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Will SB 5 have a Fairy Tale Ending?

Hanging by a thread. By the skin of your teeth. These are phrases one might use when you just barely get something you want or you don't get what you want, but just by a little bit. I think it could go either way in this case, depending on what side of the issue you're on. If you live in the great state of Texas, you know that I'm talking about the near passage/failure of SB 5, a sweeping pro-life bill that the notorious Democrat Wendy Davis nearly filibustered to death. She was stopped only long enough to have it voted on and passed, but just minutes after the midnight deadline.

at Jun 30, 2013 5:37 PM
       

Gov. Perry Calls Special Session to Begin July 1st

AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today announced a Special Session of the Texas Legislature will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, July 1st.

"I am calling the Legislature back into session because too much important work remains undone for the people of Texas. Through their duly elected representatives, the citizens of our state have made crystal clear their priorities for our great state. Texans value life and want to protect women and the unborn. Texans want a transportation system that keeps them moving. Texans want a court system that is fair and just. We will not allow the breakdown of decorum and decency to prevent us from doing what the people of this state hired us to do.   Read more »

at Jun 26, 2013 5:02 PM
       

Pro-Choice Mob Disrupts Texas Abortion Vote, Bill Left Invalid

Most recent update: After hours of contemplation, Dewhurst declared that the vote happened after midnight and is invalid. Dewhurst blamed the unruly occupy-acting mob and the Straus House leadership for the failure of the bill. From what I understand, what happened was that the pro-life bill was not able to be voted on in time because the mob was creating

at Jun 26, 2013 9:40 AM
       

Chub, Scrub, Stuff and Stall

Orange t-shirts admittedly outnumbered those of us in blue at the Texas State Capitol on Sunday, June 23. However, in the long run, what mattered in the passage of the House version of Senator Heger's Senate Bill 5, sponsored in the House by State Representative Jodi Laubenberg, is that Texas voters had sent a clear majority of pro-life Republicans to the House of Representatives.

If you've always wondered about the meaning of "chubbing," look at the 6/23/13 record of the House video, available at the House website.

at Jun 25, 2013 8:48 AM
       

House State Affairs Disruption

Small child“There are many ways to kill a child, and abortion may be the kindest way to do it.”

That first line was not only a statement made by one woman who testified (watch the meeting at the House website, here), it was a recurring theme at the House State Affairs Committee meeting on June 20, 2013, even though there is no evidence that increased elective intentional abortion has ever decreased child abuse.   Read more »

at Jun 21, 2013 4:47 PM
       

Polling Shows 74% of Republican Primary Voters in Texas Want to Issue Driver’s Permit to Undocumented Immigrant Drivers Under Strict Conditions

Texas Capitol at Night with FlagsTwo years ago the Texas Legislature passed a law that has backfired on the drivers on Texas roadways. The law prohibited the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) from issuing a driver's license to any person who could not prove they were a legal resident of the state of Texas. This law was meant to appease the loud anti-immigrant movement and show that the Legislature was doing something about illegal immigration. Well, they did something alright...

at Jun 20, 2013 10:55 AM
       

Rhetoric and the Increasing Texas Budget

Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee Senator Tommy Williams has been plugging the “good conservative budget … we can all be proud of” that the Texas legislature passed and Governor Perry left largely intact. Senator Williams claims with this budget, “we are living within our means while funding our priorities.”

Is this really the case?   Read more »

at Jun 17, 2013 3:38 PM
       

Texas can Take Care of Texans! - We don't need your FEMA Dollars, Mr. President

Mr President, Texans can take care of TexansLike most of you, I was very disgusted to learn that last week Obama’s Federal Emergency Management Agency turned down Governor Perry’s request for emergency aid for the devastated town of West. We shouldn't have been surprised.  Look how he dragged his feet when Texas was in flames last summer. Unfortunately, we have found time and time again, it seems there is no low this president won’t sink to in order to make his desire for political retribution against the Lone Star State known.   Read more »

at Jun 17, 2013 11:35 AM
       

A Special Report: Thrown Away People

“If a piece of the building falls to the ground and breaks, they have insurance for that,” said a middle-aged man in a wheelchair in Houston. I sat in a small portable building behind a church, listening through an interpreter as the man, I’ll call him Miguel, told the story of how his spinal cord was injured when he fell on the job building homes along the Gulf Coast. “But, if I fall off a roof and I break, they don’t have insurance for me,” he said. I paused a moment before asking him any more questions, letting that sink in.

The Living Hope Wheelchair Association in Houston was founded to help men with these injuries

at Jun 16, 2013 4:10 PM
       

Is Texas Striving to Mimic California?

Among all of the tools governors have, the ability to veto bad bills is one of the most powerful. Usually this is wielded in a very limited way, and typically it is either to correct errors or unintended consequences not realized at the time of legislative passage of a bill, or at times a social issue will be at stake.     Read more »

at Jun 13, 2013 5:00 PM
       

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