Red state Dems protest as majority rolls

Their loud efforts have spotlighted the frustration and limitations of minority parties.
Nebraska state Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh addresses a crowd of about 200 people Wednesday, April 12, 2023, in the Nebraska state Capitol rotunda in Lincoln, Neb., during a rally to oppose a bill that would ban abortion once cardiac activity can be detected in an embryo, which is generally around the sixth week of pregnancy. (AP Photo/Margery Beck)

Progressive lawmakers in red states have refused to play nice this session.

Democrats such as Tennessee Reps. Justin Jones and Justin Pearson, Montana Rep. Zooey Zephyr and Nebraska Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh have pushed boundaries, led protests and made the national news as they’ve tried to block bills they loathe and force their Republican colleagues to acknowledge their point of view.

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