This year’s version of the General Assembly has commenced and Governor Youngkin is promising tax cuts. Republicans are proposing a 15 week ban on abortion, while Democrats suggest additional gun safety measures, and some hope that the Commonwealth will take positive steps for mental health. Our Senator, Creigh Deeds, is in the middle of these debates. [Read more…]
After my retirement from the House of Delegates two years ago, I would frequently get the question, “do you miss it?” My response was typically: “I miss the major challenges. I would have loved to help develop the Virginia response to the pandemic.” I soon came to see that the legislature had little role to play; most of the decisions were made in the governor’s office. [Read more…]
Filibusters do occur in some state legislatures, but they rarely succeed in blocking legislation. Unlike the U.S. Senate, most state legislatures still operate on the Founders’ majoritarian principles.
While Democratic leader in the Virginia House of Delegates, I witnessed Terry McAuliffe’s lead in the 2013 governor’s race collapse in the aftermath of the botched rollout of the federal health care exchanges. He won, but only because the campaign ended before the full force of the public’s anger could be felt. [Read more…]