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Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:30 PM

 

TimeStampGate - Felonious Conspiracy by Texas Republicans was led by Texas Lt. Gov. Dewhurst

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The evidence of the crime is irrefutable and two criminal counts apply because two vote records were altered.
That this rises to a Texas Jail Felony seems certain given the statutes (see below).

Reading posts and news following Sen. Wendy Davis' successful filibuster reveals a conspiracy led by Texas Lt. Gov. Dewhurst.
The obvious implication is the end of his political career. At the least, his resignation should be sought immediately.

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Van De Putte Says Republicans Changed Time Stamp On SB 5 Voting Record

.... Sen. Leticia Van De Putte (D) told Texas Public Radio that “Republicans in the Senate, including the lieutenant governor, asked clerks” to make the time change. ....... Van De Putte said the Texas Legislative Library first showed that the bill had passed on 6/26/13 with a time stamp of 12:03 a.m. About 15 minutes later the clerks were told that they needed to change it to the 25th. ...

"My understanding is if you forge a government document or if you alter a government document, I think that might be a felony. That is a very serious, very serious thing," she said. .....




Van de Putte: Why I stood with Wendy: Texas women must be heard

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Excellent screen captures of the crimes in progress:
Texas Legislature Changes Timestamps on SB5 Votes

The Texas Legislative Reference Library contains an anonymous statement saying that the official record is that the vote occurred on June 25
.... the LRL statement confirms that the change was deliberate. ...

... Here’s my screen capture at 10.59 pm Pacific. I was clued to the fact that the legislature’s website was displaying what my eyes and ears heard as I watched the livestream: two votes were taken after midnight.




Moments after I tweeted the screen capture, I was unable to access the webpage. .... And when it finally refreshed, all votes were recorded as having taken place before midnight on June 25.




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Minute by minute: How the abortion vote happened

Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, checked the official journal clerk's handwritten log, and it showed the vote took place at 12:02 a.m. Wednesday.


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Davis says voting documents altered after filibuster

Sen. Wendy Davis told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that a fellow senator was informed by a Capitol staff member that the official voting documents had been purposefully changed to falsify the time of the vote on SB 5, the bill killed in her dramatic Tuesday night filibuster.

The discovery was important, she said, because had the vote been stamped on 6/25, rather than 6/26, the bill would have passed.

“We know it was purposeful,” she said. “I think there will be further investigation.”


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Statutory Reference:

Sec. 37.01. DEFINITIONS. In this chapter: ....

(2) "Governmental record" means:

(B) anything required by law to be kept by others for information of government; .....

Sec. 37.10. TAMPERING WITH GOVERNMENTAL RECORD. (a) A person commits an offense if he:

(1) knowingly makes a false entry in, or false alteration of, a governmental record;

(2) makes, presents, or uses any record, document, or thing with knowledge of its falsity and with intent that it be taken as a genuine governmental record;

(3) intentionally destroys, conceals, removes, or otherwise impairs the verity, legibility, or availability of a governmental record;

.............

(c)(1) Except as provided by Subdivisions (2), (3), and (4) and by Subsection (d), an offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor unless the actor's intent is to defraud or harm another, in which event the offense is a state jail felony.


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Tweets from #dewhurstfraud, #timestampgate and #txfraud

Mike Gintz ‏
I made a petition on http://whitehouse.gov about investigating #timestampgate #standwithwendy #sb5

Kassandra ‏
Just watched Wendy Davis interview on CNN- the #txlege staff were instructed to change the dates on the votes. #timestampgate

Michael Peterson
I'm pretty sure # of voter fraud cases in sen. chamber just passed all of Texas in the last election #txlege #txfraud

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PETITIONS:

White House

MoveOn = to Texas Attorney General - Open an Investigation

To the Honorable Greg Abbot - Attorney General of the State of Texas:

The unlawful conduct of altering an official state record must not be permitted in any measure and especially not by a Texas lawmaker. It is this petitioner's opinion that: available evidence appears to suggest that allegations of impropriety are sustainable.

It is this petitions request that: an official investigation be conducted to determine whether laws were violated during the late evening State Senate session regarding ("SB 5", on 25-June-2013, and in the early morning hours of 26-June-2013, immediately following the session expiration.

The fact that the outcome of the vote on ("SB 5" has been deemed untimely, does not negate or preclude the opening of an investigation or its eventual findings. It must be our intention to hold all Texans to the same level of lawful conduct as those who create and enforce our laws.

