Recall that Governor Terry McAuliffe (D, VA) granted en masse a restoral of the right to vote to some 200,000 convicted felons, and the Virginia Supreme Court said Virginia law didn’t allow that: any such restoral had to come only after individual, case by case evaluation of each felon separately from any other felons.
McAuliffe replied that he “cannot accept” the ruling. He called it a “political decision” that “reminded” him of Bush v Gore and that the justices were “scared” of the legislature. He has since acted on his defiance by restoring rights to some 13,000 felons who had already registered to vote when the state Supreme Court’s decision invalidated his executive order.
McAuliffe also is insisting that he’ll restore the vote to the remaining 200,000 before he’s out of the Governor’s mansion.
In addition to that contempt of—and for—Virginia’s Supreme Court, his charge that the Supremes were scared is nothing but an FDR-esque effort to intimidate those Justices to rule more…suitably…in future.
The Wall Street Journal put it succinctly at the above link:
McAuliffe has nullified the Virginia Constitution’s guidelines on felon voting simply because he dislikes those rules.
At stake is whether an executive can first rewrite the law in defiance of the legislature and then do what he wants anyway in defiance of a court.
This is the risk we run from a Clinton extension in 2017 of the Democrats’ rule over our nation.