The Republican-led Senate on Friday muscled through a House-drawn map drawing new lines for the state's 11 congressional districts in one of the GOP's first noteworthy displays of their newfound power.
The Republican-led Senate Privileges and Elections Committee advanced a House-drawn congressional redistricting map Tuesday on a party-line 8-7 vote, continuing the bill's speedy path through the state legislature over objections that it is unconstitutional and dilutes the vote of minorities.
Democrats persuaded reluctant Republicans to vote for their second attempt at a Senate redistricting map, approving the map on Thursday after extensive closed-door efforts to draw a plan they hope wont be vetoed by Gov. Bob McDonnell.
A day after the House of Delegates passed a redistricting map by wide margins, the state Senate on Thursday advanced along party lines a map heavily criticized by Republicans in the minority.
RICHMOND (AP) — Virginia's presidential primary would have been the young woman's first time to vote, and she sobbed into her cell phone when she realized that she couldn't make it to the polls before they closed at 7 p.m.