by Jennifer Swift
Jun 25, 2013
08:40 PMConnecticut Politics
Texas Dems Show Minority Parties Aren't Powerless
Connecticut Republicans, a small, largely powerless group, aren't the only state-level politicians on the wrong side of a lopsided party split.
But Democrats in Texas -- also badly outnumbered by their Republican colleagues -- are showing early this morning that minority parties aren't powerless all-together.
In one of the most dramatic and chaotic scenes in the recent history of any legislature, Democrats in the Lone Star state filibustered a wide-ranging anti-abortion bill lateinto morning, running out the clock of the legislative session—the only real action the minority party can take to halt legislation they don’t favor.
State Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Forth Worth, wearing comfortable running sneakers, began a filibuster on the floor of the Senate, hours before the end of the session.
Davis’ attempt unraveled as the Republican majority tried to rule topics she discussed during the filibuster as germane. Democrats came to Davis’ aid to run out the clock asking procedural questions.
The clock in the legislature ran out without the bill’s passage—though immediately following there was confusion if the bill had been somehow passed after the session effectively expired.
Texas Tribune has a live blog with all the unfolding shenanigans.Texas Dems Show Minority Parties Aren't Powerless