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The Top Moments of Wendy Davis's Filibuster, As Chosen By The BOR Staff


by: Burnt Orange Report

Mon Dec 30, 2013 at 09:30 AM CST


Have pink shoes, will stand up for women's rights.

Obviously Wendy Davis's filibuster was not only the biggest story in Texas politics this year, but also among the top national political stories.

Rather than letting the entire staff vote for the filibuster as their top moment in Texas politics from 2013, we weighed in on our favorite part of the filibuster.

Click below the jump to find out what stuck with us from Wendy Davis's memorable stand, and the events that led up to it and followed in the second special session.  

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Leticia Van de Putte brings down the house.  She comes from a life and death moment, stands on the floor of the Senate, and demolishes petty conservatives and their desperate, unconscionable procedural maneuvers with one precisely aimed verbal rock cast at terminal velocity from a metaphorical slingshot.

-- Edward Garris

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To me the best part was the rally in front of the Capitol at the beginning of the second special session (July 1). I had just returned to Austin from Chicago, and it was so inspiring to see people from all over Texas coming together in support of women's rights. It was also a great reminder that progressives do exist in Texas, and that we can build momentum to affect change.  

-- Katie Singh

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I will never forget walking into the Capitol rotunda on the night of June 25 and seeing more than just the "usual suspects" that populate Democratic events. There were former volunteers I hadn't seen since 2008, fellow grad students, and friends of friends, and at 10 minutes until midnight, they were all screaming together to run out the clock. The sheer age against the bill and support for Wendy Davis was tremendous, and it was coming from a much broader, more diverse coalition than I've ever experienced in Austin before. And that points to the energy and enthusiasm that will fuel the 2014 cycle.

-- Katherine Haenschen

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When the Senate Democrats stood with Wendy. I know Sen. Lucio supported the legislation with the Republicans, but even he kept voting to allow Sen. Davis to keep filibustering.

-- Omar Araiza

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I have two favorite moments!

1. Jessica Farrar's incredible point of privilege speech. I was watching from the gallery, and I remember feeling completely transfixed. Representative Farrar honored everyone who came to testify that first night at the Capitol in her nine minutes at the microphone, and took all of the bill's supporters to task for the way they were handling the legislation. In her nine minutes at the microphone, she managed to explain clearly and eloquently all of the reasons the bill should not pass - and should not even have come to the special session in the first place. As she spoke, I watched with tears in my eyes. I felt truly represented by my legislature in that moment in the gallery. Representative Farrar is a Texas Shero.

2. Representative Senfronia Thompson. It was really hard for me to choose just one Ms. T moment from the filibuster/special session, but I think this picture of the House Dems brandishing coat hangers on the floor backing up Rep. Thompson speaks volumes. When Ms. T and the D's took the coat hangers to the floor, the Republicans did not care.

But it wasn't for them. It was for everyone who came to the capitol or who was following the debate from home. The message was for us: the House Democrats were united in their commitment to make sure Texas women will not go back to the back alley. "

-- Genevieve Cato

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Clipboards.

The filibuster drew people out of the woodwork to show their support and organizers were on the capitol grounds with clipboards taking names and emails to harness all of that progressive energy to make sure these new activists are ready to help elect pro-choice candidates in 2014.

-- Joseph Vogas

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The suddenness of it all was the best part. Going from a quiet (but pernicious) end of session to a national firestorm directed at those clamping down on Texas women was startling in the best way.

-- Ben Sherman

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Timestampgate. After a night of bending the rules it looked like the Republicans in the Senate led by Lt. Gov. Dewhurst had finally broken them. It followed what many observers felt was a railroading of the process and very weak points of order. Republicans proved that they were willing to stop at nothing to get their way, not even the clock.

-- Joe Deshotel

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I got to write about it on Burnt Orange Report! I also have been following Senate procedures for the past ten years, and seeing the entire world watch what happened that night was kind of amazing and surreal.

-- Chaille Jolink

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I was working during most of the filibuster, but once I was done for the day, I knew I had to show up. Getting into the Senate chamber was going to be impossible, but I ran into someone I knew who told me that Wendy Davis's Senate office needed help answering phone calls. So there I went, and it was amazing. Almost every call her office received was an encouraging one -- and she got calls from almost everywhere in the country. Hearing the national reaction real-time, and helping Senator Davis's office handle those calls, was quite a rewarding experience.

-- Michael Hurta

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Obviously Leticia Van de Putte's infamous feminist call-out: "At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues?" I still tear up when I watch that clip. So fierce.

-- Natalie San Luis

Tomorrow: Our top progressive moments from 2013, and other stuff that rocked.



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