• Well-funded gubernatorial campaignsPolitics

    Joe Abbey, Creigh Deeds’ campaign manager, issued a statement today, imploring donors to give another $100K to the Deeds campaign by Jun. 30. Using the same old tired rhetoric about McDonnell’s “extreme social and economic agenda” (you mean the one that wants to create jobs, stimulate the economy, and keep taxes low?), Abbey also lays […]

  • Whining NY Democrats lock Senate doorsPolicy

    New York Senate Democrats, unhappy to suddenly be out of power, entered the Senate chamber and locked out the Republicans.(NY Times) Aren’t Democrats sweet, positive, bipartisan and everything nice? “they refuse to enter into an operating agreement,” Senator Eric T. Schneiderman, a Democrat How’s this for an operating agreement. Stop whining and deal with the […]

  • Are Norfolk’s schools that great?Catch-All

    Or is it time to consider the Norfolk School Board something other that playthings of the City Council by electing the School Board. In Norfolk, the School Board is appointed, which means if you do anything that ruffles a Council member, you’re out. Norfolk School Board member Billy Cook is an Army officer who was […]

  • So, what does it mean to be conservative anyway?Policy

    As we go forward with the debate between who should be the next governor and who should have control of the House of Delegates, I thought it might be constructive to look at the words of Edmund Burke, arguably the savior of conservatism in the late 18th century, as Europe was embroiled in revolutionary fervor.

  • Health care and pollsPolicy

    Vivian Paige asks a good question. With polls showing 72% support for Government-run health care currently, why aren’t they pushing it yet? “With the country firmly behind it, what is the hold up?” she asks. Maybe it’s these answers to poll questions. “Government should be responsible for providing medical care for people who are unable […]

  • Embracing IranPolitics

    Since the 1979 Revolution that toppled the US-backed Shah of Iran and installed the Ayatollah Khomeini as that nation’s supreme leader, relations between our two nations have ranged somewhere between frosty and non-existent. However, over the course the past week developments in Iran have yielded a remarkable reaction here in the United States: an unmistakable […]

  • Crap and PaidPolicyPolitics

    Virginia taxpayers have paid Northrup Grumman and Motorola billions of dollars for a medical database that was recently hacked into and a non-existent communication system for our police officers. In addition to the low-quality and lack of delivery, the contracts are millions of dollars over-budget. Jeff Schapiro of the Times Dispatch correctly points out that […]

  • Norm pushing education; Josh talks primary costsCatch-All

    Norm Leahy is asking a lot of “ifs” of Bob McDonnell lately. First, when it comes to SOL reform… “If, truly, Bob McDonnell wants to make education reform a signature issue of this campaign, he could do far worse than exposing the SOLs for what they really are: expensive charades that tell us only how […]

  • VPOD 66: Sen. Tommy Norment, Senate Republican LeaderPodcasts

    In this episode of Virginia Politics On-Demand, Virginia Senate Republican Leader Tommy Norment gives his thoughts during a wide-ranging interview which includes the budget deficit, the GOP role in transportation funding, the changing dynamics in the Senate due to this year’s general election, working with Creigh Deeds, Bill Bolling, Ken Cuccinelli, and Jody Wagner, and […]

  • Less is MorePolicy

    The world is watching Iran during these delicate and important times. The White House is very wisely staying out of the rhetoric on the situation. Unfortunately, Republicans like John McCain are urging President Obama to get more involved in the election process in Iran. Inflammatory or antagonizing statements from the US Government is exactly what […]