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Sen. Ted Cruz to announce presidential run today

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is expected to announce his candidacy for president Monday during an address at Liberty University in Virginia.

Cruz won Kay Bailey Hutchison’s vacated Senate seat in 2012 against then-Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst by a 14-point margin. He now serves as Texas’s junior senator.

Before serving as senator, he served as solicitor general of Texas from 2003 to 2008, and was originally appointed by then-Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Cruz was recently appointed chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Space, Science, and Competitiveness and oversees NASA. Cruz will become the first Republican to formally declare his candidacy for the 2016 presidential race.

Texas State Sen. Dan Patrick speaks to press and supporters after defeating Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in Tuesday's Republican primary runoff election for lieutenant governor. 

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HOUSTON — With more than 65 percent of the vote, state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, secured the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor, defeating incumbent David Dewhurst in the runoff election Tuesday.

Patrick will face state Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, in the November general election. In a speech, Patrick said he will start campaigning in areas where Democrats perform well, especially in minority communities.

“Starting this week, we are going to go into Democrat strongholds,” Patrick said. “Some Democrats have said they wanted me to be the nominee. Well they’ve got me, and I’m coming.”

Citing his recent debate on immigration with San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as an example, Patrick said he will talk with voters about the issues.

“Before you can get someone’s vote, you have to respect them enough to go talk with them and explain to them why,” Patrick said.

Dewhurst, who has served as lieutenant governor since 2003, said at his watch party that the new challenge his conservative constituents face is remaining united through November.  

“Serving as your lieutenant governor has been the second greatest honor I have ever received, other than [my wife] Trisha saying yes,” Dewhurst said.

Patrick won the four-person primary race in March with 41.5 percent of the vote, and Dewhurst came in second with 28.3 percent. Because no candidate received more than 50 percent, the race went to a runoff between Patrick and Dewhurst.

The race consisted of negative ads and campaigning from both sides. Earlier in May, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson released Patrick’s medical records, revealing Patrick spent time in a psychiatric hospital 30 years ago. Toni Fabry, a Patrick supporter from Frisco, said she was disappointed with the records release.

“I feel like it’s pretty sad that someone has to drag up issues from 30 years ago rather than dealing with the here and now,” Fabry said.

Carolyn Hodges, a UT alumna and former president of the Texas Federation of Republican Women, said at Dewhurst's watch party she found the election results and low voter turnout disappointing.

"I think it's a very sad night for Texas Republicans in looking towards the future for Texas," Hodges said.

Mark Breeding, a Dewhurst supporter and UT alumnus, said he believes Patrick would have a difficult time with the Texas Senate as lieutenant governor.

“I think there’s a lack of respect for Dan Patrick in the Senate—given his history—so I think it will be a problem for Texas,” Breeding said.

Breeding said he thinks voting is a civic duty and that low voter turnout played a large part in the outcome of the Republican runoff. According to the Texas Secretary of State, the statewide turnout was 5.5 percent for the race.

This article has been updated since its original posting.

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaks at his election party at the DoubleTree Hotel Houston on Tuesday. Patrick led his opponents with more than 40 percent of the vote and will likely face Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a run-off election May 27.

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As Election Night unfolded, I sat at a watch party glued to my laptop. The first few results rolled in on Tuesday evening, I could not help but be surprised at what I was seeing. Dan Patrick, the ultra-conservative state senator from Houston, was leading incumbent Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst 2-to-1 in the primary for that post, flouting both what had been assumed as gospel by the political establishment and reported as fact from a recent Texas Tribune/University of Texas poll.

That same poll showed LaRouche activist (a cabal of conspiracy theorists) Kesha Rogers holding a plurality lead in the Democratic Primary for the U.S. Senate. While she did — somehow — manage her way into a runoff with the establishment candidate, she did so with close to a 20 point deficit to make up, a normally insurmountable task.

The unpredictability of a Texas election is not a new concept, but the extent to which this one caught everyone off guard should serve as a wakeup call for all those who care about politics in this state. Currently, national polling firms neglect Texas elections except — every once in a while — during the immediate lead up to a presidential election. The result is that groups inexperienced in reliable election polling, such as the Tribune, are compelled to pick up the slack and ultimately delegate this important polling to unqualified organizations.

