August 19, 2021 ☼ texas ☼ gop ☼ dems ☼ voting
Source: NPR - Link
Instead of a unified and celebratory return by Democrats, some members fumed and lashed out at their colleagues over what they criticized as breaking ranks.
A Texas Bill Would Make More Voting Crimes. Dems Say Mistakes May Put Voters In Jail
Texas House Speaker Signs Arrest Warrants For Democrats Still Refusing To Return
Most of the more than 50 Democrats who bolted for the nation’s capital in July continue to stay away from the Texas Capitol, although Republican House Speaker Dade Phelan said enough were there to achieve a quorum, which in the House is 100 present legislators. Growing impatience among Republicans had led to escalating threats that missing lawmakers could face arrest, but officers never appeared to do more than leaving warrants at Democrats’ homes.
The few who returned to the Texas House defended their decision, saying they had successfully pushed Congress on voting rights legislation and pointing to the growing urgency of surging COVID-19 caseloads in Texas.
Even though Lincoln jumped out of a window to deny a quorum in Illinois, I don’t condone this. Suck it up Dems. Take the loss. Campaign against it when we find that it excludes R’s as well as D’s.