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… Aww , Poor Babies [#d.c. CAbbies and the free market]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,July 26th,2016

.. the babies are complaining …

.. now , the customer is getting a break , thanks to technology …

.. the ride – saharing services that help the market a a huge help . When they help screen the prospects , they also help flood the market with new prospective drivers …

.. [h/t — hotAir.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. being in the nation ‘ s capital sure helps . You have the District of Columbia , which , in effect , Congress controls , and two different states [Maryland and Virginia] … the effect of the ride sharing services is beginning to have a drastic effect on the Taxi market in the D.C. region …

.. the captives are breaking free , and the market is beginning to win out , as a result …. Yeah !!!! ….

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… Good News in Virginia [#Voter ID law]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,June 1st,2016

.. a federal judge has upheld Virginia Voter I.D. lw . This has happened despite the interference of Va ‘ s executive branch , which wanted to not defend the law . Va ‘ s legislature hired private counsel in order to defend the law in court ..

.. [h/t — Newsmax.com]..
.. [link] to the blog post …

.. No , the fight is not over , not by any means . There will be appeals , no doubt , to the 4th Appeals Court , which is [right now] only an even – steven proposition between conservatives and liberals ..

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… Upset Special in Virginia [#Eric Cantor is Out]…

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,June 10th,2014

.. no joking , folks .

.. the folks in VA 7 evidently were pretty pissed . Eric Cantor (the House Majority Leader) found that out the hard way …

.. [h/t — (Richmond)timesDispatch]..
.. [link] to the news story …

.. Richmond – area local economist David Brat (what a nice name!) shocks Eric Cantor , and handily at that . The margin was almost 11 points , 55.5 % to 44.5% . Yes , it was that much . The $$ primary was even bigger …

.. Cantor raised nearly $ 5.5 million , and spent almost $ 5.3 million . Brat raised ONLY $250k , and spent about $225k . Only that much . Yet , in a district that is normally favourable to order for Cantor , Cantor is now out on his rear …

.. the power dynamics in D.C. are going to be fascinating . No , the House Dems do not practically have much of any chance to take back the place . They just don’t . Especially with POTUS ‘ jackass stunts , and likely more to come . The DummyCraps have enough problems as it is , especially with an extremely unpopular President roped around their necks …

.. The tea party can and will play kingmaker with this , because Cantor was in the line in the House leadership . With more fannies , then the Tea Party crowd can muscle in someone more to their liking . Not one of their own , at least not yet . They do not have the oomph , at the moment . But , however , it is coming . They can play kingmaker , though …

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… Elections 2013 [Virginia] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,November 11th,2013

.. well , Terry McAuliffe finally won a race .

.. Barely . He nearly blew it .

.. Ken Cuccinelli ran a crappy early race , got out – fundraised , and out – hustled . Yet , he was still in the race . He locked in

Ken Cuccinelli (R)

Ken Cuccinelli (R) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

on a “winning” message . Unfortunately , not soon enough . He ran out of time to bring the race home .

.. It does not mean that Ken Cuccinelli does not have a future . He most definitely does have one . He just has to do it differently , next time . Also , he needs to jump on things right out of the box , next time .

.. McAuliffe will do damage . A pretty fair bit of damage . But only so much . A chief executive can do a lot , but only so much . Especially in a state where the GOP controls the Virginia Supreme Court , and the Virginia House [the House of Delegates , that is] . The GOP has overwhelming control of the House of Delegates , by nearly 61 seats , to 39 . Ouch .

.. The DummyCraps technically control the Virginia Senate . the state Senate is tied 20-20 , but the tie is broken by the tie – breaking vote of the Lietenant – Governor , who will soon be a loonie leftie . The GOP should strike , and reach out to 1 or more of the moderate dems while the irons are hot .  The sooner the strike , the better .

.. In the next mid – term elections , courtesy of redistricting , the GOP is likely to pick up anywhere from 3 to 4 , to as many as 5 seats in the Virginia Senate . What happens after that , is anyone ‘ s guess …

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… It is Election Day , folks ! …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Tuesday,November 5th,2013

… make sure that you get out and vote .

.. Who you vote for is your business . Ditto the issues that you choose to vote on , and how you choose to vote . All I ask of the folks that I know is that they get off their butts , and get out and vote ! …

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… Ken Cuccinelli in Virginia [Governor] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,November 4th,2013

.. this endorsement is a very easy call .

