House, Senate Release Budget Plans
Virginia House and Senate Set for Clash on Budget
Marsh Bill Would Allow Virginia to Apply Death Penalty to Delayed Fatalities
The Cost of Cigarettes in Dollars and Lives
Bobby Scott’s School Safety Bill Unanimously Passed by the House of Representatives
Proposal for Later Fairfax Schools’ Start-Time Prompts Debate
Bulova Brings Soft-Spoken,Pragmatic, Listening Style To Fairfax [...]

Pollard Says School Funding Formula Harms Northern Neck
Immigration Fades as Issue in General Assembly
Martin and Carrico Sponsor Bills to Allow Individuals Who Deliver Government Sponsored Prayers To Express Their Own Beliefs
Valentine Sponsors Legislation to Allow Lynchburg to Provide Tax Breaks to Arts-Based Groups
Base Closings Not Saving as Much as Expected
Perriello Says Schols Fare Well in [...]

Virginia Will Get $5.6 Billion from the Total Obama Stimulus Package
Virginia Senate Says No to Payday Lenders
Obenshain Bill to Privatize ABC Sales Dies in Senate Committee
May Bill Proposes Public-Private Partnerships to Turn Landfills Into Electricity Sources
Orrock Bill Would Create Toll Authority for the Fredericksburg Area
Hampton Roads Anti-Blight Bill Advocates Make Progress in Addressing Property Rights [...]

1. Cantor’s Opening Gambit: Blame the Congressional Democrats
Eric Cantor, the House Minority Whip,  gained as much from the GOP’s defeat in November as any other Republican in the country. But the first test for the House’s new point person on budget and fiscal matters is a formidable one. How does he respond to the Obama stimulus [...]

House Democrats Join with Senate Democrats in Opposing Kaine’s Education Cuts
State Superintendents Protest Cuts
Chesterfield Superintendent Newsome Says 500 Job Cuts Possible
Fairfax School Board Votes to Ease Grading Policy
Moran Vows To Oppose Coal Fired Power Plant
Ticer’s Bill to Ban Hand-Held Cell Phones While Driving Passes Senate Transportation Committee, Heads to Full Senate
Ingram Bill Making It Easier [...]

1. Money, Money, Money…
That’s what the political insiders were talking about this week. Plenty of buzz about the $2 million Bob McDonnell has on hand. Terry McAuliffe raised more in six weeks than either of his Democratic opponents did in six months.  And how about Steve Shannon?  He is sitting on more than $700,000 in his bid [...]

Brian Moran called on all three Democratic contenders for the party’s gubernatorial nomination to refuse contributions from out-of-state donors for the rest of the primary season. He says that Virginians need to choose the Democratic nominee for Governor.
The call comes in the wake of a spate of stories suggesting that the yet unofficial gubernatorial campaign [...]

A short time ago I was doing an in-person radio interview on Jack Gravely’s WLEE radio show. In the course of our conversation, he asked me whether I thought that Richmond would have budget challenges in 2009.
I answered the question by noting that the entire state was having budget challenges and that while Richmond’s might not be [...]

Anita Kumar in The Washington Post picks up on a little detail that tells us something about the attentiveness of the Bob McDonnell campaign.
She notes that as Doug Wilder prepared to leave the mayoralty yesterday in Richmond, McDonnell released a statement praising him for a life dedicated to public service and for his contribution to Virginia. 
The [...]

I referred yesterday to a Washington Post story which noted that political insiders were speculating that Terry McAuliffe might raise as much as $80 million dollars in a campaign for Governor of Virginia, up $10 million from the $70 million figure that had been bandied about just the previous week.
The McAuliffe camp has told me [...]