A Washington Post article criticized Texas governor and Republican presidential hopeful Rick Perry, whose family's hunting lodge was formerly known by a racially charged epithet. Farai Chideya discusses the implications for Perry's campaign.
Texans headed to the polls in large numbers yesterday to vote in the primary election for gubernatorial candidates. The Republican race was particularly heated, but incumbent Rick Perry came out on top.
Senator Wendy Davis spent 13 hours filibustering on the Texas Senate floor last week, attempting to prevent the Senate from passing a bill that curtails abortion rights. Though she was able to fend off the Republican-backed bill, a new special session reopens the debate. This time, she's unlikely to have enough staying power.
In Texas, legislators from both parties believe their positions on abortion are in line with Latino voters. Republicans, the party behind the state's new anti-abortion bill, see themselves as in sync with Latino Catholics, for example. But because the bill has the potential to impact lower-class women more, Democrats see themselves as more aligned.