On this podcast edition of “The Score” radio show, Scott Lee takes a breather, and I take over the mic to talk with a few of my learned Bearing Drift colleagues.
Brian Schoeneman and I discuss the 2013 race for governor, and the relative merits of the two candidates, Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli (sorry Tareq Salahi backers, he didn’t make the cut). We touch on one variable that could have a huge effect on that contest: the upcoming General Assembly session. With eerie prescience, we wonder what role the press will play in shaping the narrative, and Brian specifically mentions Bob Marshall. We did not have to wait long for our answer. In this Richmond Times-Dispatch piece, we are told that Del. Marshall intends to take up the social issue banner yet again in the next session. The board is set, the pieces are in motion…
BD contributor Andrew Schwartz joins me to talk about the 2014 Senate races — not only here in Virginia, but nationwide. Andrew is of the opinion the GOP might be able to mount a serious bid for control of the upper house (which he wrote about here).
And in his Two Minute Drill, Jim Hoeft combs through the 2012 turnout numbers. He discovers that those states which loudly and proudly offer early or no excuses voting didn’t see the same level of turnout as states, like Virginia, that still expect folks to make the effort to vote in person. Still, some Virginia pols, upset that lines can sometimes be long and, darn it, just too inconvenient, are advancing proposals to make voting here as hassle-free as it is in some other states. Jim’s not necessarily against greater efficiency. But he has a couple of modest proposals that could do more to juice turnout than all the tinkering in the world.
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