Charlottesville–Right Now: The end of cockfighting in Virginia?

Bob Gibson of the Charlottesville Daily Progress joins Coy Barefoot each week for an update on Virginia politics. The General Assembly session is coming close to the halfway point, and this Monday’s discussion begins with a talk about cockfighting. A bill has advanced in the General Assembly to felonize the practice, which has picked up in popularity among immigrants in the state since North Carolina banned the sport last year. But Gibson says the practice has a long and storied tradition in Virginia.

This was supposed to be a General Assembly session that dealt with transportation. After an original declaration of a compromise between Republicans in the House and Senate, things are a little less clear.

“It’s still fragile, and no one knows exactly what’s going to come out,” says Bob. “They have a deadline of Thursday this week for committee action on the two bills.” At issue is how any road projects should be paid for. Taxes or debt financing? Follow the compromise on Richmond Sunlight.

There’s also an update on Sen. Creigh Deed’s anti-gerrymandering bill, which passed the Senate and now awaits action in the House. Waldo Jaquith has posted YouTube video of Deeds speaking just before passage. Coy and Bob also discuss efforts to shore up Virginia’s DNA database for criminals, and the selection process to replace Judge Peatross.


2 Replies to “Charlottesville–Right Now: The end of cockfighting in Virginia?”

  1. take two dam fighting roosters and just feed and water them apart or together, when they get older, put one on each end of a football field and see what happens. God created them. Its like banning people to go to church. Thats their instinct.

  2. like they say…. birds of a feather flock together….

    men who have no guts have to play with thier cocks and let them fight as both are complete idiots…. i’d say jack ass… but a jack ass has sense more sense than a fighting cock or the idiot that owns them

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