With all the writing this Oregonian has been doing about Texans, of late, one might think that I had it in for them. I have to admit that I’m not pleased with the fools who voted in Rick the P%$^& and Republican majorities in the Texas House and Senate, but Texas has millions of fine people that must be dang tired of bending over and holding their ankles to get TEAbuggered! Therefore, I could not be more pleased to offer extreme kudos to State Senator Wendy Davis, who confounded Rick’s Regime.
A daylong filibuster by Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis to block abortion legislation appears to have succeeded Wednesday — temporarily, at least.
Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat, held her own starting at 11:18 a.m. Central Time on Tuesday, surviving several challenges that she had violated Senate filibuster rules, but as midnight neared, marking the end of the overtime special legislative session, the Senate chamber at the state Capitol decended [sic] into chaos.
When it appeared the filibuster would be halted and a vote taken on the legislation at about 11:45 p.m., opponents of the legislation who had packed the Senate gallery began to shout and chant, making it difficult for the Republican majority who were trying to force a vote, including Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst. Some Democratic senators held up cellphones, their screens displaying the time, shouting, “It’s after midnight!” Lawmakers crowded together at the front of the chamber, then left to confer with staff, but did not officially adjourn.
Initially, the Senate website showed votes had been cast Tuesday, and several Senate staffers said the legislation passed after a 17-12 vote and would go to Gov. Rick Perry, who supports it, for signing. The legislation, SB 5, would ban abortions at 20 weeks and require clinics providing abortions to upgrade or close.
But Dewhurst later announced that the vote had been held too late.
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Frankly, I thought this Republican assault on women was a done deal. Furthermore, Republicans did everything inhumanly possible to cheat. None of their claims that she had violated the rules were valid, and they shut down her filibuster illegally. Thank God for loud demonstrators. Then they tried to lie and say the illegal vote they took after the midnight deadline was before midnight and legal, but they backed down. I bet it was because demonstrators had hundreds of cell phone videos with time stamps to prove they were lying. Even now, the Texas Senate website says that a vote was taken, bot the results are not available, so beware! They may plan more TEAfoolery! But she beat them all with a little help from a few thousand friends. Hail Texas Heroine! That’s what a filibuster is SUPPOSED to be! [I have since learned that the misogynists have scheduled another special session, at taxpayer expense, on Monday.]
I don’t drink, but I sure wouldn’t want to get into a beer holding contest with that gal! I could NEVER stay away from my cat box for 13 hours!
Kudos for tying a knot in the elephant’s snout!