Friday, January 25, 2013 1:05 pm
GOP senators will oppose Va electoral change
By BOB LEWISAP Political Writer
At least two GOP state senators say they oppose the bill. That would leave it short of the majority it needs in a Virginia Senate where Democrats and Republicans hold 20 seats apiece.
Virginia's General Assembly is the first of several Republican-ruled legislatures from Wisconsin to Pennsylvania - states President Barack Obama won last fall - to address such legislation. Democrats denounce it as a Republican election-rigging scheme.
Republican Sen. Jill Vogel said she'd oppose the measure in a Senate committee Tuesday and on the floor should it get that far. GOP Sen. Ralph Smith of Roanoke also will oppose it.