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The ‘birther’ bill and an image of second thoughts | Political Insider

The ‘birther’ bill and an image of second thoughts

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When state Rep. Mark Hatfield, R-Waycross, dropped his bill to require next year presidential candidates to provide hard proof of their birth on U.S. soil, the paperwork contained the signatures of 93 of his House colleagues – 92 of them Republican.

Word of House Speaker David Ralston’s coolness toward the legislation spread through the Capitol on Wednesday. Those concerned with the Port of Savannah made their opinions known.

By the end of Thursday, at least 23 House members had changed their minds, according to my AJC colleague April Hunt – and the above image of blotted out, former supporters.

For a PDF of the above image, click here. For a look at the original, click here.

John Meadows, chairman of the House Rules Committee, which determines what legislation goes to the floor, was the first to remove his name this morning.

– By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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