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Saturday, June 8, 2013
Bill Bolling fights back
His party’s nomination for governor having eluded him a second time running, Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling says he’s free at last to say what he really thinks of a GOP he sees listing too far to the right.
This week, he told Roanoke County business leaders that Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli just doesn’t understand the program when he talks about taking a harder look at state business incentives. Without them, Bolling said, his fellow Republican would not be a “jobs governor.”
Bolling was unstinting in his criticism after controversial Chesapeake pastor E.W. Jackson was nominated for lieutenant governor at a state GOP convention dominated by tea partyers, gathered to crown Cuccinelli their standard-bearer in November.
Shortly before the May convention, Bolling started a PAC called the Virginia Mainstream Project “to recruit and elect mainstream conservative candidates to state and local office and promote responsible policy solutions.”
After he leaves office in January, we suggest a new title: Bill Bolling, The New Avenger.
Gigged up in Blacksburg
Bob Summers got it done. Or rather his benefactors did, giving enough to his fund-raising campaign to allow his business incubator, TechPad, to bring lightning-speed Internet connections and free public WiFi service to downtown Blacksburg.
Summers raised $91,400 from 179 contributors in a “crowd funding” campaign that ended Wednesday, surpassing his $85,000 goal with hours to spare. Most of the contributors are from Blacksburg, which stands to benefit greatly from Summers’ community-minded creativity.
TechPad plans to establish a 1-gigabit network connection that is 100 times faster than the average Internet link, rare outside of major cities. That service will be available for $75 per month to TechPad tenants. TechPad also will extend free, wireless Internet access to the heart of downtown Blacksburg, perhaps by August.
By Thursday, a new message had been added to Summers’ online fund-raising appeal: “We just made this thing happen. Cheers all around!” Hear, hear.
Who benefits from your death?
A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court this week said the language governing federal workers’ benefits trumps Virginia law, and an ex-wife gets to keep the $125,000 payout from her former’s husband’s workplace life insurance policy, leaving the current wife empty-handed.
Virginia law seeks to do right by widows and widowers by directing that benefits go to them rather than an ex-spouse if the recently departed had forgotten to change the beneficiary.
But the court said the Federal Employees’ Group Life Insurance Act pre-empts state law. To do otherwise would circumvent the intent of Congress to give highest priority to the insured’s designated beneficiary.
The ruling ought to prompt divorced federal workers to scurry off to HR. It wouldn’t hurt for all employees to double check who stands to benefit from their death — and make amends, if needed.
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