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  •  Is there hope? (8+ / 0-)

    I would like to see all the dems take a nice long vacation together and deny quorum.

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 04:12:16 PM PDT

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    •  Do the numbers (1+ / 0-)
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      and the rules, make this a possibility?

      If they do, I'll ride in on my motorcycle and escort them over the Red River!

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      Who is twigg?

      by twigg on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 05:11:30 PM PDT

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      •  I could not tell you. (3+ / 0-)
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        We need a lawyer...

        I did find:

        The Texas Eleven were a group of Texas Senate Democrats who fled Texas for Albuquerque, New Mexico for 46 days in 2003 aimed at preventing the passage of controversial redistricting legislation that was intended to benefit Texas Republicans. A group of Texas House representatives, dubbed the Killer Ds, had fled the state earlier that same summer for the same reason.

        U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, then a powerful figure in Texas politics, advocated arresting the Texas Eleven, telling reporters that he supported using FBI agents or U.S. Marshals to arrest the runaway Democrats and bring them back to Austin, asserting that redistricting is a matter of federal concern.

        The Texas Constitution calls for the 32-member Texas Senate — 31 Senators and the Lt. Governor — to have a quorum of two-thirds of its members present in order to conduct a vote, which means that the absence of 11 members can prevent the Senate from voting. Eleven Democrats left the state to avoid being forced to return to the Senate by Texas Rangers, going to Oklahoma and New Mexico to be out of reach of Texas authorities. After successfully preventing a quorum for an entire 30-day special session of the legislature, Senator John Whitmire left New Mexico and returned to Texas. The remaining ten Senate Democrats (often referred to as the "Texas Eleven Minus One: following Whitmire's departure), stayed in Albuquerque for several more days but returned to Austin and the Texas Senate after Whitmire's presence on the Senate floor created the quorum needed for the Senate to meet. -per wiki

        I don't know how that ended.

        Senator John Whitmire, a Democrat from Houston, is now the Dean of the Senate, meaning he is the most senior member, having served since 1987.

        Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

        by DRo on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 05:32:24 PM PDT

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    •  The Bill will pass (2+ / 0-)
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      DRo, BachFan

      The only hope is that it will be tied up in the courts for long enough to get changes at the ballot box.

    •  I certainly wouldn't ask it of her - the rules are (2+ / 0-)
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      apparently very strict and it's the sort of thing that would come to wear a person's health down - for no reason, most likely, as I don't think that with those strict rules that 11 Dems could jam up the entire Senate for 30 days.  Especially pointless since I do not believe that there is a restriction on the number of special sessions that Gov. Perry can call (I stand to be corrected).

      "The first drawback of anger is that it destroys your inner peace; the second is that it distorts your view of reality. If you come to understand that anger is really unhelpful, you can begin to distance yourself from anger." - The Dalai Lama

      by auron renouille on Wed Jun 26, 2013 at 08:08:59 PM PDT

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