"...There are many words to describe the week in SB5: inspiring, unruly, historic. We'll add another – overwhelming..."
"...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..."
"...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.”..."
"...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"..."
"...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??"..."
"...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.”..."
"...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.”..."
"...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SB5 would have banned abortion at 20 weeks gestation (the so-called "Pre-Born Fetal Pain Bill"); that provision was withdrawn by its author, Sen..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...• 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.)..."
"...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...."
"...Sen. Wendy Davis joins supporters after SB5 is defeated...."
"...(Republican State Rep. Bill Zedler of Arlington tweeted that “we had terrorist [sic] in the Texas State Senate opposing SB5” – although his earlier timing suggests he may have been referring to Davis and the Dem opposition.) The rotunda filled with too many Texans to count, cheering and crying and chanting. Won or Lost?..."
"...David Dewhurst made his opinion clear when he Tweeted "pledge to Texas one thing: this fight is far from over. #txlege #sb5"..."
"...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..."