Thursday, June 12, 2008
Property reassessments have - on average - gone up 40%.
And county supervisors are proposing an increase of 59.5¢ per $100 of assessed valuation to boot.
The perfect storm?
If selling prices of existing homes has cratered there as it has across the country.
I don't think I'd want to be one of those supervisors about now.
Offshore drilling proposal is defeated again
By Billy House, Media General News Service
Washington -- A congressional proponent of more oil drilling off the Atlantic and Gulf coasts promised to continue his fight yesterday, after being dealt yet another defeat.
A House panel voted 9 to 6 in a party-line vote against lifting the 27-year-old offshore drilling moratorium.
The amendment by Rep. John E. Peterson, R-Pa., would have opened drilling off Florida's Gulf Coast and off the coasts of North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina in now-protected areas 50 to 200 miles offshore.
His measure also would have opened the Pacific coast to oil drilling. (link)
Voting to bring supplies in line with demand and reduce gas prices at the pump - Virgil Goode, Virginia Republican. (source)
-- Roanoke Times, May 6, 2007
"Mission Accomplished ..."
-- Roanoke Times, June 12, 2008
The accompanying story can be found here.
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Obama Admits Smoking Cigarettes in Last Few Months.ABC News' Sunlen Miller Reports: Senator Barack Obama told reporters in St. Louis today that he has fallen off the wagon and smoked cigarettes in the last few months..The presumptive Democratic nominee has been open about his smoking past: Once a heavy smoker, he publicly gave up the habit, per his wife’s request, to run for president. (link)
Life Expectancy Pushes Past 78 Years; Death Rate Falls for 11 of 15 Top Causes of Death
That ain't no accident, folks.
Now do you really want to let Obama and his ilk mess with things?
What a slimeball.
Kerry: McCain confused, 'unbelievably out of touch'
By Ben Smith, The Politico
John Kerry, who's served in the past as Obama's heavy-hitter on national security, expressed incredulity at McCain's remark this morning that the timing of troops return is "not too important."
"It is unbelievably out of touch and inconsistent with the needs of Americans and particularly the families of troops who are over there. To them it’s the most important thing in the world when they come home," he said. "It’s a policy for staying in Iraq."
Kerry and Obama aide Susan Rice also both said McCain is "confused" -- a line some in McCain's camp will surely take as a shot at the candidate's age.
Kerry called the suggestion it had something to do with age "unfair and a ridiculous." (link)
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As it turns out, Kerry steps in it again. Who'da guessed?