In Texas, a Never-Ending Battle Over Judicial Elections

Texas is one of seven states that holds partisan elections for judges, a practice that one watchdog group says can lead to conflicts of interest.

"We have a judiciary at the highest level, the Texas Supreme Court, that gets 40 to 50 percent of its campaign money from the very people who are practicing before that court," said Craig McDonald, head of Texans for Public Justice, a follow-the-money political watchdog.

Audio: Ben Philpott's story for KUT News

He thinks a fix is pretty easy: Move to an appointed judiciary. And he's not alone. Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice ...

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