Archive | January, 2008

Rasoul’s campaign

Sunday, January 20, 2008


In May, I wrote about Sam Rasoul, the guy who hopes to secure the Democratic nomination and challenge Bob Goodlatte in Virginia’s 6th U.S. Congressional District this November. Rasoul’s campaign has been relentlessly sending out press releases at least once a week ever since, and it may be starting to pay off.

Check n’ Go Settlement

Friday, January 18, 2008


Yesterday the AP reported that Check n’ Go, the nation’s second largest payday lender, has agreed to pay Virginia $100,000 “for violating numerous state laws regulating the industry.” The State Corporation Commission cannot disclose which laws Check n’ Go violated because such reports are confidential, but a commission spokesman said an examination of the company […]

House Bill 242 (HB 242)

Thursday, January 17, 2008


The HB 242 would revise the SOLs with respect to physical education. The bill would require local school boards to implement 150 minutes of physical education per week for all students in grades K-12 by the 2013-2014 school year. The requirement would be gradually phased in at the elementary school level, and recess would not […]

snow day open thread

Thursday, January 17, 2008


In case you haven’t looked out the window in the last six hours, it’s snowing. So here’s the open thread. What are the roads like? What are you doing with your day off (assuming you have the day off)?

Enforcing English

Thursday, January 17, 2008


It’s the kind of story you have to read twice to make sure you didn’t misread it. This bill is aimed at legal immigrants. Not illegal. If English can’t be the national language, the bill seems to say, it can at least be the state language.


Thursday, January 17, 2008


Macworld, Apple’s annual conference and expo is currently underway in San Fransisco. I don’t know if it’s newsworthy, but I thought it was interesting that local Juan Alvarez, who owns Midnight Apps, a Mac shareware company, made it into two iPhone-related stories in the DNR, and he also appeared in a post in yesterday’s Wired’s […]

Obenshain & Hanger on cockfighting bills

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


In the wake of last year’s Michael Vick trial, and mounting criticism of Virginia’s cockfighting laws, several new bills in the House and Senate — some of which are backed by Attorney General Bob McDonnell — are expected to have more support this year than last. But Senators Mark Obenshain and Emmet Hanger aren’t sold […]

downtown going urban

Tuesday, January 15, 2008


There have been rumors floating around downtown for at least a year now, but today, plans were unveiled (via Scott Rogers’ blog) for Urban Exchange, a new five six story residential and commercial building being constructed on Market Street and Mason Street (the site of Easterns Auto Mall and the Southern Electric Company).

remember the rail? continued.

Monday, January 14, 2008


In September, finnegan reported that a “rail solution” to alleviate the congestion on I-81 was “wiped off the drawing board.” It appears now that there are some individuals and groups fighting to get it back on the board. I received this e-mail from a friend today: Subject: [railsolution] Your town help overturn I-81 EIS How much […]

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