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But our favorite: a recommendation that the transit system’s board members actually ride the system’s trains and buses.

Remembering history

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell sent a strongly worded letter last week to state party leaders urging the General Assembly to finish up its special session on redistricting and fill judicial vacancies - laying the blame at the feet of the Democrat-led Senate.

On Friday, the aforementioned Democrats responded, saying both parties have been in continuing discussions about the matter throughout the spring and summer.

“We take our constitutional responsibility very seriously,” said Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, Fairfax Democrat. “We have been negotiating with House Republicans and would like to see this issue resolved in a way that works for all Virginians. Obviously, we are eager to have a full contingent of judges on the Virginia Supreme Court.”

But it was the comments on the issue from state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, Bath Democrat and Mr. McDonnell’s rival in the 2009 gubernatorial campaign, that resonated most. Mr. Deeds urged us to research the issue, pointing out that 10 years ago the General Assembly’s special redistricting session was left open for all of 2001.

Indeed, that year’s special session was convened Feb. 24, 2001, and was not officially gaveled to a close until February 2002 - after that year’s regularly scheduled General Assembly session began.

So noted, Mr. Deeds.

Friendly audience

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley couldn’t help but do a little bragging last week while in Prince George’s County to announce plans for a new regional hospital.

Mr. O'Malley, a Democrat, touted the state’s commitment to improving medical care in the county, mentioning the $15 million in general funds and $4 million for improvements that the state will give to the county’s hospitals this year, as well as the $40 million it will give the county for school construction.

“I don’t know what that last one has to do with anything,” Mr. O'Malley said, to laughs from the many county and state officials in attendance. “But we’ll take credit for it.”

Prince George’s was one of several larger counties designated in this year’s General Assembly to receive millions for school construction, thanks to an increase in the state’s alcohol sales tax.

The distribution of the funds upset many legislators from smaller counties in Western Maryland, Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore, who received significantly less.

The governor might choose to gloss over the subject next time he visits Frederick or Ocean City.

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