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The ACLU in Texas – The Early Years

by Dave Richards | Thu, Oct 25, 2012 at 18:55 CST
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Fab Five

Remembering a recently departed progressive champion and four friends who helped galvanize the Texas left—and had a blast while doing it.

  The recent death of Don Kennard, longtime legislator and Democratic stalwart, caused me to unearth this photo of now-gone grand compadres. Left to right, they’re Malcolm McGregor of El Paso, Kennard of Fort Worth, Bill Kugle of Athens, Warren … Read More

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Texas’ Steady Hand: Dolph Briscoe, 1923-2010

Former Gov. Dolph Briscoe, who died on Sunday at 87, was first and foremost a decent and honorable man, qualities that seem in short supply these days. He was elected during a tumultuous time in Texas politics and restored calm, … Read More

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Wayne Justice

Civil Rights attorney and Observer contributing writer David Richards assesses the Judge Justice’s impact: See also: Justice for the Dispossessed: William Wayne Justice 1920-2009 U.S. District Judge Keith P. Ellison’s eulogy of Judge Justice » One of his clerks remembers Judge … Read More

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So Long to the Communist Threat

When Creekmore Fath died in June at 93, we’d officially seen the last of an influential cluster of liberal activists who came of age during the Great Depression at the University of Texas. It’s a generation worth celebrating, especially since … Read More

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Wild Man

I first came across Bob Burleson’s name in the preface to Justice William O. Douglas’ Farewell to Texas: A Vanishing Wilderness. “Jim Bowmer and Bob Burleson of Temple guided me through secret canyons of the Rio Grande,” Douglas recalled, “led … Read More

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Review

You Have the Right to Sue. Right?

If American citizens had been forced to rely solely upon federal regulators to protect themselves from asbestos exposure, we might still find ourselves routinely exposed. Republicans like to make hay about “avaricious” plaintiff lawyers, but it is precisely such lawyers, … Read More

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Junkyard Jim

The least peaceful person I have ever known has died peacefully. May he rest in peace. Jim Mattox was restless, irrepressible, and combative on plenty of occasions. He was never one to let sleeping dogs lie. As a kid, I … Read More

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Lifestyles of the Rich and Infamous

Bryan Burrough’s new book, The Big Rich: The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes, covers almost a century of Texas oil, and the players who prospered and failed in its pursuit. For those with an interest in … Read More

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The ACLU in Texas – The Early Years

On March 8, the Texas ACLU will celebrate its 70th anniversary. It’s a storied history full of setbacks and improbable victories. Today, the organization is as strong as it has ever been. After falling into disarray in the 1990s, the … Read More

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