Posts tagged "texas"

Senator Wendy Davis Announces Run For Texas Governor

Hellllll yeah! Senator Wendy Davis — you know, of Texas filibuster fame — has officially announced she is running for Governor of Texas. [CBS]
While I’m not a huge fan of book banning in general, I have to say this was a good call: an eight-year-old girl in Berkeley, California successfully lobbied a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 3, 2013

Wife Of Anti-Choice Texas Governor Anita Perry Says Abortion Is “A Woman’s Right”

Staunchly anti-abortion Texas Governor Rick Perry is backpedaling like mad after his wife publicly stated she sees abortion “as a woman’s right.” Anita Perry, speaking to reporter Evan Smith in Austin, said, “That’s really difficult for me, Evan, because I see it as a woman’s right. If they want to do that, that i…

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 1, 2013

Report: Texas State Senator Wendy Davis Will Run For Governor

BOOM! State Senator Wendy Davis, who filibustered the Texas state government in the hope of preventing devastating anti-abortion restrictions, will reportedly run for governor, according to the AP. State Sen. Davis will allegedly make a formal announcement of her candidacy next week. [ABC Local]
Malala Yousafzai, the teen girl who was shot by

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 26, 2013

Texas Company Apologizes, Burns Tied-Up Woman Decal

The Texas business that made that gross truck decal featuring a woman tied up has apologized, burned the remaining decal, and donated $2,500 to a domestic violence charity. [Huffington Post]
How California transformed itself into one of the best states for women. [Think Progress]
The Cut blogger Ann Friedman on how to change…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 12, 2013

Four Abortion Clinics Prepare To Close In Texas

Thanks to the new heap of abortion restrictions in Texas, four clinics which terminate pregnancies are preparing to soon close. The clinics will be forced to shut their doors because, as per the new law, the doctors do not have admitting privileges at local hospitals. [KXAN]
The Montana Supreme Court halted the hearing…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 6, 2013

This Is The Most WTF Truck Decal Ever

Brad Kolb owns Hornet Signs in Waco, Texas. Baby genius that he is, Brad got the idea to make non-traditional truck tailgate decals as a means of advertising his company. One features a soldier sniper aiming a gun, another is a zombie, and yet another is an image of a woman hogtied and lying down,…

By: Julie Gerstein / September 6, 2013

RIP Society: 8-Year-Old Black Boy In Texas Shot In Face By White Man While Playing Tag

An eight-year-old boy in Dallas, Texas, was shot in the face on Tuesday in yet another horrific act of gun violence. Donald Maiden, Jr. was allegedly playing tag around an apartment complex when he was shot by 46-year-old Brian Cloninger. Police “have not been able to determine a motive,” Raw Story reported. Cloninger, who wa…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 6, 2013

“Choice: Texas” Turns The State’s Abortion Struggles Into A Video Game

Texas’ most recent spate of anti-abortion legislation has effectively destroyed women’s access to reproductive healthcare in the state. Your chances of getting a safe abortion in Texas are now dependent on factors related to class and privilege: where you live, the flexibility of your job, access to transportation, and financial resources. It’s a terrifying reality,…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / September 2, 2013

Alabama Republican Is Trying To Ban Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye From Schools

Alabama State Senator Bill Holtzclaw, under pressure from the Tea Party, is trying to remove The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison’s harrowing Nobel Prize-winning book about a young African-American girl, from schools because it contains scenes of sexual assault, which conservative Tea Party members argue is “child pornography.” They want to ban the book from schools because…

By: Julie Gerstein / August 30, 2013

Not This Crap Again: Texas Mom Stands Up For Her Right To Breastfeed In Public

Lucy Eades was at the Burleson Recreation Center in Texas with her husband and 16-day-old infant waiting for their older daughter to finish her dance class when the baby became hungry. Eades breastfeeds and damn well knows that it is her legal right in Texas to breastfeed in a public place. An employee, however, did…

By: Mary Odell / August 10, 2013

Texas Wants To Ban Abortions After 6 Weeks Of Pregnancy

Today In “I Can’t Believe I’m From Texas”: Not only did Rick Perry just sign the bill that will close the majority of abortion clinics throughout Texas, but legislators are now trying to get all abortions banned after six weeks. Yep, you heard me. SIX WEEKS!

