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Virginia Politics Blog: September 30, 2007 - October 6, 2007

Democrats Object to Campaign Ad

The Democratic Party of Virginia has sent letters to radio stations asking them to stop airing an ad that criticizes a Senate candidate for letting illegal immigrants get taxpayer subsidized in-state tuition rates. The party says that's not true, and that when Democrat Albert Pollard was in the House he voted to deny in-state tuition -- not to give it -- as the ad by his opponent, Republican Richard Stuart, claims. Pollard and Stuart are running for Senate District 28 which includes the city of Frederickburg, part of Prince William County and Stafford County. "Although a broadcast station should provide contrasting views on issues of public importance, it should not broadcast an inflammatory advertisement that contains what is nothing more than a blatant lie,'' the letter states....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 5, 2007; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Election 2007  
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Dems Want GOP to Pledge Education Support

At a sparsely-attended press conference in Richmond today, House Democratic leaders called on Republicans to agree to preserve money for public education. "We have seen an erosion of support by Republican leaders for public schools,'' said Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria), who leads the Democratic caucus in the House....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 5, 2007; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2007 , General Assembly 2008 , Timothy M. Kaine  
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This Week's Winner and Losers

Winners and Losers for the week ending Oct. 5, 2007: THIS WEEK'S WINNERS Peter Pace: The recently retired chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff hasn't given any indication that he's interested in running for public office, but what Virginia Republican wouldn't want an editorial from the conservative National Review urging them to run for the U.S. Senate? In recent days, "draft Pace" websites have also been popping up. It feels eerily similar to the effort to lure U.S. Sen. James Webb (D), who like Pace is a Marine, into the 2006 Senate race against former Sen. George Allen....

By Steve Fehr  |  October 5, 2007; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Winners and Losers  
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Flowery Oratory in Fairfax Campaign

Many yearn for more civility in our politics, but few walk the walk like Carey Campbell, Independent Green candidate for the Braddock District seat on the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Campbell begins every candidates' forum and debate by presenting his opponent, incumbent Sharon Bulova (D), with a bouquet of flowers. He also asks the audience to give Bulova, running for her sixth four-year term, a round of applause....

By Bill Turque  |  October 5, 2007; 10:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Debates , Election 2007  
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Virginia Notebook: The Omeish Blunder

It hasn't been an easy week for Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D). With the Nov..6 election a month away, Democrats had been feeling increasingly confident they could make big gains in the General Assembly. But their momentum might be stopped by the Kaine administration's blunder involving the appointment of Esam S. Omeish to the Virginia Commission on Immigration. Republicans are seizing on the Omeish fiasco, using it to energize the party's conservative base. But in trying to score political points, have Republicans once again proven they're out of touch with increasingly diverse Northern Virginia?...

By Steve Fehr  |  October 4, 2007; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
Categories:  Immigration , Tim Craig , Timothy M. Kaine  
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General Pace for Senate?

Virginia Republicans are buzzing over speculation that retired Marine Gen. Peter Pace may be lured into running for the U.S. Senate being vacated by John W. Warner (R). On Sunday, Pace retired as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff. He plans to settle in the Fort Myer area. The conservative publication National Review ran an editorial Monday urging Pace to enter Virignia Senate race. The editors of National Review said conservatives aren't happy with either Rep. Thomas M. Davis III or former governor James S. Gilmore III, both of whom have been mentioned as possible candidates. "The articulate and personable four-star would be a novice politician wise in the ways of Washington," the editorial states. "As a veteran of the Pentagon's senior ranks, he would have a commanding advantage over all other candidates on national-security issues. Unlike other senior military leaders, the Catholic General Pace has been outspoken...

By Tim Craig  |  October 3, 2007; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Election 2008/President , Tim Craig  
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Feder's Fund-Raising Prowess

Judy Feder, a Democrat who raised more than $1.5 million in her race to unseat U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf (R-Va.) last year, has already raised a whopping $335,000 for her rematch in November 2008, her campaign has announced. It's an impressive sum for so early in the game, but it's obviously no guarantee. Feder, dean of Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute, lost solidly to Wolf last year....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 3, 2007; 4:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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Kaine Still Has High Hopes for Obama

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) said he's still confident Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill) can overcome Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) to win the Democratic nomination for president, despite new poll numbers that show Clinton is widening her lead nationwide. In an interview this morning, Kaine said Obama is still well positioned to win the Iowa caucus, where many polls show a three race between Clinton, Obama and John Edwards. "Someone who comes in and wins Iowa in a surprise way gets a tremendous amount of momentum," said Kaine, who earlier this year became the first sitting Democratic governor to endorse Obama. "I feel very good where Obama is in Iowa."...

By Tim Craig  |  October 3, 2007; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
Categories:  Election 2008/President , Tim Craig , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Gilbert Presses Kaine

Virginia Del. C. Todd Gilbert (R-Shenandoah) asked a "national reformed Muslim organization" to put together some guidelines for Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) to consider before he replaces Dr. Esam Omeish on the Virginia Commission on Immigration....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 1, 2007; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Immigration , Timothy M. Kaine  
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