ICYMI: Transportation, mining and more

general assemblyMy latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot Wednesday. The General Assembly session starts soon and in this short session, I look at a few topics which will likely dominate the discussion – or, at least, the headlines.

When the General Assembly is in session, the emphasis is supposed to be on policy as opposed to politics. But, although I only alluded to it in this column, I expect this session to be more about politics than it ever has. In particular, all eyes will be on the new “independent voice” of LG Bill Bolling. With no political career at stake, will Bolling break ties in favor of commonsense policies, killing some of the ridiculous stuff that comes out of the House? I know I’ll be tuned in more often to watch 🙂

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5 thoughts on “ICYMI: Transportation, mining and more

  1. I suspect that I’m getting hung up on a definitional difference…but as I’d define the difference between policy and politics, shouldn’t the emphasis on policy always predominate? Or do I have a more narrow and negative opinion of what I’d put on the political side of that line than you would?

    1. Yes, policy should always predominate.Unfortunately, that increasingly is not the case. (Exhibit A: Washington posturing) There was a time in Richmond when it was all about policy and rarely about politics. Although it’s been a long time coming, I think we are going to see Richmond tilt towards politics this session. And no, that’s not a good thing.

  2. Supposedly Bob Marshall is bringing a bill requiring that schools arm at least some educators. He mention that he’s been thinking about it in an interview with the Post.

    Please please please. Saturday Night Live isn’t quite the same when the GA isn’t in session.

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