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Davis represented District 10 in the Texas Senate from to She was previously on the Fort Worth City Council. She is now a public speaker and political commentator, as well as the founder of Deeds Not Words, a non-profit for engaging young women in politics. On June 25, , Davis held a thirteen-hour-long filibuster to block Senate Bill 5 , a measure which included more restrictive abortion regulations for Texas.
The filibuster brought Davis national attention, leading to speculation about a run for governor of Texas. After several months, she moved in with her mother, and then eventually began living in her own apartment. She was given custody of Amber, with Underwood paying child support. Davis attended University of Texas at Arlington for one semester, but had to stop attending for financial reasons.
Davis, who would become her second husband. She also worked as a receptionist at a doctor's office, where a nurse gave her a brochure for Tarrant County College. Wendy and Jeff married on May 30, after dating for "two or three years," and they settled in a historic home in the Mistletoe Heights neighborhood of Fort Worth.
Davis underwent abortions for two later pregnancies, one due to an ectopic tubal pregnancy whom she named "Lucas" and another due to the fetus suffering from Dandy-Walker syndrome whom she named "Tate Elise". This living situation proved untenable, and after four months her daughters returned to Texas to live with Jeff.
Wendy's mother helped to care for them, and Wendy flew back regularly to visit her family for the remainder of her time at Harvard.
In November , Jeff and Wendy separated. After graduating from law school, Davis was law clerk to U. Davis first ran for the Fort Worth City Council in , but was defeated by ninety votes. During her nine-year tenure there, Davis focused on transportation, economic development, and neighborhood issues.
She also worked on economic development projects, such as the Montgomery Plaza renovation, the Tower, Pier One and Radio Shack campuses. Davis has said that she was then a Republican because she liked Republican Congresswoman Kay Granger of Fort Worth, and she wanted to vote on judicial nominees in Republican primaries.
Bush 's first presidential campaign. In , she defeated incumbent Republican Senator Kim Brimer for the seat, despite a legal challenge against her candidacy by the state Republican Party. Shelton , a Fort Worth pediatrician and Republican member of the Texas House of Representatives , who was seeking the District 10 seat again in Davis was honored with awards and recognitions during her first term in the Texas Legislature , including the "Bold Woman Award" from Girls, Inc.
In , Texas Monthly named her "Rookie of the Year". Early in the 83rd Session , senators drew for terms in a post-redistricting, once-a-decade process. Davis drew a two-year term and was up for re-election in November On June 25, , Davis performed a filibuster to block Senate Bill 5 , a proposal to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, require abortion clinics to meet the same standards that hospital-style surgical centers do, and mandate that a doctor who performs abortions have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital.
Van de Putte and others as well as raucous cheering and yelling from the political activists gathered in the Capitol carried on through midnight and the close of the special session. Rick Perry on July 18, On October 3, , Davis announced her intention to run for Governor of Texas in the election. On March 4, , she won the Democratic nomination with , votes Ann Richards was defeated in by George W. In January , Wayne Slater, of the Dallas Morning News , reported that while the basic story in which Davis defined herself politically was true, the full story was "more complicated" and the short version Davis had been telling on the campaign trail "blurred" some facts.
I'm learning about using broader, looser language. I need to be more focused on the detail. Dru, Davis' younger daughter wrote, "I have been reading and hearing so many untrue things about my mom and I wanted to set the record straight. In October , a Davis campaign ad was described by Aaron Blake of The Washington Post as "one of the nastiest campaign ads you will ever see.
Tyler came up with a last minute nickname for then gubernatorial candidate Davis, a "gynecist", a term Kutner felt was meant to be derogatory by Tyler, but according to Kutner, "actually sounds kind of awesome once she starts describing what it means: Gynecism promotes the political position that the primary and most essential power a female can hold is the control of her own sexual and genital functions. On November 4, , Davis lost the race to become governor by a landslide twenty percent margin.
Jones, the Chairman of the Department of Political Science at Rice University in Houston , concluded that Davis was the fourth most liberal senator out of the 31 state senators who served during at least two of the three terms during which Davis had served.
In and , Davis voted against a bill that requires physicians to perform a sonogram on and provide other information to abortion patients prior to an abortion. In , she would also vote against a bill that requires an ultrasound prior to an abortion. On June 25, , she held an eleven hour long filibuster to block Senate Bill 5 , a measure which included more restrictive abortion regulations for Texas.
The filibuster played a major role in Senate Democrats' efforts to delay passage of the bill beyond the midnight deadline for the end of the legislative session , though it ultimately passed in a second session.
And it's one of the protected liberties under our Constitution. And I respect the constitutional protections that are in place today.
Davis opposes late-term abortions except when the life or health of the mother is endangered, in cases of rape or incest or in the case of severe and irreversible fetal abnormalities," Delp said. On February 11, , Davis said that she would have supported a ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, if the law adequately deferred to a woman and her doctor. She said she found the ban on abortions after 20 weeks to be the "least objectionable" provision in the abortion bill she filibustered last year.
While on the Fort Worth City Council, Davis supported gun restrictions, including for gun shows at city facilities. In , she voted against a bill that authorizes concealed handgun permit holders to carry concealed handguns while on the campus of an institution of higher education.
