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Texas GOP candidates agree: Teach creationism and ‘always err on the side of life’

All four Republican candidates for Texas lieutenant governor agreed that state law should prevent families from removing brain dead women and their badly deformed fetuses from life support. The candidates gathered Monday night for a debate, where they discussed the case of Marlise Munoz, who was 14 weeks pregnant when…

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst calls 911 to pressure police to release jailed relative

Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) reportedly called 911 when a relative was in jail and tried to use his influence to convince officials to release her. According to CBS Dallas-Ft. Worth, Dewhurst made the call on August 3, four hours after his niece was arrested for shoplifting at an…

‘Bullsh*t!’ Texas Senate gallery erupts as GOP kills Sen. Wendy Davis’ filibuster

Update: Davis filibuster succeeds amid chaos as Republicans fail to legally pass anti-abortion bill The Texas Senate gallery on Tuesday night made it known they were not happy to witness Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst shut down a 10-hour long filibuster by state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth). The legislative chamber…

Texas Republicans pass anti-abortion bill — or do they? Filibuster ends in chaos

Republicans in the Texas Senate halted a filibuster conducted by state Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth) on Tuesday night, but Democrats continued to delay a vote on the bill until midnight. Davis had planned a 13-hour filibuster to prevent a final vote on an extreme anti-abortion bill before the legislature’s…

Gov. Rick Perry ‘disgusted’ by cartoon mocking lack of regulations in Texas

A cartoon depicting Texas Gov. Rick Perry touting his state’s economy whilst a fertilizer plant besides him explodes has unsurprisingly stirred up controversy. The cartoon by Jack Ohman, which appeared in The Sacramento Bee on Thursday, added fuel to the already fierce rivalry between California and Texas. Supporters of the…

Texas Gov. Perry adds anti-TSA groping bill to special session

A bill that would restrict Transportation Security Administration (TSA) workers from conducting pat-down searches at airport security checkpoints will return in the Texas legislature’s next special session thanks to Gov. Rick Perry. Perry, the latest Republican to flirt with a possible presidential run in 2012, selected the bill for the…

Surprise gesture of support may revive Texas anti-TSA bill

Legislation that would prevent Transportation Security Administration employees from giving invasive pat-downs at Texas airports looked last week to be completely dead, but a letter of support from the state’s lieutenant governor could revive the effort. It all depends on whether Gov. Rick Perry (R) has the stomach for it. The bill,…

Ron Paul: I’m considering a Senate run in 2012

Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul said Wednesday he’s considering a 2012 run for his state’s open seat in the US Senate. “It’s certainly crossed my mind,” Paul told The Hill after a poll found him to be a strong contender for the seat, to be vacated by Republican Kay Bailey…

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