Medicaid expansion in Virginia would help mothers, children and mentally ill citizens

Among the approximately 400,000 people that would be helped by the extension of Medicaid connected to the Affordable Care Act are the people who need the most help. Mothers, children and the mentally ill in our communities.

The obstruction of this clearly shows the Republican majority in Virginia’s legislature have little concern for those in need, instead considering the most important thing is their careers and their next election.

Shame on you, Bill Howell, Tommy Norment and the people who enable this nonsense.

What does Charlottesville candidate Michael Signer have to say about transparency in government?

We may not know, because Signer’s Twitter feed is “private”, just like the information was about Martese Johnson and the ABC officers who bloodied him.

The report clearing the ABC officers was not released and the “prohibition” of release has become an embarrassment. Information is not “prohibited” from being released, it is in the control of the custodian of records.

It was finally released when the Governor claimed all “releases” had been granted. Personnel policy is once again being used to hide illegal actions.

Over to you, Mike.

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Biosolids OK for your farm field and food, but treated as “Haz-Mat” when spilled

In Goochland County, biosolids were spilled in the road right-of-way , but don’t worry.

Tomorrow, they’ll spread it on your food growing fields so it’s back in the food chain. And hazardous material response?

That’s due to the “…which reduces, but doesn’t completely eliminate, disease-causing organisms…” said one unknown haz-mat crew member. Feeling better now?

Oh, one last thing: Soil and Water Conservation Districts are paid every year by the government to clean up rivers and streams contaminated with human coliform bacteria.

Washington State:

People and pets in the area should avoid direct contact with the spill area and Swauk Creek below the spill until potential risks to health have been determined by the health department, according to a news release.

The biosolids have been treated by King County to meet Class B requirements which reduces, but doesn’t completely eliminate, disease-causing organisms.

Transparency is great, said the politicians trying to limit transparency

Recent decisions have shown citizens that transparency is a myth propagated by politicians in order to placate the masses.

The news that the Supreme Court of Virginia made the decision to not provide records relating to the Virginia death penalty is the latest death knell for a law that was intended to make government more accessible, more “open.”

You don’t need to look far to see violations of the idea and the law of the Freedom of Information Act. Every week, sometimes every day, a report or other information is denied for release, often with an explanation that defies the law itself.

If the law in the Commonwealth can’t be followed regarding this, isn’t that the same as the justification for wanting the freedom of the information in the first place? If our government does not follow the very law written for these purposes, shouldn’t we wonder what other laws they have decided not to follow?

Albuterol ’emergency’ inhalers – $7 – up 650% to $45 – January, 2014

There are as many prescription drug problems as there are people looking for a cheaper prescription. The problem here, evidently, is that changing the propellant is good enough reason to jack the price up, since it is a “new” drug.

Does Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have these kinds of problems, being rich and Senators? Ask them, I have.

These things will never not be funny – Thursday version

  • The traditional media talking about how much the media “…talk about Trump.”
  • Politicians that love you during election time and then forget who you are.
  • The NFL’s utter cluelessness and transparency.
  • Politicians who refuse to audit their own campaign finance reports.
  • A Governor who talks transparency and acts like he’s a secret agent.
  • Roads that magically repair themselves right before the big races.
  • Spineless politicians who give lip service to transparency but act like they’ve never heard of it when a citizen asks for information and/or documents
  • Self-assured fans of politicians who are just certain their candidate can do no wrong, no matter what party.
  • The ability of those previously mentioned fans from excusing obviously bad behavior and management surrounding whatever their “favorite” politician did.
  • People who believe polls at 14 months before the election.
  • Politicians who only want to ask you for your opinion, but then ignore it and are timid in their fights for issues that matter to all of the citizens. (Legislative Priorities)