Senator Wendy Davis Draws a Line in the Dirt

At last, a Democrat is willing to stand up to Perrypublicans.

Hooray for Wendy: Thankfully, once in a while the political system churns out a Wendy Davis, the 48-year-old Senate freshman from Fort Worth who filibustered Governor Rick Perry's legislative session to a grave Sunday night.

How was this going to end otherwise? Perry has engineered the session as a vicious assault on public education, Medicaid, the poor and minorities. He's likely going to use these credentials in his fight for the Republican presidential nomination. Meanwhile the state he leaves behind will slide closer toward the Third World.

As things were going, the Democrats seemed to be more or less holding their peace and hoping to preserve their own re-election prospects, though most of them are from safe districts anyway. In the process, they were going to share the blame for what the Perrypublicans are about to wreak.

Why share? Let them wreak.

Davis comes from an unsafe district she took from state Senator Kim Brimer in 2008 by 2.4 percent of the vote. But Davis obviously has a longer view than her own re-election. A single mom who started in community college and wound up at Harvard Law School, she told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, "I proudly stood up for keeping public education adequately funded. I think we cannot be, should not be, silenced based on threats that it could be worse."

Her 79-minute speech Sunday stopped the Legislature from passing a school finance bill before the clock ran out on the session. And how are the Republicans reacting? They are vowing to punish Davis, punish Democrats, punish the poor, punish minorities and punish public education.

Please, Perrypublicans: Show us your true colors. Toss some more grandmas out of their nursing homes. Give us some time so that thousands more minority kids qualified to attend UT or A&M can find out you have whacked scholarship money.

Most of all, let us escape from this slimy myth you have propagated that gutting the budget for public education isn't really going to hurt public education much. We want you to get full credit for what you are doing.

Davis helped get the Democrats off this very bad bandwagon. What the hell were they doing on it in the first place?

Maybe you have to get all the way from community college to Harvard Law School to understand how long the road is and how important it is to see around corners. In the not too distant future, the political rewards handed out in this country will not go to Democrats who knuckled under.

 
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B Jjj
B Jjj

The "education" lobby in this state needs the same dose of cold water that Gov. Christie is giving the teachers union in New Jersey. All we hear, year after year after year, is that more money is needed for education....and much of the information indicates that increased funding does NOT equate to better education. I interview high school graduates frequently for jobs and no doubt exists that the "product" we were getting twenty years ago is better at the basics. The education lobby has been successful in padding the school districts with administrators and managers- I dont mind paying teachers more but where is all the money going? Perry isnt my favorite but I'm worn out with people hiding behind "money for the children/ducation" as if its some sacred cow that can't be scrutinized.

Truthfully
Truthfully

Here we go...Perry and GOP now revive the Sanctuary Cities bill, courtesy of Wendy Davis' "brave" filibuster.

Again, with friends like Wendy Davis, who needs enemies? This bill was defeated in the regular session. Davis' filibuster revives it. Nice going.

GK
GK

Bottom line.....how ya going to pay for it...blank check? Cut cut and cut.....or shut up and pay some more taxes. Start by cutting out anything written in anything other than English...save some printing money and cut some teaching salaries. If you want to learn in spanish....go to a private school.

anonymous
anonymous

Schutze, your biased, vitriolic, lying opinion is worthless. I will send an email to your editor and ask why they continue to let incompetent bigots like you write articles for them.

Mestizo, it's you who's racist. Teen pregnancies and school dropout rates won't be solved by throwing more money at the problem because money, or lack thereof, is not the cause. Also, if you wish to be taken seriously then learn to spell (sense, not sence).

For those who think Texas is one of the worst states in the union:

If Republican policies are so bad for the working class then why is it that Dallas, Houston and Austin are leading the nation in the job market, and places like liberal California are trailing?

http://www.bizjournals.com/biz...

For all the rest of you supporting Ms. Davis I'd like to ask you:

How much good will we be doing the public education system if our state goes bankrupt because we couldn't control our spending or even balance a budget? Where will the funding come from then?

