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McDonnell to make campaign-style tour across Virginia

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Governor Bob McDonnell unveiled a schedule that will put him in 8 Virginia cities over the month of August. The Governor will host 8 town hall meetings where he will discuss economic and government reform issues with constituents.

“I have consistently found that the best ideas don’t come from Richmond, they come from Virginians in communities statewide,” McDonnell said in a prepared statement. “We are focused on reforming state government to make it simpler, smaller and more efficient.”

McDonnell will start the tour in Roanoke on August 4th and will conclude August 31st in Bristol.  Chester will be the site one of the town hall meetings on August 19th from 7-8:30pm at the Cultural Center of India on Ironbridge Road.

According to the press release, McDonnell will push a number of the agenda items brought up in his Government Reform and Restructuring Committee, chief among them his idea to privatize the states ABC stores.

“Our state government must be focused on core priorities instead of services that should rightly be provided by the private sector, offering Virginians more choice and convenience,” McDonnell said.

In addition to the scheduled events, the Governor is expected to announce additional stops to other communities across the Commonwealth. He also promises to have cabinet members in tow to provide specific information to address constituent concerns.

The entire schedule of the “Virginia Speaks” tour can be found below:


“Virginia Speaks: A Conversation about Jobs, Government Reform and Our Future”

****Town Hall Schedule****

August 4, 2010 — 7:00pm-8:30pm

  • Roanoke
    Roanoke County Administration Center
    Board of Supervisors Board Room
    5204 Bernard Drive

August 9, 2010 —7:00pm-8:30pm

  • Norfolk
    Old Dominion University
    Webb University Center – Hampton/Newport News Room
    4201 Hampton Blvd.

August 19, 2010 — 7:00pm-8:30pm

  • Chester
    Cultural Center of India
    6641 Ironbridge Parkway

August 24, 2010 — 7:00pm-8:30pm

  • Fredericksburg
    University of Mary Washington
    Lee Hall – Room 412
    1301 College Avenue

August 25, 2010 —7:00pm-8:30pm

  • Fairfax
    Northern Virginia Technology Council Auditorium
    2214 Rock Hill Road, Suite 300

August 26, 2010 —7:00pm-8:30pm

  • Harrisonburg
    James Madison University
    East Campus Dining Hall – Montpelier Room
    800 S. Main Street

August 30, 2010 — 7:00pm-8:30pm

  • Danville
    Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
    Great Hall
    150 Slayton Ave.
    ***Partnering with the Sorensen Southside Public Leadership Series***

August 31, 2010 — 7:00pm-8:30pm

  • Bristol
    Bristol Public Library
    J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room
    701 Goode Street



Written by Ryan Nobles

July 29, 2010 at 6:06 pm

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  1. Here’s another view that showed up in my inbox:

    By C. Douglas Smith

    The news these days is flush with accounts of the proposed sale of Virginia’s post-prohibition monopoly of ABC stores. For generations, the Commonwealth has controlled liquor by the bottle through a state-based network of about 300 stores that do no advertising, rarely display signage, and still wrap bottles in a trademark brown paper bag. Governor Bob McDonnell wants to change that.

    My friend Sen. John Chichester used to tell me that Virginia’s hold on ABC stores resulted in the state drinking in both tax and profit. In other words, liquor stores are another example of a well run government program, this time as an actual business. And a very profitable one at that! And those general fund dollars have been put to excellent use over the years, particularly in the area of mental health. Though the irony of liquor sales funding mental health programs is not lost.

    While it is not yet clear what cocktail of agreements Gov. McDonnell may serve up at his special session of the General Assembly later this year, what is clear is that he will need to show how privatizing ABC stores will gin up new dollars for transportation, a perennial campaign issue for all rising-star politicians in the state. Suggested windfall numbers are in the hundreds of millions of dollars but no one can agree on how to actually get to those numbers.

    And he will also need to show how the benefits of privatization outweigh the broad social costs. If privatization comes to Virginia it will mean many more drink stands than we have right now. An early estimate puts the number as high as 800. And it is unlikely they will be located next to the neighborhood Nordstrom. More likely you’ll find the new stores near the payday lenders. As another friend recently said to me: in your neighborhood they sell “spirits,” in mine, they sell “liquor.”

    We speak a great deal about moral budgeting at the Virginia Interfaith Center. We know that budgets speak to our values as a society. The jury is out as to how moral it is to take dollars from alcohol sales and put them toward substance abuse programs. But one thing is clear, many of the moral voices that one would expect to hear from, the ones that tell the rest of us how we should be acting, and what our kids should be praying about and where they should be allowed to do it, sure are quiet about Gov. McDonnell’s ABC privatization ideas. Maybe the buzz from last November hasn’t worn off yet.

    C. Douglas Smith


    July 29, 2010 at 7:30 pm

  2. […] Assembly money committees where he is expected to outline the surplus, the Governor will hold his third town hall to pitch his ABC privatization plan. Both events happen on Thursday. The town hall will be held in […]

  3. […] that privatizing the state’s liquor stores is the way to go.  The Governor will hold his  “Virginia Speaks” Town Hall at the Cultural Center of India in Chester Thursday night.  It will be the third such meeting he […]

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