Democrats in Texas were hoping that the Taliban would hold the headlines for a few more days. They don’t like the way even the liberal media is rubbing their noses in the attempt they made to abdicate responsibility.
Texas Democrats on defensive
Democrats in the state of Texas are trying to hide. Enough centrist DINOs caved in and returned to work for the deplorable voting integrity bill to pass the House on Sunday, August 29. It already passed the Senate but the House made some changes.
Republicans thought they had clear sailing once the Supreme Court scared the lawbreaking lawmakers into clocking in to work. Life never seems to be that easy.
Dozens of renegade Democrats physically left the state of Texas in July. Their ill fated scheme was to hide in Washington D.C. where they could attract attention for their unlawful cause, while running out the clock on the legislation they had no legal way of blocking. The last thing Democrats want are election integrity laws. The measure would restrict voting to business hours, require the counting go on under total video surveillance and protection of poll watcher rights to observe.
The most controversial provision made it a criminal offense to “deny access” to observers. They also want to “install tracking software to monitor electronic vote-counting machines.” Another biggie would be to insist voters include the last four digits of social security or driver’s license numbers on both the ballot and the envelope.
First, Texas Governor Greg Abbott called a second special session which started the clock all over again. Then House Speaker Dade Phelan started signing arrest warrants. Whining liberals still kept looking for ways to shirk their duties and got liberal judges to legislate them a get out of jail free card to avoid arrest. It didn’t work.
After working all the way up to the highest court in the State, the ruling came down. Wrap the renegades in chains and haul them into work if that’s what it takes.
Know when they’re beaten
At least a handful of centrist Democrats knew when to admit defeat. Now their colleagues are warning that they’ve blown any chance they have for getting party campaign money when re-election time comes around.
Enough Democrats showed up for work that the Texas legislature had the quorum it needed to do business. They rolled up their sleeves and got down to work. The final tally was 79 to 37 in favor of election security.
Texas conservatives only have until September 5 to get the changes approved in the Senate. If they can’t agree, there’s a tiny window of opportunity for a conference committee to resolve their differences.
If that deadline goes wooshing past then they have to declare yet a third special session and start all over from scratch.
The Senate previously approved SB 1 “by a vote of 18 to 11 earlier this month after a 15-hour filibuster by Senator Carol Alvarado,” one local outlet reports.
Speaker Dade Phelan isn’t phased. “It’s time to get back to the business of the people of Texas. I appreciate every one of you. I’m looking forward to working with you over the coming week or two.”