Very Respectfully,

--Progressive Centralists and the associated petition signors


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Reply TimeStampGate - Felonious Conspiracy by Texas Republicans was led by Texas Lt. Gov. Dewhurst (Original post)
Coyotl Jun 2013 OP
malaise Jun 2013 #1
Coyotl Jun 2013 #11
malaise Jun 2013 #30
elehhhhna Jun 2013 #36
malaise Jun 2013 #39
WCGreen Jun 2013 #69
johnnyreb Jun 2013 #2
HooptieWagon Jun 2013 #3
KansDem Jun 2013 #16
okaawhatever Jun 2013 #40
KansDem Jun 2013 #65
Warpy Jun 2013 #52
truebluegreen Jun 2013 #4
elehhhhna Jun 2013 #37
itsrobert Jun 2013 #67
rurallib Jun 2013 #5
arely staircase Jun 2013 #19
TexasProgresive Jun 2013 #56
arely staircase Jun 2013 #70
DirtyDawg Jun 2013 #6
dem in texas Jun 2013 #7
Coyotl Jun 2013 #8
adieu Jun 2013 #9
Jerry442 Jun 2013 #10
Berlum Jun 2013 #12
trusty elf Jun 2013 #54
Berlum Jun 2013 #55
BlueNAlabama Jun 2013 #13
Coyotl Jun 2013 #31
Coyotl Jun 2013 #14
Mr. David Jul 2013 #76
Coyotl Jul 2013 #77
MagickMuffin Jun 2013 #15
Coyotl Jun 2013 #17
MagickMuffin Jun 2013 #20
arely staircase Jun 2013 #18
Dustlawyer Jun 2013 #21
Coyotl Jun 2013 #26
Dustlawyer Jun 2013 #27
Coyotl Jun 2013 #29
jeff47 Jun 2013 #51
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Ezlivin Jun 2013 #24
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TorchTheWitch Jun 2013 #25
Coyotl Jun 2013 #28
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johnnyreb Jun 2013 #33
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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:33 PM

1. So to quote Boehner

somebody should be going to prison for this

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Response to malaise (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:06 PM

11. dKos: Illegal records tampering by GOP in abortion vote? (UPDATE)

 

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #11)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:10 PM

30. This should be a huge story along with Grand Theft Issa's instructions to the IRS auditors

Dems really need to expose these criminals and violators of basic ethics

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Response to malaise (Reply #30)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:09 PM

36. and the leak of global lists of offshore accountholders

 

which has the whole world enthralled, and the MS isn't mentioning.

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Response to elehhhhna (Reply #36)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:45 PM

39. That was supposed tobe the main issue at the G8 Summit and then suddenly

it was all about the NSA leaks and Snowden. I am against the spying but the 1% must be ROFL.

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Response to malaise (Reply #30)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 11:36 AM

69. Not the Dem's....

But a criminal investigator.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:46 PM

2. Jail the Republicans.

Give them a chance to show some accountability and personal responsibility.

I hope this is an allowable conspiracy discussion.

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Response to johnnyreb (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 01:52 PM

3. When there is evidence of a conspiracy...

 

I see no reason it can't be discussed on DU. That seems to be the case in TX.
When there is no evidence of a conspiracy but only wild speculation, like in Hasting's death, then such CTs should be in CT forum.

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Response to johnnyreb (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:23 PM

16. "Jail the Republicans"

Then have the re-vote on abortion restrictions!

"Vote louder! It's awfully hard to hear you through 3-foot concrete walls!"

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Response to KansDem (Reply #16)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:51 PM

40. I'm wondering if they can force Perry to postpone the session until the charges have

been investigated While he won't want to do that, if someone who votes for it is later indicted I'm wondering if there wouldn't be some sort of lawsuit.

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Response to okaawhatever (Reply #40)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 10:20 AM

65. I wondered the same thing...

Someone's guilty of fraud. Investigate and postpone (or cancel) the special session.

This is serious.*

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*[font size="1"]Yeah, I know. "Business as usual" for the GOP.

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Response to johnnyreb (Reply #2)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 02:11 AM

52. Well, jail Dewhurst for faking a time stamp

on an official document in a blatant attempt to circumvent the law.

Oh, I doubt he'd be in there too long, just enough for his suits to fit badly when he got out. It would be very nice if they made an example of blatant fraud.

But they won't, of course, this is Texas where swaggering criminals just get elected again and again and again.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:10 PM

4. They got caught, and un-did what they had done,

 

so it's all good then, nothing to see here, move along, right? Right?

