No sooner had the gavels fallen Monday to end a 140-day biennial legislative session marked by a rare degree of consensus than Gov. Rick Perry called an immediate special session on redistricting.
Within a half hour, the Senate was launched into a bitter partisan debate over whether rule changes for the special session would empower Republicans to roll over Democrats not just on redistricting, but on a host of hot-button issues that fell by the wayside in the regular session.
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