While the 2015 session of the Virginia General Assembly doesn’t start until mid-January, the months of November and December are busy times for legislators. A key item on most legislative “To Do” lists is producing legislation to be introduced during the next session. The bills I am referring to, here, […]
Author: Kaye Kory
The midterm election turned out to be of little real consequence to Virginia state government. I have just returned from Richmond, where, over tea party objections, we repaired the serious damage inflicted on the McDonnell Transportation Program during the first part of the 2014 legislature session. I refer to the […]
The Supreme Court has made an historic decision to decline to review Virginia’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals’ ruling in Bostic v Schaefer. That ruling affirmed legal marriage equality in Virginia. At last, all Virginians have the legal right to a committed union recognized and respected by our Commonwealth. In […]
This week I am returning to the topic of ethics reform that I addressed in three columns last year [8/14, 9/11, 10/09]. This issue is truly the “canary in the coal mine” for the institutions upon which democratic governance depends. When office holders violate the trust of citizens, they confirm the […]
The putative purpose of the special session of the General Assembly that begins on September 18 is to consider and debate alternatives to Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. The economic and public policy facts so overwhelmingly support accepting the incremental $2.1 billion that would flow to the Commonwealth […]
This week I have been pleased to accept an appointment to the Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Health Care (JCHC). The commission was established in 1992 with this mission: “to ensure that the Commonwealth as provider, financier and regulator adopts the most cost effective and efficacious means of delivery […]
Last week the General Assembly reconvened for a Special Session, passed a state budget and attempted to ensure that Governor McAuliffe would have no possible option of expanding Medicaid without securing full legislative concurrence.
“How administrators killed a Fairfax school’s math success.” This was the headline over Jay Matthew’s Education column in Monday’s Washington Post.
Edmund Burke, an 18th century British Member of Parliament who supported the American Revolution, is famous for his observation that “the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” It is sadly ironic that this observation – from the “patron saint” of modern conservatives […]
Entering the final week of my fifth session of the House of Delegates, I am concerned that partisan politics is about to inflict lasting harm on citizens of the Commonwealth. The Republican majority in the House has made it abundantly clear that there is no room for compromise on the […]