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#TIMESTAMPGATE: After A Crazy Night, This Photograph Helped Kill A Controversial Texas Abortion Bill

http://www.businessinsider.com/texas-abortion-bill-timestampgate-2013-6

#TIMESTAMPGATE: After A Crazy Night, This Photograph Helped Kill A Controversial Texas Abortion Bill

JOE WEISENTHAL

It was a crazy night in Texas politics that ended just before 4 AM Central Time, with a controversial abortion bill (that would have shut down the majority of Texas clinics) getting killed at the last minute.

Carolyn Jones at The Texas Observer has a great writeup of what went down, but it was basically this.

- snip -

That's when pro-choice activists in the chamber started shouting, and created enough chaos so that the state Senate couldn't vote by midnight, which was the end of the legislative session.. The final vote to pass the bill happened just after midnight at 12:03.

However, Republicans claimed that the vote got in before midnight.

According to Jones, Republicans had to admit that that they were a few minutes late on the bill, when Texas State Senator Juan Chuy Hinojosa tweeted this photo showing that the initial readout of the vote indicated it happened on June 26, but that a subsequent readout had been changed, showing June 25.

The initial time stamp on the Capitol website and on Senate documents placed the vote at 12:02 or 12:03 on June 26. But then someone mysteriously changed the time stamp to make it appear SB 5 passed before the deadline (see the post below for photographic evidence). The time stamp evidence, circulated on Twitter, eventually forced GOP leaders to admit defeat, at least for tonight.




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MUST-VIEW: Texas Near-Ban on Abortion foiled by People’s ‘Gallery Filibuster’



Texas Near-Ban on Abortion foiled by People’s ‘Gallery Filibuster’

Posted on 06/26/2013 by Juan Cole
This is the “gallery filibuster” — shouting by pro-choice advocates in the Senate halls after Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis’s filibuster was shut down– that so delayed the vote on a proposed law virtually banning abortion in Texas that it took place too late to be valid.

I believe they are chanting 'Wendy! Wendy! Wendy!'

MUST-VIEW: Cecile Richards Announces TX Abortion Bill SB-5 Fails to Pass



Hat-tip: TexasTowelie

AP: Texas Lt. Gov. Reverses, Declares Vote on Tough Abortion Bill Too Late to Pass (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

The Associated Press @AP 11m
BREAKING: Texas lt. gov. reverses himself, declares vote on tough abortion bill came too late to pass.

https://twitter.com/AP/status/349795897737089024

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/texas-senator-filibusters-against-abortion-bill

TEXAS ABORTION BILL FALLS AFTER CHALLENGE

By CHRIS TOMLINSON and JIM VERTUNO
— Jun. 26 4:01 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' lieutenant governor has acknowledged that Republicans missed their deadline to pass new abortion restrictions after protesters screamed down lawmakers as the final 15 minutes passed before the special legislative session's deadline.

Senators from both parties emerged from a private meeting with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and said they were about to officially acknowledge that fact.

Immediately following the vote, Republicans insisted they had started voting before the midnight deadline and passed the bill that Democrats spent much of Tuesday filibustering. But after official computer records and printouts of the voting record showed the vote took place Wednesday, and then were changed to read Tuesday, the senators convened for a private meeting.

More than 400 protesters erupted at 11:45 p.m. when Republicans suspended an 11-hour filibuster staged by Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth.




VIDEO: Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards Announces SB-5 Fails to Pass




VIDEO: Texas Near-Ban on Abortion Foiled by People's 'Gallery Filibuster'

http://www.juancole.com/2013/06/abortion-gallery-filibuster.html

Posted on 06/26/2013 by Juan Cole

This is the “gallery filibuster” — shouting by pro-choice advocates in the Senate halls after Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis’s filibuster was shut down– that so delayed the vote on a proposed law virtually banning abortion in Texas that it took place too late to be valid.




#TIMESTAMPGATE: After A Crazy Night, This Photograph Helped Kill A Controversial Texas Abortion Bill

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023099905

http://www.businessinsider.com/texas-abortion-bill-timestampgate-2013-6

According to Jones, Republicans had to admit that that they were a few minutes late on the bill, when Texas State Senator Juan Chuy Hinojosa tweeted this photo showing that the initial readout of the vote indicated it happened on June 26, but that a subsequent readout had been changed, showing June 25.

