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Texas Supreme Court Allows Gov. Abbott to Punish Dems Who Fled State to Avoid Voting on Election Integrity Bill

The Texas Supreme Court handed Governor Greg Abbott a political victory on Monday, as his veto of provisions to fund the state legislature — including the salaries and benefits of 2,100 employees — held up in court.

The Texas Democrats had requested that the court overturn the governor’s veto of legislative funding in the forthcoming two-year state budget. The Texas Tribune provided background on the legal standoff.

The legal victory follows the bizarre intervention of a judge to shield Texas Democrats from the law under the state’s constitution. The judge granted a restraining order for Democrats who fled to Washington D.C. in order to avoid voting on election integrity bills.  The restraining order means they can return to the state without fear they will be arrested and dragged to the legislature to do their democratic duty.

“State District Judge Brad Urrutia, a Democrat, granted the temporary restraining order late Sunday night restricting Gov. Greg Abbott and House Speaker Dade Phelan from ‘detaining, confining or otherwise restricting’ the free movement of House Democrats within the state or issuing any warrants ordering their confinement,” the Texas Tribune reported.

“The restraining order prevents the lawmakers from being arrested, detained or confined in any way for two weeks,” National Review reported. “The Democrats will now be able to continue to obstruct the legislation until at least August 20th, when Republicans will have an opportunity to challenge the order in a scheduled hearing.”

Things are heating up in the State of Texas. The state’s courts have shown they are capable of following the rule of law and not the whims of lawless Democrats. Now, it’s just a matter of upholding Texas justice.


District Judge Intervenes to Protect Texas Dems from Being Arrested on Return to the State

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