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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott during a press conference at the Texas State Capitol. Photo: Lynda M. Gonzalez-Pool/Getty Images

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) vowed Monday to veto funding for the state legislature in response to state House Democrats walking out to block Republicans' voting restrictions bill.

Driving the news: Abbott had vowed to sign the bill into law, but Democrats prevented it from passing with Sunday night's walkout before a midnight voting deadline.

A tweet previously embedded here has been deleted or was tweeted from an account that has been suspended or deleted.

What he's saying: The governor said in a separate statement Monday that the sweeping voting rights bill would be added to a "special session agenda."

  • "I expect legislators to have worked out their differences prior to arriving back at the Capitol so that they can hit the ground running to pass legislation related to these emergency items and other priority legislation," Abbott said.

The other side: State Rep. John Bucy (D) vowed to "do everything we can to stop voter suppression," per the New York Times.

  • Fellow state Democratic Rep. Gene Wu tweeted that he wasn't bothered "about my $600 a month," but he noted that "there are thousands of workers here with families to support."
  • "This is petty and tone-deaf even for Texas," he added.

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Multiple civil rights groups sue Texas after voting restrictions become law

From second from right: Texas Reps. Al Green and Sheila Jackson Lee, NAACP President Derrick Johnson, Rev. Al Sharpton and Martin Luther King III participate in the March On for Washington and Voting Rights to call on the Senate to pass voting rights legislation. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images

Civil rights groups filed a slew of lawsuits in Texas on Tuesday, kicking off what is expected to be an extensive legal battle mere hours after Gov. Greg Abbott signed controversial voting restrictions into law.

Why it matters: Critics have denounced the new law as a dangerous voter suppression bill that will disproportionately impact communities of color. The bill drove Texas House Democrats to flee the state in protest, but after enough returned to resume quorum, the legislation went to Abbott's desk.

Democrats sound alarms in state legislatures

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

Democrats are leaning into efforts to raise their numbers in state legislatures — with an emphasis on candidates of color — as red states like Texas and Georgia pass restrictive voting and abortion laws.

Why it matters: States are responsible for many of the laws with the greatest direct impact on people's daily lives. But Republicans control 30 state legislatures and the GOP has the trifecta — the governorship, state House and state Senate control — in 23 states, while Democrats do in 15.

Kentucky governor says state is in "dire" situation from coronavirus surge

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear speaking in Louisville in April 2021. Photo: Jon Cherry/Getty Images

Kentucky is in a "dire" situation because of a surge in new coronavirus cases driven by the Delta variant, Gov. Andy Beshear said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

Why it matters: The number of new cases and hospitalizations in the state are increasing at the fastest growth rates since the start of the pandemic, and deaths are also beginning to surge since plateauing over the summer.

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