The initial time stamp on the Capitol website and on Senate documents placed the vote at 12:02 or 12:03 on June 26. But then someone mysteriously changed the time stamp to make it appear SB 5 passed before the deadline (see the post below for photographic evidence). The time stamp evidence, circulated on Twitter, eventually forced GOP leaders to admit defeat, at least for tonight.





PHOTO: Hinojsa holds up document showing time change on SB 5:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023099395

(Hat-tip: The Straight Story)


EMAIL FROM SEN. WENDY DAVIS:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023099683 (Hat-tip: MagickMuffin)

Wow. What a day.

I cannot believe the amazing outpouring of support and encouragement that you delivered over the course of my 12 1/2 hour filibuster on the Senate floor.

This may seem hard to believe but I only have a few additional words to share at this time. First, I want to say an incredible and heartfelt thank you to the ten of thousands of Texans and Americans that offered their support and wishes of kindness throughout the day. Your presence at the capitol and your calls, emails, Facebook messages and tweets have sustained us and gave me the opportunity to make your voice heard.

Most importantly, I simply have no words to express my gratitude to those who lent their voice in the over 12,000 personal stories that you bravely and selflessly shared with me to object to this dangerous legislation.

Although I was the one with the microphone on the floor of the Senate today, it was your voice and your words – it was your filibuster.

Now we can’t fool ourselves. Governor Perry and the legislative leadership see their own political livelihood tied to denying women their full rights to make their own health decisions, and they won’t stop here.

I will admit I am a bit tired. But I’m ready to keep fighting and assure you I won’t stop. And, without a doubt I know you will never stop fighting for the Texas we love.

Thank you with all my heart and we will be back to fight another day.

Your friend and, proudly, your State Senator,

Wendy


PHOTOS:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023098499



https://twitter.com/shefalil/status/349739114616197120/photo/1




(Hat-tip: Cal04)




Opponents to an abortion bill sit in the senate chamber as Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filibusters in an effort to kill the abortion bill, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The bill would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force many clinics that perform the procedure to upgrade their facilities and be classified as ambulatory surgical centers. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)




Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, stands on a near empty senate floor as she filibusters in an effort to kill an abortion bill, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The bill would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force many clinics that perform the procedure to upgrade their facilities and be classified as ambulatory surgical centers. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)




Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, wears tennis shoes in place of her dress shoes as she begins a one-woman filibuster in an effort to kill an abortion bill, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The bill would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force many clinics that perform the procedure to upgrade their facilities and be classified as ambulatory surgical centers. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


STORY AS IT DEVELOPED:

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/06/26/dems-approach-abortion-victory-special-session-wan

Texas senators are trying to get to the bottom of whether Republicans successfully pushed through a vote on Senate Bill 5, the omnibus abortion restriction bill, ahead of their midnight deadline.

Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, says the bill passed at 12:02 a.m.; if that's true, the vote may not withstand legal scrutiny.

"It's pretty conclusive that it didn't pass," said Whitmire.

But the Senate still has not officially adjourned sine die. When Senators resume floor proceedings, Whitmire said Democrats will call a point of order on the motion to vote on a bill after the midnight deadline.

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/06/26/dems-approach-abortion-victory-special-session-wan

@AP: BREAKING: Republicans pass new restrictions expected to close almost every abortion clinic in Texas.

@CBSNews: BREAKING NEWS: Texas Republicans pass strict new abortion curbs, overcoming long filibuster, and chaos in Senate chamber as deadline neared

@guardian: Gallery has taken over the Texas abortion filibuster with ten minutes left. Cheering disrupting the roll call vote. http://t.co/9MX4I6sKwY

@BreakingNews: Validity of Texas Senate vote over abortion bill is currently unclear - @TexasTribune

@mikestatesman: Senate just ordered senators back for a caucus to determine whether they passes SB5. Just when you thought it couldn't get stranger. #txlege

http://www.guardiannews.com/world/2013/jun/25/texas-senator-wendy-davis-filibuster-abortion

Tuesday 25 June 2013 17.48 EDT

Texas senator Wendy Davis stages marathon filibuster against abortion bill

State politician must speak for 13 hours in order to prevent stringent bill reaching the desk of governor Rick Perry


Amanda Holpuch and Helen Davidson

A Texas senator, Wendy Davis, has launched a marathon filibuster of an abortion bill that would severely restrict abortion access in the state.

