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    Democrats take control of Virginia Senate

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Democrats are seeking to reshape the power structure of the Virginia Senate after winning two special elections that gave their party narrow control of the upper chamber.

    Over the objections of Republicans, Democrats proposed Tuesday to flip party control of senate committees.

    Committees typically control which legislation makes it to the Senate floor.

    The Senate is split 20-20 between Republicans and Democrats, with newly elected Lt. Gov. Ralph S. Northam giving Democrats the edge on tie-breaking votes.

    On Monday, Democrat Lynwood W. Lewis prevailed in a recount to succeed Northam in the Senate.

    In 2011, there was a similar fight over control of a split Senate. That year Democrats unsuccessfully sued to try and prevent Northam's Republican predecessor from casting deciding votes on committee assignments in the Senate.

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    “A lot of things about the GOP are mind boggling including “doubling down on stupid” by promoting extremist candidates who pander to, supposed, “heterosexual” “conservatives” who can’t stop fantasizing about what gay people do in private.”

    - Spot on. I’m a fiscal conservative who would love to vote GOP someday, but as long as they keep trotting out Ken Cuccinelli, Dick Black, Bob Marshall, EW Jackson, John Whitbeck, Eugene Delgaudio, etc. I’ll just vote for anyone else on the ballot.


    LOL @ OpenMics straw men. Well done!


    Nothing wrong w/ assertiveness after vicious 2011-13 tact of right-wingers - mandates inserting creepy probes, ridiculous suits against scientists, healthcare & anti-sodomy bills, gift-gate, etc. About time for balance of power & ethics reform.


    Let the good times roll! Jobs. Jobs. Jobs. Living wages for all. Crime will be down. Taxes will shrink. Air will be cleaner. Abortion on demand forevvvu. Dang, I suppose global warming will bypass the Commonwealth.  Marriage equality will be exulted from pulpits and hate prosecuted. Income inequality people at the top will be persona non gratis paving the way for more jobs, jobs, jobs.


    Having lost that suit, it seems to me that the Senate Democrats are now just following the law of the case. What else would you have them do?


    It is mind-boggling to consider that the Republicans would object to something they won a court battle to do themselves.

    And does it also boggle your mind, Stevens, that the Democrats are now supporting something they sued to prevent when the shoe was on the other foot? Or is your mind just easily boggled?


    With Republicans controlling 2/3rds of the House, Democrats only have an illusion of power.


    Said the Democratic Supervisor who did robocalls for a Republican BoS candidate. Yup Miller has sooooo much room to talk, doesn’t he have an LCRC meeting to attend?


    “It is mind-boggling to consider that the Republicans would object to something they won a court battle to do themselves.”

    A lot of things about the GOP are mind boggling including “doubling down on stupid” by promoting extremist candidates who pander to, supposed, “heterosexual” “conservatives” who can’t stop fantasizing about what gay people do in private.


    It is mind-boggling to consider that the Republicans would object to something they won a court battle to do themselves.


    Karma

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