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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:13 PM

Wendy Davis' abortion law filibuster may be a 'Texas Spring'


http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-is-wendy-davis-abortion-law-filibuster-a-texas-spring-20130627,0,6885101.story
LA Times 6/27/13

Wendy Davis' abortion law filibuster may be a 'Texas Spring'

Abortion rights supporters may as well put away those champagne glasses.

Jubilation probably came a bit prematurely for those celebrating the demise of the Texas measure that would turn back the clock on reproductive rights.

While many thought that Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis’ bold filibuster killed the bill outlawing abortions after 20 weeks’ gestation, it merely served to postpone what many think is inevitable: the passage of yet another state measure restricting abortion and creating an insurmountable regulatory obstacle for all but five of the state’s 42 abortion clinics, by requiring them to offer the same level of care as ambulatory surgery centers.

Terri Burke, executive director of the Texas ACLU and a fierce opponent of the proposed Texas measure, SB 5, told me on Wednesday that, barring a miracle, she expects the Legislature will pass the bill at some point in the special session that Republican Gov. Rick Perry called for Wednesday, the day after Davis’ dramatic 11-hour filibuster. The special session, which will deal with the abortion bill as well as bills dealing with transportation and juvenile justice, is to convene July 1.

“I am the eternal optimist,” said Burke. “There may be something we haven’t though of to stop it but absent that, yeah, I think it will pass.”


Please make it so!!! - the Texas Spring part I mean Really if it just accomplishes waking up the women of Texas to vote. That will be huge.

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sonias Jun 2013 OP
MagickMuffin Jun 2013 #1
sonias Jun 2013 #2
MagickMuffin Jun 2013 #3
NoPasaran Jun 2013 #4
sonias Jun 2013 #5
NoPasaran Jun 2013 #6
onestepforward Jun 2013 #7
yellowdogintexas Jul 2013 #8
onestepforward Jul 2013 #9

Response to sonias (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:45 PM

1. That's exactly what I was telling hubby

That this was like the Arab spring, which he thought was pretty funny.

I wish I had Wendy as my Senator, unfortunately I'm stuck with Kelly Handcock A worthless t'bagger.
I suppose I need to let his office know I STAND WITH WENDY!



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Response to MagickMuffin (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:52 PM

2. Let the Spring begin!

Hi Magic

This is a very long interview with some Texas talking heads on Texas Tribune (30 minutes) but it was very helpful to me to let me understand how the GOP blew it on this one. I hope other people see how badly the pukes govern or conduct meetings.

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/06/26/tribcast-the-post-filibuster-review/

Reeve, Ross, Becca and Evan review the events of state Sen. Wendy Davis' national-newsmaking filibuster on an omnibus abortion bill that dramatically closed out the first special session.


Every little fight gets Democrats closer to winning a statewide race!

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Response to sonias (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:41 PM

3. Thanks for the link I'll read later tonight

I am almost certain that the cheaters are busy as bees to get Wendy's seat gerrymandered. They tried last year, so they will be trying even harder now that she has become a bigger thorn in their sides.

If they do that I hope she might consider running for Lt. Governor and Castro for Governor. I believe she could really kick some major league ass as LG.

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Response to sonias (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 07:17 PM

4. The good news is that unlike what's happened with the Arab Spring

We're already ruled by an intolerant regime of hardline religious extremists who at best pay lip service to democracy.

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Response to NoPasaran (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 10:24 PM

5. Are you saying that our Texas Spring is pointless?

The thought of at least breaking 48% in a statewide race and being competitive sounded achievable within the next few years. Please don't break my dream.

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Response to sonias (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 10:32 PM

6. No, I'm hoping that regime change in Texas might actually lead to an improvement in our society

The jury's still out on what's been happening in the Middle East.

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Response to sonias (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 11:05 PM

7. Wendy is a bright ray of light

that I think we all needed as Texan Democrats, and for Democrats in general. She lit up our hearts and make us feel proud. She very well may have jump-started a change in a new direction.

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Response to onestepforward (Reply #7)

Wed Jul 3, 2013, 10:00 PM

8. It is as if everyone is waking up from a Rip Van Winkle sleep and realizing they are NOT ALONE

as Democrats.
One of my favorite new spots on FB is Living Blue in a Red State, which has individual pages in each state as well. Lots of activity and info coming from all the sites that have suddenly started being shared by my FB friends.

Look she is MY senator and I love her; don't want to lose her but she is definitely destined for greater things.

One of the important things is for all of us to help shape her as a multi focal candidate. She is most definitely NOT a one issue woman. She is very business friendly as shown when she was on the FW City Council. She is a fighter for all of us: children, women, the poor, education. Any chance you get to point out other cool things she has done...please do.
Lots of people do not know this was her second successful filibuster. She ran the clock out on an education bill last session. It wasn't 13 hours on her feet but she did it just the same.

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Response to yellowdogintexas (Reply #8)

Thu Jul 4, 2013, 12:21 AM

9. She's definitely multi-focused.

I've been reading about her on DU and other sites for a while now. I remember when Dewhurst took her off the education committee after her first filibuster, so last week wasn't their first tango.

She's a fighter for many causes and I hope that one day she'll be our Governor or Senator

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