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Greg Abbott Says Fleeing Texas Democrats 'Will Be Arrested' When They Return to State

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Greg Abbott Says Fleeing Texas Democrats 'Will Be Arrested' When They Return to State
BY DARRAGH ROCHE ON 7/13/21


Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said that Democratic lawmakers who have left the state can and "will be arrested" upon their return as he pushes ahead with changes in voting laws.

Abbott, a Republican, gave an interview to KVUE on Monday about the Democrats' decision to leave the state and whether the special session of the Texas legislature the governor called can go ahead.

The Democratic legislators flew out of Texas to Washington, D.C. on Monday in order to deny the legislature the two-thirds quorum needed in order to conduct business and to pass legislation.

KVUE asked Abbott if the Democratic walkout meant the voting bills - Senate Bill 1 and House Bill 3 - could not be passed and if he could do anything as governor to compel the lawmakers to return to the state.

Abbott said there "still remains plenty of time to pass not just the bills you mentioned but there's a lot of other bills on there."

He highlighted some of the measures other than voting reforms. He then addressed the issue of the quorum.

"Answering your second question, yes, there is something the governor can do," Abbott said.

"First of all, I'll tell you what the House of Representatives can do. What the speaker can do is issue a call to have these members arrested.

"In addition to that, however, I can and I will continue to call a special session after special session after special session all the way up until election next year. And so if these people want to be hanging out wherever they're hanging out on this taxpayer-paid junket, they're going to have to be prepared to do it for well over a year," the governor said.

"As soon as they come back in the state of Texas, they will be arrested, they will be cabined inside the Texas Capitol until they get their job done. Everybody who has a job must show up to do that job, just like your viewers watching right now. State representatives have that same responsibility."

Over the weekend, Republicans in the state legislature worked to rapidly advance the two voting bills. Those bills would add new ID requirements for mail-in ballots and ban 24-hour polling locations, drive-thru voting and ballot drop boxes, among other measures.

Critics say these changes will make it harder for people to vote and disproportionately affect people of color. Abbott has repeatedly defended the new measures, telling KVUE: "Anyone who suggests this deprives anybody [of] the right to vote is just simply flat-out wrong."

Under Texas law, absent lawmakers can face arrest and be compelled to attend the legislature. In 2003, Democrats in the legislature fled the state for Oklahoma and successfully prevented the passage of a redistricting plan.

Texas Democrats staged a walkout in May and successfully stopped an earlier version of the voting legislation from passing. However, the lawmakers may have to remain outside of Texas for weeks or longer in order to prevent the current proposals from passing if Abbott continues calling special sessions as he's suggested.

The Texas Democratic Party issued a statement on the walkout on Monday, saying: "After Democrats 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.

"In response to Republicans' escalation of their attacks on voters, Democrats continue to hold the line," the statement said.

Newsweek has asked the Texas Democratic Party for comment.
 

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like paying child support from prison, can these criminals legislate from jail?

if not, what would be the point? they've already 'won' and nothing different will happen if they're in jail
 

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like paying child support from prison, can these criminals legislate from jail?

if not, what would be the point? they've already 'won' and nothing different will happen if they're in jail
Article says they'll be held in the capitol until the voting is completed.
 

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Put these folks on that list of everyone else who's going to be arrested soon. Where's Hillary! :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:
 

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Texas Gov To Arrest Dem Lawmakers Who Fled State On Private Jet To Block Voting Rights Bill​

BY TYLER DURDEN
TUESDAY, JUL 13, 2021 - 09:29 AM

Update (0930ET): Texas’s Republican governor, Greg Abbott, has vowed to arrest the Democrat lawmakers who fled the state in an attempt to stop an overhaul of election laws...
“As soon as they come back in the state of Texas, they will be arrested, they will be cabined inside the Texas capitol until they get their job done,” Abbott said.
* * *

Texas Democrats have up and walked out on the legislative process.

As AmericanThinker.com's Andrea Widburg details, the background to the story is that the Texas legislature, which currently has a Republican majority (18-13 in its Senate and 83-67 in its House) is poised to pass a voting reform bill. As with similar bills across America, the point is to ensure that the people voting have a legal right to vote and are, in fact, who they claim to be.

The most contentious issues for Democrats are cleaned-up voting bills and, especially, photo ID. The problem is that most Americans support photo ID. According to a Monmouth Poll, when it comes to photo ID, 62% of Democrats, 87% of independents, and 91% of Republicans support it. Texas, with a strong Republican majority, is intent upon passing a bill that the vast majority of Americans would back.

