Setting the agenda?

Brent Finnegan -- January 16th, 2009

Sen. Mark Obenshain’s 2009 legislative survey is up on his website. He’s asking for our “thoughts on the most critical challenges facing the Commonwealth this year.”

Some of the questions and answers are a bit leading, but worth noting are the survey questions pertaining to voting: “Do you believe that college students whose primary residence is with parents or guardians out of state are entitled to register to vote in Virginia?”

Some H’burg residents have suggested that college students voting in their college town are to blame for delivering the three City Council seats to the Dems in November, even though empirical and anecdotal evidence suggest otherwise. Last month, Attorney General Bob McDonnell announced plans to “create guidelines to improve the accuracy of voter registration lists to ensure residents, including college students, are not registered in more than one location.”

Other survey questions highlight the rest of Obenshain’s legislative agenda, including eminent domain restrictions, VDOT privatization, private school funding, ending Planned Parenthood funding, elimination of the so-called “triggerman rule,” and offshore drilling.

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4 Responses to “Setting the agenda?”

  1. I thought the survey was a nice idea, and I hope other state lawmakers create similar sites. I wonder to what extent preparations for the upcoming statewide races will drive the grandstanding at the General Assembly this year.

  2. Lowell says:

    Quite a bit Jeremy, good observation.
    The potential for contested races also might mean that something actually gets done. We’ll see.

    And kudos to Senator Obenshain for soliciting constituent opinion!

  3. Andy says:

    I believe Del. Lohr has a survey on his website as well.

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