Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

VA Gov. Bob McDonnell announces VETO of redistricting bill
Story on Gov Veto ^

Posted on 04/15/2011 11:36:16 AM PDT by Gopher Broke

RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Bob McDonnell has vetoed the legislative redistricting plan passed by the Virginia General Assembly.

The bill outlines new district boundaries for both the Senate and the House of Delegates. The Republican governor said Friday he has concerns about the Senate plan, which he said failed to receive bipartisan support. The Democrat-controlled Senate passed the measure on a party-line vote.

The governor also said the proposed Senate districts are not compact as required by law, and that they do not properly preserve locality boundaries and communities of interest. He said he's concerned the Senate plan may also violate the one person-one vote principle of the state and U.S. constitutions.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Front Page News; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: mcdonnell; redistricting; va; vageneralassembly; veto; virginia

1 posted on 04/15/2011 11:36:30 AM PDT by Gopher Broke
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Gopher Broke

Good for him.


2 posted on 04/15/2011 11:40:19 AM PDT by scooby321
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gopher Broke

The Senate plan is a partisan Joke! The house plan was approved by a large majority because it was non-partisan.

The Senate plan was narrowly approved on a party-line vote because it divides too many areas of common interest, for the purpose of electing more liberal Democrats.

One Roanoke County magisterial district (with 7 precincts) has 3 separate Senate Districts!!

This Veto was the right thing to do. Unfortunately, it also applies to the non-partisan house bill.

So, if the 2 sides cannot horse-trade into agreement, this may end up in the courts.


3 posted on 04/15/2011 11:41:52 AM PDT by Gopher Broke (Repeal Obamacare !!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gopher Broke

I was listening to WNIS-790 this a.m. about the subject. The dem-controlled VA Senate recommended a realignment that dilutes GOPer Randy Forbes’ 4th District to include black areas, because as dem Sen. Mamie Locke said, “we’d like to see another black VA member of the U.S. House.” I guess that MLK statement about “content of character” didn’t register.

Very glad Gov. McDonnell shot this down.

Now, VA Senate, work up a do-over and this time, send up a serious proposal.


4 posted on 04/15/2011 11:44:50 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gopher Broke

Districts in Maryland (one-party rule) look like a plate of spaghetti.


5 posted on 04/15/2011 11:45:05 AM PDT by Freee-dame
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Freee-dame
Districts in Maryland (one-party rule) look like a plate of spaghetti.

And the next Maryland special session, I believe in October, is all about redistricting. Just wait until they're done with it then!

In Maryland, I expect no peaceful resolution to this situation in my lifetime.

6 posted on 04/15/2011 12:10:09 PM PDT by RetroSexual
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: ScottinVA

Randy Forbes is an excellent rep. I’ve missed him since moving to Michigan. Now being represented by Rino Candice Miller. Forbes informs his people what and why in all issues. I sure miss him. There are plenty of blacks in the 4th. There is no reason to gerrymander that district.


7 posted on 04/15/2011 12:19:58 PM PDT by P3_Acoustic
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: P3_Acoustic
Randy Forbes is an excellent rep. I’ve missed him since moving to Michigan. Now being represented by Rino Candice Miller.

Just fyi, I used to work for a Candice Miller who moved to the east coast. Would you happen to have a political website or office photo of Rep Candice Miller?

8 posted on 04/15/2011 12:25:21 PM PDT by rcrngroup
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Freee-dame
Take a look at Rep Corrine Brown's district in FL. Parts of it look like a tapeworm as it stretches from Orlando to Jacksonville to scoop up as many of Holder's people as possible..
9 posted on 04/15/2011 12:25:29 PM PDT by JPG ("2012 Can't Come Soon Enough" - Sarah Palin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Gopher Broke

Awesome. This bill would have cut Virginia Beach’s representation in half (Virginia beach is VA’s largest city). The dems wanted this because Virginia Beach is one of VA’s more conservative cities, probably becaue of the stong military presence in the area.


10 posted on 04/15/2011 12:30:15 PM PDT by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis (Want to make $$$? It's easy! Use FR as a platform to pimp your blog for hits!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gopher Broke

Wow, how rare. A Republican with courage. God bless Governor McDonnell and Attorney General Cuccinelli, and God bless the Commonwealth.


11 posted on 04/15/2011 12:33:47 PM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gopher Broke

Everyone talks about Chris Christie, but McDonnell is the ‘09 governor who is the most Presidential.


12 posted on 04/15/2011 12:39:26 PM PDT by conservativebuckeye
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Freee-dame; RetroSexual
Here's Maryland's 3rd Congressional District:


13 posted on 04/15/2011 12:41:49 PM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Freee-dame
Like this?


