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Recounts happened Tuesday in the elections for the Virginia House of Delegates! Remember how nobody ever thought the Democrats could retake control of that body, everything was (and is) so gerrymandered to fuck, but then all of a sudden WHOA HOLY SHIT DEMOCRATIC WAVE, TRANSGENDER LADY STOLE SEAT OF BIGGEST TRANSPHOBIC ASSHOLE IN THE WHOLE STATE AND A MILLION OTHER DEMOCRATS WON ALSO TOO? Because of said gerrymandering, control of the body hung in the balance, even though Democrats beat Republicans by 10 points overall among votes cast in those elections. This is fucked up, and it's also how things are in the United States House of Representatives and in a bunch of other states.

That alone is a good enough reason for Democrats to NEVER MISS AN ELECTION AGAIN, so we can be the ones holding the pen next time it's time to draw lines. (And we will draw them FAIRLY and the GOP will bitch and moan because FAIRLY has a WELL-KNOWN LIBERAL BIAS.)

Another real good reason to never miss an election again is that it appears Republicans have lost their majority in the Virginia House of Delegates by ONE VOTE after today's recounts:

A Republican seat flipped Democratic in a wild recount Tuesday - with the Democrat winning by a single vote - creating a rare 50-50 tie between the parties in the House of Delegates and refashioning the political landscape in Richmond.

Democrat Shelly Simonds emerged from the recount as the apparent winner in the 94th District of the House of Delegates, seizing the seat from Republican incumbent David Yancey. A three-judge panel still must certify the results, an event scheduled for Wednesday.

Of the 23,866 votes cast in the Newport News district on Election Day, Yancey held a tenuous lead of just 10 votes going into Tuesday’s recount. [...]

The final tally: 11,608 for Simonds to 11,607 for Yancey.

ONE VOTE, ASSHOLES.

Oh, is your armpit planning to itch on election day?

ONE VOTE, ASSHOLES.

Oh, are you gonna get stuck in the drive-thru getting a Big Mac to put directly inside your bottom and forget to make it to the polls?

ONE VOTE, ASSHOLES.

Oh, but were you thinking the Democrat running for "Thing" isn't perfect according to your standards, so it doesn't really matter if some GOP sexual predator wins "Thing," because they are all the same anyway?

ONE VOTE, JILL STEIN.

Oh, but were you busy reading the Wonkette open thread and drinking booze and putting cat .gifs in the comments section?

That's fine, it's not election day. BUT WHEN IT IS, WE SWEAR TO GOD.

Anyway, that means open thread, goodbye.

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[Washington Post]

Evan Hurst

Evan Hurst is the senior editor of Wonkette, which means he is the boss of you, unless you are Rebecca, who is boss of him. His dog Lula is judging you right now.

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Well, goddamn it, a wonderful person we'd never heard of until last night is dead. Lyra McKee was 29, an investigative journalist who specialized in looking at the legacy of "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland. She was murdered by someone shooting at police during rioting in Derry, or perhaps Londonderry, depending on who you want to piss off by using either name for the city. The rioting broke out after police "started carrying out searches in the area because of concerns that militant republicans were storing firearms and explosives" in advance of attacks planned to mark the anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Police are blaming the violence and McKee's death on the "New Irish Republican Army," a radical republican group formed a few years ago from several smaller groups. Despite the name, the group has no ties to the old Provisional Irish Republican Army, which renounced violence and disarmed in 2005 following the 1998 Good Friday Agreement, which was supposed to have brought peace to Northern Ireland, and kind of did, at least much of the time.

McKee is being remembered by colleagues and readers as a promising journalist who was expected to go far. A year ago, McKee signed a two-book deal with Faber & Faber; the first of the books, The Lost Boys, an investigation of eight young men who disappeared in Belfast during the Troubles in the '60s and '70s, will be published next year. A 2016 Forbes profile said "McKee's passion is to dig into topics that others don't care about." For instance, CNN reports, McKee spent five years investigating a story about the only rape crisis center in Northern Ireland and its long struggle to regain funding after the government eliminated it.

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