Democrats’ clout takes another hit
AUSTIN — Senate committee assignments released Friday dealt another blow to Democrats’ clout in the chamber. The party lost a powerful chairman’s position and a seat on the influential state budget-writing committee.
The changes come after Republicans already voted this week to undercut Democrats’ power by limiting their ability to block legislation from coming to the floor.
The GOP holds a solid majority in the Senate with 18 of the 31 seats. But Democrats have steadily grow...