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Virginia General Assembly

If Simonds wins in Va., Dems there should demand ERA ratification

If Simonds wins in Va., Dems there should demand ERA ratification

In the event that Democrat Shelly Simonds prevails in her dead-heat contest against incumbent Republican David Yancey for a seat in the Virginia House of Delegates, that body will be split 50-50, and the Democrats and Republicans will be forced into a power-sharing arrangement. This is good news and a historic opportunity for supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).

Congress passed the ERA as the prospective 27th Amendment in 1972 and sent it out for ratification by the states that same year. However, in what has to be the least dead-heat finish of any political contest in history, the 1789 “Madison Amendment” (prohibiting any law that increases or decreases the salary of...

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