Some of the confusion about which way Texans would vote could stem from the less-than-accurate Tribune/UT poll. The poll was conducted via the Internet — instead of telephones — and allowed for opt-in responses rather than the pollsters going to the respondents. These conditions make for a poll that is slightly more reputable than no-frills Internet surveys.

“[T]he opt-in Internet survey methodology used by the UT pollsters and the Texas Tribune may be one of the most black magic of all the polling methods,” said RG Ratcliffe, a former Houston Chronicle reporter. “It’s a survey methodology so suspect that news organizations such as The New York Times, The Washington Post and Roll Call magazine have refused to use it.”

Indeed, Tuesday night’s results have vindicated what Ratcliffe and many others have said about these polls, which have nearly cornered the market when it comes to tracking the horserace in Texas politics. Accordingly, the question is raised of what attentive followers like me should do so as to not stay in the dark on these events.

In 2012, like many others, I meticulously followed every last turn along the Presidential election campaigns. In the closing days of the campaign, there were three or four reputable polls coming out in swing states every week, not only for the presidential election but for reputable senate races. While there were surely upsets, the plethora of polls was able to paint a pretty accurate picture of the political landscape. But without any of these accurate polls going into election days, even the most experienced political professionals have no idea what is coming after 7 p.m.

The Houston Chronicle wrote Wednesday that Dan Patrick “defies the odds” by winning a plurality, but I am at a loss to understand exactly what odds they speak of. Without consistent and reputable polling, everyone is in the dark.

The solution to this issue is twofold. Either national polling firms could enter the marketplace in Texas, and help to illuminate the mystery and suspense behind Texas politics, or the Texas Tribune could adopt a more trustworthy polling method.

At a watch party Tuesday night, I sat next to longtime press veterans from the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and CBS. As we gathered around my laptop to view the first returns coming in, each one of us had the same reaction: shock and surprise.

We all came to the conclusion that the Tribune poll was woefully unreliable. In fact, I would say the same for all the prognostications ahead of this year’s primaries. Texas deserves — no, it needs — better.

Horwitz is a government junior from Houston. 

Photo Credit: Shelby Tauber | Daily Texan Staff

Voters across the state turned out Tuesday to vote in elections at the federal, state and local levels. The results weren’t unexpected — state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, and Attorney General Greg Abbott will go on to the governor’s race, a near-certain outcome going into the primaries. But tea party conservative Dan Patrick’s victory Tuesday in the Republican primary for lieutenant governor and the lower-than-expected margin of victory for Davis were the strongest sign yet that Battleground Texas, the Democratic effort to turn Texas blue, has a long way to go. 

Beyond the tea party dominance that Tuesday’s outcomes demonstrate, the results deserve close attention for two reasons. First, in Texas the general election is usually decided by the primary since there is relatively little competition between two major parties. Second, this year saw the greatest number of open races of any election in Texas in more than a decade. Obviously, we can’t call any of the general elections yet, but Tuesday’s results do give us a good feel for how things will turn out in November.

Lieutenant Governor

Students may not have kept a close eye on the primary for lieutenant governor this year, but its results were perhaps the most surprising. Sure, we expected the primary to go to a runoff, but we didn’t expect tea party favorite Patrick, a state senator from Houston, to best incumbent David Dewhurst by more than 10 percentage points. With his reputation for anti-immigrant rhetoric and Bible-thumping speeches, a win for Patrick in the powerful position of lieutenant governor would mean a major change come the 84th Legislature. 

Patrick was kept from a nomination-clinching majority by Dewhurst, also from Houston, who won 28 percent of the vote and will face Patrick again in a May runoff. That leaves two unpalatable choices, but one whose policies we can swallow a little more easily than the other’s. As columnist David Davis Jr. recently pointed out in The Daily Texan, all four candidates in the race were pulled to the right by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz’s rhetoric, whose polarizing and obstructionist tea party-inspired tactics in Washington have set a new standard for Texas Republicans. However, Patrick blared his conservative horn louder than the rest. Like the other candidates, Patrick objected to the Dream Act, which allows undocumented college students to pay in-state tuition. But he was the only candidate with the track record to prove that he would actually try to repeal it. Dewhurst still doesn’t look great, but he sure looks better than Patrick.

