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Wed Jun 26, 2013, 07:33 PM

It lasted about as long as the filibuster.

Around 4 a.m. last night I removed the upside Texas flag as my avatar in celebration of the victory quashing SB 5 and I was proud of our legislators.

With the news of Perry calling another special session where all of the abortion bills will likely be reintroduced, it's time to hoist it again. From a legislative perspective, the only strategy that I am aware of to block this crap again is to never let a quorum assemble so that one of the chambers cannot convene. This puts the Democrats on the hook as obstructionists and would be somewhat expensive for our legislators if they seek refuge in another state.

It is doubtful that Democrats could block a quorum from forming since Democrat Lucio is willing to approve the restrictions due to his Catholic upbringing so it may require the House to force quorum calls.

More wasted time and more wasted money since the new laws would probably not stand up to scrutiny in the courts. The best negotiating strategy I see otherwise is to begin the prosecution of the Senate clerk for tampering with a government record for the tampering of the Senate voting record which apparently was altered after midnight in an effort to show that the bill was voted on before midnight.

If the lawyers on this forum have any other ideas please feel free to join the discussion and propose solutions. My expertise is limited to the knowledge of a lay person.

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Reply It lasted about as long as the filibuster. (Original post)
TexasTowelie Jun 2013 OP
Democracyinkind Jun 2013 #1
Ilsa Jun 2013 #2
sonias Jun 2013 #3
TexasTowelie Jun 2013 #4
Melissa G Jun 2013 #5
sonias Jun 2013 #6
Melissa G Jun 2013 #8
TexasTowelie Jun 2013 #7
mbperrin Jun 2013 #9
TexasTowelie Jun 2013 #10
mbperrin Jun 2013 #11

Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 07:41 PM

1. Let me just say

That the fact that they will be pushing back will make the ultimate victory that much more joy- and meaningful.

It sucks that it's not over. But sometimes the fight itself is worth the hassle. We all know that ultimately, things will change and stay that way.

Red - purple - blue. Let's call it evolution.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 07:52 PM

2. I think the waste of money is worth making noise

over, especially if we can put it in equitable terms such as: that could have paid for three new speech therapists, forty teachers, etc.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 07:58 PM

3. It is how they operate

Texas repukes are like spoiled children, if they don't get their way they will cry and whine and cheat until they do. It is a temporary victory in the long game plan. Unfortunately for us who have been in the trenches for awhile - we wanted a longer win. Reality check probably told you this was going to happen - Perry calling a second special. Money they waste is no concern to them. It's taxpayer money - not their money.

Anyway the only thing I can say to you is that it will happen someday. Texas will turn blue. And we'll be as big a prize as California. Of that I am 100% convinced. And I think you know it too. Hopefully we will both live to see that day. Until then, savor every little victory, like last night's win and keep your head up high.

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Response to sonias (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 08:05 PM

4. I know how the legislative process work so I knew that it would only be a temporary victory.

The worst thing though is on top of SB 5 they will also get to introduce the other two abortion bills that were killed because of calendar considerations. They will keep the stipulations of SB 5 so it looks like that at least a few centers will remain, then they tune the other two bills to eliminate the five centers that remain.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 08:35 PM

5. They are already walking the vote tampering back.

This from Quorum report:

LEGISLATIVE REFERENCE LIBRARY ISSUES EXPLANATION ON CHANGING TIME STAMPS IN SB 5 DEBATE -- "The LRL strives to ensure the information in TLO is timely and accurate, and as part of our normal business process, the LRL ultimately verifies actions posted in TLO against the official journals of the senate and house. TLO actions should be considered preliminary until verified against official senate and house records."

http://www.quorumreport.com

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Response to Melissa G (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 08:37 PM

6. "TLO actions should be considered preliminary"

Classic weasel words.

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Response to sonias (Reply #6)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 08:54 PM

8. If the Dems had done this there would be indictments and a media blitz witchhunt

which would go on for months.
Weasel words get pubs "magic Get out of Jail free cards" when no one even says they ought to go to jail. Abbott stands guard to keep them safe and weaselly.

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Response to Melissa G (Reply #5)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 08:42 PM

7. Please pass the Kool-aid.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 10:31 PM

9. I need someone to turn this pic into a poster.




Caption should read: "I'm gonna make this face until I get myyyyyy way! Wahhhhhhhhh!"

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Response to mbperrin (Reply #9)

Wed Jun 26, 2013, 11:16 PM

10. I haz skillz!








I thought that I'd make two--one with white text for legibility and the other with Republican red text.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Reply #10)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:37 AM

11. EXCELLENT! Thank you!

Gonna be seen far and wide.

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