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Posted 5 years ago on Jan. 22, 2013, 6:44 p.m. EST by imagine40 (383)
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Virginia GOP Pulls ‘Dirty Trick’ On Inauguration Day

Updated at 7:05 ET

Democrats in Virginia are accusing state Republicans of taking advantage of a prominent civil rights leader’s trip to Washington for the presidential inauguration to pull a “dirty trick” in order to take control of the state Senate in the 2015 elections.

The state Senate is split 20-20 between Republicans and Democrats. On Monday, while state Sen. Henry Marsh (D) — a 79-year-old civil rights veteran — was reportedly in Washington to attend President Obama’s second inaugural, GOP senators forced through a mid-term redistricting plan that Democrats say will make it easier for Republicans to gain a majority.

TPM SLIDESHOW: The Inaugural Balls

With Marsh’s absence, Senate Republicans in Richmond had one more vote than Senate Democrats and could push the measure through. The new redistricting map revises the districts created under the 2011 map and would take effect before the next state Senate elections in Virginia and would redraw district lines to maximize the number of safe GOP seats.

The move was a surprise to just about everyone, including Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell who has not yet pledged to endorse the new district lines, which must now go through the GOP-controlled House of Delegates and finally across McDonnell’s desk before final approval.

Some of the sparse details from the AP:

After the measure was sprung on unsuspecting Democrats, its sponsor, Republican Sen. John Watkins of Powhatan, defended it as an effort to create another majority black Senate district. What he didn’t say is that it would create even more GOP-dominant districts.

Democrats are outraged.

“It goes against every tradition,” state Sen. Creigh Deeds (D), the party’s 2009 gubernatorial nominee, told TPM Monday. “It was a dirty trick.”

Deeds’ office is still going through the new Senate maps pushed through by Republicans. Early reports indicate that Deeds may be among the hardest-hit. Regardless of whether the bill eventually becomes state law, Deeds said the Republican move could damage the fragile comity in the evenly-split chamber.

“Everything else we have to do this session is in jeopardy,” he said.

Details on Deeds’ district changes from the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

The new Republican map lumps into the same district Republican Emmett W. Hanger Jr., R-Augusta and Democrat R. Creigh Deeds of Bath.

McDonnell’s office is non-committal on the new maps, saying the GOP move came as news to McDonnell as well.

“The Governor was very surprised to learn that a redistricting bill would be voted on by the Senate today,” Tucker Martin, a spokesperson for McDonnell, told TPM. “He has not seen this legislation. If the bill gets to his desk he will review it in great detail at that time as he did with prior redistricting legislation.”

TPM SLIDESHOW: The Inaugural Parade

Politically, the move coud derail McDonnell’s ambitious agenda for his last year in office ahead of a rumored run for higher office. Optics-wise, the state Senate GOP’s move could reverberate far beyond the Commonwealth: after using the absence of civil rights leader Marsh to push through the legislative changes, the Senate adjourned in honor of a well-known Confederate general.

“On motion of Senator Stosch, the Senate adjourned in memory or [sic] General Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson at 4:10 p.m. to convene Tuesday, January 22, 2013,” read the official minutes of the legislative day.

According to the progressive blog Blue Virginia, Deeds also took to the state Senate floor to speak about Jackson after the new district lines were approved.



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[-] 1 points by gsw (3114) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 4 years ago

Seems the people had more rights in 1619

In other action, the members acknowledged the right of colonists to petition the General Assembly for redress of grievances, and also the right of the Assembly to petition the Virginia Company. The General Assembly also served as a high court of law, and heard and passed judgment on several cases during its first meeting. In following years, courts were established in outlying settlements for minor offenses, but major cases were brought before the Assembly meeting as a court of law.


The people should not let this go on

[-] 1 points by imagine40 (383) 4 years ago

I suppose just spreading this outrageous attempt at circumventing the peoples will is an act of defiance against these anti 99% cowards.

[-] 1 points by imagine40 (383) 4 years ago

They can see there futures end.

[-] 1 points by repubsRtheprob (1209) 4 years ago

Annihilation is too good for them. They consistently stand against the 99%

[-] 1 points by imagine40 (383) 4 years ago

They do. Democrats have to be pressured as well or they will vote for anti 99% policies also.

[-] 1 points by repubsRtheprob (1209) 4 years ago

ALL politicians must be pressured.

[-] 1 points by imagine40 (383) 4 years ago

And we need new politcians not beholden to corps. Money out of politics.

[-] 1 points by repubsRtheprob (1209) 4 years ago

The only way to take our government back is getting money out of politics.

[-] 1 points by imagine40 (383) 4 years ago


[-] 1 points by repubsRtheprob (1209) 4 years ago

I've seen it thanks.

[-] 1 points by imagine40 (383) 4 years ago

And movetoamend.org

[-] 1 points by repubsRtheprob (1209) 4 years ago

I'm with that one too.

[-] 1 points by imagine40 (383) 4 years ago

If we all spread it around change will come.

[-] 1 points by repubsRtheprob (1209) 4 years ago

So let's spread it man.

[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 5 years ago

Gerrymandering. Thanks for the info.

[-] 2 points by imagine40 (383) 5 years ago

It just never ends with these dishonest cheating criminals.

[-] 1 points by imagine40 (383) 4 years ago

Filibuster lives. More gridlock to come.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 4 years ago

Seems hopeless. But eventually we will get money out of politics and take our gov back.

[-] 1 points by imagine40 (383) 4 years ago

Seems hopeless. But I'm still with it

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 4 years ago

Good. We need all the help we can get. Now you must convert a few of the skeptical.

[-] 1 points by imagine40 (383) 4 years ago

Everyday, in everyway.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 4 years ago


[-] 1 points by Builder (4202) 5 years ago

Our state govt held power for almost 20 years through gerrymandering.

In the end, it took a federal inquiry into corruption to get rid of them.

[-] 1 points by imagine40 (383) 5 years ago

Most countries do not allow political parties to control the mechanics of elections. It is an obvious conflict of interest. Our politicians are so corrupt, they see the opposition schemes but do little to stop it because they know one day they will be the majority and be able to scheme just as easily. Disgusting.

[-] 1 points by inclusionman (7064) 4 years ago

More details on this dishonest effort to thwart the will of the 99%