 Governor

The most closely watched race this year on a national level, the primary for governor, went exactly as expected. Abbott defeated three opponents with more than 90 percent of the vote. On the Democratic side, Davis won the nomination easily, although with a smaller share of the vote than many predicted: just under 80 percent against political unknown Reynaldo Madrigal, a judge from Corpus Christi. 

U.S. Senate

Voters also chose their nominees for one of Texas’ seats in the U.S. Senate. Incumbent John Cornyn, who was belatedly endorsed by first-term Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday, beat back a challenge from more conservative tea party candidates and will face in the general election either Dallas dentist David Alameel, who has donated money to both Democrats and Republicans in the past, or disavowed Democratic candidate Kesha Rogers, who has gone so far as to call for the impeachment of President Barack Obama. Neither Alameel nor Rogers secured more than 50 percent of the vote, so they will head to a runoff in May — a runoff that, like the one between Patrick and Dewhurst, leaves voters with two bad choices: Alameel, the one with the divided loyalties, or Rogers, the fringe activist whom the Democratic Party has openly disavowed. Can we have a do-over? Sure, Alameel is the lesser of two evils, but with much better qualified candidates on the ballot, we really wish neither of the top two vote-getters were in the running for such an important position.

With Republican primary voters swinging even further to the right than expected, students should pay attention to the rhetoric from the soon-to-be-minted nominees. While the general election is still eight months away, the dominance of the Republican Party in state politics means most of last night’s winners will be winners again in November.

Correction: Because of an editing error, an earlier version of this editorial incorrectly stated that Kesha Rogers had called for Barack Obama's execution. Kesha Rogers' staff created a video in 2012 that suggested Obama's doctor "administer some pentothal of sodium," a drug commonly used in lethal injections. 

State Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, speaks at his election party at the DoubleTree Hotel Houston on Tuesday. Patrick led his opponents with more than 40 percent of the vote and will likely face Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in a run-off election May 27.

Photo Credit: Ethan Oblak | Daily Texan Staff

HOUSTON — After a close and hard-fought primary election, state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, took a lead over incumbent David Dewhurst in the race for the Republican candidate for lieutenant governor but did not garner enough votes to cross the 50 percent required threshold.

Patrick and Dewhurst will face off in a run-off election on May 27.

In a speech early in the night, Dewhurst, who has served as lieutenant governor for 11 years, repeatedly referenced his conservative voting record and said he was optimistic about the run-off election.

“This race is going into overtime, and we’re going to win it,” Dewhurst said. “We’re starting over again in a brand-new election.”

Patrick, who late Tuesday night had about 42 percent of the vote to Dewhurst’s approximately 28 percent, also attributed his success to his conservative positions.

“The people stood with me because we were right on the issues: secure the border, lower their property taxes, improve our education system … [and] rule as conservatives,” Patrick said. “We will show the rest of the country what it means to be conservative.”

Both Patrick and Dewhurst mentioned immigration issues in their first election-night remarks.

“I want to secure our southern border,” Dewhurst said. “I’ve been working on it for seven years, and I want to shut it down once and for all.”

Sylvia Withrow, a Patrick supporter from Clear Lake, Texas, said she backs Patrick primarily for his immigration stance.

“If we can’t control our border, then we won’t be able to feel safe,” Withrow said. “There’s a lot of gang activity, and I think because we’re not patrolling our borders like we should, they’re coming in a lot more easily — undetected.”

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst speaking at his election party in Houston. Photo by Shweta Gulati / Daily Texan Staff.

Dewhurst said he felt confident he would be able to win the run-off election.

“I’m going to keep telling the story of our amazing state, which is the envy of the rest of the country,” Dewhurst said.

Dewhurst-supporter Jesse Hamilton, a lawyer from Houston, said he felt Dewhurst has changed over the course of the campaign. 

