Via Kuffner, this depressing story from the Austin-American Statesman:
[T]he House voted Thursday to adjourn until 2 p.m. Sunday for possible debate — which could go on beyond sundown — on any map approved by House-Senate conferees. House Speaker Tom Craddick said that if there is no map to be considered Sunday, the House would convene Monday.
Monday is Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement that begins at sundown Sunday. For Jews, the day is marked by fasting, daylong prayers and not working.
In an attempt to avoid a conflict with Yom Kippur, Rep. Jim Dunnam, D-Waco, on Thursday asked the House to adjourn until 8 p.m. Monday, when the observance would be over.
“I’m told by some of our members on the floor that they will have to be out of here by 3 o’clock p.m. (Sunday) so they can make their arrangements to observe the holiday,” Dunnam told colleagues. “And I know and you know that we wouldn’t do this on Easter.”
Dunnam’s motion was rejected, and the House, by a 66-35 margin, then voted to convene Sunday afternoon.
I’m neither Jewish nor religious, but at this point can the Texas Republicans just fess up and proclaim, “we’ve got the power right now and we’re white Christians, so f*ck the Jews, Hispanics, and Blacks”?? There’s no point keeping the hoods in the closet anymore, either. Just put them on and go to work–apparently your ignorant constituents will adore you for it.