Texas Dem Lawmakers Who Fled State to Skip Election Reform Will Be Arrested Upon Return

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They should be kicked out of office. Purposely avoiding a vote means they are refusing to do their job.
Exactly. They are running from their office not doing their jobs. Should automatically be kicked out and barred from office. Then be replaced by the Gov. that keep them in line
 

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott harshly criticized Democrat lawmakers who fled to Washington, D.C., on Monday in an attempt to deprive the state legislature of the two-thirds quorum needed to vote on the GOP's sweeping elections overhaul bills, telling Fox’s "The Ingraham Angle" that they will be arrested upon their return.

The Republican governor said members of the Texas House of Representatives who are still in the state can call for the arrests of their colleagues who do not show up to vote, as long as the arrests are made in Texas.

Abbot insisted that "once they step back into the state they will be arrested and brought back to the Capitol and we will be conducting business."


Over the weekend, Republicans in the state legislature worked to advance two voting bills, which the GPO insists are needed to provide greater election security, Newsweek reported.

Democrats say that the legislation, which would add new ID requirements for mail-in ballots and prohibit 24-hour polling locations, drive-thru voting, and ballot drop boxes, would make it more difficult for citizens to vote, especially minorities, young people, and those with disabilities.

Twenty-four hour polling locations, drive-thru voting, and ballot drop boxes were used in last year’s election in Texas, according to The Washington Post, to make it easier for state residents to safely vote during the coronavirus pandemic.

Texas Democrats also took part in a walkout in May and successfully prevented an earlier version of the voting legislation from passing, Newsweek reported.

The Texas Democratic Party issued a statement saying that "In response to Republicans' escalation of their attacks on voters, Democrats continue to hold the line."

Democrats explained that after they "historically blocked Republicans' anti-voter efforts in the spring legislative session, Abbott called an irregular extra legislative session in order to resurrect the anti-voter legislation - Republicans' main hope of holding onto power in the 2022 election."

But Abbot insisted that such tactics will not work, telling Fox that "We have special sessions that last 30 days. And the governor calls them, and I will continue calling special session after special session because over time it is going to continue until they step up to vote."


The Democrat lawmakers, however, vowed that would not be swayed. State Rep. Chris Turner said that Democrats "are determined to kill this bill," stressing that he and his colleagues were prepared to run out the clock on a special session that ends early next month.

Sources told The New York Times that Texas Democrats hope their methods will help bring a spotlight to the issue of voting rights and increase the pressure on Democrats in the U.S. Senate to pass reforms on voting rights that would cancel out the attempts by Texas and other GOP-led state legislatures to enact their changes.
What’s the punishment? Doing their job? Besides docking their pay their should be something else substantial to help prevent them from neglecting their job. Like being kicked out of office and barred from serving again
 

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Republicans have threatened to do the same thing after the democrats get the filibuster rule eliminated in the US Senate. Should republicans that fail to show to keep the US Senate from having a quorum, and therefore not able to vote on legislation that they can win with 50 votes and the VP, be fired too ?

McConnell says that is what they will do if the filibuster rule is changed. So, what's the difference ?
The difference is that the dims in Tx are trying to make cheating in elections easier and are trying to thwart efforts by R’s to make elections fair.
 

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The difference is that the dims in Tx are trying to make cheating in elections easier and are trying to thwart efforts by R’s to make elections fair.
I'm sure it kind of depends on which side of the fence you sit on. I agree with the republicans on the changes they want to make, but I'm sure if the shoe was on the other foot you would support republicans doing anything they could to stop it. Let's wait and see where you come down on the dems in the US Senate trying to kill the filibuster so they can vote in the federal election laws that make this Texas law completely useless and meaningless.
 

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Completely agree. This is just like anything else, it all depends on which does it that causes the uproar. Whenever the roles get flipped, no one will/would bat an eye at Republicans doing the same thing.
 

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I say do away with the parties like it use to be years and years ago and make everyone a independent so they have to use their own brain instead of siding with what the party wants.
 

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