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Syndicated columnist Molly Ivins talks with fellow Texan Bill Moyers about the war of words, and more, taking place in the Texas State Legislature. Once dominated by Democrats, in January both houses of the legislature came under Republican control for the first time since Reconstruction.

The legislature is considering re-drawing Congressional districts in a manner that seems sure to bring seven more Republicans to the House of Representatives. In protest of this move, 51 Texas Democrats left the legislature and moved to a Holiday Inn in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Their absence from the legislature chamber would deny the body the ability to pass any legislation by the end of session on June 2. A quorum of 100 is required to vote on measures in the 150-member group. In response, Texas Rangers and Texas Troopers were given orders to arrest the lawmakers for being in violation of the state constitution. That threat of arrest was removed on May 14, 2003, but as of May 16, 2003, the Democrats remain outside of Texas borders.

Molly Ivins
Molly Ivins is a nationally-syndicated political columnist, whose special focus is the foibles of both state and national government. Ivins is from Houston, Texas, graduated from Smith College in 1966, from Columbia University’s School of Journalism and studied for a year at the Institute of Political Sciences in Paris.

Her first newspaper job was as the Complaint Department of the HOUSTON CHRONICLE. She went on to the MINNEAPOLIS TRIBUNE and was the first woman police reporter in that city.

Ivins returned to Texas as co-editor of the TEXAS OBSERVER, a sprightly, muck-raking publication devoted to coverage of Texas politics and of social issues. In 1976, Ivins joined the NEW YORK TIMES, first as a political reporter in New York City and Albany. She was then named the TIMES' Rocky Mountain Bureau Chief, chiefly because there was no one else in the bureau.

In 1982, she returned to Texas as a columnist for the late DALLAS TIMES-HERALD, after its much-lamented demise, she spent the next nine years with the FORT WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM. She became an independent journalist in 2001 and also in that year won the William Allen White Award from the University of Kansas, the Smith Medal from Smith College and was elected to the National Academy of Arts and Sciences. She was the 2003 recipient of the Ivan Allen, Jr. Prize for Progress and Service.

Her freelance work has appeared in ESQUIRE, HARPER’S, ATLANTIC, THE NATION, THE PROGRESSIVE, TV GUIDE, and many others. She is also known for her essays on the NEWSHOUR WITH JIM LEHRER and National Public Radio, as well as four best-selling books, the most recent being, SHRUB; THE SHORT BUT HAPPY POLITICAL LIFE OF GEORGE W. BUSH. Ivins has known President Bush since both were in high school.

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