Saturday, July 12, 2008
Candidate for the US Senate, and Former Governor Mark Warner will visit Staunton Thursday, July 17, from 3:00 - 4:00. He will begin his tour at the Dixie Theater, to celebrate the recent accomplishments of paying off the Dixie mortgage and purchasing the Arcadia and get an update on plans for the Staunton Performing Arts Center complex. He will be greeted by Dave Metz and Tom Roberts, and he will direct his comments on how arts, culture and historic preservation contribute to the economic vitality of a community. He will then visit the R.R. Smith Center, Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center, the American Shakespeare Center and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum.
Source: Staunton Performing Arts Center
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Source: Intrade via FiveThirtyEight.com
July 7, 2008
Two strong fillies are leading the pack based on the "daily racing form" from Intrade. Clinton and Sebelius are favored by a small margin. Traders may still be looking for the Democrats to field a "dream ticket".
Following closely are Bayh (D-IN) and Hagel(R-NE).
The overall favorites for the Democrats' VP slot according to Intrade, translated loosely to Vegas-style odds, are as follows with my added comments:
Clinton 9-2 Dream ticket - classic version?
Sebelius 9-1 Dream ticket - new & improved?
Bayh 10-1 Need those Hoosiers
Hagel 10-1 Wears "Red Silks" - Game Changer?
Rendell 12-1 Keystone War Horse
Richardson 12-1 Carville's buddy
Biden 12-1 Delaware's finest
McCaskill 15-1 Another strong filly #3
Edwards 15-1 Says,"Been there,done that." but?
Kaine 15-1 VA knows how to "Raise Kaine"
Reed (RI) 20-1 Army Rangers - Lead the Way!
Schweitzer 20-1 popular Dem Gov - red state MT
Clark 20-1 McCain Stalking Horse?
Gephardt 20-1 Demo Old School MO
Gore 20-1 VP Part Deux?
Nunn 20-1 Demo Old School GA
Bloomberg 25-1 Da Mayor - NY
Webb 30-1 (Scratched? 7/7) VA wins Part 2
Zinni 30-1 Semper Fi #1
Warner 35-1 (Scratched? 6/14) VA wins Part 1
Reid (NV) 50-1 Yes, Harry Reid!
Jones 60-1 Semper Fi #2
Wexler 80-1 FLA #1 Progressives like him
Nelson 100-1 Dems need FLA #2
Napolitano 100-1 Gov AZ Filly #4
Daschle 100-1 Demo Old School SD
Easley 100-1 NC New South Gov
Monday, July 7, 2008
Congressman Bob Goodlatte in Cargill Coveralls - Tour of Winding River Farm - May 19, 2008
Posted with Full Permission.
By Hank Bostwick - Star City Harbinger
Harrisonburg’s DNRonline.com reported yesterday on Republican Representative Bob Goodlatte’s new status: lucky number 7 on the free trips list.
Leah Nylen of the Daily News-Record reports that Goodlatte has received almost $54, 000 in free travel from a variety of special interest groups; while his staff has received over $220, 000 in gratuitous trips. But this is apparently nothing new.
When questioned by Nylen about the appropriateness of his travel donations, Goodlatte denied any ethical violations and, indeed, Goodlatte has violated no law. However, sometimes ethical behavior requires a consideration of appearances.
While Goodlatte’s acceptance of such exorbitant travel honoraria does not break the law, it reveals a dangerous propensity to ignore appearances and the importance of staying above reproach. There was a time when Goodlatte promised that he would not even use his entire congressional postage budget if elected, now . . . well, you can read for yourself.
Although he wisely signed on to the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 (which was also politically low-risk and expedient), Goodlatte exhibits a voting and legislative record that is seemingly adverse to meaningful, bipartisan and independent ethical oversight in the House of Representatives.
In March of this year, Goodlatte voted against a bill that would have established an independent, bipartisan Congressional ethics office. (Source: Project Vote Smart).
In 2006, according to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, loopholes in Goodlatte’s internet gambling bill may have been the result of influence from former lobbyist Jack Abramoff over a five or six year period.
It was only back in 1997 while Republicans controlled the House that Goodlatte approved legislation creating the House Ethics Task Force, a hopelessly partisan committee tainted by the scandals involving former Representative Tom Delay (R-TX). Since then, Goodlatte has objected to revising those oversight rules in the House of Representatives.
Perhaps, Goodlatte’s excessive travel budget is evidence of the fact that our Honorable Congressman has grown complacent in his incumbency.
I mean, without oversight, anyone may become prone to excess.