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Texas House Democrats host a news conference on voting rights outside the Capitol in D.C. on July 13. Oliver Contreras/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A group of Texas Democrats who fled the state to block a GOP-led voting reform bill are not planning on returning anytime soon, and will instead hold a weeklong virtual conference as they up their fight against the Republican bill, the Washington Post reports.

The big picture: Civil rights activist Dolores Huerta will kick off the conference on Monday, which will feature influential activists and lawmakers through out the week, per the Post.

  • "In continuing to agitate, Texas Democrats will serve as a major test of the power of others seeking to protest legislation in states like Michigan and Georgia" where GOP-led state legislatures are seeking to pass their own voting restrictions, the Post writes.

State of play: Dozens of Texas House Democrats fled Austin last week to break quorum and prevent Republicans from passing the new voting restrictions. They are now staying in D.C. under threat of arrest from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R).

  • A coronavirus outbreak has complicated the group's activities in D.C. and forced them to host their conference virtually, per the Post.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court temporarily blocks abortion restrictions

A pro-choice activist demonstrates outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Oct. 4. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday temporarily blocked three abortion restrictions set to take effect on Nov. 1.

Why it matters: The laws would place new limits on medication-induced abortions and require doctors who perform abortions to attain board certification in obstetrics and gynecology.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signs Texas law targeting trans youth in sports

LGBTQ rights supporters gather at the Texas State Capitol to protest state Republican-led efforts to pass legislation that would restrict the participation of transgender student athletes. Photo: Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) on Monday signed a bill that will force public school students to play on sports teams based on their assigned sex at birth.

Why it matters: Though Texas has proposed over 40 bills targeting transgender youth, this is the first to become law, the 19th News reports.

Kate Marino, author of Markets
21 mins ago - Economy & Business

Omicron outbreaks were bad for business in January

Data: New York Federal Reserve Bank; Chart: Axios Visuals

Emerging anecdotal evidence shows just how hard the recent rise in COVID-19 cases hit businesses in early January — but that hasn't hurt some business leaders’ longer-term views on their companies' prospects.

Why it matters: Increasingly, the economic recovery has come in fits and starts that move in tandem with new peaks in cases. Look no further than the thousands of cancelled flights and shuttered Broadway theaters in the wake of the Omicron variant's spread over the last few months.