State Rep. Philip Cortez-D, San Antonio
Texas State Rep. Philip Cortez-D of San Antonio, who left Austin in protest of voting laws, says the decision to break ranks and return was one of the most complex decisions of his political life. In San Antonio, Cortez says he wants to work with state Republicans to make their voting bill more palatable to Democrats. The number one on his list is scrapping a plan that allows poll watchers to access the ballot box. That’s been a point of contention, with some complaining about voter intimidation.