Ken Cuccinelli (R)

… attorney general of Virginia , Kenneth Cuccinelli (R) … (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

.. Cuccinelli has been a strong , steady , and conservative officeholder for quite a few years in the Old Dominion . By contrast , his opponent , Terry McAulliffe , has never even held office at all .

.. McAulliffe ‘ s own actions have come into question . His so – called line of attack was a libelous and slanderous campaign by the Virginia Democratic party and its uber – liberal allies against Cuccinelli and his campaign . It attempted to draw in the GOP as having a so – called “War on Women,” when it is anything but the point . McAulliffe ‘ s own conduct of his business career has been called into substantial question . A great deal of his reputation is as a political “rainmaker , ” especially for Bill and Hillary Clinton . And , his so – called “green” investments have turned out to be one giant fraud racket . So what is the difference ?

.. Plenty . It is a clear contrast for the voters of the state of Virginia . They should act , and act decisively , to vote for Kenneth Cuccinelli on November 5th , 2013 .

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… Nice Going , Terry ! … [McAuliffe , on Abortion]

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,September 19th,2013

English: Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cucc...

English: Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

.. if Terry McAuliffe wanted to make the choice on abortion more stark in November ‘ s governor ‘ s election in Virginia , well , he made it even more prescient and stark …

.. The Virginia Legislature has passed and the Governor has signed new rules governing the conduct and the regulation of

McAuliffe speaking at Frying Pan Park in Hernd...

McAuliffe speaking at Frying Pan Park in Herndon, VA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

abortion clinics . These new rules cover them being governed under rules that have been promulgated by the Virginia Board of Health

.. However, multiple current and former state officials, both Democrat and  Republican, say they are unaware of any formal power of the governor’s office to  issue something like that to the Board of Health, which approved the  regulations.

.. Published reports this year indicate that all the remaining abortion clinics  were granted temporary licenses last year giving them two years to remain open  and meet the new requirements, although pro-choice groups have said the  necessary renovations are prohibitively expensive. The standards call for such things as mandatory inspections of facilities and  include provisions on staff training, sanitation requirements and hospital-type  construction codes.

Regardless, lawyers in the office of Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli,  Mr. McAuliffe’s Republican opponent for governor, said they were not familiar  with anything called a guidance opinion that can be issued by a Virginia  governor.

“Moreover, the governor does not have the power to issue an edict to ignore a  law passed by the General Assembly,” Cuccinelli spokesman Brian Gottstein  said.

In fact, the phrase “guidance opinion” appears nowhere in Virginia code or in  the state Constitution.

Maribeth Brewster, a spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Health, said  she cannot recall the board ever receiving a guidance opinion from a  governor. The board could receive different legal advice on the extent of the  regulations, though that power would lie with the attorney general and not the  governor.

.. The issue emerges amid a series of stumbles that Republicans have seized upon  involving Mr. McAuliffe’s lack of experience in elective politics. Earlier this  year, the Democrat told the Virginian-Pilot he wasn’t sure whether he could name  the positions in the governor’s Cabinet. Members of the Northern Virginia  Technology Council’s political arm told The Washington Post last week that he  came across as “uninformed and superficial” in the interview for the group’s  endorsement.

But former Health Commissioner Karen Remley said Mr. McAuliffe consulted her  on the issue of the clinics and that there is a way to keep the facilities open  without the board and without going to the General Assembly.

The power effectively would lie with Mr. McAuliffe through the health  commissioner he selects, said Dr. Remley, who was appointed by Gov. Tim Kaine, a  Democrat, and reappointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, a Republican.

The health commissioner has the ability to issue waivers when the board is  not in session for everything from restaurant owners to people digging wells who  can demonstrate “undue hardship” as a result of regulations, Dr. Remley  said.

But a second way would be to have the governor or the health commissioner  reinterpret the sources from which the board drafted the regulations, she  said.

She gave a hypothetical example of a hallway width requirement of 60 inches  and a facility where the halls are 58 inches wide.

“Rather than have arbitrary, rigid restrictions, these inspectors should have  guidance documents that allow them to thoughtfully apply” which ones are  relevant, said Dr. Remley, who resigned in October citing the new  regulations.

“A lot of the confusion in the political world is that it’s an all-or-none,”  she said. “The current attorney general interpreted them to be black and white.  That was his advice, not necessarily the law.  I think there is a solution that  finds the middle of the road.”

Mr. Gottstein disagreed, saying the language in the regulations is “clear and  unambiguous.”

