By Meymo Lyons
Republicans in the House of Delegates forced a unanimous vote that has killed former Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine's proposed income tax increase.
Democrats, who had no appetite for the $2 billion tax boost themselves, were denied the commonly extended courtesy to allow the bill's sponsor to withdraw it.
The Republican majority was determined to force a recorded vote on the measure. That left Democrats the choice of either supporting higher taxes or spurning Kaine, the Democratic National Committee chairman.