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Texas, which celebrates its statehood December 29, is often remarked on for its outsized ego, which is credited variously to our unwieldy square mileage, our prior sovereignty, inbreeding, and too much natural flouride in the drinking water. But as this week’s news feature demonstrates, sometimes it legitimately seems as if democracy’s very future hangs on the state that brought you Texas v. White, Edgewood v. Kirby, Roe v. Wade, Lawrence v. Texas, and Esperanza v. City of San Antonio, to name a handful of impactful court decisions. And we ain’t done yet by half. Herein and online at you’ll find nearly a dozen tales and lawsuits that either originate in or directly relate to the Lone Star State and cut to the core of our unresolved constitutional issues. If we don’t fix ’em, the men and women in black will have to, and then you’ll be hearing about it.

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