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March 26, 2014 - 2:04 pm
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The Washington Examiner’s Betsy Woodruff writes that Texas Republicans are “jittery” over Democrat Wendy Davis’ equal pay lawsuit law gambit. In that gambit, Davis is pushing a state law that more or less mirrors the equal pay lawsuit law that President Obama already signed on the federal level. Why we even need a state law when there’s already a federal law isn’t addressed much, either by Woodruff or by Davis herself. Apparently we need a state lawsuit law because Wendy Davis needs something to talk about and the media needs something to get breathless about.

The law Davis proposes doesn’t actually do very much. No one in this day and age doesn’t support the concept of equal pay for equal work. The question is whether we need a law, and in the case of the law that Davis supports, whether we need a law that makes it easier for people to file lawsuits. Trial lawyers may support that, because it’s good for their bottom line. But Texas is a tort reform state. Trail lawyers aren’t the most popular critters around here. The last Democrat to run for governor got tagged a “liberal trail lawyer” so much that the phrase became as much a part of Bill White’s name as his actual name. He had to have “liberal trial lawyer” surgically removed. He lost, for that and many other reasons. Liberal trial lawyers like Steve Mostyn fund the Democratic Party in Texas. That’s one of the reasons that the Democrats here keep siding with trail lawyers, and against the majority of Texans. And they lose. Mostyn’s millions haven’t and won’t change any of this.

Woodruff didn’t ask me to comment on the “jitters” that she finds among Texas Republicans — those she does quote, she quotes anonymously, leaving readers to guess who they are (and I have a couple of suspects) — but if she had, I would have expressed no jitters at all. Davis has yet to produce any anxiety whatsoever. The truth is, Wendy Davis isn’t even a very credible candidate in this state. That could change, but so far there’s no evidence of that happening.

Wendy Davis has spent the first months of her campaign floundering around embarrassingly. She claimed to be “pro-life” when she is most famous for supporting unrestricted late-term abortion in substandard clinics, at the behest of the ravenous abortion lobby. Her filibuster helped her tally up donations in leftist enclaves outside Texas, but it brought dishonor on the state at the time, with the “Hail Satan” chants and all the other despicable things her allies did. Davis claims that she’s pro-gun despite her attempt to kick gun shows off Fort Worth city property. Wendy Davis is against voter ID; most Texans support it. She sued a newspaper because it hurt her feelings. Wendy Davis got caught fudging her own origins story.

It’s true that Davis has finally found a bit of traction over this equal pay lawsuit law, but there’s no substance here. The law does very little, to the point that it’s redundant. There is no evidence that states that have their own equal pay lawsuit laws do any better on the actual equal pay front than states that don’t. In fact, there’s no evidence that the federal law does very much. The president and his party are certainly not angels on equal pay — they talk a good game but they’re all talk. The Democrats including Wendy Davis pay women less than men. I’ll resist going full Molly Ivins and declaring that Wendy Davis’ equal pay lawsuit law maneuver  is “all hat and no cattle,” but it is. So I guess I didn’t resist too hard. Sorry. But there’s just no there there.

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Wendy Davis isn't running for a position in Texas, she is running for visibility FROM Texas.

She is a human trial balloon.

It doesn't matter what position she takes, it only matters how it polls.

She can change on a whim, because she's a stalking horse with no track or path. She probes for incursion points. She's a DC creature, she's going to land a Democratic "reward" when this charade is over.

And the Soros/Ayers assault on our information stream, the media corruption and the infestation of radical leftism in every nook and cranny of our federal government, and world communists doing land and sea grabs, while radical Islam plots mass murder of innocents...might make me "jittery"...mostly they make me fighting mad.

NOTHING about Texas makes me "jittery". In fact, it's one of the few bastions of consistently good news and hope for this country.
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Bill Clinton and "lip service" is a gag that writes itself...
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Lawyers are like other people--fools on the average; but it is easier for an ass to succeed in that trade than any other.

-- Samuel L. Clemens
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Betsy Woodruff didn't do her homework. Wendy Davis isn't running for reelection to the Texas Senate and the legislature only meets in the 1st half of odd-numbered years except when the Governor calls a special session. Therefore Wendy Davis has little influence over introduction of equal pay legislation. Wendy Davis is just talking about any issue that might keep her in the news. In my opinion she's using campaign contributions from clueless progressives outside of Texas and a hopeless campaign for governor to get a high salary job at some non-profit.
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Wendy is a Democrat running for office. I hope she does not win but if she does, she faces a Republican legislature. And the most important elective office in Texas is the lt. governor. The governor
may be the press but the real action lies with the lt. governor.
If she does not win, Obama will grab her and try to give her a federal judge's lifetime appointment. That may be a hazard for Wendy as well, because I hope the two GOP senators block her
nomination. Ted Cruz will but John Cornyn will likely wilt as a cucumber vine hit with bugs.
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Oh, this stupid and corrupt woman has zero chance of winning the governorship in Texas. She's a mini-Hillary, who has zero chance of winning the national election now.

