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  • Democrats were pleased that a proposal to redraw state Senate districts died. House Minority Leader David J. Toscano, Charlottesville Democrat, (left) shakes hands with House Speaker William J. Howell, Stafford Republican, after Mr. Howell declared the redistricting bill was improper and should not be considered. (Richmond Times-Dispatch via Associated Press)

    Redrawing Va. state Senate districts dropped

    Virginia's Republican House speaker on Wednesday ruled against a measure muscled through by Senate Republicans to redraw all 40 state Senate districts, defusing a partisan dispute that had threatened to stymie progress on major legislation.

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  • Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Democrats urge McDonnell to settle Virginia’s health care issue

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  • Va. Senate Dems: Health care special session needed

    Democratic leaders in the Virginia Senate on Tuesday once again urged Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell to call a special session to discuss how the state will address the federal health care overhaul.

  • McDonnell holds off on state health care exchange

    Local leaders appear at odds on how to proceed with implementing health insurance exchanges as part of President Obama's health care overhaul. A deadline looms next week for officials to send outlines of their proposals to the federal government.

  • Sen. Charles J. Colgan, Prince William Democrat and a budget conferee, signed the conference report but has not said whether he will vote for the bill on the floor Tuesday. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

    Two-day showdown ends tortuous Va. budget standoff

    Gov. Bob McDonnell met privately Tuesday with Charles J. Colgan, the longtime Democratic senator who had the power to break a 38-day impasse over the state's two-year $85 billion budget. He had a simple question. What do you want from me? Mr. McDonnell asked.

  • House Majority Leader M. Kirkland Cox (left), a Republican, Sen. Charles J. Colgan, a Democrat, and independent Delegate Lacey E. Putney (right) confer Wednesday before Mr. Colgan changed his vote to approve the budget bill. (Associated Press)

    Democrat's surprise vote gives Virginia a budget

    The Virginia Senate, with little warning and no debate, abruptly reversed course and approved a two-year, $85 billion budget bill Wednesday afternoon by a 21-19 vote — a day after Democrats in the chamber blocked one for the third time this year.

  • Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (center), Fairfax Democrat, talks with Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. (left), James City Republican, as Sen. Emmett Hanger (second from left), Augusta Republican, and Sen. Charles Colgen (second from right), Prince William Democrat, and Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Walter Stosch, Henrico Republican, listen prior to the debate on the budget conferees' report at the Capitol in Richmond on Tuesday. (Associated Press)

    Virginia budget dies in Senate stalemate

    Senate Democrats in Virginia for the third time this year voted down a two-year, $85 billion spending plan on Tuesday, leaving money for local governments, school systems and transportation projects across the state in limbo and portending the possibility of a partial government shutdown if the stalemate cannot be resolved.

  • ** FILE ** Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist (Associated Press)

    IN OTHER WORDS: Norquist goes after Saslaw

    The indestructible force met the immovable object last week: Grover Norquist, the anti-tax advocate who presides over Americans for Tax Reform, dared to take on Virginia Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, Fairfax Democrat.

  • Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell gestures as he talks with members of the Virginia General Assembly after the session adjourned at the Capitol in Richmond on Saturday, March 10, 2012. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    Va. assembly session ends without budget

    The report card for Bob McDonnell and the state legislature at the conclusion of the Virginia governor's legacy-making 2012 session might best be characterized as "incomplete" — for now.

  • Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, Fairfax Democrat, left, and Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr., James City Republican, right, confer as the Senate met at the State Capitol in Richmond, Va. Thursday, March 8, 2012. The budget deadlock in the Senate continues. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown).

    Va. assembly to adjourn without passing a budget

    The Virginia General Assembly plans to adjourn on time Saturday but without approving a spending plan for the next two years, lawmakers said Friday.

  • Sen. Walter A. Stosch (left), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, confers with Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr. during Wednesday's floor session. With adjournment set for Saturday, there is no agreement on a budget. (Associated Press)

    No break in Virginia budget impasse as Democrats list demands

    There is "zero" chance that the Virginia General Assembly will pass a new two-year budget by its scheduled Saturday adjournment, the Senate's top Democrat said Wednesday as the caucus laid out a detailed list of demands to Gov. Bob McDonnell before Democratic Caucus members will consider a vote on a spending plan.

  • Virginia Capitol Police arrest more than 30 pro-choice activists when they refused to disperse as ordered. (Associated Press)

    Protests take focus off Virginia budget fight

    Virginia Republicans were hopeful that a weekend away from Richmond would help thaw a stalemate over the state's proposed two-year, $85 billion spending plan. But the weekend arrests of more than 30 activists protesting anti-abortion legislation has only fueled the partisan flames that have engulfed the Capitol.

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