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Tea Parties, Lei Parties, Update II

Today's Waynesboro News Virginian reports that only one Augusta County supervisor will be attending the luau shindig (aka annual convention) of the National Association of Counties (NACo) in Hawaii later this month although two were originally budgeted to attend. The paper reports that "Some officials in Virginia, Alabama, Illinois, Tennessee and Wisconsin cancelled trip reservations amid public criticism." The article also reported that one NACo member from Nelson County "nixed the notion of sending a delegate simply because of the cost." This article also notes that conference attendees were provided "'pointers and precautions' for telling local news organizations about the trip. It suggested informing reporters in advance of the conference program, and even inviting them to Hawaii." What chutzpah! [See the July 3 post about this year's NACo convention, also.]