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Will House Dem Shenanigans Defeat Senate Dems This Fall?

Yesterday I blogged about the failure of most Democratic Delegates to stand up to the GOP gerrymandering that could put the House of Delegates firmly in Republican control for the next decade. I also noted what appears to be a quid pro quo between Republican Delegate Chris Jones and Democratic Delegate Lionell Spruill to silence the minority community in Suffolk and prevent the creation of a 13th minority-majority district in Virginia. Yesterday brought a few other developments, including the attempts by Delegate David Englin to defend the Republican gerrymandering's treatment of Virginia's minority community. I've challenged this claim but I have yet to receive any sort of response. Today we're seeing more signs of how the failure to oppose the GOP gerrymandering will further undermine the state of the Democratic Party in Virginia.

Something Rotten in Richmond

Yesterday, the House of Delegates in Richmond advanced the Republican gerrymandering plan by an overwhelming 87 to 10 vote. That's right, the majority of the House Democratic caucus decided to go along with the GOP plan to make them a minority for the next decade. Only a handful of Democrats, including several targeted by the redistricting, voted against the plan. This is a complete and total disgrace for our so-called "leaders" in Richmond.

A Dark Decade for Virginia Democrats?

My first diary here at Blue Virginia. Long time lurker, short term commenter, and finally pulling together a few thoughts from the discussion of Warner's long term plans and the future of the Democratic Party of Virginia.

It is beginning to look like the high tide of Virginia Democrats came late in the "lost decade" from 2000 to 2010. Sadly, I think the next decade will be a lost one for Virginia Democrats. The back-to-back-to-back-to-back election victories of 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 are going to become a distant memory. There are big problems facing us and we have to figure out what can be done to turn this boat around!

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