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Texas-Style Extremism…in Virginia?


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As Democrats, we are always appalled when a legislative body attempts to subvert the Constitutional rights of citizens by forcing through unnecessary and flagrantly-ideological legislation.

Unfortunately, we’re rarely short of examples.

Last week for instance, the Texas State Senate nearly passed a Draconian anti-abortion bill that would have severely hurt the women of that state. And if not for the heroic, multi-hour filibuster by State Senator Wendy Davis, Texas would have adopted the kind of anti-woman, anti-choice, anti-common sense legislation that we in Virginia are all too familiar with.

You see, Virginia has its own class of fanatic anti-woman politicians, and just like the Senators from Texas, they’re bound and determined to render the women of the Commonwealth second-class citizens.

Men like Ken Cuccinelli, E.W. Jackson, Mark Obenshain and Delegate Lee Ware have made it their goal to impose an extremist social agenda on us. And what’s more, Virginia’s Republican establishment has actually chosen to embrace these men, along with their toxic rhetoric.

These individuals have made it crystal clear that they don’t believe that Virginia’s women are capable enough to make their own healthcare decisions. They refuse to support the kind of common-sense legislation that would keep such despicable bills off the floor and in the trashcan where they belong.

To hear them speak, you’d imagine that the women of our state are incapable of managing their healthcare and are unable to determine their own medical needs.

But I have more faith in the women of the Commonwealth than that. I believe that women are intelligent enough and responsible enough to make their own decisions without a political party making those decisions for them.

If our Republican counterparts wish to limit government intervention, I say they can begin by practicing what they preach. Women don’t want, need or desire a heavy-handed government telling them what they can and can’t do with their own bodies.

And that’s why I am running: To protect the people of the 65th District and the Commonwealth from this kind of repugnant legislation.

You can find more information on my campaign for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 65th District here: On our website, on Facebook, and on Twitter.

  • totallynext

    I get so tried of this – We would not be honest with the electorate if we did not clearly address how exactly this bill was signed into law!  Senate SB279 merged with SB484 vote tally YES 21, No-18 and NO VOTE-1…  THIS BILL PASSED BECAUSE THE DEMOCRATIC CAUCUS COULD NOT KEEP ITS MEMBERS TOGETHER ON THE MOST IMPORTANT LEGISLATION IMPACTING WOMEN’S HEALTH CHOICE AND FREEDOMS.  Look we know how the Republicans were going to vote – so why are we letting the Senate Democrats who voted for this and did not vote off the hook!

    2 democratic Senators voted Yea!  And one Democratic Senator (a women I might add – just couldn’t seem to show up to vote).   By my simple math if the Dem Caucus had done what it should have done this piece of garbage would have gone down as (Yea=19 – NO=21)…end of discussion!

    Yes (R=19  D=2)


    Dick Black (R-13)

    Harry Blevins (R-14)

    Bill Carrico (R-40)

    Chuck Colgan (D-29)

    Tom Garrett (R-22)

    Emmett Hanger (R-24)

    Steve Martin (R-11)

    Ryan McDougle (R-4)

    Jeff McWaters (R-8)

    Steve Newman (R-23)

    Tommy Norment (R-3)

    Mark Obenshain (R-26)

    Phil Puckett (D-38)

    Bryce Reeves (R-17)

    Frank Ruff (R-15)

    Ralph Smith (R-19)

    Bill Stanley (R-20)

    Walter Stosch (R-12)

    Richard Stuart (R-28)

    Jill Holtzman Vogel (R-27)

    Frank Wagner (R-7)


    George Barker (D-39)

    Creigh Deeds (D-25)

    Adam Ebbin (D-30)

    John Edwards (D-21)

    Barbara Favola (D-31)

    Mark Herring (D-33)

    Janet Howell (D-32)

    Mamie Locke (D-2)

    Dave Marsden (D-37)

    Henry Marsh (D-16)

    Don McEachin (D-9)

    John Miller (D-1)

    Yvonne Miller (D-5)

    Ralph Northam (D-6)

    Chap Petersen (D-34)

    Toddy Puller (D-36)

    Dick Saslaw (D-35)

    John Watkins (R-10)

    Didn’t Vote

    Louise Lucas (D-18)