Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com May 27, 2011 at 6:00 am 2,445 18 Comments

Where Are the GOP Candidates? — So far, Arlington Republicans have not been able to find a single candidate willing to run in any of this year’s six county government races. The last time a Republican was elected to the County Board was the late 1990s. [Sun Gazette]

Police Looking for Missing D.C. Man — Police are hoping for the public’s help in finding a missing D.C. man. Matthew Hill, 26, was reported missing on Tuesday. His last debit card transaction was recorded at noon on Tuesday at an Exxon gas station in Arlington. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to call D.C. police. [WUSA]

APAH Receives Housing Award — The Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing has been named “Developer of the Year” by the Housing Assocation of Nonprofit Developers. APAH received the award at a ceremony yesterday.

Arlington Gets Another AAA Rating — A third bond rating agency has given Arlington its highest vote of confidence. Moody’s affirmed Arlington’s AAA debt rating yesterday. This is the eleventh consecutive year that Arlington’s debt has received a AAA rating from all three rating agencies. [Arlington County]

Flickr pool photo by Philliefan99

  • Wow

    Wow….Great picture.

  • Thes

    Interesting: “The last time a Republican was elected to the County Board was the late 1990s” + “This [year, 2011] is the eleventh consecutive year that Arlington’s debt has received a AAA rating from all three rating agencies.”

    What an amazing coincidence…

    • Stu Pendus

      LOL. If you can show me a time when Republicans controlled the board and we had less than a AAA rating, you will be half-way to proving your inference.

      As it stands, we all know that the Democrats were in control in the late 90’s when we had less than Aaa ratings. Indisputable.

      • Wayne Kubicki

        Some facts…

        (1) 2001 was the first year the County got a triple/AAA bond rating, ONLY because 2001 was the first time the County engaged the third rating service (Fitch) and paid them to rate the County’s debt.

        (2) Arlington has had Moody’s top rating since 1978, and S&P’s since 1989.

        • jan

          How many other USA jurisdictions have triple/AAA bond ratings?

          • Wayne Kubicki

            According to the County’s press release, 35 other counties have a triple/AAA rating.

            What I don’t know is how many counties don’t bother with getting the third rating agency’s opinion, sticking with the ratings of Moody’s & S&P.

          • Dan

            Thanks, Wayne.

            Your research about the finances of the county are always appreciated.

          • jan


          • Mickey

            Hmmmm 35 other counties with AAA rating? That seems to correlate to the number of the highest counties taxes in the USA also…..amazing that a counties ability to pay off their bonds is related to high taxes. I suspect if El Cheapo County raised its taxes to the levels of Arlington they would also have a AAA rating? Of course, they couldn’t because there aren’t enough federal government workers there paid for by American taxpayers to pay those high taxes….kinda puts a tear in your eye doesn’t it?

    • charlie

      so what happened between 1982 and 2000 when the world-saving democrats saved the board? Those 18 years were also democratic controlled. so if my math serves me right, only 11 of the past 29 years, which is less than half, did the democrats obtain AAA.
      And yet you wonder why people call you a lap dog for the board.

    • ClizzleDizzle

      Yeah, it is very interesting. Now look at Detroit.

  • ArlForester

    The last time a Republican was elected was in a special election where the GOP voters got out and couldn’t be outnumbered by the “don’t know squat but I will press the D button” crowd. It was nice to have Ben Winslow be a dissenting voice on the board. RIP, Ben.

    • dynaroo

      The arrogance of your “don’t know squat” comment may be one reason Republicans rarely win here.

      • ArlForester

        Your mistaking arrogance for accuracy.

        • dynaroo

          Calling people you don’t agree with stupid is one of the first, and therefore the lamest, “arguments” you learn in life.

          • Yes, please use the word ignorant instead!

          • ArlForester

            I am speaking with great knowledge. I have spoken to many of the voters. There is a reason why Al Eisenberg was on the board for so long and it most certainly was not his grasp of the issues.

        • Stu Pendus

          Never be afraid to strive for both. Reach for the stars.


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