To be successful, Davis must talk for 13 hours, during which she will not be allowed to sit, lean or take any breaks to go to the bathroom or eat. She is only allowed to stop speaking when listening to questions.

The Democrat senator is attempting to prevent the stringent bill from reaching the desk of Texas governor Rick Perry. The bill would ban abortion at 20 weeks gestation, place limits on abortion-inducing drugs and introduce other restrictions that advocates say would close 37 of the 42 clinics that provide abortions in the state.

The Texas House version of Senate Bill 5 passed on Monday morning, after major stalling by House Democrats. Davis's filibuster began at 11.18am CDT on Tuesday. She has argued her case by reading letters from women and doctors who would be impacted by the bill and speaking with politicians from both sides of the aisle.

VIDEO: Young Turks Explain Texas Bill & Its Implications

Wikileaks: Mr. Snowden is Not Being 'De Briefed' by the FSB (Russian Security Service)

@wikileaks: Mr. Snowden is not being 'de briefed' by the FSB. He is well and WikiLeaks' Harrison is escorting him at all times. http://t.co/Y1EBv5GCUs

6/26/13, 3:16 AM

BREAKING: Texas Abortion Bill Falls After Challenge ('Gallery Filibuster' PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Source: Associated Press / Guardian

The Associated Press @AP 11m
BREAKING: Texas lt. gov. reverses himself, declares vote on tough abortion bill came too late to pass.

https://twitter.com/AP/status/349795897737089024

Updated:

TEXAS ABORTION BILL FALLS AFTER CHALLENGE

By CHRIS TOMLINSON and JIM VERTUNO
— Jun. 26 4:01 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' lieutenant governor has acknowledged that Republicans missed their deadline to pass new abortion restrictions after protesters screamed down lawmakers as the final 15 minutes passed before the special legislative session's deadline.

Senators from both parties emerged from a private meeting with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and said they were about to officially acknowledge that fact.

Immediately following the vote, Republicans insisted they had started voting before the midnight deadline and passed the bill that Democrats spent much of Tuesday filibustering. But after official computer records and printouts of the voting record showed the vote took place Wednesday, and then were changed to read Tuesday, the senators convened for a private meeting.

More than 400 protesters erupted at 11:45 p.m. when Republicans suspended an 11-hour filibuster staged by Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth.



Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/texas-senator-filibusters-against-abortion-bill



VIDEO: Planned Parenthood's Cecile Richards Announces SB-5 Fails to Pass




VIDEO: Texas Near-Ban on Abortion Foiled by People's 'Gallery Filibuster'

http://www.juancole.com/2013/06/abortion-gallery-filibuster.html

Posted on 06/26/2013 by Juan Cole

This is the “gallery filibuster” — shouting by pro-choice advocates in the Senate halls after Democratic Sen. Wendy Davis’s filibuster was shut down– that so delayed the vote on a proposed law virtually banning abortion in Texas that it took place too late to be valid.




#TIMESTAMPGATE: After A Crazy Night, This Photograph Helped Kill A Controversial Texas Abortion Bill

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023099905

http://www.businessinsider.com/texas-abortion-bill-timestampgate-2013-6

According to Jones, Republicans had to admit that that they were a few minutes late on the bill, when Texas State Senator Juan Chuy Hinojosa tweeted this photo showing that the initial readout of the vote indicated it happened on June 26, but that a subsequent readout had been changed, showing June 25.

The initial time stamp on the Capitol website and on Senate documents placed the vote at 12:02 or 12:03 on June 26. But then someone mysteriously changed the time stamp to make it appear SB 5 passed before the deadline (see the post below for photographic evidence). The time stamp evidence, circulated on Twitter, eventually forced GOP leaders to admit defeat, at least for tonight.





