Too bad, TexasSuz, that you persist in refusing to take part in a discussion re issues - if you post something such as what you did above, I would expect that you'd return to discuss it further, if there were any takers. This is not the first time this has happened.
I personally am grateful to Sen. Ellis and the other Democrats who left the state for having the courage and determination to put a halt to the highly unorthodox and repeated attempts by the Republicans (at the state level and as coordinated and directed by Rove and DeLay) to shove redistricting down the throats of Texans. Unusual tactics call for unusual responses.
Note that if the regular parliamentary procedures were used, the Dems would not have had to leave the state, but could've blocked the vote through other, more conventional, means. Moreover, please also note the astronomical waste of money that Gov. Perry is causing by calling special session after special session, at a time when our social services and have been decimated and our state workers stripped dry by budget cuts. As such, the repeated redistricting attempts are nothing short of outrageous, and the blame for the mess falls squarely in the hands of the Republicans.