January 11, 2006
Governor Mark Warner is preparing to give his last State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night.
The annual speech traditionally kicks off the year's General Assembly session, which started Wednesday. Since Warner is an outgoing governor, experts say he may not have many specific issues to discuss or defend with the people of Virginia, but that he will touch on more general topics.
"I think he'll talk about sort of continuing the trends of the last four years. Talk about the positives--Virginia's strong bond rating, the strong economy right now--and continuing things the way they've gone over the past few years in terms of making Virginia a greater success," said Matt Smyth, with UVA's Center for Politics.
Warner's term officially ends on Saturday when democratic governor elect, Tim Kaine, is set to be sworn into office.