/ What’s on the ballot: State Representatives What’s on the ballot: State Representatives Madalyn Shircliff is a sophomore journalism and political science double major from Fort Worth, Texas. She enjoys ice cream, waffles, and long walks through Washington, D.C. Linkedin Madalyn Shircliffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/madalyn-shircliff/ + posts Boschini: TCU monitoring travel ban effectscenter_img Linkedin Twitter printWhen it comes to openings on the Texas Supreme Court , the seat numbers don’t matter–but the competition does.Here are the openings for the Texas Supreme Court justices:Place 3Debra Lehrmann: The incumbent Republican has been a judge for 28 years. Her platform is that she interprets the constitution and the law strictly and under a conservative ideology.Lehrmann calls herself a “scholarly jurist and a strict textualist who believes in judicial restraint and who never legislates from the bench.”Mike Westergren: The Democrat from Corpus Christi was a judge for the 214th District Court for 16 years.Westergren wants to break up the GOP hold on the court: “I believe it is time for a person of my background and experience to make a contribution to the process of the Court.”Kathie Glass: The Libertarian is eyeing the Court after an unsuccessful run for governor in 2014.Rodolfo Rivera Muñoz: The Green Party candidate is a Coahuiltecan Indian. He was a Civil Rights lawyer for 36 years and his mission is to “bring Indigenous wisdom to Texas courts.”Place 5Paul Green: The incumbent Republican candidate for this seat considers himself to be a “constitutional conservative” and is a lifelong member of the NRA.Dori Contreras: The Democrat is running in an attempt to unseat a Republican in a Supreme Court that has been ruled by the party for 20 years. She has been a judge for the 13th court of appeals for 14 years.Tom Oxford: The Libertarian candidate has been a trial lawyer for 20 years.“In the post 9/11 world we have seen the two major parties lose their way,” Oxford wrote in his biography. “Historically we could rely on the Democratic party to protect our individual rights and the Republican party to protect our economic rights. Now fear governs both parties, with our rights and our pocketbooks the victims.”Charles E. Waterbury: The Green Party candidate is a lawyer from Dallas. The TCU graduate previously ran for the Texas Supreme court in 2012.Place 9Eva Guzman: The incumbent Republican was the first Latina to have a seat in the court.Guzman said: “The Court should address how we can: 1. Expand Veteran’s courts so we may better serve our Veterans. 2. Improve outcomes for children in the child welfare system. 3. Improve access to the civil courts by low-income Texans.”Savannah Robinson: The Democrat has never held an elected position before.“This is my first attempt at running for office,” Robinson told the Fort Worth Star- Telegram. “I am not slick, don’t thump a bible, and don’t have a political organization behind me. Like my opponent, I am a Latina.”Don Fulton: The Libertarian has been a lawyer since 1976 and is a proponent of small government and less control over legislation by the court.Jim Chisholm: The Green Party candidate has run for the Texas Supreme Court twice before. There is very little information about the candidate online.There are plenty of options for the Supreme Court this year; be sure to get out there and make your vote count. Madalyn Shircliffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/madalyn-shircliff/ Madalyn Shircliffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/madalyn-shircliff/ Facebook Facebook Previous articleFrog Report – West Virginia Recap and Texas Tech PreviewNext articleChancellor continues diversity discussion at Town Hall meeting Madalyn Shircliff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt What’s on the Ballot: United States Representative Madalyn Shircliff last_img read more

Journalist Akbar Ganji may die after 50-day hunger-strike

first_img Follow the news on Iran News News RSF_en Organisation Reporters Without Borders today condemned what it called “the criminal attitude” of Iran’s top leaders in refusing to release journalist Akbar Ganji, who has now been on hunger-strike for nearly 50 days.”They must release him for humanitarian reasons. He has been unjustly detained for more than five years but he is a determined man,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said, calling on the international community and journalists everywhere to join in exerting pressure on the Iranian government.Ganji will begin his 50th day without food on 31 July. He now weighs only 52 kg and is unconscious much of the day. He stopped eating on 11 June to protest against his imprisonment and conditions of detention.His wife, who was allowed to see him for a few minutes in hospital on 28 July, said he was extremely weak. He opened his eyes and saw her but then fell back into unconsciousness.Teheran state prosecutor Said Mortazavi, who was also at the hospital, once again accused her of wanting to kill her husband, a charge that has already appeared in a pro-government newspaper.Reporters Without Borders expressed outrage at this attitude and Mortazavi’s insulting remarks. It said Ganji’s suffering was the result of the regime’s hatred of him for his in-depth journalism and his fight for freedom of expression in Iran.Ganji’s condition has not improved despite his transfer to Milad Hospital, in northern Teheran, on 17 July. But Mortazavi is still pressing for him to have an operation that requires a general anaesthetic even though doctors say he is not strong enough for that.Ganji’s lawyer, 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi, told reporters she was “very worried” about his health. She has not been allowed to visit him.Reporters Without Borders also condemned the arrest on 25 July of another journalist, Masoud Bastani, who works for several reformist newspapers, including Etemad, Toseeh and Joumhoryat, and has written a lot about Ganji’s plight. He is being held at Teheran’s Evin prison, has not been allowed to receive visitors and may be transferred with common-law prisoners to a prison in Arak, in central Iran. “As well as being willing to let Ganji die, the authorities are also hounding and arresting those who have to courage to defend him,” the organisation said, calling for his release. June 9, 2021 Find out more IranMiddle East – North Africa After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out more Journalist Akbar Ganji will begin his 50th day on hunger-strike on 31 July. He now weighs only 52 kg and is unconscious most of the time. Despite being transferred to hospital, his condition is deteriorating. Reporters Without Borders condemns the “criminal attitude” of the country’s top leaders, who refuse to free him, and calls on the international community and journalists everywhere to campaign to save his life. News July 29, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist Akbar Ganji may die after 50-day hunger-strike News IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts Help by sharing this information Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more