Welcome to The T-Room. The vision for this blog has been a long time coming and I’m thrilled to share my dream with you.
After blogging for three years, I thought it was time to set up my own site. I love, simply love, this vehicle of communicating. The stories, the posters and the bloggers combined make the most enriching learning experience I’ve ever had. Fellow bloggers such as jbjd, former blogger TexasDarlin, drkatesview, Big Government/Hollywood/Big Journalism, Politico, Uppity Woman, TPM, Citizen Wells, NotLarrySabato, Atlas Shrugs, No Quarter, Bearing Drift, The Hill, World Reports, VirginiaTomorrow and so many more have opened my mind like never before.
Those who know me know that I have spent the last 30+ years being an active and committed Democrat. When I say active I mean volunteering, phone banking, sign patrol, donating, managing campaigns, managing firehouse caucuses, primaries, poll watching, canvassing, supporting and managing events and so much more. I so believed in the principles of the Democrat Party and what we stood for, but all of that changed for me in 2008. The days of supporting a Party are over and instead my support will go to individual candidates who employ the US Constitution when making law, who remain loyal to the citizens rather than the corporation and those who support the principles our Founding Fathers based on our republic.
You see, as a wee little tyke, about 10, I would join my dad at the breakfast table every morning to read the Washington Post and badger him with questions. He introduced me to the world of politics and all of the player’s moons ago. I watched my first Democratic Convention with my Grandmother in 1974 and have missed only one since; by the way, that’s when they ran a week long during prime time. Trust me, they were a big deal. My mother’s father ran for County Commissioner in Hamilton County, Ohio shortly after the Great Depression, and, although he lost, he never gave up on his desire to serve the people of Hamilton County. My dad’s father was first generation Irish who was aligned with the IRA after our family farm was taken by the Queen. My family was always tuned in and always had something to say about what was going on in the world of politics.
It wasn’t until the mid nineties that I was introduced to lobbying Members of Virginia’s General Assembly. Although a bit intimidating at first, I came to understand how laws were/are made and how the state budget works. The good people I had the honor to work with over these years served to enrich my professional experience and inspired me to only want to do more.
You see, I’m a public servant at heart and I come by it honestly. It runs in my family’s blood.
It was with great fortune that I was able to take this last year off to get some much needed rest and to allow for some quality time to think about the next leg of my life’s journey. Only after fully embracing my passions for learning and teaching combined with the rough and tumble playground of politics and policymaking, have I decided to create The T-Room blog site. It truly brings together all of my loves.
As I start out on this exciting new path, I invite you to stop by daily to check out the “Daily Specials” our “Opinion” pieces and updates on state and national news. If you have a personal desire or professional need to track the Virginia state budget subcommittee and committee work, then I invite you to subscribe to our “Live Blogging” service. “Live blogging” is done in “real” time and allows the reader to access important information in real time. Due to the sensitive nature of budget committee meetings, you’ll also find an audio record of the meetings at the end of each day. It’s affordable for anyone and everyone to sign up. As this feature grows, we plan to expand the service to other topic areas important to you. Feel free to send suggestions to email@example.com If you have a “News Tip” by all means pass it on. We’ll not only look into it, but we will even respond to your message.
In the meantime, enjoy your experience here at the “T” Room. Stay as long as you like and if you dare, chime in and post your thoughts. Just make sure they are respectful and stay on topic.
T-Room, Owner and
Tansey & Associates President