Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Transportation Plan is Dead

Yesterday the Senate Finance committee killed the joint GOP transportation proposal and instead passed Chichester/Potts' plan for a gas tax increase.

The original plan was defeated 11-4 with only Stosch, Stolle, Norment and Wampler voting in favor (GOPs voting against were Chichester, Hawkins, Quayle, Hanger, Watkins and Potts).

The substitute plan carried by Potts passed 9-6 with Stosch, Stolle, Norment, Wampler, Hanger and one more voting against.

This is important on two fronts. First, it will lessen the ammo for declared or possible primary challengers to Stosch, Stolle, Norment and Wampler as well as add to the ammo against the others (most especially Potts, Watkins and Hanger who already have people thinking about challenging).

The second thing about this is that now the possibility of a transportation plan is dead. I have been told that the GOP in NOVA was essentially betting the farm on this plan passing, and that they are probably all screwed since it didn't. The business community has apparently told the GOPs that they wanted to see something happen this year or they were going to be cut off.

With 3 GOP senators being badly threatened and a dem seat that is ripe for takeover, this could spell disaster for the GOP Senate majority. Also, this makes it very tough to win any dem HOD seats in NOVA and probably means Delegates like Callahan, Albo and Frederick are all toast.

Furthermore, there is always a possibility that Kaine could call a transportation special session; thereby lessening the incumbents ability to fundraise while making it look like he wants to do something (which by the way he doesn't).

Kaine is swinging for the fences in 2007; and he just might hit the Grand Slam the way things are playing out.

12 Comments:

  • At 2/02/2007 3:08 PM, Anonymous finnegan said…

    If politics are a game, you have to admit, the Dems have played it well these past two years, letting the internal GOP factions implode everything.

    Seeing as how we don't live in NoVa or Hampton Roads, not many people in the western part of the state are shedding tears over the failure of this plan.

    But yeah, like you said: NoVa Republicans are screwed this fall.

     
  • At 2/02/2007 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Are you talking about the Colgan seat when you refer to the Dem seat that is ripe for takeover? I doubt Bob Fitzsimmonds meets the standard, but he has a chance if Colgan doesn't run.

     
  • At 2/02/2007 4:11 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Finnegan, I agree the dems have played it well; but it only worked b/c they were given the opportunity. Also, the majority of seats being in western Va is what allowed this plan (or any plan for that matter) to fail. Look at the senators who voted against the plan.
    3:41, Colgan's seat is ripe for takeover; but that doesn't mean I think Bob Fitzsimmons is the guy to do it.
    I think any GOP's chances are now lowered due to the failure of this plan.

     
  • At 2/02/2007 5:10 PM, Blogger Not Chichester said…

    Chichester has been doing this kind of thing for years. He needs to be called out. He needs to be shut down. Join the grassroots movement www.ChitchesterMustGo.blogspot.com. It is time to stand up and take action.

     
  • At 2/02/2007 7:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Special sessions don't interfere with incumbent fundraising, just regular sessions.

    http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?000+cod+24.2-954

     
  • At 2/03/2007 12:01 AM, Blogger James Atticus Bowden said…

    The House 'compromise' bill and Senate bill are both bad, awful, for Hampton Roads. Shame on any Republican politician who supports them.

    His Lordship Sir John Chichester's taxes are no better.

    How pathetic.

     
  • At 2/03/2007 1:52 AM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    So I assume you like Hanger and Watkins since they voted against both?

     
  • At 2/03/2007 11:13 AM, Blogger James Atticus Bowden said…

    GOPHOkie: Did Hanger and Watkins vote to raise taxes in 04? Are voting no to support His Lordship Sir John Chichester's taxes?

     
  • At 2/03/2007 12:57 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    JAB, they are the 2 who voted against both tax increase plans this year.

     
  • At 2/03/2007 5:21 PM, Blogger James Atticus Bowden said…

    Thanks. I appreciate those 2 votes against 2 bad plans - whatever the reasons.

    That doesn't mean I 'like' them for prom queen. Depending on their record - like the O4 tax increase - a challenger could be a good thing or not.

     
  • At 2/05/2007 7:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

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    Not particularly about NW Virginia though.

     
  • At 2/08/2007 1:02 AM, Blogger spankthatdonkey said…

    Who says the GOP ever had a majority in the Senate?

    When you have GOP Senators voting in such a way that will cost HOD seats...

    Are they GOP? With the surpluses there for use on transportation projects.. $600 million now the surplus over and above last years $900 Million surplus and only $329 got set aside but not appropriated to VDOT to effect the most urgent projects... (the balance spread over the rest of the budget)

    Come on! Even if the entire new $600 Million got one timed into transportation, and they take up a new bi-annual budget to divy out as usual next year.... (assuming $2 billion in bonds for roads gets funded from these suplus $$ carried forward)....

    How can we argue that the GOP controls the Senate? I mean to say that availability of $$ is not the issue.. The issue is (maybe I read it here or Bacon's Rebellion) that the VEA wants new tax $$ for transportation so they can take all of the surplus $$... That is pretty fair to say isn't it?

    Who is more aligned with the VEA, the GOP or Dems...

     

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