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NPT Capitol: House GOP bloc worried about Voter ID bill? UPDATED

The Republican Party of Texas released a statement applauding a statement made by 52 Republican representatives committing to core principles they want included in voter ID legislation.

Those principles are: 1. Ensure a valid photo identification is needed to vote, 2. Take effect at the next possible uniform election date, 3 Be free of any registration requirements such as same day voter registration that dilutes the intent of the bill, which is ensuring fair and accurate elections, and 4. Increase criminal penalties for voter fraud and registration.

NPT had orginally interpreted the statement as a position of weakness – that only 52 Republicans were on board with the language and the Republican leadership was conspicious in its absence from the list of signatories. However the Texas GOP released a new list on Wednesday which took the number of signatories up to 71 – including Chairmans Branch, Kuempel and McCall (Calendars) and just 5 shy of the majority needed to get it passed.

Far from being a position of weakness, the revised list looks rather formidable. Voted ID now looks set to be the showndown issue of the session. But they will need to get 76 votes – meaning if Dems are universally opposed to he measure, they would only need to flip two Republicans (from either the 71 or the 4-plus-Speaker-Straus not signed up to the GOP list) OR flip one and put Speaker Straus in a position of breaking a tie vote.

Read NPT’s old analysis and the first GOP press release after the jump

–Ben Wright

Two things:

1 Of the 52 signatories, only two (Charlie Geren and Burt Solomons) are from the “Anyone But Craddick” bloc of Republicans, (others being Tommy Merritt, Delwin Jones, Jim Pitts, Byron Cook, Jim Keffer, Joe Straus, Ed Kuempel, Brian McCall and Rob Eissler) all of whom are committee chairs and effectively constitute the House Leadership. Other Republican Chairs not on the list are Frank Corte, Todd Smith (House Election Chairman), Dennis Bonnen, Lois Kolkorst.

That’s 14/18 Republican chairs not signed up. Does that represent a split between the House Republican Leadership and the foot soldiers on the floor?

2 Why send the letter? The bill is a sensitive issue as well as a passionate one. Best to not be a sore winner if things are going your way on the issue – keep schtum. But with the House so evenly split, compromise with Dems (something the ABCs know all about) will be needed in order to pass a voter ID bill – such compromise might be seen by some (say, 52) as attacking the integrity of the bill. Hence, perhaps, the need for a public statement of demands.

House Republicans don’t have the votes for the Senate Voter ID bill as-is and are worried that in order to pass it, too much will need to be given up. Read the full letter after the jump.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Texas GOP Applauds House Republican Caucus Members’ Statement of Principles on Voter ID

AUSTIN—The Republican Party of Texas applauds the following Texas House Republican Caucus members for their statement of principles concerning Voter ID legislation pending before the House:

Statement of Principles on Voter ID

“We are closely monitoring the Voter ID bill and are fervently committed to advancing a Voter ID bill.

Our principles concerning what the bill must contain are clear, this bill must:

1. Ensure a valid photo identification is needed to vote
2. Take effect at the next possible uniform election date
3. Be free of any registration requirements such as same day voter registration that dilutes the intent of the bill, which is ensuring fair and accurate elections.
4. Increase criminal penalties for voter fraud and registration

We are all strongly encouraging Chairman Todd Smith and the other Representatives on the Elections Committee to present a bill which protects the integrity of the electoral process, is fully implemented at the next possible uniform election date and ensures a reasonable period of advanced registration to allow voter registrars the time to protect the integrity of the registration process as well.”

Signators:

Aycock Jimmy Don
Anderson Charles
Berman Leo
Button Angie Chen
Brown Betty
Brown Fred
Callegari William A.
Christian Wayne
Chisum Warren
Crabb Joe
Craddick Tom
Creighton Brandon
Crownover Myra
Davis John
Driver Joe L.
Elkins Gary
Fletcher Allen
Flynn Dan
Geren Charlie L.
Gattis Dan
Hancock Kelly G.
Harless Patricia
Hartnett Will
Harper-Brown Linda
Hughes Brian
Hunter Todd
Isett Carl H.
Jackson Jim L.
King Phil
Kleinschmidt Tim
Laubenberg Jodie
Legler Ken
Lewis Tryon D.
Madden Jerry
Miller Doug
Morrison Geanie W.
Orr Rob D.
Otto John
Parker Tan
Phillips Larry
Riddle Debbie
Sheffield Ralph
Shelton Mark M.
Smith Wayne
Solomons Burt R.
Swinford David A.
Taylor Larry
Truitt Vicki
Webber Randy K.
Woolley Beverly
Zerwas John

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

April 28, 2009 at 10:43 pm

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  1. This is your 2010 list. Fund their opponents. Boot them OUT of office:

    Aycock Jimmy Don
    Anderson Charles
    Berman Leo
    Button Angie Chen
    Brown Betty
    Brown Fred
    Callegari William A.
    Christian Wayne
    Chisum Warren
    Crabb Joe
    Craddick Tom
    Creighton Brandon
    Crownover Myra
    Davis John
    Driver Joe L.
    Elkins Gary
    Fletcher Allen
    Flynn Dan
    Geren Charlie L.
    Gattis Dan
    Hancock Kelly G.
    Harless Patricia
    Hartnett Will
    Harper-Brown Linda
    Hughes Brian
    Hunter Todd
    Isett Carl H.
    Jackson Jim L.
    King Phil
    Kleinschmidt Tim
    Laubenberg Jodie
    Legler Ken
    Lewis Tryon D.
    Madden Jerry
    Miller Doug
    Morrison Geanie W.
    Orr Rob D.
    Otto John
    Parker Tan
    Phillips Larry
    Riddle Debbie
    Sheffield Ralph
    Shelton Mark M.
    Smith Wayne
    Solomons Burt R.
    Swinford David A.
    Taylor Larry
    Truitt Vicki
    Webber Randy K.
    Woolley Beverly
    Zerwas John

    No Right-Wingers (Righty-Tighties)

    April 29, 2009 at 10:09 am

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