EXPLAINER: Texas Democrats and threat of arrest over holdout

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A sign shows the Texas House Chamber Closed at the Texas Capitol, Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, in Austin, Texas. Officers of the Texas House of Representatives delivered civil arrest warrants for more than 50 absent Democrats on Wednesday as frustrated Republicans ratcheted up efforts to end a standoff over a sweeping elections bill that stretched into its 31st day. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

By PAUL J. WEBER and ACACIA CORONADO

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Democrats who fled the state a month ago to block a new voting bill still haven’t returned to the state Capitol. The holdout by Democrats stretched into a 38th consecutive day Wednesday, and Republicans are confronting how far they’ll go to end the standoff. This week, the Texas Supreme Court ruled the law allows for arresting Democrats and physically forcing them back. But Republican leaders have so far been reluctant to go that route.

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