Three Virginia news items, quite possibly unrelated:
- First, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling today played his role as lieutenant governor to break a tie in the Senate -- but in a surprising way. Bolling sided with Democrats in the Virginia Senate to delay a bill that would make voting harder. The bill takes away common documents like utility bills and paycheck stubs as means of complying with voter ID rules at the polls. Barring more changes in the legislature, Bolling's vote means the earliest the bill could come into effect would be 2014. Bolling reportedly voted for the delay because there's no money for teaching voters about the change in time for this year's election.
- Second, the Virginia Senate has approved a bill that would let the state's governor serve consecutive terms. Only in Virginia is a governor one-and-done. The measure passed with bipartisan support, 25-15. For now, the Republican Party's pick to replace current Governor Bob McDonnell is Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Having conceded the GOP nomination, Bolling seems to be considering a run as an independent.
- Third, just for kicks: The Northern Virginia Tea Party tonight takes up the Obama-UN-mind-control plot known as Agenda 21. The meeting includes James Parmalee, chair of Northern Virginia GOP PAC, among other speakers not yet announced.
Wonder if they'll show the same movie that worked out so well for Republicans in Georgia....
Bonus stuff from Virginia: The long list of failed election measures, including one to shorten lines to vote; and hey, a bill [adding: to amend the state Constitution with]
for union-stripping "Right to Work."