I am a lifelong Democrat. I proudly boast an “F” rating from the NRA. And, yet during my 2014 gubernatorial campaign in Texas, I supported the open carry of handguns in my state. It is a position that haunts me.
Trailing in polls and money with just two weeks until Election Day, Democrat Wendy Davis on Monday cast her ballot on the first day of early voting and rejected talk that her bid for Texas governor is headed for defeat.
On Tuesday, the Supreme Court issued an order that would keep abortion clinics in Texas open, pending an appeal of a restrictive new law; all but eight had been set to close. Nine hundred thousand Texan women live more than a hundred and fifty miles from any of the remaining clinics. The Court’s action means that women won’t find closed doors, or be forced to drive hours to exercise their right to choose. The same day, though, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Texas could enforce a restrictive voter-identification law. This means that some Texans will be turned away when they go to choose a candidate. The Justice Department has said that six hundred thousand voting-age Texans don’t have the forms of photo I.D.
Wendy Davis, in her bid to become Texas governor, has tried to move beyond the abortion debate, the very issue that helped make her a progressive star and earned her the nickname “abortion Barbie” in conservative circles. So much so that Davis has even been accused of flip-flopping on the 20-week abortion ban, which was the subject of part of her 2013 filibuster. Davis supports abortion rights, but has said she is opposed to late-term abortions, except in the case of rape, incest and when the life and health of the mother is at stake. Although she filibustered a bill containing abortion restrictions, including a 20-week ban, she has also said that she could support such a prohibition, if deference is ultimately given to the woman and her doctor.
Wendy Davis, the Democratic candidate for Texas governor who was catapulted to national fame last year for her 10-hour filibuster against abortion restrictions, revealed in her memoir she ended two pregnancies of her own, the San Antonio Express-News reported on Friday. State Senator Davis wrote in her book, "Forgetting to Be Afraid," which is due out next week, that she terminated the pregnancies during the 1990s for medical reasons, the Express-News reported. She had her unborn child, Tate Elise, aborted in 1997 because it had developed serious brain complications and would "tremble violently, as if someone were applying an electric shock to her," the Express-News said.
Women don't talk much about abortion. That's what makes Wendy Davis' admission in her new biography so surprising. The Texas gubernatorial candidate reveals that she has had two abortions, the Associated Press reported late Friday. Both were wanted pregnancies that Davis, who rose to fame filibustering Texas abortion restrictions, terminated for medical reasons. Talking about abortion is rare — but the actual experience isn't. More than one in every five pregnancies — 21 percent, excluding miscarriages — are terminated, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a non-profit research organization that supports abortion rights. Each year, 1.7 percent of American women between 15 and 44 have an abortion.
Former U.S. Speaker of the House Jim Wright (D-Texas) tried to get a voter identification card at a Texas Department of Public Safety office on Saturday. But the only photo identification cards Wright has -- an expired Texas driver's license and a Texas Christian University faculty identification card -- do not satisfy the requirements of the state's restrictive vote identification law, passed in 2011.
Texas Dems should treat this one seriously. Political parties do not make great leaps forward by playing it safe — if Democrats want to turn Texas from red to blue, they’ve got to seize the opportunity to run dynamic candidates.
At least two fire bombs were thrown at the Fort Worth office of state Sen. Wendy Davis (D) on Tuesday night, according to the Star Telegram. Davis was not in her office at the time, but some staff members were present. They used a fire extinguisher to put out the small blaze.