May 21, 2007
Sen. Gallegos back in Austin

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.

Just amazing. And he's committed to seeing it through to the end.

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.

As Eye on Williamson says, David Dewhurst could put an end to this today and let Sen. Gallegos get back to Houston, where he can properly take care of himself. What really matters to you, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst?

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

Being a nurse, I'd been wondering when this would happen. If I was in Austin,I would have been very happy to put in a shift at the bedside - I can put to ease the pickiest of surgeons!

I wish him all my best!

Posted by: RacyMind on May 21, 2007 3:27 PM

All it would take is a couple of r\Republican senators to say -- Enough. The legislation is not worth a man's life. I will not vote in favor of the voter ID bill.

Posted by: Laura on May 22, 2007 8:55 AM