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Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Harrington comes up short

With 20 of 21 precincts reporting in the 23rd district, Democrat Shannon Valentine leads Republican Mike Harrington by nearly 2,000 votes. This is a discouraging loss for the GOP which loses yet another seat in the House of Delegates. The loss of this one seat may not seem like much, but it is part of a disturibing trend of recent success for Virginia Democrats.

I still believe that, all things being equal, Virginians are likely to choose Republicans over Democrats to represent them, but we can't just throw an (R) out there everytime and expect to win. If the Virginia GOP isn't careful, all these paper cuts are going to bleed us to death.


Blogger Ben Kyber said...

Yeah...real depressing trend...

Maybe now we won't have any huge budget shortfalls for a while...

9:36 PM

Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

Don't know Harrington. I have no reason to believe he was not a good candidate, but if taking a few lumps in specials helps us wake up, focus and start running real substantive candidates in '07 (as opposed to cardboard cutout buzzword spouters), then this is a little medicine that is worth taking now. We have a little time to get our act together.

9:49 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ben: The Democratic "solution" to those budget shortfalls in Virginia is just kicking the can down the road. We'll have to enjoy another tax increase in about 5 years and another and another. The real problem at the state and federal level is spending and the unwillingness of our legislators to do anything about it.

10:36 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Another example that the drive to "out" everyone with whom there is a disagreement with a shouts of "liberal" or "moderate" is hurting the Republican Party with the base and the general public. Successful politics are about addition, not subtraction. Until the ruling elite in the Party understand this, we are going to lose.

11:51 AM

Blogger Ben Kyber said...

Its Norquestesque and simple- minded to say that spending is the problem on the state and federal level. While there is goverment waste that should be curtailed, there are plenty of areas (public education and transportation...for example) that could use the funding taken from pork barrel legislation and excessive bureaucratic waste.

Rather than merely looking at the "spend" side of the books, its more pertinent to look at both aspects of spending as well as taxation. The problem with previous Republican administrations in Virginia is that, while they claim to promote curtailing spending, when it comes down to it, Governors like Jim Gilmore really end up simply lowering taxes and maintaining spending at a similar level, thus creating a deficit. It really is as simple as keeping the books balanced.

The issue isn't totally about curtailing spending, but rather maintaining a balance between government intake (mainly through taxation) and output (spending).

The problem, to me, isn't that the state government spends too much, but that the money that is spend could be much more wisely appropriated than it currently is.

And yes, sometimes to improve the lives of citizens throughout our commonwealth, tax hikes are neccesary. That seems like a foreign concept to some people.

10:31 PM


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