Last night at the Arlington County Democratic Committee meeting, County Board Vice Chair Chris Zimmerman gave a powerful speech on immigration, and specifically on the program called "Secure Communities." Check it out.
1. MCDONNELL'S ABC PLAN FACES QUESTIONS IN HIS OWN PARTY
2. DEMOCRATS KNOCK MCDONNELL FOR TOUTING GRANTS APPROVED IN FEDERAL HEALTH CARE LAW
3. MCDONNELL RAISES MONEY FOR CALIFORNIA CANDIDATES
4. STATE TAKEOVER OF PORT OF RICHMOND QUESTIONED
6. KAINE: ANY MOVE TO WHITE HOUSE "NEWS TO ME"
7. MORE POLLS SHOW PERRIELLO, NYE NARROWLY TRAILING
11. VFW ENDORSES PERRIELLO IN DANVILLE
19. BALL ISSUES STATEMENT ON SUGGESTIVE COSTUME PHOTOS...
23. PRO-GUN DEMOCRATS WIN ENDORSEMENTS FROM NRA
24. HAMPTON ROADS ECONOMY: RECOVERY IS SLOW, AND THE SIGNS ARE WORRISOME
30. A $47 MILLION HOLE IN VIRGINIA'S LIQUOR PLAN IS UNACCEPTABLE
37. VIRGINIA'S 5TH DISTRICT RACE MAY SAY A LOT ABOUT THE ELECTORAL LANDSCAPE
Here's Del. Adam Ebbin (D-Arlington, Alexandria), speaking at the Arlington County Democratic Committee meeting last night talks about why "you should be hissing" about Bob McDonnell's absurd, gimmicky, half-baked, damaging ABC privatization proposal.
Fortunately, according to Ebbin, "I don't know of one Republican or Democrat who favors the proposal...so it's not likely to go anywhere." Still, what a waste of everyone's time and energy, when Governor McDonnell should be focusing on much more important issues, like finding $1-$2 billion per year in the new, dedicated revenues for transportation that are required in Virginia just to keep from falling further behind. Right now, all he's talking about is a one-shot, $458 million blip to the huge hole we're in on transportation, after which Virginia actually would lose money every year. As Adam Ebbin points out, this might be enough to build an interchange or mow the lawns, but that's about it. All so we can have a lot more liquor stores in Virginia? Horrible, horrible idea.
"Clips from the Veterans of Foreign Wars P.A.C. endorsement of Rep. Tom Perriello. October 6, 2010. Dan Daniels Memorial Park, Danville, Virginia." Go Tom!
Governor McDonnell Announces Over $2 million in Funds for Older Virginians and Virginians with Disabilities
Funds expected to expand menu of services for this increasing population
RICHMOND- Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that more than $2 million in grant funding from the Administration on Aging and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services was awarded to the Virginia Department for the Aging and Department of Medical Assistance Services. The funds will expand and develop new and innovative community-based services for older adults and individuals with disabilities.
According to the Virginia Department for the Aging, the number of older adults in Virginia will reach 1.8 million by 2030-more than double the population in 2000. In just two decades, almost one in every five Virginians will be age 65 or older, with people over the age of 85 being the fastest growing segment of the population.
Speaking about the grants, Governor McDonnell noted, "I know how hard it can be to care for a parent with health challenges and the stress that it places on family members and caregivers. This funding will be of enormous aid in helping Virginians keep their loved ones in their home as long as possible and provide greater options for both aging adults and adults with disabilities."
Meanwhile, as NLS points out, Glenn Nye trails by 6 points to Scott Rigell (42%-36%), despite running a campaign in which he's distanced himself from...well, basically being a Democrat. In contrast, Perriello has staunchly defended his progressive votes for his district, and it doesn't seem to be hurting him relative to conservadem Nye. If this result holds on election day, I hope that it does some serious damage to the concept that Democrats have to run away from what makes the Democrats in order to get elected in "swing" districts. As I've always believed, voters don't have to agree with a candidate on everything, as long as they believe the person has integrity and really believes what he or she is advocating. That's Tom Perriello to a "t." Glenn Nye? Not so much.
1. SCHAPIRO: ABC AS MCDONNELL'S POLITICAL HANGOVER
3. LOCAL RETAILERS OPPOSE PROPOSED PRIVATIZATION OF VIRGINIA LIQUOR
4. MCDONNELL TALKS ABOUT THE SOUTH'S FUTURE
5. MCDONNELL'S BID FOR TWO METRO BOARD SEATS APPEARS DOOMED
6. VIRGINIA LOCAL, STATE OFFICIALS SQUABBLE OVER CONTROL OF METRO
7. MCDONNELL'S PAC RAISES BIG BUCKS
8. DEFENDING U.VA. RESEARCHER BIG BUCKS, INVESTIGATING, CHEAP
9. SCIENTISTS CONDEMN CUCCINELLI'S CONTINUING PURSUIT OF CLIMATE CHANGE RECORDS
10. CUCCINELLI TO BE FEATURED SPEAKER FOR CONSTITUTION GROUP
11. CUCCINELLI STUMPING IN IOWA
12. FILINGS ON HEALTH CARE SUIT FLOOD VIRGINIA COURT
26. KEN CUCCINELLI SEEMS DETERMINED TO EMBARRASS VIRGINIA
*He understands that some clarity is required regarding the severance payment for former County Manager Michael Brown.
*The County Board takes this situation very seriously and assumes full responsibility.
*When it was determined that Michael Brown's fit was not what had been hoped for, he was given the opportunity to submit an official resignation letter.
*"Brown's severance payment was fully consistent with the terms of his contract and was not discretionary. This is a standard provision in contracts for city and county managers."
Overall, I think this makes sense. In fact, one can even say that the Arlington County board was the victim of "no good deed goes unpunished." However, I'd also add that they brought some of this on themselves by not being more forthright, mostly in their attempt to be as generous to Mr. Brown as possible, and also on the rushed timetable they were operating under.
In the end, it's not like there's some big scandal here, and really there's little for the Republicans to latch onto. Of course, that won't stop them from trying, but something tells me that in four weeks, the end result will be the same as usual, with Democrats riding high in blue Arlington. We'll see.