A Few Quick Hits …

I’m running around like a mad man this week, trying to catch up on legal work and generally ignoring the headlines, except those sports-related.

However, a few random thoughts.

First, we’ll be back in Richmond on Monday afternoon to complete the Budget, I hope.  The “conferees” are already there.  I predict that our recent revenue projections (well above estimates) will go along way towards breaking down differences.

The recent study by the presumptuously named “Center for Public Integrity,” which gives Virginia a failing grade as a ”potential state” for corruption, is an example of the lamest, most superficial analysis.  Part of their criteria is the length of our legislative session?  Are you serious?  Note to CPI:  part-time legislators who have other gainful employment are far less likely to be looking for bribes.

Third, the Redskins’ loss of cap space could be devastating, if the NFL penalty holds up.  Since they’ve given away their draft picks (which can be signed cheap) in the RG3 deal, the Skins’ only way to fill needs is through free agency.  That’s costly.  By losing $18m in space a year, they’re losing the ability to sign 4-5 starters.  And they need them.

Fourth, the so-called experts saying that Tim Tebow was “holding back” the Broncos last season are simply feeding their own bias.  Look at the numbers.  The Broncs were 4-12 in 2010 and started 2011 at 1-4 with Kyle Orton (and Elway) at the helm.  That’s an pre-Tebow record of 5-16.  With Tebow leading the same squad, they went 8-5, with a playoff victory.  How come the “experts” don’t mention this?

Finally, I’m going reverse my earlier opinion.  I actually think Carmelo and Jeremy Lin can work together to make the Knicks a good team, with the chance to be a playoff spoiler.  I think ‘Melo knows this is his last chance and wants to make it work.

 

 

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  • DJRippert

    Potential for corruption? Virginia reeks of potential and actual corruption. Only four states have no limits on campaign contributions at the state level – MO, OR, UT and VA.

    http://www.ncsl.org/Portals/1/documents/legismgt/Limits_to_Candidates_2011-2012.pdf

    Unlimited campaign contributions is one hell of a way to create the potential for corruption, don’t you think?

    As far as specific shenanigans go, SB1188 is a prime example. A specially constructed tax break for a single company. That company’s CEO donated thousands to the sponsors of the bill and one of the sponsors even took a job with the company. It seems the FBI is now asking questions. Good. What an absolute disgrace!

    http://www.baconsrebellion.com/2012/02/another-reason-to-loathe-special-tax-breaks.html

    Chap, your weak attempt to lay off the very legitimate problem of corruption in Virginia by debating a single measure in the CPI study is sad to see. And your claim that part time legislators are less likely to be involved in graft is quite simply a crock. Virginia is one of only two states where part time legislators select the judges before whom many practice law. If that isn’t a conflict of interest, I don’t know what is. Every practicing attorney in the General Assembly should recuse themselves from the judicial appointment process.

    The Virginia General Assembly has far too much power and far too few checks and balances from other governmental agencies. Virginia is the only state in the union where the governor cannot serve two consecutive terms. So much for an effective check on power from the executive branch. Virginia is a strong Dillon”s Rule state, especially with regard to counties. So much for a check on power by localities.19 states allow some form of recall election for state politicians. Virginia is not one of them. So much for a check on power by the voters.

    17 states have term limits for their state legislature. Virginia is not one of those states.

    13 states have some form of non-partisan redistricting commission. Virginia allows the state legislature to draw the district maps.

    Virginia is rated as corrupt because Virginia is corrupt.

  • ECJ100

    Your response about the integrity study makes no sense. It assumes without support that a full time legislator typically earns less than a part-time legislator with another job. More importantly, it ignores the consideration that a part-time legislator with another business or job has a more potent potential bias than a bribe — he/she has a business and business connections to protect.