It’s been a surreal week in Richmond, with friends across the country sending me emails and texts to see if I’m OK in light of “Redistrict-gate.”
Hell, I’m fine.
Last night I stopped by the Virginia Seafood Council’s reception at the Hilton Garden Inn. A lot of friends from Tidewater and the Eastern Shore made the trip to Richmond.
Man, this state has great seafood. The oyster half shells were as big as hubcaps. How can you be depressed when you have fresh scallops and a cold Bud in your hand?
The next few days will be pivotal in the Senate. It’s not just the redistricting. Or the latest committee assignments handed out today — which further marginalized the 20-20 Democrats (who now hold only five seats on the Finance Committee).
Next down the pike are the “sore loser” bills coming out of P&E Committee, including a bill to award Virginia’s Presidential electoral votes based on the tally in congressional districts. (Is the next idea to just scrap popular elections altogether — and have the assembly pick the winner?)
Lost in the partisan madness are the parameters of a potential compromise on transportation which could involve pieces from several different Senate bills, including my SB 855. Unfortunately, the Governor’s bill doesn’t bring much actual revenue to the equation — although I give him credit for avoiding the unconstitutional “regional authorities.”
In the meantime, I’ve been doing some light training for the House vs. Senate basketball game which is set for February 12, 2013 at VCU’s Segal Center. Just last weekend I played my son to a stand-off in a full-court one-on-one game at Lifetime Fitness in Fairfax City. Of course, he’s seven years old. But still he’s pretty good.
Stay tuned to this channel for more old-fashioned fun.