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Response to truebluegreen (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:10 PM

37. like when you rob abank and give the money back

 

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Response to elehhhhna (Reply #37)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 10:36 AM

67. More like you rob a bank, get caught in the process, and then give the money back

Or like the 14 year old hungry boy shoplifting a loaf of bread at Walmart, gets caught, and says he's sorry and wants to give the bread back and promises never do it again. However, he is charged anyway.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:15 PM

5. time to investigate Benghazi

have to wonder if Abbot can be liable for anything if he does not follow through?

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Response to rurallib (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:43 PM

19. the Travis County DA (a Democrat) can prosecute too.

nt

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Response to arely staircase (Reply #19)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 06:35 AM

56. Didn't Goodhair defund that Travis county unit?

The sitting DA is serving a 6 month sentence for DWI (DUI) Perry tried to force her to resign so he could appoint one of his cronies. She refused and he cut off the state money that funds the investigation of these kind of crimes. So the Travis County DA office has the authority but no money to act on it.

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Response to TexasProgresive (Reply #56)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 01:01 PM

70. regardless, they have funds just like any prosecutors office.

they still have jurisdiction over crimes in Travis Co. The Senate chamber is in Travis Co. It just means they don't get any extra state funds to augment their investigation/prosecution.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:17 PM

6. Used to be...

 

...in Georgia that as the witching hour approached signaling the end of a legislative session, the Speaker - famously a tough, old Democrat that, in essence, ran the State - would simply stop the 'official' clock in the Chamber until they had dealt with all e business at hand.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:30 PM

7. Is Fox News Reporting this?

You will wait a long time, maybe forever, before you hear anyone at Fox News report this. If it had been the Dem's, Fox would have been on it right away.

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Response to dem in texas (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 02:36 PM

8. The Daily Show is doing a bang-up job of the issues

 

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Response to dem in texas (Reply #7)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:02 PM

9. Don't worry

 

Faux Noose has a storied history of putting a "-D" after republicans' names if they were caught doing something illegal.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:03 PM

10. IOKIYAR nt

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:09 PM

12. Violators (R)

Should be taught to respect the law and The Ten Commandments (Thou Shalt Not Cheat and Lie and Smirk).

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Response to Berlum (Reply #12)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 05:24 AM

54. .......

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Response to trusty elf (Reply #54)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 06:21 AM

55. LOL

nt

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:16 PM

13. Remember people. We're Talking About Texas

 

Essentially the same legislation was recently enacted in my state, Alabama, and the effect will be closure of virtually every clinic providing reproductive services to women. Don't think for a minute that the battle in Texas is over, especially since Rickey Boy has a special session scheduled next week.

The law is no obstacle to zealots who believe that only they know what's best.................Bush country indeed

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Response to BlueNAlabama (Reply #13)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 05:56 PM

31. Welcome to DU

 

and to a new Texas. Women in AL should revolt too.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:20 PM

14. IRONY = Strict Adherence to the Rules is what Dewhurst imposed on Sen. Wendy Davis

 

and on the Democrats while ignoring the rules himself. His ruling to the Points of Order that stopped Sen. Davis from speaking were so arbitrary and ill-founded that they are laughable.

IT IS TRULY FITTING THAT THE SAME STRICT STANDARDS NOW BE APPLIED TO HIS BEHAVIOR.

Who has video of his statements about strictly adhering to the rules?

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #14)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 06:46 PM

76. Impeach, indict, sentenced to death.

 

My way or the highway.

Got it?

Dewhurst fucked with the state of Texas. There's a famous quote - "Don't mess with Texas" - and Dewhurst messed with it. He's gotta pay.

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Response to Mr. David (Reply #76)

Mon Jul 1, 2013, 08:38 PM

77. You can read the TX statutes for the actual penalty.

 

Meanwhile, I assume the source of your sarcasm is the TX statutues.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:20 PM

15. I believe Wendy's interview with AC360 was better than Chris Hayes

Wendy sent me an email informing me she would be on AC360, however, she didn't mention Chris Hayes.
I thought it was more informative and Anderson actuality brought up the timestamp discrepancies. Now at least on a national scale the info is out there.

I started a thread about it, however, no one rec'd it or even posted on it, yet Chris Hayes got more coverage here. Go figure! I like Chris but his interview after watching it didn't do anything for me, I thought it fell flat.

