Buzz from the TV show: Wendy Davis’ war

On YNN’s “Capital Tonight” last Thursday, I was asked about the effects in this special legislative session of Wendy Davis’ filibuster. Her effort killed one of the “must pass” bills that died in the final hours of the regular legislative session. Incidentally, two other “must pass” bills died in the House the same night of the regular session, a fact that the Republican Partys seems to have left out of their talking points. Aside from their selective amnesia, here’s my view on Senator Davis’ filibuster:

What do you think? Let me know in the comments section. Meanwhile, you can watch the entire show online here, and you can catch “Capital Tonight” on Austin TV on Thursday nights at 6 or 10, and Sunday mornings at 11.



2 Responses to Buzz from the TV show: Wendy Davis’ war

  1. pollabear June 13, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    true there would have been a special anyway but now she gets to be a hero.

  2. Ted Melina Raab June 13, 2011 at 6:46 pm #

    I find your statement: TRUE.

    Here’s what one wiseacre said responding to a DMN blog item by Robert Garrett, who castigated Sen. Davis for forcing a special session:

    Robert T. Garrett said “Sen. Wendy Davis . . . thrust the Legislature into overtime with her filibuster.

    Perhaps you could offer some support for that assertion. It seems to me that the political party that holds every statewide office and substantial majorities in both legislative chambers could certainly have had a major “must-pass” bill considered on the Senate floor early enough to preclude a filibuster.

    Might the widespread and cross-partisan dissatisfaction with a radical new school finance plan laid out hours before the session’s end have contributed just a bit to the situation? How about the governor’s insistence on placing before the legislature several relatively meaningless issues as “emergency” items?

    Although I’ve worked in and around the legislature for 20 years, I can’t make much sense of your statement. Please enlighten me.

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