No man’s life, liberty, or property are safe while the legislature is in session. — Gideon J. Tucker
It is an old joke, but it is nonetheless true. So what has our legislature, Virginia’s General Assembly, been up to?
“Curbing” Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli
The Washington Post reports:
Democrats in the General Assembly are trying to curb the power of the state’s attorney general to subpoena public universities in an effort intended to limit inquiries like the one Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II is conducting at the University of Virginia.
Under a 2002 statute designed to catch government employees defrauding the public of tax dollars, Cuccinelli (R) has demanded that the university turn over documents and e-mails related to the work of Michael Mann, a former university climate scientist whose research showed that the Earth has been warming. (continued here)
It appears that Northern Virginia State Del. Adam Ebbin introduced legislation designed to handicap Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli on Thursday (see here). Fortunately, leading Republicans in the General Assembly say they intend to defend Cuccinelli (see the Post’s article).
Here in the Washington Examiner (Democrats try to use ‘Roman Polanski defense’ in UVA Climategate case), Norman Leahy offers some background that explains why Cuccinelli should retain his subpoena power.
Governor Bob McDonnell On YouTube
To influence the General Assembly — and us, the citizens of Virginia — Governor McDonnell has produced a bunch of videos (see vagovernor). Here, for example, Governor McDonnell Announces K-12 Education Initiatives for 2011 General Assembly Session.
Of course, Governor McDonnell also listed his spending priorities in the State of the Commonwealth.
News From The Blogs
Blue Virginia asks Is This the Craziest Bill in Virginia So Far in 2011? One of our senators wants anyone having sex with a minor to have to register as a sex offender.
Bearing Drift posts on the battle over education funding. Virginia Education Association flunks again by defending money for unionized teachers instead of student instruction. In addition, Bearing Drift posts Legislation Bearing Drift supports/opposes and Redistricting in Virginia – The Ins and Outs. Redistricting happens only once every ten years.
Two bloggers Virginia Virtucon in VA Senate Dems Kill Transportation “Lock Box,” Oppose Protections For “Right To Work” Laws and SWAC Girl in House Democrats against Va’s “right to work” laws? discuss the battles in the General Assembly over transportation spending and right to work laws.
Citizen Tom posted emails from legislators to their constituents: THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TAKES UP THE SUBJECT OF ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, SENATOR OBENSHAIN ON THE FIRST WEEK, DELEGATE JACKSON MILLER ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, IMAGINE THE BANK WANTS YOUR HOUSE.
The Farm Team in Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment – Patron Senator Patsy Ticer advocates passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, and it posts Delegate Abbott’s Weekly Legislative Update — 1.21.11