14 posted on 04/15/2011 12:41:49 PM PDT by C210N (0bama, Making the US safe for Global Marxism)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: rcrngroup

Congresswoman Candice Miller

http://candicemiller.house.gov/


15 posted on 04/15/2011 12:43:11 PM PDT by txrangerette ("...HOLD TO THE TRUTH; SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Hoodat

MD is the sickest display of government abuse and one party rule. They have basically isolated all of the conservatives/Repubs in the state, so we can never win a majority of the counties during elections - I live in the 3rd district and this should be criminal IMHO.

I also hate Sarbanes (just felt like throwing that out there).

As a personal anecdote I called up my congress-critter during the cap and tax debate - Sarbanes’ office didn’t even know what made up their district - I told them I live in Owings Mills and they said oh - you are in Dutch Ruppersberger’s district - how sad is that? There is something seriously wrong with this situation!


16 posted on 04/15/2011 12:55:26 PM PDT by Lilpug15 (The Forgotten Man: He works, he votes and he generally prays - but He Always Pays": Sumner)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Hoodat

Is that the present district? Or the new one that was vetoed?


17 posted on 04/15/2011 1:04:11 PM PDT by saltus (God's Will be done)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: JPG

Kathy Kastors Tampa District rund down highways and over bridges of 3 counties in order to cover the rat “base” zones.


18 posted on 04/15/2011 1:26:24 PM PDT by screaminsunshine (Shut up and eat your Beans!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Lilpug15
MD is the sickest display of government abuse and one party rule.

The arrogance of the Dem party can only exist in MD because of the federal taxpayers' money that pours into the state, mostly via federal workers' salaries and federal contracts in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. Without federal tax money (other people's money) Maryland, with its anti-business, pro-welfare, policies would be one of the poorest states in the union.

19 posted on 04/15/2011 2:18:03 PM PDT by Freee-dame
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: Gopher Broke

This shouldn’t ever even be political. With the advanced information technology we have today, a program can objectively and efficiently parcel out the districts in compact blocks based on population. Of course, this would disadvantage DemocRATs, who are the worst gerrymanderers.


20 posted on 04/15/2011 3:48:43 PM PDT by fwdude (The world is sleeping in the dark that the Church just can't fight, 'cause it's asleep in the light.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gopher Broke

Does the countable chain condition imply that a space is compact?


21 posted on 04/15/2011 3:52:55 PM PDT by patton (I am sure that I have done dumber thigns in my life, but at the moment, I am unable to recall them.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Hoodat

DITTO!


22 posted on 04/15/2011 4:13:32 PM PDT by khnyny (Obama - you're fired!! - Donald Trump)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: conservativebuckeye
Everyone talks about Chris Christie, but McDonnell is the ‘09 governor who is the most Presidential.

I agree, although McDonnell is a relatively young man and has lots of time..
23 posted on 04/15/2011 4:15:22 PM PDT by khnyny (Obama - you're fired!! - Donald Trump)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: Gopher Broke

Democrat gerrymandering at its best. They’re trying everything they can to hold on to all the power they can. Trouble is, the Courts will force the Republicans to give into them — and eventually, the Republicans will — because they’re Republicans.


24 posted on 04/15/2011 4:35:59 PM PDT by patriot preacher
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ScottinVA

Mamie Locke and Hampton University president William Harvey have been scheming for years to jam “color only” candidates down our collective throats in this area.


25 posted on 04/15/2011 6:29:31 PM PDT by Yorktownpatriot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Gopher Broke
All states and commonwealths under the aegis of federal “Voting Rights” legislation—you know,all those “racist” Southern States—are wasting their time creating constitutionally required redistricting based on the census.
The DOJ will simply dump their “racist” designs and draw up NEW ONES to re-elect THE ONE.
By the time the SCOTUS says no way,America will be a Marxist state and we here will all be "vacationing" at Club Gulag.
26 posted on 04/15/2011 6:52:56 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("WARNING" -Sarah Palin is a very dangerous woman--she defends herself when attacked.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gopher Broke

Good for McDonnell.


27 posted on 04/15/2011 6:54:54 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gopher Broke
The house plan was approved by a large majority because it was non-partisan.

Lemme guess. That means big Republican incumbents keep a lock on their districts and big Democrat incumbents keep a lock on theirs.
28 posted on 04/15/2011 7:19:53 PM PDT by yup2394871293
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: yup2394871293
No no—that's “bipartisan”...

