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Why Wendy Davis May Be Texas's Next Governor, Despite Conventional Wisdom

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Your Daily Dose of BuzzFlash at Truthout, via my pal Mark Karlin:

Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis is on the radar screen of most BuzzFlash at Truthout readers for her defiant filibuster against an extremist anti-abortion law in Texas earlier this year. [...]

Alas, Gov. Rick "Goodhair" Perry called a special session of the Texas legislature and got the "put the government into a woman's ovaries" law passed. [...]

... Davis took that step in announcing that she is running for governor of Texas.   Perry won't be in the picture this time; he's stepping down to open a chain of male hair salons (sarcasm alert!).  But already the pundit handicappers are predicting that Davis will make headway, but lose because Texas is 100% Republican governed on the state level.  It hasn't had a Democratic governor since George W. Bush, with Karl Rove pulling off the dirty tricks, Bushwhacked Democratic Gov. Ann Richards in 1994.

However, a commentary by CNN digital national political reporter Peter Hamby offers 8 "contrarian" reasons why Davis might just become the next governor of Texas, and they are pretty compelling:

1. Davis knows how to win
2. Her opponent is well-funded but not well-known
3. Campaigns matter and are unpredictable at times
4. The Texas Hispanic boom
5. The Obama hi-tech, voter identification SWAT team is in town
6. A potential Tea Party spoiler might enter the race as independent
7. Suburban women in Texas are trending Democratic
8. Outside money will flow into the Davis campaign

[...]

But that's only half the story. ... Texas -- which used to be run by "yellow dog" Democrats -- will likely, at some point in time, demographically swing back into the Democratic column.

[T]his is a single woman, child in hand, who went from living in a trailer to Harvard Law School and has never lost a political race.

Please read the entire post here:

You can follow Wendy Davis on Twitter here: @WendyDavisTexas and donate to her campaign, as I did, here.

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Kutcher on Jobs, Playing Jobs, and Being Sexy

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Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher  is one of the more interesting men of our times. He starred on the popular and successful series That '70s Show, went on to create a series that became part of our everyday venacular, Punked, and enjoined in one of the most talked about marriages in recent times. He married Demi Moore, 15 years his senior and made a great go of the marriage for a number of years.

He's been an interesting person both on screen and off. He's somewhat of a Renaissance man with acting, producing creating, dabbling in Jewish mysticism -- Kaballah. He's a social activist and most recently channeled the late, iconic Steve Jobs in the soon to be released film, Jobs.

Teen Choice Awards

While accepting the Teen Choice Award recently, the "elder statesman" of the youth movement, took his acceptance speech to new levels. He didn't do some goofy, gag-filled gimmick in accepting his award. Instead he spoke from the heart and certainly proved he's more than just another pretty face. He's accepting the mantle of being a star and the responsibilities that come along with it.

It is worth a few minutes to see and hear what Chris (you'll understand when you see the video) has to say when he's not playing Walden Schmidt on Two and a Half men. His advice, his observations and his humility make him the ideal role model for anyone, especially younger people who adore him.

Oh, and for the older folks among us, keep in mind that Kutcher's accomplishments go beyond the screen. He's got quite a diverse portfolio.  Some of his investments include Skype,Foursquare, Airbnb, Path and Fab.com. He is a co-founder of the venture capital fund A-Grade Investments.

Here you go --  get smart and get your sexy on:

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TX Dem. State Senator Wendy Davis “very, very seriously considering” launching gubernatorial bid

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The wonderful State Senator Wendy Davis' filibuster of the GOP’s egregious proposals intruding upon women’s privacy, bodies, and reproductive rights was, in a word, awesome.

Now awesome Wendy Davis is seriously considering a bid for the Texas governorship. Which makes her even more awesome.

Via The Hill:

Wendy Davis told a crowd of several hundred women in San Francisco on Friday that she was “very, very seriously considering” launching a campaign to replace Republican Gov. Rick Perry next year. [...]

This week, Davis argued that Republicans had stifled the role of women in the political debate at large by controlling the redistricting and the drawing of political boundaries.

She said she was seriously exploring whether she could stand a winning chance at taking on the Republican establishment in waging a fight for the Texas governor’s mansion. No Democrat has been governor of Texas since 1990.

Well, if that's the case, they're long overdue. Go get 'em, Wendy!

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Myles Kerr - Being a Real Man

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Here's a story that if you haven't heard it already, then you're in for a treat. And if you have had this shared with you, pass it on. It's what makes us feel good about our fellow man despite what the political and economic challenges are that we're all facing.

I found this wonderful story here as reported by Nader Salass.

While running in The Jeff Drench Memorial 5K in Charlevoix, Mich., Lance Cpl. Myles Kerr stopped to help out a young boy struggling to finish the race. Kerr, 19, put aside his ambition to beat his fellow Marines and instead helped motivate 9 year-old Brandon Fuchs, who lost his party during the race, to make it to the finish line.

Now, thousands of social media users are now celebrating his act of kindness afterSeals Of Honor, a Facebook group commemorating the life of Navy Lt. Michael P. Murphy who died fighting in Afghanistan, posted a photo of Kerr and Fuchs running together.

It's so easy to forget the sacrifices soldiers and everyday civilians make on all degrees of selflessness. They don't have to be as big as Lt. Murphy's to be memorable. His is the ultimate. But even a small gesture, like that of huge-hearted Myles Kerr resonate throughout the world. We must salute both men, and all of the men and women who's gestures to mankind are worthy of a tip of the hat, but perhaps are lost in the cacophony of life.

