Bolling Named Chair Of National LG AssociationJul. 30, 2009
Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling today was elected by a unanimous, bi-partisan vote Chairman of the National Lieutenant Governors Association at that organization's annual meeting in Baltimore, Md. Bolling previously served as Vice Chairman and Treasurer of the NLGA, and also serves on its executive committee. In a statement, he said:
I am honored that my colleagues from across the country have asked me to serve as Chairman of NLGA for the next year. I look forward to working with them to build on the successes of the NLGA and help build bi-partisan consensus around realistic and workable solutions to the challenges facing our states and our nation.
The outgoing chair, Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton, a Democrat from Wisconsin, said:
I pass the gavel to Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling with complete confidence that his leadership will keep up on the path to progress by every measure.
The praise also came from Julia Hurst, the NLGA Executive Director:
Lieutenant Governor Bolling's peers from both parties and various regions of the country selected him to serve as their national chair. He has been a leader in helping advance the mission of NLGA over the past four years, and he has earned their confidence and trust.
We congratulate Lieutenant Governor Bolling on the honor and are sure he will represent the commonwealth and the nation very well on the national stage.
Is The Governor Fiddling, Part 2/Quote Of The DayOct. 21, 2008
Two weeks ago we asked if Governor Tim Kaine was fiddling around with national politics while Richmond and the Virginia budget was burning (click here) because he was running around the country campaigning for Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama. We're not the only ones who think so. Today, The Washington Times (click here) ran a feature on what the governor's schedule has been like in recent weeks. Among the states he's visited: Georgia, Iowa, Indiana and Texas, Colorado and Arizona. Which prompted this comment in The Times from House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith (R-8, Salem):
He clearly has spent almost as much time out of the state as he has in the state. I think we're going to find a lot of little things that he probably should have been on top of.
One of those "little things" is "chaplain-gate" which Griffith notes had been brewing for several weeks. The out of balance Virginia budget may be another. Although many claim the governor's budget was out of whack from the beginning or, at the very least, he wasn't paying attention to it because of his campaigning, he claims in The Times article that the national economy is to blame. (Funny how the national economy gets no credit when times are good, eh, governor?)
The governor says he has good people in place and gives them latitude to run the government. How does this explain Jody Wagner, his former finance secretary, who produced the bogus numbers upon which he based his budget? Also, if true, why elect a governor? Let's just keep these good people in place for life.
Delegate Bill Janis (R-56, Glen Allen), who has claimed that Kaine called this past summer's special session of the General Assembly to raise his national political profile in order to wedge his way onto Senator Obama's ticket, however, earns our coveted Quote of the Day. As he told The Times:
I think he's abandoned any pretense of trying to be the governor. At least Nero stayed in Rome and fiddled while it burned. He's out in Colorado.
Just as we said two weeks ago. The other difference Kaine has with Nero is that he not only fiddled during the fire, he started the fire as well. Now the question is, does the governor have the will, the poise, the sound judgement, the willingness to be bi-partisan — the time off the campaign trail — to grab a hose and put out the fire — not to mention tend to the other matters at hand?
Lost Quote: Does This Sound Like A "Moderate"?Aug. 15, 2008
When I heard a very famous Virginian, one who had been a Vietnam War prisoner of war, and a very accomplished man who normally is on the right side of things, recently tell an audience of conservatives that a certain Virginia Democrat "should be a Republican," I almost fell out of my chair. This Democrat runs around the state telling people he's bi-partisan and that if elected to the office he now seeks he would be something called a "radical centerist" — whatever that is. This is what that politician said in 1994 to a crowd of rabid liberals:
One of the things you are going to see is a coalition that is just about completely taken over the Republican Party in this state and if they have their way it's going to take over state government. It is made up of the Christian Coalition, but not just them. It is made up of the right-to-lifers, but not just them. It's made up of the NRA, but not just them. It is made up of the home-schoolers, but not just them. It's made up of a whole coalition of people that have all sorts of differing views that I think most of us in this room would find threatening to what it means to be an American.
Sound bi-partisan? Sound "moderate"? Sound tolerant? (Sounds pretty intemperate to me.) Sound like Mark Warner? Ding! Ding! Ding! Right answer!