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Close the App Loophole

There are some things worthy of being consumed. Fortunately, the Virginia legislature is still turning its attention to distracted driving. Because drivers do more than text.

The Virginia Lawyers Weekly blog just reminded me that in Virginia, it is still legal for drivers to view apps on their phones like Facebook or Twitter, while they are driving. But the Virginia legislature is paying attention.

Del. Christopher Collins, R-Winchester has introduced House Bill 181 to broaden the existing distracted driving law. It would make it a violation of the law for any use of a cell phone while driving. It would also remove a defense. Currently if a police officer wants to cite you for texting and driving, you could presumably just say that “No, I was just checking my Facebook“.

As Delegate Collins explained,  “This law goes after those individuals who are staring at their phone to the point that it diverts their attention from driving along the road“.

As noted in the blog, Janet Brooking, executive director of Drive Smart Virginia, has indicated that her organization supports the bill.  She explains, “If the bill doesn’t pass, people are going to continue to die,” She referenced that there had been an 11 percent increase in traffic fatalities in the past year in Virginia.

This bill is really about saving lives and changing behavior,” she said. “This is an issue that has to be addressed.

On its face you are probably thinking, “This sounds like a good idea”. Here’s the opposing side according to the blog,

Del. Jeffrey Bourne, D-Richmond, spoke in opposition to the bill on the House floor. He said that while he agreed with the bill in theory, he felt it was written ambiguously and could be used as a precedent for bad acting officers to pull over and harass people, particularly people of color.

My heart goes out to every family who has had to deal with a fatality because of a distracted driving accident,” Bourne said. “But equally important and valuable are those drivers who after a pre-textual stop had a fatal encounter with a bad actor who was charged and responsible for keeping our community safe.

He has introduced a different bill to stop distracting driving, that would make it so that police could only pull people with phones…if they are driving recklessly. I guess his reasoning is a “cause and effect bill“.

So there are two sides of the issue. I am glad that no one is trying to introduce No driving with a coffee cup in hand! Just sayin’!

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And for pic o’ day, all I can say is Hahahahahahahaha!

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Advice From Past and Present

I expect to get an immediate reaction from you! From 1950. “Tips to Look after your husband“.

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I knew that you would have an emotional reaction! Remember, this is what some were thinking in 1950. I don’t expect that these wives really felt like they were “living”.

It’s all about advice. I say that because I keep getting emails that give me all kinds of advice on shopping, “lawyering” and financial ideas. Plus, there are emails trying to get me all riled up politically. And I haven’t even mentioned Facebook posts.

I guess it all comes down to knowing who you should listen to. Like maybe Lincoln should have gotten this advice from an elementary school kid:

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Now that would have been good advice!

Or maybe even good cooking advice!

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This is on my mind, because it is about this time of year, that we decide on what seminars lawyers from the firm should attend for the year. There are all kinds of ways “to do it better”. I just think that you have to stop and really think whether these “experts” have the right way of doing things.

Think about it. In life, who should we listen to?  Don’t you think that sometimes common sense just rules the day. You know what is the right. It’s that inner voice. That’s the advice that we should listen and apply!  And just as the ending of Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken” ends with…and that has made all the difference!

And for pic o’ day, this picture just strikes a familiar chord with me:

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Punishment Punishment??

I could write about Ed… with cherries on his head. What? There are just some things that are difficult to explain. For instance, in 2016, Americans spent a reported $5.3 million dollars buying U.S. flags… that were made in China. Things that make you go hmmmm!

This blog is about punishment legislation in Virginia. Legislator thinking is the confusing part. And I will present some thoughts, but I cannot promise that I can explain it. Of course, you have to remember what they say about the value of free… and that includes free blogging.

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So here we go. FIGHT THROUGH IT WITH ME!

The headline says, “SB 895 Punitive damages; raises cap from $350,000 to $500,000“. In Virginia, this legislative session had a Senate bill that was introduced to increase punitive damages from $350K to $600K. Then, it was amended to an increase to $500K instead.

It “sailed” through the Virginia Senate committee by a vote 24-15. The question is, “why would someone vote yes or no for an increase in punitive damages?”. Here’s how the voting of the senators was registered.

