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Wendy Davis channels anger of millions as new Texas makes itself heard
 


30 June 2013 at 9:23:19 PM
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From The Guardian: The dramatic events of Tuesday night brought to the surface tensions that had been building for years – in an increasingly diverse Texas where white Republican men still call the shots.

The moment was years in the making. It was 11.45pm Tuesday night, and the Texas Senate was poised to enact perhaps the most restrictive anti-abortion bill in the United States. State senator Wendy Davis had filibustered the bill for 11 hours in a remarkable attempt to run out a 30-day special legislative session.

Hundreds of thousands of people across the country began to follow Davis's dramatic filibuster on an internet livestream. They saw Republicans use procedural technicalities to cut her off, and with just 15 minutes left before a midnight deadline, Democrats finally seemed out of maneuvers.

Then state senator Leticia Van de Putte, a Democrat from San Antonio who had rushed back to the Texas Capitol from her father's funeral, asked to be recognized to speak. The Republican presiding officer at first ignored her. When she was finally given the floor for an inquiry, Van de Putte asked: "At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over the male colleagues in the room?"

The orange-clad abortion-rights supporters packed in the gallery burst into cheers. Their shouts grew louder and louder until they drowned out the final minutes of the session, preventing Republicans from passing the bill. No one in the Texas legislature had ever seen anything like it.

The day's dramatic events that captivated people across the country – the 11-hour filibuster, the dramatic fight over arcane Senate rules, and the decisive 15 minutes of ear-splitting whooping and hollering from the gallery – were the result of political tensions building in Texas for years.

There's a saying: "Texas is paradise for men and dogs, but hell for women and horses." That's a little outdated and not completely accurate: in fact, horses are treated pretty well here. Women in Texas have had a difficult time.

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1 - salon   1 Jul 2013 @ 10:33:01 AM 

I really do like living in Texas and I'm blue. I'm convinced that it is a two prong problem of not having enough Democrats actually run for all offices and secondarly, not enough people that are NOT Republicans turning out to vote.


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