The Washington Times - July 22, 2011, 06:38PM

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell sent a strongly-worded letter last week to state party leadership, urging the General Assembly to finish up its special session on redistricting and fill judicial vacancies — laying the blame at the feet of the Democrat-led Senate.

On Friday, Democrats responded, saying that both parties have been in continuing discussions over the matter throughout the spring and summer.

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“We take our constitutional responsibility very seriously,” said Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, Fairfax Democrat. “We have been negotiating with House Republicans and would like to see this issue resolved in a way that works for all Virginians. Obviously, we are eager to have a full contingent of judges on the Virginia Supreme Court.”