Supreme Court: Texas Democrats who fled state can be arrested

The group of some 50 Texas Democratic lawmakers who made headlines after fleeing the state to bust up a vote on a Republican-led voter integrity bill might soon regret their sideshow antics.

According to The Hill, the Texas Supreme Court sided with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, ruling that the Democrats who fled can be arrested. The state’s highest court also rescinded all of the lower court orders issued over past weeks that sought to block the Dem lawmakers from being arrested. 

“The legal question before this Court concerns only whether the Texas Constitution gives the House of Representatives the authority to physically compel the attendance of absent members. We conclude that it does, and we therefore direct the district court to withdraw the TRO,” Justice Jimmy Blacklock ruled.

Republican leadership in the Texas legislature have issued formal arrest warrants for a number of the fleeing Democrats, and the state Supreme Court’s latest ruling sets a new precedent, making it constitutional to use the threat of arrest to compel the lawmakers to return to the state capitol to perform their elected duties.

Democrats involved in the debacle flew to Washington D.C. and successfully blocked a quorum for a special session of the state legislature called by Abbott earlier this year.

Those same Democrats managed to interrupt a second special session, which was called by the governor on Aug. 7, Politico noted. The voter integrity bill that Democrats oppose is only one of multiple items that Texas Republicans want to vote on.

Abbott, who’s clearly not intimidated by the Democrats’ antics, has pledged to call “special session after special session” in order to make sure state business is completed, presumably as he knows that the state Dems can’t stay hidden forever.

The state Senate’s Republican leader, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, has suggested the possibility of amending the rules to make quorums possible with only a simple majority plus one, which would all but ensure quorums would go uninterrupted in the future.

Only time will tell if the state manages to round up enough Democrats to continue on with business, but it’s clear at this point that Republican leadership in the state is not interested in backing down.

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1 month ago

We need more Republicans who stand up and do something!!!

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Mary R Pagano (@guest_388610)
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1 month ago

What those Dems did was not only illegal, but it was cowardly! They should all face whatever legal consequences are available.

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Absolutely arrest them, and does that mean they can keep their job now that they have an arrest record?? put this type of nonsense to a stop.

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1 month ago

All the cowardly Texas Democrats should be arrested, fined and lose their jobs. Let them collect unemployment checks.

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1 month ago

they should all be fined and not get paid for the time the were gone

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1 month ago

How about a lynching.

JOEs (@guest_388405)
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1 month ago

What those democrats did is completely idiotic and can not be excused. Their act was in a way juvenile,so stupid they should be absolutely ashamed of themselves but being democrats they are not but rather are proud of what they did. Hit them and hit them hard in 2022 and vote them out of office.

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1 month ago

ALL liberals that have been paid by soros also should be arrested to GITMO for many counts of treason ! Soros too !

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1 month ago

Good for Texas wish CA had that much sense.

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1 month ago

To many libratards

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1 month ago

Don’t back down! Arrest those democrats and fine them enough to show them and all democrats their move was Stupid and cost taxpayers too much money. They should not be paid for the time in Washington, since they were not in Austin doing what they were elected to do.

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I totally agree. Throw them all in JAIL!!!!, and, do not pay them.

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