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5 Ways Virginia May Be the Worst State in the Nation

It isn't known for being a bastion of liberalism, but even for a 'purplish' state, Virginia has taken extraordinarily conservative actions recently.

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Dusenbery writes, "As Del. David L. Englin, who voted against the bill, put it, 'In my view, the true nature of this bill use emotional blackmail, practical logistical barriers and just plain old government bullying to try to prevent women from having abortions.'"

About the only good thing to come out of the ordeal was the hit to McDonnell and friends' popularity. The Roanoke Times reported last week, "Public support for Gov. Bob McDonnell and the General Assembly has declined in the aftermath of a legislative session that featured divisive debates over abortion restrictions and gun laws, according to a statewide poll." Let's just hope they don't take the whole state down with them.

Tara Lohan is a senior editor at AlterNet and editor of the new book Water Matters: Why We Need to Act Now to Save Our Most Critical Resource . Follow her on Twitter @TaraLohan.

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