• Brief Notes on the HRCC Conference CallPolicy

    Just finished a conference call with the HRCC regarding their FY 2011 budget proposals.  Lots of good news in here, mostly regarding the fact that the Senate version of the bill is structurally close to the House version.  McDonnell’s “secret meetings” did their job, eh? House Republicans were able to close the $2 billion gap […]

  • CPAC CondemnedPolicy

    Just before Bob McDonnell made a surprise visit to CPAC, one of the student activists made a total fool of himself by condemning CPAC for allowing GOProud to co-sponsor the event. Sitting in the crowd I was shocked this actually happened and couldn’t boo this idiot loud enough. This was right before Ron Paul was […]

  • Hurt has early polling advantage in the 5th District racePolitics

    The first scientific polling data has been released in the 5th District Republican nomination race and Robert Hurt has a ten-point lead, according to Public Policy Polling. The poll puts Hurt at 22%, while Ken Boyd comes in at 12%. No other candidate exceeds 4%. However, and this is the big number – 51% remain […]

  • 59 percent of Virginians agree with McDonnell, say “cut spending”Policy

    A new Rasumussen poll is out that puts Gov. Bob McDonnell at a 65% approval rating, but even more interesting going into this budget weekend is that 59% say that McDonnell is right to advocate for cutting government spending or reducing taxes. Additionally, from the report: McDonnell’s biggest short-term challenge to date may have been […]

  • Fightin’ Ninth Ready For A FightPolitics

    On Thursday, the Washington Post’s Amy Gardner dropped this piece looking at the tough road that 14-term Congressman Rick Boucher faces as he seeks re-election to yet another two years representing the people of Virginia’s Ninth Congressional District. While Gardner looks at the race in the larger context of the politics of Appalachia, she only […]

  • Senate Democrats in disarray on budget; gross mismanagement may lead to more stalematePolicy

    While in Richmond on Wednesday, I had the opportunity to speak with several Senate Republicans about the state of the budget in the Senate and one word kept coming up – “ugly.” The bottom-line is that Senate Democrats are in complete disarray over years of mismanagement and a mindset of “going along to get along.” […]

  • National Journal Poll: Jobs Bill and Healthcare SummitCatch-All

    This week’s National Journal Bloggers Poll was on the purported jobs bill and who benefits the most from a healthcare summit. Yours truly had this to say: [It helps Republicans more if] Essentially [a] Democratic [jobs] bill enacted “At this point, despite the offers of bipartisanship from the White House, there are limits to the […]

  • Virginia General Assembly Republicans tout success at crossover midpointPolicy

    Before we get too far away from crossover day, both the House and Senate Republicans issued press releases on what they thought to be their legislative successes for the first half of session. Senate Republicans had this to say… “Senate Republicans have a true interest in moving Virginia forward,” noted Senate Republican Leader Thomas K. […]

  • Texas Pilot: Democrat rhetoric, not tea partyPolicy

    Somehow the mainstream media isn’t reporting much about the political leanings of the killer who slammed his plane into an IRS office in Texas this week. Somehow, if this guy was a tea partier, I’m sure it would be full-column headlines and subject to hourlong stories on everything from the View to Larry King. Instead, […]

  • With Budgets Come Difficult DecisionsPolicy

    Governor Bob McDonnell released his recommendations for streamlining the budget.  There was no doubt that difficult decisions had to be reached when making cuts, especially to services that may benefit those within the Commonwealth.  However, there were some cuts that had to be made to curb wasteful and unnecessary spending on services that may not […]