Wednesday was the third annual bloggers’ day at the capital, Richmond, Virginia. The Lt. Governor sponsored the event, and, as such, we spent much of the day either with Lt. Gov. Bolling or his Chief of Staff, Randy Marcus. All said and done, there were about twenty of us who joined this adventure though some only for part of the day. Unfortunately, as I didn’t sleep very well the previous night, I was in a bit of a haze until well into the afternoon.
Our first stop was the Lt. Governor’s office. Here we heard a bit from both Bill Bolling and Bob McDonnell. I didn’t really join in the conversation; rather I just soaked in what everyone else had to say. I’m pleased to say that both of the politicians were quite personable and knowledgeable in person, but I guess that shouldn’t come as any great shock. When it came to the issue of the RPV Chairman, the Lt. Governor stated that it was best to allow the State Committee to decide the issue and that we should have either rallied behind the chairman if he won, or found a new candidate if he was removed. I only make mention of this point as it is the exact same position that I held both now and prior to the SCC meeting. When it came to Bob McDonnell, I was glad to hear him talking a bit more about federalism and the 10th Amendment as he discussed issues of significance to the state. I don’t know if he read my earlier post, but I certainly hope he continues to stress the importance of limited government, both here in Virginia and especially at the national level. Another surprising issue briefly highlighted was the elimination of the state income tax. Although I couldn’t tell if Bob McDonnell really supported the idea or not, he mentioned that the state could potentially eliminate the income tax provided they raised the sales tax to about 12.75%. It was certainly food for thought.
Next we visited the capitol building. While winding my way around the building, I ran into the Governor, but, of course, he was running off to meet some person or another. In the large hall, I spied Senator Obenshain on the other side of one room. Although I would have liked to say hello to him, he was embroiled in conversation with (whom I assumed was) another Senator. I also passed Delegate Marshall, but he didn’t seem to remember me. That was a little disappointing as I spent a good amount of time pitching in for his effort at last year’s convention. But I still support you Bob! Then it was off to the Senate where Senator Ken Cuccinelli introduced our group of “rabble-rousers” to his colleagues.
Afterward came lunch. Although I don’t recall the name of the particular establishment, it was a German Restaurant, (always a good idea!) I was shocked to discover that even though they had tea, it was unsweetened! Oh the scandal! It is commonplace for non-southern areas such as northern Virginia or California to have such unpalatable beverages, but Richmond, VA? Come on! The folks from Project Virginia graciously covered our lunch, so I think it only fair to give you a link to their work.
After lunch, we heard from a number of groups and individuals: Chris LaCivita, Project Virginia, Dr. Bob Bosworth of Virginia Tomorrow, Paul Haughton, and also Delegate Chris Saxman. They discussed a variety of issues ranging from the 2009 races to new technology, ending with an update of the veto session events courtesy of Del. Saxman.
To conclude the day, we enjoyed dinner at the Peking. As the session still raged on, unfortunately our host, Lt. Gov. Bulling was unable to join us. Nevertheless, Randy Marcus continued to provide good conversation. The food was very tasty here, but again, the restaurant failed to offer sweet tea.
With the day finished, I returned to my car and made the two hour and fifteen minute trek back to my car. It was a tiring day, but profitable. I got to meet a fair number of fellow loggers, and learned a few new things. Next time, I hope I’ll be able to sleep better the night before. Then, perhaps, I can give you a better summary of the day. If you’d like more information on the day, try wandering around the other Jeffersoniad sites. I’m sure some of them have a treasure trove of additional information.
Here, enjoy some pictures. I’m still really tired, so I think I’m going to bed.
Update: Rick Sincere has a very detailed post concerning bloggers’ day on his site. It has videos and everything. If you’d like to learn more, I suggest you check it out.