“I liked that he was a moderate,” Hamilton said. “Now, he’s become more conservative, and I’m not really sure why.”

All four Republican candidates touted similar positions on immigration, abortion, same-sex marriage, creationism and handguns on campus over the course of the campaign.


Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson speaking at his election party in Austin. Photo by Jenna VonHofe / Daily Texan Staff.

The two other Republican candidates for the lieutenant governor position, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, trailed in votes throughout the night.

At Patterson’s primary watch party in Austin, some campaign workers acknowledged that a victory was unlikely soon after the voting period was over.

“We’re realistic,” press secretary Jim Suydam said. “We’ve seen the polls. It is what it is. This is really just a retirement party for us.”

Staples echoed a similar sentiment at his campaign headquarters.

“These election night victory parties are a lot more fun when you’re winning,” Staples said.

In a speech, Patterson said his loss was a result of simply not working hard enough.

“Things did not turn out as we hoped,” Patterson said. “As for me, I’m coming back to work — we’ve got stuff to do.”

At Staples’ headquarters, his supporters said they appreciated Staples’ passion and sincerity.

“He never stops giving himself to everyone,” Staples supporter Gayle DeBerry said. “He truly believes Texas can be a better place.”

Just after 10 p.m., Staples acknowledged his loss and said he was proud of the campaign he and his workers waged.

“We fought a great fight,” Staples said. “We had a great battle. The ball just didn’t bounce our way on this one.”


‚ÄčAgriculture Commissioner Todd Staples at his campaign headquarters in Austin. Photo by Jonathan Garza / Daily Texan Staff.

Alyssa Mahoney and Leila Ruiz reported from Houston, while Justin Atkinson and Alex Wilts reported from Austin. Additional reporting by Jordan Rudner.

This article has been updated since its original posting.

In this Dec. 12, 2013, file photo, Republican candidates, from left, state Sen. Dan Patrick, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Agricultural Commissioner Todd Staples and Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson prepare for a debate at Texas State Technical College, in Waco.

 

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There are four Republican candidates for lieutenant governor this year: incumbent David Dewhurst, Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and state Sen. Dan Patrick. With all four vying to win the Republican primary — a contest determined by the just over 10 percent of voters, many of them passionate conservatives — the candidates have unsurprisingly been taking political positions further and further to the right.

Most of the lieutenant governor’s powers involve the position’s role as the president of the Texas Senate. The lieutenant governor presides over the chamber, names the chairmen of the ever-powerful committees and helps to craft the rules at the beginning of each session. Accordingly, many of the far-right ideas propagated by these candidates will involve changing the way the Senate works and runs. And in Texas, where the state Senate features a Democratic Party that is in the minority and desperate to use every dilatory maneuver at its disposal, this could mean big changes to the rules in the legislative process that currently benefit the minority. 

According to the lieutenant governor hopefuls, the most odious abuse of power from Democrats in the Senate stems from the use of the dreaded two-thirds rule. The idea is actually quite simple: A supermajority of the Senate — 21 of the 31 senators — must agree on a bill before it is brought to the floor. The rule, which originated when Democrats held all 31 seats in the Senate, is designed to protect minority interests and viewpoints in the deliberative body. Despite the fact that Dewhurst was strongly in favor of this parliamentary hurdle earlier in his lieutenant governorship, the policy’s fate now looks much more uncertain, no matter which Republican candidate takes the reins. But to remove it would eliminate some sacred safeguards in our system of checks and balances, which protect both geographical and political minority interests.

Of course, if you ask any of the Republicans running for lieutenant governor, they will not admit that they want to vanquish this protection of minority interests. Patrick, in a push that has been affirmed by the other candidates, said he believes 60 percent should be the new threshold. The percentage conveniently works out to 19 senators, the exact number of members in the Senate Republican caucus. In other words, make no mistake: Lowering the threshold by even those two votes would have the capacity to completely eliminate any semblance of power or relevance that the Senate Democratic caucus may currently have. 

Despite these concerns, the big pushback against the two-thirds rule fails to take into consideration the myriad other functions of the policy besides blocking controversial red vs. blue bills. Historically, the rule was designed to protect rural interests against those of urban concerns. So with approximately 19 senators hailing from the cities and suburbs today, changing the two-thirds rule may disadvantage not only Democrats, but also rural areas. 

