Texas Is You!


Jessica Mason Pieklo: On Monday, the Texas State House voted overwhelmingly to pass a draconian proposal that would ban all abortions after 20 weeks, as well as adding stringent new restrictions on how clinics get licensed. The intent was clear: Supporters of the bill, known as SB 5, openly acknowledged that the law would have closed 37 of the state’s 42 clinics, leaving hundreds of thousands of women in Texas and neighboring states like Oklahoma with no way to access abortion care. With a conservative majority in the State Senate and the support of Governor Rick Perry, the measure seemed certain to become law. But on Tuesday, Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis, backed by an army of feminist supporters, launched an epic 13-hour filibuster and shut the whole thing down.

Just before the midnight deadline, Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst sustained a third and final challenge to Davis’ filibuster – this one on the germaneness of discussing the 2011 law that forces Texas women to undergo invasive ultrasounds – and called for a vote. Hundreds of protesters who had gathered in the senate gallery erupted in outrage. With the clock still running, Davis’ colleagues stepped up.


State Senator Leticia Van De Putte, who arrived at the Capitol in the afternoon after spending the morning at her father’s funeral, challenged Republican leaders at the podium who did not recognize one of her attempts to speak: “At what point does a female senator need to raise her voice to be heard over the male colleagues in the room?” Van De Putte’s procedural mic drop prompted even louder, sustained cheering from the crowd; Republicans pounced on the chaos, trying to force through a vote.


But with a gallery still packed with Democratic lawmakers and supporters – and upwards of 180,000 people around the country watching a livestream of events online – Republicans could sustain the fiction only so long. After three hours of continued protests, disputes and meetings inside Senate offices, state senators finally confirmed to the Texas Tribune the vote was invalid. The bill was dead. Like California during the 1980s, Texas is turning blue thanks to women and people of color, and the right wing has no real plan or platform to capture those voters. Instead, they had planned to hold the state by force, as Tuesday night’s events made clear. What they didn’t plan on was Davis and her feminist army. And they’re not going anywhere.

More of this fabulous article, including Sen. Wendy Davis’s amazing personal story here




The battle for 2014 has begun in every county, city, and state. That bell has already been rung so heed its call and find out what you can do to help the DCCC, DSCC, OFA, Battleground Texas, and Individual Congressmembers. Donate, volunteer, tweet, email, call, and spread the word because yes, there is gerrymandering but we can win. Texas showed that. Texas is you. YOU are Texas so make your voice heard. To those in Blue states, do not get complacent. Find out what you can do around you and also, how you can help red states turn purple and eventually blue. Organizations like Battleground Texas need your help too. Something was stirring in Texas last week, last night and through the early hours of the morning. The fight will be tough but we will get there and we will prevail.


103 Responses to “Texas Is You!”

  1. June 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    From end of last thread….. In 2009 Snowden said leakers should be “shot in the balls” re: Stuxnet & Wikileaks…twitter link has cached chats.

  2. June 26, 2013 at 2:37 pm

  3. June 26, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    “The shrewdest, most manipulative and radical politician in this city isn’t the president or a member of Congress. He’s the chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, John G. Roberts Jr.

    Roberts assured the nation during his 2005 confirmation hearing that he would be an umpire of constitutional law, but instead he has become the cleanup hitter, manager and team owner.

    In a now familiar two-step of jurisprudence, the Roberts Court on Wednesday tactically ceded ground it did not regard as crucial — this time, on two gay rights cases. Cable TV was full of smiling gay rights activists, happy that the Supreme Court had effectively restored same-sex marriage in California and ensured federal benefits for same-sex couples married in the 12 states (and D.C.) that sanction it.

    But politically, these tolerant rulings on the country’s social fabric deflect attention from the Roberts Court’s deeper goal: to remove the federal government as an impediment to corporate, state and local power. In other words, to dismantle a framework of progressive laws and court rulings stretching back to Teddy Roosevelt, the New Deal and the Great Society.

