Florida's new election law praised as model for all states
The governor of Florida is getting rave reviews from conservatives after signing an election integrity bill into law.
An unofficial tally shows it passed 62%-38%, the Texas Tribune newspaper reported.
Lubbock residents went to the polls on a Saturday to vote on the abortion ordinance after the city council, citing legal concerns, refused to pass the ordinance that bans abortion clinics.
Lubbock, a city of approximately 253,800, includes a Planned Parenthood clinic within its city limits which would be affected by the ordinance. So city leaders publicly voiced concerns the city was inviting a lawsuit. That refusal triggered a grassroots effort to collect signatures for a ballot initiative, and it is now unclear if the new ordinance will trigger a lawsuit from Planned Parenthood or the ACLU, which has threatened to sue.
Churches stepped up
The petition drive had a 60-day window to gather 3,651 qualified signatures. Organizers collected double that number in just 18 days.
Baxa credits Lubbock-area churches for the quick and successful petition drive because local pastors “rose up” and took a stand on abortion, and announced the petition drive from their pulpits.
Baxa, who called in to the “Focal Point” program, said Lubbock recorded its second-highest voter turnout in a non-presidential election.
“People were rushing to the polls,” Baxa said, “to save lives."
“Today is a victory for life and proof that the silent majority will still stand up for its Christian conservative values,” state Rep. Dustin Burrows said of the city’s vote, the Tribune reported.
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