Thursday, October 22, 2009
Maybe we can pay Steve Landes to stay home from the General Assembly... it would only cost us $17,640 per year. He'd be happier doing even less work than usual, and it wouldn't require any of that darn hard "leadership" work. I'll bet Greg Marrow would donate all his House of Delegates salary to that end. Let's give it a shot!
HELP ELECT GREG MARROW on NOVEMBER 3rd!
Monday, October 19, 2009
~ Concerned Women of the Valley: Let Our Voices be Heard ~
Thursday, October 22 @ 6:00 PM
Kate Collins Middle School, Waynesboro
Democratic candidates for the House of Delegates, and representatives from the Deeds, Wagner and Shannon campaigns; will respond to questions on issues of interest to women voters, from a panel of women professionals. Questions from the audience will also be addressed. Issues to be addressed include:
- Affordable & Comprehensive Health Care for All Virginians
- Sustaining Progress in Equality for All Virginians
- Economic Opportunity for a Diverse Workforce
- Continuous Improvement of Public Education
- Environmental Protection & Sustainable Development
- Public Safety
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Good guys do win in the end!
The Washington Post endorsed our very own Mountain Valley boy - Creigh Deeds.
... Mr. Deeds -- a decent, unusually self-effacing man who calls himself "a nobody from nowhere" -- has a compelling life story and an admirable record of achievement as a legislator from rural Bath County.
If the current campaign for governor has clarified anything, it is that state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, the Democratic nominee, has the good sense and political courage to maintain the forward-looking policies of the past while addressing the looming challenge of fixing the state's dangerously inadequate roads. The Republican candidate, former attorney general Robert F. McDonnell, offers something different: a blizzard of bogus, unworkable, chimerical proposals, repackaged as new ideas, that crumble on contact with reality. They would do little if anything to build a better transportation system.
I know the good folks in NoVa and the urban regions around Richmond and Tidewater may think we are bunch of hayseeds out here in the mountains and valley region of Virginia, but hopefully moderate Republicans and Independents will read this endorsement for the cogent case that it makes for putting Creigh in the Governor's mansion. Fundamentally, this is about the ability to do the hard work of making progress for all Virginians, not just the elites and well-connected. The No Pain, No Fuss, No Sacrifice , No Compromise solutions being offered by his opponent ring hollow -- and familiar -- this is Jim "No Car Tax" Gilmore 2.0. We all know how that worked out.
We all need access to good schools, good roads and to ensure the good use of our precious natural resources. The choices we have to make are tough, and there are no easy answers. Compromise and collaboration worked the last time we were in such a deep hole... ask Russ Potter and John Chichester, who helped Mark Warner, right the ship of state after the Gilmore debacle.
Sadly, McDonnell's team gleefully look forward to turning backwards, to a Virginia that historically protected the interest of the plantation elites, dictated social behavior from the pulpit and served the Big Money special interests, that profit from taking advantage of those of us that have the least power - all in the name of an unbridled free market, where those in power never pay for the consequences of their unethical, immoral and occasionally illegal actions. (see Wall St., Fall 2008)
We need leaders like Creigh to stand up for us, the common folks, and do the right things to move Virginia forward, not placate us with plastic promises and deferred financial reality.