The House speaker placed fairness ahead of Republican desires.
Virginia House Speaker William Howell restored some sanity to the General Assembly on Wednesday when he blocked an ugly power grab by the Senate. He, at least, can stand before the commonwealth with a clean conscience.
Senate Republicans sparked partisan outrage and mocking on national television a few weeks ago when they exploited President Obama’s cere-monial inauguration to sneak through a new electoral map that benefited the party. Since then, their scheme has cast pallor over everything else in what was supposed to be a productive legislative session.