Monday, July 28, 2003

Deja Vu All Over Again

Gov. Rick Perry has followed through with his threat of calling lawmakers back into session for a third time prompting yet another quorum break by the beleagured Democratic lawmakers.
This time it appears lawmakers are fleeing to New Mexico.
As per ususal, Burnt Orange Report and Off the Kuff are providing all the details. This one looks like it could be even more nasty than the first one.

For this third session, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst is discarding the tradition of requiring a 2/3 vote to call an issue up for a vote the same way Perry has discarded the tradition of redistricting once a decade following every Census. Perhaps he and Perry can just go one step further and do away with the rule requiring a vote in the first place. Perry could just announce that he will sign into law the redistricting bill passed earlier by the House and pretend that the Senate approval is not needed. What could the Democrats do about it anyway? Complain to the Supreme Court? The Republicans are in absolute power here and, as the old saying goes, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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