Are the teachers in her district getting a raise? If they are, then why don't they give that money to the poor schools and poor districts instead?

Don't you realize that by blocking the budget she's actually hurting the schools who need to know how much money they're going to have to operate on?

Here's some facts about teacher salaries in Texas:

http://www.teachersalaryinfo.c...

http://www.tasb.org/services/h...

Borisbadenov
Borisbadenov

Boy, Schutze isn't biased is he.............

Why don't you get a job working for Olbermann or Chris Matthews or Rachel Whatshername or Joy Blowhard....

You'll be with like-minded people anyway

Tinygcourtney
Tinygcourtney

Hey Jim why don't you run for governor. then the rest of Us that don't go stupid will move some where else because we don't need more stupidity in gonernment

Dbear97483
Dbear97483

All politicans have forgotten that when they are elected, they should represent "all" of the people that live in their district. It has become them vs. us in the political arena. Just my thoughts!

Dalgentman
Dalgentman

Two questions for Miss Smarty, AKA Wendy:

How much did the Special Session cost us?

What did the Special Session accomplish?

Let's make that three questions.

Now, who is the idiot?

mestizo
mestizo

I'm reading the conservative blogs and most of them make no sence what so ever. Facts mean nothing to you conservatives so they stay blatently ignorant when spewing their right wing garbage. Texas is in deep hole you morons. We are number one in teen pregnancies, number one in school drop outs, and we rank almost dead last when it comes to funding education for the children. With this new legislation we will have another new record. So why don't you conservatives want to do anyting about fixing this? Instead your leaders introduce a bill to allow people to carry firearms on school grounds; how in the hell is that going to help anything? The people will rise up against your stupidity and maybe thats why you are all so afraid so you go to your guns just like your daddy did back then. I swear to god you people are so racist man, I hope you get what you all deserve, a peoples revolution.

dave
dave

stop trying to spend what you do not have,,,,,then explain it to Obama

Truthfully
Truthfully

And, it's over. Wendy Smith made it easier for Republicans to pass the cuts, and they did it. Some hero.

Next up? Sanctuary cities. Nice work, Wendy - all previously defeated bills will now be passed.

Justice
Justice

nice try its over they approved 4 billion in cuts to education so prepare for your kids to dummy up glad to see republicans kids are all in private schools 40 kids to a class less teachers less time on education dumber kids that will be slaves to the rich

The Derelict
The Derelict

it doesn't matter what they do. their voters will still vote them into office. read 'What's The Matter with Kansas?'

Quiet I'm Talking
Quiet I'm Talking

"Meanwhile the state he leaves behind will slide closer toward the Third World."

Third World? Mr. Schutze, Texas' economy might not be the shining beacon on the hill, but it's faring better than any other state, particularly in terms of employment, thanks to Perry and a largely conservative legislature. Being the working journalist-for-life that you are, you were probably not aware of that.

Gregdevenney
Gregdevenney

It's refreshing to find a public offical that actually is looking out for the welfare of the public rather than worrying about who they'll offend and possibly reduce their chances of being elected. As I've grown older I have become more cynical so this is like a breathe of fresh air and I applaud her efforts.

Malachite141
Malachite141

isn't perry ready for retirement? didnt he have a 10,000 electric bill we all paid for? really please go retire. so texas can become a strong state again and not one supporting u and your family cause personally we are all struggling and are a little sick of your cuts and crap...i dont see what u are doing for texas? do you? i bet when your house got burnt it got fixed right away. did all the tornado and weather stricken texans get the same? doubt it seriously....

Truthfully
Truthfully

Now, because of Davis, instead of having to get 2/3rds vote of the Senate to pass legislation, the Republicans only need a majority vote - which they already have.

So, they'll come back to the table and get the things Democrats were able to block the first time around. And, people are calling this smart and brave?

It's more like stupid and short-sighted. We'll now see reintroduction of the sanctuary cities bill, wind storm insurance bill, and medicaid bill Democrats successfully blocked.

