As far as the Republicans are concerned, at least. That's the only conclusion one can draw from the actions in the Senate, where there's a big Republican-led fight going on to suspend the two-thirds rule for voter ID bills only. The budget, rebuilding Galveston, CHIP, windstorm insurance, roads, property taxes, college tuition, utility rates, you name it - they all take a back seat to voter ID. There must be some kind of universal Law of Legislative Insanity Conservation, because that's about the only explanation I can think of for the role reversal between the House and the Senate. Well, there is one other possible explanation, a pretty plausible one at that. I suspect that fighting demography is a bit like fighting gravity, but that doesn't stop people from trying.
In the end, despite some clever tactical moves, it looks like the Republicans will prevail. Which is as much a win for Dan Patrick as it is for Dewhurst and the rest of the GOP caucus. Whether this gets scuttled in the House or not - there are what, 500 ways to kill a bill? - remains to be seen. Early reviews of Dewhurst's actions are negative. All this and we're only two days in. Eileen has more.Posted by Charles Kuffner on January 14, 2009 to That's our Lege