Day: September 30, 2013

Exclusive Interview with US Senator Richard Lugar

In this Baines Report exclusive, Kaitlin Sharkey interviews Sen. Lugar on the UN’s potential reaction to noncompliance in Syria, the impact of partisanship on US foreign policy, and his advice for future policymakers. Sen. Lugar gave a public lecture at the LBJ School on September 26. Photo credited to Sasha Haagensen [soundcloud url=”″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true”...

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Justice For Sale: How Judicial Elections Are Corrupting Our Court System

When Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson steps down on October 1, Texas will not only be losing a judicial leader, it will also be losing a champion for judicial reform. As chief justice, Jefferson spoke out forcefully for reforming the way Texas chooses its judges. Texas, like many other states, elects its judges.[1] This means that Texas’ judges, like its legislators and governors, must run for office as a member of a political party. It also means that these judicial candidates must fundraise in order to run a competitive campaign. Texans expect judges to remain neutral referees...

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