YEAS–Barker, Chafin, Chase, Dance, Deeds, Ebbin, Edwards, Favola, Lewis, Locke, Lucas, Marsden, Mason, McClellan, McPike, Obenshain, Petersen, Saslaw, Spruill, Stanley, Stuart, Surovell, Vogel, Wexton–24.

NAYS–Black, Carrico, Cosgrove, DeSteph, Dunnavant, Hanger, McDougle, Newman, Norment, Peake, Reeves, Ruff, Sturtevant, Suetterlein, Wagner–15

It it now headed to the Virginia House Courts of Justice Committee vote, before heading to the full floor. But again, why would someone be against punishment damages.

Just a couple of thoughts. The punitive damage amount has not been increased in Virginia in 30 years. Insurance is required to cover the punitive damage verdict, if such is awarded by a jury and there is enough insurance to cover it. Also, there is a very high legal standard to meet, to get punitive damages to a jury. Otherwise, a judge will strike it from the case.

So again… what makes a legislator vote against or for it.

I think that those against the punitive damage increase, view it as an issue that is related to being pro-business. If you vote against it you must be helping Virginia in bringing more new businesses to the Commonwealth. Also, you are keeping insurance rates down, because you are helping to keep verdicts down. Verdicts that insurance would otherwise have to pay. Does that sound like good logic?

I think you probably know where I am leaning, but I will say that I am all for bringing new businesses to Virginia; and I do want insurance rates to be lower. In the coming days, I will have some follow-up on the insurance rate issue. Believe me! I want lower rates!

Now here is what we know. When you are starting a business in Virginia or you are thinking about coming to Virginia to do business, you are not asking anyone, “Do you know how much I will have to pay in punitive damages?”. Why? Because no one believes that they will do such acts that are so egregious, that they will be responsible for punishment damages. No one asks “I wonder what will happen when I drive drunk the next 13 nights“.

Punishment damages also serve to protect Virginia citizens. We do not want companies coming to Virginia and intentionally hurting its citizens with their conduct or their products. Remember, it’s not about doing something that causes injury with a mistake or accident… it’s about causing harms with reckless disregard. The legal term includes “willful and wanton” which basically means a conscious or intentional act. That’s why a legislator should be protecting Virginia citizens.

I look at those legislators who have voted “no” and I think, “why don’t they care about their constituents?“. Do they also want to protect drunk drivers?

Now that probably seems a bit harsh. But, I am guessing they do not even realize why they are voting against an increase, for something that has been in effect for 30 years. These same legislators are probably not telling Dominion Power to roll back rates to 1980.

A business who does such bad intentional acts should not be able to get away with it, by simply being responsible for $350K. That is nothing to many businesses. Otherwise, and they can just factor bad behavior into their budget.

As to the insurance increase; if a policy is on an individual, they only have to cover the amount of coverage that is written. In Virginia, a minimum policy is $25K. If it is a business, then typically there are assets to cover a verdict. In the instance when there is coverage… they have already charged significant premiums to cover these insurance amounts. So there should be no increase.

Have I convinced you either way? Well, let’s just all hope that we do not deal with people or businesses that commit such acts that are even worthy of consideration for a punishment damage verdict. In the meantime, it will be interesting to see what the House thinks about this issue and whether the increase will ultimately become law.

On a different note for pic o’ day… this can be explained!

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Anniversary of Justice

I feel like I need to at least mention the Super Bowl. For some reason, it always seems to give me an excuse to eat things that I normally would not eat.

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All across America, people refused to step on the scale this morning.

I saw that a listing of searches on google during the Super Bowl included a lot of “Who is Justin Timberlake?” Or maybe that was just the “Selfie Kid”!  That made me laugh.

That game was truly crazy exciting. The streets of Philadelphia were filled with celebration! Now to our blog topic.

This is about the trial of Brian De La Beckwith. It’s important because on this day in 1994, he was convicted of killing Medgar Wiley Evers. (History.com) The story that includes the two prior trials will make you shake your head at justice then, in Mississippi.

Medgar Evers (Wikipedia) was a civil rights activist in Mississippi and became that state’s field secretary for the NAACP. (the first NAACP field secretary in the south) He was a World War II veteran who had participated in the Normandy invasion.

After the U.S. Supreme Court handed down the opinion of Brown v. Board of Education that held that segregated public schools were unconstitutional, Evers challenged the segregation of the University of Mississippi by applying to their law school. Despite the Supreme Court decision, he was still denied admission because of his race.

