Wednesday, September 4, 2013

What I learned

A year ago today was a special election in Virginia for the 45th District House seat. I was one of the candidates in that election.

Often the first question people ask about that experience is, "What did you learn from that?" It's an especially appropriate question during this, another back-to-school week. My answer has become consistent.

I learned how to weep for my city.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Medicaid Expansion Bad for Virginians

Could expanding a program for the poor hurt the poor?  When combined with mandates on both citizens and doctors, yes, expect the program to become more expensive and less valuable for both the poor and increasingly the middle class.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

John Kerry Farewell: The Senate runs on relationships

I have witnessed what we all have, a loss of simple comity, the respect that we owe one another, and the sense of common cause that brings all of us here. The Senate as a body can change its rules to make itself more efficient, sure. But only Senators, one by one in their own hearts, can change the approach to legislating which Henry Clay correctly defined as the art of consensus.
Senator John Kerry

Tweet of the Month - by @JimGeraghty

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Improving the Ultrasound Requirement

Cuccinelli backed failed bill to ease ultrasound rule
RICHMOND — When a Senate panel on Monday killed a bill to soften the state’s controversial ultrasound-before-abortion law, the move disappointed someone besides the usual Democratic suspects: Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Geography Correction


Let us be clear about where there is a real war, on women.

One person considered for TIME's 2012 Person of the Year was Malala Yousafzai. Malala is a Pakistani girl, 15, who pursued an education. As TIME points out, "On Oct. 9, 2012, Taliban gunmen boarded her school bus, sought her out and shot her in the head."

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The High and the Low of Special Election Day

Yesterday was Special Election Day for the 45th House of Delegates District here in Virginia. It was my honor to have been the Republican nominee in that election.

As different things came together at the last minute yesterday, I was able to be more mobile than anticipated throughout the day and was able to make it around to many of the polling places to thank the election workers, mostly in the southern half or two thirds of the district. To those whom I did not have the opportunity to visit, please know you have my thanks as well.

There were two especially memorable moments, both of which came before the polls closed, and both of which came while talking to women who supported my Democratic opponent.