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User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 12
Posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1568 times:

'Amber Alert' issued -- for on-the-run Texas lawmakers
'It is a disgrace to run and hide'
Tuesday, May 13, 2003 Posted: 3:54 AM EDT (0754 GMT)

AUSTIN, Texas (CNN) -- The political version of the Amber Alert was posted for 53 Texas legislators who fled the state Capitol to avoid a vote that could cost Democrats seven congressional seats.

Without the Democrats present, the Republican-controlled House does not have the two-thirds quorum needed for a vote on legislation to redraw congressional districts.

News reports late Monday quoted leaders of the missing Democrats as saying they are gathered across the state line in Ardmore, Oklahoma, out of reach of Texas Rangers who have been ordered to arrest them and return them to the House chamber.

A bulletin was posted Monday on the Texas Department of Public Safety Web site -- the same one used to alert citizens to missing children and wanted criminals -- asking for help in locating the missing lawmakers.

"The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is asking the public for assistance in locating 53 Texas legislators who have disappeared," the bulletin read. "Anyone who has information regarding the current whereabouts of the legislators listed below is asked to call 1-800-525-5555."

"Under the Texas Constitution, the majority of members present in session in the House can vote to compel the presence of enough members to make a quorum," it read. "Members of the House did so this morning and directed the Sergeant-at-Arms of the House and the DPS to locate the absent members and bring them back to Austin."

The Web site then names the 53 missing Democrats.

A report in The Austin American-Statesman newspaper Tuesday morning said the group was gathered in the Holiday Inn near the Texas state line in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and that a news conference was planned for Tuesday.

Republicans took control of the Texas House in November for the first time since Reconstruction. With 88 Republican members in the 150-member body, they still need at least a dozen Democrats present for a quorum. Just three Democrats remained at the Capitol on Monday, the newspaper said.



Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
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User currently offlineMxCtrlr From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 2485 posts, RR: 35
Reply 1, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 1561 times:

There is one word to describe politicians like this - WEASELS! If I were a voter in a district where my elected representative left the state to avoid voting on legislation, I would be VERY PISSED!  Pissed

MxCtrlr  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Freight Dogs Anonymous - O.O.T.S.K.  Smokin cool



DAMN! This SUCKS! I just had to go to the next higher age bracket in my profile! :-(
User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8765 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 1518 times:

LOL! "Run awaaayyy!" Why the heck did they run for their seats if they don't want them? Redrawing districts may seem foul, yes, but to simply hide makes a complete crackhead out of every one who does it.


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User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2254 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 1497 times:

I heard they even had the infamous "deck of cards" with their faces on it to help law enforcement identify.

Yeah, that's pretty classless...they should show some guts and go in there and fight the bill. Don't forget, other pieces of legislation (some penned by AWOL Dems) are in danger of being killed because of this stunt.

Ah...Texas politics, it doesn't get any better than this!



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User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1489 times:

CNN says the legislators are at a hotel in Oklahoma, and the Texas rangers have no authority to bring them back to Texas.

As for the use of the Amber Alert system, something should be done about this. It's pretty pathetic a system used to locate missing children is being used to find a bunch of AWOL politicians.

The whole thing is ridiculous. Why can't politicians behave better than 3 year olds??? And to think, these sorts of people are running our state, local and federal governments.  Sad


User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6613 posts, RR: 20
Reply 5, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1491 times:

It doesn't say the Amber Alert was actually being used!!! It was using the Amber Alert as a METAPHOR! READ THE DANG THING!!!!


Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6613 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1484 times:

OOOOPS!!! MY BAD!!!!! Big grin


Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineSleekjet From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2049 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1482 times:

Neither the Texas Democrats or their Washington counterparts have distinguished themselves lately. Were Republicans doing this, I would be severely irritated at them.


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User currently offlineIlyushin96M From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2609 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 1480 times:

Sleekjet, you should be irritated that any politician is doing this sort of thing, regardless of party affiliation. It's too bad "slimy" and "politician" can so often be used in the same sentence. I think the whole system needs some serious reform.

User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2254 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

You're absolutely right, Ilyushin, what they're doing is pretty much typical of a "politician" - forget liberal, conservative, etc.

What they're doing is equivalent to folding your arms and pouting in the corner...maybe the "Amber" alert IS the right way to go!



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User currently offlineB757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 22
Reply 10, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1462 times:

They're all being childish just because they can't have their way. "I'm taking my toys and leaving". Redistricting is the responsibility of each state’s legislature and almost always the party in power at that time will redraw the lines to help it gain seats. California has done it and created several new Democratic districts while the plan in Texas would create some new Republican ones. Instead of doing what they’ve been elected to do by the people, they’re following the leadership of the Rats in Congress and using obstructionism to try and get their way.


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User currently offline727LOVER From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 6613 posts, RR: 20
Reply 11, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1460 times:

THEY'RE being childish??????? You do all the name calling on this forum and THEY'RE childish  Insane


Listen Betty, don't start up with your 'White Zone' s*** again.
User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1428 times:

Redistricting is just another dirty trick being employed by the republicans. I'm not saying that running and hiding is a viable solution, but those filthy bastards led by Delay should not be allowed this redistricting nonsense.

User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 13, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1421 times:

Redistricting is just another dirty trick being employed by the republicans. I'm not saying that running and hiding is a viable solution, but those filthy bastards led by Delay should not be allowed this redistricting nonsense.