PHOTO: Hinojsa holds up document showing time change on SB 5:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023099395

(Hat-tip: The Straight Story)


EMAIL FROM SEN. WENDY DAVIS:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023099683 (Hat-tip: MagickMuffin)

Wow. What a day.

I cannot believe the amazing outpouring of support and encouragement that you delivered over the course of my 12 1/2 hour filibuster on the Senate floor.

This may seem hard to believe but I only have a few additional words to share at this time. First, I want to say an incredible and heartfelt thank you to the ten of thousands of Texans and Americans that offered their support and wishes of kindness throughout the day. Your presence at the capitol and your calls, emails, Facebook messages and tweets have sustained us and gave me the opportunity to make your voice heard.

Most importantly, I simply have no words to express my gratitude to those who lent their voice in the over 12,000 personal stories that you bravely and selflessly shared with me to object to this dangerous legislation.

Although I was the one with the microphone on the floor of the Senate today, it was your voice and your words – it was your filibuster.

Now we can’t fool ourselves. Governor Perry and the legislative leadership see their own political livelihood tied to denying women their full rights to make their own health decisions, and they won’t stop here.

I will admit I am a bit tired. But I’m ready to keep fighting and assure you I won’t stop. And, without a doubt I know you will never stop fighting for the Texas we love.

Thank you with all my heart and we will be back to fight another day.

Your friend and, proudly, your State Senator,

Wendy


PHOTOS:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023098499



https://twitter.com/shefalil/status/349739114616197120/photo/1




(Hat-tip: Cal04)




Opponents to an abortion bill sit in the senate chamber as Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, filibusters in an effort to kill the abortion bill, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The bill would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force many clinics that perform the procedure to upgrade their facilities and be classified as ambulatory surgical centers. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)




Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, stands on a near empty senate floor as she filibusters in an effort to kill an abortion bill, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The bill would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force many clinics that perform the procedure to upgrade their facilities and be classified as ambulatory surgical centers. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)




Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, wears tennis shoes in place of her dress shoes as she begins a one-woman filibuster in an effort to kill an abortion bill, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, in Austin, Texas. The bill would ban abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy and force many clinics that perform the procedure to upgrade their facilities and be classified as ambulatory surgical centers. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)


STORY AS IT DEVELOPED:

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/06/26/dems-approach-abortion-victory-special-session-wan

Texas senators are trying to get to the bottom of whether Republicans successfully pushed through a vote on Senate Bill 5, the omnibus abortion restriction bill, ahead of their midnight deadline.

Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston, says the bill passed at 12:02 a.m.; if that's true, the vote may not withstand legal scrutiny.

"It's pretty conclusive that it didn't pass," said Whitmire.

But the Senate still has not officially adjourned sine die. When Senators resume floor proceedings, Whitmire said Democrats will call a point of order on the motion to vote on a bill after the midnight deadline.

http://www.texastribune.org/2013/06/26/dems-approach-abortion-victory-special-session-wan

@AP: BREAKING: Republicans pass new restrictions expected to close almost every abortion clinic in Texas.

@CBSNews: BREAKING NEWS: Texas Republicans pass strict new abortion curbs, overcoming long filibuster, and chaos in Senate chamber as deadline neared

@guardian: Gallery has taken over the Texas abortion filibuster with ten minutes left. Cheering disrupting the roll call vote. http://t.co/9MX4I6sKwY

@BreakingNews: Validity of Texas Senate vote over abortion bill is currently unclear - @TexasTribune

@mikestatesman: Senate just ordered senators back for a caucus to determine whether they passes SB5. Just when you thought it couldn't get stranger. #txlege

http://www.guardiannews.com/world/2013/jun/25/texas-senator-wendy-davis-filibuster-abortion

Tuesday 25 June 2013 17.48 EDT

Texas senator Wendy Davis stages marathon filibuster against abortion bill

State politician must speak for 13 hours in order to prevent stringent bill reaching the desk of governor Rick Perry


Amanda Holpuch and Helen Davidson

A Texas senator, Wendy Davis, has launched a marathon filibuster of an abortion bill that would severely restrict abortion access in the state.

