It’s an old-school filibuster that’s underway in Texas today as a legislator tries to kill an abortion bill by running out the clock in the legislative session.
Unlike Congress, the filibuster that Sen. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth is engaged in actually demands both physical and mental challenges. The rules require her to remain standing, not lean on her desk, take any breaks. She can’t use the restroom and she can’t eat. It also requires her to engage in a debate, as opposed to just reading nonsensical things to kill time.
The Texas Tribune is providing live video coverage.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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