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June 26, 2013
"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." After a draconian anti-abortion bill succumbed to a filibuster late last night, Slick Rick Perry is calling another special legislative session in Texas. In announcing the session, which will begin July 1st, the Governor repeatedly named “protecting women” as one of the session’s goals, even though the bill would make it more difficult for women to obtain medically-necessary abortions. (Image credit: Getty) source

"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." After a draconian anti-abortion bill succumbed to a filibuster late last night, Slick Rick Perry is calling another special legislative session in Texas. In announcing the session, which will begin July 1st, the Governor repeatedly named “protecting women” as one of the session’s goals, even though the bill would make it more difficult for women to obtain medically-necessary abortions. (Image credit: Getty) source

20:47 // 1 year ago
14:38 // 1 year ago
An unruly mob, using Occupy Wall Street tactics, disrupted the Senate from protecting unborn babies.
Texas Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, pronouncing Texas Senate Bill 5 dead. source
4:34 // 1 year ago
June 25, 2013
At least let’s not make a mockery of the Texas Senate.
A Texas Senator delivered the best laugh line of the night as part of a parliamentary inquiry surrounding Sen. Wendy Davis’s filibuster. (via squashed)
23:46 // 1 year ago
August 3, 2012

Self-funding: Is it really worth it?

    • 58 political candidates gave $500,000 or more to their own campaigns in 2010
    • 11 of those 58 actually ended up winning their elections (roughly $19%)
    • $130Mtotal amount of self-donations to 2012 campaigns—so far source

    » Not much bang for the buck: Tons of money is needed to get a political campaign off the ground, but that doesn’t mean being rich out of the gate is a sure-fire win for wannabe politicians. In 2010, wrestling magnate Linda McMahon spent $50 million on her own Senate campaign only to be crushed by Richard Blumenthal, who’d raised a (relatively) modest $8.7 million. More recently, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst lost the GOP primary after giving $24 million to his own war chest—the most so far of any candidate this cycle. But this doesn’t seem to be discouraging wealthy candidates: McMahon is running for the Senate again this year, and her $8.8 million contribution constitutes 90% of what she’s raised so far.

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    7:22 // 1 year ago
    January 13, 2011

    Senator Hutchison, the Tea Party’s first 2012 victim

    • NO Kay Bailey Hutchison won’t run seek re-election source

    » Why not? Basically, the Texas Senator is afraid of falling victim to a Tea Party challenge. She has good reason, too: In a September poll, only 25% of Republicans said they’d support her for renomination. Granted, she does have a not-so-bad approval rating of 58%, but, as Public Policy Polling points out, both Lisa Murkowski and Mike Castle had even higher numbers prior to their primaries, and both lost to Tea Party challengers. In an entirely unrelated development, Texas Democrats were seen licking their chops shortly after Hutchison’s announcement.

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    22:14 // 3 years ago