Democrats will have to pay the price for their awful attempt to stop democracy.
They’ll end up behind bars if they aren’t careful.
A judge handed down a ruling that could put dozens of top Democrats in jail.
A group of Texas Democratic legislators decided to flee the state in order to keep legislation they didn’t like from passing.
They objected a bill voting on measures designed to preserve voter integrity, a bill that would prevent biological males from taking over women’s athletics, and immigration restrictions.
The Democrats left for Washington D.C. with some aboard a chartered flight drinking cheap beer in order to keep the Texas House from making quorum.
Gov. Greg Abbott told the legislators when they left that they would be arrested, however a Texas judge signed an order temporarily blocking the governor from carrying out his word on Monday.
“The order, signed by Travis County State District Judge Brad Urrutia, keeps Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan from ‘issuing any warrant or other instrument’ and ‘detaining, confining, or otherwise restricting a Texas House Democrat’s movement without his or her consent,’” according to CNN.
This was quickly overturned by the Texas Supreme Court on Tuesday, “temporarily block[ing] a state district judge’s temporary restraining order that had prevented the arrest of Texas House Democrats, who left the state last month in an attempt to stop the passage of restrictive voting bills,” CNN said in a separate report. “The ruling means that many of the Democratic lawmakers who returned to Texas but continue to break quorum during the second session could now be at risk for arrest if the House votes to compel their attendance.”
Abbott’s office praised the Texas Supreme Court for their quick work, noting how they “swiftly rejected this dangerous attempt by Texas Democrats to undermine our Constitution and avoid doing the job they were elected to do.
“We look forward to the Supreme Court upholding the rule of law and stopping another stall tactic by the Texas Democrats,” the spokesperson added.
On Tuesday night House Speaker Dade Phelan signed civil arrest warrants for 52 absent Democrats.
“I just question whether DPS or anyone can break down my door to come and put me in shackles and drag me there,” Rep. Vikki Goodwin, D-Austin, told The Dallas Morning News. “I feel certain that I can stay in my home, and stay off the House floor.”
It won’t take that many arrests for the dramas to be over and for the Texas House to get back to work.
The House requires a quorum of two-thirds of the 150 members on-site. Since Monday, 96 House members showed up for their job. Just four more members on-site and it will be over.
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