Monthly Archives: February 2009

Thirty Minutes Til Budget Briefing

I’m sitting in the empty Senate Chamber.  Sen. Mark Herring (D-Loudoun) is the only other one here.  Answering emails and catching up on “real” work.  The pages have all gone home and this place is dead quiet.  At 4 pm, … Continue reading

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Conference Committees Confer

We’re in the final 48 hours of the 2009 session.  Time is running short to get things done. Under Joint Rules, all legislation has to pass both chambers by midnight Thursday, February 26.  If bills have passed both chambers but … Continue reading

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Senate Rides On, Two Abreast

The last few days of the Senate are unfolding.  Bills come to the floor, are debated, then voted upon.   Then we wait for the next issue to come along. There are moments of high drama separated by moments of low … Continue reading

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Obama Soars, Caps Collapse

One of the benefits of remote control TV’s is that you can enjoy two events simultaneously — or not enjoy as the case may be. This occurred last night at 9 pm when President Obama was speaking to the nation … Continue reading

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Tracking Stimulus Money

One of my goals at the outset of this session was to promote a  more open state government in Virginia.   Ergo, my cosponsorship of SB 936 with Sen. Cuccinelli. I mention that because the Obama administration has recently put up a … Continue reading

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