Texas Is Hopeless, Or Not: Voter ID Goes Ahead, Abortion Bills Filibustered

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Abby Zimet

Two hours after the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, Texas announced it will immediately institute a voter ID law and redistricting map the Justice Department blocked last year for blatantly discriminating against and potentially disenfranchising up to 600,000 black and Latino voters - though some legal observers called the plan to implement the law "legally ignorant" and impossible to enforce. Still, Texas' political landscape brightened a tad when State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), supported by an earlier People's Filibuster by over 700 people seeking to give testimony,  launched a 13-hour filibuster - no sitting, leaning, breaks, pauses - to prevent a final vote in the special session on extreme legislation that would effectively cut off legal access to abortion in the state. After over ten hours, she was still declining even to yield for questions. Heartening.

Update: Thanks to loud protests by hundreds of citizen filibusterers when Davis was silenced by a technicality moments before the midnight deadline, the abortion bills were defeated. They may yet be revived.

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