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Fishy Business: GOP state Senator files bill to aid contributor’s seafood company

[cross-posted at DLCC.org]

The day after we noted Virginia GOP state Senator Tommy Norment’s connection to ongoing pay-for-play scandals among Republican state legislators, Jon Cawley of the Hampton Roads Daily Press noted an odd piece of legislation filed by Senator Norment – seemingly for the benefit of a single individual:

Va. Redistricting: A Warning Shot to Democrats Everywhere

[cross-posted at DLCC.org]

If any Democratic legislator anywhere in the country (or any political reporter) thought Republican legislators might play nice and respect the will of the voters this redistricting season, think again.

Virginia, which won’t have state legislative elections again until 2011, already knows which party will have complete control of the redistricting process: neither. But even in a state where everyone knows the Democratically-controlled Senate and the Republican House will have to compromise in order to pass a redistricting plan – because it’s mathematically impossible to pass a plan otherwise – Republicans are already telling the Democrats to take a hike. The Roanoke Times editorial board explains:

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