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Editor’s Notebook: Legislators prefer Pepsi? Who’d have thought …

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I admit to being a coke fiend. Wait, wait, wait – I meant Coke fiend, as in Coca-Cola. Preferably the calorie-free kind, although that stuff is probably just as bad for my gloriously Rubenesque body as is the corn-syrupy full-calorie version.

Anyhoo, the Virginia Public Access Project is out with its list of investments by members of the General Assembly, and while my preference for drinking is Coke, their preference for investing is Pepsi, by a 2-to-1 margin.

Yep, 10 legislators (four Republicans and six Democrats) have at least $5,000 invested in Pepsi stock, while just five (two Republicans and three Democrats) have such holdings in Coca-Cola.

Interesting.

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From our coverage area, only the Ripper (Del. Rip Sullivan, that is) has Coke holdings, while Janet Howell, Barbara Favola and Sullivan have Pepsi in their portfolio.

Favola and Sullivan also have McDonald’s stock, too. Not healthy, but every once in a while a worthy guilty pleasure to stop in and grease up. Oh, those fries!

And to tie things up, while I prefer Coke products, a Pepsi now and again is a nice change of pace. As is Dr Pepper.

(Years ago, when just a child editor at the Sun Gazette, our copy editors beat it into me that there is no period after “Dr” in “Dr Pepper.” Curmudgeonly ol’ Arch Parson and more cheerful ol’ Bill Lyons, our copy editors a quarter-century back, have each long since ascended to that great beyond up there in the sky – where hopefully no typos or dangling participles exist – but their admonitions have stayed with me ever since.)

ASK AND YE SHALL RECEIVE: I posited the question in yesterday morning’s posting why Fairfax County Supervisor Rodney Lusk (D-Lee) hadn’t joined in a letter from his Democratic supervisor colleagues criticizing the House of Delegates’ Democratic caucus for dumping Eileen Filler-Corn as speaker.

I received the following statement later in the day, and since fair is fair, I’ll reprint it in full:

“Del. Eileen Filler-Corn is a trailblazer, and one of the most consequential legislators in the history of our commonwealth. I have a deep respect for Del. Filler-Corn, just as I have an equally deep respect for the right of our Democratic caucus in the General Assembly to choose their own leadership. I’m deeply appreciative of Del. Filler-Corn’s service, and look forward to supporting our caucuses’ next elected leader in the House of Delegates.”

FOREVER YOUNG AT HEART! The daily Wikipedia deaths list always provides interesting reading, although unfortunately those being celebrated are not still around to enjoy it.

A couple of days ago, it contained a notice of the death of Vivian “Millie” Davis at the venerable age of 104.

The Maryland resident was a trailblazer for women and African-Americans during World War II, and what I liked the most from the write-up was that, at age 102, she went on a tandem skydive.

Coverage of the episode (anchored by that dreamboat Aaron Gilchrist!) on WRC-TV can be found HERE. A great moment to a long and fruitful life.

– Scott McCaffrey

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