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Wendy Davis
Goal ThermometerOne year ago today, Texas state Rep. Wendy Davis galvanized the progressive movement by leading an 11-hour filibuster, derailing (temporarily) passage of one of the most restrictive anti-abortion laws in the nation. From a year ago:
Davis started her run at 11:20 a.m., laying out her plans to Senate colleagues:

“Members I’m rising on the floor today to humbly give voice to thousands of Texans who have been ignored. These voices have been silenced by a governor who made blind partisanship and personal political ambition the official business of our great state."

In the end:
Fort Worth Democrat Wendy Davis started it. A raucous, roaring crowd of spectators finished it. And when the dust finally cleared about 3 a.m., Texas Republicans admitted it: One of the strictest anti-abortion bills in the nation didn't get the required Senate vote by a midnight deadline.
A special session called by Republican Gov. Rick Perry took care of that, but the damage was done and a governor's campaign launched. Markos said last fall that this was going to be a tough one: "This is Texas, after all, the state with the lowest voter participation in the country, and you know who those non-voters are: young voters (only Utah has a lower median age than Texas), Latinos, Asians, African Americans, single women ... the very people that Democrats depend on to win."

It is proving tough. Republican Greg Abbot has a 12-point lead in the latest polling. But the undecideds are growing, up to 17 percent in this poll. It's the undecideds—and the non-voters—who hold the key. They need to be energized, like they were a year ago.

What got the attention of the political people—the professionals and the people who put on orange or blue T-shirts to support or oppose the legislation — was the energy. It wasn’t that the Democrats lost a fight everyone expected them to lose, but that they turned out for the fight the way they did, in both the real and virtual worlds.
So today, the Davis team is holding a filibuster anniversary event, reminding folks how this all started and bringing back the energy that brought Democrats out. It was empowering and can be again. Democrats can take Texas away from the GOP, and as Markos says, "if we take away Texas from the GOP, they'll have nothing of consequence left."

So let's do it. Please give $3 to stand with Wendy.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 11:52 AM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (23+ / 0-)

    "The NSA’s capability at any time could be turned around on the American people, and no American would have any privacy left, such is the capability to monitor everything. [...] There would be no place to hide."--Frank Church

    by Joan McCarter on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 11:52:31 AM PDT

  •  This is one race we just have to win!! What a s... (3+ / 0-)
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    Risen Tree, nomandates, Matt Z

    This is one race we just have to win!! What a shock that would be but it would energize the nation! I just love her and maybe she could think President one day!

  •  I'm not political strategist... (0+ / 0-) what I do know.  But it still seems odd to me.  By all means celebrate that anniversary.  But I would think that the people who already supported her on that have her back in the gubernatorial race as well, but maybe I'm wrong?

    I would be worried that undecided voters are undecided in part, well, because they either don't care about anything or more likely that the things they are concerned about haven't already been addressed...  

    I really have no idea though.

    •  My fear (2+ / 0-)
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      northerntier, Risen Tree

      is people simply thinking she can't win anyways, so why bother going to vote at all. Abbott had to turn hard right to get the nomination, and has turned some people off. Believe it or not but not all Texas Republicans like the Tea Party.

      I do think you hit the mark here: "or more likely that the things they are concerned about haven't already been addressed..." Or that they have been addressed but haven't been broadcast enough.  

      "The next time everyone will pay for it equally, and there won't be any more Chosen Nations, or any Others. Poor bastards all." ~The Boomer Bible

      by just another vet on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 12:57:13 PM PDT

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      •  That too... (2+ / 0-)
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        nomandates, just another vet

        Just to clarify I'm all for her making a major issue out of her pro-choice, pro-woman bonafides.  I wouldn't want her to back down on that in the slightest.  That's one of the most important things to me personally.  But it can't be all she's about either, and I know that it isn't...

    •  As has been said way too often here (1+ / 0-)
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      Mosquito Pilot

      The minorities aren't going to vote right, so who cares about Texas.

      The reality is that Ted Cruz in no small part from republican money coming out of Washington. If progressive forces, still overwhelmingly white male(see story posted after this one) were to treat 'minority'(majority of Texas) voters as real people, and not just people too dumb to vote right, then things might change. Davis needs money from outside of Texas, just like Cruz, and everyone needs to understand Texas is not Oregon when planning the GOTV.

      She was a fool, and so am I, and so is anyone who thinks he sees what God is doing. -Kurt Vonnegut Life is serious but we don't have to be - me

      by lowt on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 03:09:19 PM PDT

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  •  Tipped, rec'd, and donated some moola (5+ / 0-)

    Would LOVE to see this woman and Leticia Van de Putte elected guv and lt. guv of Texas. What a turn-up for the book that would be.

    You never know--it was that old sexist pig's remark about rape that made enough people decide to vote for Ann Richards that she won the election.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 01:00:41 PM PDT

  •  Unless lightening strikes, the stars align, (2+ / 0-)
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    CPT Doom, onionjim

    there is a particular god that gives a rats patootie or every television in Texas blows up at the same time, I have serious doubts.
    I can say that. I'm from and in Texas.
    Organizations, like Battleground Texas, are wearing out soles to get people to vote. We'll never have more money than Abbott, but it is pouring in. What is required is the same old thing: people to get up and do something to defend themselves.
    We need a miracle along the lines of the 1980 Olympic hockey team.

    Free Will is the only moral law.

    by franklyn on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 01:13:23 PM PDT

    •  Moral victory? (1+ / 0-)
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      Even if the outcome is as predicted, and the GOP holds TX Governor office for another term, anything we do to galvanize progressive voters and those disenchanted with the current GOP has the potential to continue the evolution of TX from red to purple to blue.

      Wish I'd read all the way down the diary before donating, though, 'cause I dropped a Grant for Ms. Davis.

      Cruelty might be very human, and it might be very cultural, but it's not acceptable.- Jodie Foster

      by CPT Doom on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 01:18:54 PM PDT

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      •  Please don't be sorry. That's not what I intended. (0+ / 0-)

        What I wrote was my thoughts, feelings and conjectures. I'm certainly no expert. But I do know, from conversations I've had, that people are sick and tired of being sick and tired. We've got the votes. However...
        I have been wracking my poor old brain for months trying to figure out how to get people to the polls.  How to inspire. The best I've come up with is better ads. Ads that are Super bowl quality without the price tag. Hollywood movie trailer. I'm talking soap  operas and DWTS in 15 to 60 seconds that won't be muted or changed after 3 showings. Stories that will inflame and get people off the couch and out the door.
        If too much leisurely TV watching is a problem: maybe it can be a solution.
        Know any writers? Know any body that knows any writers?
        Know Kevin Bacon? Any thing would help.

        Free Will is the only moral law.

        by franklyn on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 02:01:15 PM PDT

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  •  Actually, she could win. (3+ / 0-)
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    nomandates, liberaldad2, arlene

    It will be the rural white Republicans against the urban diverse more liberal gang. But think about the edges, where cities fade out to farms. That line may be shiftable, and maybe the polls don't have it right, either.

    A true craftsman will meticulously construct the apparatus of his own demise.

    by onionjim on Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 01:37:20 PM PDT

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