It can be so frustrating that the republicons can get away with this betrayal of democracy whenever and however they want, yet they rise hell when they decide to create the illusion that Democrats do the same thing.

As a precinct chair in Tarrant County (unfortunately, Wendy isn't my Senator), I have to work under the presiding judge who is a republican. At least he acts like he wants fairness and justice. I suppose I need to get his views on the time stamp conspiracy, as I would love to know what his thoughts are on it.


http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2013/06/27/ac-interview-wendy-davis-texas-filibuster.cnn.html

Thanks for all the links and the OP, I have it bookmarked



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Response to MagickMuffin (Reply #15)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:39 PM

17. "They have overridden and made a mockery of all of the rules that we run by in this state," Davis

 

In a Wednesday interview on MSNBC's "All In With Chris Hayes," Davis was asked to respond to Perry's "decorum" remark. She struck back at the governor and Lt. Gov David Dewhurst, panning them as the ones who "led the charge" on the decorum breakdown.

"They have overridden and made a mockery of all of the rules that we run by in this state," Davis said.

Chris Hayes VIDEO: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/all-in-/52324347#52324347

He also covers the Senate chamber events quite well before the interview.

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #17)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:48 PM

20. Van De Putte remarks there thunder to my ears

and apparently the galley as well as it made an impact on everyone watching!

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 03:41 PM

18. There needs to be a criminal investigation of this.

nt

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:01 PM

21. They WILL NOT be prosecuted, I guarantee it! We have 2 classes of people in America now,

the ones above the law and the ones below!

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Response to Dustlawyer (Reply #21)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:42 PM

26. Guess again. There is no way to avoid it. Esp. given 300,000 online viewers were witnesses.

 

How can you guarantee a guess about the future? Really

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #26)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:45 PM

27. Gregg Abbott is a weasel of an AG. I don't know the DA in Austin but the Texas powers that be will

protect Dewhurst and his henchmen!

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Response to Dustlawyer (Reply #27)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:53 PM

29. The Attorney General has defined duties under the law that cannot be skirted by favoritism

 

especially so with the whole world watching.

Assuming the AG was not one of the conspirators, why risk your own future and act criminally yourself to prevent a known crime from being brought to justice. If anything, they will try less obvious tactics, like loading a grand jury.

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Response to Dustlawyer (Reply #27)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 01:50 AM

51. Travis County DA (a Democrat) can also prosecute. (nt)

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Response to jeff47 (Reply #51)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 10:05 AM

64. Apparently this is under his/her jurisdiction.

 

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:05 PM

22. It's the criminal Republican way. Unbelievable if it wasn't Texas.

Hang in there, Texas Dems. The American awakening is beginning in Austin.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:09 PM

23. massive kick, giant rec.

Grateful! Very grateful for computer technogy, the internet an Progressives!!!!!

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:25 PM

24. Nothing will happen

I'm sure that the "law and order" Republicans in charge will immediately do...nothing.

Does anyone truly think that there will be an investigation? Hell, Bush didn't want to investigate 9/11. You figure it out.

Watch Tom Daschle talk about Bush's failure:

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Response to Ezlivin (Reply #24)

Fri Jun 28, 2013, 09:40 AM

61. yup, this is Texas after all...

I've lived in Austin now for 17 years and I have never in my life seen a more crooked bunch of local and state politicians in my life.

they have cornered the market on cronyism.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:33 PM

25. I'm horrified that this software allows such easy changes

Good grief, they can easily change timestamps, votes or damn near anything. How ludicrous. Just having the capability of doing that is monstrous and ripe for tampering. What other votes or timestamps or whatever have been changed before in order to sabotage a vote?

The fact that Repubs were so casual about it tells me that this is something that happens all the time and goes unnoticed and/or unaccounted for.

The clerk also needs to be punished in some way for agreeing to changing the record and physically doing it. Did this person even say anything to anyone? At the least they need to lose their job.

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Response to TorchTheWitch (Reply #25)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 04:48 PM

28. Everyone who participated in the conspiracy is liable for the felony offenses.

 

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All the way from the Lt. Gov. (and maybe Governor Perry) down to anyone performing the computer alterations. Also, the written record needs to be examnined becuase we know that entry said 12:02. You can bet they changed that too.

Losing their jobs is not enough. This is a jail time felony, and, given how they sooo enjoy strict adherence to the rules .... let's be as strict as possible.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 06:06 PM

32. #TimeStampGate closed? The Rs have their excuses in print already!

