Filed under: Election 2008, General Assembly, Local Government and Politics, Local Press, Morning Round-Up, State Government and Politics
Four stories you should know about:
–Governor Kaine is warning the General Assembly that major cuts are going to be needed in the budget due to what appears to have been a horrendous miscalculation by then-Finance Secretary, now-LG candidate Jody Wagner (seriously Democrats, this is the best you can do?) Could this be the silver bullet that kills Kaine’s VP chances? I dunno, Barack Obama barely has any accomplishments in his agenda, so even someone with a train wreck of a legacy might be worth it. Hint to Governor Kaine: Lying only works when you’re trying to raise taxes, not spending. For some reason, people tend to get a bit more upset when there’s no money instead of too much (even if it is all in the government’s hands). Personally, I like Delegate Clay Athey’s proposal best:
When the ax falls, it should land first on new programs proposed by Kaine, said Del. Clifford L. “Clay” Athey, R-Front Royal.
“That would free up $300 [million] to $400 million for before getting into core stuff” like education, Athey said.
Also a must read: Senator Obenshain’s response, up over at SWACGirl. Some highlights:
It wouldn’t have taken an expert to determine which way the fiscal winds were blowing in the waning days of 2007. Profligate spending, unfortunately, was the order of the day, and the attempts my Republican colleagues and I made to inject a dose of fiscal sanity into the budget process were dismissed out of hand. Reality and new spending programs were at odds, and the Governor decided that reality would simply have to give way.
More to the point, when the Governor presents revenue forecasts put together by his Secretary of Finance, we need to be able to rely on those projections as an unbiased and factually-based estimate. Instead, however, the numbers were merely a ploy to push new expenditures our Commonwealth can ill afford.
–President Rick Zinser is leaving Masanutten Military Academy next year after an eight year run. I’ll be perfectly honest: Colonel Zinser has done a marvelous job at the academy and has greatly changed how it is viewed in the community. Military academies (and this one in particular) are not little prisons; they are well thought out, alternative educational institutions driven by military values. Though I rarely like to do this, be sure to read the profile on Zinser and the Academy in last week’s Herald.
-Republican Electoral Board Member Bev Felming is working with the Woodstock Town Council on massaging the town’s current stance that town elections will be held at the old location (County Government Building) while all others will be at Central High School. The town decided to hold off on action when several residents protested the move, despite the fact that the move recieved no opposition before when it came to both the Electoral Board and the Board of Supervisors. (Although it should be noted there was some that may not have been lodged in public) Read your local government agendas, people!
-Strasburg’s planning commission is tackling the issue of commercial versus residential development once more, this time in the form of a proposal for 80-some condo units on Signal Knob Drive.
Filed under: Congress, Domestic Policy, Election 2008, Events, General Assembly, Local Government and Politics, Local Press, Morning Round-Up, State Government and Politics
Six stories you should know about:
–Rep. Eric Cantor has come out swinging against Barack Obama’s energy policy. Funny. You couldn’t even get people to think about energy policy for most of the last twenty years.
-Representative Goodlatte is touting his coastal exploration plan.
-New Market has released details for its fa…uh, late summer Heritage Festival. You can keep trying to explain to me why you think moving this thing to the opening weekend of the fair was a good idea…..
-Strasburg’s Capital Improvements Plan is headed for an update.
-McCain surrogates Delegates Chris Saxman and Matt Lohr are outlining the Senator’s energy policy in Harrisonburg news conference this morning. Sorry folks, they’re not on the shortlist for veep.
Filed under: Election 2008, Election 2009, General Assembly, Local Government and Politics, Local Press, Morning Round-Up, State Government and Politics
stories you should know about:
-Garren Shipley speculates what the possible selection of Time Kaine for VP could mean for the General Assembly and Election 2009. My speculation: this is fun, but right now I’m at 55% confidence that Kaine won’t be picked.
-Karen Spillman, who was recently hired as Strasburg High’s new principal, apparently has a bit of a history with the media…..and not particularly a good one.
-Bob Goodlatte will be hosting a Veteran’s Fair at the Weyer’s Cave Community center on August 12th from 10 A.M. to 12 P.M. Veterans can get helping enrolling in benefits and learn more about about area VA Programs.
-Just a little bit to the North, but The Winchester Star is reporting that we may be looking at a great peach season this year. Note: In the 2002 census of agriculture for Shenandoah County, fruit made up nearly 48% of cash receipts for crops.
-Also just a bit away, The Winchester Star takes a look at Star Tannery’s fire company and their annual parade. They mention cancellations in Toms Brook and Conicsville, but I believe they mean Toms Brook and Strasburg (and I believe Mt. Jackson as well).
