Oh horrors!

Republicans in Virginia push conservative agenda, with bills on guns, gays
The Republican revolution is on in Richmond.

Virginia Republicans have aggressively pursued a conservative agenda since taking over all of state government, steamrolling Democrats along the way.

Less than a month into the General Assembly session, Republicans have passed bills expanding gun rights and rolling back abortion rights, gay rights and — at least as Democrats see it — voting rights. Dozens of other bills remain in the works.

Although it’s no surprise that Republicans would go after those issues, the speed with which they have gotten them past floor votes has surprised some Richmond observers.

“There’s a pent-up demand,’’ said former lieutenant governor John Hager, a Republican who presided over the state Senate for four years. “It says who’s in charge.”

Republicans have not gotten everything they wanted — particularly on abortion and guns — but they have managed with relative ease to approve far-reaching bills.
Notice how, in the eyes of the Left, guns are always paired with abortion and gays, and now Voter ID.

Here comes the scaremongering for Squish Republicans:
Many Republicans, elected last fall primarily on the economy and jobs, could face a backlash in their districts for pushing social causes. And there is a special drawback in an election year in which many Republican candidates for president and the U.S. Senate will need to court independent voters in the swing state, said Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington.

“What they’ve wanted, what they’ve dreamed of, is coming true,” Farnsworth said. “But in the larger electoral context, this may be a very painful course of action if it costs Republicans the presidency or what could be the decisive Senate seat for control of the upper chamber in Washington.”

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, a Republican who won decisively by downplaying social issues, has said he would sign the ultrasound and one-gun-a-month repeal measures.

Even with Republicans in control of both chambers, some of the most conservative bills have died.

A Senate committee has killed two high-profile gun-rights proposals that would have done away with state background checks and prevented colleges from banning firearms on campus. Another committee killed a bill to ban most abortions after 20 weeks after a woman testified that she terminated her pregnancy after medical problems.

On Friday, Democrats took to the House floor to bitterly complain about Republicans’ actions in the General Assembly.

“In four weeks, we have been distracted by divisive social issues,’’ House Minority Leader David J. Toscano (D-Charlottesville) said. “There have been bills on abortion, bills on guns, bills on gays. . . . This is not what the majority of Virginians elected us to do.”

Republicans shot back in passionate speeches, saying bills on guns and abortion are just a small number of the hundreds of measures that have been debated.