Never thought I'd type these words: Thank you, Republican Virginia House Speaker

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gerrymandering states electoral college changes

WaPo:

In the vast majority of states, the presidential candidate who wins receives all of that state’s electoral votes. The proposed changes would instead apportion electoral votes by congressional district, a setup far more favorable to Republicans. Under such a system in Virginia, for instance, President Obama would have claimed four of the state’s 13 electoral votes in the 2012 election, rather than all of them.

Just yesterday Andy Marquis guest-blogged this: If new GOP laws pass, it will literally be easier to legally buy a firearm in Virginia than it will be to vote. Between Voter I.D. laws and gerrymandering, there has been one election-rigging scheme after another. But there were glimmers of hope in Virginia and Florida.

Too bad the same can't be said for Pennsylvania, where the GOP is pursuing their own election-rigging legislation.

But back to Virginia. Think Progress is reporting this:

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William Howell (R) killed the Inauguration Day sneak attack by Senate Republicans who hoped to pass a massive mid-decade gerrymander. Howell ruled that the Senate’s amendment to a House bill making minor technical corrections to the House legislative maps were not germane, as it was a “vast rewrite” and would “stray dramatically” from the legislation’s original purpose.

I never thought I'd type these words: Thank you Republican House Speaker, for killing the GOP Senate gerrymander scheme. You did the right thing.

think before speaking did I just say that

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  • peterjohn936

    The gerrymandering may not turn out to be as wonderful as they think.  In Virginia six districts where won by Republicans with less than 60% of the vote. The Republicans are losing 2% of their voters per year while the Democrats are gaining 1% of their voters per year. All of these districts could be vulnerable by 2016 and if not 2016 then by 2020.  

  • http://twitter.com/Dave_Fouchey Dave Fouchey

    Wow publicity and the light of day seems to have shamed them into some sense of propriety who knew it was possible?