Friday, May 18, 2007

Senate erupts with Dewhurts handling of Voter ID debate

Senators to Confront the Dew
posted by Patricia Kilday Hart on Texas Monthly's Burkablog Friday, May 18, 2007

The controversy over the Voter ID bill, which prompted lengthy caususes in the Texas Senate today, continues to escalate. I've just been told that three senators -- Leticia Van de Putte, Tommy Williams and Steve Ogden -- are being sent as emissaries from the entire Senate to communicate to Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst their displeasure at his handling of the emotionally-charged issue.

Apparently, the Senate remained split on the issue -- with many Republicans arguing for ditching the two-thirds rule to get the bill passed -- until Dewhurst earlier today issued a foolish attack against John Whitmire in a press release. I'm told that Dewhurst's comments had the salutary effect of uniting the Senate, though perhaps not in the manner he would have hoped.
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