    “Roberts has a long-range plan for radical change,” said Norman Ornstein, a senior scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. “And he’s moving faster than he thought possible when he started eight years ago.””


    • 15 57andfemale
      June 26, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      This conservative bloc is corporatist. They don’t give a shit about social issues, except for Scalia who thinks because he finds gay marriage repugnant, the entire country should accept his wisdom and follow like sheep.

  4. June 26, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I hope people don’t mind, but I don’t want this display of patriotism and conviction to go unoticed w/ all that is going on…Please take pride in Congresswoman Duckworth D-IL, who defeated Joe Walsh, and absolutely destroyed this witness. Never seen anything like this…… this is the most brutal thing my eyes have witnessed in a while, and a testament to have Veterans serve in Congress….Do a favor and watch/pass along..

    • 17 Layla
      June 26, 2013 at 2:50 pm

      Yes indeed!!! Masterful!

    • 18 Anna
      June 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm

      One, two, three, POW!

    • 19 4morefor44
      June 26, 2013 at 3:06 pm

      WOW! that is intense!! compare these newer democratic reps and senators to the modern crop of know-nothing t-bagger republicans…my god, no comparison! with rep. duckworth handling military issues in the house and senator warren taking care of banking in the senate, we’re certainly moving in a good direction with our newer elected democrats!

    • 20 Judith Fardig
      June 26, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Epic takedown!

    • June 26, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      The only thing missing was “Please proceed, Mr. Castillo”, although it was certainly implied!

      • 22 Puddin'
        June 26, 2013 at 3:42 pm

        Love love love her and Wendy Davis too. These women are the “bomb” ( do young folk still say this?:-) )…we need more like them! They have more “balls” then most of the men on Capitol Hill.

        • June 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm

          Also Leticia Van de Putte (sp?) who returned from her father’s funeral.

          • 24 Puddin'
            June 26, 2013 at 9:56 pm

            Yes, and Leticia Van de Putte (sp?) also. “The man” has messed with the wrong people…women don’t play. An angry /pissed off women will f-you real bad up in a “nice nasty” way (my mama used to say this)…if men don’t know this by now, they better ask somebody!!!

    • 26 waltjack
      June 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm

      This is my whole point, some people are claiming benefits that were not disabled in the military. This is why we have a backlog and I wish people like rachel maddow would report on this instead of blaming PBO.

      Waltjack USMC Vietnam disabled Vet

    • 27 yardarm756
      June 26, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      Yowsa, yowsa, yowsa! Mr. Castillo is lower than whale shit IMHO! (sorry for the language mates)

  5. June 26, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    • 29 Layla
      June 26, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Chips, whenever I see this man my eyes tear up! The pain he and others went through is written all over his face

      • 30 desertflower
        June 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm

        History is written on his face.

        • 31 carolyn
          June 26, 2013 at 3:05 pm

          John Lewis is one of two or three people I admire most in the world! Compare him to any of the five “justices” who struck down the VRA yesterday! He is a giant, they are pygmies. What he has been through, those people cannot imagine, and they live in their filtered bubble. He understands inequality…..therefore will rejoice with those who have come steps closer to equality. My heart breaks for him and all those whose voting rights were threatened yesterday.
          I’m taking LL’s piece to heart. We will work harder, give more, walk more, pound on more doors, call more…..do what we can to get this horrible wrong corrected.
          How can we claim to be the “greatest democracy in the world” when we shut out people from voting???!!!!

          • 32 desertflower
            June 26, 2013 at 3:21 pm

            Civil rights, woman’s rights, gay rights…all mean nothing if there are others that have their voting rights taken from them. We will move this country toward equality, justice and fairness for all!

