“There’s no doubt the 13th District is crucial to Republicans who are hoping to keep the state senate in their majority,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg.
“This is how the politics of Virginia have changed so dramatically in just a few years,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg. “For decades, any Democrat who talked about tightening the rules on guns was taking a big political risk. The risk in 2019, in the wake of the tragedy of Virginia Beach, would be borne by Republicans.”
Republicans are in a risky position, though, because opinion polls have consistently shown that most Virginians favor stricter gun laws, said Stephen Farnsworth, a political scientist at the University of Mary Washington. “Failing to respond to that public feeling, particularly in the aftermath of Virginia Beach, would be politically problematic for Republicans,” Farnsworth said. He added that Northam will get credit if the legislature acts, while a lack of results would give Democrats something to blame on Republicans this fall.
“If the Republicans bottle everything up in committee the way that occurred during the general session, the Republicans are probably going to lose their legislative majorities and these bills may very well pass next year,” says Farnsworth.
“When individual Republican lawmakers made the decision to support Medicaid expansion, they focused on the large number of people in their districts who would benefit from having health care and how Medicaid expansion would improve the financial health of local community health centers and hospitals,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington. “The thing is the people who benefit from Medicaid expansion aren’t necessarily the people who show up in a Republican primary.”
Professor Stephen Farnsworth of the University of Mary Washington said that Robert Mueller's brief public statement offered a powerful warning about the threat Russia continues to pose to the US election process. The special counsel's report also served as a reminder to lawmakers that there is much to investigate in President Trump's conduct, Farnsworth said.