VA Senate Dems Setting Dangerous New Precedents

Virginia Democrats in the State Senate, now in control of that body thanks to Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam’s tie-breaking vote, have begun reorganizing the chamber.  However, things are going beyond that and wholesale rules changes are being implemented.

According to state Sen. Bryce Reeves (R):

Rules that have governed this chamber have been dramatically changed.


According to Willie Deutsch:

This is no small change…

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Pulling members off committees, allowing members to be removed from a committee with a majority vote instead of 2/3rds, and something about requiring some portion of all bills to be reviewd by the rules chair before bills go to the floor.

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First time ever members will be removed from a committee midsession. Would think some Democrats could just get some more committee assignments so the ranking member would become chair.

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Bill Stanley arguing the Rules committee rule change violates the constitution and ends what it means for a body to be a bicameral body. (Rule 19.I)

All of this sets dangerous new precedents. Too bad Republicans are generally too spineless to retaliate in kind when they have the opportunity to do so.


6 thoughts on “VA Senate Dems Setting Dangerous New Precedents

  1. Disappointed that you end this piece encouraging Republicans to “retaliate in kind”. It weakens your argument because it makes it sound like dirty tactics are okay, so long as they are done only by the GOP.

  2. I agree with Mr. Huffman. This is no way to run a state regardless of which party is responsible for the dirty dealing. Encouraging both parties to behave like bullies in the sandbox is counterproductive.

  3. I disagree with Mr. Huffman. If the Demonrats knew they were going to get hit later with whateve $h!t they do, they would be less willing to do it.

  4. We cannot let the Democrats take the offensive. This is not a church picnic, this is the future of our state, and it is in fact a war. If you don’t believe me, ask the Democrats.

    A very wise person once said: It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism while the wolf remains of a different opinion. (William Inge).

    The Democrats seek to undo a great deal of the good done by this legislature over the last few years. It cannot be allowed to happen.

  5. In 1995 when the Senate was split 20-20 and a Democrat was Lt Gov – there was power sharing. In 2012 when there was a 20-20 split with a Republican Lt Gov – there was no power sharing – so what did one expect this time around??

    1. 1995 was because one of the Democrat Senators threatened to bolt if there was not power sharing. So there really was not a solid 20-20 split.

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