This Week in Texas Politics

Texas politics IS ALWAYS FUN!

Some things have recently happened in my great state that shouldn’t go by without notice.

1) Wendy Davis:

  • “State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, who staged a filibuster in the Republican-led Senate two years ago to try to block more than $5 billion in education cuts, was removed from the Senate Education Committee by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, who released committee assignments late Friday.”
  • “State Sen. Wendy Davis, who survived a hard-fought re-election race in November, faces the prospect of defending her Tarrant County Senate seat again in the 2014 elections after drawing a two-year term in the Senate on Wednesday.”

2) Let’s turn Texas blue!

  • “While Texas may be big, the lessons of places like Colorado and New Mexico is that big change is possible over several cycles (and sooner than you think).  But engaging non-regular voters means starting earlier and year-around civic engagement.  And it also means more research and polling to understand the complex and incredibly diverse population of Texas.  All that’s expensive.  But with national funder interest, the resources needed to do that kind of work may finally be available in Texas.”

3) Roe v. Wade is 40 and Texas is a role model for the turning back the clock:

  • “Today in Texas, it is yesterday. Texas is the future of the past; it is a place where regressive politics and backwards thinking have resulted not in strong families and healthy kids but in 6.3 million uninsured people—the highest percentage of any state—and a consistently rising poverty rate.”

4) Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, one of my most favorite people in the world, was in town this week promoting her new book. She did an audience Q+A session with KLRU and The Texas Tribune, which is wonderful.

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