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Texas’s regressive politics

Posted: June 30, 2013 2:00 a.m.
Updated: June 30, 2013 2:00 a.m.
 

A few weeks ago there was a column in which the author said he could move to Texas because Austin was such a progressive place.

That is so regressive.

In light of the Supreme Court gutting the Voting Rights Act, I would ask him to reconsider.

The next day the Texas attorney general reinstated the state’s voter ID law, which a court had determined would discriminate against 800,000 Texans, mostly Latino and Afican-American.

Then the nation watched a courageous state senator filibuster for 13 hours to try to stop a draconian anti-choice bill, a law that would eliminate all but five women’s clinics in the state.

She was successful that day, but the next day Gov. Rick Perry recalled the Legislature back into special session to pass the same bill.

The Republicans will probably be successful.

So even though the demographics changes are threatening to make Texas a competitive electoral state, we now know how the Republican power structure (mostly older white men) plan to hold on to power.

These same men also plan to take a health choice away from a woman and her doctor.

It would give no exception for rape or incest.

It would close all but five clinics in the state.

Enjoy your move, Mr. Myers.

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