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Texas Democrats Faced Criticism for Fleeing to D.C.-But These Lawmakers See Their Gamble as a Deeply Personal Battle for the Future of Their State

Posted On: Oct 21, 2021   |   Posted By: Time

Texas Democrats Faced Criticism for Fleeing to D.C.-But These Lawmakers See Their Gamble as a Deeply Personal Battle for the Future of Their State

The tears that slid down her cheeks took Texas state representative Senfronia Thompson, 82, by surprise.
Maybe they were drawn by the words of Virginia state senator Jennifer McClellan, a Black Democrat who this year launched an unsuccessful bid for governor, as she described the barriers that had made it difficult and at times impossible for her parents and her grandparents to vote. Maybe by the setting, outside a library in Alexandria, Va., less than 10 miles from Capitol Hill, where, the very year Thompson was born, a group of Black residents had staged a sit-in to demand integrated access. Or maybe it was the reminder that even after her five decades in the Texas House-longer than any other woman, Black person or Democrat-the tools and tactics of Jim Crow are still functioning. Here she was in the capital region on July 16, come to beg the U.S. Congress to do something to protect voting rights.

”I think about how we had to come a long ways and watch signs that say ‘No...

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