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'Sore Loser Laws' Are Ruining Elections

Mickey Edwards on how little-known laws are undermining democracy

(Newser) - How did an extremist like Ted Cruz make it to the Senate? Well, he got a lot of help from a little-known phenomenon known as the "sore loser" law, writes Mickey Edwards at the New York Times . These laws, which are on the book in some form in 44... More »

Texas Lawmakers Return for Abortion Battle, Take 2

Second special session begins today

(Newser) - Less than a week after Wendy Davis filibustered the Texas bill that would shutter most of the state's abortion clinics, state lawmakers have returned to the Capitol to take up the bill again. The first time around, the bill failed on the last day of a special legislative session;... More »

Texas Abortion Vote Misses by Minutes, Amid Chaos

Deadline missed on heels of Wendy Davis' epic filibuster

(Newser) - A contentious end to a wild day and night in Texas, where a bill that would ban abortions in the state after 20 weeks just barely failed to pass the state Senate before its midnight deadline, the AP reports. The GOP-controlled chamber was only able to vote on the bill... More »

Tea Party Scores Huge Win in Texas

Ted Cruz beats Lt. Gov. Dewhurst for GOP Senate nomination

(Newser) - The Tea Party has triumphed in a Texas election seen as a major test for the movement. Former state solicitor general Ted Cruz has defeated establishment favorite Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst to become the state's Republican US Senate nominee. Cruz, the 41-year-old son of a Cuban immigrant, is almost... More »

Tea Partier Forces Runoff for Texas Senate Seat

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's 45% of the vote not enough to slay Ted Cruz

(Newser) - It looks like the Tea Party insurgency isn't over yet. Movement darling Raphael "Ted" Cruz didn't win yesterday's Republican Senate primary, but he kept things close enough to force a runoff with his favored opponent, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the Wall Street Journal reports. Dewhurst had... More »

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