I was laughing about the boycott by Democratic reps in the Texas Legislature. The petulant reactions of the Republicans brought home just why I’m glad I’m no longer in that state. However, there’s a chilling side to this story. It seems that calls were made to Tom Delay, the Speaker of the US House of Representatives, who used the Homeland Security Apparatus to track the boycotting reps to Ardmore, Oklahoma. Not surprising.
Delay is at the heart of this matter. It is his plan, pushed by the Texas Republicans, to gerrymander the congressional districts around Austin, that prompted the walk-out.
Ginger Stampley wrote in with a pointer to a Houston Chronicle article on Delay’s involvement, and the dragnet the Republican leadership sent to find the missing 50.
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