In , she voted for a bill establishing certain tax exemptions for firearms manufacturers, along with a bill that authorizes certain university students to transport a licensed handgun or ammunition in a locked motor vehicle on a college or university campus. On February 6, , she expressed support for a proposed open carry gun law in Texas, which was banned under Texas state law.
The state senator from Fort Worth said such a law should allow private property owners to determine whether weapons could be openly carried on their property. She also said background checks and training requirements would "help ensure that only mentally stable, law-abiding citizens may carry, whether concealed or open.
In , Davis voted for Fort Worth's nondiscrimination ordinance based on sexual orientation. In , she authored the only LGBT-inclusive version of anti-bullying legislation and co-sponsored youth suicide prevention legislation and lobbied to kill an anti-transgender marriage bill. In , she co-authored the Senate version of a statewide workplace nondiscrimination bill, co-authored inclusive insurance nondiscrimination legislation, and she was one of only two senators to voted against an anti-trans marriage bill.
On February 11, , Davis expressed support for decriminalizing cannabis. She said she would back legislation to decrease criminal provisions for possession of small amounts of cannabis and believes medical cannabis should be left to the voters. Davis ran unopposed in the and general elections. Her Texas State Senate career began in , when she unseated by a margin of two percentage points the Republican incumbent, Kim Brimer.
She was reelected in In , Davis began working as the executive co-producer of a proposed television series for NBC about a fictitious "female Democratic senator who, after losing the Texas governor's race, gets her world turned upside down. Before she ran for governor in , Davis had worked in a firm headed by black Republican Bryan Newby, who had been general counsel to then-Governor Rick Perry. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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For Reservations, call Fort Davis was an active military post from to It is one of the best surviving examples of a frontier military post in the Southwest. The trails mostly climb through the striking rock formations of Sleeping Lion Mountain, with splendid vistas as the trail climbs.
Interpretive signs along some trails identify vegetation and other natural features. Closed on the following days: Box , Fort Davis , TX This historic unit park lodge has a swimming pool, a meeting room, and the Black Bear Restaurant.
Located in the scenic Davis Mountains State Park. Visit our Facebook page. The park offers an excellent opportunity to picnic, walk, jog, fly a kite, and more. Open daily from dawn to dusk. The observatory is located just 17 miles from Fort Davis on Texas Highway and under one of the darkest night skies of any major observatory in the continental United States.
Operated by the University of Texas at Austin, the observatory has several large research telescopes and hosts astronomers from around the world.
Self-guided tours are possible from 10am to 5: Solar Viewing sessions are conducted twice daily at 11am and 2pm. The observatory has evening Star Parties on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays which are led by knowledgeable staffers.
Bring a jacket, since the mountain air cools quickly. Accurate information for opening hours and tours can be found at mcdonaldobservatory. Click here to download the complete rules and entry form. The goal of this new event is to encourage local citizens and Davis Mountains Hummingbird Celebration participants to show their artistic talent. The contest provides an opportunity to learn about the unique beauty and habitat of hummingbirds while fundraising for the Friends of the Jeff Davis County Library.
Artistic entries may be in the forms of photography or fine art, including painting, sculpture, textiles, collages, jewelry and other media.
Categories include adults and youth. Those under the age of 18 as of August 18, will be eligible for the youth category. Other prizes include binoculars, hummingbird feeders, and books. There is no fee to enter.
A donation to the Friends with contest submissions will be greatly appreciated. To be eligible to win a prize, a submission must depict in some fashion a North American hummingbird or hummingbirds. Each entry must include an entry form and must be received by the library between noon on Friday, August 18, and 2 pm Saturday, August All entries will be available for sale unless marked NFS not for sale.
Entry forms and complete contest details are available online at the Fort Davis Chamber of Commerce website: Printed entry forms will also be available at the library and the Chamber office. For questions about the contest, contact Jeanine Bishop: Open program by Sasha at 6: The Judge Ann Scudday Southwest Collection has now moved to a more prominent location near the front of the library. Computers are more conveniently located and there are several seating areas available for relaxing or conferencing.
Sit in one of the laptop carousels — all of which have a place to plug in! The back of the library is now a flexible meeting room space. Visit our Interpretive Center, with exhibits and an indoor bird blind overlooking a wildlife watering station. You can also check out a GPS unit here. Connect with us on Facebook and Instagram. Borrow an Explorer Pack, with tools for looking at nature up close and personal. Pick up a free Activity Journal; complete a certain number of activities to earn a badge.
Ask at the Interpretive Center about becoming a Junior Ranger! CCC men built the five-mile scenic Skyline Drive within the park.
Be sure to stop at the rock overlook building and admire the stunning views. CCC also built two adobe buildings, stone picnic tables, fireplaces and steps. In or near the town of Fort Davis , check out:. Visit the Museum of the Big Bend in Alpine. Marfa offers art galleries, shopping, Marfa lights and more.
Winters are often below freezing with occasional snowfall.
5 years ago, then-state Rep. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, stood on the floor of the Texas Senate to filibuster new restrictions on abortions. . The Official Website of LSU's Athletics Department located in Baton Rouge, La., and founded in The Texarkana Gazette is the premier source for local news and sports in Texarkana and the surrounding Arklatex areas.