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(Cross-posted from Race to Richmond)

Virginia Democrat Creigh Deeds will make a brief stop in neighboring Maryland next week to raise money as he heads into the final month of the governor's race.

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Democratic Party Chairwoman Susan Turnbull will host a fundraising reception for Deeds Oct. 8 at the Potomac home of lobbyist Barbara Goldberg Goldman.

"Our friends and neighbors just across the Potomac River and the entire Democratic Party need our help!'' according to the invitation. "Here is an opportunity to help Creigh continue serving the fine people of Virginia, and to keep Virginia blue! This race is in the home stretch with just under 37 days to go and, according to recent polls, is neck and neck."

Read the full invitation below:

Our friends and neighbors just across the Potomac River and the entire Democratic Party need our help!

Please join us and Governor Martin O'Malley and Democratic Party Chair Susan W. Turnbull for a fundraising reception for

CREIGH DEEDS

Democratic Candidate for Governor of Virginia

(Please download the attached flyer for additional information)

October 8, 2009
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM


...

CREIGH DEEDS has spent the last two decades serving constituents from all walks of life.

Here is an opportunity to help Creigh continue serving the fine people of Virginia, and to keep Virginia blue! This race is in the home stretch with just under 37 days to go and, according to recent polls, is neck and neck.

Just some highlights about Creigh:

Creigh is the only candidate in the race for governor with a plausible, comprehensive plan to solve Virginia's transportation crisis. According to the Washington Post,"Deeds' 'everything-is-on-the-table' approach offers the flexibility to come up with innovative and workable strategies."

Creigh served in the Virginia Senate since December 2001.

Creigh served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 1992-2001.

Creigh is Pro-Choice, endorsed by the Planned Parents Advocates of Virginia for his 2009 Gubernatorial run.

Creigh supported exemption of the sales tax on the purchase of solar or wind energy systems for homeowners.

Creigh supports giving tax credits to businesses that produce "green jobs."

Creigh supports tougher sanctions on lenders that deal in sub-prime mortgages.

Creigh supports a state ban on the civilian ownership of semi-automatic rifles.

Creigh supports and created a plan called "Better Schools. Better Jobs." The plan calls for up to $15,000 in student loans for 4-year college students, and for creating partnerships with community colleges and traditional universities.

Creigh supported reducing class sizes at schools and day-care facilities and requiring more teachers and guidance counselors.

Creigh wrote Megan's Law, which allows public access to the state sex offender registry, and sponsored Amber Alert Program to keep our children safe.

Creigh wrote one of the most progressive laws to preserve open space and protect the environment.

Creigh received the Leadership in Public Policy Award from The Nature Conservancy and the Preservation Alliance of Virginia named him Delegate of the Year.

Creigh wrote the state law that has turned the tide against homegrown illegal methamphetamine drug labs.

Creigh wrote some of the toughest legislation to keep Virginia families safe and secure, and has built his career as a consensus builder who delivers results.

Creigh worked with Governor Tim Kaine to keep Virginia moving forward with an energy policy that will cut greenhouse gases by 30 percent over the next two decades and a pre-kindergarten program that will put children on the path to success from the start.

Creigh worked with then Governor Mark Warner to put the Virginia budget back in order: cutting waste and protecting important priorities. The 2004 bi-partisan budget agreement invested more than $1 billion in education, eliminated the state food tax, and put more police officers on the streets with the tools and the training they need to keep us safe.

We hope you will stop by, meet and support Creigh Deeds, and help keep Virginia "blue!"

Please download the attached flyer for details; and please, consider donating even if you are unable to attend. A donation in any amount is precious.

Looking forward to seeing you on October 8th
Mike Goldman & Barbara Goldberg Goldman

-- Anita Kumar

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  September 28, 2009; 11:14 AM ET
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Comments

I have no affiliation with any campaign in this election. However, I would hope that those who will be voting in this election are aware that while this candidate claims

"Creigh wrote Megan's Law, which allows public access to the state sex offender registry, and sponsored Amber Alert Program to keep our children safe."

There are two facts the candidate and the Washington Post have forgotten to mention:

(1) Sex offender registration is based on the premise that registration will protect the public from allegedly high recidivism rates. However, according to US Department of Justice Statistics released in 2002, only FIVE PERCENT (5%) of sex offenders released commit new sex crimes.

(2) Sex offender registration costs millions of dollars that could be better spent on civil commitment of those offenders who are PROVEN by due process of law and scientific evidence to be a continued danger to society.

(3) Candidates who supported sex offender legislation did not consider the long term effects retroactive legislation would have on our nation's legal system. Retroactive laws have always been viewed as suspect historically because, as Justice Chase wrote in the case of Calder v. Bull in 1787, these laws generally come from "men of ambition." The rash of sex offender legislation occurred without any real and objective discussion and without any due diligence which would have examined statistics showing the lack of a logical basis connecting registration with the public safety.

(4) Most public officials who supported sex offender registration laws have done so out of fear that to consider any other course (including rational debate) would lead to media reprisal or political slandering as the "soft on crime" candidate. As a result, America has weakened its consitutional protections and done NOTHING to better serve its public.

(5) In light of the above I must say that Amber Alert is a great tool for engaging the public and promoting public awareness when a child is kidnapped or disappears. This has been a national success that deserves more recognition

Posted by: x684867 | September 28, 2009 12:26 PM | Report abuse

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