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Virginia Politics Blog: September 9, 2007 - September 15, 2007

A Bumper Crop of Warner Supporters

When he launched his bid for the U.S. Senate on Sept. 13, former Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) said the campaign wouldn't begin in earnest until after the Nov. 6 state legislative races. But Warner apparently couldn't pass up the chance to promote his candidacy during his annual pig roast on Saturday. Earlier in the week, Warner's staff had 10,000 blue and white 'Mark Warner 08" bumper stickers printed....

By Tim Craig  | September 15, 2007; 9:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate, Mark Warner, Tim Craig  
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Mark Warner Already 'Battered and Bruised'

Mark Warner's campaign for the U.S. Senate is only three days old and he is already battered and bruised - literally. On Saturday, Warner held his 15th annual pig roast at his farm in King George County overlooking the Rappahannock River. The event attracted several thousand of people, many of whom were Democratic activists or elected officials, who traveled from Richmond or Northern Virginia to spend an afternoon eating pork and talking politics....

By Tim Craig  | September 15, 2007; 9:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate, Mark Warner, Tim Craig  
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Jewish Groups Blast Moran Again

Rep. James P. Moran Jr. (R-Va.) has angered several Jewish groups with what they consider to be anti-Semitic remarks. Moran stands by his comments in Tikkun magazine....

By Steve Fehr  | September 15, 2007; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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GOP Squabbling Continues

The division within the conservative ranks over the controversial fees for bad drivers continues. John H. Hager, chairman of the Virginia Republican Party, was scheduled to speak last Tuesday before a group of conservatives who meet monthly to talk about public policy and state politics....

By Tim Craig  | September 14, 2007; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Connolly Gets Tough...With Average Joe

All Chris Short wanted to do on Monday afternoon was read his statement to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. All Chairman Gerry Connolly wanted to do was argue. The board was holding a public hearing on a proposal to limit the use of the temporary portable storage containers, such as PODS, that have become omnipresent in some neighborhoods. The usual format is for citizens to have their say with a minimum of comment from elected officials, save an occasional question for clarification. Connolly is, by and large, courteous to his speakers but will, from time to time--usually in the midst of a long afternoon--go off on some unsuspecting citizen. Note: Please upgrade your Flash plug-in to view our enhanced content. var thisObj = "flashobj091307_21v"; var so = new SWFObject("http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/mmedia/player/wpniplayer_blog.swf", thisObj, "454", "305", "8", "#ffffff"); so.addParam("allowScriptAccess", "always"); so.addParam("swfliveconnect", true); so.addVariable("thisObj", thisObj); so.addVariable("vid","091307-21v_title"); so.addVariable("playads", "yes"); so.addVariable("adserv",""); so.addVariable("autoStart", "no"); so.write("flashcontent091307_21v"); Play Video...

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 14, 2007; 10:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mark Not John

Former Gov. Mark R. Warner ended what little suspense was left yesterday by announcing he's in the U.S. Senate race. Now the attention turns on the Republicans to see what they're going to do. We want to know what you think about the 2008 Senate race. Click on comments. Here are a few reactions....

By Steve Fehr  | September 14, 2007; 12:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate, Mark Warner  
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Another Civil War?

Movie director Ron Maxwell has been in Loudoun County stumping for at least two Republican candidates in this fall's elections: Greg Ahlemann, who aims to be the next sheriff of Loudoun County, and Jill Holtzman Vogel, who hopes to succeed retiring Virginia Sen. H. Russell Potts Jr. (R-Winchester). Maxwell made the Civil War epics "Gettysburg" and "Gods and Generals," the latter of which Washington Post film critic Stephen Hunter called "something of a Confederate Honor Restoration Project." What the two candidates have in common is a very early commitment to cracking down on illegal immigration, a position that has become all the rage since Prince William County passed its much-publicized resolution this summer....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  | September 13, 2007; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Election 2007, Sandhya Somashekhar  
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In Fairfax, Two Schools of Prep

Fairfax County Board Chairman Gerry Connolly (D) and Republican challenger Gary Baise could not be preparing more differently for Tuesday afternoon's Chamber of Commerce debate at the Westin Tysons Corner. Baise, a Republican attorney his first run for public office, said he has been meeting with advisers, studying briefing books and doing mock debates. "It's just like I'd prepare for a case," said Baise, who mostly defends corporate clients in environmental matters. "I'm reading documents. I always do moot courts. " And Connolly? Not much, really. The Democratic incumbent, seeking a second term, said the plan is to show up. "If you don't know it by now, cramming isn't going to help," he said. "I usually just go for a walk in the morning to clear my head." Baise, who is expected to attack Connolly's record on traffic and transportation policy, trails Connolly by close to a 10-to-1 margin in...

By Bill Turque  | September 13, 2007; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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