Texas House Speaker signs arrest warrant for 52 absent Democrats, while YouTube suspended Sen. Rand Paul over mask video, Wyoming GOP leaders no longer recognize Cheney, and more top stories in Republican politics.
Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R) announced that he will be signing arrest warrants to be delivered “for service” on Wednesday morning to all the Democratic lawmakers who broke quorum for the third time over voting rights. The move comes as the Texas Supreme Court overturned a Monday district court decision blocking the warrants, Fox reported.
The exact number of House Democrats that have returned to Texas since the 57 fled to Washington in mid-July is unclear after an exodus blocked passage of new voting restrictions, the Washington Post reported.
A spokesperson said warrants were signed for 52 Democrats who failed to return during the fourth day of the House’s second special session, leaving the chamber eight members short of a quorum.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) tweeted that his YouTube suspension was “a badge of honor,” after the Google-owned company locked down his account for 7 days over a video where the eye surgeon claimed that cloth facemasks are ineffective against the virus, NBC reported.
“A badge of honor . . . leftwing cretins at Youtube banning me for 7 days for a video that quotes 2 peer reviewed articles saying cloth masks don’t work,” Paul tweeted. “If you want to see the banned video go to Liberty Tree.”
Members of Republican groups in two Wyoming counties both voted to no longer recognize Rep. Liz Cheney as a member of the Republican Party, The Hill reported.
“You will no longer be recognized as the official Republican Congressional Representative by the Park County Republican Party,” Martin Kimmet, the chairman of the Park County Republicans, wrote in a letter sent to Cheney, according to the Casper Star-Tribune.
“I say by the end of the week you’ll have at least three or four other counties that are having meetings that will pass a similar resolution,” Carbon County GOP Chairman Joey Correnti told the Star-Tribune.”
Afterward, Carbon County Republicans unanimously voted to back a formal resolution denouncing Cheney.
The move comes months after Cheney voted to impeach former President Donald Trump.
About 30 Chicago police officers reportedly turned their backs when they were greeted by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot late Saturday at the University of Chicago Medical Center where an officer remains in critical condition.
During a traffic stop on Saturday, Chicago Police Officer Ella French, 29, was shot and killed, while her partner is fighting for his life.
“There are some who say we do not do enough for the police and that we are handcuffing them from doing their jobs,” Lightfoot said in her own defense the following day, Fox reported. “There are others who say we do too much for the police and that we never hold them accountable for what they do, particularly in Black and brown neighborhoods.”
“All of this, I say, stop. Just stop,” Lightfoot continued. This constant strife is not what we need in this moment. “Of course, we have to continue the journey to achieve constitutional and accountable policing. That cannot be in debate at this point.”
Lightfoot added that all Chicagoans should “say thank you” when they see a police officer in public.
“We owe them a debt of gratitude that we will never truly be able to truly repay,” Lightfoot added.