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Re: “VP Courtship: How a Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine Ticket Might Work

Kaine is a good man--smart, sensible, center-left. Virginia is lucky to have two sensible Democratic senators and not some crazy christian/conservatives obsessed with turning back the clock on social/cultural issues and uninterested in dealing with real problems like practically every Republican in Congress. The Dems may not want to risk Kaine's seat in the Senate if he is picked as Clinton's VP--that may be the biggest think working against him and maybe why there is talk that the Agriculture Secretary Vilsack, former governor of Iowa, apparently is being looked at pretty closely.

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Posted by kazoo on 07/21/2016 at 12:54 PM

Re: “Dave Brat’s Syllabus: Richmond’s Professor Turned Congressman Writes a Book

Brat is another conservative boob. He seems to perceive himself as a serious thinker; if so, he'd be the first among members of the Tea Party. He claims progressives dodge key issues: Had he substituted 'conservatives' for progressives, the statement would be accurate. As is, it's patently absurd. Income inequality, environmental problems, health care, energy, infrastructure--these are all big issues for Democrats, and issues that are completely ignored and unacknowledged by republicans like Brat. He's a guy who dislikes government, despite the fact that the government is charged with promoting the common good, and yet thinks that big business has the country's best interests at heart. He can't be taken seriously--and neither can the republican party.

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Posted by kazoo on 07/20/2016 at 12:49 AM

Re: “For What It’s Worth

The city has a habit of assessing homes on the high side--and during the last recession was very slow to lower assessments despite a plunge in real estate prices? The city needs money--and hence tries to get all it can by overvaluing homes.

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Posted by kazoo on 07/18/2016 at 3:59 PM

Re: “Supreme Court Vacates Convictions of Former Gov. Bob McDonnell

I was thrilled with the Supreme Court abortion decision--and then deflated by this unfortunate ruling, which will set a bad precedent and will now create the impression that the our little former guv did nothing wrong. Make no mistake: when you take $170,000 in cash and gifts, you are CORRUPT. This idea that you need to overtly or aggressively try to help a company in return for money and gifts to be prosecuted seems very wrong to me. McDonnell tried to help the businessman, he was just somewhat subtle about it. Public should not be allowed to accept gifts (or money) of any kind or amount--and if they do, they should be punished. This is just another example of our corrupt our system is--and this applies in particular to Virginia's former gift laws, which I think are still pretty loose. Republicans think it is OK to accept gifts. Like McDonnell, they are tools.

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Posted by kazoo on 06/28/2016 at 12:57 PM

Re: “The Eastern Hub of Richmond's New Rapid-Transit System Has Promises and Pitfalls

The story doesn't say how much the federal grant is worth.

Reality tells us, following story about a major mass transit project, that the city doesn't care about mass transit. Head slap! I believe, too, that there have been numerous public meetings about the project--and that the rapid transit system has been altered in response to some public concerns.

Posted by kazoo on 06/12/2016 at 5:54 PM

Re: “Trump Rallies in Richmond

Trump is a joke--an ignorant, bullying adolescent who has two default mechanisms--to lie and to insult people. He lies about EVERYTHING. Politfac--a non-partisan fact-checking organization, said a couple of weeks ago that some 75 percent of Trump's public statements have been false. He's not qualified to run a neighborhood block party much less the country. Here is a guy who has spent his adult life bragging about how successful he is--and yet ran a totally scam real estate seminar that duped thousands of people out of large sums of money. He is, as many people say, a fraud. When your own party dislikes you intensely, when the GOP's last president candidate, Mitt Romney, misses no opportunity to /publicly/ trash you--you've got problems.

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Posted by kazoo on 06/12/2016 at 5:44 PM

Re: “Brux'l Cafe to Close

Style should have simply announced the closing and asked readers to find out why--as it has been left to readers to offer two big reasons for the closing. Weak.

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Posted by kazoo on 06/07/2016 at 3:46 PM

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