Update: Mike Miller commits to public campaign financing
Gadi Dechter is hearing word that Senate President Mike Miller has committed to pushing public campaign financing through his chamber, to take effect in the 2014 election cycle. (The one after next.) The plan as it stands would give candidates for the House of Delegates up to $80,000 and Senate candidates up to $100,000. The House has previously passed public campaign financing, but propoosals have always failed in the Senate before, in no small part because of Miller's vehement objections.
Miller has built up much of his political power by helping raise money for fellow Democrats in the Senate. It's pretty shocking to see him walk away from that. This could be an indication that he is really looking at the possibility of life after the legislature.