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Friday, April 29, 2011

Greg Habeeb Knows How To Work The Crowd

How important is this in the big scheme of things?  Not much.  But it's the little things that add up to big things.

In his case it all adds up to votes:
Habeeb to toss first pitch at Salem Red Sox Sunday home game; asks local physicians to attend

Salem – Delegate Greg Habeeb will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Salem Red Sox Sunday, May 1st home game against Potomac at 4:05 p.m.

Habeeb, who considered himself athletic 15 years and 25 lbs ago, is asking as many Roanoke Valley doctors as possible to attend the game.

“I feel like throwing out the first pitch will be a lot of fun,” said Habeeb. “But the last time I tried something like this it didn’t end well, so we need to take as many precautions as possible. If some doctors are there, it won’t be a bad thing.”

Habeeb broke his ankle during a pick-up basketball game shortly after being elected to the House of Delegates in January. He worked a large part of the General Assembly’s Legislative Session in a walking boot.

Habeeb (R-Salem) represents the City of Salem and part of Southwest Roanoke County.
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Coal Mining Under Assault. Still.

This news release comes from Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's office:
Attorney General Cuccinelli says federal agency is overstepping authority with aggressive directives to slow mining

Richmond, VA (April 29, 2011) – Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is asking the federal agency which oversees surface mining to justify its new, aggressive directives to slow mining and to overrule the oversight authority of the states. In his letter (attached), he makes it clear that Virginia will take whatever steps are necessary, including litigation, if the agency persists in overstepping the role Congress has provided for it.

Beginning in January 2011, the Office of Surface Mining, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior, launched a series of directives that constituted a significant change in policy. The details are complex, but the message is clear: Under these directives, OSM has decided to significantly expand its regulatory role at the expense of the states.

Under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act, however, Congress gave the states primary responsibility to carry out the regulation of surface mining. OSM's newfound aggressiveness is not justified by any deficiencies on the part of the states, nor is it justified under the statutory scheme Congress has established. OSM's directives are, however, consistent with the Obama Administration’s aggressive use of administrative agencies to accomplish policy objectives that fail to gain congressional approval.
Here's to General Cuccinelli. He's looking out the little guy.