 

Not-so-oddly, if the excuse was true, there was no reason to alter the public records!

https://twitter.com/search/realtime?q=timestampgate&src=typd

Sandy Kasper
Now a REAL scandal = TimeStampGate. Lt. Gov. Dewhurst is obvious suspect in this felonious caper. Couldn't happen to a more privileged chap.

Lisa Falkenberg ‏
Thanks Patti. #TimeStampGate closed? RT @TXPoliticsBlog: Mystery of abortion bill passage date solved http://bit.ly/15Koq0i #txlege #sb5

LINK is to: Mystery of abortion bill passage date solved
Thursday, June 27, 2013 = http://blog.chron.com/texaspolitics/2013/06/mystery-of-abortion-bill-passage-date-solved

In the chaotic moments following the vote on the abortion restriction bill after Sen. Wendy Davis’s filibuster, the Texas Legislative Library’s first official posting of the vote indicated it occurred on 6/26. A few minutes later, the date mysteriously was reset to 6/25. Which was correct? It makes all the difference in the world. If the vote occurred on 6/26, the special session had ended at midnight. The vote wouldn’t count.

Did gremlins change the date on an official state document to bolster their argument that the bill passed? Some senators, including Davis, suggested earlier this week that question called for a thorough investigation. Here’s ours:

Who’s in charge of the Senate’s official documents? That would be Patsy Spaw, Secretary of the Senate, who not only calls the roll, but oversees all the official record keepers. The document in question was actually produced by the Texas Legislative Library for public research purposes.Their staff members sit next to Spaw’s staff and follow every official vote.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:06 PM

33. Kick for the evening shift.

A series of coincidences benefiting those able to influence the conditions.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 08:59 PM

34. I am glad to see that someone is paying attention

 

however,the good ol' boy network is alive and well in Tejas.
Does any body remember a douchenipple named Tom Delay?
You know,ex-exterminator?
Sued his cousin over a private cable car accident?
Shipped in his office staffers to terrorize the vote recount in Florida in 2000?
Gerrymandered liberal districts in the cities of Texas?
Struck a pay for play deal with the Choctaw Nation to use legislation to ban online gambling?
Recruited Congress critters to fly to the Marianas Islands to showcase clothing sweatshops to demonstrate Neo-Con principles on the taxpayer nickel?
Partner in crime with Jack Abramoff who is doing time?
Ring any bells?
So how much prison time with this rap sheet do you suppose he has done?

Oh never mind,i forget,we as good progressives are supposed to look forward and not back.
Forgery of a government doc? That is small time stuff.
Arrest that guy with a marijuana stem in his pocket though,there is the real criminal.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:03 PM

35. I'll bet the clerk who was told to change the date will be blamed by the Republicans.

And everyone else will try to go free.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:11 PM

38. The staff can testify. Dewhurst is going down over this one.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:52 PM

41. If Abbott refuses prosecute these felons, he should be impeached.

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Response to Faryn Balyncd (Reply #41)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 09:59 PM

42. Abbott should send in the same troopers who jailed Martha Northington to arrest the felons.

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 10:51 PM

43. done ... kick

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Response to Coyotl (Original post)

Thu Jun 27, 2013, 11:18 PM

44. Leticia Van De Putte, Texas Senator: GOP Should Be Investigated For Changing Abortion Vote Timestamp

 

Leticia Van De Putte, Texas Senator: GOP Should Be Investigated For Changing Abortion Vote Timestamp
Laura Bassett = http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/06/27/leticia-van-de-putte-texas_n_3512799.html

Texas state Sen. Leticia Van De Putte (D), one of the lawmakers who stood up and defended Sen. Wendy Davis (D) after Davis' 11-hour filibuster of an anti-abortion bill on Tuesday, said the federal government will likely investigate Senate Republicans for changing the timestamp on official government documents to indicate that the bill had passed before the legislative session had ended.

"I think there will be an investigation," she told The Huffington Post in an interview. "You can't try to change a government document. The length they were willing to go to to break Senate rules -- tampering with a government document? That's a felony."

...... "They got caught by the media and by everyone trying to change the time at which the bill passed, and they didn't know how to get out of it," Van de Putte said. "I think that Republicans severely miscalculated if they thought women would go quietly into the night as they tried to pass this egregious bill."

Dewhurst's office did not respond to requests for comment ......

