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At labor breakfast, Democrats continue to urge Texas Sen. Wendy Davis to run for governor

Sen. Wendy Davis gets more material to read during her seventh hour of filibustering during the final day of the Texas Legislature’s special session. (Louis DeLuca/Staff Photographer)

Celebrating Labor Day with local leaders, state Sen. Royce West issued a final plea for the AFL-CIO’s outgoing financial secretary, Jim McCasland.

“We need you to help Wendy Davis become governor of the state of Texas,” he declared, prompting hundreds of fellow Democrats to roar with approval.

Minutes later, U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson had the prospect of a Davis campaign for governor on her mind.

“I don’t know what Wendy Davis will do,” the Dallas Democrat said. “We need a full ticket, somebody in every slot. It should be a diverse ticket and appeal to every part of the state.”

Democrats are giddy about the prospect of Davis running for governor.

Since her dramatic filibuster that delayed passage of an anti-abortion bill, the Democratic senator from Fort Worth has become the great hope for a party trying to emerge from statewide obscurity. She’s raised a load of campaign cash. Democratic operatives hope an earnest campaign for governor could generate over $40 million dollars.

That alone makes her a contender against Attorney General Greg Abbott, who has to win a GOP primary for governor against former Texas Republican Party Chairman Tom Pauken.

Though Democrats want Davis to become the first Democratic…Read full story here: http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/09/at-labor-breakfast-democrats-continue-to-urge-texas-sen-wendy-davis-to-run-for-governor.html/

Texas GOP candidates join fray against San Antonio gay rights measure

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Opponents of a proposed nondiscrimination ordinance sign a petition as they wait in line to enter the City Council chambers on Wednesday in San Antonio. The San Antonio City Council will vote Thursday on the ordinance that in part would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

AUSTIN — Republicans running for the state’s top jobs have united against…Read more here: http://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/state-politics/20130904-texas-gop-candidates-join-fray-against-san-antonio-gay-rights-measure.ece