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Tyranny of the Majority

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In a failed political maneuver on the House floor today, House Republicans attempted to subvert the traditions of the House of Delegates and refused to allow Del. Adam Ebbin to withdraw his own bill from consideration. Ebbin’s bill reached the floor via a new rule introduced by Republican leader Morgan Griffith, who was unable to think of a purpose for this scheme when asked during floor debate a scant two weeks ago:

Republicans in the House Rules committee referred the bill to the full floor with no recommendation and no input from the public. In protest, Democratic leader Ward Armstrong encouraged his colleagues to refuse to vote in an act of civil disobedience.

The GOP responded by revealing the true intentions of their tactic, forcing their will upon the minority by challenging their votes one by one. Del. Jeion Ward responds below:

Del. Griffith proceeded with the list.

You can read more here.

Written by assemblyaccess

January 24, 2008 at 4:13 pm

Posted in Audio, Video

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  1. […] withdrawn. This behavior on the part of the majority resulted in a refusal by the minority to vote. Assembly Access, as always, was there, and provides this video of Majority Leader Morgan Griffith reading the name […]

  2. It’s exactly this attitude that the Republicans continue to display again and again that creates our divided country.

    Throw the bums out….and send Hillary and Bill Clinton with them since they’ve obviously decided this is the way to win.

    Didn’t these people go to kindergarden and learn to play well with others? It would be better for all of us if children replaced these crude cruel folks.



    January 24, 2008 at 8:17 pm

  3. […] Republicans stand by rules gimmick Posted in Video by assemblyaccess on February 4th, 2008 On a party line vote today, House Republicans defeated a measure introduced by Del. Bob Brink that would eliminate a new rule that allows the majority to bypass public input and committees of expertise and put bills of their choosing directly on the floor (as they did last month). […]

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