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.