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Dubious Dave Brat: “500 constituent meetings in the first two years?”

by Bud Cothern We’ve all heard the aphorism about telling a big lie often enough and folks start to believe it.  The saying is often...

At Dave Brat’s Second Alt-Town Hall, Outrageousness Goes to 11

By Anne-Marie J. Leake  Earlier this week, I considered the slightly paranoid-sounding theory that VA07 Representative David Brat’s second Facebook Live “Town Hall” in a...

New District Ballet

Now that re-districting is finally accomplished, the members of the Assembly are out in force, getting acquainted with their new (they hope) constituents. Here is a short take on one such meeting.

SENATOR BARKER AND DELEGATE CHARNIELE HERRING: TOWN HALL IN ALEXANDRIA
On Saturday morning, 11 June 2011, State Senator George Barker of the39th District  and Delegate Charniele Herring of the 46th District held a joint town hall meeting at the Charles E. Beatley Library on Duke Street. For Senator Barker, it was an opportunity to meet new constituents in his re-designed Senate district, and for Delegate Herring it was more or less old home week, since most of the 35-or-so attendees seemed to know and like her. Senator Barker introduced himself with a brief bio: he earned a degree in health care in 1975, and worked for regional health care in Virginia until elected in 2007 to the Virginia Senate.

Last session he had 20 bills passed and signed by the Governor, several of which were first suggested to him by his constituents, and he encouraged the audience to do the same in the future, since he actually listens to what the voters of his district have to say. He talked about two constitutional amendments which were passed, one to increase the size of the "rainy day fund," since it proved to be inadequate to fulfill its function during the recession, and the other to provide more flexibility to localities in implementing certain state legislation. He also commented on the rather remarkable fact that the House and the Senate managed finally to pass the commonwealth's budget unanimously. Then he threw the meeting open to the audience, to find out what was on people's minds.