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.

Monday, February 26, 2007

What Will Kaine Do?

Just wondering what everyone thinks Kaine will do with the new transportation agreement.

I am sure he will make a recommendation to take out the general fund money, as well as probably cut the amount of debt issued from this plan.

I am not sure this battle is really over yet. The question is whether NOVA/Tidewater voters want Kaine to agree with this plan or if they want the legislators to agree with what Kaine says.


  • At 2/26/2007 2:10 PM, Blogger James Atticus Bowden said…

    Voters, not politicians, right?

    Option 3. Kill the bill with poison pills.

    We can only hope that Kaine kills it if he loads it up.

  • At 2/26/2007 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    HB 3202, the compromise transportation plan is a House bill and as such any amendments by the Governor must first come before the House for action before being taken up by the Senate. The Virginian Pilot endorsed the House plan Saturday. Is the Governor really prepared to veto this bill while people are sitting in traffic waiting for the "politicians" to do something?

  • At 2/26/2007 10:21 PM, Blogger James Atticus Bowden said…

    Anon: If you read the bill and the analysis you might consider that for Tidewater (Hampton Roads) the bill INCREASES the number of congested miles. It does NOTHING for people stuck in traffic. FYI.

  • At 2/26/2007 10:30 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    5:16; he wouldn't veto it so much as he would make recommendations the House would not agree to.
    Therefore there could be a stalemate over what part of the budget gets passed, allowing nothing to happen at the end of the day (which is what Kaine wants).

  • At 3/02/2007 8:08 AM, Anonymous Bwana said…

    I am embarassed I do not know the answer to this question, but what are the limits to the governor's amending powers?

    For instance, do the amendments have to be germain to the bill? Can he add, or can he only remove?


  • At 3/03/2007 9:15 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    It has to be germain to the bill because our bills have to take on one single issue.
    That is still an issue of contention for the 2004 budget bill that both raised taxes and determined spending. Many believe they should have been required to be 2 seperate bills to be constitutionally legal.

  • At 3/08/2007 3:56 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    How ironic that just 10 years ago the Republicans were screaming about the "tax-n-spend" Democrats and how the Democrats couldn't control VDOT, there was too much government and WE'RE GOING TO ABOLISH THE CAR TAX! Now here we are, 2007, republican majority and two of the biggest tax increases in the history of the Commonwealth, more governemnt (regional unelected yet) and my car tax has now gone up!

    We should treat the TAX-N-SPEND Republicans with the same prejudice that we did the Democrats and throw them from office before they can do anymore damage.

    The true irony is that a Democrat now has the veto power over a big government, higher taxes, Republican piece of crap legislation!

    I am a Virginia Conservative, I vote for the party that best represents my philosophy. The Republicans have abandoned me! I will do the same to them come election day. This assinine transportation disaster has cost them more than one Virginian's vote.


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