Virginia's Republicans might have made a Democratic state senator an offer he couldn't refuse: leave the Senate ASAP, and we'll finally confirm your daughter for her judgeship and even find you a new job. In return, Republicans will take the Senate majority, and liberals' plan to expand Medicaid to 400,000 Virginians will breath its last unexpanded breath.
What we know is this: According to The Washington Post, state Sen. Phillip P. Puckett will announce his resignation Monday, effective immediately. Thanks to a Senate policy against appointing the relatives of serving legislators, Martha Puckett Ketron, his daughter, has been waiting to be confirmed for her six-year term as a district court judge. With her dad's resignation, the road is clear. Meanwhile, Puckett will become deputy director of the state tobacco commission, a job he wouldn't have gotten without Republican support.
(Update 2:31 pm: Following backlash from Democrats, state Sen. Phillip P. Puckett won't be the deputy director of the state tobacco commission after all. The Washington Post reports that Puckett will stay with his current job, according to people familiar with the matter.)