The Playlist: A Little Bit Longer

Texas Senator Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, in the Senate chamber on May 29, 2011 where her one hour filibuster killed SB1811 for the regular session and prompted a special session.
Texas Senator Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, in the Senate chamber on May 29, 2011 where her one hour filibuster killed SB1811 for the regular session and prompted a special session.

State Sen. Wendy Davis announced that she's postponing her decision about a gubernatorial run while she helps care for her sick father, so we begin this week's news-inspired playlist with the Jonas Brothers' "A Little Bit Longer."

The easiest way to enjoy the playlist is to download Spotify, which is a free program. But even without it, you can still follow along. Here are this week's other selections:

Other possible Democratic candidates are waiting to hear what Davis decides before determining their own plans. For them, we have Noah and the Whale's "Waiting for My Chance to Come."

In Tyler, state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, and State Board of Education member Thomas Ratliff debated the merits of CSCOPE, the controversial curriculum. The outcome is summed up in B.B. King's "We Can't Agree."

Lawyers for death row inmate Hank Skinner are squabbling with prosecutors over the results of new DNA tests in his case. For them, we've included "DNA," by Empire of the Sun.

Richard Thompson's "Fast Food" in one of our picks because the Trib's Corrie MacLaggan wrote about Texas fast food workers joining a nationwide strike. Because Corrie also wrote about rural Texans who don't have internet access in their homes, we have "Internet Connection," by M.I.A.

The Texas Supreme Court announced it will hear a pair of cases that could decide whether same-sex couples who were married in states where gay marriage is legal can seek a divorce in Texas, so we've added "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," by Tammy Wynette. The Trib's Julián Aguilar wrote about a couple who married this week despite one of them being prohibited from entering the country, prompting the selection of "Wedding Song," by Anaïs Mitchell and Justin Vernon.

All week we've reported on new laws going into effect September 1, inspiring our final two picks (part of our monthlong 31 Days, 31 Ways series). Brad Paisley's "Working on a Tan" was chosen because minors will be prohibited from using indoor tanning beds, and Supertramp's "Breakfast in America" made the cut because more Texas public schools will soon start offering students a free morning meal.

Enjoy!

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