Posts Tagged: Texas

More Misogyny in Texas

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Last year, we covered Wendy Davis’s heroic attempt to prevent a draconian anti-abortion bill from passing in Texas with two phenomenal essays, one by Callie Collins and one by Amy Gentry.

Now Davis is running for governor of Texas, and you’ll be shocked—shocked!—to learn that conservatives are treating her with as much misogyny as they did during her hours-long filibuster.

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When Hippies and Rednecks Joined Forces

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I can’t tell you how much 
these guys scared Nashville. Texans didn’t know who was boss.

Texas Monthly has a must-read oral history of the creation of a new type of country music in Austin in the ’70s.

Musicians like Steve Earle, Jerry Jeff, and, of course, Willie Nelson describe in their own words the moment when they smashed hippies and rednecks together and made magic.

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The Good News and the Bad News About Libraries

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Bad news first: There are 49 libraries in Florida’s Miami-Dade County. Twenty-two of them are about to be closed. Some last-minute budget rearrangements might save six of those, but that will leave sixteen—one-third of the county’s libraries—on the chopping block.

A tax hike would have saved the libraries—along with several emergency rescue vehicles and the jobs of a few hundred county employees—but it proved too unpopular.

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Victories for Pro-Choicers, Gay Marriage; Defeat for Voting Rights

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As you’re probably aware, we’ve been covering Texas’s grotesque anti-abortion bill SB5, and we’re overjoyed to report it did not pass.

Texas State Senator (and now folk hero) Wendy Davis filibustered the bill for close to thirteen hours under the state legislature’s stringent rules: no sitting, leaning, drinking water, using the bathroom, or speaking about subjects not germane to the topic at hand.

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About That Terrifying Abortion Bill in Texas…

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Despite valiant efforts from protesters and pro-choice politicians, Texas’s state House of Representatives has “tentatively approved” the ultraconservative anti-abortion Senate Bill 5, the Texas Tribune reports. The bill

would ban abortion at 20-weeks gestation, require physicians that perform the procedure to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital, require abortions to be performed in ambulatory surgical centers and require doctors administering abortion-inducing drugs to do so in person.

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Zak Smith in Conversation with Sean McCarthy

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Zak Smith: There’s a lot of “stoner” art being made these days–like some half-assed faux-naive drawing of a yeti riding a bicycle into a bee’s butt or something. Your work isn’t like that–yet it does seem to have something to do with the kind of doom/stoner metal being put out by like Sleep or Electric Wizard or Monster Magnet back when they were good–can you talk about this stoner aesthetic or mood?  About paranoia?  About hallucination, paranoia, altered perceptions of time–anything like that?

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