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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

Texas: Campus Carry Will NOT Be on Special Session Call

The following is a release by the NRA Institute for Legislative Action:

While transportation, pro-life and juvenile justice issues have been added to the call for the current special session, the NRA has been informed that important Second Amendment issues such as campus carry will NOT be included. While Governor Rick Perry (R) has the authority to add subjects to the call, he does so with input from the Lieutenant Governor (who presides over the state Senate) and the Speaker of the House. Please express your dissatisfaction with the following officials:

Governor Rick Perry:

at Jun 12, 2013 6:54 PM

Rep. Allen Fletcher Re-Files Bill Prohibiting Sex-Selective Abortions

AUSTIN - In response to Governor Rick Perry adding the issue of abortion to the call of the special session today, Representative Allen Fletcher (Tomball/Cy-Fair) filed House Bill 55, prohibiting sex-selective abortions.

"It is not disputed that the horrifying practice of sex-selective abortion occurs in the world, most notably in countries where institutional and cultural biases encourage it," Rep. Fletcher said. "When I originally filed this legislation, some questioned whether this is actually an issue in Texas.

at Jun 12, 2013 3:26 PM


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