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Democrats reshuffle committees in Virginia Senate

Rosalind Helderman

Democrats in the Virginia Senate will be exercising their newly enlarged majority through committee assignments that will be announced soon.

According to a Democratic source, the Steering Committee, a group of senators responsible for committee assignments, will not be replacing former Republican Sen. Ken Stolle on the powerful Finance Committee. Stolle resigned his seat after he was elected sheriff of Virginia Beach in November and was succeeded by Sen. Jeff McWaters, elected Tuesday in a special election.

Instead, the chamber's most important committee, will be allowed to drop from 16 members to 15. That means GOP representation on the committee will decrease from 7 of 16 members to 6 of 15.

There will be two new Democrats on the Courts of Justice Committee. Stolle is being replaced there by a Democrat. So is former Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, who resigned after he was elected state attorney general in November. Democratic Sen. David Marsden won Cuccinelli's seat on Tuesday. Now, Sen. Chap Petersen (D-Fairfax) and Sen. Don McEachin (D-Richmond) will be joining Courts.

There are some other shifts, including former gubernatorial nominee Sen. Creigh Deeds to the Commerce and Labor Committee. Stay tuned for more.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 15, 2010; 11:29 AM ET
Categories:  Creigh Deeds , General Assembly 2010 , Rosalind Helderman , State Senate  
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Here is hoping that the examination of judges in VA will be more honest in the future. These positions are bought with political dollars. The public deserves better questions from Mr. Albo and gang then how do you like your job or why do you want to be a judge? We deserve answers to question like why did you let that rapist go after he was convicted? Why did you make that woman strip in court to prove she was abused? Why are you hearing a case you do not have jurisdiction over? Why do you seal the records of men convicted of abuse of women? Why are you even a judge when you got a 50% rating? Why are you relying on the lawyers to tell you what the law is and stand in front of us and admit it? Why is the Attorney General protecting the judges when there is solid proof of ex parte and the files associated with it were removed from the record by your staff? Why do we have to put up with this inbred bunch of family benches.

Sandra Day O'Connor has stated that the system is broken. Now it needs to be fixed.

Posted by: geal | January 16, 2010 6:55 AM | Report abuse

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