That's a lot of fuss over a surplus that really isn't. As we've mentioned before, if you take away accounting tricks and a couple of hundred million dollars in deferred payments to Virginia's retirement system, the surplus goes up in a puff of smoke.So, how long is the corporate media - other than the Roanoke Times and a few others - going to keep giving McDonnell credit for something he didn't do (supposedly creating a "budget surplus"), "cashing billions of dollars in checks from the federal government" he claimed he was philosophically opposed to, not to mention raiding the Virginia Retirement System? Oh, and when is the corporate media going to ask him about his campaign promises to provide a gusher of revenues from oil drilling and the sale of ABC stores, neither one of which is likely to produce a penny for Virginia's coffers during McDonnell's 4 years in office? Oh yeah, and when are they going to finally figure out that McDonnell isn't "moderate" in any way, but basically Ken Cuccinelli's reasonable-sounding doppelganger? In sum, when is the corporate media - the Roanoke Times and a few others excluded - going to point out to their (diminishing number of) readers that the emperor has no clothes?
That didn't stop McDonnell from bragging -- though to his credit he usually acknowledges that the spending cuts that brought the budget into balance were the result of bipartisan effort. What he and his conservative adulators don't mention, unless they absolutely have to, is that the cuts would have been far more massive and painful if not for the $2.5 billion or so Virginia got from the federal stimulus.
Rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg will "probably" miss at least one year and perhaps the entire 2011 baseball season after undergoing Tommy John surgery to replace the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, General Manager Mike Rizzo said. After one of the most electrifying beginnings to a baseball career in memory and after validating the massive hype that trumpeted his arrival, Strasburg ends his season with an uncertain future. The Washington Nationals will hold their breath, optimistic Strasburg will conform with the odds and return to full health by 2012.That truly sucks. On the bright side - grasping at straws here, but what the heck - by the time Strasburg is ready to return in 2012, #1 overall pick Bryce Harper should be just about ready for the major leagues. So, wait 'til next NEXT year!
Strasburg will receive a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum, the surgeon who performed Tommy John surgery on Jordan Zimmermann. But the Nationals are operating under the assumption Strasburg will need Tommy John surgery to repair a "significant" tear in his UCL, Rizzo said.
Nice scoop by Rick Sincere on this one. I thought it was funny how McDonnell smiled when asked, "So the Washington Post was wrong?" Wait, the Washington Post wrong about something? Perish the thought! :)
1. MCDONNELL DEFENDS STATE BUDGET, SURPLUS
2. MCDONNELL DEFENDS SPENDING $17,000 ON SIGNS
7. DESPITE AG OPINION, TOUGHER ABORTION RULES A WAYS OFF
8. COULD CUCCINELLI'S OPINION BACKING RELIGIOUS DISPLAYS LEAD TO LAWSUITS?
10. CONSERVATIVE GROUP TARGETS WEBB IN CAP-AND-TRADE RADIO ADS
11. PERRIELLO BEAT BOEHNER TO THE PUNCH ON CALL FOR GEITHNER FIRING
12. TWO (DISTANT) CANDIDATES OFFER DIFFERENT ADS WITH SIMILAR THEMES
13. PERRIELLO AND TEA PARTY DON'T COME FULLY TO TERMS
14. WARNER: SAVE SOME OF JFCOM, IF NOT ALL OF IT
17. MASSIVE COMPUTER FAILURE HITS VIRGINIA SYSTEMS
29. GET SERIOUS ON ROADS
30. A PHANTOM SURPLUS
33. PROMISES YET TO KEEP
If you would like to see a Democrat get back in the Governor's Mansion in 2013, read further. If not, then read further but keep your blood pressure pills -- better yet a 911 medical alert button -- handy.lots more after the "flip"
Truth is, the ABC's of getting back the Governor's Mansion in 2013 were laid out for Democrats by Delegate Bob McDonnell in 1996 as part of House Joint Resolution 170. Some 14 years later, Governor Bob McDonnell has spent all of 2010 trying his best, in the name of the state's ABC system, reminding Democrats about what he said in 1996. But being good Virginia gentlemen, House Democratic Minority Leader Ward Armstrong and Senate Democratic Majority Leader Dick Saslaw have been politely refusing, their members going along in that Virginia way.
How quaint. Yet like the energizer bunny, His Excellency refuses to allow Democrats to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.
*Congress should "set America on the right fiscal track by supporting a Balanced Budget Amendment or similar Constitutional amendment."
*"Internet neutrality," "campaign finance reform" and the "fairness" doctrine somehow "abridge free speech."
*Congress should pass legislation that "defunds, repeals, and replaces the Affordable Health and Patient Recovery Act and actively promotes free market solutions to address the nation's healthcare concerns."
*It's essential to "fight any measure that subverts U.S. sovereignty, whether through trade, currency, environmental causes, the United Nations, immigration amnesty, or under the guise of human rights."
