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Watch Out Texas: Here Come the Trial Lawyers



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The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article about a Republican primary in Texas. Trial lawyers are financing several candidates for Texas Supreme Court with the intention of recapturing the court and reliving their glory days from 30–40 years ago, before tort reform made the state safe for doctors and shut off the spigot of easy money for plaintiffs’ lawyers. What’s new is that they are Republicans:

That’s because after decades of Republican domination on the Supreme Court, lawyers who typically give to Democrats have realized that backing Republicans is their best shot at winning. Democratic donor and trial lawyer John Eddie Williams, for instance, hosted a fundraiser for the three challengers last week. The primary challengers have all branded themselves as “the conservative candidate,” though Mr. Perry and the states two GOP senators, John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, have all endorsed the incumbents.

Read the whole thing here.



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