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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 12:43 AM

47. @leticiavdp The official Twitter of Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

 

@leticiavdp - https://twitter.com/leticiavdp
The official Twitter of Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte

Thanks to MSNBC for having me on twice today! 2nd appearance was on @allinwithchris: http://video.msnbc.msn.com/all-in-/52335901#52335901

... appearance on @NowWithAlex this morning. Thanks to @TheReidReport also! http://video.msnbc.msn.com/now-with-alex-wagner/52330903

Been pretty busy since Tuesday. Pic from today doing interviews with @TPRNews and NPR....


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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 12:33 AM

45. Reporters on Twitter caught the Texas Senate altering state documents

 

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Reporters on Twitter caught the Texas Senate altering state documents
By Fernando Alfonso III on June 26, 2013
http://www.dailydot.com/politics/texas-senate-alter-timestamp-sb5/

In a desperate effort to pass a controversial bill that would shutter abortion clinics in Texas, a slew of Twitter sleuths, including Circa's Anthony De Rosa and former Reuters social media editor Matthew Keys, discovered that the state legislature altered official state documents to show that the vote was passed before the midnight deadline.

In actuality, the Texas state senate did not pass the bill, SB 5, in time—thanks to defeaning cheers from the gallery from supporters of State Senator Wendy Davis, who spent more than 10 hours filibustering a vote.

"Over 170,000 of us watched the Texas GOP [on YouTube] *Break the Senate rules*, and mainstream media is ignoring that fact," writer Wil Wheaton tweeted.

......


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Internet Catches Texas Senate Altering Timestamp on Abortion Bill Vote
Neetzan Zimmerman Wednesday 9:24am
http://gawker.com/internet-catches-texas-senate-altering-timestamp-on-abo-584135789

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Claire Z Cardona ‏@clairezcardona 25 Jun

The #txlege website said the vote on #sb5 was taken on 6/26. now says 6/25. pic.twitter.com/Q4zyVww2ju
11:09 PM - 25 Jun 13

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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 01:39 AM

49. Timestamp Of Texas Abortion Bill SB5 Vote Disputed, Shenanigans Prevented By Twitter

 

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Timestamp Of Texas Abortion Bill SB5 Vote Disputed, Shenanigans Prevented By Twitter
http://www.inquisitr.com/816852/texas-abortion-bill-sb5-time-stamp-timestampgate/

Ultimately, it appears the timestamp of last night’s Texas abortion bill (SB5) vote killed the legislation after what may have been an attempt at possibly illegal shenanigans arrested by social media.

The Texas abortion bill timestamp controversy, dubbed “timestampgate,” trended alongside SB5 as Twitter users watched developments late into the night of Texas State Senator Wendy Davis’ filibuster.

Initially, it was announced that a vote on SB5 had passed and Davis’ lengthy stand had been for naught — but then Twitter sleuths unearthed an interesting find on official records of the vote posted on the internet.

.... Reaction was immediate and vocal, and prominent journalists like Matthew Keys pointed out the seemingly illegal inconsistency.

As The Daily Dot explains, the story is really best told through the tweets that broke it, ......


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Statesmanmike @mikestatesman
Whitmire: The vote did not start until 12:02, after midnight. It's in the journal. Vote on SB5 doesn't count.

Wil Wheaton ‏@wilw
It looks like Texas GOP broke their own rules, and someone used a contact at @AP to give it the appearance of legitimacy.
12:17 AM - 26 Jun

Rob Bartley ‏@_robbartley
@MatthewKeysLive "there are about 3000 protesters in south hall, let's not turn it into a riot huh" overheard on the feed.
Retweeted by Matthew Keys 12:40

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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 12:40 AM

46. arrest and prosecute

[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/rdking647/9156544302/][img][/img][/url]
[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/rdking647/9156544302/]Dewhurst2_jpg_800x1000_q100[/url] by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/rdking647/]rdking647[/url], on Flickr

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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 12:45 AM

48. Excellent pic. n/t

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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 01:44 AM

50. Wendy Davis and the people’s filibuster cries victory for social media too

 

Wendy Davis and the people’s filibuster cries victory for social media too
http://blogs.marketwatch.com/capitolreport/2013/06/26/wendy-davis-and-the-peoples-filibuster-cries-victory-for-social-media-too/

It was a monumental event that hit Texas last night, and it appears big media barely played a role in it.

That saying ‘Don’t mess with Texas’ took on new meaning in the early hours of Wednesday as the capitol building was figuratively turned upside down and practically taken over by the people. The end result: a defeated controversial abortion bill, a new hero for women’s rights and perhaps another big turning point for the power of social media.