.. “Since regulations have the force of law, an agency cannot give ‘guidance’  that contradicts or supersedes them by giving discretion to approve facilities  that aren’t in compliance with those guidelines,” he said.

..The bill that set into motion the process of developing the regulations  passed in 2011 and was one of the most contentious pieces of legislation the  General Assembly has considered in recent years.

..Opponents say the standards were intended to shut down most of the state’s  abortion clinics, while sponsors say the guidelines were meant to make  facilities that perform five or more abortions per month safer for women.

The conservative Family Foundation, citing results from open-records  requests, pointed to dozens of health and safety violations found at centers in  the state. The reports included mentions of dried blood found on a procedural  table and infractions for the way clinics stored and dispensed drugs.

..The Board of Health passed emergency guidelines that did not exempt existing  facilities in the fall of 2011 but bucked advice from Mr. Cuccinelli’s office  last year and passed permanent regulations that did exempt existing facilities  already in operation from the most strict regulations. The attorney general’s  office reportedly suggested it would not defend board members if their decision  was challenged, however, and members subsequently reversed their decision.

If the new attorney general disagreed with Mr. Cuccinelli’s interpretation,  Ms. Remley said, “then that attorney general would have to clearly say that it’s  illegal to interpret the guidelines not as they are written.”

“If the health department says, ‘This would guarantee safety,’ I think the  prudent Virginian would say, ‘That makes sense,’ ” she said.

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… Why am I Not Surprised [DemoCrap Corruption] …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Monday,August 19th,2013

.. and it is in the Washington ComPost ‘ s backyard . These idiots should nail this one , especially with the waste and graft involved . But , guess why ?

.. the Mayor , a DemoCrap ,

.. the members of the Alexandria City Council (all 7 of them) , all DemoCraps , so what else is new ..

… you have got to read this piece from pjmedia [great pickup by j. christian adams] on this corruption mess . How these folks can get away with this is beyond outrageous . I will return to comment , later …

Government Graft, Corruption, and Retaliation in Democrat-Run Virginia

Posted By J. Christian Adams On August 17, 2013 @ 1:54 pm In Uncategorized | 36 Comments

Big wasteful government isn’t only a federal phenomenon. And if you’re an honest government employee in the city of Alexandria in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C., you better watch out. Because if you “blow the whistle” on inappropriate, unethical, or improper government spending, your bosses will retaliate and fire you for speaking up on behalf of the tax-payers.

All across America, billions of taxpayer dollars are wasted or mismanaged by local governments because of little to no government transparency or accountability. Alexandria, Virginia, provides an example of why.

Ironically, local government, which is arguably the “closest to the people,” is in many ways shielded and protected from public scrutiny and questioning. Only a select few who either work in local government or watch the actions of their local representatives closely catch these cases of waste, fraud, and abuse. Their stories are often ignored because the media is more drawn to high-profile cases at the state and federal levels.

Take the case of former Alexandria city architect Henry Lewis.

As the project manager on one of the largest construction projects ever undertaken by the city of Alexandria, Lewis was responsible for “watching the dollars.” Building a high-tech police headquarters, estimated to cost roughly $80 million plus another $20 million for furnishings, required the oversight of a skilled and experienced project manager, and Lewis was handpicked by top city officials to lead the project.

The Howard University-educated architect was a diligent project manager who worked to ensure that this massive project came in on time and on budget and he excelled at this role, receiving several sterling performance reviews and even a pay raise.

However, things began to change after “Director of General Services” Jeremy McPike got involved.

Jeremy McPike

Jeremy McPike, as a top government bureaucrat in Alexandria’s “Department of General Services,” was ultimately responsible for oversight of the project. As McPike took the reins, Lewis started to notice that Whiting-Turner, the contractor, began submitting suspect invoices for materials stored off-site which hadn’t been verified to actually exist. They started to bill extra for work that should have been covered by the original contract.

McPike became actively involved in approving these invoices for phantom materials—totaling over $2 million.

One of the invoices that Lewis questioned was for a substantial sum of money and had been post-dated by McPike a week in the future. But time and again, Lewis’ concerns were silenced and McPike approved invoices and change orders over his project manager’s professional objections.

Refusing to sign his name to fraudulent activity, Lewis made his suspicions known to his superiors.

That’s when things got really bad for Henry Lewis.

McPike was enraged that Lewis had gone “above his head” to report this suspicious activity. He became personally abusive and began to maneuver to get Lewis to resign his position with the city.

