Veto Day As I write this, the General Assembly is scheduled finish its work for the year tomorrow. Having completed its principal legislative work on February 28-45 days after convening-the Assembly returns 45 days later to consider the Governor’s vetoes and amendments.
This year, even more than most years, the budget dominated the Session.
Halfway Home This past Tuesday was Crossover in the General Assembly. It has nothing to do with the River Styx; it is the legislative half-way point.
Yesterday, President Obama’s White House Press Office issued its first “blast” e-mail to every regional and local newspaper in the U.S., containing a lengthy 67-page “fact sheet” attachment delineating the concrete impact of the $850-billion stimulus package broken down on a state-by-state basis for every state in the union.
It turns out that a few Democrats in the New York state senate are floating the idea of backtracking on marriage equality. All I can say is “forget about it.”
The Senate Finance Committee held its annual retreat last week in Fredericksburg.
Can you remember the last time Virginia voted for a Democrat for President?
Whatever folks are planning to do this Labor Day Weekend, it should be in the spirit of taking a deep breath while summoning energy for an incredible two-month sprint that will begin on Tuesday.
Monday, the General Assembly “money” committees met in Richmond to hear the Kaine Administration’s revenue projections for this fiscal year (’09), that ended on June 30, and the next (‘FY10). The news was not good.
Senator Joe Gartlan Last Tuesday (July 22), I attended memorial services for Senator Joe Gartlan, a colleague, mentor and friend in the Virginia General Assembly.