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Tim Kaine’s “Farewell Virginia, Hello Statism” Tour

November 27, 2009 Leave a comment

From Ryan Nobles at Richmond’s NBC12 comes this gem about how Governor Kaine will be spending some of his final hours in office:

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine will make a tour of a series of Restaurants on the day one of his signature legislative accomplishments goes into effect. On December 1st, Kaine will make appearances at a number of different restaurants across Virginia in honor of the first day that  Commonwealth’s ban on smoking in bars and eateries will be enforced. One of his stops will be here in Richmond. The Governor will appear at the Home Team Grill on Main Street in the Fan at 4pm.

I won’t go into length about my philosophical opposition to the smoking ban–I already did that here. But how swell is it that His Excellency is touting an increase in nanny state protections while leaving the state with a budget mess that barely covers essential services and even looks like it will leave his other landmark achievment, universal pre-K on the chopping block?

For those who smirk at my railing against statism, here’s a heartwarming Thanksgiving tale from that great bastion of nanny state thinking, Michael Bloomberg’s New York City (h/t Instapundit):

When a small church comes to the Bowery Mission bearing fried chicken with trans fat, unwittingly breaking the law, they’re told “thank you.” Then workers quietly chuck the food, mission director Tom Bastile said.

“It’s always hard for us to do,” Basile said. “We know we have to do it.” . . .

Lines at soup kitchens are up by 21 percent this year, according to a NYC Coalition Against Hunger report released yesterday. The city’s law banishing trans fat took effect in July 2008 and touched everyone with Health Department food licenses — including emergency food providers.

So come January 17th, how about just skedaddling on up to D.C. with your pal the President and work on consolidating statist thinking from the confines of the DNC? Kthanksbai.

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Kaine’s Backdoor Parole Gambit

February 8, 2009 Leave a comment

In his final State of the Commonwealth address, Governor Kaine focused primarily on fiscal issues and what “solutions” he was going to pursue in order to close Virginia’s estimated $3 billion budget shortfall. One of his proposals was to allow prison administrators to release non-violent inmates up to 90 days ahead of their sentence’s end date. Currently administrators are allowed to release prisoners up to 30 days in advance. 

Seems fair, right? These people have served their time, and we don’t really need to house these people, right? Here’s the problem with that logic–the targeted inmates are not exactly perpetrators of “victimless crimes”. From RPV:

Frederick further took issue with Governor Kaine for characterizing the prisoners affected by his proposal as “non-violent.” As detailed today in remarks on the House floor by Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah), Kaine’s plan would result in the early release of felons who have been charged with or convicted of acts of terrorism, domestic abuse, poisoning, breaking and entering, child pornography and child abuse, arson and threats to commit bodily harm, and other assorted crimes. 

“It is extremely disappointing and frankly dangerous that Governor Kaine would jeopardize the safety and security of Virginians by offering early release to individuals who would be a threat to our families and communities,” said Frederick. 

“To tell the people of Virginia that prisoners guilty of arson, abusing children and the elderly, breaking and entering, stalking, poisoning – among dozens of other similar acts – are ‘non-violent,’ as he hands them a get out of jail free card, adds insult to injury.”

Clearly, the people that are eligible under this plan are not simply jaywalkers. They are criminals who have convicted crimes that not only violate individual’s property rights but also their personal space and rights. Furthermore, historical trends indicate that crime increases during periods of recession. From the New York Times:

“Every recession since the late ’50s has been associated with an increase in crime and, in particular, property crime and robbery, which would be most responsive to changes in economic conditions,” said Richard Rosenfeld, a sociologist at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Typically, he said, “there is a year lag between the economic change and crime rates.”

As most economists pinpoint the start of the recession to December 2007, we can expect crime rates to be on the rise right around the time that many of these criminals will be hitting the street. Virginians supported the end of parole during the Allen administration, but these policies, though up to the administrator’s discretion, will effectively bring back parole in a limited form, and without the even moderate oversight that existed in that system. 

To see Governor Kaine play legacy politics with public safety is reprehensible. We have a request in with Delegate Gilbert, who is one of the General Assembly’s leading advocates for public safety and the only active prosecutor serving in the House, to further elaborate on the policy and what the General Assembly will be doing to fight it.

Guv continues excuses; Assembly reacts

January 27, 2009 Leave a comment

In light of the recent kerfluffle over a fundraising reception that was to be held at the Governor’s mansion in support of a Democratic women’s PAC, Delegate Morgan Griffith has introduced a bill to ban fundraising at the Mansion. From WaPo:

use Bill 2657 simply says “Any event at the Executive Mansion for the purpose of soliciting funds for any purpose, other than for charity, shall be prohibited at all times.”

Griffith (R-Salem) said last week that he got a “creepy feeling” when he learned of a planned reception at the mansion.

Meanwhile, the Governor’s staff continues to make excuses for the “mistake”:

Gordon Hickey’s Kaine’s spokesman, said the governor supports the bill. “We already have a strict rule of not doing political fundraising at the mansion,” he said. “He recently canceled a reception there when he found out the group was improperly advertising it as a fundraising event without his permission.”

If the rule is so strict, then why didn’t they determine the true nature of the event. Even if it is a two part event (the tickets were for a nearby panel discussion with a reception following), couldn’t they have figured out that the Governor was the main draw here? Blame cuts both ways, but the Governor should have been much more careful. 

Another question: Will Governor Kaine be signing any solicitations for the DNC while the Assembly is in session? Even if it’s not a state organization, you can guarantee that some of the DNC money will end up in Virginia this year.

Another Victory for Good Government

January 23, 2009 Leave a comment

Following intense pressure, Governor Kaine has decided to to cancel a reception honoring Mary Sue Terry’s Farm Team PAC  at the Governor’s Mansion. Of course, by honor, we mean charge up to $1,000 a ticket. From the WaPo: 

The Farm Team, a political action committee formed to help Democratic women seek elected office, posted a solicitation on a liberal fundraising Web site seeking donations from $25 to $1,000 to attend a series of events Monday in Richmond. The appeal invited people who purchased a ticket to a panel discussion at the Richmond Marriott to a reception at the governor’s mansion.

The invitation was posted on ActBlue, a nationwide clearinghouse for donors who want to direct money to Democratic campaigns and causes. The invitation did not mention Kaine (D) but said his wife, Anne Holton, and Lynda Robb, wife of former governor Charles S. Robb (D), were helping host the event.

“Funds raised through this event support The Farm Team,” the advertisement stated.

Several prominent Virginia politicians, including former attorney general Mary Sue Terry (D), formed the PAC in September. It recently begin doling out donations, including $1,000 last month to Fairfax County Supervisor Sharon S. Bulova(Braddock), the Democratic nominee for board chairman.

Under Virginia law, Kaine is prohibited from raising money for himself or state political committees during the 45-day legislative session, which began Jan. 14. Traditionally, Virginia governors also do not raise money at the governor’s mansion, although no law prohibits it, said David Allen, manager of the Virginia State Board of Elections.

But the possibility that it might appear that Kaine was using the mansion to raise money for Democrats prompted the governor to distance himself from the event.

I would disagree with the Governor’s assertion that it was just the “appearance” of raising funds for Democrats, given that the PAC’s explicit mission is “supporting Democratic women,” but I digress. And while The Washington Post wants you to believe that they were the ones who blew this story open, who was really on it first? Norm Leahy at Tertium Quid

Good work Norm! Not only for the victory for good government, but for proving yet again that reporters just HATE having to find their own stories.