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    State politicians flee Texas to derail legislation on voting restrictions, abortion access

    This strikes me as a subversion of democracy and a dereliction of these Democrats duties as legislators and representatives.

    State politicians flee Texas to derail legislation on voting restrictions, abortion access - ABC News


    Dozens of Democratic politicians have left Texas as part of an orchestrated move to derail Republican efforts to pass new voting restrictions and other measures.

    Speaking from an airplane headed to Washington, DC, on Monday afternoon local time, Texas state Representative Alex Dominguez told Reuters that "nearly everyone" in the House of Representatives' 67-member Democratic caucus had fled the state.

    The exodus is intended to deny the legislature the quorum needed to approve any of the measures on Republican Governor Greg Abbott's special-session agenda, including bills restricting abortion access and blocking transgender students from competing in athletics events that correspond with their gender identity.
    Under Texas's constitution, represenatives who remain in the state can be arrested and forced to attend the capitol to make up a quorum.

    "If they keep wanting to throw oppressive bills, then we'll keep fighting them, in whatever way we have to," Mr Dominguez said.
    Democratic representatives staged a similar walkout on May 30 to boycott a vote on an earlier version of the voting legislation just before the legislature's regular session ended, prompting Mr Abbott to call the special session.
    Texas Republicans including the governor and Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan condemned the strategy.
    "The Democrats must put aside partisan political games and get back to the job they were elected to do," Mr Abbott said.

    Texas is one of a number of Republican-led states pushing new voting restrictions in the name of enhancing election security, citing former president Donald Trump's false claims that his November election defeat was the result of widespread fraud.
    On Sunday, House and Senate committees in the Texas legislature passed new versions of the voting measures, which would prohibit drive-through and 24-hour voting locations, add new identification requirements to mail-in voting and empower partisan poll watchers.
    Votes in the full chambers were expected this week. Instead, Democrats bolted.
    Mr Dominguez said Democratic representatives would continue working on voting rights legislation and serving their constituents from afar, although he would not discuss their specific plans.
    Another Democratic state representative, James Talarico, tweeted a photo of himself alongside dozens of fellow departing legislators.
    "We're flying to DC to demand Congress pass the For The People Act and save our democracy," Mr Talarico said in the tweet.
    President Joe Biden's administration has pledged to continue pushing Congress to pass legislation that protects the right to vote.
    But Senate Republicans have not backed the legislation, likely dooming it.
    Mr Biden will discuss steps the administration plans to take to shore up voting rights in a speech on Tuesday, the White House said.

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    Haven't they tried that gambit before?

    Is there something in Texas law that makes that tactic feasible in Texas in particular?

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    Turnabout is fair play vis a vis Oregon?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_O...lican_walkouts

    Celebration Parallax?

    Surely there will be a record of posters here and all across the net of their responses to that.

    https://talkfreethought.org/showthre...=oregon+senate

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derec View Post
    Haven't they tried that gambit before?

    Is there something in Texas law that makes that tactic feasible in Texas in particular?
    The agencies that are authorized to compel attendance by elected representatives during sessions have no jurisdiction outside the State. Hence the flight.
    There are enough elected Democrats to prevent the quorum required to pass any legislation (2/3 of all need to be present).
    The difference is that the first time they broke the quorum requirement there were only two hours left on the clock before the session expired. This time the 'pugs have almost a month to try to force it through.
    If the Dems can hang it up that long it will only be through dogged determination.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metaphor View Post
    This strikes me as a subversion of democracy and a dereliction of these Democrats duties as legislators and representatives.
    The democratic solution is to not re-elect these representatives in the next election.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metaphor View Post
    This strikes me as a subversion of democracy and a dereliction of these Democrats duties as legislators and representatives.
    How did you feel about the republicans doing the same thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elixir View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Metaphor View Post
    This strikes me as a subversion of democracy and a dereliction of these Democrats duties as legislators and representatives.
    How did you feel about the republicans doing the same thing?
    I was not aware that any party had ever done this before. It's a grubby, lowdown, anti-democracy tactic and anyone who engages in it ought to be ashamed. At a minimum, the pay of every politician who is not attending their work should be docked for each day they do this. How utterly vile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by repoman View Post
    Turnabout is fair play vis a vis Oregon?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_O...lican_walkouts

    Celebration Parallax?

    Surely there will be a record of posters here and all across the net of their responses to that.

    https://talkfreethought.org/showthre...=oregon+senate
    I look forward to the Vox article with the headline. I've made a simple substitution based on the title of their previous article:

    Texas Democrats walk out and subvert democracy. Again. - Vox

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elixir View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Metaphor View Post
    This strikes me as a subversion of democracy and a dereliction of these Democrats duties as legislators and representatives.
    How did you feel about the republicans doing the same thing?
    I didn't know about it, but it's a grubby, lowdown, anti-democracy tactic and anyone who engages in it ought to be ashamed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowy Man View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Metaphor View Post
    This strikes me as a subversion of democracy and a dereliction of these Democrats duties as legislators and representatives.
    The democratic solution is to not re-elect these representatives in the next election.
    Well yes - the electorate has that chance - but in the meantime asking elected legislators to do their jobs and attend their workplace does not seem unreasonable.

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