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“Political activists have been automatically excluded from the Redistricting Commission but political fatcats are hunky-dory?”

"Senate Republicans have nominated Marvin W. Gilliam, a coal boss [and major VA GOP donor] from Bristol"

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Thanks to Cragg Hines – 8th CD Democratic Committee member, Virginia Elector, journalist, etc. – for asking the (rhetorical) question: “Political activists have been automatically excluded from the Redistricting Commission but political fatcats are hunky-dory?”  Hines continues:

“Perhaps that’s why Senate Republicans have nominated Marvin W. Gilliam, a coal boss from Bristol, who according to VPAP has given $927, 019 to Virginia political campaigns — and all but $3,000 of that to Republicans.

That includes more than 40 legislative candidates — topping out with $33,500 to homeboy Delegate Israel O’Quinn.

I’m sure that’s that kind of independent, nonpartisan commissioner supporters of Amendment 1 had in mind. If Gilliam makes it through, this is a bigger farce than could have been imagined.”

Also note that Republicans’ finalists are overwhelmingly male, white and wealthy. Yes, this redistricting amendment is working out just greeeeeaaaat. Not.