As Texas Democrats prepared for a dramatic walkout in May to block Republicans’ strict new voting legislation, House Speaker Dade Phelan dropped by with a warning. If you think this bill is bad, they recalled him saying, the next version could be much worse. Progressives and voting rights advocates have spent the past month preparing for as much, and this week they will find out how far the GOP is willing to go when they return to Austin for a special one-month legislative session. Republicans have already distanced themselves from two highly controversial proposals: one to limit voting on Sundays when many Black voters turn out, and another to allow judges to overturn elections with only limited evidence of fraud. Jeremy Blackman, Taylor Goldenstein,
Cayla Harris, The Houston Chronicle.
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