• 8th District GOP RundownPolitics

    Virginia’s 8th Congressional district is probably one of the safest Democratic seats in the country but the Republicans haven’t given up. So far 7 candidates have expressed interest in the 2010 GOP nomination of which 4 have dropped out of the race. Here’s a run down: Matthew Berry has an impressive resume including clerking at […]

  • How about a one New Yorker a month law?Policy

    Oh, just wait. Before you get your Birkenstocks in an uproar, note the toungue-in-cheekiness of my post. It’s just that I get tired of outsiders, particularly New Yorkers, telling us in Virginia that they’ve got a better way of doing things. Like, in this case, gun control. Seriously New York? Shall we compare crime statistics? […]

  • McDonnell visits budget negotiations – and Virginia is rich!Policy

    It appears that Virginia is rich, but not suprising, it’s in Northern Virginia. But, here in the Commonwealth, we share the wealth. So, congrats, NoVA. We’re in the money! That ought to temper some of that NoVA jubliation. Speaking of Northern Virginia, it appears that former State Senator Jay O’Brien is going to get a […]

  • Draconian Cuts AheadPolicy

    I just read today in the Virginian Pilot of a massive cut planned that will impact the life of every man, woman and child. These are certainly tough times, and tough choices I know have to be made, but some cuts are just so draconian I expect to see massive editorials in the major newspapers […]

  • Bearing Drift – the E-Zine! Volume 1, Number 1

    It’s been a long time in coming, but BD has finally gotten around to releasing it’s first magazine issue. In this “inaugural” issue, we feature Gov. Bob McDonnell in his first interview with blogs as governor (hmm…it took Gov. Tim Kaine at least three years to get with ‘Raising Kaine’ and it didn’t take us […]

  • McDonnell, Cuccinelli, Washington Post, Massa, Mills, oh my!Catch-All

    Lots of things, as always, going on throughout Virginia, but here are a few posts to note. Bob Holsworth at Virginia Tomorrow describes what he sees McDonnell attempting to do by holding yesterday’s press conference regarding the state’s anti-discrimination policies, in particular, the class of “sexual orientation” Holsworth believes McDonnell is “Reasserting Gubernatorial Priorities, Extricating […]

  • McDonnell signs bills taking steps to be the energy capital of the east coastPolicy

    McDonnell signs HB 756 and 787, taking a solid first step towards energy independence. Here’s the McDonnell release: Governor McDonnell Signs Legislation Positioning Virginia to Become the “Energy Capital of the East Coast” Positions Commonwealth to Move Forward in Becoming First State on East Coast to Explore for Oil and Natural Gas Offshore; Part of […]

  • Chuck Smith Re-Entering VA-02 District Nomination Race? WHY?!Catch-All

    Rumors continue to abound (I have heard this through at least four individual sources, including three campaigns) that Chuck Smith, the first candidate to drop out from the 2nd District Republican nomination (and likely not the last), is contemplating re-entering the race. I wish I had a credible reason could possibly justify this decision. I […]

  • Cuccinelli Right, Protestors Wrong… McDonnell Splits DifferencePolicy

    Good God! Talk about drama over literally NOTHING. Ken Cuccinelli puts a kindly written letter out to the publicly funded colleges, bringing to their attention that they have inadvertently broken state law by inserting a clause that was never passed by the Virginia Legislature. In response, the college(s) leak the letter to the press, who […]

  • UPDATED: Governor Issues Executive Directive On Discrimination (LG and AG respond)Policy

    Today Governor Bob McDonnell’s office released Executive Directive One on state standards on discrimination in the workplace: Employment discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated by this Administration. The Virginia Human Rights Act recognizes the unlawfulness of conduct that violates any Virginia or federal statute or regulation governing discrimination against certain enumerated classes of […]