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State Se. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)

State Se. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)

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GOP calls Dems’ Senate takeover ‘outrageous power grab’

In what Republicans called “a Virginia version of Harry Reid’s nuclear option,” Democrats invoked new rules giving them control of all state Senate committees. With Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam casting the tie-breaker Tuesday, the evenly split Senate was reorganized on a 21-20 vote.