“The Governor’s attempt to usurp the constitutionally proscribed powers of the legislative branch is a dangerous threat to the rule of law, separation of powers, and foundation of representative democracy that we simply cannot allow,” House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) and other House GOP leaders said in a joint statement. “We are prepared to challenge this blatant executive overreach through all available avenues, including the court system.” Washpost
"Sen. Mark D. Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg), meanwhile, condemned McAuliffe’s “outrageous display of executive arrogance,” and Del. Greg D. Habeeb (R-Salem) said the governor “has made it clear he believes he was elected Emperor.”" Washpost
"Republicans note that the state Supreme Court has ruled that a governor can veto entire budget items but not portions of those items. Since the language is part of a broader Medicaid budget item, Republicans say it is possible that McAuliffe cannot veto that portion without vetoing the state’s entire Medicaid program." Washpost
I wrote some time ago that Medicaid expansion as an issue would likely destroy McAullife politically. That seems more likely with every belligerent and bombastic move McAullife makes.
“demagoguery, lies, fear and cowardice...”
In Virginia, such words cannot be taken back. The General Assembly will seek a way to make McAullife pay for these words. pl