Accused of unconstitutional gerrymandering, Virginia's General Assembly was told last week by a federal district court in Richmond that it must redraw its Congressional map next year because too many black voters are “packed” into one majority-minority district.
But state lawmakers could actually avoid a contentious debate and not address the issue at all during their next session.
Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner and his Republican challenger, Ed Gillespie, faced off in their second debate of the campaign season—this time before the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce.
Both candidates agreed that both houses of Congress should be called back into session to authorize President Obama’s use of force against the “ISIS” terrorist movement that’s penetrated Iraq and Syria. And both men said they support an “all-of-the-above” national energy policy that includes offshore drilling and authorization of the Keystone pipeline.
It’s roughly a month before Virginians must decide whether to rehire Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Warner, or choose someone new. During a forum where seniors had an opportunity to interact with Warner's leading opponent, Republican Ed Gillespie, the questions weren't focused on retirement and senior care. Instead, they addressed hot-button issues such as immigration reform, the Affordable Care Act, and strengthening the military.