To be successful, Davis must talk for 13 hours, during which she will not be allowed to sit, lean or take any breaks to go to the bathroom or eat. She is only allowed to stop speaking when listening to questions.

The Democrat senator is attempting to prevent the stringent bill from reaching the desk of Texas governor Rick Perry. The bill would ban abortion at 20 weeks gestation, place limits on abortion-inducing drugs and introduce other restrictions that advocates say would close 37 of the 42 clinics that provide abortions in the state.

The Texas House version of Senate Bill 5 passed on Monday morning, after major stalling by House Democrats. Davis's filibuster began at 11.18am CDT on Tuesday. She has argued her case by reading letters from women and doctors who would be impacted by the bill and speaking with politicians from both sides of the aisle.

VIDEO: Young Turks Explain Texas Bill & Its Implications

Texas Legis.: "You may not recognize the gallery, sir, but the gallery has recognized you."

@zunguzungu: You may not recognize the gallery, sir, but the gallery has recognized you.

@guardian: Gallery has taken over the Texas abortion filibuster with ten minutes left. Cheering disrupting the roll call vote. http://t.co/9MX4I6sKwY

LIVE FEED: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/06/25/watch-wendy-davis-filibuster-of-texas-abortion-law-video/

LIVE FEED: Watch Wendy Davis’ Filibuster of Texas Abortion Law

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/06/25/watch-wendy-davis-filibuster-of-texas-abortion-law-video/

http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/06/25/watch-wendy-davis-filibuster-of-texas-abortion-law-video/

Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis (D) is in the midst of what she plans to be a 13-hour filibuster to protest legislation that would close nearly every abortion clinic in the state.

Thanks to our friends at the Texas Tribune you can watch the live stream of Davis’ filibuster on the floor of the state Senate. It’s below.

BREAKING: Putin: Snowden in Transit Zone of Moscow Airport, Russia Will Not Extradite Him.

Source: Associated Press

@AP: BREAKING: Putin: Snowden is in transit zone of Moscow airport, Russia will not extradite him.

@Reuters: Edward Snowden is a free man, and the sooner he chooses a destination the better: Russia's Putin #breaking

@Reuters: Putin says Russia security agencies "never worked with and are not working with him today" #breaking

PUTIN SAYS NO TO US REQUEST TO EXTRADITE SNOWDEN

By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
— Jun. 25 11:00 AM EDT

NAANTALI, Finland (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says that National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden is in the transit zone of a Moscow airport and will not be extradited to the United States.

Putin said that Snowden hasn't crossed the Russian border and is free to go anywhere.

Speaking on a visit to Finland Tuesday, he added that Russian security agencies "didn't work and aren't working" with Snowden. He gave no more details.

Commenting on a U.S. request to extradite him, Putin said that Russia doesn't have an extradition agreement with the U.S. and thus wouldn't meet the U.S. request.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/nsa-leakers-global-flight-appears-stalled-now

BREAKING: Supreme Court Strikes Down Key Part of Voting Rights Act

Source: Reuters / Bloomberg

@Reuters: U.S. Supreme Court strikes down key part of Voting Rights Act law aimed at protecting minority voters #breaking

www.twitter.com/Reuters

Bloomberg News' Greg Stohr reports:

A divided U.S. Supreme Court threw out a core part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, rolling back a landmark law that opened the polls to millions of southern blacks.

In a 5-4 ruling, the justices said Congress lacked grounds for requiring some states, and not others, to get federal approval before changing their election rules.

From the opinion, via SCOTUSblog: "The Court makes clear that: 'Our decision in no way affects the permanent, nationwide ban on racial discrimination in voting found in 2. We issue no holding on 5 itself, only on the coverage formula. Congress may draft another formula based on current conditions.'"

http://live.bloomberg.com/Event/Supreme_Courts_Blockbuster_Week_Day_Two

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-06-25/voting-rights-act-provision-struck-down-by-u-s-supreme-court.html



@SCOTUSblog: DOJ will now prob try to save preclearance by bringing actions to "bail in" states and localities with the worst history of discrimination.
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