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Virginia Senate committee kills presidential gerrymandering bill

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A Virginia Senate committee voted Tuesday to permanently kill a bill that would have aligned the state’s electoral votes with its House districts, a move critics say would have swung the 2012 presidential election for the Republican candidate despite President Barack Obama’s overwhelming victory in the popular vote.

The Virginia Senate’s Privileges and Elections Committee voted 11-4 to kill the bill, with four Republicans joining seven Democrats in opposition.

Sponsor Sen. Charles Carrico (R) had offered to amend the bill in such a way that would cause electoral votes to be distributed proportionally in accordance with the state’s popular vote, but it was not enough to keep the bill afloat.

Similar bills are being considered in other swing states like Wisconsin and Pennsylvania following an endorsement of the strategy by Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus.

“I think it’s something that a lot of states that have been consistently blue that are fully controlled red ought to be looking at,” he told a reporter earlier in January.

Even so, three other states that initially took the idea seriously — Florida, Ohio and Michigan — have all dropped their plans to change the rules of their presidential elections.

This post was written by Stephen C. Webster at The Raw Story.  You can see the original post at http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/30/virginia-senate-committee-kills-presidential-gerrymandering-bill/

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editor’s note:  It takes two articles to explain what happened in the Virginia Senate today.  In all of 40 minutes, GOP Senators took advantage of the absence of a Democratic Senator to gerrymander the Commonwealth’s districts to make it impossible for Democrats to win in VA–both in State and National elections.  Under this plan, Romney would have taken more electoral votes out of Virginia than Obama would.

Included here is a report from roanoke.com with the details of how this was done.

Then there is a video from The Rachel Maddow Show talking about today’s events but from wider and deeper angles.

Three things about this event really bother me.

1.  The relationships in the General Assembly are undoubtedly poisoned beyond the point of no return.

2.  How could Democrats actually believe a Republican promise that was not in writing–signed, notarized, and entered into the public record?  Remember, this is the state of Governor Ultrasound.

3.  And perhaps the worst–“it’s just not fair”.  NOT FAIR?  Prone to understatement are we?  Show some damn outrage!  If you are going to fight this, start your fight immediately.
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