No holiday weekend for Texas politics

No holiday weekend for Texas politics

September 02
00:27 2014

Abbott pulls out of televised debate

During the early morning hours on Aug. 29, gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott announced a change of heart regarding the WFAA Dallas debate. Instead of going through with the formal argument with fellow candidate Wendy Davis, Abbott decided to pull out.

This debate, slated for Sep. 30, is the only one televised statewide. An Abbott advisor basically said in a statement that they weren’t cool with some of the details of the format, but didn’t touch on specifics.

Perhaps it’s because WFAA wouldn’t let Ted Nugent perform a guitar riff as Abbott’s intro music. You know, kind of like how Floyd Mayweather hires various performers to yell into a microphone before his fights. Too much of an advantage, WFAA probably told him.

That likely isn’t the reason he declined after agreeing to the terms on May 28, but we may never know the details of his sudden disapproval.

Maybe he’s a “coward” like Will Hailer, executive director of the Texas Democratic Party, suggested, but wouldn’t he have just declined initially?

We’ll probably never find out the real reason, so enjoy the theories.

Judge rejects Texas abortion law

August 29 was a huge day for abortion clinics throughout the state as a Federal judge axed the new requirements that would have closed all but a few.

The law, passed last year, had already shut down more than 20 clinics since it passed in 2013. There are currently 19 abortion clinics in the state, six of which meet the requirements of the law.

U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel wrote that “the court is firmly convinced that the State has placed unreasonable obstacles in the path of a woman’s ability to obtain a previablity abortion.”

The fact that the restictions, including minimum room sizes, doorways and the task of meeting the same requirements of ambulatory surgical centers, shut down so many clinics proved that the conditions were a bit unreasonable.

It essentially made getting an abortion a long shot, especially outside the big cities housing the only suitable clinics under the law.

Supporters of the law were surprised with the ruling and the say battle is far from over. Lauren Bean, a spokeswoman for the attorney general’s office, said supporters would seek “immediate relief.”

Perry tweets, deletes, then disapproves

Sometime during the chaos of our Labor Day prep time on Aug. 31, Rick Perry’s twitter account, @GovernorPerry, tweeted a meme in the vein of Dos Equis’ “Most Interesting Man” campaign about his pal, Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg.

The picture, an unflattering one of Lehmberg, was accompanied by the words: “I don’t always drive drunk at 3x the legal blood alcohol limit …but when I do, I indict Gov. Perry for calling me out about it. I am the most drunk Democrat in Texas.”

The tweet was deleted pretty much immediately, but not fast enough for the folks inhabiting Twitter.

Perry’s account followed up with a retraction that read “A tweet just went out from my account that was unauthorized. I do not condone the tweet and I have taken it down.”

The statement was less of an apology and more like “oops, I regret that, so let’s blame it on an intern or something.”

Either way, if you’re indicted, maybe don’t tweet memes regarding the situation. Not a good idea.

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