Democrats got smacked with a political two-by-four.
The party is set up for a massive defeat.
And the Supreme Court issued this ruling that could lead to these Democrat lawmakers’ arrests.
Texas Democrats fled the state to deny Republicans a quorum so they could not pass election integrity legislation that would tighten up voter ID rules and eliminate pandemic voting measures and take voting back to 2019 procedures.
Republican Speaker of the House Matthew Phelan issued arrest warrants for the fugitive Democrats ordering law enforcement to take the lawmakers into custody when they returned to state and transport them to the Capitol so the legislature could achieve a quorum and vote on the bill.
Speaker Phelan relied on Article III, section 10 of the Texas state Constitution which grants the power to “compel the attendance of absent members in such manner and under such penalties as each House may provide.”
Democrats won a reprieve when fellow Democrat State District Judge Brad Urrutia issued a ruling blocking the arrest warrant order.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s spokeswoman Renae Eze blasted the ruling.
“The ruling by the Travis County judge is contrary to the Texas Constitution and violates the separation of powers between the different branches of government,” Eze declared. “We are confident that this overstep will be overturned. Texas Democrats need to stop the charades and get back to work.”
But the Texas State Supreme Court quickly stepped in and stayed Judge Urrutia’s ruling.
“The Supreme Court of Texas swiftly rejected this dangerous attempt by Texas Democrats to undermine our Constitution and avoid doing the job they were elected to do,” Eze’s statement in response to the ruling read. “We look forward to the Supreme Court upholding the rule of law and stopping another stall tactic by the Texas Democrats.”
Democrats want the 2020 pandemic emergency procedures that loosened rules on ballot harvesting and mail-in voting to become permanent.
Joe Biden and the Democrats won in large by rule changes that Democrats exploited to run up record turnout.
That’s why Texas Governor Greg Abbott called a second special session to force the fugitive Democrats to decide if they want to remain outside the state or go back to their lives.
Democrats eventually gave in and returned to the state after the original arrest warrant expired.
But that does not mean they returned to work and voted on the bills before the legislature and did their jobs.
Governor Abbott faced criticism from many on the right for imposing coronavirus lockdowns and mask mandates and routinely shirking his duty to fight back against the left.
Abbott drew a hardline on election integrity because that is one of the top issues to the GOP base and Abbott is worried about a primary challenge in 2022.
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