But wouldn't you know it, Branch's bill just sailed through the state House. And this wasn't just a Republican thing. Every single Democrat signed on save for Dallas' Helen Giddings, who wasn't there. The final vote was 147-0. That's an unofficial tally, mind you, so it's a hypothetical possibility that a couple of votes were recorded incorrectly. But not 147 of them.
(Update on May 9: A staffer from the office of Fort Worth Democrat Lon Burnam writes to inform us that the vote was not, in fact, unanimous. "He most definitely voted against the bill," he writes. "The clerk says an updated, official version of the vote should be up tomorrow or early next week.")
Dallas Democrat Eric Johnson made sure to remind his colleagues on the other side of the aisle just how cooperative his party was.More »