By: Daley Quinn / July 19, 2013

Governor Rick Perry Signs Anti-Abortion Bill HB2 Into Law As Protesters Chant, “Shame! Shame!”

This morning, Texas Governor Rick Perry signed devastating anti-abortion bill HB2 into law behind closed doors in an auditorium at the Texas State Capitol. As Perry and his cronies congratulated each other on passing a piece of legislation that will undoubtedly result in the deaths of some of their constituents, protesters camped outside the door…

By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / July 18, 2013

Superhero Texas State Senator Wendy Davis Is Raking In Political Donations

Since her famous filibuster to the Texas legislature over a restrictive anti-abortion bill, State Senator Wendy Davis has gained more than $1 million in political donations. [Reuters]
Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, announced her candidacy today against the current Republican senator from Wyoming. [CBS News]
Here are the…

By: Daley Quinn / July 16, 2013

Sarah Slamen Finishes Her Testimony Against Anti-Abortion Bill

This past week, my new hero, the slammin’ Sarah Slamen, tried to testify against the anti-abortion bill in front of the Texas state Senate, but was cut off and taken out of the building before she could finish. Yesterday, she finishing her testimony in front of the whole country on “The Last Word with Lawrence…

By: Daley Quinn / July 12, 2013

Abortion Restrictions Finally Pass Texas House Of Representatives

Well, they finally did it. Tomorrow, the Texas State Senate committee will vote on whether or not to send its version of the abortion restriction bill to the Senate. [CNN]
On the Obama administration’s push for a broader definition of sexual harassment at colleges to push for more reporting. [TIME]
At least…

By: Jessica Wakeman / July 10, 2013

These Are Some Of The Texas House Democrats Who Stand Against The State’s Anti-Abortion Legislation

Yesterday, the Texas state House of Representatives tentatively passed sweeping abortion restrictions, including a ban on most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and tougher rules for abortion clinics that will effectively lead to the majority of the state’s abortion clinics being shuttered. The vote came after days of emotional testimony from both sides of the…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 10, 2013

Kickass Woman Of The Day: Sarah Slamen Goes Off On Texas Legislature And Is Hauled Away By State Troopers

Victoria Prude Sarah Slamen (Twitter handle @Victorianprude) was one of the many pro-choice activists who waited patiently to testify in front of the Texas state legislature during this week’s continued debate over the highly restrictive abortion bill HB2 (which unfortunately was passed last night and is one step closer to being signed into law by…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 10, 2013

Battle Over Abortion Restrictions Rages On In Texas

Texas is heatin’ up, and it isn’t just the weather: for the past few weeks, pro-choice and anti-abortion activists have battled it out outside the statehouse in Austin over the bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy. The bill would require all abortions to be performed at ambulatory surgical centers, even for non-surgical…

By: Daley Quinn / July 9, 2013

Texas Governor Rick Perry Won’t Seek Reelection In 2014

As Rick Perry was waxing poetic over his political future yesterday, he refused to rule out a 2016 run for the White House, calling it “certainly … an option out there.” Today, Texas’ longest-serving governor said he “will not seek re-election” in 2014, reports the AP, during a gathering of friends and supporters he called to discuss “exciting…

By: Newser / July 8, 2013

A True Account From Monday’s “Stand For Texas Women” Rally

After attending the “Stand With Texas Women”  rally in Austin on Monday, I think I have to reconsider my aversion to calling myself a Texas woman. The pro-choice rally, which brought together over 5,000 women, men and children to speak out against the SB5 anti-abortion bill which would shut most abortion clinics in the state,…

By: Daley Quinn / July 4, 2013