1. VA HIGHER-EDUCATION REFORM COMMISSION TO MEET
2. DECISION TO KEEP JENS SOERING IN VIRGINIA WINS PRAISE
3. VIRGINIA RECORDS SHOW LOWER DEMAND FOR GUN PERMITS
4. HARDENING TARGETS
5. NEW VDOT LEADER ALREADY UP TO SPEED
6. A VICTORY AGAINST DISCRIMINATION
9. TIME FOR SOME CHANGES TO HISTORIC DUMFRIES
10. OZONE CODE-ORANGE STATUS REACHED DURING HEAT WAVE
11. AREA FACES GAPS IN LEAD TESTING FOR KIDS
1. MCDONNELL REVERSES KAINE'S BOTTLED WATER BAN
2. CUTS TO SCHOOLS, SERVICES TOP LOCALITIES RESPONSE
3. TAKE A WHACK AT STATE GOVERNMENT
4. NYE, PERRIELLO TAKE DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO RE-ELECTION
5. PERRIELLO USES JULY RECESS TO TAKE CAMPAIGN MESSAGE TO THE STREETS
7. UVA BOARD MULLS INCREASED TUITION, ENROLLMENT
8. VA. ANGLICANS FILE APPEAL IN CHURCH PROPERTY CASE
9. CHARTER SCHOOL AIMS TO AVOID FATE OF OTHER PROGRAMS IN VA.
14. AT AFGHAN CUP IN VIRGINIA, RECRUITERS OFFER BIG MONEY FOR INTERPRETERS
25. NATIONAL EDUCATION STANDARDS: THE RIGHT ANSWER FOR VIRGINIA
27. FTA APPROVES $220M PLAN FOR METRO SAFETY UPGRADES
29. IS THE STIMULUS STIMULATING THINGS IN HAMPTON ROADS?
Well, today they received their response in the form of another Washington Post op-ed, this one by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova, plus two other Democratic Supervisors (Jeff McKay, Gerry Hyland). According to Bulova et al., the op-ed by Puller and Surovell was "simply mind-boggling," "unbelievable," and "pit[ting] one end of the county against the other, and the county against the state." As the expression goes, "dem dere's fightin' words."
To the contrary, the Fairfax County Board Democratic members write, "While the transformation of Tysons Corner has received quite a lot of media attention as the Comprehensive Plan Amendment has worked its way through the approval process, there has been no less commitment to other needs in the county, especially in the Richmond Highway Corridor." They point out that "Fairfax County's State Secondary Fund allocation has dwindled from $29.4 million in 2004 to a measly $1,989 this year -- not even enough to install a traffic light." And they suggest that Puller and Surovell "turn their attention toward becoming real partners for transportation funding...start[ing] with getting the Virginia Department of Transportation to repave Route 1 and cut the grass in the medians throughout Fairfax County."
So, the battle is joined in Fairfax County. Anyone else care to weigh in?
*"Too many Republican leaders are acquiescing to a poisonous 'demagoguery' that threatens the party's long-term credibility."
*"[T]ea party favorites such as former vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and right-wing talk show hosts like Glenn Beck are the culprits."
*Talking about crazy stuff like mythical "death panels" is "the lowest form of political leadership."
*The current Republican "leadership" is not leading, but is "following those (television and talk radio) personalities."
*And finally, check this out:
Inglis said he was too far away during the jeering incident to hear whether the protesters shouted racial epithets, as Lewis and other black lawmakers have claimed. But Inglis said the behavior was threatening and abusive.By the way, for anyone who would question Bob Inglis' conservative credentials, you might first want to peruse Project Vote Smart, where you'll see his 0 rating from NARAL, his NRA "A" rating, his 100% Family Research Council score, and his lifetime 93% conservative rating from the American Conservative Union. Inglis also has voted 93.7% of the time with his Republican colleagues during the current Congress. So yeah, he's a Republican. An honest one.
"I caught him at the door and said, 'John, I guess you've been here before,'" Inglis said.
Inglis, 50, who calls himself a Jack Kemp disciple because he has emphasized outreach to minorities as the late Republican congressman did, thinks racism is a part of the vitriol directed at President Barack Obama.
"I love the South. I'm a Southerner. But I can feel it," he said.
