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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com November 5, 2010 at 8:46 am 2,034 20 Comments

Arlington Republicans Look to 2011 — Mark Kelly, who just lost his bid to unseat Chris Zimmerman on the county board, says that 2011 represents the Republican Party’s best chance of getting a toe hold in Arlington politics. Voter turnout should be very low, since there will be no federal races on the ballot. Two county board, a school board and a number of state legislative seats will be up for grabs. More from the Sun Gazette.

Rousselot Launches Bid for State Party Chair — Peter Rousselot, who served as chairman of the Arlington County Democratic Committee from 2006 to 2010, is seeking to the chairmanship of the Democratic Party of Virginia. Rousselot says the DPVA should focus on “maximizing the ability of Democratic candidates to win statewide races in Virginia.” One expected rival for the position is Brian Moran, former gubernatorial candidate and brother of Rep. Jim Moran. (That is, if Moran is legally qualified to be state party chair.)

State Supreme Court Upholds Transportation Tax — In a ruling on a case out of Fairfax County, the Virginia Supreme Court upheld the legality of a special transportation tax on property. Commercial property holders in Arlington have objected to paying a county transportation tax — $0.125 for every $100 in property value — while residential property owners are exempt. More from TBD.

Glebe Road’s Lost Interchange — Greater Greater Washington uncovers evidence that an oddly-curved section of Glebe Road near Chain Bridge was originally intended to be a interchange with the George Washington Parkway and a never-built bridge across the Potomac.

  • Chris

    You of course mean Mark Kelly not Mike Kelly, right?

  • charlie

    GGW has not unearthed a secret. It is on maps. And VDOT owns the land. Duh.

    • david

      Where does it say that it’s a secret? It’s an interesting article about a topic about which I knew nothing. Why so much snark?

      • BrownFlipFlops

        Indeed. I thought that was pretty interesting.

        • Katie

          I agree.

          • charlie

            I could swear it said “secret”. Maybe my speed reading class wasn’t so good.
            yes it is very interesting. and not so secret. maybe the “uncover evidence” made me assume it was some great discovery.
            the site is also the location of the Clay-Randolph duel.

      • Burger

        If you want to see snarky comments go read some of the comments in the Glebe/GW connection blog. Wow!

  • charlie

    Rousselot has led the Arlington Dems thru one of the most embarrassing periods of the ACDC in handling of controversy among candidates and actions of the party. On one hand it would be nice to have his fingers off the Arlington ACDC, but the state deserves better.

  • G

    Is this Jim Moran’s license plate? He does represent the 8th congressional district…

    • Yes, that’s Moran’s license plate.

      • Lou

        I thought maybe Ovi was driving a Prius now.

        • Let’s Be Free


      • TGEoA

        No surprise that he drives a foreign.

        • Concerned

          Most Toyotas are made in the U.S.

          • Jim

            well – if it’s a prius – those are still made in Japan until later this year.

  • Let’s Be Free

    It’s Friday, it has been a long week and ArlNow has worked really hard — I think he meant “never-built” instead of “never-build” though the passage technically is accurate as stated.

  • Why did you post a picture of his licence plate?

    • I thought it was pretty bad ass to have a license plate that’s a single number.

      • Eh?

        Almost all congressmen/women in Virginia have their district’s number on their license plate. You’ll see them if you look every so often.


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