        • 33 nathkatun7
          June 26, 2013 at 10:37 pm

          Some of us were there to witness the pain that is written on Congressman John Lewis’ face. I am sure he is also thinking about all those brave people, some who were his age at the time, who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the struggle to secure voting rights. I am especially remembering people like Medgar Evers, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, Michael Schwerner, Jimmie Lee Jackson, Rev. James Reeb, and Viola Liuzzo, just to name a few. I am also remembering the courage of those who formed the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and especially two great women that deserve great recognition for their incredible courage and leadership: Ms. Ella Baker and Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer.

          To be perfectly honest, yesterday’s Supreme Court decision hit me very hard. At the same time, it jolted me into reality. It forced to reflect on how hard the struggle for freedom in this country has been. But this especially so for Black folks. Our struggle for freedom has been characterized by periods progress that were immediately nullified by periods of Conservative reaction that resulted in regress. This is what happened during and after the American Revolution. It happened again during the Civil War and Reconstruction period, which was followed by the Jim crow period. It happened again during the 1980’s when the Reagan revolution began the systematic attacks on the Civil Rights Revolution of the 1950s and 1960s. I think what the Supreme Court did yesterday was to join, or better still aid and abet, the Conservative reaction that began after the election of President Obama, the first African American President.

          The pain on Congressman John Lewis is real. But as the song by ” Sweet Honey and the Rock” says: “WE WHO BELIEVE IN FREEDOM CANNOT REST….” And as Dr. King said, at the conclusion of the Selma-to Montgomery March for voting rights: “WE’VE COME SO FAR TO TURN BACK.”

    • 34 utaustinliberal
      June 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      What a hero.

    • June 26, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      A great man. Yesterday’s VRA ruling was terrible, but we’ll just have to work hard to dampen its impact.

    • June 26, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      He is fighter….. and a national treasure!

  6. 37 Nena20409
    June 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Nancy Pelosi

    Her response to what Bachmann had said.

    • 38 4morefor44
      June 26, 2013 at 3:13 pm

      women kicking butt all over the place! yesss!! this is real change happening right before our eyes.

      much different from the impotent rage of privileged veruca salts such as medea benjamin and the woman yelling at michelle obama recently. the more we can bypass “the news” and their promotion of the veruca salts, as we did last night in the texas uprising, the more actual accomplishments we’ll earn with REAL leaders such as pelosi, duckworth, warren, wendy davis, etc. FORWARD!!!

    • 39 nathkatun7
      June 26, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      What am I doing wrong, techies? I am unable to get the audio of all these video-clips posted on TOD.

      • 40 utaustinliberal
        June 26, 2013 at 10:48 pm

        Did you check that the volume on the Youtube video is on and not muted? and that your volume on your computer is on as well?

  7. 41 Judith Fardig
    June 26, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Still in awe of Wendy Davis and the women of Texas for their filibuster victory last night. They have awakened women and college students everywhere, especially after the heinous decision of SCOTUS to gut the voting rights act. Between this, the climate change speech by our President, and the striking down of DOMA, I feel much better today and will have an easier time recruiting volunteers for my OFA neighborhood team!

    • 42 Anna
      June 26, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      What was it one leaders of Japan put it during WW II, “I am afraid we have woken a sleeping giant.” Well Republicans, SCOTUS, YOU have now really woken a sleeping giant, well maybe dozing, WE THE AMERICAN WOMEN have had enough.

  8. 43 forus50
    June 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    This is a gorgeous video of the brilliant and lovely Edith Windsor. Please click on if you have a few minutes and haven’t yet seen it!

  9. June 26, 2013 at 3:01 pm

  10. June 26, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Carlos and Fernando are two homosexual flamingos, a trait that is not uncommon. The two have been together for years at their nature preserve in Britain. They are well accepted in the group and have proven to be fantastic fathers. Yes, they have raised chicks. The pair has been known to run off other flamingos from their nests and take over the egg. After doing a great job raising a couple of chicks (ya know, after the initial kidnapping), they were the first choice for foster parents when staff at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) came across an abandoned egg. The two males are even able to feed the newborn chicks with milk they create in their throats.

