2012 General Assembly’s Greatest Achievements

By Lloyd the Idiot

What were they?  To be honest, in all the commotion over the 2% of the bills that dealt with social issues, I’ve lost track of any real accomplishments in the other 98%.  Let’s see.  . . .

  • No party registration legislation, but we did get a tighter voter ID.  I guess that’s good, but it’s not that impressive.
  • No major transportation bills of which I’m aware.
  • No meaningful business-generating or tax-lowering legislation of which I’m ware.
  • (For the love of God, don’t bring up the ultrasound bill again)

UPDATED: Here is what the Post came up with, but not much really moving me.

Please, someone, just tell me something good.


Comments

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Man, we’re on a musical roll on the local blogs lately!

    Very true, not much to crow about from the Clown Show in Richmond.

  • Sorry to break the news to you, but the voter ID laws will probably be struck down by the Department of Justice and/or a federal court, just like the voter ID laws in Texas.

    The only “achievements” the GOP can point to from 2012 is mobilizing women voters for 2012 and 2013 with a raft of anti-women social legislation. The War on Women isn’t much of a legacy for the GOP.

    http://youtu.be/s1efKUfWUt8

  • Elder Berry says:

    NO jobs or economic development bills. NO tax reform bills. NOTHING for transportation. The voter ID is unnecessary and discourages voting; there has never been a problem with fraudulent voting in VA. And if any woman in VA has any sense they will see the ultrasound bill for what it is: uncalledfor government intrusion into women’s medical care and women’s health and women’s civil rights.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    But don’t forget all the great humor that came out of this session, led by comedian-in-chief Dave Albo.

  • You can’t blame the lack of substantive change on the Republicans alone. The Senate Democrats were at least as culpable. Probably more.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Agreed – the Dems stonewalling on the budget is beyond ridiculous. They’re holding the budget hostage simply because they lost too many seats to keep their majority status even with the customized district lines they drew to try to keep that majority. Both parties are a joke anymore.

  • Repeat that nonsense all you like: the Republican Party controls the Governor’s Mansion, the House of Delegates, the Senate, and has a pretty good grasp on Virginia’s judiciary. You promised jobs and you delivered voter suppression and culture war.

    If you had attended the General Assembly and gone to the subcommittee and committee meetings you would have heard Democrats pleading with Republicans to drop the voter suppression and culture war, but the Republicans used their majorities to override the Democrats arguing for moderation and compromise.

    The 2012 General Assembly was what it was because of Republican “leadership,” period.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    I agree with all of that, Richmonder. But the Dems holding up the budget just to try to get more committee seats is political blackmail and absolutely ridiculous. Two wrongs don’t make any of it right.

  • BlackOut says:

    LI, that may have been part of the hold up but there was substantial policy and budget issues raised that held more water than the claim of just pouting.

    For example, Herring’s work on trying to increase the State’s cash portion of Metro in the budget. A legitimate reason to hold feet to the fire, if you ask me. Where were our county GOP representatives on that? Oh wait they were out conspiring on how to save face with the sonogram debacle.

  • Two wrongs don’t make a right. But if we tally up how many days Republicans spent on the voter suppression and culture wars vs how many days Democrats spent holding up the budget, that isn’t going to come out one for one.

  • Elder Berry says:

    Bunch o crap LI. Republicans decided that real power sharing was not in their political interest and that’s what they got back for it. Dems found their own means of power sharing, ha!

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    The Republicans have the tie breaker, EB, and the Dems are about to blow all the public perception advantages they built up during the ultrasound and personhood battles. Idiots. Dick Saslaw is a bloviating moron on this.

  • Elder Berry says:

    Not sure about that. We’ll see. Herring has been heavy into constituent communications on this. Agree there is risk.

  • Elder Berry says:

    Have to ask are you equally critical of Republican stalling on Capitol Hill? Blocking judges, blocking the Violence against Women act for pit sake.

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    I don’t like that either. As I said earlier, I’m sick to death of both parties and their BS.