Following the Brown v. Board of Education decision and in response to the opinion, local whites founded the White Citizens’ Council in Mississippi. It was their goal to resist the integration of schools and facilities.

In 1962, Evers helped James Meredith become the first African American to attend the University of Mississippi. Evers was becoming more known for his efforts to combat segregation, and he received numerous threats, with several attempts being made on his life.

By the summer of 1963, he had spent nearly nine years organizing voter registration drives and leading boycotts of segregated Mississippi businesses. On June 11, President John F. Kennedy had delivered an address from the oval office, calling for Congress to take action in the area of civil rights. Following that speech, Evers was at an organizational meeting at a local church. He returned home sometime after midnight, less than four hours after the Kennedy speech.

Evers was gunned down in the driveway of his Mississippi home on June 12, 1963, while his wife and the couple’s three small children were inside the house. He had emerged from his car, carrying NAACP t-shirts that read “Jim Crow Must Go

Evers was struck in the back. The bullet ripped through his heart. Initially thrown to the ground by the impact of the shot, Evers rose and staggered 30 feet before collapsing. His wife found him outside their front door.

He was taken to the local hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, where he was initially refused entry, because of his race. His family explained who he was and he was admitted; he died in the hospital 50 minutes later. Evers was the first African American to be admitted to an all-white hospital in Mississippi. Over 5000 mourners attended his funeral.

Just two weeks after the assassination, Byron De La Beckwith, a member of the local White Citizen’s Council, was arrested for Evers’ murder. Beckwith, a fertilizer salesman and Ku Klux Klan member, was prosecuted for murder in 1964. However, two all-white (and all-male) juries deadlocked and refused to convict him. That second trial held in the same year resulted in a hung jury. The follow-up prosecution was not pursued, after it appeared that a conviction would be impossible.

De La Beckwith had reportedly repeatedly bragged about being responsible for the murder, and even unsuccessfully ran for lieutenant governor of Mississippi.

Beckwith remained free until the 1990s. Then, because of new evidence gathered by Medgar Evers wife (Myrlie Evers-Williams) and others, the case was reopened. Some of the new evidence submitted for retrial included that the juries in the original two trials had been improperly screened. At the time, most blacks were kept from registering to vote by Mississippi’s constitution. This meant that they were also excluded from juries because jurors were drawn from the pool of registered voters.

On February 5, 1994, De La Beckwith was finally convicted, this time by a racially mixed jury. At the third trial, the prosecution produced a rifle-scope from the murder weapon that had Beckwith’s fingerprints. New witnesses also testified that Beckwith had bragged about committing the murder. He was sentenced to life in prison.

Beckwith died in prison in 2001, at the age of 90. The decades-long effort to bring De La Beckwith to justice was dramatized in the 1996 film “Ghosts of Mississippi“.

At the Arlington National Cemetery tribute to Evers on the 50th Anniversary of his death, his widow read the following:

Medgar was a man who never wanted adoration, who never wanted to be in the limelight. He was a man who saw a job that needed to be done and he answered the call and the fight for freedom, dignity and justice not just for his people but all people.”

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Now after that history, let’s change it up. For pic o’ day, how about this strategy?

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Politics and the Puppies?

Where should we start? Because this blog is a little bit about dogs at the racetrack. And there may even be a little gambling mentioned. So where should we start? How about this as a starter? (Or maybe I just wanted to post this just because it’s Potamus)

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This really is a blog about politics and the puppies. Hence the title! Although, I just saw a highlight of Tom Brady with his hair strangely darkened, and I wish I could write about that. Just sayin’!

I will never forget the time that I went to watch the greyhounds race in Florida. I did not know what to expect. I just kept hearing that I needed to “go watch the puppies run”.

When I arrived, I noticed many retired grisly old men with their racing sheets. They had their cigars and drinks and were planning their bets.

I asked a table of men how they knew which dog they were betting. One said that, “I go down to the track to look at the dogs. If I see one of the trainers with a garden hose, filling the dog’s mouth with water, I know that is not a dog that is supposed to win that day”. 

In 2014, 17 greyhound dogs tested positively for cocaine. At least 383 racing dogs have at Florida racetracks since 2013.(Miami Herald)

According to the article, one farmer who told authorities that in 2002, Florida greyhound trainers were paying him $10 a head to “dispose” of aging, slow or gimpy dogs? The old farmer estimated killing between 2,000 and 3,000 greyhounds over the years, shooting them in the head with a .22-caliber rifle and then tossing their remains into a ditch.

