Thursday, March 09, 2006

Two Out of Three Not Bad?

Dan Telvock with has a lengthy story on the flap between. Gov. Tim Kaine and Del. Bob Marshall over land use legislation. All key details in Bob Burke's story yesterday are confirmed, plus Telvock talked to a couple of additional legislators.

Kaine press aide Kevin Hall said, in Telvock's paraphrase, "the governor still is pushing his controlled growth legislation and two of the three main proposals are still alive."

Two out of three sounds pretty good. Only one trouble: The one proposal that is not alive is the one that Kaine campaigned on, and that his supporters in the Smart Growth wing of the Democratic Party wanted the most.


At 2:25 PM, Blogger Politicl.Animal said...

When did you become so partisan, Jim? This used to be a good wonkish blog that I could recommend to Democrats. Now, well ... don't be like me, don't be a partisan hack.

At 6:44 PM, Blogger Ray Hyde said...

One part of leadership is admitting when you are wrong, and knowing when to cut your losses and move on. Kaine should be applauded, not denigrated.

If we get these no growth policies we will eventually rue the day, just as Oregon has.

At 2:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wish all these people who lament the absence of land use legislation would take the time to sit in on the House Committee on Counties, Cities and Towns when those bills are taken up. As Bob Marshall well knows, those bills are killed quickly, EVEN in the subcommittee he chairs! Nothing get approved except with the OK of the Virginia Home Builders. Ask Delegate Marshall how many years he has been trying to get adequate public facilities passed. The only reason the land use bills passed this session was with the concurrence of the VHBA and because the House leadership wanted it. It is easy to pontificate but difficult to legislate.


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