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Jun 26 2013

The Texas abortion bill failed

Even though the Republicans in the Texas Senate tried their best to cheat, the bill still failed.

The final outcome took several hours to sort out.

Initially, Republicans insisted the vote started before the midnight deadline and passed the bill that Democrats spent the day trying to kill. But after official computer records and printouts of the voting record showed the vote took place Wednesday, and then were changed to read Tuesday, senators retreated into a private meeting to reach a conclusion.

At 3 a.m., Dewhurst emerged from the meeting still insisting the 19-10 vote was in time, but said, “with all the ruckus and noise going on, I couldn’t sign the bill” and declared it dead.

Still insisting the vote was in time despite what the pesky record showed. Self-justification much?

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  1. 1
    Andrew B.

    “But after official computer records and printouts of the voting record showed the vote took place Wednesday, and then were changed to read Tuesday,”

    Wait a minute, isn’t that a crime? Or at least against the rules? They’re saying someone tampered with the computer records? Shouldn’t there be some punishment? Or have I misunderstood the sentence? Aren’t I asking a lot of questions?

  2. 2
    SC (Salty Current), OM

    official computer records and printouts of the voting record showed the vote took place Wednesday, and then were changed to read Tuesday

    Wouldn’t that have to be a crime of some sort?

  3. 3
    machintelligence

    Wouldn’t that have to be a crime of some sort?

    Only if the Democrats had done it. */snark*

  4. 4
    SC (Salty Current), OM

    How sad (if entirely predictable) it is that a major news account would pass over that “detail” with no comment.

  5. 5
    Ophelia Benson

    No doubt it would be “partisan” to point out that that’s not actually a routine bit of procedure.

  6. 6
    SC (Salty Current), OM

    Gawker has a link to a tweet with the relevant law:

    Sec. 37.10. TAMPERING WITH GOVERNMENTAL RECORD. (a) A person commits an offense if he:

    (1) knowingly makes a false entry in, or false alteration of, a governmental record;

    (2) makes, presents, or uses any record, document, or thing with knowledge of its falsity and with intent that it be taken as a genuine governmental record;

    (3) intentionally destroys, conceals, removes, or otherwise impairs the verity, legibility, or availability of a governmental record;

    (4) possesses, sells, or offers to sell a governmental record or a blank governmental record form with intent that it be used unlawfully;

    (5) makes, presents, or uses a governmental record with knowledge of its falsity; or

    (6) possesses, sells, or offers to sell a governmental record or a blank governmental record form with knowledge that it was obtained unlawfully.

  7. 7
    jayyoung

    So basically, the female bodies had a way of shutting the whole thing down.

  8. 8
    hjhornbeck

    jayyoung: would you like your internets gift-wrapped?

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