Texas Democrats have a big problem: They’re a minority.

And minority parties cannot get a lot accomplished unless they build and form consensus outside their own coalitions. If that fails, they can engage in arcane procedural maneuvers and fight to water down offending initiatives with amendments. They can also make dramatic appeals to public opinion in the effort to shame their opponents from doing that which their electoral power affords them. That’s the risky maneuver Texas Democrats undertook on Monday in their effort to block Republican legislation that would pare back some of the pandemic’s more permissive emergency voting provisions while codifying others.

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