Democrats and Republicans Continue Discussing VA Redistricting

By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer
By: BOB LEWIS - AP Political Writer

Senior House Democrats and their Republican counterparts continue closed-door talks on a compromise Senate redistricting plan with grudging progress to show for it.

Four Democrats and at least three Republicans met throughout the day Tuesday in the General Assembly Building trying to agree on a new political map Gov. Bob McDonnell won't veto.

That's what the Republican governor did to the redistricting bill sent to him earlier this year, singling out the Senate plan for splitting up too many local communities and even voting precincts. He called it Democratic gerrymandering.

Senate Democratic Majority Leader Dick Saslaw says the second day of marathon talks was slow and painstaking, but that communication across party lines was good. The two sides may be political adversaries, he said, but not political enemies.

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