1. MCDONNELL APPOINTS 3 TOP OFFICIALS
3. MCDONNELL'S REFORM EFFORT APPEARS POLL POPULAR - CUT STATE SPENDING...
4. GOVERNOR LOOKS TO LOWER COSTS OF REST STOPS
7. DEMOCRATS, FIMIAN ARGUE OVER GROUP MEMBERSHIP
8. SEXUAL-PREDATOR PROGRAM FACES $26 MILLION SHORTFALL
9. UVA CONSIDERS NON-BINDING EARLY ADMISSION
10. AMTRAK RUNS ITS LAST TRAINS FOR VRE AFTER 18 YEARS
11. ENVIRONMENT: UP THE CREEK
13. PRESERVING A RAW DEAL ON MENHADEN
15. N.VA. NONPROFIT'S PLIGHT PUTS LOW-INCOME HOUSING AT RISK
16. PIPELINE PLAN UPSETS THOSE PLANNING FOR BULL RUN ANNIVERSARY
17. 2ND ROSSLYN METRO STATION ENTRANCE EXPECTED TO WIN ARLINGTON BOARD'S APPROVAL
In short, it's a "tough political environment" and people are frustrated, but they definitely don't like the Republicans and they certainly don't want the BP apologists, Karl Rove, et al. to take us backwards. All I can say is, I hope Kaine's right. I also hope his strategy of trying to get Obama 2008 voters to turn out in the 2010 mid-terms actually works. I like the idea in theory, but I'm not confident it's going to pan out in practice. We'll see...
"President Obama announces that the Department of Veterans Affairs, led by Secretary Shinseki, will begin making it easier for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder to receive the benefits and treatment they need."
Hi, I'm Edward James Olmos. They say insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. I guess that's what makes Americans "locos." We keep yelling "drill baby drill" and expecting things to turn out ok. But the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is nothing new. The oil industry has been poisoning our oceans and wilderness for decades. It's time to regain our sanity. America doesn't want more oil disasters. We need safe, clean and renewable energy now. Think about it.This ad is being run by my employer, the NRDC Action Fund, in several states including Virginia. With the Senate considering whether to proceed on comprehensive, clean energy and climate legislation (or some other option, or nothing at all), it's time for us to call them and tell them to stop making us all "locos!"
P.S. Olmos is an environmentalist and actor, who has played numerous roles, including "Commander/Admiral William Adama in the Battlestar Galactica re-imagined series, Lt. Martin Castillo in Miami Vice, teacher Jaime Escalante in Stand and Deliver, patriarch Abraham Quintanilla in the film Selena, Detective Gaff in Blade Runner, and narrator El Pachuco in both the stage and film versions of Zoot Suit."
1. MCDONNELL TO STAR IN EDUCATIONAL VIDEO FOR CHILDREN
2. CUCCINELLI SYMPATHIZES WITH IMMIGRATION BILL
4. MARRIAGE, MINERAL RIGHTS, MAYORAL ELECTION SUBJECTS OF AG OPINIONS LEFT OFF WEB
5. STATE SENATOR CRITICIZES HOMESTEAD DONOR RETREATS
6. VIRGINIA STILL LAGS BEHIND OTHER STATES IN PACE OF TRANSPORTATION STIMULUS SPENDING
7. PERRIELLO CAMPAIGN ATTACKS HURT FOR BP-RELATED MONEY
9. WHIRLEY TO BE NAMED VDOT COMMISSIONER
12. VIRGINIA PILOT PROGRAM ADDS AMTRAK TRAIN TO LINK RICHMOND AND THE DISTRICT
20. JENS SOERING STAYING PUT IN VIRGINIA
25. METRO HAS NEW PLAN TO EASE ORANGE AND BLUE LINE CONGESTION AT ROSSLYN STATION
28. FAIRFAX COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD VOTES TO CLOSE CLIFTON ELEMENTARY
36. HUGUELY KNEW LOVE WAS INJURED, POLICE RECORDS INDICATE
...Significant portions of the Republican coalition believe that it is a desirable strategy to talk of armed revolution, embrace libertarian purity and alienate Hispanic voters. With a major Republican victory in November, those who hold these views may well be elevated in profile and influence. And this could create durable, destructive perceptions of the Republican Party that would take decades to change. A party that is intimidated and silent in the face of its extremes is eventually defined by them.Well said. Unfortunately for Republicans, there's no sign that "leaders" like Eric Cantor and John Boehner actually disagree with the Angles and Pauls of the world. Even if they do, there's no evidence that Cantor, Boehner, McConnell et al. grasp the problem they're facing, know what to do about it, or have the ability to do so even if they want to. Thus, the "rocky shore" looms.
This is the challenge of a political wave. It requires leaders who will turn its energy into a responsible, governing agenda. So far -- in Congress, among conservative leaders, among prospective presidential candidates -- that leadership has been lacking.
And so the Republican Party rides a massive wave toward a rocky shore.