Filed under: Election 2008, General Assembly, Local Government and Politics, Morning Round-Up, State Government and Politics
Sorry, late start. Five stories you should know about.
-State Senator Frank Wagner, who along with Delegate Chris Saxman has been pushing for Virginia to use off-shore drilling not only to help America’s energy woes but also to aid transportation funding, weighs in on the McCain energy policy.
–County Chair Mike Monahan has been named head of the McCain effort in Shenandoah County. Congratulations, Mike.
-Fifth District Congressman Virgil Goode is boosting his 7th District colleague Eric Cantor as a possible vice-presidential candidate for Senator McCain. He even went so far as to have some “McCain-Cantor ’08” buttons made. Even if the ticket doesn’t come to fruition, being a Virginia political button fiend, I just HAVE to get me one of those.
-Speaking of Virginia Veeps, on the other side of the aisle former DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe is promoting Governor Tim Kaine (or Kaine Wreck, as we like to call him after the transportation debacle). This comes to many as a sign that Hillary Clinton, who McAuliffe defendely ferociously and often to the point of lunacy as it became apparent the nomination was slipping away from her, is not being considered for the nod.
-The town of New Market has ok’d a deal to send wastewater to Bridgewater’s Timberville plant. The deal, which will cost $10.25 million up-front, is seen as a cheaper alternative to building a new plant, which would have came in between $15 and $20 million.
Four stories you should know about:
–The SCC will halt rate caps for utilities starting December 31st. Translation: Higher power bills. Some Allegheny Power customers may see as much as a $20 jump.
-Senator Mark Obenshain slammed Governor Kaine for using bad numbers in this year’s budget process.
-Apparently members of the Virginia Delegation in Congress have been to Iraq over 31 times. Impressive, although all the praise seems to be reserved for Obama’s two trips.
-RPV Chairman Jeff Frederick did a little dance on Tim Kaine’s face ego:
It isn’t clear how the governor’s failed logic leads him to the conclusion that the failure to address Virginia’s transportation challenges somehow falls upon Republicans. Republicans acted to address Virginia’s transportation challenges. Democrats obstructed – namely, on the governor’s proposals. Mr. Kaine’s press conference reminds me of when my 21-month-old daughter throws a temper tantrum because we gave her the red pacifier instead of the white one. She’s still getting the pacifier, just as the House Republicans did address transportation. But because Mr. Kaine didn’t get the pacifier he wanted (a massive tax hike on hardworking Virginia families), he’s now throwing a tantrum of his own.
Filed under: Election 2008, General Assembly, Local Government and Politics, MSM
I’ll try to post a wrap-up of the Senate debate coverage tomorrow, but here’s a quick round-up of four stories you should know about:
-In an interesting public-private partnership, Shentel has helped maintain the county school system’s summer enrichment program for this summer
-In a bizarre turn of events, the county is accepting sealed bids for the trunks of the trees that were removed from the Courthouse square last month. Apparently, because one gentleman asked for them some time ago, the county has to treat this situation the same way they would the deaccession of any other piece of public property. Bids must be in by 2 p.m. on July 30th. Your tax dollars at work.
-The Department of Planning and Zoning has released the dates for the first steering committee hearing for the revision of the county’s subdivision ordinance. This is a process all stake holders need to be involved in.
-U.S. News and World Report is spilling ink raising the profile of Governor Tim Kaine as a possible veep pick for Obama. Yes, the very same Governor Kaine who is now the proud owner of a 48% approval rating.
Filed under: Election 2009, General Assembly, Local Government and Politics, State Government and Politics
Sorry if this post is a bit bigger than usual, but I was just too busy to post yesterday. However, there’s still nine stories you should know about:
-State Senator Ken Cuccinelli stumped in Staunton at Shoney’s Restaurant Wednesday night. Although the AG race isn’t until next year, I encourage all Republican activists to start looking at the three candidates.
-Poultry growers in the Valley are speaking out against ethanol subsidies, saying that funding ethanol puts the crunch on their feed prices. Feed costs make up about 70% of their production overhead.
-Bob Goodlatte is crushing Sam Rasoul in the money race, outraising him roughly 5 to 1.
-The Virginia Cooperative Extension showed off new equipment in Mount Jackson that injects manure and nitrogen into the ground rather than spreading it on top.
-Tim Craig of the Washington Post discusses some counties in the state that may be the localities that decide November’s election.
-There will be no new Christian high school in the county, at least not this fall.
-The Obama campaign is opening offices in Harrisonburg AND Winchester.
-New Market will have a meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Monday to go over their waste disposal plans.
-Delegate Todd GIlbert visited Harmony Hall last night. Harmony Hall, a 1754 stone house owned by Belle Grove Plantation, will be one of just a handful of historic houses opened to the public in Shenandoah County when it is completed within the next decade.