I am going to be taking two of my grandchildren to the Barnum and Bailey Circus at the Richmond Coliseum tonight. It is really amazing how quickly the circus can move into its venue; amaze, entertain and hold in suspense its audience; and then pack up and move on.
Remember the kum-ba-yah of political leaders on both sides of the aisle from yesterday on the transportation funding compromise forged by a General Assembly conference committee? Yeah. Ken Cuccinelli isn’t on board.
A 10-member General Assembly conference committee has reported out a compromise on transportation funding that would cut gas taxes, raise the states sales tax and divert money from the state budget currently going to schools, law enforcement and other core government services.
The House and State Senate have passed very different transportation funding plans, meaning the two plans will now head to a conference committee to try to iron out those differences.
A party-line vote in the State Senate on Friday passed HB 1337, which limits the forms of identification voters can use at the polls.
A bipartisan 26-14 State Senate vote would raise more than $900 million annually for transportation maintenance and new construction.
The Republican controlled House Elections Subcommittee defeated bills that would have allowed Virginia seniors to vote by no-excuse absentee ballot and prevented election officials from rejecting an absentee ballot due to minor technical errors.
The Republican-controlled House Professions/Occupations and Administrative Process Subcommittee defeated Sen. Donald McEachin’s (D-Henrico County) legislation that would have banned discrimination in the state employment based on sexual orientation.
A Northern Virginia lawyer and Democratic Party activist is pressuring Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to be transparent about how he is balancing his official duties with his candidacy for governor.