Ain't this the damnedest thing? I have to give the TV a good deal of credit for picking up on this phenomenon because just from the clips they showed this seems to be an institutionalized practice.I looked around to see if the same thing happens in Wisconsin and apparently there is a something like formal formal process for legislators to "tie" or "bind" their vote to the vote of another legislator in the event that they will be absent for a session (alas, I can't seem to find the website where I found this the other day). But in order for that to happen the absent legislator has to request a leave of absence from the Sargent at Arms (or or the Clerk or somebody -- suffice it to say that it's more elaborate than a note from one's mother) and there has to be paperwork signed and witnesses and a few other loops need to be cleared, as well. Nothing like this -- at least I hope nothing like this. This is just too goddamn well choreographed to be believed.
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