Skip to comments.Democratic senator Puckett resigns, adding to state budget turmoil
Posted on 06/08/2014 4:42:32 PM PDT by HokieMom
State Sen. Phillip P. Puckett- D-Russell has resigned his seat, leaving Democrats one vote shy of the majority they need to control the chamber.
Puckett's stunning resignation throws Democratic budget strategy into chaos and opening the way for Republicans to seize control of the chamber and reorganize its committees with GOP majorities.
I am deeply disappointed by this news and the uncertainty it creates at a time when 400,000 Virginians are waiting for access to quality health care, especially those in Southwest Virginia, Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a statement.
(Excerpt) Read more at timesdispatch.com ...
Allow me to guess that there was criminal behavior involved.
Have you been watching “House of Cards?” :^)
Of course...DIMocRAT modus operandi.
Game changer in Richmond regarding Budget, Medicaid Expansion and control of the Senate.
WP: “Va. lawmaker to resign, paving way for jobs for self, daughter, according to associates”
“When one hundred and eleventy billion virginians are waiting for access to quality health care”. Why are they waiting? Hasn’t emporer nero kardashian narcissus in charge of health care? I don’t know much about virginia politics, but this article implies that up until now there was a democrat manority. So why don’t they have quality health care right now?
The article implies that he resigned because his daughter applied for an appointment to a judgeship that had rules about being related to a member of the legislature.
Noble of him, but ouch for the Dems :)
(God I hate this stupid virtual keyboard)
Nah, he just felt the need to spend more time with his family...
Best news of he week!!!
This is beyond huge! It means all the committees get GOP chairmen!
Where are you suggesting folks were going to receive this mythical “quality healthcare” that now won’t be available?
Yes, it will be both chambers vs. the liberal Governor. We’ve been praying for something like this to happen. I thought it might be a party-changer for a southern democrat downstate.
So this means a special election to replace him? Any chance the R’s can win this seat?
Wow, this is hugh! Best news I’ve heard in quite a while.
Great question! We’ll have to see what Pat Mullins, the state chairman, has to say as a follow-up.
For those unfamiliar as I was “In the 2007 Virginia state elections, the Democratic Party reclaimed the majority in the Senate for the first time since 1995, when the Republican Party gained a 20-20 split. The Republicans took control of the Senate for the first time in history after a January 1998 special election. The 2011 elections resulted in a 20-20 split between the parties, but as the tie breaker was Republican Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, the Republicans effectively regained control. After the 2013 elections, Democratic State Senator Ralph Northam became the Lt. Governor, but the Democrats did not regain control of the chamber until Northam’s seat was filled with a fellow Democrat after a January 2014 special election.”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senate_of_Virginia
I am deeply disappointed by this news and the uncertainty it creates at a time when 400,000 Virginians are waiting for access to quality health care ...”
What did government do before there was such a thing as “access to quality health care”?
HUGE NEWS! Democratic state senator Phil Puckett just resigned. Read the Richmond Times-Dispatch article here.
In addition to giving Republicans an immediate 20-19 majority, this is a very conservative seat (in southwest Virginia), and Republicans will be heavily favored to take it once a special election is held.
The Republican House and the Democratic Senate have been deadlocked over the budget for almost three months. It’s too early to know exactly how this will impact the negotiations, but it certainly improves chances that a budget will be completed on time and without Governor McAuliffe’s proposed Obamacare Medicaid expansion.
This seat should go to the GOP. All the House members from this area are Republicans.
...this is a very conservative seat....
Then why did a Rat have it?
Give him more jobs, and a medal of honor.
Waiting for a RINO VA Senator to defect to the Dems in 4...3...2...
Conservative area and many southern Dems are conservative.
From Senator Dick Black: Democrat Senator Puckett has announced his resignation from the Virginia Senate. I have been honored to work with him on important issues such as coal, jobs and pro-life issues. Senator Puckett often broke with his caucus to represent the traditional values of the people of his region and to oppose the extreme anti-coal policies that are being forced on it by Washington. I was honored to work with him in Richmond.
A liberal blog I follow is blaming this on Republicans for bribing him. :D
Until January of this year, VA suffered a GOP Governor, Lt. Gov, AG and majorities in both chambers. That all went to hell with the last election when we got Gov. Grifter from NY. (with a great deal of help from the GOPe, one might add) All 3 statewide offices went D as did the state senate.
Maybe by now people have awakened. We can hope.
Thank you God
Okay, thanks for the info.
Let’s hope those blue dog Democrats you describe wake up and get out of that corrupt party.
The Loudoun County Republican is Dick Black and he is a solid, Christian conservative.
They JUST got their U.S. Senate candidate confirmed yesterday. This has to be a gift to the RPV.
Thanks for the synopsis. We are retiring in ten months and escaping California. We ruled out Virginia even though it is beautiful because we can’t count n her people to vote right. We’ve had enough of idiots voting themselves tax increases.
If that stinking libertarian hadn’t run you wouldn’t be worried about a Gov. McAuliffe. He was recruited by some Dems to run. He never had a chance and he handed the election to McAuliffe who won with less than 50% of the vote.
Three republican senators voted for the medicaid expansion, allowing the dems to call it “bi-partisan”, even though at least one democrat voted against it in the house, meaning the house can also call it “bi-partisan opposition”.
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Goods news, but I don’t trust the Gov - he might go nuclear now ...
Good point. I’m sure they’re trying to figure something out.
Southwest Virginia is trending Republican big time. This is a now a heavily Republican district, according the data provided by those jerks as Daily Kos (who crunch numbers pretty well)
It went 67% for Romney and 65% for Allen in 2012.
Puckett won 53%-47% in 2011, clearly only personal popularity saved him. This should be a gimme with control of the Senate at stake.
Was gonna ping VA Freeper Corin Stormhands to this, but he’s been absent for 3 years, apparently.
And the state was getting high marks for being well run and a good place to do business. Unfortunately the past governor couldn’t convince his family to keep their “hands out of the cookie jar” and we ended up with the carpetbagger. Every GOP member of the legislature needs to remember they have a target painted on their back and must keep their affairs squeeky clean in these tenuous times.
Whatever thwarts Democrat plans is good news.
Wait, isn't FUBOcare settled law? How come those 400,000 aren't covered?
Then again, maybe McAwful doesn't consider FUBOcare to be "quality" coverage.
Is Puckett the RAT state senator frow SW VA? If so, you’re right, this should be an easy GOP pickup, and the GOP will have control of bothe houses of the VA state legislature until at least the November 2015 elections.
This is a stunning lie by Gov. Terry McAuliffe!
He also said that he would NEVER hold the budget for the State of Virginia hostage to Obamacare!
“The Koch Brothers !”
Virginia is eat up with voter fraud. That’s how we ended up with the current batch. Even the Democratically-controlled newspapers didn’t like McAuliffe
No. His daughter has been denied a judge position because he is a Senator.