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Teacher salary increase thwarted… again

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This afternoon, the Appropriations subcommittee on Elementary & Secondary Education killed the second teacher pay raise measure to come before them this session: Sen. Creigh Deeds’ SB267.

Like Del. Brian Moran’s HB92, which died in the same committee last month, the bill attempted to raise Virginia’s average teacher salary to the national average.

In the audio file below, Del. Kirk Cox makes a substitute motion to kill the bill after Del. Jim Scott moves to report it:

The bill died on a party line vote, with only Dels. Scott and Mamye BaCote opposing the move. Cox was joined by GOP Dels. Clarke Hogan, Beverly Sherwood, Phil Hamilton and chairman Bob Tata.


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February 26, 2008 at 5:22 pm

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Strike Three for Redistricting Reform

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Republicans on the House Privileges and Elections subcommittee on Elections today killed the session’s lone remaining redistricting reform measure, Sen. Creigh Deeds’ SB38 (previous House versions, HB339 and HB1070 died last month). Del. John O’Bannon made the motion to pass by indefinitely, and was joined by Dels. Chris Jones and Terrie Suit:

Shortly after, an attempt from Del. Jim Scott to revive the bill in full committee failed when the chair, Del. Mark Cole, abruptly adjourned without a motion and rushed his fellow Republicans off to caucus before a recorded vote could be taken:

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February 15, 2008 at 10:44 am

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Crossover post-mortem

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Another crossover has come and gone, meaning we can finally peruse the hundreds of bills that met their demise in the dark depths of unrecorded subcommittee meetings – if they were lucky enough to even get a hearing.

One of them was Del. Shannon Valentine’s Sudan divestment measure, HB556, which never made it further than the Appropriations subcommittee on Compensation and Retirement.

You can listen to Del. Valentine present her bill below:

(The lone remaining Sudan divestment initiative, SB87, has also been referred to Appropriations.)

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February 13, 2008 at 7:55 pm

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Nondiscrimination squashed

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Del. Adam Ebbin’s HB1493, which would have added sexual orientation to Virginia’s nondiscrimination policy for state employees, was killed in a Courts of Justice subcommittee this afternoon on an unrecorded vote. The bill would have codified Gov. Tim Kaine’s first executive order.

Unfortunately, no video is available – but in the audio clip below, Del. Dave Marsden makes the motion to report, which is seconded by Del. David Toscano. Republicans swiftly voice their opposition, and the bill is defeated.

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January 28, 2008 at 4:25 pm

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Gun show loophole fix killed… again

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This morning, House Republicans on the Militia, Police and Public Safety committee swiftly moved to reconsider HB745, the gunshow loophole bill, before any Democrats had a chance to open up debate again.

Below, you can listen to Del. Clay Athey make his motion and immediately call for a vote, thereby avoiding any further discussion of the matter:

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January 25, 2008 at 1:55 pm

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Tyranny of the Majority

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In a failed political maneuver on the House floor today, House Republicans attempted to subvert the traditions of the House of Delegates and refused to allow Del. Adam Ebbin to withdraw his own bill from consideration. Ebbin’s bill reached the floor via a new rule introduced by Republican leader Morgan Griffith, who was unable to think of a purpose for this scheme when asked during floor debate a scant two weeks ago:

Republicans in the House Rules committee referred the bill to the full floor with no recommendation and no input from the public. In protest, Democratic leader Ward Armstrong encouraged his colleagues to refuse to vote in an act of civil disobedience.

The GOP responded by revealing the true intentions of their tactic, forcing their will upon the minority by challenging their votes one by one. Del. Jeion Ward responds below:

Del. Griffith proceeded with the list.

You can read more here.

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January 24, 2008 at 4:13 pm

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Rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic

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House Democratic leader Ward Armstrong spoke on the floor this afternoon, addressing the politically-calculated committee assignments announced by Speaker Bill Howell last night. The Washington Post , Raising Kaine and Vivian Paige have more; you can listen to Del. Armstrong’s comments below:

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January 10, 2008 at 2:04 pm

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