“Inside the secret plan for the Texas Democratic exodus: A phone tree, a scramble to pack and a politically perilous trip”


They activated the plan with a phone tree late Sunday: Pack your bags — and make sure they weigh no more than 45 pounds. Be ready to leave Austin at noon tomorrow. We’ll tell you then where we’re going.

The Democrats in the Texas House of Representatives had been preparing for this moment for days. Gov. Greg Abbott (R) had called a special session last week to complete the year’s unfinished business, including the passage of far-reachinglegislation restricting voting access that had failed when House Democrats staged a walkout in May.

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