Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Secretary is Right (Except when he’s Wrong)

Yesterday I attended the annaul transportation seminar put on by the Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance in Tysons Corner. The presentation was well-attended and informative. The primary speaker was VA Secretary of Transportation Sean Connaughton.  I’ve known Sean for 10+ years … Continue reading

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SAVE Program Gets Results

In 2009, Virginia’s Commission on Energy and the Environment selected me to serve as the Chairman of the Subcommitte on Conservation, along with Richard Stuart (R-Stafford). Senator Stuart and I had multiple meetings around the Commonwealth.  We invited people from … Continue reading

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Article on PACE in New York Times

Lowell forwarded this article to me from NYT this week. Yes, we have this in Virginia.  My SB 110 bill in 2010 set up a process for localities to collect property taxes and apply them to outstanding loans for home … Continue reading

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Robo-signing and Foreclosures — Yes, it’s in VA

In the 2011 session, I was the chief patron of three reform bills which went after foreclosure fraud and “Robo-signing.”  These bills required minimum notice, recordation of assignment interests and prohibited the use of forged signatures on foreclosing documents. Despite … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life

“Woke up.  Got out of bed.  Dragged a comb across my head.” It’s been forty-four years since the Beatles recorded “A Day in the Life” as the last single on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  Where have the years … Continue reading

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