|'The dark art of statehouse gerrymandering reached a new low in Virginia this week. Senate Republicans in Richmond used the absence of a Democratic member, who traveled to the presidential inauguration, to ram through a surprise redistricting map patently designed to aid the G.O.P.'s grab for majority power in the next election....'
'Like most states, the Virginia commonwealth has a long history of political eye-gouging in the pursuit of voting maps that boost the careers of one party's members while keeping voters in the dark. But the Republicans' blitzkrieg was breathtaking as they dredged up an innocuous House bill, grafted their remapping scheme onto it, and rushed it to the floor without any notice to the public.'
The insertion of amendments into bills, with no discussion and no knowledge by the public, is just one more dirty trick our legislators use to erode our rights.