Because Lewis continued to push back against these improper invoices, McPike ultimately took action to have Lewis fired by the city. Henry Lewis has since sued Jeremy McPike and the city of Alexandria, citing Virginia’s whistle-blower statute, which was passed to protect genuine watchdogs of public tax dollars

But whistleblowers shouldn’t have to go to court to protect the taxpayer.

During the recent Circuit Court proceedings, evidence was introduced that clearly showed that, on numerous occasions, McPike attempted to intimidate and force Lewis to sign off on improper invoices from a contractor the government employee McPike favored. The trial detailed how McPike verbally abused and threatened Lewis with termination.

In collaboration with Whiting-Turner, who was tired of dealing with Lewis’ unwillingness to simply “rubber stamp” all invoices, Henry Lewis was fired and thrown to the curb. In a parting and spiteful insult to Lewis, McPike and Alexandria refused to place Lewis’ name on a plaque, an honor always extended to the project manager and architect.

To Henry Lewis’ credit, a jury found that Lewis had been wrongfully terminated under anti-retaliation provisions of the Virginia Fraud against Taxpayers Act, a law passed by the Virginia General Assembly in 2011, and was awarded back pay, benefits, and legal fees. And it should be no surprise that city of Alexandria officials have announced their intention to appeal the Circuit Court’s decision to the Virginia Court of Appeals and continue their harassment of the whistleblower Henry Lewis.

But has there been any outrage about McPike by elected officials in Alexandria? Has the dishonest government official been fired? Do the citizens of Alexandria even know or care?

No, no, and no.

Has the paper of record for Alexandria, the Washington Post, covered the story of millions of dollars in waste? No, again.

The Washington Post was too busy covering the tight space for animals at a local shelter and seeking pubic input on “building the most insane cheeseburger.”

Nothing but buns and circuses at the Post when Democrat-run cities have massive graft and corruption.

Alexandria Mayor William Euille (D) and the six members of City Council (D,D,D,D,D,D) have been successful in keeping the story out of the news. They have avoided public scrutiny as to why they are standing by a city employee—McPike—who allowed graft and corruption to occur in city contracting. Alexandrians, it seems, don’t care much about a lost million here, another million there.

Mayor Bill Euille

Moreover McPike has cost the city no less than $51,000 in legal fees to date to defend his abusive conduct. Amazingly, McPike is still employed by the city and none of the city leadership have spoken out about the mess.

Whistleblowers like Henry Lewis are true friends to those of us who expect open and transparent government. Whistleblowers tell the taxpayers what is really going on inside government.

But without the backing of the general public, our elected officials will assume that their misdeeds will go unnoticed and unpunished. That would be a very bad precedent to set at all levels of government.

Mayor Bill Euille (william.euille@alexandriava.gov) probably thinks he is immune from accountability. America is saddled with hundreds or thousands of other elected Bill Euilles, driving the nation deeper into debt and fostering corruption while hardworking taxpayers suffer.

… LEC again — this is ready – made for the GOP ticket , and especially for AG Cuccinelli ,

[-] one is that the AG should take over the case . It would take it away from the locals . It should be done in the noisiest , most public and embarassing way possible . These idiots have it coming ,

[-] settle the case . for obvious reasons , folks , this one should be settled . as with above , in the most public , noisy , and embarassing manner possible ,

[-] the VA legislature , both houses , should thoroughly investigate the local finances of the City of Alexandria , as well as the County ,

[-] most of all , the legislature should investigate the possibility of breaking up the city . Any city this corrupt has it coming .

 

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… Welcome to the New Media Frontier , Washington ComPost …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Thursday,August 8th,2013

.. It is time to be slimmed down in order to compete . Otherwise , put your head between your knees and get ready to “die…”

[h/t — TAS // matt purple]

.. Americans have been facing the consequences of a shifting economy for years now . These effects often come in the form of lost jobs, foreclosed homes, and relocation. The national debt is unfathomably high, cities are going bankrupt, and small-business growth has ground to a halt thanks to burdensome regulations and health care costs. Meanwhile the Post gets sold to a different owner and suddenly it is the equivalent of sending loved ones to a crematorium. It is similar to what happened with the sequester: The Beltway experiences a gentle lick of the recession it helped create, and all hell breaks loose.