You might be disturbed by this because you are a dog lover, but I write about this for an even greater theme.

You might wonder why there is still dog racing in Florida. It’s true, there is a large movement to do away with it. But the rationale is that it creates jobs. Yes… JOBS.

I have learned that there are a lot of societal ills that can be explained, if they create jobs. Pipelines through oceans and forests create jobs. Natural gas drilling creates jobs. Removal of regulations on businesses creates jobs.

At some point, legislators need to look at the big picture. Cleaning up an oil spill does create jobs, but is that really something that should cause pride?

And that’s my brief foray into politics.

And finally… My friend, Mike Thomas, posted this on Facebook and I had to put it in the blog!

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Shooting Our TV Ads

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I love the motivation of Tony Robbins. Regularly, I listen to his podcasts as I travel to work.

He isn’t bothered by whether he is overweight or whether his voice sounds like chalk on a chalkboard. He is positive and a great marketer. Have you ever asked yourself, “Why is Tony Robbins so fat“? Probably not. Plus, I  like wearing black too. Just saying!

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(Just threw the President in there to see if you were still with me)

I respect great marketing!

Today I am headed to “cut” some TV ads. That includes our spot for the Super Bowl for all our markets.

I had to put thought into what I was going to say… and what I am wearing. Should I wear black. Probably… not so much.

It is 30 seconds to try and grab attention, and get someone to call. What do you say?

This scenario has happened more than I care to admit. I get on the elevator and I am asked, “Are you Joel Bieber?”. I smile and admit it. (That is the correct thing to do. Right?) Then they go on to say, “I have been watching your commercials since I was a little kid”. Should I say, “Yes, I was a little kid too“… even though I wasn’t! At least they don’t say, “just how old are you?”!

Instead, I decide to be like Tony Robbins. Stay positive! (And if I could wear black…maybe so!) There’s value in hanging around.

And that’s why we go to shoot more ads today. I always get a good laugh at the studio. So, look out for us in the Super Bowl. Between the third and fourth quarter. And forgive me if I look fat and sound gravely. At least I am feeling positive!!!

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Noose in the Neighborhood

You don’t expect to come to a legal blog for some Uber humor. Right?

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And much like leaping into an Uber, let’s leap right in to our topic today. I thought I would get crazy and actually write about a case where the Virginia Supreme Court is going to rule. (Richmond.com)

The Supreme Court of Virginia is scheduled to hear arguments this week over whether a man broke the law, when he hung a black-faced dummy in his front yard. It is a question of free speech versus intimidation.

Why is this getting attention? As background, from 1877 to 1950, there were more than 4,000 lynchings of African-Americans in Southern states.  84 of those were in Virginia.

In 2015, Jack Eugene Turner was convicted of violating a state law that specifically prohibits hanging a noose to intimidate. He used a rope to hang an effigy of a black man from a tree in his front yard in 2015 in plain view of the street. A black stuffed dummy hanging from a rope! Is that free speech?

Not surprisingly, Turner is white. He was upset at his black neighbors.

On the circuit court level, Turner got six months in jail for violating the “noose statute”. He argues that his free speech rights were violated and that state law only bars displays of nooses on public land, not private property. His conviction was affirmed at the Appellate Courts. Now, his case heads to the Virginia Supreme Court.

The Virginia attorneys disagree, arguing that the noose was meant to intimidate, and did instill fear in his neighbors. His attorney disagrees.

While race relations are at the forefront of nearly every news cycle, courts should not stray from following the law as it is written, albeit at times unpopular or controversial. The law in this matter is clear,” wrote Turner’s lawyer, C. Holland Perdue III.

In asking the justices to hear the case, Perdue wrote in his appellate brief, “While I agree with the court of appeals and the trial court’s rationale that hanging a noose and a ‘dummy’ is reprehensible and offensive, both have erred on the side of public opinion and not the law. Poor and distasteful speech must be protected.

He went on to write,“Private property affords the owner exclusive and absolute rights to display any symbol or symbols regardless of how reprehensible or offensive we may find them and these symbols are protected speech“.

