Dear Virginia Senate Republican Majority: Don’t mess it up again with another tax hike

With Ben Chafin’s election, it is now official. After seven months, the Republicans have a majority in the Virginia Senate once more. As one would expect, a number of my friends are crowing. Unfortunately for me, recent political history is screaming in my ears. It makes my optimism about a fully Republican-controlled Virginia legislature extremely … More Dear Virginia Senate Republican Majority: Don’t mess it up again with another tax hike

McDonnells’ Trial Kicks-Off With Bombshells

During the opening arguments in the trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen, it was disclosed (or at least claimed by the defense) that the McDonnells were barely on speaking terms and she had an “inappropriate” relationship with businessman Jonnie Williams who showered the first couple with lavish gifts. OUCH!!! At first … More McDonnells’ Trial Kicks-Off With Bombshells

Bob McDonnell Weighs In For The GOP Ticket

This is a clear message from Gov. Bob McDonnell to Establishment Republicans – get out and vote for the entire GOP ticket tomorrow. These nominees may not have been the ones that you would have preferred, but they are head and shoulders better than the Democrat alternatives. Don’t make Virginia suffer for four years out … More Bob McDonnell Weighs In For The GOP Ticket

North Carolina GOP Preparing to Siphon Virginia Jobs and Growth

Just a heads-up. When you hear that “giant sucking sound” of jobs leaving Virginia for points south, now you’ll know why. Republican legislators in North Carolina have unveiled a plan to completely eliminate the state’s income tax, to be replaced with a consumption tax. This pro-growth measure, designed to place North Carolina squarely in the … More North Carolina GOP Preparing to Siphon Virginia Jobs and Growth

Governor McDonnell’s approval ratings tank

According to a new PPP poll in Virginia the Governor’s approval ratings have dropped 12% in the last month.  For the first time his disapproval percentage is higher than his approval percentage, 46% of those polled disapprove of the job he’s doing as Governor while only 36% approve.  That’s a 30% drop in approval ratings … More Governor McDonnell’s approval ratings tank

Governor McDonnell to Resign on Monday

So says the well connected Mike Belefski.   Mike was the Northern Virginia Field Director for Bill Bolling during his run for Governor.   Much more about Mike on Google.   Mike has posted today on his Twitter account and on his Facebook page that Governor McDonnell will resign on Monday. Watchdog.org is reporting that the Governor … More Governor McDonnell to Resign on Monday

It’s good to be the Governor of Virginia!

Looking at Governor McDonnell’s statements of Economic Interests since 2008, I am struck by the all the fun things a Governor gets to do, courtesy of the state and friends in high places.  While the Governor’s salary  is not exorbitant at $175,000, there are definitely some nice perks.  It takes many years of hard work to … More It’s good to be the Governor of Virginia!

How Much Worse Can it Get for Governor McDonnell?

The Washington Post is reporting that the McDonnells accepted a total of $145,000 from Jonnie Williams in 2011 and 2012.  Last year Mr. Williams gave $70,000 to a corporation owned by Governor McDonnell and his sister.  The money was not reported as a gift or a loan as required by law.  Previously Mr. Williams had … More How Much Worse Can it Get for Governor McDonnell?

Governor McDonnell hires the Big Guns to Defend Him

Decades ago there was saying in Washington DC,  “if you know you’re guilty hire Edward Bennett Williams“.  Conversely when a person hired Edward Bennett Williams, people assumed he was guilty.    Williams was the founding partner of the famous DC law firm, Williams and Connelly.   He defended such people as Senator Joe McCarthy and Jimmy … More Governor McDonnell hires the Big Guns to Defend Him

Governor McDonnell to Resign?

So says Bearingdrift.com.  It’s not exactly a surprise after the Washington Post’s steady drumbeat of scandal, after scandal,after scandal, after scandal involving the Governor. My concern is, how do these scandals effect Ken Cuccinelli?   It’s hard to believe that his staff kept the knowledge of these scandals involving Star Scientific secret from the Attorney General.    The … More Governor McDonnell to Resign?

McDonnell’s amendments to transportation tax: a few rate tweaks, and a mechanism for AUTOMATIC future tax increases

Under the Governor’s latest version of Plan ’13 From Outer Space, a subdivision imposed multiple counties away from you can trigger a tax increase that no one can stop…

…and he calls this an improvement… … More McDonnell’s amendments to transportation tax: a few rate tweaks, and a mechanism for AUTOMATIC future tax increases

McDonnell Amends Transportation Bill

Governor McDonnell Makes Amendments to Strengthen Major Transportation Package ~Edits to bill strengthen legal posture, adds lock boxes to safeguard new funds, reduces alternative vehicles fees, vehicle titling tax, and local taxes; maintains structure for long-term sustainable transportation solutions to improve job creation and quality of life~   RICHMOND—Governor Bob McDonnell today completed his review … More McDonnell Amends Transportation Bill

The Transportation bill will cost you more to sell your house!

Say What? Thanks to the transportation bill it will cost me more to sell my house!! That’s right. With the passing of the massive Transportation Bill HB 2313, which applies a “Regional Congestion Relief Fee” Virginia homeowner’s grantor’s taxes (paid by the seller) will increase by $0.25 for every $100 of the sales price.  Just … More The Transportation bill will cost you more to sell your house!

National News sources criticize McDonnell’s “Bad Transportation Deal”

Two national news sources came out this week against the massive new tax increases in Virginia, the National Review and the Wall Street Journal. The National Review’s headline was “McDonnell’s Bad Transportation Deal”. The article may read here. Among other things, the article explains how this massive tax expansion will hurt Ken Cuccinelli’s chances in … More National News sources criticize McDonnell’s “Bad Transportation Deal”

The tax revolt goes national

John Fund (National Review Online) has noticed the Virginia tax battle, and the title says it all: McDonnell Tarnishes His Legacy I particularly like his description of the conference committee’s effect on the tax hikes: “kudzu-like growth.” Now the eyes of the nation are on the General Assembly…

Could the taxpayers be spared by a Richmond train wreck?

If what Steve Contorno (Washington Examiner) hears is correct, Democrats in the State Senate could be so wedded to Frank Wagner’s tax hike that they’ll refuse to support something too close to McDonnell’s tax hike, while Republicans who backed the latter may not like anything to close to the former: “As long as the [final … More Could the taxpayers be spared by a Richmond train wreck?