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  Republicans say they won't share power in (VA) Senate
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Last EditedScottĀ³  Nov 09, 2011 04:16pm
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AuthorJim Nolan
News DateWednesday, November 9, 2011 10:15:00 PM UTC0:0
Description"Senate Republican leaders declared this afternoon that they hold the majority in the chamber and that there will be no power sharing with Democrats.

Meantime, Democrats awaited the results of the outcome in the 17th Senate District, where Republican Bryce Reeves holds an 86-vote edge over Sen. R. Edward Houck, D-Spotsylvania.

"Make no mistake about it, there is a Republican majority in the state Senate," said Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who presides over the Senate. He would break tie votes if Reeves prevails, which would leave the Senate in a 20-20 deadlock.

Bolling said there will be a Republican majority leader and there will be Republican chairman of key committees in the Senate.

"That's the way the process works," Bolling said.

He said he does not think there is any question that he can cast tie-breaking votes, even on parliamentary issues.

Gov. Bob McDonnell, meanwhile, had messages for Republicans and Democrats. He told, Republicans that "It is critically important that we do not be arrogant."

He told Democrats: "Don't be angry."

Speaker of the House William J. Howell, R-Stafford, said that congressional redistricting will likely wait until the General Assembly session that begins in January."
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