UPDATE: Confronted with the evidence, Republicans finally admitted defeat. Well done, Texas Dems!
But they may not get away with it. Texas Banana Republicans lied and cheated to break Wendy Davis’s filibuster and pass SB5 last night, but it was 12:01 and the special session ended at midnight. Of course, they can always find a crooked judge to rule in their favor, but you never know. After all, 160K were watching live on YouTube. (First, the Boston Marathon shootings. Now, this. Cable news was nowhere to be found, and Old Media is officially dead.)
“At what point must a female senator raise her hand or her voice to be recognized over her male colleagues in the room?” — Senator Leticia Van de Putte
The part you missed, though, was when the entire gallery responded to the chair ignoring a female senator on her motion, and sparked a citizens’ filibuster to delay the vote. For more than 10 minutes, they screamed, yelled, clapped and stomped so loud, the Republicons couldn’t hear themselves. As soon as I get a video, I’ll post it.* It was fucking beautiful.
In the meantime, watch this one. It was like this, only a hundred times louder.
*UPDATE: This is from the final ten minutes. Turn that volume all the way up, because that’s what it sounded like on the livestream: