For Democrats, a Line in the Sand

For Democrats, the next question is a big one: Was that the Alamo?

The state’s minority party had been having a bad month. A relatively genteel regular legislative session addressing issues like the budget, water, taxes and education gave way to a special session focused on a couple of deeply contentious political issues: redistricting and regulation of abortion.

The Democrats knew they would get hammered on redistricting. Led by Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott, a mostly Republican Legislature was being asked to ratify legislative and Congressional maps that could protect the Republican majority for a decade ...

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