WENDY DAVIS OFFICIALLY FILES FOR TEXAS GOVERNOR
Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis makes it official – Files paperwork for Texas Governor: “The leading candidates for Texas governor made it official Saturday, submitting the required paperwork and fees to compete in their respective primaries, giving pep talks to volunteers and laying out a couple of key attack lines a year ahead of their expected general election showdown.
“Democratic State Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth went first, signing her application …”
“Davis, elected to the state Senate in 2008 after serving on the Fort Worth city council, rose to fame after temporarily derailing a restrictive abortion law with an 11-hour filibuster this summer. Republicans passed the measure, known as House Bill 2, in a subsequent special session.” — Texas Tribune 11/9/13
Wendy Davis re-defines “Pro-life”, enrages anti-choicers: “The right-wing blog world is erupting again at Wendy Davis.
“The state senator first became the focus of conservatives’ burning scorn for her 11-hour filibuster of the bill that is responsible for abortion providers now going out of business across Texas.
“Now that she’s declared she is running for governor of the Lone Star State, the Harvard Law-educated Davis has done it again.
“I am pro-life,” she told a University of Texas at Brownsville crowd on Tuesday.” — National Memo 11/6/13
“Wendy Davis hinted at how she’ll handle the issue of abortion on the campaign trail in the conservative Lone Star State.
“The Democratic candidate for Texas governor declared, “I am pro-life,” suggesting her stance on women’s reproductive rights doesn’t mean she doesn’t care about people or life itself.
“I care about the life of every child: every child that goes to bed hungry, every child that goes to bed without a proper education, every child that goes to bed without being able to be a part of the Texas dream, every woman and man who worry about their children’s future and their ability to provide for that future,” Davis said, according to The Dallas Morning News. “I care about life and I have a record of fighting for people above all else.” — MSNBC 11/7/13
Democratic State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte will announce plans to run for Texas Lt. Governor with Wendy Davis: “State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, on Friday took another step toward entering the race for lieutenant governor, a campaign that would make her fellow Sen. Wendy Davis’ running mate.
“That means two women would top the Democratic Party’s ticket next year in the 2014 general election, a first for Texas.
“In an email to supporters, the veteran Texas lawmaker said she will make a formal announcement about her political future on Nov. 23 at San Antonio College.”
“A Davis-Van de Putte ticket for the Democrats would bring together two senators who made headlines in June during a 13-hour filibuster by Davis to stop a controversial, GOP-supported bill to restrict abortion services. As Republicans moved to cut off Davis’ long-running speech, Van de Putte challenged their authority to do so with remarks that went viral online with women’s rights groups:
“Dewhurst declined to recognize her to speak, and Van de Putte then said: “At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?”
“A public gallery packed mostly with opponents of the bill then jumped to their feet, shouting and yelling and creating pandemonium that left senators unable to complete their last-minute vote on the bill. Though the midnight deadline passed and the bill died, it was approved in a subsequent special legislative session.” — Statesman 11/15/13
Texas State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte brings the gallery to their feet with her now-famous remarks during Wendy Davis’s marathon filibuster: