King is in; York is out; Buona and others “assessing risk”

Longtime political activist and Leesburg attorney, Charles King announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors. Within hours of Leesburg Today breaking the news of King’s candidacy, current Chairman Scott York, who had already announced his intentions to seek reelection, dropped out of the race. Although many people … More King is in; York is out; Buona and others “assessing risk”

Does Don Beyer Practice What He Preaches?

We’ve already noted fmr. Lt. Gov. Don Beyer’s radio commercial where he stakes out some pretty extreme positions in his race for the Democratic nomination in Virginia’s open 8th congressional district. There’s one thing that has jumped out at me during my repeated hearings of Beyer’s ad on WMAL. Beyer’s campaign says in the radio … More Does Don Beyer Practice What He Preaches?

Meanwhile, on Medicaid expansion in Virginia, the Republicans are actually winning

“First, you win the argument, then you win the vote” – Margaret Thatcher On Medicaid expansion in Virginia, proponents have the newly-elected Governor, all of Virginia’s Democrats, a few dissenting Republicans,the State Senate and various well-heeled interests. Opponents have the reality of Medicaid’s damage to poor people and (most of) the Republican Party of Virginia – a party … More Meanwhile, on Medicaid expansion in Virginia, the Republicans are actually winning

On the Bank Bailout, the Buckley Rule, and Ed Gillespie

There has been increasing talk among Virginia Republicans about “the Buckley Rule,” and how it should impact decision on the nomination for U.S. Senate. There are, however, two problems with the application (usually from Ed Gillespie supporters): the rule isn’t quite what they think it is; and even if it did, Gillespie still wouldn’t qualify. … More On the Bank Bailout, the Buckley Rule, and Ed Gillespie

OPEN THREAD: Which NOVA Elected Officials Will Wind Up With Extended Stays With The McDonnells At Club Fed?

News that the FBI is zeroing in on political corruption in Northern Virginia and with lists of targets for them to investigate now starting to pop up, we thought now was a good time for an Open Thread to find out which elected officials you think may wind up with an extended stay with indicted … More OPEN THREAD: Which NOVA Elected Officials Will Wind Up With Extended Stays With The McDonnells At Club Fed?

The Republican Party, TARP, and Ed Gillespie (plus some personal news)

For those wondering where I’ve been for the past three weeks, I was recently married (Sunday, the 12th, to be exact). For those interested, meet the new Mrs. Liberal. Anyhow, while I’ve been on my honeymoon, Ed Gillespie made it official – he is running for the U.S. Senate. Whether he wins the nomination or not … More The Republican Party, TARP, and Ed Gillespie (plus some personal news)

Ed Gillespie – would-be Senate candidate – backed TARP (meaning I can’t support him)

This has been cross-posted from my personal blog, the right-wing liberal. I speak only for myself. There have been whispers (and much louder) about Ed Gillespie running for United States Senate next year. Given his national connections and the potential vulnerability of Senator Mark Warner, one can understand why there is excitement around Gillespie’s potential … More Ed Gillespie – would-be Senate candidate – backed TARP (meaning I can’t support him)

Ken Cuccinelli was a squish, which brought his ticket-mates down with him. Period. (UPDATED)

Ken Cuccinelli defended his role in two separate tax increases. Are we really supposed to believe this didn’t sink him when Republicans who didn’t raise taxes won in far “bluer” areas? … More Ken Cuccinelli was a squish, which brought his ticket-mates down with him. Period. (UPDATED)

Election Take-aways

Number of tax increases enacted by Governor Chris Christie during his term: zero Number of tax increase endorsed by Ken Cuccinelli during his campaign: two Advantage of Democrats over Republicans in Virginia yesterday: five Advantage of Democrats over Republicans in New Jersey yesterday: twelve Cuccinelli’s support for election: 45% Christie’s support for re-election: 60% Cross-posted to … More Election Take-aways

Ken Cuccinelli goes squishy again

As Election 2013 comes careening towards November, Ken Cuccinelli continues to transform himself into the biggest Republican disappointment of the campaigns. In an appalling Loudoun Times-Mirror interview, Cuccinelli tries to take credit for the $1.2-billion-plus tax hike that I have called Plan ’13 From Outer Space: Attorney general and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli last … More Ken Cuccinelli goes squishy again

Why I support Susan Stimpson for Lieutenant Governor

Much like Riley in his post endorsing Scott Lingamfelter, I do not claim to speak for Virginia Virtucon as a whole. I only speak for myself. As the race for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia careens toward the finish line, convention delegates are faced with a smorgasboard of candidates: some with experience, … More Why I support Susan Stimpson for Lieutenant Governor

How is your local government doing?

While counties to the north are raising taxes, Stafford County, yet again, eliminated taxes. Fairfax County is doing it (Supervisor Pat Herrity’s email newsletter) Yesterday, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors voted to increase the property tax rate by one cent to $1.085. With the increase in assessments that translates to a 4.5 % or … More How is your local government doing?

House passes amended Plan ’13 From Outer Space (UPDATE: Senate does too)

The House of Delegates approved McDonnell’s changes to HB 2313 (a.k.a. Plan ’13 From Outer Space), by a 64-35 vote. The roll is not up yet, but taxes will go up, including automatically for regions in the future that hit certain population and traffic levels. I am deeply disappointed. This bill (and I assume the … More House passes amended Plan ’13 From Outer Space (UPDATE: Senate does too)

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

Virginia, education spending, and budgets

During the great transportation-tax-love-in last month, a slew of Republican delegates and senators lamented that there was “nowhere to cut” in the Virginia budget. I can still hear Dave Albo running through the list of uncuttables. One item he simply glossed over was “education” – as if it were impossible to find any efficiencies there. … More Virginia, education spending, and budgets

Your Virginia Governor, the Virginia House of Delegates, and 8 Virginia Senators think you’re an Idiot!

An excellent article appeared to today in Redstate.com explaining what happened in Virginia over the weekend.   Read the whole article, it’s well worth it. Redstate noted all the praise that our Governor is receiving, from democrats. “Bob McDonnell was getting all kinds of praise on the Sunday shows for his big transportation tax hike, … More Your Virginia Governor, the Virginia House of Delegates, and 8 Virginia Senators think you’re an Idiot!

A draft transportation alternative to Plan ’13 From Outer Space

So Virginia’s tax-hike cheerleaders want those of us who opposed this fiasco to present a transportation alternative. Ok. Here goes… 1) Privatize all subdivision roads with existing HOAs. Inform subdivision without existing HOAs that their roads will be privatized in one year and they have that long to create an HOA or maintenance covenant among … More A draft transportation alternative to Plan ’13 From Outer Space