Supervisor Exonerated in Beanie Baby Flap
Hansen, Ronald J., The Washington Times (Washington, DC)
Stafford County Supervisor Ken Mitchell's "battle of the Beanie Babies" has ended.
He vowed two weeks ago to bring one of the collectible beanbag animals to every meeting until a lengthy investigation into his campaign practices was closed. He said the Beanie Babies would be his silent protest.
During this week's board meeting, Mr. Mitchell said he was cleared of charges that he failed to report the sale of two Beanie Babies on his campaign finance reports.
A week before the June primary in which Mr. Mitchell sought the Republican nomination for commissioner of revenue, he was accused of failing to report as income two Beanie Babies he sold in a fund-raising auction. Under state election laws, a candidate must itemize any donation of more than $100. For smaller donations, the law requires the candidate to report only the total of all such contributions.
Mr. Mitchell said the stuffed animals did not total more than $100.
CAN'T VOTE WITHOUT IT
The Virginia General Assembly's Republican-controlled Senate Privileges and Elections Committee has approved a measure to require all Virginia voters to show identification at the polls.
Republicans pushed for the requirement last year, saying it would cut down on voter fraud.
But Democrats argued there is no widespread fraud and showing identification would only deter people - especially blacks - from going to the polls.
Last year, a judge overturned a legislature-approved pilot project that called for voters in a handful of localities to bring some form of identification to the polls. The judge said it created different voting standards in the areas subjected to the pilot program, which violates federal laws.
So this week, the Republican-controlled committee approved a measure that would require all Virginia voters to show identification at the polls, differing from their previous pilot program attempt.
The measure now needs full Senate approval.
DRY HANDS, LIGHT WALLETS
Two years ago, D.C. Superior Court officials tore out stainless steel paper-towel dispensers in bathrooms and replaced them with electric hand dryers.
The latest renovations in the building have led to a return of the paper towel dispensers. …