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Re: “Event Pick: The 2016 Hogtober Festival at Libby Hill Park

Nice event...but the bands! A Neil Diamond tribute band? A tribute band to Bowie, who is beyond imitation? Yikes....

Posted by kazoo on 09/29/2016 at 10:05 PM

Re: “Joe Morrissey's Wife Criticizes Media, Speaks Out on Being "Used"

I'm betting that Myrna had very little to do with this letter--now CAN you give me some more righteous indignation!

Morrissey doesn't have the character to be mayor, sorry. But the man does have plenty of gall. He does not shame easily, or at all, which makes him the D. Trump of our mayoral campaign!

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Posted by kazoo on 09/21/2016 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Short and Sweet: Why I Want to Be Mayor of Richmond

Doug, check out Stoney's TV ad: The message is quite clear--implicitly and explicitly: /I know what it's like to grow up black and poor. I got subsidized public-school lunches, too. I can relate./ And that's probably the only card he can play because he not a Richmond guy--he has no real ties to the city--and hasn't done anything but work as a Democratic party operative for 10 years. That doesn't qualify one for mayor--and the Democratic Party is doing a disservice to Richmond by pushing him on the city. He's an opportunist. And I say that as a Democrat.

Mosby's "I am Richmond" is the same appeal--I'm one of you. I can help." It's fine, it's politics; it's what candidates hang their hats on when their credentials are thin. The point is, Richmond needs to move beyond racial voting and start electing smart, competent people with serious management experience and integrity--black or white. (I'd say that Morrissey's issues are something more than "foibles.") It's not a position that entitles you to start handing out top city jobs to your friends. It's a serious management job, but unfortunately the process of electing a mayor is completely political, which is why Richmond has been saddled with a lot of lightweight or worse mayors in the past--and will likely be saddled with lightweights in the future.

I also think this whole Style exercise of asking the candidates to make statements is worthless--as of course they've all made the same general points.

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Posted by kazoo on 09/21/2016 at 12:03 PM

Re: “Short and Sweet: Why I Want to Be Mayor of Richmond

We could have all counted the seconds until Scott showed up with his buried canal wall complaint about Berry, which he has only posted about 10,000 times.

I'm not clear on the boondoggles attributed to Venture Richmond. The fact is, VR has created some very successful events that have been good for the city and brought some genuine excitement to the downtown area--and that is a big deal and key to revitalizing Richmond. To pretend otherwise is stupid, but the activists who like Richmond as a backwater often pretend otherwise. Most of the criticism directed at Berry is lame. He in fact is the most qualified candidate in the field, probably followed by Baliles and Tyler.

Stoney is a complete interloper--a well-connected dilettante who is not qualified to be mayor because he has no real ties to Richmond and has done NOTHING except work for the state Democratic party since he graduated from mighty JMU. He has NO relevant experience--his last job was a party patronage position. But he /wants/ to be mayor, and he's tight with the governor, and so the Democratic Party of Richmond/Virginia is shamefully trying to FOIST him on the city. He's the last person Richmonders should vote for.

Mosby is completely unqualified--doesn't even have a college degree--and would be a disaster. Williams has an impressive background but has no city management experience. Junes seems too education-centric; ultimately, it's the School Board's job to improve the schools--and while they've not done a good job, Richmond's education issues are at root about poverty and social dysfunction. It's not the mayor's job to try and tackle poverty--that's absurd. A mayor can help promote sensible development, which can create jobs--but no mayor if going to fix the poverty problem. Still, we have to endure yet again the Kabuki of African American candidates telling African American voters that THEY will help improve their lives because they are African American. It's not like RVA hasn't had African American mayors--we've had plenty. Did any of them fix the poverty problem? Mayors don't fix poverty--the make sure the buses run on time and that the city is run EFFICIENTLY with sound budgetary discipline. All the rest is political blather.

And Morrissey? His personal and professional problems should completely disqualify him for mayor.

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Posted by kazoo on 09/20/2016 at 9:43 PM

Re: “When Will Richmond Embrace Hip-Hop?

The first two or three videos here are lame. They look like they were made in 1988--the same tired gangsta theme--profane language, flashing guns, smoking weed, lyrics about dick and ass and cash? Logos with a dollar sign in the name? How original! I'm sure 15-year-olds are impressed but anyone older knows those were cliches 15 years ago. This is the genius material that isn't getting any love? Talent finds its level.

10 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by kazoo on 09/15/2016 at 11:10 AM

Re: “Federal Prosecutors Will Not Retry Former Gov. Bob McDonnell and His Wife

Former Republican governor McDonnell accepted $170,000 in gifts and off-the-books loans from a businessman eager to promote his product. Any way you slice it, public officials who accept money and gifts have committed a serious ethical breach. McDonnell and his ethically challenged supporters--most of them business and legal cronies-- tried to hide his wrongdoing by saying that he broke no laws--apparently because the Republican-led Virginia legislature passed an unethical law that essentially said that it was OK for public officials to accept gifts and money. In other words, it was OK to be unethical or worse. And supposedly McDonnell did nothing formal or official to help the businessman, though he and his wife certainly offered some help. It's another window into Republican values: stiff the poor, working people, the needy generally--then be quick to do favors for your well-to-do friends and cronies. The comments by McWaters are stupid, of course: He acts like the McDonnells were persecuted--a word they surely like given their silly religious habits. McDonnell got himself into this mess--he and nobody else. And even after this scandal, the GOP legislature resisted taking a tough line on the acceptance of gifts.

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Posted by kazoo on 09/09/2016 at 12:56 PM

Re: “Joe Morrissey Takes Command

They're all knocking on doors--that local politics 101

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Posted by kazoo on 09/02/2016 at 4:43 PM

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