• The Moral High Ground?Policy

    Following Rep. Joe Wilson’s “you lie!” outburst and the Democratic response, this really has to be said: How can Democrats say health care reform is a “moral imperative” yet deny coverage to millions of human beings (illegal immigrants) merely based on whether or not they pay into the government system? The two don’t mesh. (Cross […]

  • VPOD 75: “Dirty Deeds” and Wittman/Cuccinelli on Health CarePodcasts

    In this edition of Virginia Politics On-Demand, Shaun and I wonder what’s the f-ing problem? We also get reaction from Rep. Rob Wittman and State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli on health care. Discuss the bleak financial picture of the state and wonder why Jody Wagner considers us “fortunate.” The newest parody is released – “Virginia’s Dirty […]

  • Obama adopts HillarycareCatch-All

    Newspapers focus on missteps, gaffes and college papers written 20 years ago, and then complain that voters don’t get serious about issues. It’s like an arsonist complaining that all the old houses have been burning down. The Virginian-Pilot editorial board cites the right problem – “most voters don’t even bother asking candidates for their positions” […]

  • NJ Bloggers’ Poll: Tort Reform and Troop LevelsCatch-All

    This week’s National Journal Bloggers’ Poll asked if any health care reform would be supported if it included tort reform. 50% of left-leaning and 62% of right-leaning said “Yes”. “This has been a longstanding critique from conservatives: the impact of frivolous lawsuits that drive up the cost of health care. I don’t see how you […]

  • Deeds’ recent campaign ads counter his own philosophy on politics and governmentPolitics

    State Sen. Creigh Deeds, Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, once cautioned bloggers about not correcting the record on their web sites, so I wonder what he will do about his recent spate of campaign ads that very much distort Bob McDonnell’s record? Deeds three times this week – on regulation, taxes, and abortion – inaccurately […]

  • Matthew James’ (80th) Campaign Still LostPolitics

    Matthew James, candidate for the 80th House of Delegates race, has had a tough road since winning the Democratic Primary at the beginning of the summer on June 9th. You may remember Matthew James from J.R.’s post here which highlighted James’ mounting campaign debts after the last reporting cycle. A stop on his campaign website […]

  • Remembering

    I’m writing this at exactly the minute, 8:46, that American Airlines Flight 11 slammed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. I remember exactly where I was, and it was in the same desk chair typing online, when I got an instant message to turn the TV on because something happened at the […]

  • Mathieson campaign embezzled?Politics

    Jason Robinson, formerly of the Del. Bobby Mathieson campaign and legislative office since 2007, has been accused by his boss of embezzling money. Vivian has the Mathieson statement. “I am outraged that a member of my staff has defrauded my campaign and abused his position. I have full confidence that the police investigation will determine […]

  • Why Joe Wilson is Not a HeroPolicy

    In the immediate aftermath of Obama’s speech last night, one thing was clear: a Republican Congressman from South Carolina had interrupted and shouted ‘You lie!’ as President Obama spoke. No doubt you all have seen clips of this act again and again on youtube, facebook, etc. Rep. Joe Wilson is not a hero. He should […]

  • Really, Mr. President?Policy

    Guest post by Sen. Steve Martin (originally appearing on his Facebook page) Really: Mr. President? I have the only current healthcare reform bill that has been debated and passed committees for further consideration in front of me right now (HR 3200). Section 102: You cannot keep your existing group insurance policy beyond 5 years after […]