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AZ Senate Passes Birther Bill With Overwhelming Majority

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Details on the bill the state Senate passed 20-9 from the Arizona Daily Star:

As originally proposed, a candidate would have to produce a certified copy of a "long-form birth certificate" which would have to include the date and place of birth, the names of the hospital and any attending physician, and the signatures of any witnesses in attendance.

Senators accepted an amendment by Sen. Frank Antenori, R-Tucson, for alternative documents. Instead, a candidate could produce such documents as a baptismal or circumcision certificate or a hospital birth record.

Democrats have said the bill, should it become law in Arizona, would likely be struck down by the courts. State Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D) said its political motives are all too clear.

"This is designed specifically to challenge [Obama's] ability to run for re-election," she told Arizona's 3TV. "Frankly, I think they'd be better served by just surfacing a good candidate to run against him."

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