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We have a few more notations of loyal DeLay soldiers from Texas who not only supported the DeLay Rule, but happily said so publicly.

Not a surprise really. After all, he owns these guys.

The three are congressmen Joe Barton, Kevin Brady and John Carter.

Putting together an itemized tally of who's in the Shays Handful, who's a letter-writer, who's down with DeLay is somewhat beyond our capacities here at TPM. But the folks at The Daily DeLay are doing it at their site. They have a running tally based on some of our reporting here. And they even have a handy explanation of the DeLay Rule lexicon we've been developing to explain who did what.

We've been getting conflicting word throughout the day on how Minnesota's Mark Kennedy voted on the DeLay Rule.

This morning his staffers said they didn't know how he voted. Later he was a letter-writer. Later still we heard they were saying it was 'closed vote' and the 'no vote was taken' line.

The last TPM reader who got through to the congressman's office was told that the vote was by "unanimous consent", which should come as some surprise to those in the Shays Handful, who say they voted against it.

A little side note on the DeLay Rule vote.

If we can go by comments released by congressional offices, quite a substantial number of Republican members of congress happened to have stepped out of the room (to get food, go to the bathroom, attend to constituent business, etc.) right about the time they did the voice vote on the DeLay Rule.

Illinois's Tim Johnson, for instance, just couldn't make it. He was there for most of the meeting but had to step out for a "constituent meeting," according to TPM readers who've called his congressional office. He has no official position on the DeLay Rule at all.

Presumably they still had a quorum.