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Wendy Davis

Left In Texas: Rick Perry in Freefall, Greg Abbott In Retreat


by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Aug 31, 2014 at 11:00 AM CDT

This is Episode 33 for the week of August 24th.

It's been a huge week for Texas politics folks! Imad and I review the latest news on Gov. Rick Perry's indictment and the unraveling of his 2016 bid before our very eyes.

We discuss why Greg Abbott backed out of a TV debate with Wendy Davis, and his 2 epic court loses that came back to back. The first was the school finance decision ruling current funding unconstitutional, and the second was that parts of HB2, the bill that Wendy Davis was made famous for filibustering, was also ruled unconstitutional.

That has to be pretty awkward for a guying running for Governor as as the current Attorney General. He seems to have issues with what is and is not constitutional -- but still always finds his way on the opposite side of the people.

The heat from the press and voters has him on the run, and his response has been to hunker down and try and ride the GOP advantage past the finish line.

Oh, and we also talk about some great and not so great advances in environmental policy.

Listen to the full episode below the jump!

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Greg Abbott Backs Out Of Only TV Debate With Wendy Davis After Hiring New Debate Consultant


by: Joe Deshotel

Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 03:12 PM CDT

UPDATED 8/30/14: Apparently Greg Abbott has "agreed" to a different televised debate after complaining about the format and backing out of the previously planned TV debate with WFAA. Davis and Abbott will appear on the same day (Sept. 30th) on KERA. One of Abbott's major concerns in his original acceptance letter was the presence of a live audience.

Original Story:

Back in May Wendy Davis proposed 6 debates with Greg Abbott across the state of Texas, he agreed to do two, but today he backed out of the only one that was planned to be broadcasted on statewide television.

The move is another mark in a disturbing trend of Abbott moving away from transparency and the public spotlight just as the traditional campaign season kicks-off this Labor Day weekend.

It seems all the heat Abbott has been taking regarding his policy positions and connections to the Rick Perry indictment is starting to make him a little uncomfortable and he has decided to take his ball and go home.

The backlash has been swift and from all side -- see what people are saying below jump...

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Greg Abbott Exaggerates His Record on Sexual Assault


by: Emily Cadik

Fri Aug 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM CDT


Greg Abbott's campaign claimed last week that he awarded over $1 billion to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Turns out it was only $782 million.

"Victims of sexual assault in Texas have no greater advocate than Greg Abbott," said Amelia Chasse, Abbott's deputy communications director, "who as attorney general has spearheaded the arrests of over 4,500 sex offenders and awarded over $1 billion to victims of crimes like sexual assault and domestic violence."

When Wendy Davis pointed out the significant disparity, Abbott's campaign claimed she was "grasping at straws." But the Davis campaign believes he is deliberately overstating his record in an area that he is clearly vulnerable.  

There's more after the jump.

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Wendy Davis Proposes Eliminating Statute of Limitations for Rape


by: Katie Singh

Fri Aug 22, 2014 at 01:00 PM CDT

State Senator Wendy Davis has long been a champion for victims of sexual assault, and this week she continued her dedication to protecting victims by unveiling a powerful new policy proposal--eliminating the statute of limitations for rape.

The current statute of limitations for rape in Texas is 10 years, though there is no statute of limitations for cases of sexual assault against a child or for cases where DNA tests do not reveal a match in the criminal system. This often leads to rapists not being prosecuted, because the statute of limitations has passed. In Texas, and many other states, the problem is exacerbated by the huge backlog of rape kits in the system that have sat untested for many years (another issue Wendy Davis has been a leader on)--by the time they are tested, it's likely the statute of limitations to prosecute the crime has passed.

In a press conference in Dallas, Davis stressed the importance of her new proposal, referencing Lavinia Masters, a rape victim who has campaigned with Wendy Davis in the past. Said Davis, "Eliminating the statute of limitations for rape will help to right that wrong by making sure that survivors like Lavinia will never again will have to forgo justice just because someone stood back and let the clock run out on their case."

