Let's at least give them a few pleasant notes

The Democratic representatives who walked out of the House (and left the state) to deny the Republicans a quorum to vote on a ridiculous redistricting plan engineered by U.S. House majority leader Tom Delay (R-Houston) are returning to Austin, having accomplished what they set out to do.

We all know the Republican gestapo is in full motion to make their lives hell. The least we can do is send them a note of thanks and encouragement.

These are the House Democrats who submitted letters notifying the voting clerk of their intended absence, along with the URL of the pages to send them email:

Dawnna Dukes, Austin

Jim Dunnam, Waco

John Mabry, Waco

Elliott Naishtat, Austin

Eddie Rodriguez, Austin

Patrick Rose, Dripping Springs

Roberto Alonzo, Dallas

Kevin Bailey, Houston

Lon Burnam, Fort Worth

Gabi Canales, Alice

Jaime Capelo, Corpus Christi

Joaquin Castro, San Antonio

Norma Chavez, El Paso

Garnet Coleman, Houston

Robby Cook, Eagle Lake

Yvonne Davis, Dallas

Joe Deshotel, Beaumont

Craig Eiland, Galveston

Dan Ellis, Livingston

Juan Escobar, Kingsville

David Farabee, Wichita Falls

Jessica Farrar, Houston

Kino Flores, Mission

Pete Gallego, Alpine

Timoteo Garza, Eagle Pass

Ryan Guillen, Rio Grande City

Scott Hochberg, Houston

Terri Hodge, Dallas

Mark Homer, Paris

Chuck Hopson, Jacksonville

Jesse Jones, Dallas

Pete Laney, Hale Center

Glenn Lewis, Fort Worth

Ruth Jones McClendon, San Antonio

Jim McReynolds, Lufkin

John Mabry, Waco

Trey Martinez-Fischer, San Antonio

Jose Menendez, San Antonio

Joe Moreno, Houston

Paul Moreno, El Paso

Rick Noriega, Houston

Rene Oliveira, Brownsville

Dora Olivo, Missouri City

Aaron Pena, Edinburg

Joe Pickett, El Paso

Robert Puente, San Antonio

Chente Quintanilla, Tornillo

Richard Raymond, Laredo

Allan Ritter, Nederland

Jim Solis, Harlingen

Barry Telford, DeKalb

Senfronia Thompson, Houston

Carlos Uresti, San Antonio

Mike Villarreal, San Antonio

Miguel Wise, Weslaco

Steve Wolens, Dallas