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Texas Senate Filibuster, 06-25-13

27 Jun
English: Seal of Texas

English: Seal of Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I would like to first start this post by thanking one of my fellow bloggers, Kuya’s Notebook, for watching the TX filibustering with me via Twitter and Gchat.  I had a thoroughly fun time watching and explaining the political and parliamentary minutiae throughout the last 4 hours of State Senator Davis’ (ultimately successful) filibuster.  Although Governor Rick Perry promptly called for another legislative session, basically ensuring that the abortion bill will pass then, it was quite amazing what one woman tried to, and did, do.

I would like to talk about a different aspect of the event.   Continue reading

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Iowa Caucus

3 Jan

Like I tweeted, I am more excited about these caucuses than I was for my birthday or Christmas combined.  The Iowa Caucuses are the midpoint between the first half and the second half of the campaigning season for the White House.

I think that the race is now a 3.5 person race: Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, and the 0.5 person is occupied by the rest (Jon Hunstman, Michelle Bachmann, Rick Perry, and Newt Gingrich).  Rick Santorum is a tried-and-true conservative who seems to mostly stick to his principles.  Mitt Romney is the perfect politician…or is it the imperfect politician? He does everything that he’s supposed to do, is expected to do, and is very, well…the word would be boring, plain, flat, etc.  Ron Paul, on the other hand, seems to excite a new breed of Republicans, albeit not the conservative of the present.  The GOP seems to be kicking his legs from out under him which makes more people want to look at him.  His explanations have largely been proven, and I wouldn’t mind voting for him if he gets to the general election.  Of course, I’d like to see Jon Hunstman because he speaks simply, and without drama, but this is a popular(ity) contest and being good is just not nearly enough.

I just can’t wait for the campaigning to begin.  Here’s a 2008 video to remind you of what’s to come: JibJab’s Time for Some Campaignin’.

Boris Shor, PhD

Assistant Professor, Dep't of Political Science, U. of Houston

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