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Countdown in the Virginia General Assembly

In the odd years the Virginia General Assembly only meets for sixty days. This means, that both Houses, now only considering bills sent over by the other, have less than two weeks to complete their work. It’s only a matter of days. What survives will go on to the Governor for his approval or his veto.

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American politics needs a sense of humor

For a long time it’s seemed that there is something wrong with politics in America. Some think it’s the hyper-partisan environment in the Capitol. Others think it all has to do with gotcha media and the 24 hour news cycle. While others say that it’s the constant chasing after dollars to get reelected.

However, there is something even more fundamental that’s gone wrong with American politics and that’s that we seemed to have lost our sense of humor. Many members show up in Washington so strident and so

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Republican Senate plans: “too cute by half”

Republicans in the State Senate had quite a week. First, they tried to implement a sneaky and underhanded mid-decade redistricting of their Senate seats that would substantially increase their numbers. That passed, but may meet problems in the House, or with the Governor. And then they proposed - and at this writing it hasn’t passed, and thankfully may not - a bill to completely change the way Virginia’s electoral votes are awarded. The purpose of that bit of legislative skullduggery is to blunt the impact of Virginia’s recent

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Del. Cole wants to make it even harder to vote in VA

During the past two legislative sessions the General Assembly, with the Governor’s support, enacted legislation requiring voters to present picture ID’s before voting. After more than four centuries of citizen voting in Virginia, from the first House of Burgesses elections in the early 1600s to Election 2012 just a few months ago, it seems we voters can no longer be trusted.

Read more: Del. Cole wants to make it even harder to vote in VA

McDonnell’s transportation plan has merit

Several years ago the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) warned that the time wasn’t far off when the cost of maintaining the Commonwealth’s existing road network would completely crowd out new construction. It sounded like a dire prediction and many called it alarmist. Unfortunately, it has turned out to be all too true and once again Virginia is facing a crisis in its transportation funding.

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Washington: Standoffs, intransigence, gridlock

After months of negotiations, most of it done through surrogates, press releases, and press conferences, the 112th Congress passed a bill to temporarily forestall the fiscal cliff. It was their last official act before they adjourned. The compromise, if you can call it that, deferred sequestration cuts by two months and raised

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