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    Desert Rose, VA Breeze

    when one Dem had the audacity to be in Washington, DC, for the inauguration and thus this made the situation a 20-19 vote so that the Lt.Gov, who states that he would have voted against it, wouldn't have had to vote.

    The action drew strong criticism from Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), who decides tie votes in the Senate and would have been in a position to kill the measure if Republicans hadn’t chosen to spring it on a day when one Democrat was absent. Sen. Henry L. Marsh III (D-Richmond) was attending President Obama’s inauguration. WashPost

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    by A Siegel on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 04:07:16 AM PST

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    •  Sorry, no sympathy (0+ / 0-)

      I have no sympathy for Virginia Democrats.  When are Democrats going to realize that the Republicans are playing for keeps.  If Marsh doesn't want to represent his district, he needs to step aside.  Then he can go to Washington as often as he likes.

      I am not defending the Republicans' actions because they are indefensible, but it is way too late in the day to be surprised by what Republicans are capable of doing.  

      •  Hmmm ... (0+ / 0-)

        Not sure that I fully agree  but need to think about it.  There are lots of broken 'rules' in this game that make it questionable whether the move will stand up.  

        Agree that we need to understand that Republicans know how to and are willing to play dirty.  

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        by A Siegel on Tue Jan 22, 2013 at 04:32:33 PM PST

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