How to Survive Raising Taxes
2012 Elections / Hampton Roads / Local / Politics

How to Survive Raising Taxes

The three incumbents running for Williamsburg City Council were all re-elected Tuesday, despite the fact that next Thursday they will almost certainly approve a budget that increases taxes, possibly multiple taxes. When City Manager Jack Tuttle proposed a budget two months ago that included increases in the real estate tax rate, personal property tax rate, … Continue reading

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2012 Elections / National / Politics / Virginia

The Republicans took some of the fun out of 2012

The fact that Newt Gingrich is leading the polls in the Virginia Republican Primary but didn’t gather enough signatures to get on the ballot sort of sums up his presidential campaign so far in a nutshell. But Gingrich wasn’t the only candidate who failed to make the ballot. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, whose campaign thus far … Continue reading

Things we learned in last week’s election
2011 Elections / Local / Politics / Virginia

Things we learned in last week’s election

It’s so much easier to wax profound over an election once it’s over. For honesty’s sake, I think I’m on record at various places online predicting that the Republicans would take control of the Senate, 21-19, that Del. Robin Abbott would win a squeaker in the 93rd House District and that Sen. John Miller would … Continue reading

Hampton Roads / National / Politics / Virginia

The end of Republicans as we have known them?

Former Williamsburg City Councilman Mickey Chohany is facing off against incumbent Democratic Senator John Miller for the 1st District seat in this fall’s elections. There are a lot of things you can say about Chohany as a candidate. Based on recent debate performances, you might say he’s not ready for prime time. You might say he’s … Continue reading

Governor goes after state employees …again.
Politics / Virginia

Governor goes after state employees …again.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced this week that state employee retirement benefits might need to be cut, because the system has $18 billion in unfunded liabilities. He’s right about the unfunded liability. Over the next 75 years it does total $18 billion. But that’s not the state employees’ fault. McDonnell has done little to endear … Continue reading