Any hopes for a bipartisan tone in Richmond were dealt a sharp setback — at least for the moment — Tuesday. Democrats in the State Senate served notice yesterday they are ready to play hardball this year in efforts to gain passage of Medicaid expansion in Virginia. They blocked a bill authored by Republican Bill Stanley designed to help a shuttered Patrick County hospital re-open — and made no bones it was connected to the Medicaid issue. More from WLNI’s Evan Jones.

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