Archive | February, 2007

clerk of court jester

Tuesday, February 27, 2007


The race for Clerk of Court is beginning to look like a clown car at an auto dealership, which is to say there are too many people running for this one office, and not enough people running for other offices.

GA wrap-up

Monday, February 26, 2007


So, General Assembly is over. Here’s a short list of some bills that passed in the final days and minutes of the session. Todd Gilbert and Mark Obenshain’s bills to remove the “triggerman” rule (in order to make more culprits eligible for the death penalty) both passed.

H’burg: 12th worst traffic in the state?

Saturday, February 24, 2007

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Waldo Jaquith published a list of the 20 localities with the worst traffic in the state, based on 2005 VDOT data for daily vehicle miles traveled. According to that list, Harrisonburg is tied with Richmond. As you can see, it’s mostly NoVa, Richmond, and Hampton Roads-area localities. No other Valley city appears in the top […]

Earth & Tea reopened

Saturday, February 24, 2007


A few weeks ago, writergirl reported that Earth & Tea Cafe closed down due to the lack of proper permits. This was followed a few days later by a DNR story about it. I spoke with Aaram, the owner last night, and he said they have the permits and the place is re-opened for business. […]

NCLB test: the portfolio option?

Friday, February 23, 2007

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A new development in the NCLB/ESL testing situation: Today The Washington Post is reporting that state and federal education officials met, and that they kind of, sort of came to a compromise:   

friday roundup

Friday, February 23, 2007


Random links and news items from this week… There have been several stories in the local media about the HPV vaccine this week. It was also reported in the Breeze and the DNR several months ago. Essentially, the issue is this: “A vaccination is now available to prevent HPV, and possibly cervical cancer. However, many […]

Goodlatte questions the XM-Sirius merger

Thursday, February 22, 2007


I read on Wired that Representative Bob Goodlatte, whose pet issues include fighting online gambling and internet taxes, is urging the House Judiciary Committee to look into whether planned merging of XM and Sirius satellite radio is in violation of any antitrust laws.

Gilbert’s immigrant bail bill dead

Thursday, February 22, 2007


Del. Todd Gilbert’s HB2322, a bill to deny undocumented immigrants bail, passed the House, but died in the Senate Courts of Justice Committee on Tuesday. Gilbert, whose district includes ShenCo and the northern tip of RoCo, was not happy about it. From WSVA: “Gilbert was incredulous, saying that the bill amounted to common sense and […]

high and dry

Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Since the school board’s plight has been in the AP and published all over the country this week (including and FOX, I decided to go to the school board meeting at Waterman last night. Chairman Michael Walsh was clearly frustrated by the lack of state support or guidance in the matter of the […]

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