UPDATE 12.32 am 2.51 am 11.50 pm Pacific
SB5 did not pass.

Later on Wednesday, Gov. Perry called a special session for July 1.

There was drama afoot in Austin today as Democrats filibustered a sweeping anti-abortion bill that Republicans had been unable to pass during the regular legislative session.

As the clock ticked down, chanting in the gallery shut down business on the floor.

And there was more drama after midnight when someone changed the datestamps of the votes taken on SB 5.

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.

TX legislature record

Votes on Texas SB5 took place after midnight.

Moments after I tweeted the screen capture, I was unable to access the webpage.

Unable to access page

And when it finally refreshed, all votes were recorded as having taken place before midnight on June 25.

Texas SB 5 votes changed

The timestamp on the votes taken on SB5 changed; this is 11 pm Pacific.

Why is this important? Because the special session ended at midnight.

In my experience (I’ve done web work since 1993 or so), pages like this one are automatically generated from a database file. In other words, a person doesn’t code the page.

In order to change something like this, someone has to change the database. And things like votes and official times, they’re often (usually?) automatically generated also.

In other words, changes like this are deliberate.

Added:
The Texas Legislative Reference Library contains an anonymous statement saying that the official record is that the vote occurred on June 25 and that no one asked staff to make the change.

Davis told the Houston Chronicle that official documents had been deliberately altered. And 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.

Regardless, the LRL statement confirms that the change was deliberate.

Deliberate and not unnoticed.

With 180,000 folks watching the livestream and thousands more watching on Twitter, the event was under a social media microscope.

GOP machinations — and the changing of the date on the web can only be appears to be characterized like this — failed.

But even in admitting defeat, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) stretched the truth.

Here’s the Storify (12.22 am Pacific)

To read blogs reactions to this vote GO HERE.

KATHY GILL, Technology Policy Analyst
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brcarthey
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brcarthey
3 years 2 months ago

This give the TX Dems grounds for a legal challenge.

Today
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Today
3 years 2 months ago

Congratulations to all of those involved in stopping a really dumb bill. I would like to think that this would encourage our legislators throughout the U.S.A. to start solving our more urgent problems.

Dorian de Wind, Military Affairs Columnist
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Well done, Kathy.

Stayed up til way past midnight and could not believe my eyes what the Reps. tried to do (hold an illegal session and an illegal vote). But then again….

ordinarysparrow
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ordinarysparrow
3 years 2 months ago

I watched this one until after midnight and close out thinking it had passed. So good to wake up and read this one Kathy…What in the heck was the Republican Texas Legislature thinking? What the galley and women of Texas did needs to move to the Congress…Ann Richards,who opened the galley, must of been smiling down from haven late last night…

ROBERT COUTINHO
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ROBERT COUTINHO
3 years 2 months ago

The question I have is, “When does somebody go to jail for this?”

roro80
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roro80
3 years 2 months ago
Wendy Davis adhered to the amazingly meticulous set of rules of filibuster — standing without peeing or having a drink of water for 13 hours, telling amazing and heartbreaking stories of choice and tragedy — and bested those who made the rulebook. And then the pondscum Texas GOP, finding that they had lost, had the temerity to try and outright cheat. Not a rules infraction, not a misunderstand, but a flagrant, blatant, straight-up cheat. The rules clearly have the purpose of allowing white men to impose their will on everyone else, down to their very bodily functions, their bodily autonomy,… Read more »
ordinarysparrow
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ordinarysparrow
3 years 2 months ago

Truly roro, we did see the worst and best of Texas last evening….

sheknows
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sheknows
3 years 2 months ago

Agree with Robert and roro 100%. Who though will bring charges?
It sure would be a shot in the arm to know that our system works for the little guy instead of always against him.

rudi
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rudi
3 years 2 months ago

This sounds like voting fraud to me. I thought only Democrats rigged elections.

brcarthey
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brcarthey
3 years 2 months ago

@roro80, one of the issues is how one interprets the “scope of the filibuster” and “what is and what is not ‘germaine'” to the bill. Unfortunately, that is not clearly defined in the TX State Senate rulebook and is left up to the interpretation of the Lt. Governor. Parliamentary shenanigans are nothing new to TX state politics as was evidenced throughout the day during the filibuster.

If Governor Goodhair doesn’t call another special session, then look for the next political to happen with redrawing the boundaries of Ms. Davis’ district, which had been created due to the VRA.

