Mamie Locke - Virginia State Senate - District 2
The Locke Report

The Locke Report

View Vol. 7 Issue 2

News and Events

Members of the General Assembly returned to Richmond to address the budget impasse. A budget was passed with 18 Democrats voting no. Why? Because three Republicans squelched on a deal they made with the Governor to allow for passage of Medicaid Expansion. While the Republican Caucus browbeat its members into effectively denying 400,000 Virginians to have insurance coverage, they did so for inexplicable reasons. While they are bragging about the fact that the Republicans got it done where the Democrats didn't, the means by which it was done begs a question. How did they "get it done?" Hamlet smelled something rotten in Denmark, and I smell something rotten in the Commonwealth. Is it a coincidence that Senator Phil Puckett resigned and within that same week a Republican led Senate pushed through a budget that makes massive cuts and denies closing the coverage gap? Their fear of primary challenges has robbed them of the ability to govern effectively and for all the citizens of Virginia and not just a select few.

It is unfortunate that the dynamics of politics in Richmond are paralleling that in Washington, D.C. There is an unwillingness to compromise, work together, or even be courteous. As Lord Acton once said "Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." The solution is the creation of a Bipartisan Redistricting Commission that will draw lines on the basis of what makes sense and not to protect incumbents or give absolute power and control to one party.