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Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Valley Delegate to Step Down

The DNR is reporting that Delegate Allen Louderback (R-Luray), who represents the 15th district, will not seek election to a fourth term. The 15th district covers all of Page, Rappahannock, and Shenandoah counties, as well as part of Rockingham county. The district is solidly Republican and should remain in GOP control. The DNR lists Shenandoah County Commonwealth Attorney Todd Gilbert and former Page County GOP Chairman Brian Plum as potential candidates for the seat.

Addition from Addison
Louderback is perhaps most famous for his proposals to eliminate tax exemptions from the Virginia tax code (and lower the rates across the board).

His ideas came to fruition in HB1488. HB1488 was the House counterproposal to the Senate's $4 billion bohemeth last session. The final compromise budget only ended three exemptions, and Louderback voted against it.

Louderback will be missed because he means tax reform when he says it. Our Connecticut governor and his heir apparent mean something entirely different when they talk about "reform."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Chap Petersen, candidate for the Democratic Lt. Governor's nomination has made an interesting hire in Opel Simmons. Opel will be serving as Chap's campaign manager, but his not too distant past still haunts him. One does not need to go very far online to discover his criminal history in politics. A google search reveals his role in the slashing of tires at the local GOP HQ.

The Kids Aren't Alright - Operation Elephant TakeoverCharges imminent in election day tire slashingDemocratic Vote Fraud in Milwaukee?5 Democrats face trial for slashing GOP tiresChap seemed like a good candidate until this lapse of hiring judgement was revealed. Who else has Petersen hired? I was going to criticize him on his hypocritical "Tough On Crime" issues page, but it appears as though he has no position on crime. I guess his only position is to hire the criminals.

12:13 PM

Blogger Paul said...

It's interesting that you say that. Removing sales tax exemptions is a cowardly way to tax consumers from the backdoor. Typical right-wing tactic...pretend to be anti-tax, then find "creative" ways to get revenue, like raising fines, or making utility companies charge us more per month for service.

2:11 PM


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