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Wendy Davis

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!

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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.

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Texas Democrats Want To Ban Gay 'Reparative Therapy'

by: Omar Araiza

Sat Jul 05, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

One of the most foul things to come out of the Texas GOP platform this year was Republicans' support for gay "reparative therapy," a pseudo-medical procedure that claims to turn gay people straight. (It doesn't.)

Reparative therapy, or gay conversion therapy, is nationally condemned by every major health group and organization in the country. It has been recognized to cause severe psychological pain to LGBT individuals, especially LGBT youth forced to undergo attempts to try to change their true identity.

Texas Democrats are taking a stand on behalf of the LGBT community, calling in their 2014 platform for a ban on all gay conversion practices in the state. Support for LGBT Texans goes even further, calling for sanctions against any practitioner who engages in reparative therapy.

Read what the platform states in support of the LGBT community below the jump.

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The Filibuster Anniversary Celebration

by: Joe Deshotel

Fri Jun 27, 2014 at 00:00 PM CDT

The Filibuster Anniversary Celebration marked one year after the historic stand by Senator Wendy Davis that propelled her into her current role as candidate for Texas Governor.

It wasn't a fundraiser so much as a hellraiser. The unruly mob re-gathered to hear the stars of that night recount the experience one by one in front of another capacity crowd. This time the venue was the Palmer Event Center, not the Senate Gallery, and the 1,500 in attendance was 3 times what shouted down the bill that night.

It was a chance to add some context to the chaos and give credit to those just outside the limelight who helped make it all possible.

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Remember the Filibuster: Igniting a Fire for Change

by: Katie Singh

Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 02:00 PM CDT

Unlike many of my colleagues, I wasn't at the capitol one year ago--I wasn't even in Texas at all. For me, June 25, 2013 began much as any other day. I was packing up my apartment in Chicago after graduating college, and wasn't really paying much attention to what was going on in the Legislature of my home state. I'd always been an avid follower of Texas politics (and longtime reader of BOR), but with all that had been going on around my graduation, the Texas Legislature wasn't exactly the first thing on my mind.

Little did I know that was all soon about to change.

Sometime in the early afternoon, I noticed some friends on Facebook posting about a filibuster that was currently taking place on the floor of the Texas Senate. As the afternoon wore on, the flood of posts about Wendy Davis and her pink sneakers fighting back against a draconian abortion ban continued to grow. I'd been paying attention to other things the past couple weeks, and hadn't noticed much of the buildup to the filibuster, but I quickly got myself up to speed. In all my years of watching and participating in Texas politics, I had never seen anything quite like this--and I knew it was the start of something special.

Read more about how Wendy Davis' filibuster sparked a renewed desire for change after the jump.

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Remember the Filibuster: How Wendy Davis' Stand Is Progressives' Alamo

by: Joe Deshotel

Wed Jun 25, 2014 at 10:05 AM CDT

The Texas summer of 2013 is a milestone for progressives not unlike the Alamo was to those who fought for the state's independence. A crescendo of energy, fostered by an unprecedented level cooperation and coordination, led up to the "people's filibuster," - a day that will live in Texas political infamy.

For many, it will be remembered as the day the Texas Legislature passed a bill that was purely political in nature that has so much consequence to people's lives and ultimately to our budget. It was a wake up call.

To others it is because it created the Wendy David phenomenon. The LT. Governor David Dewhurst, who also acts as the President of the Senate, lost his reelection in part because he was blamed for giving Wendy Davis a platform to become a competitive candidate for Governor.

See what it was like for an unruly mob organizer...

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President Obama To Issue Executive Order Extending Employment Protections To LGBT Community

by: Omar Araiza

Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 01:45 PM CDT

The White House announced today President Obama will sign an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT employees. This executive order will cover as many as 16 million employees.

President of the Human Rights Campaign, Chad Griffin, applauded President Obama's decision: "By issuing an executive order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT people, the President will not only create fairer workplaces across the country, he will demonstrate to Congress that adopting federal employment protections for LGBT people is good policy and good for business."

The decision comes seven months after the U.S. Senate voted to pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) for the first time in it's history. While the executive order is less comprehensive than ENDA, it is an important step to take while Republicans deny the legislation a vote in the House.

Read about the fight for a state-wide non-discrimination law in Texas below the jump.

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Two Debates Between Greg Abbott And Wendy Davis Now Scheduled

by: Omar Araiza

Thu May 29, 2014 at 11:00 AM CDT

State Senator Wendy Davis and Attorney General Greg Abbott have agreed to debate in Dallas and McAllen as part of their gubernatorial race.

Their first debate, which is scheduled in Dallas on September 30, will be hosted by WFAA-TV's Victory Park Studio and The Texas Tribune.

Aside from these two locations, Wendy Davis has accepted various other invitations for debates in major cities across Texas. Meanwhile, Greg Abbott continues to decline these same proposals and refuses to defend his record in front of voters throughout the state.

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Houston City Council Votes To Pass LGBT-Inclusive Equal Rights Ordinance

by: Omar Araiza

Thu May 29, 2014 at 09:00 AM CDT

Mayor Parker signing the equal rights ordinance into law
A major victory for the LGBT community and supporters of equality. Last night, Houston City Council members voted to approve Mayor Annise Parker's Equal Rights Ordinance.

The ordinance extends the city's ban on discrimination to include sexual orientation and gender identity, providing equal protection in employment and housing to all Houstonians.

"It is personal. It is not academic. It is my life that is being discussed," were Parker's powerful remarks on the proposed ordinance.

Responses to the news by Texas Democrats, including Wendy Davis and Leticia Van de Putte, below the jump.

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Hollywood Welcomes Wendy Davis with Life-Size Abortion Barbie Posters

by: Emily Cadik

Fri May 23, 2014 at 00:30 PM CDT

When Wendy Davis arrived in Los Angeles for a fundraiser on Thursday, she was greeted by life-sized posters of "Abortion Barbie Wendy Davis." According to the Huffington Post, the campaign spotted at least five of the posters in different parts of the city, each depicting Davis's face on a pregnant Barbie doll.

The Davis campaign has called on the Abbott campaign to denounce the posters, but in keeping with tradition, it has not. Abbott's campaign is also claiming it does not know who is responsible for the posters, though the source is well known. But Texas women's groups are speaking out against the posters, even if Greg Abbott won't.

Read about the responses to the posters - and who is responsible - after the jump.

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