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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-16-09 04:37 PM
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x-post from Texas forum - Texas Senate adopts rules change to allow Voter ID vote
From the "Oh, great" department...

After a dramatic display of partisan bloodletting, the Texas Senate on Wednesday adopted a change in its rules that will benefit Republicans by allowing a vote on a voter ID bill.

But in an upper chamber long known for its decorum and reluctance to publicly air its dirty laundry, the rancorous day took its toll. Amid the fight, Lt. Gov. David Dew-hurst, a Republican, at one point faced a public challenge to his status as presiding officer.

The Republicans aimed the exception at one issue voter ID to force a future vote, which Democrats would otherwise have been able to block. The final vote was 18-13, mostly along party lines, just as a series of procedural, 19-12 votes leading up to the last one had been. That stirred some Democrats to label the skirmish as the start of the "War of 19-12," referring to the partisan split in the Senate.

Democrats say the proposed voter ID bill, which would require voters to show photo identification before they can vote, discriminates against people who are elderly, disabled and minorities.

Republicans say stopping voter fraud should be a top priority.


More:
http://www.statesman.com/news/content/region/legislatur...

(Warning - the very next paragraph after where I cut off is gag-inducing.)
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ananda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-16-09 04:43 PM
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1. This is so fucking nasty.
I've been seriously depressed about the
future of immigrant, poor, and female
Texans ever since I read about how the
new legislature is going to operate.

Total and absolute bummer.
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hobbit709 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-16-09 04:43 PM
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2. Typical repuke BS.
If they can't win fair, then they change the rules in the middle of the game.
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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-18-09 10:20 AM
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3. Well, at least the local rag is chewing them out about it.
Edited on Sun Jan-18-09 10:25 AM by tbyg52
In a shortsighted gambit, Senate Republicans have displayed unseemly partisanship, shattered a legislative tradition and potentially antagonized the growing Hispanic voter bloc in the state. Thats neither good governance nor smart politics.


More:
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/editorial/6216715.h...

Edited to add that the comments on this article are for the most part moronic. One post has some good info about possible turncoat Dems.
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