According to the article, Christopher P. Schandevel, an assistant attorney general, wrote to the supreme court justices that, “Turner hung a black-faced dummy in a noose from a tree in his front yard to intimidate his African-American neighbors, with whom he had been feuding.

The display had its intended effect — causing Turner’s neighbors to fear that Turner might harm them or their children,” Schandevel reported. “Expressive conduct is generally protected by the First Amendment, but expressive conduct that communicates a ‘true threat’ is not. Intimidation constitutes a ‘true threat’ when it is designed to place people in fear of death or bodily harm,” he wrote.

Originally, Turner was convicted of violating the 2009 Virginia law that bars the display of a noose on a highway or other public place “in a manner having a direct tendency to place another person in reasonable fear or apprehension of death or bodily injury.” The charge is a Class 6 felony. That is the conviction that he is appealing.

The briefs set forth the arguments well. All I can say is, can you imagine coming home to a neighbor who has that hanging in his yard?

And for pic o’ day, because we are currently hiring additional lawyers and staff, this seemed topical… and it made me laugh:

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Lebron James and Equality?

I know this is half-crazy, but I cannot help myself. Let’s start the blog today with a picture that has graced our blog holiday entries for the last few years. It always makes me laugh when I look at it.

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Now let’s get serious!

My Operations Director and her nine-year-old son were excited to go to the Wizards game on Sunday night. It was the perfect starting time: 6 p.m.

Our Firm seats are right next to the visitors bench on the end line. Literally, right next to the players. Sunday night’s game showcased the Wizards against the Cavaliers.

Lebron James decided to make a statement with his game shoes by wearing one black and one white shoe with the word “Equality” written on the back of both shoes. Here is the picture of the shoes that were taken from our seats.

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You can see just how close the seats are from the bench.

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From these seats, they were sitting within a few feet of Dwayne Wade; who sat there with his wrinkled shirt, too small and non-fitting sport coat, with Vans shoes. His whole ensemble must have set him back at least $180.

The reason I am irritated with Wade also includes why I knew that I probably should not attend the game. Although, I did not know that it was “Lebron Equality Night”. But I will come back to that.

At halftime, Lebron James changed back into matching playing shoes. As a capitalist, I suspect that he intends to sell those shoes for profit, or hopefully for a charity auction. Maybe they were just uncomfortable, and that’s why he changed.

Throughout the game, the Cavalier players would shout the “N word” at each other. Clearly… they used the real slang word, not the “The N Word”. As we know, that’s an expression that must not be used by “white people”. Apparently, that does not apply to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

For instance, Cavalier players  would holler, “N*** shoot the ball”. Or, “N*** play defense“. A curious selection of cheerleading words on a night that Lebron chose to wear his “Equality shoes”.

I knew that it was probably best that I not personally attend this game. I have some history there. The last Cavaliers game I attended was truly exciting. Except, that the players kept standing on the end line and intentionally blocking the vision of all those around me, from seeing the action on the floor. Imagine paying good money for seats, only to be blocked by players. Even the ushers were frustrated by their conduct and just shrugged their shoulders to me… but it was the Cavaliers. Last night, they did it again.

When the nine-year-old asked them to sit down, that’s when Dwayne Wade turned around with disgust and said, “that’s why the jumbotron is there“. Meaning, “you can look up at the screen over the scoreboard to see the game“. They repeatedly blocked the view of paying fans… because the ushers don’t know what to do about it.

I could have ignored all these events because it’s easier just to do so. In fact, that last Cavaliers game I attended; I came back bothered, but I just put it aside because I just so enjoy going to the games.

This time, I just thought it was blog worthy because it speaks to a larger theme. Why is there such racial divide? Why would a star basketball player feel the urge to make a statement in the nation’s capital by wearing “Equality Shoes”?

The media cannot understand how Donald Trump was elected president. I suspect that if he runs for reelection, the polls will show that he is behind the challenger. However, there is a faction of America that thinks that wearing shoes is not really about making a statement. It’s about actions. It’s about truly thinking of each other, even when there are no cameras there.

Sunday night, it might have been an example of the Cavaliers campaigning for Trump’s reelection, without realizing it. Maybe that’s why James put his shoes away at halftime. Or maybe it was just something else.

And for pic o’ day, this is one of those classics from elf on a shelf… who obviously is off the shelf!

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Hammer Meets Nail!

