I'm in awe. After hearing the news that Sen. Mario Gallegos had to return to Houston last week due to his health, I thought for sure we'd see that stupid voter ID bill again. I'm absolutely flabbergasted at the level of commitment he's shown in fighting it.
Ailing state Sen. Mario Gallegos, D-Houston, has a hospital bed set up in the sergeant's office -- about a 100 feet from Gallegos' Senate chamber desk, Monday so that he could help block a contentious voter ID bill from debate.
"I'm hurting. I'm hurting," Gallegos said a few minutes ago as the Senate went into session.
In the meantime, Sen. Bob Deuell, R-Greenville, is monitoring Gallegos' health. Deuell is a physician.
Mr. Gallegos plans to remain until at least noon on Wedesday, 12 hours before the deadline for all bills to be passed out of the Senate. "They should be able to filibuster it for 12 hours," he said, referring to other Democratic opponents of the measure.
In case you need a reminder, "voter fraud" is a scam, and "solutions" for it like HB218 have the real world effect of preventing eligible citizens from voting. Which, sadly, is the desired outcome for its proponents.
Finally, if you haven't voted in the True Courage Awards yet, consider this a ringing endorsement for Sen. Gallegos in the Texas State Senate category.Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 21, 2007 to That's our Lege