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Metro Derangement Disorder strikes Loudoun GOP

Up until now, being a Republican Loudoun County supervisor has been a remarkably undemanding job. Short hours, no acrimonious debates, no need to listen to constituents and their annoying problems, thinking strictly optional (especially so in Ken Reid’s case).

All you have to do is vote along with your eight fellow Republican supervisors 9–0 on whatever prearranged goodies come up from the local GOP machine (getting rid of annoying regulations on developers; allowing big box stores without a special exception; appointing prepicked slates of campaign contributors and commercial real estate reps to the water, zoning review, and government “reform” boards; killing off programs to protect Loudoun’s scenic and cultural heritage; approving electronic billboards for your friends).

But the upcoming vote on whether to back out of Loudoun’s previous commitments to fund the Metrorail extension to Dulles and Loudoun has put them in an uncomfortably tight spot. Continue reading

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Ken discovers the terrible truth about politics

Proud new Loudoun supervisor Ken Reid (R-Leesburg) is shocked to discover that politicians “tell only one side of the story,” as he writes this week in a very upset letter to Leesburg Today.

Ken complains that Democratic state senator Mark Herring is trying to “make political hay” by—get ready for this—”criticizing specific GOP delegates, by name” who voted against $300 million in state funding for rail to Dulles. Ken says this is very unfair, since some Republicans voted for the funding (that is, before GOP Gov McDonnell reneged on his previous promise of support and the GOP-controlled legislature obediently axed it).

Ken also mentions his recent discoveries that used car salesmen are not always scrupulously honest, that his cell phone bill contains many questionable fees, and that Hollywood movies do not always completely reflect reality.

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Payoffs, paybacks, and suckups

If there is a theme emerging in what might charitably be called the governance style of our new all-Republican board of supervisors, it is not only paying off generous campaign contributors and getting back at perceived enemies, but also a desperate desire to catch the eye of the higher GOP powers-that-be with showy displays of fealty to the party’s ideological issues du jour. Continue reading

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