Texas Democratic Senator Wendy Davis led the battle cry. In her pink lace-up running shoes, she stood for nearly 11 hours without a bathroom, water or food break in an attempt to filibuster that bill known as #SB5. And it appears the people were “standing” with her. Even President Barack Obama was among those telling people to tune into Texas.

While her filibuster fell short of the 13 hours she was aiming for to kill the bill, the cause was then taken up by loud cheering and chanting from protestors who filled the chamber and halted the voting for what some said was up to 30 minutes. Republicans, who control the Senate, say the bill passed with seconds to spare, but hours of confusion then ensued as the two sides went back and forth over whether it had legally passed. Social media erupted with alleged proof that the vote on that bill came after the midnight deadline. .....


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Phyllis Bernard @Rastaprof
Never underestimate the power of one, and especially never underestimate the power of citizens using social media.

Maggie Waters @Maggie_Watersr_
It is so incredible that social media allows us to be so intimately a part of this. We live in a really cool time. #standwithwendy #sb5

Wendy Davis @WendyDavisTexas
Thanks to the powerful voices of thousands of Texans, #SB5 is dead. An incredible victory for Texas women and those who love them.
2:28 AM - 26 Jun 2013
25,413 Retweets 14,593 favorites

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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 05:12 AM

53. .

 

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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 09:07 AM

57. I believe the Travis County DA has jurisdiction but

I seem to think the GOP lege changed that after Ronnie Duggar went after Tom Delay. Can anyone clarify?

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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 09:26 AM

60. From the Texas statutes:

 

(d) An offense under this section, if it is shown on the trial of the offense that the governmental record is described by Section 37.01(2)(D), is:

(1) ....

(3) a felony of the second degree, notwithstanding Subdivisions (1) and (2), if the actor's intent in committing the offense was to defraud or harm another.

(g) A person is presumed to intend to defraud or harm another if the person acts with respect to two or more of the same type of governmental records or blank governmental record forms and if each governmental record or blank governmental record form is a license, certificate, permit, seal, title, or similar document issued by government.

...

(i) With the consent of the appropriate local county or district attorney, the attorney general has concurrent jurisdiction with that consenting local prosecutor to prosecute an offense under this section that involves the state Medicaid program.


The obvious implication of (i) is "the appropriate local county or district attorney" has prosecutorial jurisdiction. That still leaves open who has investigative responsibility, in my view, but certainly the local DA cannot ignore this one..

I include (g) also to point out that this rises to the level of a felony.

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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 09:12 AM

58. VIDEO Wendy Davis: Texas Senate intentionally tried to rig the vote

 

By Katie Mcdonough = http://www.salon.com/2013/06/27/wendy_davis_texas_senate_intentionally_tried_to_rig_the_vote/singleton/

Wendy Davis: Texas Senate intentionally tried to rig the vote

Davis tells Anderson Cooper that she knows the vote timestamp on the antiabortion bill was changed "intentionally" VIDEO

.... Davis also addressed the time stamp on the final vote, which was initially changed on official records to falsely indicate that the vote had taken place before the midnight deadline, telling Cooper: “I know it was done intentionally.”

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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 09:25 AM

59. May Justice prevail

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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 09:54 AM

62. K & R !!!

 


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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 10:01 AM

63. Please let this be the scandal that brings this jackass down

I offer my apologies to any jackasses offended by association with Douchehurst.

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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 10:36 AM

66. Speculation on SB 5 Timestamp Change Continues; Was It A Felony?

 

Speculation on SB 5 Timestamp Change Continues; Was It A Felony?
http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/13713/timestamp-speculation-on-sb-5-continues
by: Shelby Alexander | Fri Jun 28, 2013 at 09:00 AM CDT

Answers remained unanswered .... Senator Wendy Davis ... "I know it [the time change] was done intentionally based on a conversation that one of my Senate colleagues had with the office that actually puts that online or makes that information available. And he was told by them when he asked why it was changed that they were instructed to do it."

Senator Leticia Van de Putte has also called for an investigation to be done:

"I think there will be an investigation. You can't try to change a government document. The length they were willing to go to to break Senate rules - tampering with a government document? That's a felony."


.... She's right on point. Definitely a felony. ....

