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06 February 2014

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Col Lang

Could this be his naive attempt to
recreate the Reagan-Tip O'Neill era
of getting to know your opponent in
a more neutral setting. Or is the
polarizing political atmosphere of
today such that it matters not. See
Obama and Boehner. Golf anyone?

Fred

“Sixty parties in 60 days!” McAuliffe has declared, referring to the length of the assembly session. “The administration is rethinking the daily 7:30 a.m. breakfasts because at that hour, most lawmakers are tied up in committee meetings.”

The members of the legislature are actually in committee meetings at 7:30? That’s a good example for the other states to follow; but didn’t the Governor’s staff did know that or don’t they think that (actually do work at 7:30am)is important? Along with all the cocktail parties are there plenty of young attractive women (and men) staffers and assorted associates? Is the highway patrol standing by for some DUI checkpoints? We know the AG is ready and able to press charges against politicians. First question - how do I get one of those invites? Second, who approved the spending? Third, doesn’t this man know what the word ‘discretion’ means?

Will

yutes= youths haha

rick

PL
I am shocked, shocked I tell you, that sober deliberation and earnest negotiation seem not to be the only political currency in circulation. Shocked and appalled, and shocked...and appalled.

Are members of the parties supposed to be enemies? Might not some agreement germinate in these parties? Should they just reiterate the acrimony at the federal level?

Conceeding that the governor is going to pursue his agenda, good, bad, or indifferent, what should he be doing?

I don't know about VA, but I know what sober talk of governance is worth to the the voters of NY, and the value of the change in my pocket is much, much higher.

And by the way, as someone used to being on the losing side of votes, are the votes of soccer moms worth less than those of other groups? Those people voted to furlough me and my colleagues so that they wouldn't have to pay more for their local schools(ie, expense related to their children).(spit) Don't like em, but they seemed to have the votes, and I always thought was pretty persuasive in these sorts of matters.

turcopolier

rick

You are correct. you do not know Virginia. the bar is not higher here but it is different. pl

William R. Cumming

The reason the Virginia Legislature sits for only sixty days is that is the length of time lobbyists can stand the daily wining and dining!

nick b

Col.,

I think the new Governor's strategy is quite smart. I see no downside. The worst that can happen? No one shows and things go on as usual. But maybe, it's a good time hanging out at the manse with the Governor, and folks in the Va. govt start looking at each other as genuine colleagues instead of opponents. I believe social interactions between rival groups to be a positive thing. It's a lot harder to trash someone's ideas if you have a personal relationship with them. I hope Gov. McAuliffe's open house is a roaring success and leads to better relations and more cooperation between the state's elected officials.

As for the 'utes' of Virginia, if Gov. McAuliffe manages to stay out of legal trouble during his term, he's been a better example to the 'utes' of the Commonwealth than his predecessor.

turcopolier

nick b

Do you live here? pl

turcopolier

William Fitzgerald

I am a Mayflower descendant and had ancestors in the revolution on the colonial side. We haven't turned up any Crown Loyalists thus far. My first French ancestor in New France arrived about 1635. He was one Thomas Hayot (or Hayout)of Normandy. He was followed by the Sieur de Brantigny (Etienne do Nevers) about 15 years later. De Nevers married Hayot's daughter Anne. What is the name of this society of the descendants of "les premiers?" pl

nick b

Col., You know I live in Pennsylvania. However, I've been to parties in Virginia. I always had fun.

turcopolier

nick b

I thought maybe you had realized your error and moved here. If you think that I was making a case for puritan attitudes in Virginia that was certainly not the case. far from it. My point was that this level of schmoozing will not pass his program. The GA is deliberately made up of people who are not career politicians. It is not a full time job and the pay is absurd. These folks have to face their constituents often. the members will drink his liquor and do what they wold have anyway. Let's see if he can pass his constitutional amendment on gay marriage once the current session is ended. pl

turcopolier

WRC

You are right. Their livers cannot endure more. pl

nick b

Col.,

I would love to make a home in the Charlottesville area someday. We'll see. What are taxes like there? Hard to beat PA in this respect.

Believe me, I do not see Terry McAuliffe radically changing anything with his open house parties. However, reaching out is always a good thing, and perhaps it helps somewhere down the road. Imagine this: Republican delegates have a few drinks and share a few stories with the Governor and they decide they like each other. It can't hurt.

Fred

I sure hope Mcauliffe is footing the liquor bill and not the taxpayers. Can't wait for the first DUI after one of Terry's brew-ha-ha's.

turcopolier

nick b

Consider the Lexington/Rockbridge County area as an alternative. Pretty towns. Two nationally rated colleges, a rich cultural life, a nice country club that is not expensive. Alan Farrell lives down there on his mountain top near Glasgow. pl

nick b

Fred,

It was my understanding from the WaPo article that Gov. McAuliffe is picking up the tab. Also, while I realize you can get in a lot of trouble in just one hour (been there, done that). The Gov.'s open house is only for an hour each evening. Hopefully everyone will drink responsibly.

nick b

Thanks Col. So long as the fishing is good. I'm not much of a golfer or a CCer.

turcopolier

nick b

The fishing is excellent, mostly bass. pl

The Twisted Genius

Colonel Lang,

I'm with nick b on the wisdom of McAulliffe's boozing and schmoozing approach. At least he's buying the top shelf booze with his own money. He's not going to get much out of this legislative session and I think he knows it. Proposing a lot of legislation just to have it shot down serves no purpose other than to make McAulliffe look ineffective. Howell does seem frustrated that he doesn't have something from McAulliffe to say no to. Perhaps McAulliffe is looking to future legislative sessions to make any moves he has planned, kind of the "softly softly catchee monkey" approach. Of course, if he tries anything too radical, the monkey will bite his fingers off... or al least fling poop at him.

turcopolier

TTG and Nick b

I do not disapprove of the attempt. I simply think it will fail and that McCauliffe will be revealed as an incompetent governor. pl

harry

Politics is corruption. Corruption is politics. And no one notices.

Fred

Nick b,

'll have to re-read that article. Glad he's picking up the bill for the booze, he's sure got the money. Maybe he'll get some goodwill, but I doubt he'll get much legislation. "Sixty parties in sixty days" just seemed to strike the wrong tone to me.

Eliot

Pat,

I don't think McCauliffe understands us. We're a polite and genteel lot -- but we don't tolerate intrusions, not from outsiders. Especially from those who want to reshape us.

I feel saddened when I return to Northern Virginia. The fields of corn I remember from my childhood are long gone. Now it's an endless vista of strip malls and subdivisions. The transplants came, expunging the local culture and pushing out the natives. As a Virginian I look at these people as interlopers. They don't understand us, and they have the temerity to look down on us. That will always rankle me. What culture did they bring? My family has lived here for four centuries, this is home -- what right do they have to tell us what do, or how to live? What gives them that privilege?

- Eliot

turcopolier

Eliot

As you know I share your views exactly. Although I am not a native Virginian my family also has spent four centuries on this continent. I think of myself as someone who has a lot in common with Jedediah Hotchkiss. pl

Alba Etie

Fred
I still would like to see some accountability the for Global Crossing looting that took place .

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