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PWC Is Redistricted

By Greg L | 18 April 2011 | Virginia Politics, Virginia Senate, Prince William County | 13 Comments

At least at the magisterial district level, we now know what the lines will be in November.  The utter beauty of this plan is that a bunch of the people that Supervisor Wally Covington screwed over by blocking the establishment of a new elementary school — because it didn’t benefit his district — will now be his constituents and be in the position to hold him to account for harming the educational opportunities of their children.  As for the rest of the outcomes, this ended up being the very model of inclusive redistricting where everyone in the community had their say and to the maximum extent possible, everyone in the community got what they wanted.

Compare this open, inclusive and thoroughly bi-partisan approach to that of Senate majority leader Dick Saslaw and Senator George Barker.  Their utterly goofy gerrymander failed to garner a single minority party vote, was vetoes by the Governor for violating state and federal law, and all we’re hearing so far from Senate Democrats is that they’re not going to change their horrible plan one bit, no mater what anyone says.  The plan has been subjected to a strongly bipartisan withering fire from the press, the blogs, and the community and he has vowed not to modify that plan one bit.

So whose the model for actual Democracy here?  Republican Chairman Corey Stewart who listened and adjusted lines based on community input and got a unanimous vote supporting his plan?  Or Senate Democrats who won’t listen to anyone, draw ridiculous district lines that violate the law, and vow that any efforts to actually get the Senate to listen is tantamount to political surrender?

We in the county now have some certainty about what’s going to happen.  The most likely outcome of the hysterical partisanship in the General Assembly is that we’re going to have elections for state offices based on the current district lines in 2011 and a judge is going to draw boundaries for new elections in 2012.  Back-to-back years and we’re going to see not only 140 delegates and senators running for elections that year, but one U. S. Senate seat,  eleven Congressional house seats, and a President running as well.  It’ll be a real mess.  Complete election overload.

For the next 18 months or so we’re going to live very interesting lives because the Senate of Virginia can’t operate with an efficiency even approaching what we see in Prince William County government.  Government works best when it listens to people, and that makes all the difference.



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13 Comments

  1. Loudoun Insider said on 19 Apr 2011 at 5:34 am:
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    PWC certainly did better at redistricting than Loudoun did - what a mess we were left with thanks to hyper-partisan Dems trying to save their own political skins.

  2. Anonymous said on 19 Apr 2011 at 7:41 am:
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    For a rush job, this turned out pretty well. RINOs on the BOCS beware, you’ve drawn some pretty strong challengers in your districts.

  3. Casanova Frankenstein said on 19 Apr 2011 at 3:02 pm:
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    Let’s see, this sets up:

    Jeanine Lawson vs. Wally Covington in Brentsville Dist.

    Jim Riley / Amy Frederick / Kristen Forrester / or any of the other 50,000 people in the Dumfries Dist. that Maureen Caddigan has pissed off / double-crossed / stabbed in the back over the past 16 years vs. Caddigan in Potomac Dist.

    Bob Pugh / someone else recruited by Corey vs. Marty Nohe in Coles Dist.

  4. Patty said on 19 Apr 2011 at 9:41 pm:
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    Stirrup shot himself in the foot by approving the t mobile cell tower at Lomond Drive. Yes, he most certainly did!!!

    He gave a snake instead of a fish to those on Lomond Drive and Westgate.
    Yes, he most certainly did!!!

    …mild statements compared to what was said by constituents outside the Board Chambers……

  5. Classic Rock said on 20 Apr 2011 at 7:07 am:
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    “Jim Riley / Amy Frederick / Kristen Forrester ”

    Are you kidding? What, did you just pick those names out of the air? They are “no bodies” and have no record on providing service to the Dumfries (Potomac) District voters. None of those people have a chance of beating Maureen and you know it. Get over yourself Casanova. Just because you don’t like Maureen, don’t think that everybody else in the District agrees with you.

  6. Knight Templar said on 20 Apr 2011 at 7:54 am:
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    I know Pugh. He’s been chair of John Stirrup’s budget committee for a long time and John trusts him on budget issues. He lives in Bennett Precinct (now in Coles District) and owns a business in John’s district. He worked in finance for the county a few years ago, knows this stuff inside-out, and could run circles around staff on budget and spending matters. Marty must go, but could Pugh beat him? He’s not well known and can he campaign? Does Corey support him?

  7. Casanova Frankenstein said on 20 Apr 2011 at 8:36 am:
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    Classic Rock — Kristen Forrester is a Dumfries Town Councilwoman. Jim Riley is the Southbridge HOA President / At-Large County Housing Bd. Member / Cherry Hill Community Development Authority Member / former Dumfries GOP Dist. Chairman. Amy Frederick is a member of the Montclair HOA and well known throughout the area as fmr. Del. Jeff Frederick’s wife. How exactly are any of those things not providing service to the people of Dumfries / Potomac? You must really be one of the last Caddigan Kool Aid drinkers (or else one of her paid staff or a family member.)

    Caddigan is a bad joke who has stayed for too long by the standards she herself applied to John Jenkins back in 2003. She’s been phoning it in for the past four years — heck, she didn’t even know the Wal-Mart in her own district was expanding until they had already broken ground. And her “election year conversion” to being a loyal Republican will only last until the final votes are tabulated.

  8. Bwana said on 20 Apr 2011 at 9:10 am:
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    Actually, the multiple election scenario is worse than you depict…

    If things do run as they did the last time the GA got drawn up by courts or such (1981), then the GA races will run in:

    ***2011 using current boundaries (HOD and SSen)
    ***2012 using new boundaries (HOD and SSen)
    ***2013 using new boundaries (HOD) to get back on cycle.

    So, we are actualy looking at delegate races in three consecutive years, plus an extra Senate election if the redistricting process is delayed too much…

  9. Franco said on 20 Apr 2011 at 3:44 pm:
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    Classic Rock = Jim Caddigan / Jane Beyer / Bill Card.

    FYI, I understand there is evidence of campaign activity being performed out of Caddigan’s official PWC office, including time stamped emails coming from pwcgov.org addresses.

  10. Why No Love For The MVC Porno Shops? said on 21 Apr 2011 at 8:32 am:
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    THAT must be why Caddigan and her office has done nothing about the MVC Late Night Video porno shop on Route 1 in Dumfries….

    Now it all makes sense.

  11. Sick & Tired said on 21 Apr 2011 at 6:52 pm:
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    Jane Beyer has no spine . She will say one thing and do another depending on who is exerting the most pressure. Just look at her public comments versus her votes on Park Authority matters. Jane is just another minion in the “good old boy” network of PWC. We need new blood to bring life back to county government.

  12. Harry said on 25 Apr 2011 at 5:31 pm:
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    Chief, Voting Section
    Civil Rights Division
    Room 7254 – NWB
    Department of Justice
    950 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
    Washington, DC 20530

    Dear Chief:

    I am writing in reference to the proposed redistricting plan for the County Board of Supervisors in Prince William County, VA.

    As you may be aware the Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, Corey Stewart and his lap dog, Supervisor John Stirrup, have engaged in a program of ethnic cleansing in Prince William County. Their pernicious and relentless attacks on minorities are a common theme at nearly every public event attended by either Stewart or Stirrup. Given that the County leadership is now proposing to dramatically reduce and dilute the voting voice of minorities in the County I urge you to reject the proposed County Supervisor redistricting plan.

    Cordially,

  13. Gnarly said on 26 Apr 2011 at 3:42 am:
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    Sick and Tired says Jane Beyer “has no spine.” She has NOTHING but spine and most people in the County that know her will tell you that.

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