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Offline Implode

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Texas Senate and Wendy Davis's Filibuster
« on: June 26, 2013, 01:00:55 AM »
https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/texas-state-sen-davis-filibusters-stop-abortion-restrictions-article-1.1382624

https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/06/25/wait-how-did-texas-stop-wendy-davis-filibuster/

So people have been going crazy about this for the past couple hours. Apparently the Texas senate figured out some questionable way to end a filibuster. There was a huge commotion in the gallery. Many people were outraged, and a few were arrested. The building was locked down for a time.

https://youtu.be/qsfmNF3u2yo



And then the senate passed the bill even though the midnight deadline had passed.





I'm pretty bad at explaining things, and I don't know entirely what's going on. But this seems to be a big enough deal to where I felt like I needed to make a thread. Were the reasons behind stopping her filibuster legitimate? Was this bill passed legally before midnight?
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Re: Texas Senate and Wendy Davis's Filibuster
« Reply #1 on: June 26, 2013, 08:43:50 AM »
That whole thing is a hoot. I suspect the end result will be that there are provisions in place to close the chamber before big votes from now on. Still, I like Dewhurst's response. "It's been real. See ya in two years."  :lol
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Re: Texas Senate and Wendy Davis's Filibuster
« Reply #2 on: June 26, 2013, 11:32:15 PM »
The other shoe dropped earlier today when Governor Hair exercised the one actual power a Texas governor has and called for a special session of the Senate to pass the abortion ban that didn't get voted on last night. My guess is that the democrats will be able to stall it again, but it's hard to tell. If they do, that will probably help them in the long run. The GOP is making abortion their key policy in Texas now, and I don't think it has much support. By and large, Texas is still pretty keen on individual rights. Focusing so much effort on it will likely cost them next year, assuming the issue is still in play.
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