  • Chris says:

    But hey, Bill Bolling sent out an email blast talking about what a great job he did and how this was a smashing success of a session for the GOP! So everything must be good, right?!

  • Xerxes says:

    Ummm, how about the property rights amendment on the ballot this November? Also, how about the bill that repealed the indefinite detention of US citizens by the US Army courtesy of the Messiah’s National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA)? Oh, but the media won’t cover that story. They need their fellatio from the White House

  • Elder Berry says:

    Meanwhile VA government ranks near the bottom of the barrel in transparency, accountability and integrity:

    http://www.iwatchnews.org/2012/03/19/8423/grading-nation-how-accountable-your-state

  • Dan says:

    Perhaps the Republican Party just needs to be more pure. I’m sure that’s it. They just aren’t conservative enough.

    Is anyone in the party talking about trying to get the party to move a little further to the right? That should endear them to the voters. I’m sure if they just advocated for ending Medicare and ending all that icky birth control and giving full Constitutional rights to zygotes they would sweep right into permanent majority status.

    They just need to try a little harder. Oh, and the birth certificate. Talk more about the birth certificate.

    Legislative accomplishments are so boring. What about the gay agenda to grab our guns and make us all dress more fashionably? What about all those women having sex and not getting pregnant?

    Romney/Santorum 2012

    A Cadillac in every garage. A baby in every womb.

  • Xerxes says:

    @ElderBerry, that study has already been discredited. Illinois has a C while 2 former Governors are still in federal prison and 2 more former Governors are on parole. That study is a left-wing agency trying to compel new laws that are unnecessary. It is the reason why the War on Drugs has failed. Passing laws for the sake of passing laws do not achieve the end you purport to advocate.

  • Elder Berry says:

    I agree that the study is talking about the laws on the books not whether the laws are enforced but you can’t even try to enforce laws that aren’t there.

  • Xerxes says:

    THAT IS EFFING STUPID, ELDERBERRY!!! Then I can propose a study called, “How many states are prepared for a zombie apocalypse?” and I will base my grades on laws on the books that address what actions the state has prepared for that scenario!

    The problem with this study is they are saying there aren’t enough ethical laws…well guess what, Virginia does not have an ethical crisis!!!! Why pass laws for things that are not problems????????????????????????

  • Dan says:

    “How many states are prepared for a zombie apocalypse?”

    Exactly!

    Is the Commonwealth prepared for a zombie apocalypse?

    What sort of legislation was passed in the recent general assembly session to deal with a zombie apocalypse? None!

    Zygotes (with or without full Constitutional rights) are not going to eat our brains. But zombies will. What do our elected officials intend to do to keep us safe? Not a single zombie bill was even introduced.

    To be fair to the Republican though, they might have thought zombies might be hiding inside women’s vaginas. And if those politically mandated ultrasounds uncover hidden zombies the Democrats are sure going to look foolish.

    Democrats: weak on zombies.

    Republicans: protecting Virginians from zombies hiding in vaginas since 2012.

    You decide.

  • Xerxes says:

    The commission said that Virginia not having a State Ethics Board was a big factor for the failing grade. Translation: OH FUCK! WE DON’T HAVE A BOARD OF BUREAUCRATS TELLING US WHAT IS ETHICAL AND WHAT IS NOT! WE CANNOT THINK FOR OURSELVES AND THUS MUST HAVE A BOARD OF SUPERTHINKERS TELLING US WHAT IS RIGHT AND WHAT IS WRONG!

    I FEAR FOR OUR COUNTRY

  • Cato the Elder says:

    “zombies hiding in vaginas”

    Sounds like a good metaphor for Obama voters, Dan. :)

  • Loudoun Insider says:

    Xerxes, chill out a bit! I don’t mind a bad word here and there but don’t make a habit of it.

  • Elder Berry says:

    Much more than one word in all caps is the indicator of a lapse of reason or so it often seems. Gotta ask is government ethics, accountability and transparency really of the same level of importance to you radical rightists as zombie attacks?

    Five Republicans in the Idaho legislature crossed over to try to defeat another “insert government into her vagina” bill. Cracks in the wall?

