Warrants served to Texas Democrats, but holdout continues

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Texas state Rep. Senfronia Thompson, dean of the Texas House of Representatives, is joined by Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., left center, and other Texas Democrats, as they continue their protest of restrictive voting laws, at the Capitol in Washington, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

By PAUL J. WEBER and ACACIA CORONADO

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Republicans are ratcheting up efforts to end a 31-day standoff with Democrats over new voting measures. Civil arrest warrants were delivered Wednesday to the offices of absent Democrats by officers of the Texas House. But there remained few signs the stalemate that began when Democrats fled to Washington, D.C., in July was any closer to a resolution. Democrats acknowledge they cannot permanently stop the GOP voting bill from passing in Texas. But they continue to hope Congress acts on voting rights at the federal level.

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