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Kansas Chief Justice Pitches Lawmakers on Court Pay Hikes

Kansas Supreme Court Chief Justice Lawton Nuss is trying to persuade legislators to increase salaries for judges and pay for judicial branch employees. Nuss devoted much of his annual State of the Judiciary address Wednesday to what he described as the serious need to increase pay within the court system. He spoke to a joint session of the Legislature. The Supreme Court is seeking to increase the court system’s annual budget by about $22 million, or about 16 percent. Nuss told lawmakers that all judicial branch jobs pay below market rates, and some fall short by as much as 22 percent. He said nearly one-third of the court system’s employees work outside jobs to make ends meet. But some legislators see the spending increase as a tough sell. Source: Legal News Post Kansas Chief Justice Pitches Lawmakers on Court Pay Hikes

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Four decades of elections and my sense of dread has never weighed heavier | Commentary | Dallas News

Four decades of elections and my sense of dread has never weighed heavier | Commentary | Dallas News: I want to believe syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker when she writes, “Calm down. We’ll be fine no matter who wins.”But I can’t stop thinking about that man at Monday night’s Donald Trump rally who screamed — in a mere three-word sentence — both a vulgar slur and an act of violence toward Hillary Clinton. Source: TTLA E-Clips Four decades of elections and my sense of dread has never weighed heavier | Commentary | Dallas News

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Election 2016: ‘The voters are finally being heard,’ but what now for split Republicans? | The Star-Telegram

Election 2016: ‘The voters are finally being heard,’ but what now for split Republicans? | The Star-Telegram: COLLEYVILLE Reality TV star power and the fear of a long-hated foe helped Texas Republicans turn out voters like never before.But did they come out for the party? Or just to party with Trump?State Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake, met more new voters in the last two weeks than he’d ever imagined. They were still showing up Tuesday when polls closed on Trump’s victory and an election that broke records across Texas and America. Source: TTLA E-Clips Election 2016: ‘The voters are finally being heard,’ but what now for split Republicans? | The Star-Telegram

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Three Hispanic Republicans lose Texas House seats | The Texas Tribune

Three Hispanic Republicans lose Texas House seats | The Texas Tribune: Half of the Hispanic Republicans in the Texas Legislature are headed home.With the presidential race likely affecting the outcome of their races, incumbent Republicans�John Lujan,�Gilbert Pe�a�and Rick Galindo�all lost their seats in rematches for Texas House seats. All three incumbents were considered endangered as they fought off Democratic challengers for seats they wrested away in recent elections. Source: TTLA E-Clips Three Hispanic Republicans lose Texas House seats | The Texas Tribune

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Status quo holds in the Texas Senate | The Texas Tribune

Status quo holds in the Texas Senate | The Texas Tribune: While a few new faces will be added to the Texas Senate, the partisan makeup of the upper chamber will stay the same — 20 Republicans and 11 Democrats will take the floor when the Legislature convenes in January.�The nine contested Senate races on the 2016 general election ballot turned out as expected. In Senate District 24,�Republican Dawn Buckingham of Austin beat Democrat Jennie Lou Leeder by a wide margin in the only open seat that was contested by both major parties. Buckingham, who defeated state Rep. Susan King in the GOP primary runoff, will replace Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, who will retire at the end of his current term.� Source: TTLA E-Clips Status quo holds in the Texas Senate | The Texas Tribune

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