More school budget baloney from the Board

Our all-Republican Loudoun Board of Supervisors, never one to let a fact get in the way of their efficient governance, has been growing more petulant lately owing to the fact that citizens are finally beginning to call them on their baloney regarding the school budget.

As we recall, our Board, in a highly efficient feat of governance, last fall arbitrarily set a proposed budget and tax rates for the coming year based not on any consideration of what the schools actually might need to keep pace with the relentless growth in student enrollment (2,400 additional students to be added to the rolls next year), but rather based solely on the Republican Purity Test of not raising taxes ever ever.

In recent weeks, large numbers of angry parents have been showing up for confrontational public meetings with the Supervisors to demand a halt to the mindless cutting of the school budget. And since these were well informed parents, they weren’t buying the baloney the Supervisors keep trying to shovel out.

Lacking imagination, our Board still tried to hold firmly to its practiced script, offering the same bogus and discredited assertions it has made over and over.

A sampling . . . Continue reading

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Remedial math class for our supervisors

It’s been interesting to see how little political hay our all-Republican Loudoun Board of Supervisors has so far been able to make out of its stunt of declaring in advance that they intend to whack the school budget in order to fund a tax cut.

The School Board has been growing increasingly outspoken and irritated by the Supervisors’ attempts to impose their arbitrary fiscal policy. Continue reading

More political dirty tricks from that dynamic duo, Donny and Eugene

Let’s see, where have we heard this before . . . former Eugene Delgaudio acolyte Donny Ferguson denies any possible coordination between (a) a dirty-trick political hit piece from an “independent” “educational” group and (b) the campaign of the opposing candidate who benefits from said dirty trick?

Well, first it was in Montana. Then it was in Colorado. Then in our very own Loudoun County.

Now it’s in Texas, where former Delgaudio aide Donny (he sure gets around!) is working as spokesman for the primary campaign of tea party wacko Steve Stockman, who is seeking to unseat incumbent Republican U.S. senator John Cornyn.

This time the roles are slightly reversed, though: it’s Eugene supplying the dirty tricks and Donny saying he knows absolutely nothing about it — Continue reading

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The Delgaudio loophole

As we all know from faithfully reading the passionate defenses of Supervisor Eugene “The Best” Delgaudio (R-Sterling) offered by his faithful followers in the Loudoun County Republican Committee, Eugene did absolutely nothing whatsoever wrong when he (a) ordered his county-paid staff to spend most of their time soliciting political campaign contributions; (b) had his county-paid staff report to his outside wacko right wing homophobic million-dollar-a-year “educational” foundation; and (c) repeatedly lied about it to the public and his fellow supervisors, falsely claiming that he was only soliciting funds for a youth football league.

But just to make sure that no other elected officials ever gets away with doing these absolutely-nothing-wrong things, the Virginia House of Delegates voted 99–0 on February 11 to close what is now fondly known throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia as the “Delgaudio Loophole”: Continue reading

Our scientifically impervious board

The other day the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy presented the all-Republican Loudoun Board of Supervisors with a thoroughly researched, scientifically documented report affirming what every real expert about Lyme disease has said for years: that spraying pesticides does nothing to reduce Lyme transmission rates, and that the pesticide our Board, in its mindless enthusiasm for pretending that they are “attacking” Lyme disease, has chosen to spray in our county parks is extremely toxic to honeybees and aquatic life as well as being a presumed human carcinogen.

So what did our Board do? Three guesses! Continue reading