Read more about how Wendy Davis plans to protect victims of sexual assault after the jump.

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Rick Perry Chose To Bypass Legislative Approval In Sending Troops To Border


by: Joe Deshotel

Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM CDT

On Tuesday afternoon the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing where they hotly debated the strategy and funding of Governor Perry's troop surge along the border.

It turns out Perry has what is essentially a blank check via a budget rider that gives the Governor enormous leeway to use at his own discretion.

In his 14th year in office Perry is challenging the notion that Texas has a weak Governorship by enacting his own de facto foreign policy.

See Perry's latest attack ad and the text of the ryder below the jump...

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Wendy Davis Crítica A Greg Abbott Por No Defender Derechos De Mujer Víctima De Violencia Sexual


by: Omar Araiza

Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

Esta semana, la candidata Demócrata a la Gobernación de Texas, Wendy Davis, lanzo su primer anuncio de campaña en contra de Republicano Greg Abbott, haciendo fuertes declaraciones en contra de Abbott por no defender los derechos de una mujer victima de violencia sexual.

El video, disponible en ingles y en español, detalla como el actual procurador estatal voto a favor de los intereses de una corporación y en contra de una mujer víctima de violencia sexual cuando Abbott era miembro de la Corte Suprema de Texas.

Debajo, la historia completa y el video en español.

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Left in Texas: Rick Perry Soft Launches 2016 Bid & Wendy Davis Slams Greg Abbott With 1st TV Ad


by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Aug 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM CDT

For the week of August 4th, Imad and I discuss the biggest news in Texas politics.

There is Wendy's new explosive ad that kick started the official campaign season a bit early, Abbott's response and how it all fits into the bigger picture of the narrative so far. Will it be enough to derail his campaign or can it help her chip away at his lead?

We also talk about Rick Perry's presidential campaign soft launch at RedState this year and why he is still getting attacked from the right for his position on immigration.

Watch Wendy's new ad and listen to the full podcast below the jump!...

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Wendy Davis' 1st TV Spot Hits Greg Abbott For Siding With Company Over Rape Victim


by: Joe Deshotel

Fri Aug 08, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

The Wendy Davis campaign released their first TV spot overnight and it's a doozy.

It continues the attack on Greg Abbott for siding with corporations over people in his official capacity as a public servant -- in this case a victim of rape.

The ad focuses on a 1993 court case in which a woman sued a vacuum company after she was raped by a door to door salesman. Abbott, a Supreme Court justice at the time, wrote the dissenting opinion claiming that the company was not liable, even though a routine background check would have discovered he was a sex offender on probation.

See the full ad below the jump...

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Left in Texas: Wendy Goes Whataburger, Greg Abbott Gets The Boot, And Rick Perry Goes Rambo


by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Jul 27, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

In this episode Imad and I review Texas politics for the week of July 21st.

We discuss the border crisis and how you can help the refugee minors. We talk about the top stories we covered this past week on our respective outlets The Daily Dot and Burnt Orange Report, and why Ted Cruz is tweeting about vampires.

We also talk about the state of the races especially that of Senator Leticia Van de Putte against Tea Party Senator Dan Patrick. And, you can find out who is mulling building the country's largest oil refinery next door to the currently largest in the country -- you may want to hold your breathe for that one!

Listen below the jump!...

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Left In Texas Podcast Covers Week In Texas Political & Culture News


by: Joe Deshotel

Sun Jul 20, 2014 at 09:30 PM CDT

Left In Texas is a weekly podcast that covers the latest news in Texas politics and culture.

For the week of July 14th, co-host Imad Khan, special guest Lola Bakare of the Daily Dot and myself discuss Netroots in Detroit, the continued situation with the Central American minors at the Texas border, Rick Perry's surge in GOP polls, Wendy Davis' fundraising efforts, the invasion of Palestine, and the best way to fight off internet trolls.

It's our longest episode yet, but totally worth it!

Check it out at on twitter at @LeftinTexas and we hope you will like, share, subscribe and give us feedback on the show.

Listen below the jump!

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