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Sometimes there is nothing so dangerous — or exciting — in politics as the unexpected. For the 24 Democrats seeking their party’s nomination for president, the unexpected has just happened. It hasn’t come from any of the usual places that might spring a surprise — a scandal here, an overseas crisis there, or even the latest burst from President Trump’s Twitter account. Instead, it’s come from a group that once was the bedrock of Democratic victories but lately has found itself shunted aside. The union representing coal miners has invited the Democratic candidates to visit a coal mine.

In the aftermath of that shooting, then-Gov. (and now U.S. Sen.) Tim Kaine did something extraordinary. He ordered a study of what happened and what could be done to prevent another such mass shooting. Kaine put together an all-star commission. The panel’s report made 72 recommendations — on everything from the role of police on a college campus to how Montgomery County should operate its emergency services. In between, there were more controversial recommendations on gun laws, privacy laws and Virginia’s mental health system. How many of those were ever acted on? On the 10th anniversary of the Tech shooting, we called on then-Gov. Terry McAuliffe to either reconvene the commission or appoint a new one to conduct an audit of those 72 recommendations. He did not. After the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, last year, we called on Gov. Ralph Northam to do the same thing. He did not. Today, we again call on him to do so.

Virginia, perhaps more than most states, is in love with its history. Our state capital has an entire street devoted to those we have deemed worthy of being enshrined in bronze. In truth, though, we’re only in love with some of our history, because there’s a lot of our history that was decidedly unlovable. That raises a troublesome question: What should we do about those parts of our history that we aren’t so proud of?