It's all about Texas. The Democrats figure if we can elect a stupid and corrupt woman in Texas, we can elect one everywhere.

Wendy Davis is no Ann Richards. At least when Richards was governor the Cowboys were winning Super Bowls, so I got nothing bad to say about her.
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"Davis claims that she’s pro-gun despite her attempt to kick gun shows off Fort Worth city property."

And Fort Worth bills itself as the place "Where The West Begins". The gun shows are at the Will Rogers Center for heaven's sake!

"....also because the Republicans here tend not to be squishes....."

Really? Want to try again? Cruz isn't but Cornyn voted for the NDAA and for cloture to move the debt ceiling bill out of committee for a simple majority vote on the Senate floor so he could then cast a meaningless vote "Against" to cover his arse in the primary here. Cornyn needs to go Preston.

"Texas is a red state."

With deep blue pockets in Dallas, San Antonio, Austin and Houston due to minority Lieberal Plantation populations. (Black & Hispanic, Hispanic, Lieberal Moonbats and Black in that order)
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Wendy Davis isn't running for a position in Texas, she is running for visibility FROM Texas.

She is a human trial balloon.

It doesn't matter what position she takes, it only matters how it polls.

She can change on a whim, because she's a stalking horse with no track or path. She probes for incursion points. She's a DC creature, she's going to land a Democratic "reward" when this charade is over.

And the Soros/Ayers assault on our information stream, the media corruption and the infestation of radical leftism in every nook and cranny of our federal government, and world communists doing land and sea grabs, while radical Islam plots mass murder of innocents...might make me "jittery"...mostly they make me fighting mad.

NOTHING about Texas makes me "jittery". In fact, it's one of the few bastions of consistently good news and hope for this country.
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If she's a trial balloon then it just confirms that she's full of hot air and she needs to have a pin stuck into her so she deflates.
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so equal pay for equal work, except if you are a woman working in B.O.'s white house, where the documents seem to indicate lip service by B.O. to this standard, and where women that work there have stated that if it were any other work place the sexual harassment suits would be flying.

Guess if you are a woman, working for B.O. you are so happy to around this unpatriotic, irresponsible failure, that you accept less money, and might even want to get out your presidential knee pads. ooops that was for Bill not B.O.
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Bill Clinton and "lip service" is a gag that writes itself...
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Davis made that pitch during her El Paso Campaign stop today:

http://www.elpasotimes.com/latestnews/ci_25424190/texas-gubernatorial-candidate-sen-wendy-davis-touts-equal
"The Equal Pay Act is common sense," Davis said at Cafe Mayapan in South Central El Paso, the Mexican food restaurant led by a nonprofit that provides job training for women. "Too many families rely on two incomes to make ends meet, and cannot afford to have one paycheck unfairly reduced for no good reason."

Cafe Mayapan is notorious for going to the City to financially bail them out because they can't keep the lights on:
"La Mujer Obrera opened the market in an old warehouse in May with the help of a $250,000 loan from the city of El Paso. Arnold said the nonprofit organization, which offers social services and jobs to women workers in the Central El Paso neighborhood around it, expected more money on Sept. 1 to keep operating."

it's okay - we all know we're racists.
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A real business would do the employees more good than a social-service operation pretending to be a business.
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They're actual mission is to teach low income women how to grievance monger.... it's really pretty sad.
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Lawyers are like other people--fools on the average; but it is easier for an ass to succeed in that trade than any other.

-- Samuel L. Clemens
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Good grief, man! The minimum wage is, and always has been a disaster, and originated to keep blacks out of the workforce, but it's favored by 65% of the voters, Democrat AND Republicans.

Davis merely says she's for it and her opponent has to spend a fortune in money and endless time refuting it to voters far to ignorant and too busy watching MTV, ESPN and Jon Stewart to grasp ECON 101 (much less Econ 405).
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The minimum wage should also be the maximum wage; it's the only fair way.
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I believe the term is "trial lawyers," not "trail lawyers."
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Well, that trial lawyer-loving Democrat is trailing in the polls, so it works either way.

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I believe the term for that is "typo."
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Repeatedly...but y'know, if more of those lawyers were on trails, it might be a good thing.
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Well, Geoff, that depends on the trail, now, doesn't it? We wouldn't wish "Happy Trails to you" to a bunch of trial lawyers, would we?

On the other hand, a tort reform "Trail of Tears" would be a good thing for the whole ambulance-chaser industry.
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