Skip to comments.Texas Democrats Bolt Again
Posted on 07/28/2003 1:21:03 PM PDT by wkcoop
July 28, 2003, 3:08PM
Texas Democrats bolt again By CLAY ROBISON Copyright 2003 Houston Chronicle
AUSTIN -- An unknown number of Democratic state senators abruptly left the state Capitol this afternoon after learning that Gov. Rick Perry planned to immediately call a second special session on congressional redistricting.
One Democratic senator who asked not to be named, told the Chronicle in a phone interview that senators were apparently on their way out of town.
"I have no idea where we're going. I just know in a little bit we will be out of pocket," the senator said.
He would not say how many senators had left but called it an "adequate" number to break a quorum and keep the Senate from conducting business.
The Senate requires two-thirds, or 21 senators, to be present to conduct business, meaning the absence of 11 senators could break a quorum. There are 12 Democrats in the Senate.
The senator said the action was precipitated by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's decision to bypass a traditional Senate rule that requires a two-thirds vote to debate any bill.
That rule, which has been in effect during the current special session, has so far blocked redistricting in the Senate.
The senator said the Democrats fled because they feared Perry would immediately call a second special session and Dewhurst would lock down the Senate chambers and prevent members from leaving.
The first session was to end by midnight Tuesday, but the Senate adjourned at 2:30 p.m. and the House was expected to adjourn minutes later.
Dewhurst earlier had told reporters Perry was expected to call a second special session minutes after both houses adjourned.
Of the 12 Democratic senators, the only one to show up for a 2 p.m. session today was Ken Armbrister of Victoria.
In May, more than 50 representatives hid out for several days to block action on congressional redistricting, forcing the governor to call a special session.
Impeachement would only be preparatory to firing. It's the beginning of the process of firing them. They have you need to have a trial in the Senate. It's not going to happen. There is a little thing called an election coming up in a bit over a year. That's when the nut cutting should occur, or some alternative pithy expression for the females, such as Ms. Van de Puke.
THE USSR IN THE COLD WAR COULD NOT HAVE SHUT DOWN DEMOCRACY SO EFFECTIVELY!
I do not expect the Republican party to give this appropriate level of publicity and outrage it deserves. The Republicans are the cowards if they do not take this to the limit. This is WAR!
And while we are at it, find replacements for those who deemed NOT to show up.
Hmmm.... Would bypassing it in 1991 ( a democrat) be a "break" in tradition? My memory tells me that W's democrat buddy did just that. I could be wrong about the year.
Sheesh ! 'RAT History repeats itself, again.
ROUND 'EM UP !!!
Democrats über alles = Democrats over everything
Here is a list of recent articles on Redistricting:
FR Search: Keyword "Redistricting"
Session ends as 11 Democrats slip out
(Dem's Flee state again!)
GOP effort to redraw districts is crushed
Democrats may be free to flee - constitutionally protected, says lawyer
As new Texas redistricting map offered,
Dewhurst says compromise is in the air
Committee passes redistricting bill (Texas)
Texas Republican Senators Forge Ahead on Congressional Redistricting Plans
[Texas] Senators talk of boycotting any redistricting session
Mr. Dewhurst said he would be on solid ground in working around the Senate tradition requiring a two-thirds vote to take up a bill. The late Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock, a Democrat, did the same thing in a 1992 special session on legislative redistricting, Mr. Dewhurst said.
New map, same pain for Dems
(Texas Redistricting fun)
New map surfacing in Texas Senate
Dewhurst at crossroads on redistricting in Texas Senate
Ratliff joins Democrats to oppose redistricting
The state Republican Party was quick to point out that the [2/3rds] rule has been abandoned on occasion such as when the Senate took up a state senatorial redistricting plan in 1992.
DROP IT -- Redistricting would benefit few Texans, harm many
Senators have problems with House redistricting map - Texas redistricting
House passes remap
Veteran Democrats may lose seats if bill goes through Senate
Above article is worthy of showing that a picture indeed is worth a thousand words:
First the Chicken Ds run away to Ardmore, Oklahoma. That didnt work, so here they are,
still having a fit during the Redistricting debate:
As King began his argument for the new congressional boundaries Monday afternoon, about 30 Democrats in the gallery donned white socks as hand puppets to mock King. Every time he spoke, the little white mouths flapped.
TEXAS REDISTRICTING--Vote TONIGHT!
Race rhetoric stokes Texas redistricting fire
Tension may soar as map debate hits House floor - Texas redistricting
House panel quickly passes Republican redistricting plan -
map likely to unseat six Democrats
New GOP map restores (Rep. Martin Frost's) district
Republicans pull proposed map - redistricting
Chamber of Commerce and GI Forum Hire Temps to Testify
The Great Texas Power Grab - redistricting
Tx Democrats Trying Fight, Not Flight, Over Districts