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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 04/26/2010

Hello, goodbye: On to the primaries

By Paige Winfield Cunningham

Last week's veto session concluded Virginia's nearly four-month trudge through a deficit of more than $4 billion, a stack of legislation and more futile hand-wringing about transportation. Fees were raised, 865 bills were signed into law, and the state emerged with a budget solution (at least for now).

Grand plans were announced and then scaled back. Some examples: watered-down ethics reforms, minor changes to charter school law and a higher speed limit on rural interstates.

Still, there's a lot to review, and a lot of questions still to be answered: What's going to happen to Medicaid funding when federal money runs out in December? How far exactly does the new restriction on state-funded abortion reach? And what did McDonnell tell us about himself during his first 100 days?

By the way, I have to say -- it's really strange for the legislative session to end so early in the year. I'm used to Illinois lawmakers who love to extend the party in the capital all year long if they can.

As Virginia's legislators take their leave of Richmond, more attention will now turn to the June 8 congressional primaries. Whatever happens, it seems that Virginia's politics takes many of its cues from the overall mood of the country.

Paige Winfield Cunningham is an investigative reporter and managing editor at Old Dominion Watchdog . The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Paige Winfield Cunningham  | April 26, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  HotTopic, Local blog network, Va. Politics, Virginia, economy  
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