May 13, 2003
Getting Out of Dodge
Proof, once again, that, where there's a will, there's a way. When the Republican majority in the Texas State legislature, allegedly under marching orders from U.S. Congressman Tom Delay, decided to redraw the state's congressional districts to the GOP's advantage, in an off-year, without the benefit of a Federal Census to justify it, Texas Democrats walked out.
Of course, you need a quorum to actually hold the vote, and, while there are enough Republicans to pass the bill, there aren't enough of them for a quorum. And, assuming that the Democrats stay across the state line in Oklahoma, outside the reach of Texas State Police, the time to pass the bill will expire and the measure will die.
Amazing what you can do when your back is against the wall.