How? By refusing to fill the judicial vacancy created by the retirement of Circuit Court Judge Horace Revercomb on March 1st.
The General Assembly decided that instead of funding essential services like judges, they could save a few bucks by using substitute judges. They don’t care if that causes problems with continuity of leadership, if it makes it more difficult for the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to prosecute cases, or for defense attorneys to represent their clients.
Even more insulting that the General Assembly voted to increase fees for deed recordation (something done by the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office) and court fees. But did they decide to use that money to pay for judges? Of course not.
But what did the General Assembly have money for? The “Wine Promotion Fund” ($745,000), the “Motion Picture Opportunity Fund” ($1,000,000), and the “Governor’s Opportunity Fund” ($12,100,000). So, they have money for corporate welfare but not for essential services. They also refused to completely cut government funding for “arts” and “public broadcasting”.
The worst part? Three of the four people in the General Assembly that are supposed to be representing Caroline County and its citizens voted for this budget: Delegates Bobby Orrock, who lives in the county, and Chris Peace, and Senator Ryan McDougle. Hopefully the citizens of Caroline County remember this during the next election.
In the mean time, maybe us citizens should send a copy of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs to our elected representatives.
And an aside, was Delegate Bobby Orrock busy chasing down the dreaded puppy mills while not giving two hoots about acquiring full-time funding for the Caroline County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office like in 2008?
Cross-posted at On The Right and Virginia Virtucon.
A month ago Dave Marsden was saying that he was living in the 37th district, now he’s saying he will “eventually” move to the district.
In this vain, I’m hereby announcing my intention to run against State Senator Edd Houck (D-17th). I don’t live in the district currently and I more than likely won’t be in the district by the time of they do redistricting in 2011, but I guarantee you that I will be properly renting someone’s basement or guest room before I file for my run.
And I guarantee you, my future constituents, that I will move to the district following my win.
Maybe, if I feel like it.
It really depends on what the housing prices are by that time.
And if I can get a loan.
But I guarantee you!
Cross-posted at Virginia Virtucon.
From Portsia Smith’s “Caroline Crossroads” blog:
Talked to Sheriff Tony Lippa and he has confirmed that Lt. Col. Mike Hall resigned from the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office effective immediately Tuesday.
Lippa said Hall will focus on his lawn care business, B & H Site Improvements.
No other details are available at this time.
I’m sure I’m not the only that isn’t buying this. No one resigns “effective immediately” unless they get fed up and walk out or if they’re fired outright.
This is pure speculation, but maybe Hall got sick of a sheriff’s office being used to go after someone (i.e., Ben Boyd) because that someone got hired for a job over someone else’s (i.e., Lippa’s) kin (i.e., Robbie Jenkins)?
This whole thing is even weirder because it was Lippa that brought Hall into the sheriff’s office (Hall was previously a Virginia State Trooper, a sergeant I believe) to be Lippa’s Chief Deputy when Lippa was elected. I’m guessing that Major Moser is doing those duties now which he should be able to manage since he was Homer Johnson’s Chief Deputy for several years). Now, the question is will Major Moser agree to do things that Hall apparently refused to do? Only time will tell…
Let’s hope that Hall keeps his calendar clear for two years from now. That would be 2011 for those that have trouble counting. Lot of interesting stuff happening that year, constitutional officer elections amongst them.
Take for instance, Bobby Popowicz’s community meeting at Port Royal Volunteer Fire Department on August 28th.
A man entered about 15 minutes into the meeting. His phone proceeded to ring three times — loudly — during the meeting and he had the nerve to carry on an conversation with someone with two of the calls.
Who was this man?
Yeah, that’s right, the same person that got beat by Bobby Popowicz last year, showed up to his community meeting — however, not the one in his area — and proceeded to be a rude, obnoxious brat.
Not only did he let his phone ring three times, but he also tried to stir turmoil and further polarize the Port Royal and Rappahannock Academy areas (as if that was possible), by insinuating that the Planning Commission — any by extension, the Board of Supervisors — was in the wrong to forward a special exemption permit to the Board (the special exemption permit in question would permit sand extraction on property owned by Emmet Snead).
If Calvin Taylor has a problem with the Planning Commission, perhaps he should talk to the Port Royal District appointee on the commission. You know, the same one that he appointed to that position last year.
I guess Calvin Taylor is already starting his election campaign for the 2011 election.
If he keeps this up, he’s going to get crushed in 2011.