The governor and attorney general of Nevada have today announced that they will no longer defend their state’s constitutional prohibition on gay marriage. The AP story buries the reason, but it is found in an oblique reference to another case in the same (Ninth) federal circuit that only recently decided gays could not be excluded from jury service on the basis of their sexual orientation. Nevada’s top lawyer thinks this kills their defense because, until now, only race and gender were wholly barred as reasons why a person could be excluded from jury duty. Apparently, the new ruling means that gays, minorities, and women all share the same status as protected classes under the Equal Protection clause of the federal constitution. This is the argument Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring made when he previously said he would not defend Virginia’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.
Herring’s opponents say he is derelict in his duty. No doubt, some in Nevada will say the same thing about their own AG. Regardless, it appears the end is near for bans on gay marriage, and that Mark Herring isn’t the only state attorney general who can read the writing on the wall (or on the constitution).
Blatantly leftist web-site Daily KOS has an item up about the Delgaudio removal effort. Not too surprising that they’d get around to covering it, but it is nice to see at least one outlet report on “removal” (which is what the petition requests) versus “recall” (which isn’t an option for a county supervisor in Virginia).
Today is cross-over day, when each house takes up the other’s bills. Now we start to find out what, if anything, might become new law in Virginia.
Last year, after the release of the special grand jury report on complaints against Sterling District Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio, more than a few local Republicans were heard to wonder: What happened with Eugene?
Known as a savvy politician whose advocacy organization Public Advocate – his regular job – did almost no member solicitation in Northern Virginia in order to avoid even the appearance of fundraising conflicts of interest with his role as a Loudoun County elected official, Delgaudio seemed unlikely to suddenly become as sloppy as alleged by former employee Donna Mateer.
On top of that, Delgaudio’s reputation as a boss was as one who gave young people opportunities for professional development in a less-than-rigid work environment. Like most of the county supervisors, Delgaudio has a full time job apart from his elected position and thus was not physically present during much of the staff’s work day. Publicly, he praised them – management 101.
Continue reading “Diagnosing Delgaudio’s Troubles, Part 1”
The DPVA’s 10th CD committee voted to use a convention to choose its nominee to fill Frank Wolf’s opening seat in Congress.
Unsurprisingly, Eugene Delgaudio and Janet Clarke voted against expanding a Muslim center in Leesburg, after some Very Concerned Citizens suggested that the most pressing social issue of our time (parking) would be a problem. Scott York and Suzanne Volpe were out of the room for the vote, so that left Supervisors Reid, Higgins, Buona, and Williams to do the right thing and vote “yes” on the merits. They could have done only that and moved on, but one paused to remark, on the record, “I don’t remember seeing anybody who came here tonight concerned about traffic on Sycolin Road with this Muslim Community Center come before the Leesburg Town Council complaining about the Cornerstone Chapel. I don’t think it ever would have been this controversy if it had been a church or synagogue, but it is a Muslim community center so we have some folks raising concerns.”
Those remarks came from Ken Reid, who is Jewish. He is also the only supervisor who has to answer to the voters in Leesburg, since he is the Leesburg district supervisor. It might be a stretch to make this connection, but maybe the Leesburg speakers opposed to the application were mostly Republican-leaning voters, too. In other words, Reid stuck his neck out when he didn’t have to, and was the only board member who risked anything by doing so. With not much to cheer about on this board from a leftie’s point of view, let’s not ignore it when one of them not only gets it right, but shows a little backbone in the process.
The online system that tracks Loudoun’s Circuit Court cases is a bit cryptic, but it has an entry that appears to show “Paul Sheridan” has been assigned by the state Supreme Court to preside over the rest of the Delgaudio removal proceedings:
If that’s the case, it would seem to be the Paul Sheridan now working with The McCammon Group, a “dispute resolution & prevention” services firm. Judge Sheridan appears also to have retired from the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of Arlington, after serving on the bench for 18 years, the last five of those as Chief Judge of the court. It seems reasonable to assume that, as a retired judge, he has both the credentials and the time to devote to this important proceeding.
Nothing in the court calendar as yet regarding when the next court appearances will take place, but the statutory requirement that this type of matter take precedence is clearly in full effect. Stay tuned.
[FirewallNOVA got this report from a spectator at today’s hearing.]
Substitute Circuit Court Judge Herman A. Whisenant heard argument today on a motion in the Brambleton v. LCPS case. It’s actually titled “Kelsey v. Loudoun County School Board,” but it exists because a number of parents of Briar Woods HS students who live in Brambleton are unhappy that the school board’s latest attendance-zone map moves their children out of Briar Woods. The law does allow anyone who is negatively affected by a school board’s decision to ask a court to review it, but the review is kind of limited and the court can only overturn the school board if the court finds the decision was “arbitrary and capricious.”
The exchange between the attorneys and the judge was interesting… Continue reading “Brambleton v. LCPS – The Story Continues”
Delegate Todd Gilbert says it in the fewest words possible, as former Fairfax County Democratic Committee chair, and now Fairfax Delegate Scott Surovell does it with (some kind of) style on the floor of the General Assembly:
In case you are wondering, Scott is arguing against tax-breaks for film-makers who want to shoot their movies in Virginia. No word yet on whether the hat has sent Scott to Gryffindor or Slytherin.