So, what do the Democrats do? Like Brave Sir Robin, they run away:
Texas Democrats fled their state on private jets Monday in order to stop Republicans in the state from passing their voting rights bills through the state legislature.
‘Today, Texas House Democrats stand united in our decision to break quorum and refuse to let the Republican-led legislature force through dangerous legislation that would trample on Texans’ freedom to vote,’ the Texas state House Democratic caucus said in a statement.
At least 58 Democratic lawmakers left Austin to fly to Washington D.C. on two private jets chartered for the occasion and will use the time in the nation’s Capitol to rally support for federal voting legislation.
The Democrats’ departure paralyzed the Texas state house as the legislature requires a quorum of two-thirds of lawmakers be present to conduct business. It’s also akin to a move Democrats used in 2003 when they fled to neighboring Oklahoma to block Republicans‘ plan to redraw the state’s congressional districts.
The Democrats risk arrest and expect state Republicans to send law enforcement officials, possibly including the Texas rangers, after them.
To permanently block the two voting bills that Texas Republicans are pushing, the Democrats would have to stay away through the end of the special legislative session, which can last as many as 30 days.
In addition to this profoundly anti-democratic (small “d” democratic) act, the Democrats on the lam seem to have forgotten that Greta Thunberg would be very angry at them for using private jets. Depending on how many passengers those jets carry, they “create ten times as much greenhouse gas as an economy class traveller on a commercial flight, as well as 150 times more than those travelling by train.” (Think about that the next time some leftist billionaire who only travels by his private jet scolds you about your carbon footprint.)

One more thing: I hope you noticed those beaming smiles, courtesy of the fact that none of them are wearing masks...


Oh, and there was that alcohol issue. As the Democrats were ferried somewhere on a bus (presumably to the private jet airport), Julie Johnson snapped a selfie in which she proudly boasted about how the Texas Democrats are protecting democracy by refusing to let the Republican majority vote on an act that comports with the public will.

The whole thing would have been a lot more profound if the snap hadn’t caught a case of Miller Lite on the bus too. Johnson deleted the tweet, but Twitchy caught it:


They promptly earned some media coverage and went without masks, in violation of the FAA’s COVID restrictions.

But as PJMedia.com's Bryan Preston details below, this is not the first time such malarkey has occurred.
Inexperienced media seem to think Texas Democrats abandoning their posts rather than doing their jobs is new.

twitter.com/ScottGordonNBC5/status/1414678383544442884

Who are these “veteran capitol observers” you’re tweeting about?
They must not have been around all that long.
The Texas Democrats did this before, back in 2003. I’ll quote a bona fide veteran capitol observer who wrote about it at the time — who is actually a veteran in addition to observing the capitol: me.
The Ardmore fraternity party, as state GOP types have taken to calling the 53 wayward Democrats, said their flight was to protest what they called a highly partisan Republican redistricting plan. State Rep. Jim Dunham of Waco led the group, insisting that the plan was not only too partisan, but that adopting it in a non-census year was an outrage. Dunham has a short memory — he had his own district redrawn in 1997 so that he could build a house in a different neighborhood without having to run in a new district. Of course, 1997 was not a census year. The Ardmore 53 have also tossed up the canard of “diversity,” arguing that the GOP plan would dilute African-American votes and diminish their representation. That’s a funny argument, given that the state currently has three African Americans holding statewide elected office, and all are Republicans.
The truth is that the only thing about the GOP plan that is unprecedented is the fact that Republicans drew it. Tellingly, none of the fleeing 53 voiced any concern about the plan before heading for the Oklahoma flatlands. The two Democrats that did raise concerns during the legislative session had their questions addressed, and stayed in Austin to support the plan’s passage. Republican party Executive Director Wayne Hamilton recalled a bit of Texas history when summing up the state’s view of the hightailing Democrats: “The fact is, the line was drawn at the Alamo and these guys all cut and run.”

Indeed. Perhaps it’s telling that the Democrats who run the media in San Antonio are trashing the Alamo itself now, just about every day. They never saw a fight they weren’t eager to turn tail and run away from and they’re happy to kick the dead if it suits their political aims. Neither is very Texas behavior.

The 2003 Democrats didn’t accomplish anything by running off to Oklahoma. Today’s Democrats won’t accomplish anything either. They are the butt of informed jokes across the Lone Star State.


Double gross. They couldn’t even feign being Texan and loft some Shiners? C’mon.

The state House speaker is signaling he may penalize them, following Gov. Abbott, who already has. Democrats hold an awful lot of chairmanships and vice chairmanships in the Texas House despite the fact that Republicans control it. It would be a shame if anything happened to those chairmanships and vice chairmanships.

Then there’s redistricting, which will be the subject of another special session later this year. District lines and therefore seats will be in some state of uncertainty. The Texas GOP also has a new chairman, elected Sunday, who might have thought about all this. The Democrats’ flight north certainly presents an opportunity.

The Texas Democrats have become a full HOA of Karens, seeking to speak with the manager until the manager — Texas voters — tells them something they don’t want to hear. Texas voters want secure elections in which it’s easy to vote but dang near impossible to cheat. The Texas Democrats don’t want to hear that.


