Gov. Bob McDonnell said this morning that the fatal oil well accident off Louisiana's coast was a "catastrophic event," but it will not deter him from trying to make Virginia the first state on the East Coast to begin drilling for oil and natural gas.Tone deaf. Clueless. Completely uncaring about protecting Virginia's environment, beaches, tourism, fishing, etc. Wildly irresponsible. Ideologically driven. Arrogant. Ignorant. And those are some of Bob McDonnell's better qualities! Hey, who cares about that 200,000 gallons per day of oil leaking in the Gulf of Mexico (and threatening to decimate wildlife refuges, fishing, tourism, etc.)? Who cares that the same thing could easily happen right off the coast of Virginia Beach? Bob McDonnell certainly doesn't give a rat's hindquarters. Instead, McDonnell says, "meh, it's a minor setback; drill baby drill!"
"This is certainly a setback, but I certainly continue to be dedicated to making us first to drill, 2012 at the latest, and over the next couple years these safety and environmental issues will be addressed,'' McDonnell said on his monthly radio show on WRVA.
Bob McDonnell: giving new meaning to the phrase "natural disaster."
UPDATE: Florida Governor Crist (R) has this to say about the oil spill. "It's clearly not clean enough after we saw what we saw today -- that's horrific -- and it certainly isn't safe enough. It's the opposite of safe." Why does Charlie Crist understand this but Bob McDonnell seems incapable of doing so?
Arlington County Democratic Committee to Host Forum and Vote on Proposal to Change Arlington's Form of GovernmentFor more information on this subject, which is being hotly debated in Arlington County right now, see the "Committee for a Better Arlington" Facebook page (for those supporting a change in Arlington's form of government) and the "Coalition for Arlington Good Government (CAGG)" Facebook page (for those opposing this change). Also, see here for a chart showing the various forms of county government in Virginia, and here for a memo by Arlington's county attorney analyzing the the proposed change in government form. To put this measure on the ballot, supporters need to gather around 14,000 signatures (of Arlington registered voters) by July 15. I have no idea how close they are to doing so, but hopefully we'll find out next Wednesday at the ACDC meeting.
Arlington, VA - The May 5, 2010, meeting of the Arlington County Democratic Committee (ACDC) will feature a special debate on the petition drive led by Arlington Fire Fighters and other groups to force a referendum to change Arlington County's form of government from the County Manager Plan form to the County Board form.
This effort has been the subject of substantial discussion within the Arlington community, and has prompted the establishment of groups both supporting and opposing the proposed referendum.
The May 5 forum will be moderated by Arlington County Democratic Committee Chair Mike Lieberman. The event is open to public and media are welcome to attend.
Immediately following the debate, the Arlington County Democratic Committee will likely consider and vote on whether to support or oppose the proposed ballot measure.
What: ACDC Forum and Vote on the Change of Government proposal
Who: Mike Staples, President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, Local 2800
Ron Carlee, former Arlington County Manager, and Director of Strategic Domestic Initiatives for the International City/County Manager Association
Where: NRECA Building, 4301 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA
When: May 5, 2010 ACDC Meeting
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
P.S. It's worth noting that the Arlington County Greens and the Arlington County Republicans both support this proposal, as do the police and firefighters' unions. Many Democrats, including County Board Chairman Jay Fisette, strongly oppose it.
Today's reversal by Governor McDonnell of the Virginia State Police policy permitting only nondenominational, inclusive invocations at government-sponsored functions is an affront to all Virginians of minority religion or no religion.
As a Jew, I am proud of Virginia's history of religious inclusiveness, which started with Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Statute of Religious Freedom, and George Washington, who promised the Jews of Newport, Rhode Island, an American government "which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance."
As an Air Force veteran raised on U.S. military bases overseas, I have experienced firsthand the unifying power of military chaplains, who defend the First Amendment by ministering in their own particular faith traditions to their denominational flocks while providing inclusive, nondenominational blessings at official government functions. Even beyond that, military chaplains pride themselves on ensuring people under their charge of all faiths -- or no faith -- are able to exercise their beliefs. As an Air Force officer, I attended Passover seders and other Jewish observances organized by Methodist, Baptist, and Catholic chaplains.
