September 15, 2003


Whitmire gives Senate a quorum for third special session (R.G. RATCLIFFE, Sept. 15, 2003, Houston Chronicle)

The third special session on redistricting opened at noon with Sen. John Whitmire of Houston giving Republicans something they have lacked since July 28 -- a Senate quorum.

The presence of Whitmire, D-Houston, cleared the path for Republicans to push a redistricting bill through the Senate. Eleven Democrats, including Whitmire, had blocked the bill through two special sessions by breaking the quorum.

Senate Secretary Patsy Spaw called the roll with Whitmire present. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst immediately announced: "A quorum is present."

The Senate atmosphere was highly charged as about 350 supporters of the Democratic boycott filled the gallery. They planned to cheer when the other boycotting senators returned. [...]

The crowd in the gallery burst into boos and jeers of: "Nazis. You're acting like Nazis!"

As long as the GOP is going to be considered Nazi, can't we start the trains running to the East?

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 15, 2003 11:23 PM

Tha talk about running trains is a little too crude - the proper riposte is simply to thank those in the gallery for attending, ask them to vote next November, and then gavel the session to order.

Posted by: jim hamlen at September 15, 2003 11:48 PM

I'm sorry, but the proper response would have been for Dewhurst to call on the Sergeant at Arms to clear the gallery. As an expatriate Texan myself I am disgusted with the behaviour of those in the gallery who compared the members of the Senate in attendance to Nazis.

I called my cousin down in Houston to get her reaction and Miss Betty said, "Just goes to show the kind of trash the Texas Democratic party attracts these days, they'll take up with any dog that'll hunt." For the uninitiated that means they're none too particular about the company they keep.

Posted by: Robert Modean at September 16, 2003 1:23 AM

As long as the GOP is going to be considered Nazi, can't we start the trains running to the East?

No matter what the Senate Democrats have done, I think Governor Perry will anger a majority of Texas voters if he forcably ships them to Louisiana...

Posted by: John at September 16, 2003 2:09 AM

Of course, you don't have to go that far; Lt. Gov.
Dewhurst's former Bolivian pals (from his time
in the Company could do a credible job, of ensuring the Democrats would never reach a quorum:

Posted by: narciso at September 16, 2003 9:22 AM

Whatever the destination, make sure that the trains run on time.

Posted by: George at September 16, 2003 9:51 AM

Robert: That's because their old dogs don't hunt.

John: Touche. And true.

Posted by: Chris at September 16, 2003 11:22 AM