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Schapiro: Redistricting ploy empowers out-of-power Democrats

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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:00 am

Alas, poor Watkins! Democrats knew him — a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath borne them on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in their imagination it is!

John Watkins is the face and voice of the Senate Republican sneak attack on almost-clueless Democrats. Staging a near-filibuster and exploiting the absence of a single Democratic colleague, Watkins rammed through the Virginia Senate a new redistricting scheme designed to thwart challenges to him and to improve chances in the 2015 election for an absolute GOP majority in the now-evenly-split chamber.

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