Ohhh yeah, Democrats never participate in gerrymandering. Give me a fucking break bro, have you ever seen the districts in California or New York? If you knew absolutely anything about Texas, you would know how it is predominately Republican, and the only reason the state house has stayed so evenly balanced (and in Democratic hands) for the past 150 years is because of very liberal friendly districting. The only areas in Texas that tend to be liberal are the inner-cities, Austin, the border towns, and the Rio Grande Valley. Cba, dont make statements you cannot back up.



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User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1414 times:

They're all being childish just because they can't have their way. "I'm taking my toys and leaving".

You mean, like when Bush couldn't get his way in the U.N. on Iraq? That kind of childish, B757300?

Of course, you're so friggin' blind, you can't even see that.


User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 39
Reply 15, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1414 times:

Alpha1, you are turning out to be exactly what you claimed were not...a far-left, antagonistic liberal....

Dude, what made you pull a We're Nuts, and become so bitter about the world?



America's chickens are coming home to rooooost!
User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 1414 times:

Jcs, someone isn't a far-left, antagonistic liberal simply for pointing out fact. And, again, you're so far to the right, you wouldn't know to begin with.

What made me bitter about Bush? He fucked away a world of goodwill in a span of 6 months, so he could avenge Daddy. He's made the U.S. look like a big bully in the eyes of 95% of the world. That's why I'm so against him right now.

You don't like it, too fucking bad, Jcs. I really don't give a shit what you think anyway.


User currently offlineCba From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 4531 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 1379 times:

"Ohhh yeah, Democrats never participate in gerrymandering. Give me a fucking break bro, have you ever seen the districts in California or New York?"

I never said I supported Democrat redistricting. Redistricting in general is a dirty trick, and should not be used by either side.


User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2254 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1368 times:

Looks like the Dems will win this one...the redistricting bill will die tonight at midnight, as well as several other bills, including one to help with the record state budget shortfall.

Of course, the Dems are blaming the Republicans for the other bills being defeated, and vice versa, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.

Politics suck



"On spaceship earth there are no passengers...only crew."
User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1366 times:

My wife said she was listening to a talk show yesterday-I think it was Sam Donaldson, and a report on there said one of the things that outraged Democrats is that the GOP leaders refused to even show the Dems the redrawn districts before a vote. Can anyone confirm that?

User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2254 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1361 times:

That's absurd, why would anyone force a person to vote on redistricting and not let them see how the boundaries will affect them? It's like refusing to show someone the full text of a bill and making them vote on it.

Anyways, I don't know what the newsperson is talking about, the newspaper here is showing a map of how the lines will be redrawn (a couple of months ago as well as today). I'll try to find an online link...



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User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1358 times:

That's absurd..

Maybe it is, but come to Ohio, where the Republican-controlled Legislature doesn't even let Democrats in on anything here. They've even gone so far at times to deny Democrats introducing legilsation.

When you're dealing with extremists-on either side of the spectrum, what can be absurd is common place with them.


User currently offlineHomer71 From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 2254 posts, RR: 14
Reply 22, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1357 times:

Wow, so I guess John Glenn did not have any lasting clout over there? Big grin


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User currently offlineAlpha 1 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1351 times:

Homer71, he served in the United States Senate, he never served in the Ohio Legislature. That group is controlled now by a bunch of backward hicks who's idea of education is burning books instead of reading them.

User currently offlineB757300 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 4114 posts, RR: 22
Reply 24, posted (11 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1340 times:

Just wait till the next election. This is going to come back and bit the Rats right on their butts. I predict a 100+ seat Republican majority in the House during the 2005 legislative session which will mean any Rat walkout will be pointless.

Oh, and before any liberal here says the Rats won't suffer for this, trust me they will. I know Texas politics a lot better than someone from the Left Coast or other parts of the country.



"There is no victory at bargain basement prices."
25 Post contains images Alpha 1 : Why does it seem the air quality always decreases whenever B757300 posts one of his mindless pieces of predictable garbage?
26 Post contains images Homer71 : My bad, I thought Glenn had a stint in the state legislature, as well.
27 Post contains links Alpha 1 : OK, for those who have been reaming the Democrats, here's what this whole stink is about: 2 years ago, with the census, the districts were redrawn. Fo
28 L-188 : Either way. Willie Nelson gave all those morons these neet red bandana's.
29 Alpha 1 : I'm sure those GOP morons put the red bandan'as to good use, L-188.
30 L-188 : Still as a taxpayer, I would be pissed if my legislator fled to Oklahoma and refused to represent me.
31 Alpha 1 : Still as a taxpayer, I would be pissed if my legislator fled to Oklahoma and refused to represent me. Come on, L-188, put the criticism where it right
32 Sccutler : Alpha, I fear you are deluding yourself in this instance. All that is going on here is that, after several generations of being inthe majority, the de
33 Homer71 : The Texas GOP have dubbed them the "Chicken D's" although "Killer D's" is also appropriate.
34 Alpha 1 : Alpha, I fear you are deluding yourself in this instance. Why? Because I point out a fact? That the GOP tried to do something that just doesn't happen
35 Homer71 : Actually, the Texas Legislature could not agree to a redistricting plan based on the 2000 census, so a federal court did it for them, redrawing it wit
36 Sccutler : Of equal consequence, the redistricting proposal was fully within the confines of the law. It should have been the subject of debate in the legislatur
37 Heavymetal : My points, made above, stand unchallenged. Well, it's either this or guns & tanks man. Simple as that. If you ask me the Republicans are engaging in n
38 Alpha 1 : It should have been the subject of debate in the legislature.. The Republicans weren't interested in debate on this. They knew they could steamroll t
39 Cba : "Still as a taxpayer, I would be pissed if my legislator fled to Oklahoma and refused to represent me." As a Texan, I feel that those 51 legislators a
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