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News Ticker: June 28 - SB5 Edition
All the SB5 news that's fit to blog
DAILY News  June 28, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...There are many words to describe the week in SB5: inspiring, unruly, historic. We'll add another – overwhelming..."

Dewhurst Versus the First Amendment
Lite guv briefly blames press for SB5 crowd
DAILY News  June 29, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Full disclaimer: I was on the floor during the debate and personally pointed to the gallery twice. The first time was to point out to SB5 supporter Rep..."

UPDATE: Senate Filibuster in Progress
Close to vote on SB5; clock ticking
DAILY News  June 25, 2013, by Michael King
"...For a look at what happened on the Senate floor after midnight, see “YEA OR NAY?” For a brief on Republicans’ reaction (and nonreaction), see “Post SB5 Debate, No Word From Perry.” And for a blow-by-blow detailing of the SB5 battle, see “A Victory by the People.”..."

Communists! GOP Sees Reds Under the SB 5 Bed
New conspiracy theory: Bill opponents no longer mob, now Stalinists
DAILY News  June 28, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...First up was Caleb Troxclair, chief of staff to Rep. Phil King, who tweeted the Trib story with this bon mot: "Socialist organization and Occupy movement organized mob to stop #SB5"..."

Dewhurst Down, and Out Come the Jackals
UPDATE: Lite guv hopefuls turn on incumbent after SB 5 meltdown
DAILY News  June 27, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Of course, he was quickly proven to be wrong (a perfect conclusion to a session in which he took an embarrassing double defeat in his attempts to pass school vouchers and end the cap on charter schools). However, it's little secret how ambitious he is, and so it was no surprise that he quickly released a Facebook poll, asking his constituents "Do you believe the failure to pass SB5 means we need a change in leadership in the Texas legislature??"..."

A Sunday at the Capitol
Orange-clad abortion bill opponents witness House floor folly
DAILY News  June 24, 2013, by Dan Solomon
"...See Part 1 of Dan Solomon’s three-part series on SB5, “‘Let Her Speak!’” See Part 3 of Dan Solomon’s three-part series on SB5, “A Victory By the People.”..."

'Let Her Speak!'
Abortion hearing erupts into an emotional match
DAILY News  June 21, 2013, by Dan Solomon
"...See Part 2 of Dan Solomon’s three-part series on SB5, “A Sunday at the Capitol.” See Part 3 of Dan Solomon’s three-part series on SB5, “A Victory By the People.”..."

The Mad Men
Senate GOP votes to impose new abortion limits
DAILY News  June 19, 2013, by Jordan Smith
"...Rick Perry's adding abortion regulations to the session's call, four divisive measures that failed to pass during the regular session have been revived as Senate Bill 5, that would (1) require all abortion clinics to be transformed into ambulatory surgical centers; (2) require all abortion doctors to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles of every clinic where they practice; and (3) requiring two in-person visits with a doctor for women seeking medical abortion. Originally, SB5 would have banned abortion at 20 weeks gestation (the so-called "Pre-Born Fetal Pain Bill"); that provision was withdrawn by its author, Sen..."

You Make Me Wanna Shout!
An abbreviated playlist for the second special lege session
DAILY Music  July 11, 2013, by Abby Johnston
"...After the 20-minute shouts heard ’round the world, those that successfully blocked the restrictive SB5 in the first special session, lawmakers have made it crystal clear that any evidence of an “unruly mob” will lead to clearing the gallery. So while there may not be any shouting, they said nothing about banning the Isley brothers..."

Just a Bad Bill
Schoolhouse Rock! classic reworked for abortion rights fight
DAILY News  July 8, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...From Bright Light Social Hour's minimalist paean "Wendy Davis" to the epic Taiwanese animated retelling of the SB5 filibuster, there's no shortage of creativity surrounding the reproductive rights struggle...."

The AggreGAYtor: July 2
What happened today in gay? Here’s your QILTBAG recap of queer news.
DAILY The Gay Place  July 2, 2013


What to Expect When You're Expecting a Special Session
New bill numbers and potential arguments imminent
DAILY News  July 1, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...• SB5 (abortion restrictions that would reduce the number of abortion providers in Texas from 42 to five) becomes SB1 in the Senate and House Bill 2 in the lower chamber (also watch for SB9 by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, which would mimic the abortion-provider facility restrictions in SB1 when it comes to prescribing abortion drugs.)..."

Activist Suffers Stroke During Filibuster
Anne McAfee recovering at Brackenridge
DAILY News  June 28, 2013, by Amy Smith
"...She apparently became ill around 9pm and was assisted by others until paramedics arrived and transported her to Brackenridge, where she underwent surgery. McAfee remains in ICU but a family member reports she was cheered by the news that SB5 had been defeated, and that the Supreme Court had overturned the Defense of Marriage Act...."

Lege Lines
Rick Perry calls a second special session
News Story  June 28, 2013, by Richard Whittaker


'Chipping Away': A Texas Abortion Rights Timeline
News Story  June 28, 2013, by Jordan Smith


Point Austin: A Moment of Celebration
It's a long road, but we can walk it together
News Column  June 28, 2013, by Michael King


Post SB 5 Debate, No Word From Perry
Governor silent so far after abortion bill fails
DAILY News  June 26, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...David Dewhurst made his opinion clear when he Tweeted "pledge to Texas one thing: this fight is far from over. #txlege #sb5"..."

YEA OR NAY?
UPDATED: Senate session ends in chaos, but Dems emerge victorious
DAILY News  June 26, 2013, by Michael King
"...It is clear, however, that this battle has just begun, and it reaches far beyond the specific issues of SB5, as crucial as they are. Texans have seen the lengths the state GOP leadership will go to to impose their laws applauded only by hard-right Republican primary voters..."

GOP Attempts Stunt to Upstage Davis Filibusters
State reps, twiddling thumbs, pick up office supplies
DAILY News  June 25, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...Rep. Chris Turner, D-Arlington, called the stacks of paper "a cheap political stunt." Describing SB5 as "big government at its worst," he said, "If these Republican members who profess to be for limited government really believed in what they say, they wouldn't be for this bill."..."

Point Austin: In Defense of Women's Rights
The GOP does battle for a government of men, not laws
News Column  June 21, 2013, by Michael King


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