Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Oct. 27 is first public meeting on downtown’s future.
Roanoke, VA – The City of Roanoke’s Department of Planning, Building, and Development is currently in the process of updating the Downtown Plan. Public meetings to gather input will be held on Oct. 27 and Nov. 28 at the City Market Building beginning at 6 p.m.
The department is looking for input and ideas from citizens to help update the vision for the downtown area for the next 20 years. The plan will seek to address the rise of downtown living and the importance of public spaces and amenities. It will also focus on successful small businesses, major employers, and other initiatives that help establish downtown Roanoke as a reg
From Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s facebook page:
The United States Supreme Court Justices met last Friday to discuss whether or not to grant Virginia’s request to expedite our healthcare case directly to the Supreme Court – thereby bypassing the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Virginia, along with many other states and companies, has been left with great uncertainty regarding the healthcare bill. Virginia alone is spending millions of dollars preparing to implement the bill – despite the fact that if Virginia’s legal challenge succeeds, the bill may well be stricken before it is ever fully implemented.
The Supreme Court did not make an announcement [Monday] on whether or not it was going to expedite the case. Instead, they relisted the case on their docket for this Friday, April 22nd.
What does that mean?
It means that they haven’t rejected our request – yet. Remember, requests to expedite are infrequently granted. However, it also probably means that one or more of the Justices want more time to consider the question. It also means that there appears at least to be interest in the petition at the court, which is itself encouraging. If my numbers are right, over 90% of petitions addressed in these conferences are summarily rejected because no Justice has any interest in them. So, the fact that the Justices didn’t summarily dismiss our petition is itself interesting and at least modestly encouraging (hopefully not in the vein of what your mother told you growing up: “the worst thing they can do is ignore you”… of course, my mother has never filed a petition with the Supreme Court).
Generally speaking, we would expect an opinion issued Monday the 25th; however, it is Easter weekend, so I don’t know if that will have an impact on timing, but I’ll let you know as soon as we find out!
Posted By Valerie Garner
Categories: Politics, State Politics
Tags: attorney_general, cuccinelli, health, lawsuit