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Go Wendy Davis Go! (1 Viewer)

Rooting for her. 13 hours is a long time. Pretty impressive if she pulls it off.

 
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Is this where we state how a filibuster is good/bad depending on if it stops a bill that we like or not?

 
Is this where we state how a filibuster is good/bad depending on if it stops a bill that we like or not?
Filibuster has it place but using it over 100 times in 5 years(not counting judicial appointments) is ridiculous here are just a small sample of filibuster victims:

H.R. 12 - Paycheck Fairness Act H.R. 448 -- Elder Abuse Victims Act

H.R. 466 - Wounded Veteran Job Security Act

H.R. 515 - Radioactive Import Deterrence Act

H.R. 549 -- National Bombing Prevention Act

H.R. 577 - Vision Care for Kids Act

H.R. 626 - Federal Employees Paid Parental Leave Act

H.R. 1029 - Alien Smuggling and Terrorism Prevention Act

H.R. 1168 -- Veterans Retraining Act

H.R. 1171 - Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program Reauthorization

H.R. 1293 -- Disabled Veterans Home Improvement and Structural Alteration Grant Increase Act

H.R. 1429 -- Stop AIDS in Prison Act

H.R.5281 -- DREAM Act

S.3985 -- Emergency Senior Citizens Relief Act

S.3816 -- Creating American Jobs and Ending Offshoring Act

S.3369 -- DISCLOSE Act, A bill to provide for additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, Super PACs and other entities

S.2237 -- Small Business Jobs and Tax Relief Act

S.2343 -- Stop the Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act

S.1660 -- American Jobs Act of 2011

S.3457 -- Veterans Jobs Corps Act
Many of those had bi-partisan support until the advent of a black president and the tea party.

 
Debate on parliamentary rules in the Texas Senate is somewhat less exciting than the Internet Scanner.

 
Some Texas state Senator is talking about some other Senator using a wastebasket as a toilet in a previous filibuster.

 
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someone helped her put on a back brace so they just voted to get her another warning point. That makes 2. If she gets a third the filibuster is over.

 
Is this where we state how a filibuster is good/bad depending on if it stops a bill that we like or not?
Based on the responses this post received, it sounds like the answer is "yes."
I think that the act of being on your feet for 12+ hours with no bathroom/water/food/gangsta lean is pretty impressive regardless. I think if more people actually did this, the filibuster would be used less and actually mean more.

 
Is this where we state how a filibuster is good/bad depending on if it stops a bill that we like or not?
Based on the responses this post received, it sounds like the answer is "yes."
I think that the act of being on your feet for 12+ hours with no bathroom/water/food/gangsta lean is pretty impressive regardless. I think if more people actually did this, the filibuster would be used less and actually mean more.
I sort of agree with this. I'm not a big fan of theatrics, but I'll grant that stuff like this brings attention to a person's cause in a way that a procedural filibuster doesn't. I will also give this lady and the Texas Democrats lots of credit for apparently outmaneuvering the state GOP -- it sounds like they got soundly outplayed here.

But at the same time, the filibuster is undemocratic. I have no problem with that and I'll give Wendy Davis credit for doing what she's doing even if I disagree with her goals. I don't doubt at all that she believes in what she's doing, and I respect that. But then again I'm not a big fan of majority rule to being with. I'm really not interested in hearing the same people who get all dramatic about the sanctity of the democratic process salute a filibuster.

 
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oops back to the bill
That dude really wants to ask questions.

As we just learned, Parliamentary rule states that she does not have to accept any though.
she has 2 warning points. The first was for talking about non-germane issues and the second was for the back brace. They want to try to trip her up, as if she gets 1 more point they can vote to end the filibuster.

 
For the third time, does anyone know how she got the floor?
http://rhrealitycheck.org/article/2013/06/25/texas-state-sen-wendy-davis-continues-one-woman-filibuster-of-anti-abortion-bill/

As the state senate came to order Tuesday morning, Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the president of the senate, recognized Davis at her desk. Did she intend to speak today?

“Yes, Mr. President,” she said. “I intend to speak for an extended period of time on the bill.” She continued, as nearly 500 people, the vast majority wearing orange t-shirts, vests, and even pants, looked on from the gallery above: “Members, I’m rising on the floor today to humbly give voice to thousands of Texans who have been ignored.”

 
This will get picked back up in the next session. The way Latinos vote on this issue it will pass eventually

 
For the third time, does anyone know how she got the floor?
It seems like there has to be an opening for someone to take the floor at the beginning of the debate on a bill. This is why the Senate queued this bill for debate to start the special session. Puts the most pressure on her. Had she yielded the floor, someone could have moved for a vote.

 
How did she get the floor?
http://rhrealitychec...-abortion-bill/

As the state senate came to order Tuesday morning, Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the president of the senate, recognized Davis at her desk. Did she intend to speak today?

“Yes, Mr. President,” she said. “I intend to speak for an extended period of time on the bill.” She continued, as nearly 500 people, the vast majority wearing orange t-shirts, vests, and even pants, looked on from the gallery above: “Members, I’m rising on the floor today to humbly give voice to thousands of Texans who have been ignored

 
When did she start? How did she end up with the conch?
http://rhrealitychec...-abortion-bill/

As the state senate came to order Tuesday morning, Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the president of the senate, recognized Davis at her desk. Did she intend to speak today?

“Yes, Mr. President,” she said. “I intend to speak for an extended period of time on the bill.” She continued, as nearly 500 people, the vast majority wearing orange t-shirts, vests, and even pants, looked on from the gallery above: “Members, I’m rising on the floor today to humbly give voice to thousands of Texans who have been ignored

 
It (unfortunately) will be passed eventually anyway but props to her for bringing attention to this disgrace of a bill.

 
It (unfortunately) will be passed eventually anyway but props to her for bringing attention to this disgrace of a bill.
Texas is every other year, so I wouldn't be too sure about that. Won't be in session again until 2015.

 

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