Ah yes, it appears that Virginia’s own mathematician, Jody Wagner has a new campaign theme song. Bearing Drift has it online, so check it out. Wagner’s new campaign slogan is “Four Billion Off and a trip to LaLaLand”
Don’t you think it would be better for Steve Shannon to meet face-to-face with Ken Cuccinelli, instead of hosting a tele-conference to ask four questions of his rival over the phone? I do, and Cuccinelli has challenged Shannon to a series of debates throughout the Commonwealth. The most interesting thing is that Shannon has not responded, yet it appears that he would rather debate Cuccinelli by fax instead of allowing the voters to hear both candidates’ positions. This sounds eerily similar to Creigh Deeds not responding to Bob McDonnell’s requests for debates throughout the Commonwealth.
After hearing of Steve Shannon’s silly, time wasting tele-conference, Senator Ken Cuccinelli pledges NOT to do the same. However, Ken Cuccinelli did issue the following challenge:
“Steve, last week I sent you a letter asking if you would follow up on your pledge to debate me across the Commonwealth. As of today, I have yet to receive a response. I will not debate you via fax, nor by “tele-phone conference”. Pick a day, any day this weekend, or this week, and you can ask me your four questions, and I will ask mine. The people of Virginia deserve real substantive debates on issues they are concerned about. You’ve ducked two debate invitations already….will you duck this one?
Below is a link to the letter Senator Cuccinelli sent last week challenging Steve Shannon to debates around the Commonwealth. Instead of debating in person, it appears that Shannon’s “new” campaign team wants him to debate via fax.
Today, a group of tea party patriots decided to make a visit to Senator Webb’s Arlington office to share their dissent with the proposed health care plan that is currently being debated in Congress. Lisa Miller spoke at the tea party, and here are the remarks. Shouldn’t “We, the People” have the say in determining our own health care, rather than having a bunch of government bureaucrats decide for us?
Today, Rep. Frank Wolf (Va-10) will be offering an amendment to the Transportation Appropriations Act to suspend the federal law that prohibits Virginia from contracting with private vendors to operate restaurants or service stations at Interstate rest stops. Currently, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Ohio are allowed to utilize private vendors at their rest stops.
For what seems like a great idea and something that will help generate money for the Commonwealth, Rep. Tom Perriello (Va-5) is opposed to the amendment offered by Wolf, and he is working to defeat the amendment.
Closing these rest areas put motorists’ safety at risk. If you are on a long road trip, you need to have an opportunity to stretch or take a nap in a safe area that is accessible to the Interstate. According to AAA, it is estimated that 100,000 police reported crashes are the direct result of driver fatigue each year, resulting in 1,500 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and $12.5 billion in losses.
Wouldn’t this be a wake-up call to allow this legislation to be passed? Instead, citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia will be facing danger every time they travel.
Call 202-224-3121 today and urge your Representatives to support Rep. Wolf’s amendment.
Last week, I mentioned about the Planning Commission manifesto that is taking place in Loudoun County. Well, I have decided to follow up with that post, and yes, there is more to this than what meets the eye.
Today, I would like to focus on an e-mail that was sent on June 25, 2009 from Sandra Chaloux, Dulles Planning Commissioner to the Catoctin Planning Commissioner that indicates her absence from a board meeting.
Date: Thu, 25 Jun 2009 05:59:38 -0400
Subject: TONIGHT’S PC WORK SESSION
I don’t think I am going to go to the PC CTP work session tonight. No quorum tonight probably means no CTP PC public hearing in July.
Now, why would Ms. Chaloux decide to abruptly announce her absence? Could it be that she was angered by the previous Planning Commission meeting, where a previous motion that she had made to delay the July hearing was denied? Whatever the reasoning behind Ms. Chaloux’s abrupt absence, there is indication that this particular hearing had no quorum due to an e-mail that was sent to several Planning Commission members urging them not to show up for a hearing that was to begin adopting a draft recommendation. According to Leesburg Today, the Planning Commission was scheduled to meet three times a week, along with Saturday mornings to review the Countywide Transportation Plan. The Board of Supervisors set a deadline to have the Planning Commission’s revised plan by September.
In the meantime, I guess we will see what happens on July 21, when the Board of Supervisors takes up the scheduling issues. However, I am still asking, is it ethical or right for a county employee to be absent from their appointed duties and still receive compensation?