Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Two-Term Governor Talks in Virginia

The Virginian-Pilot reports today that Gov. Tim Kaine and "top Republican lawmakers" are mulling over the possibility of two consecutive term governors in Virginia's future.

Virginia is the only state that bars its governors from seeking back-to-back terms. Governors may sit out a four-year term and run again, but no one has done so since Mills Godwin was re-elected in 1973.

Del. Bob Purkey, R-Virginia Beach, has tried for 15 years to erase the restriction, which he say s harms the state's ability to make long-term plans and negotiate with businesses interested in moving to Virginia.

The measure has failed each year, however, because legislators fear it will give governors too much power. House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith, R-Salem, said a deal is possible this year because Kaine has signaled a willingness to give legislators new appointment powers.

Sad to acknowledge, but it's all part of the ol' Byrd machine, which couldn't cotton any one person having more power than they did for longer than one term. Nonetheless, Kaine shouldn't give up ANY of the governor's power.

Democrats are on a statewide roll. Why should we give up power that likely will remain in our loving hands?!? Tell the Repubs to take a long walk off a very short pier, governor. Don't do it!

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