Lcpl Kerr came around the last turn along with this small boy. The boy had become separated from those who he had started the race with. He asked Lcpl Kerr, “Sir? Will you please run with me?". Throughout the course, Lcpl Kerr urged him on when the boy wanted to give up and ensured that the boy saw the course to completion where he was reunited with his party.

Now, if you want to see and hear a bit more about this, the video that follows will fill you in. Enjoy, and maybe today do something nice for someone else. You probably won't be covered in HuffPo or even on Twitter, but you'll know. And isn't that reward enough?

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PhotOH! and VIDEO quickie: This is how they rally for women's rights in Texas, y’all.

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This is how you put on a women's rights rally, y'all. In your face, Rick Perry, who, by the way, hears voices. Correction: He only hears some voices. Apparently, new Democratic superstar State Senator Wendy Davis and her supporters got under his skin, because he popped out with this little nugget:

“The question is are you going to let a small group of people take over the process, an unruly mob, to keep from democracy from occurring.”

Too late, Ricky, it's occurring in spite of you:

Here's an amazing aerial shot of the crowd. [via mcorcoran]:

texas abortion rally via thefrisky.com

Natalie Maines from The Dixie Chicks performed [via PPact]. Take that, Bushies:

texas abortion rally Natalie Maines Dixie Chicks via thefrisky.com

And finally, this is one message that resonates with me [vía Dan Solomon]...

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... because it reminds me of this:

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And we have the wonderful Wendy Davis to thank for getting the ball rolling. #StandWithWendy

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"It shouldn't be unusual for a public official to stand and fight for the men and women who elected them."

That quote is from a clip just played on MSNBC of Wendy Davis at the rally.

All (except the last two) courtesy of The Frisky, where there’s more. Check 'em out.

H/t: My pal @Anomaly100 at FreakOutNation.

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Rick Perry hears voices. Correction: He only hears some voices.

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Oh the hypocrisy. Texas Governor Rick Perry is picky, picky, picky about which day he chooses to revere the First Amendment and exactly whose voices matter (other than the ones he hears inside his own head). Apparently, State Senator Wendy Davis's voice and those of her supporters need not bother to use theirs.

Per L.A. Times, Perry and GOP Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are confident that their dream of anti-abortion legislation will come true:

"It will pass overwhelmingly and will become the law in the state," Perry said in an interview Friday with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. "I think the voice of the people of Texas will be heard." [...]

[Perry] called on antiabortion activists to fill Capitol hearings and galleries this week as their opponents have done, to make their voices heard via Facebook and the Twitter hashtag #stand4life.

"We will pass this bill," Dewhurst said, insisting the legislation's supporters are in the majority. "Texas is and will always be the most pro-life state in America."

Dewhurst's idea of being the "most pro-life state in America" undoubtedly includes being the state that puts the most people to death, too. No hypocrisy there:

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More from the Times:

Supporters of the legislation — who planned to wear blue — also called on activists to head to the Capitol to speak on the legislation when it comes up in committee.

"The committee hearings have not been scheduled but could be as early as Tuesday at 2 p.m.," the Texas Alliance for Life posted on Facebook. "Please prepare a 3-minute testimony explaining how abortion has hurt you or someone you love. Bring your friends, family, and invite your church. Come prepared for a long night."

Joe Pojman, the alliance's executive director, said time would be on the legislation's side, and he hoped more protesters would be too.

Here is what CNN is reporting this morning:

But the Republican governor cautioned that there won't be the same "turmoil" and "mob rule" from protesters in the public gallery as there was last week.

..."The lieutenant governor and the speaker both are not going to allow that to occur in their chambers," Perry said in an interview with KFYO, a radio station based in Lubbock, Texas.

Then Perry said this:

"The question is are you going to let a small group of people take over the process, an unruly mob, to keep from democracy from occurring."

Um, Ricky, voicing opposition IS democracy.

Perry said the "absolute anarchy that we saw in the last 15 minutes in the Senate chamber (was) not appropriate or normal."

Well now, Ricky, yes, it was appropriate. What isn't appropriate is your despicable War on Women, their privacy, their reproductive rights, their health services, their equality, their dignity, their freedom to choose to undergo a legal procedure (abortion), and their freedom to decline an unnecessary, invasive procedure (vaginal probe) forced upon them by mostly male legislators.

Next, after whining about how unruly Democrats have no right to express themselves, he "called on the anti-abortion community to have the same intensity as their opponents in the days ahead but to conduct themselves with 'decency, civility and decorum'."

Of course, protesting, pro-forced-birth, "anti-big-government" conservatives are decent and civil, but protesting pro-choicers are indecent and uncivil.

IOKIYAR.

IOKIYAR

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VIDEO: Texas State Senator Wendy Davis talks abortion, women's rights on "Meet the Press"

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My new hero, Texas State Senator Wendy Davis, has reinvigorated many Americans to step up their fight against the War on Women. It's not as if we've backed off, but she really lit a fire under many who may have been preoccupied with other political battles.

But her remarkable filibuster has inspired a renewed interest in and opposition to the efforts of several Republican-run states to restrict access to women's health care services. Let's hope her momentum continues.

Here she is on Meet the Press, for those who missed it. Following her interview was the "Round Table" in which Rachel Maddow brought those pesky things called "facts" to the conversation:

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No, white Christian men who insist upon thrusting government into the private lives of women who are capable of making their own decisions, forcing vaginal ultrasounds are not "free" nor are they an "opportunity."

The assault on women's rights must stop, and Wendy Davis's calm persistence and reasonable, intelligent approach has resulted in more Americans paying attention, hearing the truth, and engaging.

This...

gop abortion wire hanger cartoon Bennett

...is not an option.

small government my ass

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