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1. HB2 Passes (link)

As expected, the Texas House easily passed HB 2 with a vote of 96-49. The bill now moves to the Senate where it could pass by Friday or Saturday. State Rep. Charles Perry had this to say about HB 2 according to KFYO News.

State Representative, Charles Perry (R- Lubbock), has been a strong supporter of the legislation, “Today the Texas House passed landmark legislation which increases the quality of care to women and protects the life of the unborn, both measures I fully support. This bill will ensure Texas women seeking an abortion have a credentialed physician to perform the necessary procedure in facilities which will now have to meet ambulatory surgical center standards. This bill also protects the unborn by prohibiting abortions after 5 months, which a majority of Texans support. If the mother choses to have an abortion, she still has that right, as long as it is within the first 5 months. As elected officials it is our responsibility to protect the innocent and give a voice to those who cannot yet speak for themselves.”

I expect the Senate to pass the bill easily by next week. There are some reports that the Senate could vote and approve the bill by late Friday night or early Saturday. The only holdup could be protesters, but hopefully the Senate will be ready this time.

2. Battleground Texas & Hillary Clinton (link)

Wayne Slater at the Dallas Morning News is wondering if Battleground Texas could be a vote machine for Hillary Clinton.

Remember Battleground Texas – the group that wants to turn Texas blue? How about turning Texas into Hillary country? A founder of Battleground Texas – Obama campaign national field director Jeremy Bird – has joined a superPAC to support a Hillary Clinton run for president. The PAC – Ready for Hillary – has significant Texas ties. Houston trial lawyers and Democratic mega-donors Steve and Amber Mostyn are founding members of Ready for Hillary. The Mostyns have emerged as the biggest political givers in Texas supporting Democrat candidates and causes. Steve Mostyn donated $3 million to a pro-Obama super PAC, Priorities USA, in 2012. And the couple also helped launch former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords’s gun control group with $1 million. In the 2010 governor’s race in Texas, the Mostyns targeted Gov. Rick Perry’s reelection, chiding the Republican incumbent for refusing debates with his Democratic opponent with full-page newspaper ads with a headline saying “Coward.”

Ready for Hillary was started earlier this year by Clinton supporters. That’s about when Battleground Texas got off the ground, led by Bird and other Obama campaign émigrés. Bird said his goal with Battleground Texas is to register and turn out new Democratic voters to make the Democratic party competitive in Texas elections up and down the ballot. The last time a Democrat won statewide office was 1994. The Clinton superPAC is not directly affiliated with the former first lady and Clinton herself has not indicated whether she will run for president in 2016. But Hillary Clinton at the top of the ticket in 2016 could attract moderate suburban woman as well as Democratic voters and a growing population of Hispanics, particularly young Latinas who will be an influential voting bloc in future years.

The numbers don’t favor Democrats anytime soon. Experts anticipate it could take until 2018 or 2020 before Democratic candidates become competitive in the state. Texas is the biggest solidly red state in the country. Bird and Battleground Texas want to change that. It’s hard to imagine Democrats spending much money in Texas in the 2016 presidential race when there are other states that would offer a presidential nominee far better odds. But with California, New York and Massachusetts reliably in the Democratic column, winning Texas would be a game changer for the party in national elections. A Democratic presidential nominee who could capture those four states would be half way to electoral votes necessary to win the White House.

Give me a break. Hillary will not win Texas in 2016. She may win the White House, but not Texas. I have said since 2008 that Texas would become a swing state, at the earliest, in 2020. I could still see that happening but not before then.

3. Bro-Choice (link)

You've heard it all from the pro-choice crowd. But Ben Sherman at the Burnt Orange Report may have the best reason of all to support abortion at 5 months. Because, it could hurt your casual sex life.

No. I'm not kidding.

How #HB2 Hurts Straight Texas Men

Your girlfriend's/wife's life will be in danger

      . Making abortion inaccessible for millions of Texas women is going to put them in danger if they ever need to terminate a pregnancy. Black markets for unsafe abortions will emerge, and women will be pushed into potentially fatal back-alley abortions. That's your girlfriend's life we're talking about.

Your freedom to choose is at stake, too

      . While it is ultimately a woman's choice whether to have an abortion, many women choose to make that decision with the man involved. Do you want that decision ready-made for you by politicians in state government? Not if you value freedom, you don't.

You want to decide when and if to have kids

      . This bill will force thousands of Texas men into unplanned fatherhood by making it impossible for women to access an abortion in the event of an unplanned pregnancy. Even if you want to have kids, you probably don't want an accident to make you a father before you're psychologically ready and able to care for a child. If you don't want kids, you don't want the narrow, personal views of politicians in the state government to force you to have them.

Your sex life is at stake

        . Can you think of anything that kills the vibe faster than a woman fearing a back-alley abortion? Making abortion essentially inaccessible in Texas will add an anxiety to sex that will drastically undercut its joys. And don't be surprised if casual sex outside of relationships becomes far more difficult to come by.


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