"There's a different tone. It's a more aggressive tone and a much more partisan tone, and I think it's fair to say the partisanship's on both sides," he said.Sabato is on to something. The Democrats were not happy when Republican Lt. Governor Bill Bolling cast a tie breaking vote to organize the evenly split State Senate with a Republican majority including all important committee chairmanships. They resorted to asserting control the only way they could, stopping the passage of a state budget, which required 21 votes in the senate. Bolling does not have the constitutional power to break a tie on budget votes. They are still threatening to stop passage of a budget next week.
"You ain't got 21 votes in the Senate for a budget — period," Sen. Richard L. Saslaw, D-Fairfax, said late Thursday. "Not now. Not next week. Not next month. Not June. That's the way it is."We'll know next week if Virginia is going down the road traveled by politicians in D.C.