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Judge blocks secret vote in Texas Senate

A judge barred the Texas Senate from electing an acting lieutenant governor in secret, ruling Wednesday in favor of Texas newspapers seeking a public vote.

The decision by District Judge Lora Livingston involving the powerful state government post was appealed to the 3rd District Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court.

The Republican-controlled Senate had planned to hold a secret ballot today to elect one of its members to replace Rick Perry, the lieutenant governor who became governor last week when George W. Bush resigned to become president.

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