The Associated Press
3:11 PM EST, March 8, 2012
RICHMOND, Va. (AP)
In an unusual personal appeal, Democratic Sen. Chuck Colgan has lectured the evenly split Senate and especially his own party to restrain partisan hostilities. The floor speech could be a belated turning point in Virginia's budget stalemate.
The moderate 85-year-old pointedly told fellow Democrats on Thursday that they won't get everything they seek. Democrats have blocked a budget demanding Republican concessions on the budget and more shared Senate power.
Colgan's words carry weight because the Senate's 20 Republicans need only one of the Senate's 20 Democrats to break ranks to advance a budget stalled for weeks by the partisan Senate dispute.
Addressing reporters later, Colgan said he believes a breakthrough is possible, though not certain. He said the session may recess for a couple of weeks if talks appear fruitful.
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