Texas District Judge Brad Urrutia (D) on Sunday issued a restraining order that prevents state police from obeying Governor Greg Abbott’s (R) call to arrest Democratic lawmakers returning from a field trip to Washington, DC.

The order also blocks a civil warrant for Texas State Rep. Philip Cortez (D) signed by Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R).

“The speaker thinks he can wave his hand and have his political opponents rounded up and arrested,” argues Texas State Rep. Jasmine Crockett (D). “We’re watching a major political party backslide in real time from fair representation, the rule of law, and democracy itself.”

Crockett is among more than 50 Texas House Democrats who traveled to DC in July to support an election measure in Congress. With the lawmakers absent, the chamber lacked the quorum necessary to hold a vote on election reform in Texas during a special session called by Governor Abbott.

“The ruling by the Travis County judge is contrary to the Texas Constitution and violates the separation of powers between the different branches of government,” argues Renae Eze, a spokesperson for Governor Abbott. “We are confident that this overstep will be overturned. Texas Democrats need to stop the charades and get back to work.”

The restraining order is set to last for two weeks and Urrutia will hear arguments on a temporary injunction later this month.

“No matter what the governor or speaker have said, it is a fundamental principle in this country that no one has the power to arrest their political opponents,” argues attorney Samuel E. Bassett. “That is why this action had to be filed.”

Republicans will argue that Democrats abandoned their sworn duties as lawmakers by leaving the state legislature during a special session and are thus at the mercy of law enforcement.

Governor Abbott has promised to continue calling for special sessions until the Democrats abandon their childish behavior.

30 thoughts on “Texas Judge Rules On Fleeing Dems”
  1. Political issues have never been resolved in either Congress or the State Legislatures when one party’s members take flight or otherwise boycott an upcoming vote in order to obstruct or prevent the enactment of pending legislation with which they disagree! Such actions do not speak well of a party’s perceived wisdom or maturity on the part of its members.

  2. Texas,”REMEMBER THE ALAMO” WE PATRIOTS ARE WITH YOU! LETS FIGHT THESE DEMONS AND BURN DOWN DC IF NESSASARY. THIS BS MUST STOP,NOW.

  3. All the Texas Democraps that fled the state should be immediately impeached and jailed for perjury. No more Miller light!!!

  4. Their not working, they validated their oath of office .
    They must be impeached. At least because they work for the state, they are UA. (unauthorized absence).
    STOP PAYING them!!!

  5. Why can’t the citizens of each state do impeachment’s of elected officials that they are paying for who do not do what the people of their state wants by getting the required amount of signatures to demand it. Would that not wake up the elected officials we elect to do the job they are elected for and not for the companies that pay their way into office and they vote for the things they want not what the majority of citizens want. I thought that is how it works.

  6. Why can’t the citizens of each state do impeachment’s of elected officials that they are paying for who do not do what the people of their state wants by getting the required amount of signatures to demand it. Would that not wake up the elected officials we elect to do the job they are elected for and not for the companies that pay their way into office and they vote for the things they want not what the majority of citizens want. I thought that is how it works.

  7. STUPIDITY REIGNS SUPREME when it comes to discussing Dumocrats. There are not enough words to describe the Communist Democrats of ‘Pelousy’s’ party. Jail time!!!!

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