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Texas Democratic lawmakers flee state to thwart voting restrictions

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By Julia Harte (Reuters) – Dozens of Democratic lawmakers left Texas on Monday as part of an orchestrated move to derail their Republican colleagues’ efforts to pass new voting restrictions and other conservative measures during a special legislative session. Calling from an airplane headed to Washington, D.C., on Monday afternoon, Texas state Representative Alex Dominguez told Reuters that “nearly everyone” in the House of Representatives’ 67-member Democratic caucus had fled the state. The exodus is intended to deny the legislature the quorum needed to approve any of the measures on Republic…

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