Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Power Point and Vikings

It's 5:30p.m. and I'm writing this one from the House floor. They just got done finishing the set-up for the Budget Address tomorrow. In addition to the usual teleprompters, they have installed what is essentially a mini-jumbotron (your oxymoron for the day) above the podium up in the Speaker's Gallery.

Apparently the Governor is going to accompany his address with a PowerPoint presentation. I think that it's an innovative idea, but I hope that he uses it for graphs and such that will attempt to bolster his proposals, and not for photos or 'funny' gimmicks that could wind up backfiring on him. Guess we'll find out tomorrow.

On a completely unrelated note, Minority Leader Tom Cross was scheduled to present his tort reform bill concerning venue in my committee tomorrow, which I thought would make for an interesting debate and vote. But they have now amended every tort reform measure out there, from venue to damage caps, into the bill (HB4979), which I think is likely to turn tomorrow's hearing into a tort reform Valhalla. And that my friends, is your Norse mythological reference for the day.

6 Comments:

At February 14, 2006 at 9:12 PM, Anonymous Ed Murnane said...

Some of us think the venue reform proposal is important enough to stand by itself; hopefully, the Judiciary Committee can move in that direction Wednesday.

 
At February 14, 2006 at 10:05 PM, Anonymous southernilrepub said...

Rep. Fritchey,
Please move this bill! Of course there could be some room for an eventual trade on some insurance reform, but that would be a long term. In the short term, doctors are still leaving Southern IL!!!!

Guns where's the debate??

Leave an open forum and I'll start the debate off, from the perspective of a Southern gunowner/hunter.

 
At February 15, 2006 at 10:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Representative-

Thank God I know where to go for my Norse myths fix each day.

"Tort reform"--so you know that's fake, right? How do you feel about this bill?

-RC

 
At February 15, 2006 at 11:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rep. Fritchey,

Who is playing the role of Loki?

 
At February 17, 2006 at 12:03 AM, Anonymous Ed Murnane said...

Of course, Wednesday's hearing did not turn out to be a Valhalla, despite Rep. Lang's efforts, but in reading about "Valhalla" in the encyc. -- it would have been interesting:


"In Germanic religion, the hall of slain warriors who live blissfully under the leadership of Odin.

"Valhalla is depicted as a splendid palace, roofed with shields, where the warriors feast on the flesh of a boar slaughtered daily and made whole again each evening. They drink liquor that flows from the udders of a goat, and their sport is to fight one another every day, with the slain being revived in the evening. Thus they will live until the Ragnarok, when they will leave Valhalla to fight at the side of Odin against the Giants."

 
At February 19, 2006 at 8:10 AM, Blogger Bill said...

Ed,
Thor used a hammer not an assault weapon.

 

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