“Nonpartisan” means...well,that is to say...if one strictly defines...yet one one must take into account reality...so it stands to reason...aw hell,it means the same damn thing!

The Tea Party just HAS to stop Inside The Beltway business as usual before the language is as corrupted as the government.

29 posted on 04/15/2011 7:57:28 PM PDT by Happy Rain ("WARNING" -Sarah Palin is a very dangerous woman--she defends herself when attacked.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: Yorktownpatriot

Yep, they sure have!!


30 posted on 04/15/2011 8:22:39 PM PDT by ScottinVA (Imagine.... a world without islam.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: AuH2ORepublican; Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; darkangel82; Corin Stormhands; Crichton; ...

Remap season is getting into gear.


31 posted on 04/16/2011 3:13:41 AM PDT by Impy (Don't call me red.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Happy Rain

The Tea Party just HAS to stop Inside The Beltway business as usual before the language is as corrupted as the government.

More profound than many realize.

Even among (chronological) adults, many people accept verbal acrobatics, (what is Libya called "kinetic interdiction" or some such?) as legitimate thinking. Noam Chomsky (linguist) is the biggest buffoon in this regard. And of course Barack Obama is the paragon.

Verbalism is simply empty symbolism, kind of like showing the flag while running in the opposite direction.

And so many are clueless.

32 posted on 04/16/2011 6:37:03 AM PDT by jnsun (The Left: the need to manipulate others because of nothing productive to offer.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: jnsun

I agree with you. Which means we need to get clear meanings of words and keep the feet of those who are in Washington in the fire so they can’t get away with their shenanigans.


33 posted on 04/16/2011 6:53:18 AM PDT by Buddygirl
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: Gopher Broke

Good for him.

McDonnell continues to impress as a role model for executive leadership.


34 posted on 04/16/2011 6:55:36 AM PDT by mac_truck ( Aide toi et dieu t aidera)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gopher Broke

I hope they do some work on CD9 to keep Boucher from getting his old seat back. I have a feeling we haven’t seen the last of him. I believe he’ll come back next year when there’s a presidential election, and many of the idiots will believe he’s still the incumbent, being unaware that he was voted out last year. (people habitually voted him into the Congress for decades)


35 posted on 04/16/2011 7:31:53 AM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JPG
Take a look at Rep Corrine Brown's district in FL. Parts of it look like a tapeworm as it stretches from Orlando to Jacksonville to scoop up as many of Holder's people as possible..

But then a tapeworm is a parasite, just like HOLDER's people!! :)

36 posted on 04/16/2011 10:18:04 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Sorry..tagline will be on soon!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: screaminsunshine
Kathy Kastors Tampa District rund down highways and over bridges of 3 counties in order to cover the rat “base” zones

Cigar Da\/e calls Kathy Castor 'Kathy CASTRO!!'. That district is strange. Of course, my state rep in FL lies 2 counties away from me in Sarasota (and I'm in south Hillsborough)

37 posted on 04/16/2011 10:23:08 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Sorry..tagline will be on soon!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: ExCTCitizen

Kastoro is my rep in S.Tampa. I hope we get redistricted.


38 posted on 04/16/2011 10:28:22 AM PDT by screaminsunshine (Shut up and eat your Beans!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: Gopher Broke

Link to the story in the Washington Times

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/apr/15/mcdonnell-vetoes-va-redistricting-plan/


39 posted on 04/16/2011 11:44:38 AM PDT by Gopher Broke (Repeal Obamacare !!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Gopher Broke

“The governor also said the proposed Senate districts are not compact as required by law, and that they do not properly preserve locality boundaries and communities of interest. He said he’s concerned the Senate plan may also violate the one person-one vote principle of the state and U.S. constitutions.”

While all of theses other concerns are valid, the whole point of the Senate was regional representation NOT 1 person 1 vote.

One person one vote is for house representation, and actual voting Not districting!

Furthermore one person one vote is NOT in the United States Federal Constitution.


40 posted on 04/16/2011 5:28:12 PM PDT by Monorprise
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Monorprise

In the 7th grade our social studies teacher gave us an assignment to gerrymander the Texas panhandle to maximize the number to dem reps (he was a dummie operative). The plan he showed us was what actually happened. We thought that was just great! This was in the 60’s. The brainwashing has been going on for a long time.


41 posted on 04/16/2011 7:08:34 PM PDT by TStro
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

To: Monorprise

Pst. He’s talking about the VA state Senate’s gerrymandered redistricting bill, not representation in the US Senate.


42 posted on 04/17/2011 2:38:26 AM PDT by Terpfen (Buh-bye, Suntan Charlie.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 40 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson