Last week ended up being busier for me than usual. I don’t believe I’ve ever gone a week between publishing posts in the history of this blog. Nevertheless, sometimes stuff happens – and last week was one of those times.
The big news on the federal side is, of course, the sequester. It has been discussed ad naseum everyhere, and continued on the Sunday talk shows. Those in areas where defense spending isn’t prevalent think it’s not a big deal. The opposite is true for those of us who are, as Cokie Roberts pointed out yesterday. The effects are already being felt, with more to come.
A couple of other national stories of note:
- Bob Woodward – it didn’t take long for the story of his being threatened by the White House to fall apart. Perhaps my favorite article on this whole thing comes from The New Yorker. I think Woodward just wanted to be relevant again – but he sure picked a strange way of doing it.
- Dennis Rodman – His trip to North Korea landed him in the media for the first time in years. It also earned him an incoherent interview on This Week.
Besides the sequester, Virginia is talking about the recently completed General Assembly session. Most eyes are on the transportation package, the first real effort to inject money in this system in nearly 30 years. It is a strange combination of taxes and fees. One – the hybrid tax – has generated the most controversy, with Del. Scott Surovell and Sen. Adam Ebbin teaming up on an online petition to urge the governor to veto that part of the legislation. At least one hybrid owner I know won’t be signing it.
The other big piece out of the GA was the budget – and the effort to expand Medicaid. Which, as it turns out, wasn’t much of an effort at all. I’m told it’s even worse than I described it, which is a shame. My only question is this: since it was created via the budget, can it be stripped out of the budget by the next GA or governor? If so, I’d really like to see that happen and let’s just start over. My understanding is that this was originally the governor’s decision to make, anyway, not that of the legislature.
Locally – where to start? So much going on In order to keep this short, just these two:
- Portsmouth – Oh my. New councilman Danny Meeks is stirring up a hornet’s nest over there. The saga of the appointment of a new city manager and city attorney has generated a bunch of actions and reactions, with charges of racism flying back and forth. Plus we have the paternity thing going on with married councilman Bill Moody and his girlfriend. (Good summary here.)
- Norfolk – The first salvo in the Democratic primary for Commissioner of the Revenue was fired Sunday with this ad by challenger Evans Poston. I hope the voters get a chance to see the candidates debate.
Lots more out there. I’ve got a busy week ahead but I hope to find a few free minutes to post some of them.