The Minority Report gave candidate Jeremy McPike, who is attempting to unseat Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, a big kiss:
“[V]oters in Virginia are tired of the partisanship, Jeremy McPike suggested. . . . Of Lingamfelter’s well-publicized introduction of the so-called Boneta Bill in this year’s General Assembly, McPike said that he strongly believes in local control of such issues.”
This is the same Jeremy McPike who lost a case earlier this year for firing a whistleblower for alleging that McPike violated the Fraud Against Taxpayers Act. As reported in the Alexandria Times:
“Former city architect Henry Lewis, who served as project manager for the $81 million complex, accused General Services Director Jeremy McPike and contractor Whiting-Turner of failing to abide by the parameters set forth in the original contract between the city and the company, according to court documents.”
The Boneta Bill, of course, is not about Richmond wresting control from localities. It is about preventing localities from violating farmers’ rights, and providing remedies — consequences — for local government lawbreaking.
McPike either didn’t read the Boneta Bill, or, as seems to have been his method as the acquisitions bureaucrat for Alexandria, he just wants to protect lawbreaking by local governments.
Speaking of “tired of partisanship,” The Minority Report is getting more honest about its own partisanship — but hypocritically nonetheless. They like their partisanship, but not others’. The paper could change its name, but not its stripes.
The Minority Report editorializes this past week that it has discovered the joys of farming:
“Our more observant readers likely have noticed over the last several months that we have significantly increased our coverage of Fauquier County agriculture.”
Yes, The Minority Report has been engaging in ‘serious’ journalistic research about agriculture dining with people who rent out their 1,000-acre properties to heads of beef.
Showing that it is still learning, The Minority Report takes a quote of real farmer Bernadette Barber out of context to ask, “And “real farmers” are opposed to conservation programs?”
Barber was explaining how real farmers want the freedom to engage in their farming, and not government handouts.
TMR and McPike seem to be birds of a feather, at least on farmers’ rights and government lawbreaking.