Tribpedia: 1997 Memorial Day Massacre

Rep. Arlene Wohlgemuth, R-Burleson, used a legislative rule to strike 52 bills from the Texas House calendar near the end of the 75th regular session in 1997.

She was retaliating after political opponents used a similar parliamentary tactic to kill her legislation that would have required parental notification before minors could obtain abortions.

The rule she used? The House Calendars ...

Analysis: Taking Direct Aim at Legislative Business as Usual

Left: Wendy Davis is shown during her 2013 filibuster in the Texas Senate. Right: U.S. House Democrats staged a sit-in on June 22, 2016, in their bid to pass gun control legislation.
Left: Wendy Davis is shown during her 2013 filibuster in the Texas Senate. Right: U.S. House Democrats staged a sit-in on June 22, 2016, in their bid to pass gun control legislation.

Maybe the overnight sit-in that captured Washington’s attention will keep gun control in the news. House Democrats' effort fell short, but as Wendy Davis showed three years ago in Texas, the end of the spectacle isn’t necessarily the end of the fight.

Vietnam veteran Jim Faulkner of Calhoun County signs a Trump for President banner at the Republican Party of Texas event in Dallas May 13, 2016.
Vietnam veteran Jim Faulkner of Calhoun County signs a Trump for President banner at the Republican Party of Texas event in Dallas May 13, 2016.

After Cruz's Campaign, Texas GOP Reaches For Unity

Coming together, at least for now, is not easy. That was on full display over the past three days here at the Texas GOP convention, where a party once solidly behind favorite son Ted Cruz in the presidential race grappled with uniting behind his fiercest rival and now the presumptive nominee, Donald Trump. 

Nov 13, 2012 - Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst hold a press conference on proposed legislation regarding drug testing for state benefit recipients at Austin Glass and Mirror in east Austin.
Nov 13, 2012 - Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst hold a press conference on proposed legislation regarding drug testing for state benefit recipients at Austin Glass and Mirror in east Austin.

Law Designed to Drug Test Unemployed Texans Still Not in Place

Nearly three years after Texas enacted a law requiring some applicants for unemployment benefits to pass a drug test, the state has yet to test a single applicant, and it remains unclear when the program will get going. 

House Reading Clerk Elizabeth Milam carries signed bills to the podium during the House session May 14, 2015.
House Reading Clerk Elizabeth Milam carries signed bills to the podium during the House session May 14, 2015.

With Deadline Looming, Democrats Drag Their Feet

Facing a midnight deadline in the House to take initial votes on that chamber's bills, Democrats dragged their feet, working to delay a vote on a bill forbidding the use of state or local funds to issue same-sex marriage licenses. 

 

 

Planned Parenthood clinical assistant Nicki Bailey discusses the new abortion laws with a patient in Austin.
Planned Parenthood clinical assistant Nicki Bailey discusses the new abortion laws with a patient in Austin.

Komen Drops Support of Planned Parenthood

The Dallas-based breast cancer prevention group Susan G. Komen for the Cure has halted its financial support of Planned Parenthood, yet another blow to the family planning organization that provides abortions in some of its clinics. 

Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, during her filibuster at the end of the the 82nd legislature on Sunday, June 3, 2011. The action, in opposition to $4 billion in cuts to education, tipped lawmakers into an immediate special session.
Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, during her filibuster at the end of the the 82nd legislature on Sunday, June 3, 2011. The action, in opposition to $4 billion in cuts to education, tipped lawmakers into an immediate special session.

Filibuster Propels Wendy Davis Into Spotlight

State Sen. Wendy Davis' controversial decision to torpedo the 82nd Legislative session with a filibuster has catapulted the Fort Worth Democrat into the spotlight, which she has seized to try to mobilize the state’s downtrodden and outnumbered Democrats.