Texas Senate Democrats rallied at the capitol and then boarded a big orange "Stand with Texas Women" tour bus to take the abortion fight on the road.
Sen. Kirk Watson of Austin, who is the chair of the Democratic Caucus, had initially requested the entire Senate take committee hearings on the road. When that request was denied, Stand With Texas Women chartered their own.
Following much anticipation, prediction and some doubt, Gov. Rick Perry has announced he will not seek another term as governor.
A production crew played a campaign video ahead of Perry's speech, which lead most in the crowd to believe he was running for another term, but it was all for naught.
"I remain excited about the future and the challenges ahead, but the time has come to pass on the mantle of leadership. Today, I am announcing I will not seek re-election as governor of Texas," Perry said.
A lawsuit filed by several civil rights groups this week could result in continued federal oversight of Texas voting laws despite a Supreme Court ruling that section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is unconstitutional.
Section 4 mandated that some states, including Texas, must get pre-clearance for any voting changes made by the legislature.
The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services begins debate on the abortion bill this Monday at the state capitol and Republicans are preparing for anything the Democrats throw at them.
Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, estimates the bill will take about two weeks to get passed and said he doesn't see Democrats using a "nuclear option" and leaving the state ahead of a final vote on the abortion bill.
Of the 95 Republicans in the Texas House only Rep. Sarah Davis, R-Houston, has vowed to vote against the House abortion bill coming up for a vote this week.
"The kicker in the bill was the part that required any physicians performing an abortion to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion clinic," Davis said. "The Texas Hospital Association has made it clear and testified last night that the hospitals would not actually credential any physicians in that manner, so the bill will effectively end all abortions in the state of Texas."
A new poll says San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro is in a favored position to run for vice president in 2016.
The poll by Latino Decisions, a group focused on Latino political opinion research, has started speculation that Castro could be viewed as a strong contender, should he be picked as a vice presidential candidate in three years.