Archive for the 'Virginia' Category

Well done Fairfax County

Federal funds keep Fairfax County homeless programs afloat

Dean Klein, director of the county’s Office to Prevent and End Homelessness, credits new approaches included in Fairfax’s 10-year plan to end homelessness, such as the Housing Opportunities Support Teams, with preventing hundreds of families from entering the shelter system and with helping people return to stable housing sooner. The county Board of Supervisors adopted the 10-year plan in 2007.

HOST provides money to the county’s nonprofit partners so they can help clients who are facing eviction pay back rent, or provide subsidies for people who already are homeless. The program also can help pay utility bills. Nonprofit directors say the largest need has been for rent assistance.

“It allows us to be able to give financial assistance for people who are right on the edge,” Klein said.

Jim Webb, still opposed to civil rights

Is anyone surprised? This guy is the author of Women Can’t Fight. He used to write anti-affirmative action screeds for the American Enterprise Institute. He has spent the whole of his adult life trying to limit opportunities for people who are not white heterosexual men. Why did anyone think that was ever going to change?

Let’s stop pretending that he is anything but what he has always been, a bigot.

Edit – Webb isn’t chicken, he is doing what he wants to do, hold back progress. Why did anyone think that Webb was ever going to lift a finger in defense of civil rights?

Today in deficit phonies

Connolly Votes For PAYGO To Restore Fiscal Discipline

Congressman Gerry Connolly voted for fiscal discipline in Congress today by supporting “pay-as-you-go” legislation – better known as PAYGO – which ensures that all new spending passed by Congress is paid for, instead of adding to the federal deficit.

Oh really? Does that include his vote for HR 4173? The bill with a $4 TRILLION bail out for banksters?

Does it include support for AFRICOM?

Women’s walk out, Arlington County edition

Comment on my post The Enthusiasm Gap:

The DNC not only took advantage of but walked all over women. The DNC is not even willing to come out in support of women’s rights issues. Unfortunately, the national women’s groups who generally support the party are unwilling to call it on its behavior. You are right, women – with their pocketbooks – are just walking away.

Ron Carlee, Arlington’s recently retired County Manager, said to me that the County’s Commission on the Status of Women was no longer necessary and that it is hard to dissolve “groups like that.” The County’s lack of support for the Women’s Commission has been increasingly obvious. As the economy worsens, the push to marginalize women, women’s rights, and women’s issues increases. As women disengage, we do so at our own peril.

Three cheers for Arlington County

Arlington County sues over HOT lanes

Arlington County is suing Virginia, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration for moving forward with the high-occupancy toll (HOT) lane projects on Interstate 95 and Interstate 395 without a full environmental and public health analysis.

It is time to build a transportation system for the post carbon economy, more ways to move cars is not the way to go.

Creigh Deeds gets smart, the Washington Post gets stupid

Washington Post

Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate R. Creigh Deeds will launch a campaign this week to portray his opponent’s longtime efforts to restrict abortion as out of the mainstream, a potentially risky strategy for a Democrat in the once solidly conservative state.

I don’t live in Virginia, but I can’t help but notice that the last 3 winners of state wide elections, Mark Warner, JIm Webb, and Tim Kaine, all ran as pro-choice candidates. Moreover, I seem to remember that Doug Wilder, in his 1989 bread through race for Governor, ran as a pro-choice candidate. In Virginia they will vote for a black, pro-choice Democrat, rather than a white anti-abortion nut. So, if Deeds can portray his opponent as an anti-abortion nut, he can probably win.

I am not the only one who feels this way.

Creigh Deeds for Governor campaign site.

Edit –
Creigh Deeds may be smart but it seems that members of his campaign could use a clue.

Jim Moran’s failure of leadership

Jim Moran: “The Votes Are Not There” For Public Option

Moran‘s office called back, and says Moran is opposed to a public plan until someone can tell him how we’re going to pay for it.  Moran voted for TARP I, TARP II, the $108 billion bailout of European banks and supplemental war funding and never asked how we were going to pay for it.  Sounds like a guy who sucked down $187 grand from lobbyists & lawyers last election cycle is looking for an excuse to book.

No deal is better than a bad deal.