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NPT Capitol: Perry and Dewhurst: Look, listen before you abort

cimg9957Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst spoke out in favor of SB 182 sponsored by Houston Senator Dan Patrick, which would require any woman seeking an abortion, to first have the opportunity to hear the heartbeat and see an ultrasound image of the fetus. The bill is being carried in the House by Frank Corte, R-San Antonio.

The press conference begun with a woman who had had an abortion, but believed she may have changed her mind if given proper access to a sonogram before undergoing the procedure. The press conference also featured a pregnant women undergoing a live sonogram, which was projected on a pull down screen adjacent to the speakers.

Dewhurst, who popped in for five minutes, spoke for two and left, invoked Reagan saying that a fetus must be given the benefit of the doubt when it came to debating it’s humanity. As such, a fetus was entitled to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

“Too often we see abortions that don’t need to happen…I my heart, I believe most people want to see less abortions and more adoptions,” said Dewhurst who thinks the legislation may lead women seeking abortions to a change of heart.

After Dewhurst left, a doctor explained the fetal images on the pull down screen to reporters, “just like you see at home on your LCD screens.” Using a laser pen, he outlined the head, heart and ring of amniotic fluid that allowed the fetus to, “jump around, float around (and) move around.”

““You cant go in and say that is a blob of tissue…we really want to promote the fact that this is a live person,” said the doctor.

If passed, the bill would “give a women the see not a baby but her baby,” said Senator Patrick.

Governor Perry, will also make a speech this morning on the steps of the Capitol building in support of the legislation.


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 24, 2009 at 10:37 am

NPT Juxtapose: Public transit: New bills; hollow words?

Germany Rail StrikesFrom the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Perry’s concern that a bill aimed at creating a North Texas urban rail system would have implications across the state: “The local-option bill would allow counties to choose different ways to finance transportation improvements (i.e. rail) and to call elections to get voter approval for the plans.” [link]

From El Paso City Council’s state legislative agenda:“The city of El Paso has the goal of becoming the least car dependent city in the Southwest.” [link]

Might El Paso be one of those counties Perry is worried could take advantage of this legislation if passed, and so locally fund quality rail and metro service, thus becoming the Southwest’s public transport poster-boy?

Probably not, seeing that in July the City Council committed a generation of El Pasoans to a billion dollars worth of new road projects.

Taking advantage of the nation-wide, state felt, fed-funded momentum toward alternative transport? “Least car dependant city” in the Southwest?

Agenda-schmenda, says El Paso…again.

–Ben Wright


Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 20, 2009 at 10:44 am

NPT Capitol: Pickett does a Clyburn

pickettState Rep Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, filed a concurrent resolution yesterday requesting federal stimulus money to flow into Texas.

HCR29 requests that the 81st Legislature, “express its intent that the state accept federal economic stimulus funds appropriated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (HR1) or any other such legislation.”

The resolution, similar to one filed by State Senator Eliot Shapleigh, D-Paso, (but broader in scope), takes advantage of the Clyburn amendment (Section 1115 of HR1) which provides for states whose governors have expressed hostility toward the stimulus package.(Link)

Texas governor Rick Perry, has derided the bailout in recent weeks and has turned down federal money on more than one occasion. (link) Usually governors have to request federal money, but Section 1115 allows the money to be requested by a concurrent resolution of a state legislature. (link)
perry2Pickett’s resolution, if adopted, would represent such a request. However HR1 is currently seeking passage in the US Senate. Section 1115 may be the targeted for deletion by some conservative lawmakers.

Pickett is currently on the floor of the Texas House and as such cannot be reached for comment. More to follow…

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 3, 2009 at 11:09 am

NPT Capitol: Emergency Items


Governor Perry today released a list of emergency items that he wants the Texas Legislature to begin considering immediately. Most items on the list were related to the response required to Hurricane Ike, which the government estimates will cost up to $1.6bn


Read Perry’s press release here

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 3, 2009 at 10:21 am

NPT Capitol: Stimulating Shapleigh

shapleigh1State Senator Eliot Shapleigh, D-El Paso today filed a concurrent resolution that takes advantage of the so-called Clyburn Amendment in the federal stimulus package.

The Clyburn amendment, passed in the US House version of HR1, allows states to request stimulus aid through a concurrent resolution of the state Legislature – effectively bypassing state governors that oppose the stimulus legislation in Congress.

The bill is targeted at Governor Perry, who has expressed hostility to the stimulus package (and all things Washington, especially a certain someone) in recent weeks. If the Texas Legislature passed a series of concurrent resolutions like Shapleigh’s, (read it here) Perry could be effectively shut out of much the action when it comes to federal money in Texas.

Read more on NPT

The resolution, if passed, would, “urge the Congress…to provide emergency funding and resources” aimed at “addressing increasing delays at U.S. ports of entry on the Texas-Mexico border.” Specifically it asks that, “the congress provide funding for 24-hour customs operations and for infrastructure improvements, including more customs inspection lanes and more customs inspectors.”

Written by newspapertreeelpaso

February 2, 2009 at 10:53 pm