Monthly Archives: June 2012

There’s always a couple of million bucks for corporate welfare

SO Loudoun County under its new all-GOP supervisors is too strapped to fully fund the schools, to provide even a few thousand dollars to arts and cultural and community organizations, to keep alive the urban horticulture and master gardeners program, or even to come up with $250,000 to continue the very successful Loudoun Drug Court (despite its being strongly backed by the county’s chief judge), and is on the verge of backing out of its commitment to fund the Metrorail extension to Loudoun—but yesterday the county supervisors were overjoyed to announce that they will be forking out $2 million to keep the Redskins in the county.

Actually, it turns out Loudoun will not be keeping the Redskins in the county, but never mind. Continue reading

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Looks like Geary will have to recuse himself on Metro!

The No. 1 excuse that our local and state GOP officials have been preparing as the explanation for why they’re pulling the rug out from their previous pledges to support rail to Dulles and Loudoun is that the project includes a Project Labor Agreement, or PLA.

As noted earlier today, state attorney general and gubernatorial very-hopeful Ken Cucinnelli saw a chance to burnish his ideological credentials with the union-bashing right-wing of his party by suddenly deciding that the PLAs violate Virginia’s anti-union “right to work” laws. (Even though weeks earlier his office issued an opinion that that the negotiated PLA provision in the Metro project — which he himself helped negotiate — complied with Virginia’s laws).

Even our own big MetroRail supporter, Loudoun Board of Supervisors chairman Scott York (R-At Large), has been making ominous noises that the all-Republican Loudoun board can’t possibly vote for the Metro extension to Loudoun if the contracts contain a PLA.

It looks, though, that this fig leaf is not going to be large enough to cover GOP Supervisor Geary Higgins’s, er, problems. Continue reading

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A Republican’s word is . . .

You won’t hear any of our stalwart local or state GOP politicians mention this amid all of their political posturing over Metro to Dulles, but didn’t there used to be something known as (a) civic duty and (b) living up to your word and promise?

The Washington Post has an illuminating article today reporting an e-mail trail that documents our Republican governor and attorney general’s trail of broken commitments over the Metro project. Continue reading

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Geary Higgins speaks with forked tongue

As noted yesterday, it’s already been entertaining, re the upcoming Metro-to-Loudoun decision, to see how the all-Republican Loudoun Board of Supervisors proposes to get out of this one, given the warring constituencies within the local GOP machine on the issue.

The simplest approach for a politician who is cornered, of course, is simply to lie. A hint of what we can expect a lot more of is being provided by Supervisor Geary Higgins (R-Catoctin) who has now suddenly developed a case of raging amnesia regarding his statement of support for the Metro project when he appeared, during the election campaign, at a candidate forum sponsored by the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce (a GOP faction that strongly favors Metro).

Higgins now claims he doesn’t remember ever saying he supported Metro during that event. Continue reading

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