“Democrats and urban Republicans will team up,” said state Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, and dean of the upper chamber. “Mark my words, we will run this state together.” 

This view has been reaffirmed by other Democratic state senators, who appear rather confident that a change in the rules would foster positive benefits for them in addition to the obvious drawbacks. Simply put, while the more controversial social issues come up every once in a while, the vast majority of the Legislature’s business is mundane, day-to-day financial measures that split legislators more geographically than politically. Especially when it comes to important monetary choices on water and transportation, an urban coalition would have the capacity to steamroll over the rural minority.

When I mentioned this to Dewhurst, he simply said, “I don’t want to see anyone get steamrolled,” but avoided being specific as to how that would be avoided. Dewhurst, of course, is a Houstonian, as are Patterson and Patrick. Dewhurst was adamant that this possible harm to rural areas or other minority interests would all be worth it because the Democrats are unreasonably stubborn in their demands, “not even coming to the table.”

Whitmire would definitely disagree with this assessment. He spoke of Democrats and Republicans coming together to reform gun laws, appeasing conservative demands while still placating liberal concerns. Specifically pertaining to UT students, in the compromise he claims credit for, students may now bring their handguns to campus in their locked cars, while a more ambitious proposal to allow concealed carry on campus was tabled. 

“The system worked,” Whitmire said. “And Republicans were content with what we accomplished, so ‘campus carry’ was not resurrected in a special session.”

The two-thirds rule is an important tradition with honorable motives in our state Senate. It protects both political and geographical minorities, and it encourages collaboration and bipartisanship. The rule should not be eliminated or diminished, no matter the desires of the current Republican leadership.

Horwitz is a government junior from Houston. Follow Horwitz on Twitter @NmHorwitz.

Horns Up: Houston mayor offers benefits to same-sex spouses of city employees

Houston Mayor Annise Parker announced on Wednesday that marriage benefits for city employees would now be offered to those in same-sex marriages from other states. Parker’s plan openly defies a 2001 city charter amendment banning the action, as well as the Texas State Constitution, which only recognizes heterosexual marriages. The mayor’s office claimed that the Supreme Court’s 2013 decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act meant that same-sex marriages were official under U.S. law and should be afforded full faith and credit. We support her claim and expect that same-sex marriage opponents will quickly challenge it in court. This may be the issue that finally brings Texas’ outdated and discriminatory definition of marriage to the Supreme Court, and we will be supporting equal rights for the LGBTQ community all the way.

 

Horns Down: Will an original ad man in the Texas GOP please stand up?

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is the latest Republican political candidate for state office to release a political ad attacking President Barack Obama. “All due respect to President Obama,” Dewhurst says in the ad. “I can’t think of one thing I agree with him on.” The ad then praises Dewhurst’s role in blocking an expansion of Medicaid, “which is Obamacare.” That misleading generalization aside, as fans of lively political debate, we’re disappointed to see the lieutenant governor’s re-election campaign stoop to such a weak effort. Dewhurst isn’t running against Barack Obama — he’s running against Sen. Dan Patrick, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. If Dewhurst wants to run a negative campaign, we suggest he target someone he’s actually running against. 

 

Horns Up: Homelessness is on the decline 

A new government survey reports that homelessness among veterans declined for the third straight year in a row — down 4 percent from the previous year. The number of chronically homeless people declined as well — down 7 percent to 93,000. But in Austin, a place where the idea of people living on the streets is so familiar that one of the city’s long-standing icons, Leslie Cochran, was homeless himself, students are often prone to forget the very real and serious problems that both stem from and cause homelessness. 

 

Horns Down: City Council passes up a golden opportunity

Yesterday, the Austin City Council voted 4-3 to reject a measure to explore banning fast food restaurants and convenience stores near schools, according to the Austin American-Statesman. Had the resolution passed, the city would have started to establish healthy food zones around schools and other areas. The measure’s passage would have been a much welcome step toward preventing obesity. Considering a ban on fast food restaurants near schools would have been a refreshing step in the right direction.

