A bill regulating Virginia breweries could have kicked the kegs and closed the doors at Deschutes Brewery’s tasting room in downtown Roanoke.
That is, until Deschutes CEO Michael LaLonde and Del. Greg Habeeb, R-Salem, stepped in.
Legislation proposed by Del. David Bulova, D-Fairfax, would require Virginia breweries to brew 20 percent or more of their beer at the location where that beer is sold.
Fairfax County voters on Nov. 8 solidly defeated a proposed 4-percent meals tax and county officials likely will not resurrect that idea again for decades to come, predicted Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova (D).
“It would be a generation before another Board of Supervisors decides to put that question to the voters,” Bulova told the Sun Gazette following a Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11 in Great Falls.
Bulova said she was “not surprised, but disappointed” the meals tax went down to defeat, as it did in 1992 the last time county officials proposed the levy.
Three Virginia lawmakers have asked state environmental officials to give the public two more months to study a controversial plan by Dominion Virginia Power to drain a pond at Possum Point Power Station that is filled with potentially hazardous coal ash.
The legislators, state Sen. Dave Marsden and Delegates David L Bulova and Scott A. Surovell, all Democrats whose districts include the power station, said the complexity of Dominion’s proposal warranted more extensive examination by their constituents before environmental officials make a decision about the plan.
A national Republican group on Friday pledged to pump a total of $100,000 into races for Virginia’s House of Delegates as part of the GOP’s national bid to boost its appeal to women and minorities.
Del. David Bulova (D-37) announced his campaign to seek re-election to the Virginia General Assembly at a May 17 event held at Brion’s Grille in Fairfax.
“It is an honor to represent the community where I grew up and where I am raising my own family,” Bulova said in a statement.
The U.S. Justice Department’s recent legal settlement with Virginia over caring for people with severe disabilities has government leaders grappling with the prospect of shifting hundreds of people from large institutions to community-based settings.
The settlement commits to the closure of the state’s five regional institutions for people with disabilities, including the Northern Virginia Training Center on Braddock Road in Fairfax County. That institution is scheduled to close by 2015.
REPUBLICANS HOLD a 59-seat majority in Virginia’s House of Delegates. Now, owing partly to their control of a baldly partisan redistricting process, swing districts across the state have been transformed into safe ones for the GOP. If the result is to further entrench increasingly hard-line, anti-tax, socially conservative Republicans in the legislature’s lower house, many Northern Virginians are likely to be unhappy.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner is helping Democratic candidates for the General Assembly raise some much-needed cash in their battle to keep control of the state Senate.
The popular former governor, who is finishing a whirlwind tour of the state during Congress’s August recess, has managed to add a number of fundraising events to his eight-day, 39-event schedule.
On Friday, he will headline a lunchtime fundraiser for Sen. John Edwards (Roanoke). On Saturday, he will attend both a meet-and-greet for Sen. Phil Puckett and Vern Presley, who is running against Del. Will Morefield (R), in Tazewell, and a fundraiser for John Lamie, vying to replace Sen. William Wampler (Bistol) in Abingdon.