.. One should head west , outward from Washington , D.C. , Fantasyland on the Potomac .  Out beyond what Washington radio stations call the “DMV”—D.C., Maryland, and Virginia  . One should do so , fittingly abbreviated as a comically incompetent government agency—and try to find one person, just one, who cares deeply about the fact that the Post has changed hands. Surely there is someone out there who will express concerns about his job security and the intrusion of environmental regulations . They will think that is  far more important  than the fate of the Post , even though it will now be owned by someone else  .

.. Just one. He  or  she has  got to be out there.

.. The busines model  of news media , in  general , and newspapers  , in particular , must evolve . The market has given it no choice . Also , new media outlets are crushing the competition , and kicking their fannies . Either they evolve ,  or they may meet the fate of the Rocky Mountain News .  note the crossout . the RMN has been gone for a few years …

… Get the Hint ! …

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… How Anybody Can Vote for This Guy is Beyond Me ?? …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Saturday,July 27th,2013

.. I am referreing to Terry McAuliffe .

.. McAuliffe ‘ s main claim to fame , besides being the chairman of the DemoCrap National Committee , and a lobbyist . He was

McAuliffe

McAuliffe (Photo credit: mou-ikkai)

one of Wilhelm der Fibmeister (Bill Clinton) ‘ s chief friends and fundraisers . And he thinks that , among those things , qualifies him to be Governor of Virginia ?? You have to be kidding .

.. Virginia is for lovers of elections , but it is not clear whether Terry McAuliffe is the kind of Anthony Weiner type candidate that Virginia needs in the Governor ‘ s Mansion . His main claim to public fame was Global Crossing , huh ?

.. In 1997, McAuliffe invested $100,000 in Global Crossing, a telecommunications company providing fiber-optic networking services worldwide. After the company went public in 1998, McAuliffe sold his shares for a large profit. The company later filed for bankruptcy on January 28, 2002. Global Crossing reemerged from bankruptcy in late 2003 and in 2006, the Securities and Exchange Commission, after a four-year investigation, ruled that no wrongdoing occurred at Global Crossing and no enforcement action was necessary.

.. Oh, and then there is his whole GreenTech boondoggle, detailed over at Fairfax Free Citizen. What is it that keeps this zombie fop twitching, then?

McAuliffe has had a prolific fundraising career within the Democratic Party, and has used his political career to make a personal fortune. McAuliffe has had a long personal and political relationship with Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.

.. Ah, the Aristocracy of Pull. While not seeming to be any more effective than, say, President Barack Obama, one can say that McAuliffe has at least done a better job of faking showing up to work, to look at Global Crossing and GreenTech. But what is the point of running for Governor of Virginia, then? Does Terry think that there is enough media artillery available to blow away Ken Cuccinelli? Even if you don’t fancy Ken’s conservative slant on issues, nobody with at leas one good eye would deny that Cuccinelli’s résumé is a full essay, compared to McAuliffe’s sad little tweet to #UniteBlue.

… added links on McAuliffe …

[link] Was Terry McAuliffe’s GreenTech A Proto-Solyndra? And Just Who Is Alejandro Mayorkas?

[link] Investigation targets Homeland official’s relationship to McAuliffe company

[link] If A Conservative Worked The Referee Like Terry McAuliffe, It Would Probably Be A Scandal

.. You have Ken Cuccinelli . An accomplished lawyer , a family man , a father , and two – terms as Attorney General of the state of

English: Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cucc...

English: Attorney General of Virginia Ken Cuccinelli (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Virginia . Case closed .

.. Cuccinelli for Governor ! ..

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… This Guy just might be For Real …

Posted by paulfromwloh on Wednesday,July 24th,2013

.. he is the Reverend E. W. Jackson . He is a well – known figure in Virginia ‘ s Black community . The reason many may not have heard of him ? He is a Republican , and a very conservative one at that . Listen to the audio of an appearance at a radio station , and follow the campaign , and judge for yourself …

.. EW Jackson is running for Lt. Governor of Virginia and as an African-American Republican, he has a unique insight and message for President Obama with regard to his recent comments about the George Zimmerman murder trial.  Jackson appeared on “Mornings on the Mall” on WMAL in Washington DC this morning with me and co-host Brian Wilson.

The host pointed out the president’s remarks from Friday and asked him, “The president says he could have been Trayvon, Rev. Jackson, could you have been Trayvon?”

“The president racialized it, making it about a black man, making it about being African-American, making it about a racial confrontation.  I don’t think it was racial at all.  I prefer to think of it this way – any young American could have been in the same situation.  You know, young people have a lot of swagger – they’re part of this whole pop culture, and they don’t like being challenged.  Any young person.”

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