What's in Texas Republicans' voting bill and its last-minute additions?
Texas Democrats' boldest action this legislative session came in the 11th hour of the second-to-last day of the 140-day gathering. In a discrete but dramatic walkout from the House floor, they left the Republicans’ sweeping overhaul of Texas election laws to expire as the shot-clock wound down — at least for now.
The last-minute maneuvering from state Democrats, who haven’t controlled a single branch of power since 2002, bore a striking resemblance to the political gamesmanship of 2013, when state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, led a marathon filibuster to run out the clock on a restrictive abortion bill. The similarity even struck Gov. Greg Abbott.