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By John R. Bolton
Reality calls for attaching Gaza to Egypt and the West Bank to Jordan
Topic - Ralph S. Northam
Virginia Democrats asserted control of the evenly divided state Senate on Tuesday and organized as a majority, tipping the balance of power away from Republicans and casting a toxic pall over Capitol Square after the GOP vociferously registered its complaints.
Democrats reshaped the power structure of the Virginia Senate on Tuesday after winning a close special election that gave their party narrow control of the upper chamber.
Delegate Lynwood W. Lewis kept his scant lead over Republican Wayne Coleman in a recount of a special Senate election Monday, giving Democrats control of the upper chamber.
Tuesday's too-close-to-call special election in Norfolk appears to put Democrats on the precipice of taking effective control of the state Senate, but a possible recount could delay things for weeks — leaving incoming Gov. Terry McAuliffe facing a General Assembly dominated by the GOP for the beginning of his term.
The candidates for lieutenant governor offer Virginia voters a stark choice: a socially conservative Republican opposed to abortion and a Democratic state senator and physician best known for his defense of women's reproductive rights.
The race to win a job that pays $36,000 a year and requires skills hardly more demanding than the ability to stand for long periods of time is attracting an inordinate amount of attention this year in Virginia.
Virginia legislators are moving to ban smoking in cars with children younger than 15.
A Republican-run Senate committee swiftly killed legislation Monday that would have made Virginia's mandatory pre-abortion ultrasound exams optional after the committee chairman blocked discussion of the bill.
A Republican-dominated Senate committee narrowly killed a bill Thursday that would have barred state-funded abortions for poor women carrying mortally deformed fetuses.
Mr. Northam said he would focus on economic development, health care and mental health issues.
"I don't play the political game," he said. "I'm there to do what's in the best interests of Virginia, and I'll continue to work with both sides of the aisle."