Plenty of troopers called in for final vote on abortion bill

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Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst told a group of local Republicans last week that he and other state leaders made sure there were enough Department of Public Safety troopers in the Texas Capitol in July when the comprehensive abortion bill was scheduled to come up for a final vote.

The GOP leader said they all learned a lesson when the measure came up in late June after a filibuster of more than 11 hours by state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth. Noise from the crowd in the gallery created such chaos that senators didn’t know if they successfully voted on the bill before the stroke of midnight.

The bill died that night, but ultimately passed weeks later during another special session.

“We had almost as many DPS [troopers] in the gallery as were in the whole Capitol two weeks earlier,” Dewhurst told those gathered at a Tarrant County Republican National Hispanic Assembly meeting at Ol’ South Pancake House in Fort Worth. “We had so many … if you ever wanted to drive fast in the state of Texas, the [weekend] of July 6-7 was your opportunity. I’m kidding. I’m kidding.

“We had enough people there to have law and order. We were determined to keep the peace,” he said. “If it sneaks up on you once, it’s bad. But it’s not going to sneak up on you again.”

LBJ birthday

It was Lyndon Baines Johnson’s 105th birthday Tuesday and celebrations were held honoring the nation’s 36th president at various locations, including the LBJ Library and the LBJ Ranch in Texas as well as the LBJ Memorial Grove near the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

At the LBJ Library in Austin, there were eight different cakes, with the main attraction being a white cake with raspberry filling and butter cream frosting decorated with the presidential seal on the front. “More than 400 people visited the library and had cake that day,” said Anne Wheeler, library communications director, who noted that admission was free that day.

LBJ granddaughter Catherine Robb, an Austin attorney, even stopped by for cake.

It was also a free day at the ranch in Stonewall where the National Park Service held its annual commemoration with a wreath-laying, an event first started by Lady Bird Johnson.

The Texas State Society, a D.C. outlet for long-lost Texans, met Saturday at the LBJ grove near the Pentagon with a speaker from Johnson’s long-ago White House days, Larry Levinson, a deputy special counsel to Johnson who worked on domestic issues.

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