Welcome to the DPVA Weekly Top 5, your review of the top five stories from the past week and a look at what’s ahead.
- Republicans Kill McDonnell’s ABC Legislation
The Republican majority in the House of Delegates refused to even hold a hearing on the signature proposal of Governor Bob McDonnell’s first year in office, his quest to privatize the state’s Alcohol Beverage and Control system. Despite his ardent advocacy for the proposal throughout the year, the end-result was such a disaster that it succeeded in bringing both parties together to defeat it.
To read more about the demise of the Governor’s ABC Privatization plan, click here.
- McDonnell says ‘GOP not ready for Obama’
In an interview this week Governor McDonnell said that after his handling of the Tucson shooting and the legislative successes that he brought to bear during the recent lame duck session, the Republican Party is ‘not yet’ ready to take on President Obama.
To read more about Bob McDonnell’s doubts about the GOP’s readiness, click here.
- Virginia Democrats prepare for the 2011 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner
The Democratic Party of Virginia is putting the final touches on the 2011 Jefferson-Jackson dinner, to be held on Saturday, February 19th in Richmond. Confirmed attendees this year include Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, Reps. Bobby Scott, Jim Moran and Gerry Connolly, former Reps. Tom Perriello and Glenn Nye and former DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe.
- McDonnell not ready to jump on the Allen bandwagon
Bob McDonnell had the chance this week to endorse his friend George Allen in his bid for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat he lost to Jim Webb in 2006. Unfortunately for Allen, the Governor was willing to say a couple nice things, but refused to offer his endorsement at this time.
To read more about McDonnell’s hesitation to endorse George Allen, click here.
- Democrats stand up for school funding
The Democratic Senate’s version of amendments to Virginia’s budget this year seeks to restore cuts made to public education in past budgets. The proposal provides $100 million more in funding for education than the Governor’s original proposal.
To read more about Democrats fighting for good schools, click here.