The Buzz: California senators to stand in Texas senator's pink shoes

06/28/2013 12:00 AM

06/27/2013 10:57 PM

California legislators who want to "stand in solidarity" with Texas Sen. Wendy Davis – whose filibuster earlier this week put her in the national spotlight – will soon get their chance.

Sen. Noreen Evans, D-Santa Rosa, has asked her Senate colleagues to wear pink shoes, pink shoelaces or pink ties next Monday in honor of Davis and her 11-hour marathon in the Texas Senate.

The Fort Worth Democrat wore pink running shoes – some news reports called them salmon-colored – during her speech Tuesday during which she successfully ran out the clock on a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy and require clinics to meet the same standards as hospital-style surgery centers.

Texas rules barred her from leaning on her desk or going off topic. She was also prohibited from sitting, eating, drinking or going to the bathroom.

Her victory didn't last long, however. Hours later, Texas Gov. Rick Perry called a special legislative session starting Monday so that Lone Star State lawmakers can take up the measure again.

Evans' dress-up idea is not without precedent: Last year, California senators wore hooded sweatshirts during a floor session in protest over the slaying of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

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The meltdown of California's once-booming housing industry is graphically illustrated in a new Census Bureau report. In the two years after the 2010 census, California added a net 27,305 units of rental or owner-occupied housing, a gain of just two-tenths of 1 percent. In the middle of the last decade, it was adding as many as 200,000 units each year.

– Dan Walters


"Don't mess with the queens."

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