"Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants lawmakers to give his office the authority to expand Medicaid if the panel authorized to allow expansion does not act by the end of this General Assembly session. But leaders of the House of Delegates immediately dismissed the governor’s proposal Monday, as competing strategies emerged between the House and Senate over resolving the biggest political dispute of the legislative session." Times Dispatch
Is there a "project" intended to "kneecap" Republican governors? That is probably so but the governors themselves are the enablers for the work.
As someone in Richmond observed to me today, "there is a reason why the governor's office is the smallest room in the state capitol." It is a reminder of the relative proportions of things.
Like John Kerry, McCauliffe seems to be a man of many illusions. Among them is the idea that he won easily. That was not the case. Cucinelli was yet another example of the Republican Party's lust for self destruction. In addition to that gift from the Republicans there was the question of the GOP candidate for lieutenant governor. That estimable gentleman of the cloth and color took positions in his public utterances that drove many transplanted yankees mad. and then there were the McDonnells, SWMBO opined today that Maureen should go to jail and not the former governor. According to the sages at the WP, Maureen took money from Williams without telling the fool who then sat in Mr. Jefferson's chair. To convict him the feds will need to prove that there was a "quid" above and beyond what a governor would normally do for a Virginia businessman in order to foster business in the Commonwealth. On the other hand, she must have done something, anything would do, that amounts to conspiracy. she evidently did not understand the first rule of Virginia which is that you can do anything you like if you are discreet, have good manners, and don't "frighten the horses."
IMO, McCauliffe has a similar problem. Somehow he thinks that all those super fine gents in the General Assembly will be easily overcome by his power plays. We will see. pl