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September 14, 2006

Ann Richards, A Great Democrat, Passes

Ann Richards, governor of Texas from 1990 to 1994, died last night at home surrounded by her four children.  She was one of those progressive Texans, like Molly Ivins and Jim Hightower, who are Democrats to the core and know how to tell a story in plain language that makes you laugh until you cry. 

The New York Times has a nice piece up on her today.

The Texas blogs also have been blogging away about someone they have a great deal of closeness to.  One of the bloggers, Capitol Annex, has put together a blogger compilation of what they are saying about her.

The only piece I want to add is that Ann has a daughter, Cecile Richards, who is following in her mother's footsteps.  Currently Executive Director of the national Planned Parenthood, Cecile has already had many roles in progressive organizations and will, I hope, follow her incredible mother into national politics.   

Posted by Lynn Allen on September 14, 2006 at 09:21 AM in Miscellany | Permalink


It was moving how a woman got up at the Hightower event yesterday at Town Hall and spoke tearfully at the microphone during the question period on Ann Richards.

Posted by: Noemie Maxwell | Sep 15, 2006 7:18:19 PM

Ann Richards was my hero: a no holds bar kind of woman who told us like it was. I am so sad that she has left us but now maybe she is pointing out to ronald reagan the error of his ways.

Posted by: linda hatfield-southern | Sep 16, 2006 12:42:00 PM

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