... the Texas Legislative Reference Library released this statement: .... State Representative Dawnna Dukes said this about the LRL statement on Facebook:

"The false explanation purported by Legislative Reference Library ... Real-time data captured by the world over the Internet confirms the vote was after midnight. As well, it was after midnight on a parliamentary procedure and not move to concur in House amendments. By their explanation they allege that the Internet and speed of sound in the chamber all run 3 minutes behind reality. People, keep your eye on the injustice to democracy being established by this uncharted precedence. This a an example of why the US Supreme Courts ruling on the Voting Rights Act was the wrong decision. It emboldens coward and bullies to manipulate systems of transparency without fear of repercussion. They must truly believe we are all illiterate to democracy, freedom and justice."


What time has to say to David Dewhurst:



What can we take from this? David Dewhurst and his cronies think all they have to do is make the LRL send a brief statement and that it'll blow over.

The pressure should continue, especially as we move into the second special session. The Texas GOP has broken enough rules. This could actually be an instance they could truly be reprimanded legally.

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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 11:36 AM

68. FORGERY OF A LEGAL DOCUMENT IS A CRIME PUNISHABLE BY PRISON

LOCK UM UP WITH THE SODOMITES!!!!

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Fri Jun 28, 2013, 08:26 PM

71. The Final 10 Minutes of the Special Session

 

The Final 10 Minutes of the Special Session





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Sun Jun 30, 2013, 05:54 PM

72. Thousands To Rally In Austin With Sen. Wendy Davis On July 1

 

Thousands To Rally In Austin With Sen. Wendy Davis On July 1
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023132883

#standwithwendy #standwithTXwomen
New Hashtags are: #SB9 and #HB2 - #UniteBlueTX

Women’s Rights Organizations And Facebook Groups To Visit/Join/Support:


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Sun Jun 30, 2013, 10:56 PM

73. Letter to The Honorable Eric Holder Attorney General = Progressive Centralists Outreach Group

 

Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder:

June, 30th., 2013

The Honorable Eric Holder
Attorney General of the United States
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Suite 5111
Washington, D.C. 20530

Dear Attorney General Holder:

I write to you out of great concern for the people of Texas and to make a request for your expeditious attention. As you may know, on 25-June-2013, the Texas State Senate held a late evening session regarding senate bill SB-5 — that unlawfully extended into the early morning hours of 26-June-2013; beyond the session’s legal expiration. The full hearing and subsequent vote was carried live on the internet to the witness of hundreds-of-thousands of watching Americans . The subject of the proceedings related to womens’ health issues and their unimpeded (first trimester of pregnancy) availability to abortion options, as guaranteed by the U.S. Supreme Court decision in: Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, 93 S. Ct. 705, 35 L. Ed. 2d 147 (1973). To the shock of a nearly incalculable number of Americans watching the proceedings, Texas Republican lawmakers held an untimely vote in direct violation of the standards set forth in the state’s constitutionally adopted procedural rules and guidelines. In their unabated haste and with full knowledge that the session had expired, an unnamed party or parties attempted (as the evidence of public records will show) to illegally alter the recordation of the time and date stamp associate with the vote; attempting to reflect a timely democratic process undertaking. After several hours transpired an announcement was made declaring the vote invalid.

Over the course of six days, thousands of witnesses have come forward to petition Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, to open an investigation to determine the party or parties responsible for altering the vote’s time and date record without success. It is the consensus of many Americans: that members of the Texas state senate did willfully conspire to commit aggravated perjury and did feloniously tamper with Physical evidence. The individual(s) responsible, made an unlawful effort to disenfranchise the citizenry of the State of Texas. Further, given Attorney General Abbott’s blatant inaction, which has generated serious concern of complicity, the undersigned petitioners are requesting: an immediate and comprehensive criminal investigation be conducted by the appropriate federal agencies.

Mr. Attorney General, it is with our utmost courage that we must hold our lawmakers accountable for actions that clearly violate the peoples trust, and we the signers of this petition believe this is one of those example making instances. The fact that the outcome of the vote on ("SB 5" has been deemed untimely, does not negate or preclude the opening of an investigation or its eventual findings.

Very Respectfully,


Kent M. Schafer, Executive Program Director
Progressive Centralists Outreach Group, et al.

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Sun Jun 30, 2013, 10:58 PM

74. An elected official woulod never do such a dishonest thing. Trust and obey authority!

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Mon Jul 1, 2013, 04:43 PM

75. Stand with Texas Women - Rally at Texas Capitol = LiveBlog

 

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***** Stand with Texas Women - Rally at Texas Capitol = LiveBlog *****
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023139797

The crowd at the Texas Capitol (pics) Sen Davis speaking
http://www.democraticunderground.com/10023141565







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