Dorian de Wind, Military Affairs Columnist
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Gov. Rick Perry has just called for a 2nd special session for July 1.

isgk
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isgk
3 years 2 months ago
In my experience (I’ve been an IT admin on the Internet since 1991 or so), pages like this one are automatically generated from a database file. In other words, a person doesn’t code the page. BUT the source data is often entered by a person, which is the key part. I’d say the old axiom “never assume malice what can be explained by stupidity” is what’s in affect here. I’d guess that the database timestamp field is based upon when the record was created, but the data is added to the database by a person so it would *not* be… Read more »
sheknows
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sheknows
3 years 2 months ago

isgk, I am sure many people with knowledge equal to or greater than yours have already looked into this matter. Thanks

isgk
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isgk
3 years 2 months ago

@sheknows

Exactly, which is why I’m doubting this claim, as no major news outlets are agreeing with it. I can believe that my search ability might not be perfect but one would think that if this direct, intentional, spiteful, illegal activity to intentionally undermine the ruling, would be thought of as valid it would be somewhere on one of these sites (heck if true I’d expect it to be front page everywhere):

huffingtonpost.com
msnbc.com
cnn.com
nytimes.com
usatoday.com
washingtonpost.com
politico.com

isgk
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isgk
3 years 2 months ago
And here from the Dallas news confirms what I was saying 1) The timestamp is entered automatically into the database based upon when it was manually entered 2) Data is entered by a person manually 3) The website is an UNOFFICIAL record, the official record is available 24 hrs later. 4) In the chaos after they were unable to hear over the protestors the official time so it went back and forth until they got the official time 5) No nefarious evil was the intent http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2013/06/time-of-vote-mysteriously-changes-but-doesnt-affect-abortion-bill.html/ Update at 5:38 p.m.: The Texas Legislative Reference Library, which manually updates the Texas… Read more »
roro80
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roro80
3 years 2 months ago
isgk, there are multiple screenshots of the immediate results showing the vote taking place on the 26th, then being changed to the 25th, then finally being changed back to the 26th, which is when the vote took place. We know it’s when it took place, because there were over 200,000 people watching it livestreamed. A delay in the recording time would not have made a difference, because we watched the vote take place after midnight. Watched the clock turn to midnight, then watched the vote. I mean, I could believe the Texas GOP over my own eyes…? Witnesses abound, dude.… Read more »
roro80
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roro80
3 years 2 months ago

“CNN was reporting on the calorie content of blueberry muffins when the clock struck midnight in Texas.” You know, what women actually care about…

roro80
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roro80
3 years 2 months ago
Ummmm…what you wrote isn’t even factually accurate, let alone does it “prove” anything. (Not surprising considering you’ve had a hard time finding resources on the subject. I haven’t had a hard time.) The bill didn’t pass because the vote occurred on the 26th, not the 25th. I have not used the word “conspiracy” at all, so kindly knock off putting words in my mouth mmmk? So it’s not the “massive GOP conspiracy” that I’m saying wasn’t covered — it’s the whole thing, from the truly awful bill they tried to slip into the special session without anyone noticing, to the… Read more »
Dorian de Wind, Military Affairs Columnist
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I can no longer bite my tongue and have to say, hey dude, forget about time stamps, forget about databases, forget about web sites — official or unofficial–, forget about manual or automatic entries, forget about conspiracies, forget about your IT admin experience — including your government related IT work — which these days I would not trumpet at all, I saw with my own eyes as did probably hundreds of thousands of Americans that the vote was noty completed until AFTER midnight and was thus illegal. Period. End of discussion.

roro80
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roro80
3 years 2 months ago

Also: what Kathy said. And what Dorian said.

sheknows
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sheknows
3 years 2 months ago

isgk, Stop and think for a moment please. MANY have examined what transpired. It is not an OPINION that this happened, it is now fact. The truth is, even if our eyes deceived us and we DIDN’T see what we did at midnight, don’t you think the Republicans would have researched this with an electron microscope to prove their innocence? I am sure they are not leaving their defense up to you and a lone voice on the internet.

sheknows
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sheknows
3 years 2 months ago
NO Isgk, I am saying no such thing. it is YOU who are saying there is a conspiracy. And I made no statement to “back away from”. What I said was this…The state of Texas has looked over the events of that time. THEY have concluded that they LOST the passage of this bill. The reason they have stated that is because they have researched it THOROUGHLY and must agree with the findings. I would suggest that since you seem to have information that they do not, you contact the proper authorities and bring it to their attention, not ours.… Read more »
sheknows
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sheknows
3 years 2 months ago

isgk. You are arguing it was not intentional fraud and to that end can back it up with knowledge and information that no one else seems to be able to do.
This story was on Diane Sawyer tonight. Also on Colbert, Stewart, CNN today, and MSNBC. Don’t you think the Republicans would take exception to that if they were accused of deliberate wrong doing?
Not a peep!

roro80
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roro80
3 years 2 months ago
You keep telling us to read what you wrote. We read it. I don’t know if you think you wrote something else, but your last line, and the line from the article, says that the vote took place on the 25th. It did not. It took place on the 26th. Factually incorrect statement from you. You keep insisting that the article proves there was no wrongdoing, when it does nothing of the sort. If you think THE WHOLE POINT whether the website is official or not, you don’t under stand the point of points. The bill isn’t “stupid and unneeded”,… Read more »
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