After These 2 Articles, I Never Want to Hear the Phrase “Best Managed State in the Country” Again

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    After reading the latest articles on Bacon’s Rebellion, both by DJ Rippert, I never want to hear the phrase “best managed state in the country” about Virginia again. Why not? First, there are Virginia’s Numerous Governance Problems:

    Let’s Summarize: Virginia’s governance system has an all-powerful General Assembly. The governor is a short timer from the day he or she is elected. The localities are too small and underpowered to challenge the Clown Show. The judiciary exists at the behest of the Clown Show. And the citizens have no recall, initiative or referendum rights. Meanwhile, anybody with money can buy an unlimited level of influence from our General Assembly.

    Free trips to France on Air Uranium, anyone? Oh wait, first you have to get elected – if you miraculously happen to live in a competitive district with an incumbent who isn’t completely entrenched, that is. Good luck!

    Second, check out Virginia is for Sheeple:

    GA uber alles, clowns for life. Virginia’s General Assembly has passed laws neutering the executive and legislative branches of the state government. It has adopted a strict Dillon’s Rule implementation that effectively shuts out the local governments. Yet this is only the tip of the iceberg. The Clown Show in Richmond assures not only its omnipotence but the permanence of its members.

    This permanence is created through odd year elections, unlimited campaign contributions, shameless gerrymandering and other artifices. The end result is the state with the least competitive legislative elections in every year where the level of competitiveness has been measured.

    Any further questions? Good, now can every self-serving politician please STOP using the phrase “best managed state in the country?” It’s bull-you-know-what, and you know it! Instead, how about let’s all work to fix this unholy, Byrd Machine mess and stop pretending that everything’s hunky dory in the Old Dominion? Unless, that is, we all find it easier to be “sheeple” (just watch out for the wolves, though)!

    • glennbear

      Five years ago I moved from NJ which for many years had the dubious distinction of being one of the most politically corrupt states in the country. Over the years my political views wavered since I was a state employee and union official so our well being varied as the party in the executive mansion changed. At one point Chris Christie rooted out a lot of corrupt officials as a federal prosecutor and I was thinking he would make a good governor. As can been seen today I was sorely mistaken. After seeing my taxes skyrocket and special interests take over my hometown I took an early retirement and fled to southside VA. As Lowell points out so well, the flaws in the NJ political system are evident in VA but there is no prosecutions since they are built into VA politics as routine by fiat and legislation. They are added to and perpetuated year after year as the system feeds itself. Best managed ? NO!! Best state to become elected to public office if you meet the GOP ideology goals with no worries about reelection ? YES!!!

    • kindler

      When they’re not repeating Koch Industries climate denial conspiracy theories, they can make a lot of sense!

      One thing I would add — I believe VA is also near the bottom in how much it pays state legislators and in how short GA sessions are. So I suspect that one reason that our legislative races are uncompetitive is that it’s not an attractive place to aspire to join.  

    • kindler

      If blogs of the left and right can agree on the absurd backwardness of VA’s government structure, can we come together to push the powers that be to reform the system?