    More info: http://bit.ly/135RxjP
    Image from: SWNS

  11. 52 Layla
    June 26, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    Video of Wendy putting on a back brace during her filibuster!

    • 53 Layla
      June 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      ..next came the ninja wear and weapons! (metaphorically speaking)

    • 54 carolyn
      June 26, 2013 at 4:01 pm

      And those other men either just stood and stared at her, or that one kept sitting with his back to her! Their rudeness knows no bounds!

  12. June 26, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    So, on a personal level, with DOMA gone, my boss will be able to claim her wife and child on her Federal taxes.

  13. 57 Bill
    June 26, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Federer loses 3-1.

  14. 58 criquet
    June 26, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    Federer out of Wimbledon-losing in 4 sets.

  15. June 26, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    As we celebrate marriage equality, something to remember:

  16. June 26, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    A very well-written, heartfelt, and elegant take-down of Mr. GG. (I know he’s kind of on the backburner now, but it is well worth reading.)


    • 63 Bill
      June 26, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      Thanks. I wonder if GG’s role will ever be investigated.

    • 64 nathkatun7
      June 26, 2013 at 11:10 pm

      There is one thing that gives me a great deal of satisfaction. When the history books are written Glenn Greenwald and Glen Beck will, if they are lucky, be mare footnotes.

  17. 65 Linda
    June 26, 2013 at 3:24 pm

    Nelson Mandela has been put on life support.

  18. June 26, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    • June 26, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      Not unexpected, but incredibly sad.

      • 69 Layla
        June 26, 2013 at 3:38 pm

        I hope he waits for President Obama to hold him before he leaves us.

        • 70 anniebella
          June 26, 2013 at 4:02 pm

          Mr. Mandela have been through alot in this life, when it’s his time I hope he cross on over into peace.

          • June 26, 2013 at 5:25 pm

            Amen to that, anniebella!

          • 73 nathkatun7
            June 26, 2013 at 11:20 pm

            Exactly Anniebella! In this situation, when he is probably in so much pain, symbolism means absolutely nothing to me. I just don’t want him to unnecessarily suffer any longer. On the other hand, he is such a fighter and I am not sure he will go until he is good and ready. All I can do is pray for him and his family, and his beloved people of South Africa.

  19. June 26, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Ok, serious question: WHAT THE HELL IS HAPPENING AT WIMBLEDON?!??! All the top seeds are getting knocked out.

  20. 80 desertflower
    June 26, 2013 at 3:37 pm


    My tolerance for Edward Snowden has run out.

    The former contractor with the National Security Agency who divulged classified secrets about domestic surveillance programs has undertaken what can only be depicted as the global hypocrisy tour. A man outraged by American surveillance and who advocates free expression toodles happily to Hong Kong, a special administrative region of China? Then off to Moscow? Then tries for Ecuador (and, in some accounts, Cuba)?

  21. 86 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    All of this.

    • 87 nathkatun7
      June 27, 2013 at 1:07 am

      Yes, indeed, UT! Myrlie Evers knows first hand the price people, like her husband, paid for the passage of the Voting Rights Act! What the Supreme Court did yesterday was to shit and piss over what Medgar Evers died for. As far as I am concerned, “Jim Crow…in Brooks Brothers suit, toting a law degree…” is more devastating than the Jim Crow in white sheets!

  22. June 26, 2013 at 4:03 pm

  23. 91 japa21
    June 26, 2013 at 4:09 pm

  24. 96 japa21
    June 26, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Following up on the article Maryl1 linked to upthread:

    • 97 jackiegrumbacher
      June 26, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Roberts is creepy and hides a hideous agenda behind a seemingly innocuous mask. I’ve never trusted him and can only hope I live to see him in the minority on the Supreme Court.

    • June 26, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Thanks, Japa. When you look at the recent rulings the sum is not pretty: No right to silence, harder to bring harassment suits, VRA gutted. Thank goodness DOMA is on the plus side.

  25. 100 utaustinliberal
    June 26, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Freaking Awesome.

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