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The Life And Death (And Life?) Of The Party

AUSTIN, TX - JULY 01: Texas Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth) points to a fellow senator during a legislative special session ca
AUSTIN, TX - JULY 01: Texas Sen. Wendy Davis (D-Ft. Worth) points to a fellow senator during a legislative special session called by Gov. Rick Perry on July 1, 2013 in Austin, Texas. This is first day of a second legislative special session called by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to pass an restrictive abortion law through the Texas legislature. The first attempt was defeated after opponents of the law were able to stall the vote until after first special session had ended. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)

“Somebody has to step up,” Wendy Davis observed one evening in late May over drinks at the bar of the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin.

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