The political reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram not only covered the oral argument today in the Second Court of Appeals on the mandamus challenge to Wendy Davis’s place on the ballot — he put pretty extensive notes of it online. Here’s a sample:
And from the “who could have seen that analogy coming” department: Hicks compared Davis to Jesse Owens. How? Because she resigned earlier than she needed to out of an abundance of caution, in the same way Owens, in the 1936 Olympic long jump, jumped from well behind the foul line to avoid any chance of being charged with cheating and still won the gold medal.
An article about the court of appeals’s decision this afternoon is here. The court denied mandamus relief on the ground that the firefighters lacked standing to bring this particular challenge. The court’s order is not yet available on its website.