Horns Down: An immigration Rorschach test.

Texas county jails reported this month that they spent more than $150 million on the incarceration of over 130,000 undocumented immigrants over the past two years. Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, who wrote the bill requiring the jails to regularly report the statistic, said the number showed that the government should do more to secure the border. We believe the huge expense instead shows the need for comprehensive immigration reform that would make legal immigration more accessible. Either way, the number only tells us something we all already know: Illegal immigration continues to be a problem for Texas. Both sides of the issue still disagree just as much on the best way to reduce it.


Horns Up: Water awareness.

A UT / Texas Tribune poll released Oct. 14 found that more than half of polled Texans support the $2 billion water funding proposition that will be up for statewide vote on Nov. 5. Only 19 percent oppose the proposition, so although 24 percent remain undecided, it’s difficult to imagine most of Texas changing its mind in less than a month.


Horns Down: Dewhurst's pandering devolves debate.

At a meeting of the Tarrant County Tea Party on Monday night, Lt. Gov David Dewhurst called for the impeachment of President Barack Obama, a statement that was greeted with cheers from the crowd. Dewhurst explained to the Texas Observer that he believed Obama should be impeached for doing “things which are not authorized under federal law, such as with immigration, such as not following our federal drug laws.” We’re sure this all enthralling to the members of the Tarrant County Tea Party, but is it a valuable discussion to have in the context of the race for Lt. Gov, in which Dewhurst is currently running? We don’t think so. Horns Down for putting political distraction tactics above actual policy conversations.

Rick Perry signs abortion legislation into law

Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed abortion legislation into law Thursday morning.

Perry and other Republicans spoke in support of the bill before the governor signed it. 

“This is an important day for those who support the life and the health of women in Texas,” Perry said.

The bill will ban abortions after 20 weeks, increase standards at abortion clinics statewide and place additional requirements on abortion-inducing drugs. Supporters of the bill claim it makes abortions safer, however opponents of the bill say it will make an abortion more difficult to obtain in Texas and will close all but five clinics in the state.

“This was a victory for women’s health and the unborn,” Lt. Governor David Dewhurst said. 

A crowd of protestors gathered outside and chanted ‘shame’ during the bill signing. Dewhurst briefly addressed the crowd.

“For those who are outside chanting, and for those who don’t agree with us: We love you. We love you just as much as we love those unborn babies,” Dewhurst said. 

Right before signing the bill, Perry told the lawmakers to go home, as soon “as you get the transportation bill on my desk.”

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Second Special Session Day 1: Committee hearings scheduled

The second special session started off on Monday relatively calm compared to the exciting end of the first special session.

Both the Senate and the House briefly convened to refer bills to committee. In the Senate, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst said the Senate would not be following the two-thirds rule or have any blocker bills during the second special session.

Dewhurst also said additional Department of Public Safety officers would be in the Senate’s gallery during the second special session, and he was prepared to clear the gallery if he needed to.

In the Senate, a joint resolution on transportation funding was referred to the Finance Committee and a hearing for this resolution was scheduled for Tuesday at 9 a.m. A senate bill on juvenile sentencing for 17-year-olds was referred to the criminal justice committee, and a hearing was scheduled for Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

A House abortion bill filed by Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, R-Parker, was referred to the House’s state affairs committee.  A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. A Facebook event for this hearing already has more than 500 RSVPs. This bill is very similar, if not identical, to the abortion bill that failed to pass in the first special session. The Senate’s version of this bill has been referred to the health and human services committee.

These bills would ban abortion after 20 weeks, place additional restrictions on abortion clinics and provide further regulation of abortion-inducing drugs.

A senate bill by Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, that would provide further regulation of abortion-inducing drugs, has not yet been referred to a committee.

After referring bills to committees and scheduling hearings, both the Senate and the House adjourned till Tuesday, July 9, at 9 a.m.

Before the House and Senate convened, there was a rally on the South steps of the Capitol.

For a glossary of terms you need to know to survive the second special session, click here.

For a list of lawmakers and activists you need to be aware of to follow the second special session, click here.