VA Senate GOP Sneaks Through Gerrymandering Bill During Inauguration

State Senate Republicans have muscled a surreptitious redraft of Virginia’s 40 Senate districts to passage over bitter objections from Democrats who were blindsided by the surprise move.

On a party line 20-19 vote after limited debate Monday, Republicans won Senate passage of an amendment to a House bill that previously had made only minor technical corrections to district lines. The vote would have been a tie had Democratic Senator Henry Marsh been present. Marsh, a civil rights leader, was attending the inauguration in Washington.

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