Skip to main content

Jeniffer Wexton, headshot
Virginia state Senate wins like Jennifer Wexton's made this vote possible.
Elections have consequences—but you have to win enough elections to pass legislation all the way through. That's the lesson in Virginia, where Democrats recently took control of the state Senate, but Republicans still control the state House. That means results like this:
The Virginia State Senate narrowly passed a bill on Tuesday that would repeal a state law requiring pregnant women to have ultrasounds before getting abortions.

The Senate, which recently flipped to Democratic control, split exactly down the middle on the ultrasound repeal, with 20 votes for and against it. Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam (D), who is a physician, cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the repeal. [...]

Tuesday's vote was largely symbolic, because the repeal bill is not likely to pass in Virginia's Republican-controlled House of Delegates. That body's Constitutional Law Subcommittee killed a similar ultrasound repeal bill last week on a 6-2 party-line vote.

Having one legislative chamber repeal such an offensive law, and a governor who would sign the repeal if it reached him, is a major moral victory. It's a victory that may create enough pressure on the House of Delegates to dial down the crazy a little. It's a victory that will prevent the next mandatory ultrasound-equivalent law from being passed. But as long as the House of Delegates stands in the way, it's not the kind of victory that stops women from being forced to have medically unnecessary ultrasounds right now. It makes the task brutally clear: here is where and why Democrats need to win more elections.

Originally posted to Laura Clawson on Wed Feb 12, 2014 at 06:25 AM PST.

Also republished by Virginia Kos and Daily Kos.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site