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HIGH FLYING FISH

                                  HIGH FLYING FISH 
     Five years ago, up and coming Democrat Eliot Spitzer got caught patronizing prostitutes and resigned as the Governor of New York. The salacious scandal made national news - for days, and days, and days. The Emperors Club VIP's former Client #9 spent a good portion of the interim doing a daily Yom Kippur leading up to his primary run last year for New York City Comptroller, the second most powerful position in the Big Apple. He lost. The election anyway.
     The day before Christmas, he and his wife announced they were divorcing after the local tabloids outed his affair with Lis Smith, the spokeswoman on his failed campaign, who was then working for the new mayor.

Sen Tim Kaine Weighs in on budget deal

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The proposed budget deal is admittedly imperfect.

"You all know budgets," said Sen. Tim Kaine, (D-VA), to the Alexandria City Council Tuesday night. "If you compromise and work a budget out nobody gets everything they want. They're not perfect."

But, perhaps the possible budget deal is better than perfect, it's done. Well, almost.

Sen. Kaine was on hand to discuss the deal reached by Senate Budget Committee chairman Patty Murray (D-WA) and House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) Tuesday. 

"It definitely puts us on a sustainable budget path for the next two years so there's work to be done beyond 2015 and there's still some issues that we're wrestling with the next couple of years," said Kaine, adding that, when seeking compromise, everyone is not going to get everything they want.

STAR(R)S FOR KEN

STAR(R)S FOR KEN

Despite being a vocal critic of Virginia's Attorney General during the first year of his tenure, on November 5th, I voted for Ken Cuccinelli. When the Governor's race began in earnest at the beginning of this year, in all honesty, I found neither of the candidates enticing, and the increasing negativity of the ads, rather than command my attention, just drove me to distractions. But I did intently watch the debate that was held in McLean, moderated by Chuck Todd, and broadcast on NBC4, which helped to make up my mind. Here's why.
* Governing - actually participating in the process - is quite different from politics, its precursor, which includes fundraising and campaigning, both of which are distinguished from involvement in the corporate world. Mr. Cuccinelli had actually served in Richmond in more than one capacity.

DOES HIGH QUALITY HEALTH INSURANCE = HIGH QUALITY HEALTH CARE?

        The goal of Obamacare is to make high quality health insurance available to all. It's basically a mandated means to finance that industry, government welfare, if you will, large percentage of Medicaid signups at this juncture notwithstanding. But what about the value to patients in the underlying medical treatment they are now paying to procure access to? Won't it be stretched thin with all the newly enrolled that are being dumped into the system? Does anyone care?!     Below is a rendition of encounters I had with various providers over a one year period, in the shadow of the Capitol, in the President's backyard...to be continued.

Both AG candidates form transition teams

RICHMOND, Va. (WUSA9) -- In the tightest statewide election in Virginia history, both sides are still hoping to win the Attorney General seat. 

Democrat Mark Herring picked up one more vote this morning and is now ahead of Republican Mark Obenshain by 164 votes.  

That's out of 2.2 million votes cast.  

No one is conceding.  Both sides are setting up  transition teams. The Democrats say they're confident the vote count is accurate and that Herring will be declared the winner.  

But the republicans have set the groundwork for a potential lawsuit with objections raised in Fairfax County.

In Richmond today, Obenshain echoed concerns about due process and making sure every vote was counted. He took a dig at Herring calling it foolish for a candidate to claim victory when the vote margin is 7-1000s of a percent.  

Virginia Attorney General Race undecided

VIRGINIA (WUSA9) -- After a grueling election night,  it's been a long day of counting vote after vote, and voter after voter.  

Vote canvassing is a mandatory ritual made even more important by tight races like the still undecided Attorney General Race between Republican Mark Obenshain and Democrat Mark Herring. 

"One million votes cast for each candidate.  It comes down to a handful of votes cast.  You never know what's going to happen," said Brian Schoeneman, the Secretary of the Fairfax County Electoral Board.  

He says they are checking over tapes that recorded votes from both the touch screens and optical scanning machines, making sure there are no errors. He says occasionally, a worker records the numbers wrong.  

THE YEAR OF THE CONTRACTOR

THE YEAR OF THE CONTRACTOR


At the beginning of 2013, few Americans...
...Except those in the DMV and near military bases knew,
The extent to which our government contracted itself out,
The more non-permanent, private employees, the less the federal payroll grew.


But then came Edward Snowden,
His NSA disclosures still dribbling out,
Dollar darling Defense running ramrod over personal privacy,
Funds flowing freely, our military industrial complex went "walkabout!"


In the sixteen day government shutdown, "good cents!"
Congress authorized furlough pay for bonafide civil servants alone,
Just imagine if all federally related workers had been compensated,
Beltway Bandits temporarily thrown off the gravy train...hear them moan and groan!