On Wednesday the State Board of Elections will choose the winner of the race for delegate in the 94th district and with that the control of the House of Delegates. The board will write down the name of each candidate, Republican Delegate David Yancey and Democrat Shelly Simonds, place the name in a film canister and choose one of the canisters from a bowl or hat. (This sounds ridiculous, but according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, that’s what the state law requires.)
On Thursday Republican Bob Thomas won the recount in the 28th district, Speaker Bill Howell’s seat. Republicans have now won all of the recounts. If Delegate Yancey’s name is pulled from the bowl on Wednesday he will keep his seat and Republicans will control the House of Delegates 51-49. If he loses, the House will be split 50-50 and leadership will have to be negotiated.
Democrats have filed a lawsuit in the 28th district asking for a new election because some voters were given ballots for the wrong district. The suit will be heard on January 5th.
The General Assembly will convene on January 10th.
Update: Governor McAuliffe announced today that film canisters will not be used, instead the winner’s name will be drawn from a hat. (Is this any way to run a state?)
No matter the balance I am looking forward to seeing which Republican Delegates and Senators bring forth or sponsor legislation ending employee misclassification (JLARC427, EO24 ) and the ***Santurary provided*** to illegal immigrants by allowing illegal subcontracting by licensed Va home builders and lumber stores.
I doubt much though because the Republican merely appears to go after Cities funding claiming they provide Santurary, when we know that it is the State that allows it.
One wonders whether the only film canisters the McAuliffe Administration could find around the statehouse were already filled with something other than film. Apparently, Joe Morrissey called the governor to say that he had some film canisters on hard. McAuliffe wisely declined. Governor elect Northam was going to supply a hat but, as it turns out, all of his hats are lined with tinfoil. Gillespie, seeking to be seen as a good sport, offered one of his “Make America Great again” hats. For some reason that offer was rejected.
I did cast for Vogel and Adams.
I *did not* cast for Gillespie because of his weak jobs plan.
” I will cut DPOR Regulations, spur job growth and broaden the base”
I could not get any , Republican, Conservative or Bull Elephant cheerleaders to tell me;
1) What Regulations?
2) Expected job growth because of these regulatory cuts
3) How would he collect the taxes when the employment is illegal as it is currently with our Santurary Employment Construction Industry.
4) I even asked his stance on
Executive order 24
5) His stance on McAuliffes VOSHA/DOLI notification policy.
I truly believe that his campaign staff was clueless to these active and current issues
AND WHAT is the IMPORTANT point of this continuing saga? : Humhhh?
Virginia Republicans are no long WINNING with their HATE strategy: hating gays, hating trans people, hating immigrants and refugees and POC, hating the poor, hating the sick, etc.
HATE is no longer winning for Republicans. Try sumphin-sumphin else.
We’ve had enough. Say goodnight Gracie.
Did I miss something on the recounts? I thought Republicans won one, lost one, and tied one.
For those of you who are too young to remember film canisters, they look like this: