After She Was Booted from the Education Committee, State Senator Wendy Davis' Supporters Petition for Her Reinstatement

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On Friday, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst handed out his picks for the State Senate committees; from those assignments, we learned that "Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security" is, for some mystifying reason, lumped together into one body. And in a move that's drawn a ton of attention and more than a little outrage, Dewhurst removed Fort Worth Democrat Wendy Davis from the Education Committee, after she led a filibuster to try prevent some $5 billion in cuts on education last session.

Davis staged the filibuster on May 29, 2011, in an effort to delay a vote on the budget cuts, which critics warned would pretty much gut public education in Texas. But the cuts ultimately passed anyway, and the early results have been predictably dismal: 25,000 school district employees lost their jobs last year, while over 6,000 elementary school classes have become overcrowded, with more than 22 students per class.

Davis has said that restoring that money would be one of her main focuses this session. Davis' spokesman Rick Svatora told the Star-Telegram that her removal from the committee is "no more than an attempt by the lieutenant governor to silence a strong voice for public education on the committee." There's now a petition drive on SignOn.org, MoveOn's petition platform, to reinstate Davis to the committee. As of this morning, it's garnered nearly 2,000 signatures.

We contacted Dewhurst's office to ask about the rationale for removing Davis. Spokesperson Matt Hirsch sent us a statement which reads, in full, "The Lt. Governor took into account Senators' requests and geographic diversity, as well as the strengths and talents of each Senator in determining committee assignments."

In his statement announcing the new committee assignments, Dewhurst said the Senate will be focusing on "balancing the budget without raising taxes, improving public education and increasing highway capacity and drinking water resources for our growing population." A preliminary budget proposal suggests yet more education cuts. This round would take away two percent of the money currently allocated for public universities.

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big_oj
big_oj

Just another way to make us become dumber and dumber. What is up with these Republicans? Why is it that they hate education?

ChrisDangerShow
ChrisDangerShow

Wendy needs to run for governor in 2014, we need a REAL Texan in the statehouse..

animas
animas

Davis is radioactive to the Republicans who oppose her.  The more they pick on her, the more public sympathy she evokes, and the more the public focuses on her specific issues ( with predictable dissatisfacton with the staus quo).  They need to back up very slowly and leave her alone.

mcdallas
mcdallas

@animas If by sympathy, you mean 2k votes on a moveon petition, then you're right.  If by sympathy, you mean agreement by the majority of Texans, you're wrong.  I just calls em as I sees em.

animas
animas

Many have underestimated Ms. Davis and gone down in defeat.  She manipulates the media with greater efficiency than Patton's command of the Third Army.  She completely understands when to play the "damsel in distress" card and evoke public sympathy.  the Republicans have tried to re-district her out of a seat and portray her as "corrupt", without success.  She is a very talented politician...

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@animas The Lt. Governor would still mop the floor with any Democratic candidate for statewide.  It says a lot for Republican depth that any one of 10 Republican candidates could have easily won the Senate seat. 

animas
animas

No offense,truly-- but are we speaking about the same "appealing" Lt. Gov.  David Dewhurst who just lost the Repub Senate race to a (rather extreme) new comer who had relatively little campaign experience (i.e. Ted Cruz)? I think he also spent his own money on that campaign...

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

@animas @animas Probably all the ones that have won statewide office over the last decade. The Lt. Governor is arguably the most powerful politician in the state. If you step on Superman's cape, expect a reaction. It is a power deal and philosophy is not relevant. She needs to cast her eye to the east and check out how Royce West maintains his power while being in the other party. Learn the rules and be effective.

animas
animas

Fair enough.  Which Republicans in your opinion have  the most "state wide appeal"?

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