Rather than look to this proven, constitutional model, Bob McDonnell has chosen a policy that allows agents of the government to foist their religious beliefs on others, satisfying the Religious Right while turning his back on the diversity and pluralism that has made our country great.
1. NORTHROP GRUMMAN PICKS VIRGINIA FOR CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS
3. MCDONNELL: VA. SPENDS $12M-$15M TO LURE NORTHROP
4. MCDONNELL GETS PRAISE FROM BOTH SIDES OF THE AISLE OVER NORTHROP DEAL
6. NORTHROP GRUMMAN'S VIRGINIA DONATIONS FEED REPUBLICANS AND DEMOCRATS...
9. MCDONNELL STILL COMMITTED TO OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING
10. GROUPS ASK MCDONNELL TO DROP LETTER REQUIREMENT, REVAMP RIGHTS RESTORATION PROCESS FOR FELONS
11. ON ROLE OF FEDERAL LAWSUITS TO AG'S TERM, CUCCINELLI AND DEMOCRATS AGREE
12. WEBB: PUT COAL-MINING SAFETY BEFORE PROFITS
14. 9TH DISTRICT GOP CANDIDATES TOUT PLATFORMS
15. ALBEMARLE TEA PARTY CRASHES FIFTH DISTRICT CHAIRMAN'S ENDORSEMENT
16. PERRIELLO VOTES AGAINST PAY RAISE, RETURNS MONEY TO TREASURY
19. PRESIDENT DECLARES VA. DISASTER TO HELP PAY FOR SNOW RECOVERY
"Tell Republicans, if they side with Wall Street over Main Street, you won't be siding with them."
Now, I've said that it's important that we not restrict the review or the recommendations that this commission comes up with in any way. Everything has to be on the table. And I just met briefly with the commission and said the same thing to them. Of course, this means that all of you, our friends in the media, will ask me and others once a week or once a day about what we're willing to rule out or rule in when it comes to the recommendations of the commission. That's an old Washington game and it's one that has made it all but impossible in the past for people to sit down and have an honest discussion about putting our country on a more secure fiscal footing.
So I want to deliver this message today: We're not playing that game. I'm not going to say what's in. I'm not going to say what's out. I want this commission to be free to do its work.
In theory, there are few issues on which there is more vigorous bipartisan agreement than fiscal responsibility. But in practice, this responsibility for the future is often overwhelmed by the politics of the moment. It falls prey to special interest pressures, to the pull of local concerns, and to the reality familiar to every single American -- it's a lot easier to spend a dollar than to save one. That's what, at root, led to these exploding deficits. And that is what will lead to a day of reckoning.
But I believe, with the help of these gentlemen and this commission, we can begin to meet this challenge in a serious and thoughtful way. And I believe we must, for the future of our country.
According to Mark Warner, "If there's not commonality around the fact that we need financial reform, 18 months after the meltdown, then I don't think we're going to get anything done anywhere." On a more positive note, Warner says, "At the end of the day, I do not believe that the complete unanimity of the Republican Party says 'we don't want financial reform in this country 18 months after the meltdown' in 2008, I just don't believe that." We'll see...
1. FOR SALE: GUBERNATORIAL COTTAGE?
2. MCDONNELL SAYS LEGAL IMMIGRATION FUELS ECONOMY
3. MCDONNELL ASKED TO LIFT A BAN ON STATE POLICE TROOPERS REFERRING TO JESUS IN PUBLIC PRAYERS
4. AND AFTER 100 DAYS - HOW DOES THE MCDONNELL ADMINISTRATION LOOK TO DEMOCRATS?
5. STATE ACTION ON PIT BULL ADOPTION RULES QUASHED
7. WARNER: FINANCIAL OVERHAUL WOULD PROTECT TAXPAYERS
8. MCAULIFFE CRITICAL OF MCDONNELL
9. ONCE AND MAYBE FUTURE CANDIDATE MCAULIFFE HIRES FORMER DPVA CHIEF
10. DEMS STILL CHASING CANTOR
12. NORTHROP GRUMMAN DECIDES TO MOVE HEADQUARTERS TO NORTHERN VIRGINIA
15. D.C. SUBURBS LAG BEHIND CITY IN EFFORTS TO FIGHT AIDS, STUDY SAYS
18. METRO ON A SLIPPERY SLOPE