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The faculty has voted to strike

Posted by Patrick Schurr | September 25, 2016

There was really nothing worth reporting in the papers today.  Doesn’t say much for the papers.  A story I didn’t get to last week because of my trip, was the status of the state-owned universities’ union negotiations.  The teachers union … Read more>

A good time seeing friends, both new and old

Posted by Patrick Schurr | September 24, 2016

It’s good to be back home after three days in Virginia.  I was at a shooting event this morning.  It was a difficult course, 25 trap, pretty standard, 25 wobble trap, always challenging, and 25 sporting clays; these were five … Read more>

An honor to be a part of this historic event

Posted by Patrick Schurr | September 23, 2016

We had a fascinating session today.  The convention had a total of 8 proposed constitutional amendments and after numerous changes to the language over the 5 plus hours of debate, we approved 6.  Although this exercise was designed to be … Read more>

We seemed to have the most laborious job

Posted by Patrick Schurr | September 22, 2016

After elections of officers this morning, we went to our respective committee meetings.  There were three committees looking at predetermined issues (since this is a limited constitutional convention): the Fiscal Restraints Committee, the Federal Legislative and Executive Jurisdiction Committee, and … Read more>

We officially get underway tomorrow morning

Posted by Patrick Schurr | September 21, 2016

I was the speaker this afternoon at the Fulton County Chamber luncheon.  They had a nice crowd and I enjoyed seeing everyone.  I spoke about the reassessment review being undertaken by the legislature, the budget, the hearing yesterday on performance … Read more>

I enjoyed my time with everyone

Posted by Patrick Schurr | September 20, 2016

I was at the Capitol this afternoon for a hearing on performance-based budgeting.  It was good, but I didn’t hear a hard line from anyone who testified.  They all were doing much better financially with changes to their budgeting process, … Read more>

Make sure the issue is part of the special session and the next budget

Posted by Patrick Schurr | September 19, 2016

I was cleared by my doctor to run after the injury I had earlier this year.  I’m slowly rebuilding my weekly miles and got in 20 last week.  I feel great and hope to get back to my usual 30 … Read more>

We’re 2 and 0!

Posted by Patrick Schurr | September 18, 2016

After church and an attempt at some office work, I headed to Plainfield, Cumberland County, for an Eagle Scout ceremony.  It was a nice ceremony, one of the shortest I’ve ever attended.  The ceremonies vary greatly by individual, but usually … Read more>

A great opportunity to meet with constituents

Posted by Patrick Schurr | September 17, 2016

I got in part of my weekly mowing this morning after the Lighthouse.  I noticed that I had a screw in one of my truck’s tires, so I got that fixed, then headed to our information booth at Tyrone Farm … Read more>

My guess is that this alternative will be more acceptable

Posted by Patrick Schurr | September 16, 2016

The Supreme Court today ruled for the third time on the Fall ballot question concerning the mandatory retirement age of judges.  They upheld the decision that the language the Senate and House leadership brought to the court is what will … Read more>