Report Card Finds Widening Gap Between Parties in VA Senate

By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer
By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer

In a pivotal election season for control of the Virginia Senate, Democrats get predictably low marks from a socially conservative lobbying organization.

Grading on how legislators voted in 2010 and this year on 20 selected issues including abortion, gay rights, defiance of federal mandates, sexual-abstinence education and school choice, Republicans again topped the class.

That mirrors results in ten previous report cards compiled by The Family Foundation's political action arm, Family Foundation Action.

But foundation president Victoria Cobb said the chasm between Republicans and Democrats on issues important to the right was widening, particularly in the Senate.

Four Senate Democrats scored a zero. In the 100-member House, only one Democrat, Del. Joe Johnson of Washington County, was even in the top 50.

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