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Democrats step up attack over surprise redistricting plan

Gov. McDonnell distances himself from maneuver by Senate Republicans

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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:00 am

The prospects for bipartisan cooperation on a transportation fix at this year’s General Assembly session appeared dimmer Tuesday as Democrats intensified their criticism over a surprise redistricting maneuver by Senate Republicans that was designed to strengthen their hold on the chamber in future elections.

The political power play — deployed Monday while a ranking Democrat was in Washington attending the presidential inauguration — also drew criticism from Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, who is pushing ambitious education-change and transportation-funding packages in his final year in office.

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