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Monday, December 5, 2011

VA Senate Democrats Sue to Block GOP Majority

The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that Democrats in the State Senate, led by anti-rights Henrico State Senator Don McEachin, filed suit to block Lt. Governor Bill Bolling from voting to organize the state senate with a Republican majority.  The Lt. Governor can vote to break ties in the upper chamber.  November's election results evenly split the chamber with 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans.
"The voters elected 20 Democrats and 20 Republicans to the Senate. Yet, in spite of that, the Republicans choose to ignore these results and, instead, claim absolute power and authority," said Sen. A. Donald McEachin , D-Henrico.
According to a press release by the Virginia Senate Democratic caucus, the  lawsuit seeks a declaratory judgment backing up their claim that a lieutenant governor does not have the constitutional right to cast a vote breaking the expected tie about how the Senate organizes.

The outcome has major implications for gun owners as power sharing arrangement may spell doom for the number one priority of pro-rights supporters - repeal of handgun rationing.

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