Yearly Archives: 2008

The Life Penalty

Juan Leonardo Quintero was on the expressway to Texas death row. Prosecutors had the 34-year-old on video confessing to gunning down a police officer who had just handcuffed him and sat him in the backseat of his patrol car on …

Proposition This

It’s been three years since Texas voters overwhelmingly passed Proposition 2, glomming a strictly heterosexual definition of marriage onto the state constitution. But just as in the rest of the country, the shock of the passage of a similar measure …

Whack-A-Speaker

One evening a week after the Nov. 4 election, hundreds of Texas power brokers filed into their favorite haunt near the state Capitol, the venerable Austin Club, to welcome newly elected Democratic House members. The post-election event drew veteran lawmakers …

The Latino Factor

Before she filed to run for a spot on the Texas Supreme Court, Linda Reyna Yañez received some unsolicited advice. “I was told, don’t use your maiden name because then people might think, ‘Oh Linda Yañez-maybe she’s a white woman …

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