The Texas House unexpectedly voted to kill the Texas Lottery Commission on Tuesday, but after a short break and some introspection, the members came back with a change of heart.
Mainstream Republicans and tea party-backed conservatives sought to gain favor with the right wing of the GOP by voting against the unpopular lottery commission. Some thought they could appease anti-lottery constituents — who see the lottery as a form of gambling that takes advantage of the poor — with protest votes against the commission.
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