Nobody’s Happy: Generally Assembly 2005 has finally ended — until a special session on slots or whatever is called — so hurray for that. The major dailies, of course, have all the details, with The Sun leading with the stem-cell research funding bill dying thanks to Senate President Mike Miller wanting to avoid a fillibuster. The Washington Post‘s session-ending story leads with Democrats “muscl[ing] through a liberal agenda”: namely gay rights, increase minimum wage, the Wal-Mart health-care tax bill, etc. The Washington Times? Why it’s nasty Dem legislators overriding Gov. Ehrlich’s veto of an international trade bill that requires the governor to get approval from the legislature before joining international trade agreements. And The Diamondback on the fate of higher education bills.
And, of course, everyone’s cranky, blaming everyone but themselves for whatever bills they liked/didn’t like not passing/passing. Yawn.
End of session means report cards and such, so here’s Session Highlights and Winners and Losers from The Sun, and a Legislation Status Report from the Post. While I pretty much agree with the Sun‘s take on Winners and Losers, I don’t think Robert Ehrlich is as big a loser as they do (he’s smarter than he seems, though not enough to get re-elected), nor is House Speaker Michael Busch such a big winner (he may be politically wily — more so than even the always sly Miller this session — but since he represents a relatively conservative district, he may be the second speaker to lose his House seat this decade).
Finally, the first cityside columnist to weigh in on this year’s GA session is the Sun‘s Michael Olesker, who blames Ehrlich for everything up to and including the tsunami.