- Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 March 2013 23:12
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We have seen so little successful legislating that many of us don’t recognize it when it happens.
Washington, D.C., could head its own chapter in a book on legislating called “…don’t let this happen to you.”
There have also been times when many felt the same way about the General Assembly in Richmond. This has been particularly true when it came to transportation funding. It has been one of the Commonwealth’s biggest legislative headaches.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 February 2013 10:34
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They’re perhaps the most forgotten group in American society. But almost nobody mentions them. Politicians fight over who is the biggest advocate for the middle class. Entire elections are fought on this theme.
As for the wealthy, with their lawyers, overseas investments, and special tax rates, they take care of
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 February 2013 11:16
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There is one common thread to the arguments that have been swirling around about the cuts in federal spending associated with sequestration. And that’s that, apparently, there is nothing anywhere, any place in the federal budget, that anyone thinks can be cut.
Sequestration, as a real prospect, has been in the news since the election and that’s given all of the lobbies, industries,
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 February 2013 13:24
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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.
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 February 2013 12:03
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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
- Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 January 2013 12:11
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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