So they’ve boarded a comfy chartered flight, sans masks and with weak non-Texas beer, to belch too much carbon into the skies and skedaddle away north. Typical.

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So they’ve boarded a comfy chartered flight, sans masks and with weak non-Texas beer, to belch too much carbon into the skies and skedaddle away north. Typical.
Fucking losers, the lot of them !!! :totally steamed:
 

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No need to arrest them... Just take away their pay and have them fired from the job. Get some politicians who will actually do the job.
 

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They're traitors, execute the scum.
Before conservatives get too righteous over this let me point out that the exact same leaving the state to deny a legislature quorum has been occurring in the opposite direction in Oregon. The reasons that lead to the lawmaker exodus are different, things like blocking tax increases and firearm restrictions. One side sees it as treason while the other side sees it as using the last available tool to do the right thing. One big difference I see is that in Oregon the republican legislators quietly slip away, while the dems in Texas are in everybody's face about how powerful and righteous they think they are. They're a bunch of asses, and quite proud of it.
 

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The Faces Of American Communists, happy, content, the only thing missing is their thumb up against their noses at us
 

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Before conservatives get too righteous over this let me point out that the exact same leaving the state to deny a legislature quorum has been occurring in the opposite direction in Oregon. The reasons that lead to the lawmaker exodus are different, things like blocking tax increases and firearm restrictions. One side sees it as treason while the other side sees it as using the last available tool to do the right thing. One big difference I see is that in Oregon the republican legislators quietly slip away, while the dems in Texas are in everybody's face about how powerful and righteous they think they are. They're a bunch of asses, and quite proud of it.
The Uniparty is the real enemy of the people, along with the MSM. You won't EVER see me praise ANY politician. They're all scum who lie and cheat their way into power and once there, refuse to relinquish it!
 

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unauthorized use of taxpayer funds...just to begin with

and, remove any further access to all State Funds, immediately (then, investigate and 'follow the money', it'll change flow, you might catch something)
 

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Why arrest them, that just means you have to keep paying to support them

If you walk off the job or abandon it it’s defacto resignation.

Just stop paying them and don’t let them back in the capital. Call for special elections

(I know that’s not how it works, but it should)
 

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Why is the taxpayer funding private jets and apparently accommodations for all of these people?

I highly doubt they were dumb enough to use public funds. Private jet screams someone like Bozos paid for their trip to DC.
 
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Why arrest them, that just means you have to keep paying to support them
They won't be arrested and taken to jail, but rather to the capitol building and forcibly held there so that a quorum exists.
Ie: their mere presence in the building allows legislation to be voted on. Arresting them serves to enforce their presence.

It'd no different than a judge's power to send, if mecessary, a constable out to round up people that have refused to show for jury duty. They may not use that power often, but the power to do that does in fact exist.


Just stop paying them and don’t let them back in the capital
Their pay has already been suspended.
 

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So out of all the places where they could have gone, why DC?
 

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communists are only safe around other communists
 

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Newsmax says jet was paid for privately, also they plan to stay for a month - wonder which donor is paying (prob Soros)
 

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they plan to stay for a month
They better plan on staying for a lot longer than that.
Because there is no limit to the number of special sessions the governor can call, and he says he's gonna call another one at the end of this one.
Can they stay away until Abbot is no longer governor? We'll see.
 

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Carpet Baggers running home!

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LOL! Gotta love the Babylon Bee folks....

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In a typical illogical and brainless piece, the taxpayer funded democratic party branch Oregon Public Broadcasting explains why you can't compare the Texas walkouts to the Oregon walkouts. It's because - brace yourself for a shock - the Texas democrats walked out for a righteous cause, and the Oregon republicans walking out prevented righteous things from happening.

Oregon Dems and Republicans see Texas statehouse walkout quite differently
 

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like paying child support from prison, can these criminals legislate from jail?

if not, what would be the point? they've already 'won' and nothing different will happen if they're in jail

They dont need to legislate anything. they just need to be in the House so a quorum can be declared and voting can ensue.
 
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Tucker mocks 'truly heroic' Texas Democratic fugitives (11 min 26 sec):


Published on Jul 13, 2021 by Fox News​
 

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I get tired of reading "news" about what people SAY they are going to do.
 

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Call me skeptical but I would think if Texas was really serious they would issue fugitive arrest warrants and freeze their bank accounts so that they cannot be used to aid in their continued flight from justice.
 

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Call me skeptical but I would think if Texas was really serious they would issue fugitive arrest warrants and freeze their bank accounts so that they cannot be used to aid in their continued flight from justice.
politics on its face is just theater...always has been, always will be. Don't fall for the slight of hand from any politician. Every single one is corrupt. Politicians have no skills other then kissing babies, shaking hands and lying with impunity every time they speak.

Trust any politician at your own risk