No more. Thanks to Davis "drawing the line" the Republicans now get what the wanted in the first place, and easier.

Davis is finished anyway. Good riddance. With friend like that, who needs enemies? In the long run, her "filibuster" will simply be a footnote of being a sore loser that hurt the state more than it helped it.

Gloria Brenes
Gloria Brenes

Thank You so much Senator Davis,for standing up for Education for all our children in Texas. That's the way run out that time THANK YOU!!!

John
John

In the 2008-2009 school year -- the last for which data is available -- Texas schools spent $11,084 per kid. Ten years ago, Texas spent was spending just $5,857.

If per-pupil spending had risen with inflation, the cost after 10 years would have approximately been $7,545. So where is the money going? Well, it's not going to the classroom.

If you think of each kid the way school bureaucrats do -- as bags of money -- and consider your average third-grade class capped at 22 students per teacher, that's $243,848 sitting there.

But the money isn't going to the teacher. Average teacher pay was $47,313 in the 08-09 school year (up from $34,357 a decade ago).

Money does not grow on trees and we at some point must put a stop to the ever increasing government expenditures. My wife is a teacher and constantly remarks on the various ways which the school district finds to spend money needlessly.

Likeicare
Likeicare

Thank you, Senator Davis! Thank you, Jim for saying what I have said since this session began and Perry forced the lege to concentrate on meaningless laws, instead of what was more important.

Mark Cochran
Mark Cochran

It's never easy to stand up against the prevailing power structure and go against their agenda. I applaud Senator Davis for taking a stand for public education and against the Perrypublicans!

Jrice0728
Jrice0728

The battle is against ignorance. Stay in the fight!

Guest
Guest

Thank you very much Senator Davis, we are with you!

Taxpayer1024
Taxpayer1024

Mr. Schutze, you are a great writer. I love what you do for Dallas. The DMN is never going to keep politicians honest like you do.

But your liberal politics on education are just wrong. Where is the correlation between education spending and results? Why do university costs rise faster than inflation? (Calculus and English literature are not changing that fast!). Do education unions protect students or crappy teachers? How about some honesty on the corruption in the Education business. How many assistant principals does an elementary school need? Why are tenured professors pulling down 6 figures - and still demanding more taxpayer money.

Mr. Schutze, on this issue your thinking is shallow and not up to your normally excellent standards.

JackLean
JackLean

Wendy, you make me proud to call Fort Worth home in spite of all the caustic conservative Caucasians, TRV thieves and military meshugganas that would make this city so dismal and despicable without you.

Keep fighting against Perry and his Gerrymandering Goobers!

Ksterlingg kim
Ksterlingg kim

I did not get any grants or money from anyone. I worked my way through College. The American People are going broke. The Public School system is a scam and a failure. No more handouts. Stop spending other peoples money now. Government is a failure now.

Justice
Justice

20,000.00 a month for the place he is renting so the mansion gets remodeled guess who foots the bill for that one

Justice
Justice

least she had some balls to stand up for are kids what did you do ?

Jrice0728
Jrice0728

Taxpayer1024

You are an idiot and a prime example of the failure of our public educational system. To be a self taught individual such as yourself must provide you with a sense of accomplishment. I am so happy that you were able to pull yourself up out of the mud long enough to growl at those who also seek a better life. I just wish your experience would have taught you the value of real education.

Jrice0728
Jrice0728

Ksterlingg kim

Which private school did you attend. No help in securing an education? Did you work yourself through Kindergarten and first grade also? Another IDIOT.

Taxpayer1024
Taxpayer1024

I note you call me an "idiot" and a "failure of our public educational system". I also note you didn't respond to any of the questions I posed. Who is an un-educated idoit - the person who asks questions or the person who stoops to base insults?

Brad Greenlee
Brad Greenlee

Not very good with reading comprehension, are we? There is an old saying about rocks and glass houses, how does that go?

 
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