(The Washington Post)  “You were forced to work together,” Jackson said. Instead of jamming bills through with a monolithic majority, delegates had to work both sides of the aisle on the strength of their ideas, he said. “I just thought it was the purest form of democracy that one could find.”

Dave Albo thinks about the young page, a middle-schooler, breaking down in tears amid the furor. It struck the delegate as a scene from a developing country, not the august Virginia chamber that bills itself as the oldest lawmaking body in the New World.

So, no, the last time Virginia’s House was evenly split between Republicans and Democrats, it didn’t get off to a very good start.

Click to continue reading. By Gregory S. Schneider, Dec 26, 2017.

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