Democrats Win Battle, but Perry Determines the War

The down-and-out Texas Democrats scored a rare and improbable legislative victory this week, and in the process they propelled one of their own, Sen. Wendy Davis, into political stardom.

Now the Republicans get their say.

As expected, Gov. Rick Perry, no stranger to hardball politics or legislative meltdowns, announced Wednesday he would call the Legislature back into special session. It’s set to begin July 1.

And once again, legislation restricting abortion — the same package Davis and her fellow Democrats worked so hard to stop with a filibuster and dramatic midnight showdown — will be front and center. With Republicans in ...

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