What's really interesting is that, despite his supposed concern for the budget deficit, Rigell's campaign says it opposes cutting government "entitlement" programs like Social Security, Medicare, and "federal welfare and education programs." The problem is, if you pledge not to raise taxes and if you take "entitlements" off the table, about the only possible way of balancing the budget would be to zero out all "discretionary" spending, including military spending. Is that what Scott Rigell's advocating Or, would he prefer to raise taxes sharply? Which is it, Mr. Rigell?
P.S. It's lunatic crap like this that pushes me to support "Democrat" Glenn Nye, even though I don't like the guy one bit. Ugh, what a choice!
Anita, I am not running for Governor. As Vice Chair for Outreach for the Democratic Party, I AM campaigning for and energizing Virginans about our Congressional candidates. As a member of State Senate I AM preparing for the upcoming session and next year's elections by trying to be the best State Senator I can be. There are a myriad of issues to think about and discuss with the people of Virginia. When you see me do these things, please know that I do them with a deep and abiding love for Virginia and her people. Please know that I do these things because the "fierce urgency of now" demands action. Tomorrow, including 2013, will take care of itself.Anyways...other names mentioned in Kumar's article include Terry McAuliffe, who's widely assumed to be running for governor; Chap Petersen, also a possibility for governor, LG or AG; Del. Shannon Valentine, ditto (?); Sen. Mark Herring, for some statewide office (AG?); Del. Steve Shannon, maybe for AG again?; and Brian "For Profit" Moran. I'd also throw Jennifer McClellan in the mix, maybe Mike Signer, Jon Bowerbank, and probably a bunch more.
P.S. Also, on a somewhat related note, check this out - Alabama Democratic gubernatorial candidate (and U.S. Representative) Artur Davis is moving to Virginia...very interesting.
P.P.S. Of course, Donald would make a superb, progressive candidate for statewide office in 2013 or whenever. As he says, that will "take care of itself." In the meantime, no matter what he decides to do with his career, we all owe Donald a debt of gratitude for the tremendous work he's done since January 2010, standing up to the Cucc-insanity, as well as to Bob McDonnell's phony "moderate" version of Cucc-insanity. Thank you Donald, keep up the great work, and best of luck whatever your future holds!
State Sen. Patsy Ticer, D-Alexandria, might be a leading opponent of coal in Virginia, but even she spoke highly Wednesday of the 585-megawatt coal-fired power plant under construction here.Also see Del. Joe Morrissey's positive comments in the same article, about how "this is something that's good that they are doing."
"It's very impressive," Ticer said after touring Dominion's Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center with a group of legislators Wednesday. "This is not your regular plant. It's unique."
She stopped short of saying she'd vote in favor of another such plant, but the influential Democrat who chairs the senate's Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources Committee said the visit changed her perspective.
"I don't like the idea of coal as a primary source of energy ... because it has downsides," she said. "But I think that here, I've always said there's no such thing as clean coal, and I think here at the plant they want to make it as clean as they possibly can, and provide a needed resource to our population."
She said she still wants more alternative fuels. But of the power company's need to provide electricity, she said: "I think this is a very good, very responsible way for them to fulfill that responsibility."
Uh, guys? Now that you're back home, can you tell us what they did to you at that coal plant? Either they: a) brainwashed you; or b) gave you some seriously powerful hallucinogens. Either way, I'm very curious to hear the story. Thanks!
P.S. In all seriousness, this is big-time bizarre. No evidence whatsoever is presented in that article as to what makes this plant so (supposedly) "impressive" or how it is a "very good, very responsible" way to produce power. Sen. Ticer, Del. Morrissey: we're all ears!
1. GOVERNOR SEES LONG JOURNEY TO PROSPERITY
2. MCDONNELL'S LATEST MOMENT IN THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
3. MCDONNELL WILL UNVEIL ABC PROPOSAL SEPT. 8, VOTE POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER
4. MCDONNELL TO GOP CONTENDERS - GET SPECIFIC....
5. MCDONNELL: ABORTION CLINICS MERIT OVERSIGHT
8. WATCHDOG GROUP BLASTS CUCCINELLI ON HOLIDAY DISPLAYS OPINION
12. LOBBYISTS SHELLED OUT $15 MILLION ON 2010 GENERAL ASSEMBLY
13. LEGISLATORS TOUR DOMINION PLANT IN WISE COUNTY
16. WARNER CAMPAIGNS FOR NYE, PERRIELLO
18. RIGELL TO SIGN TEA PARTY OATH
19. PERRIELLO: STIMULUS 'HELPED AVERT A GREAT DEPRESSION'
20. ENERGY CENTER WILL TRY TO MAKE FANTASY OF 'CLEAN' COAL A REALITY
Now, Americans United for Separation of Church and State - an alien concept to Cooch and his pals like "Sideshow Bob" Marshall - has weighed in, commenting that Cooch's opinion "reads more like an op-ed than a legal advisory," and predicting that it "is almost certain to lead to bitter community divisiveness." There are lots of quotable quotes in press release by AUSCS, including my favorite, "If Cuccinelli wants to see a Nativity scene, why doesn't he put one in his front yard at home?"