Texas

Pro-tip: When you win a big court case giving you the go-ahead to suppress voter turnout for your political opponents, don’t gloat about it.

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All eyes were on Texas last month when hundreds of orange-clad women flooded Austin to protest an omnibus abortion bill, and state Senator Wendy Davis stayed on her feet for thirteen hours to filibuster it out of existence.

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When Rick Perry, who has been the governor of Texas for over a decade, announced last week that he wouldn’t run again, he set off a flurry of speculation about who would replace him next year.

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Understandably, Republicans are anxious to show that they can do better among Hispanic voters without immigration reform. The problem is that there aren't many recent examples of Republicans doing well among Hispanics. The solution, apparently, is to just make up examples where they don't exist. 

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Texas Governor Rick Perry announced today that he’s not running for reelection in 2014. And although most of us will remember him for his “oops” moment in the 2012 Republican primary debates—it’s right there in the first sentence of the Associated Press story about his departure—many Texans will remember their longest-serving governor quite another way: as the guy who absolutely decimated Texas’s health care system.

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The Wealthy Woman Behind Wendy Davis

Amber Mostyn's deep pockets push for women's rights in Texas—and, increasingly, nationwide

Now that Texas Senator Wendy Davis’s filibuster has catapulted her to political stardom, Democrats across the state and country are calling on her to run for governor next year. But her most powerful political patron, Amber Anderson Mostyn, isn't quite ready to whip out the checkbook.

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Last night Texas state Senator Wendy Davis, a Democrat, filibustered SB 5, a bill that would have banned all abortions after 20 weeks and shut down most of the state’s abortion providers. With over 100,000 people watching the Senate’s live feed as the bill’s vote missed its deadline, Davis is poised to go down in filibuster history. But how does her filibuster stack up against the other recently famous filibuster, a less dramatic—but no less impressive—performance from Kentucky Senator Rand Paul back in March?

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The Latest Exercise in "Blue Texas" Wishful Thinking

The state's unlikely to vote Democratic by 2024

Texas electoral politics tend to elicit sensationalism. Jeb Bush has suggested the Lone Star state, which voted for Romney by 16 points in 2012, could somehow turn blue in 2016; Ted Cruz, who doesn’t even favor comprehensive immigration reform, similarly said that new Hispanic voters would turn Texas blue and bury the GOP alongside the Whigs.

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Spring Break for Nerds

A skeptic learns the secret to South by Southwest’s success

Every year, the tech elite and their legions of hangers-on gather in Austin to binge-network, binge-drink and "change the world." It is glorious. It is absurd. It is South by Southwest.

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What's to Come in West, Texas

After Wednesday's fertilizer plant explosion, the town is still picking up the pieces

After Wednesday's fertilizer plant explosion, the town is still picking up the pieces.

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