    Even all caps won’t save ya Xerxes. The ole ratio ad absurdum point has been breached. People are noticing this stuff now.

  • Dan says:

    “Five Republicans in the Idaho legislature crossed over to try to defeat another “insert government into her vagina” bill. Cracks in the wall?”

    Okay, I’m gonna show some restraint and let the cracks remark about the vagina bill pass without comment. But those five Republican senators in Idaho weren’t nearly enough to stop the bill. Added to the seven Democrats in the Idaho Senate and the bill still passed 23-12.

    The bill now goes to the Idaho House where Republicans hold a 57-13 majority. So, while it’s nice to know that there are five Republicans in the Idaho Senate who don’t think women should be treated like children by the government, unless there are 22 of them in the House it isn’t going to change a thing.

    You’re right though about people noticing this stuff. What you get when you give Republicans a majority in your state legislature is on full display for the voters.

    Now tell me again how this stuff is about jobs and the economy. Remember the economy? The thing Republicans ran on. Or were the Republicans lying during the campaign?

    Oh, wait. That wasn’t lies. That was just bullshit.

    I don’t think even zombie Reagan could save the Republicans this year.

  • NateDogg614 says:

    “Now tell me again how this stuff is about jobs and the economy. Remember the economy? The thing Republicans ran on. Or were the Republicans lying during the campaign?”

    It’s possible to address multiple issues during a session. If abortion was the only legislative issue, then yes, I would be worried. Seeing as how (in Virginia) social issues were the topic at hand for about 2% of the legislation, I’m not worried, nor do I think the Republicans were lying.

    Besides, its the Senate Democrats who are unwilling to pass the VA budget, due to their desire to cling to power (what’s left of it).

  • Eric the 1/2 troll says:

    “Besides, its the Senate Democrats who are unwilling to pass the VA budget, due to their desire to cling to power (what’s left of it).”

    Um…WHO again has control of the VA legislature and governor’s mansion these days? I don’t think its (how is it put by Bohner?) “one half of one third of the government” that is to blame for legislative failures.

  • NateDogg614 says:

    “Um…WHO again has control of the VA legislature and governor’s mansion these days?”

    I KNOW!!! Crazy right?? So why the heck are the Democrats stonewalling the budget??

  • Dan says:

    “social issues were the topic at hand for about 2% of the legislation”

    And oh boy did that 2% include some real doozies!

    Call me a blind optimist, but I have always believed that good public policy makes for good politics in the long run. And bad public policy makes for bad politics in the long run.

    The stuff the GOTea Party passed and tried to pass was awful from a public policy perspective. And such a critical mass of nearly identical legislation has been pushed in so many state legislatures that the stench is reaching the nostrils of a lot of voters who don’t usually follow state government that closely. Voters who mostly don’t expect this sort of hogwash from their state legislature.

    It ain’t your daddy’s GOP anymore. Yee Haw!

    They don’t call it an echo chamber for nothing. Sure, EVERYBODY thinks this stuff is a great idea. If everything YOU read and listen to says it’s what ALL the American people want then it MUST be true. Right?

    Keep up the good work Goopers.

  • Eric the 1/2 troll says:

    >“Um…WHO again has control of the VA legislature and >governor’s mansion these days?”

    >I KNOW!!! Crazy right?? So why the heck are the Democrats >stonewalling the budget??

    Again…um…Nate, passage is the Republican’s responsibility as the party in charge – why haven’t THEY passed THEIR budget?

  • Imagine how much LESS (admittedly, that’s hard to imagine) would have been done if Bolling hadn’t been there to break the ties.

  • Ellie Lockwood says:

    Those of us who got royally screwed when we got redistricted into the new 31st Senate district got screwed even further when Barbara Favola was elected to serve. This brand new Senator, in a brand new district, who barely had time to out her feet under her brand new desk elected to SKIP a budget vote so she could do an interview with MSNBC. Did we send her to Richmond to represent us or polish her resume as a talking head?

  • [...] may recall an earlier post about the media attention given the 2% of the bills this General Assembly session dealing with [...]

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