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Trump picks Gorsuch for U.S. Supreme Court, bypassing Willett

Neil Gorsuch, a judge on the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
Neil Gorsuch, a judge on the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday named U.S. appeals court judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court, picking him from a list of candidates that had include Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett. In a primetime announcement, Trump said Gorsuch, who sits on the Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, will replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. 

Don R. Willett, Justice on the Supreme Court of Texas. He was appointed by Governor Rick Perry on August 24, 2005.
Don R. Willett, Justice on the Supreme Court of Texas. He was appointed by Governor Rick Perry on August 24, 2005.

Analysis: Texas Judge Tweets While Trump Auditions for GOP

You already knew about Donald Trump’s reverence for Twitter, but it’s still surprising that a Texas judge known mainly for his funny tweets would land on the Republican presidential candidate’s list of possible U.S. Supreme Court nominees.

State Sen. Wendy Davis and Attorney General Greg Abbott before their debate at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance in Edinburg on Sept. 19, 2014.
State Sen. Wendy Davis and Attorney General Greg Abbott before their debate at the Edinburg Conference Center at Renaissance in Edinburg on Sept. 19, 2014.

The Brief: Sept. 30, 2014

The major party nominees for governor — Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis — hold their second and final debate tonight in Dallas. The smart money is on an encounter similar to the first one held 11 days ago in Edinburg.

Former state Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, shown in 2011, took the reins as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System in 2014.
Former state Sen. Robert Duncan, R-Lubbock, shown in 2011, took the reins as chancellor of the Texas Tech University System in 2014.

Updated: The 2012 Holdouts List

Some are waiting to see what the courts will do. Others want to see if any opponents surface. Regardless, with six days to go until the filing deadline, how many incumbents haven't filed yet? A whole bunch.

U.S. Senate candidates Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst
U.S. Senate candidates Ted Cruz and David Dewhurst

Campaign Chatter

Ted Cruz tries to lure David Dewhurst into a fight, while Tom Leppert taunts them both in a new TV ad.

Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett (center with glasses) at the State of the Judiciary speech in the House chamber on February 23, 2011.
Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett (center with glasses) at the State of the Judiciary speech in the House chamber on February 23, 2011.

Smith Eyes a Return

Austin lawyer and anti-affirmative-action advocate Steven Wayne Smith is planning a return to the Texas Supreme Court.