How about a Christmas picture to get Our Blog week started?

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When I received that… I laughed!

Here’s what we know on a Monday. No one wants to hear how someone’s fantasy football team did over the weekend, and no one wants to hear about how much money someone made in bitcoin. Right?  (Yes, I know. That was just random)

We want useful!!! Something that effects us. Thus, I will be a bit random now to get to our ending point.

So let me mention my weight loss idea. On Friday I decided to punish myself for gaining a couple of pounds. I know it sounds crazy, but stick with me.

Recently, I ordered some custom shirts from a men’s shirt company that is located in India. I sent them my sizes. When the shirts arrived, they all felt tight. I was stuck. Send them back and spend almost as much in shipping as I spent on the shirts? Give them away? Or, torture myself. I went with the torture weight loss program of shirt tightness.

With a sport coat on, you probably wouldn’t notice. Me? I felt the tightness all day. One piece of lettuce felt like too much food. I knew I needed to lose at least 3 pounds! It’s the little things. Like not just digging into the Christmas cookies that show up at our office. Which brings me to some poetry for the blog to make us wicked smart!

One of my favorite poems is For The Want of a Nail.

For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

 I connect that thought to the court system. The 2017 statistics are not out yet but; in 2016, the Virginia Supreme Court issued opinions on 15 injury case appeals. This included death cases and malpractice verdicts.

In those 15 cases, the injured party only won twice. In the sports world, that is a 2-13 record. That is part of a continuing trend in Virginia. Over the last several years, the defense is winning at the appellate level of the Virginia Supreme Court by historic margins.

What do these statistics mean? Stay with me on my stream of consciousness.

Following Tuesday’s election, democrats were celebrating the victory of a an elected Democrat in Alabama. In Congress, it means that Republicans hold a slim 51-49 Senatorial advantage. It makes it difficult to push legislation through unless everyone votes along party lines. Similar to getting judges approved.

There is a similarity in Virginia. Selection of Virginia state court judges occurs through legislative election. Virginia is one of only two states that use this method in choosing judges. The other state is South Carolina.

It’s why  there are court challenges regarding this past November’s elections to determine whether Republicans or Democrats will control the Virginia House of Delegates. Right now, the difference stands at a Republican majority of 51-49, with a possibility of that still flipping.

That impacts laws. That impacts appointments. Which means… that could impact how a Supreme Court justice might apply laws during appeals. That’s not to say that any of the above opinions would have changed. But, in the federal system, it’s not unusual to see a ruling by a 5-4 decision.

Elections can impact judicial appointments. Appointments could potentially impact appellate decisions. It’s why every vote does count. It’s the little things.

And I decided to close with a pic o’ day that is not holiday related. But is is a blog tip…or something!

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A New Phone Law?

Since Our Blog is a little bit about travel, this seemed like a good start.

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Do we need a new phone travel restriction law? Admit it! You get so irritated when you see someone sitting… just sitting in front of you, at a light that has turned green… and they aren’t moving because they are just sitting there talking on their cell phone. Or, maybe it’s just me.

Already, it’s against the law to text. But, Virginia State Senator Scott Surovell re-introduced a bill that was previously voted down on the Senate floor in 2015. A bill that would make it a traffic violation to use your cell phone in hand.  Hands free only.

Senator Scott Surovell today introduced SB 74 which prohibits driving while operating a mobile phone unless it is being used in “hand’s free” mode”.

Here is what the Virginia Transportation Alliance has said about the bill:

 

The Alliance applauds Senator Surovell’s efforts to find solutions that will help reduce distracted driving. Recent VDOT statistics show that over a 6 year period, approximately 1 in 6 traffic fatalities in Northern Virginia occurred when at least 1 of the drivers involved was distracted,” stated Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance President David Birtwhistle in an email to Potomac Local. “Many more traffic incidents impacting the efficiency of the transportation network are caused by distracted driving. Northern Virginia’s congestion issues will not be solved by such legislation, but every effort to reduce the number of incidents and save lives matters.

The days of having your cell phone in your hand while driving may come to a close after this session. The argument against passage of the bill includes that it may also serve to limit GPS use with your phone. Opponents of the bill believe that it just represents too much government involvement in our driving, and puts more burden on the police to enforce it.

For pic o’ day, this is more like just plain ole phone humor. (Does phone humor really exist?)

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