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View Diary: Republican Mark Obenshain will reportedly concede Virginia attorney general's race (83 comments)

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  •  Makes me think they'll be able to pass (0+ / 0-)

    some pro LGBT bills.  Obviously nothing union-wise because the amendment is extremely restrictive.  But an ENDA like bill in VA, if passed by the senate and then promised to be signed would a put a lot of pressure on the state House.

    •  Probably won't happen. (0+ / 0-)

      The VA Senate already passed ENDA bills dealing with state employees repeatedly, and they all died in the House. If a few GOP senators vote for it, it won't be enough to primary them - but if House leadership decided to call a vote on it, there would be an all-out war from the religious groups, which still hold a strong hold on the state's GOP. That said, McAuliffe has pledged to restore an executive order banning LGBT discrimination with regard to state employees (such an arrangement existed under governors Warner and Kaine, but was rescinded by McDonnell).


    •  Very unlikely (0+ / 0-)

      Virginia House is not only heavily Republican-dominated - it's an ultraconservative-dominated . I tried to count a number of reasonable sensible (Rust-type) Republicans in that chamber, and always ended "in single digits". So - no chances.

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