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Virginia Politics Blog: October 21, 2007 - October 27, 2007

Democratic Senator Lends a Helping Hand

On Friday, Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D-Bath) sent his political action committee's five staffers to volunteer for targeted Senate races as part of a get-out-the-vote effort a week before the Nov. 6 election. Deeds, a possible candidate for governor in 2009, has contributed or raised almost $250,000 to campaigns this year....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 26, 2007; 5:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2007 , General Assembly 2008  
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The Long Memory of Cyrus Katzen

Dentist-developer Cyrus Katzen is among the biggest donors to Fairfax County campaigns. He's got it to spare. The owner of the Culmore Shopping Center in Baileys Crossroads gave $15 million to American University for the arts center that bears his name and that of his wife, Myrtle. Since 1996 he's given Fairfax Board Chairman Gerald E. Connolly more than $52,000, according to the non-partisan Virginia Public Access Project (VPAP). Supervisors Gerald W. Hyland (D-Mount Vernon), T. Dana Kauffman (D-Lee) and Elaine N. McConnell (R-Springfield) have also been recipients of Katzen's largesse....

By Steve Fehr  |  October 25, 2007; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Election 2007 , Fairfax County Board of Supervisors  
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Sharon Bulova, Teamster

The list of donors to campaigns in Fairfax County is a usual-suspects mix of developers, realtors, attorneys, government contractors, party PACs and community activists. That's why the $2,000 contribution to Supervisor Sharon Bulova (D-Braddock) from the International Brotherhood of Teamsters stands out. She is the Fairfax Board's sole recipient of money directly from the 1.4 million-member union. (It also gave $6,500 to state Democratic PACs)...

By Steve Fehr  |  October 25, 2007; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Fairfax County Board of Supervisors  
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Chichester, Potts Endorse Democrat Colgan

Two moderate Republican senators will endorse Democratic Sen. Charles H. Colgan (Prince William) at an event Thursday in Manassas. Senate President John H. Chichester and Sen. H. Russell Potts will join several other GOP business and community leaders at an event to unveil "Republicans for Colgan." Colgan is facing a stiff challenge from Republican Bob FitzSimmonds. Last week, the Washington Post reported that Chicheste has already donated to Colgan's campaign. In the article, Potts says he is backing Colgan because he thinks FitzSimmonds is "an extremist." FitzSimmonds countered that Chichester and Pott's are liberals who support higher taxes....

By Tim Craig  |  October 24, 2007; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia Notebook: Election Day Questions

With the Nov..6 election less than two weeks away, here are some questions raised by the races throughout the state. Answers will appear in the next Virginia Notebook, which will be published Nov..15. Q. Can a Republican still win inside the Beltway? Retiring Del. Vincent F. Callahan Jr. (R-Fairfax) is the last Republican elected official representing a district that is mainly inside the Capital Beltway. Republican Dave Hunt and Democrat Margaret G. Vanderhye are vying to replace Callahan. If Vanderhye wins, it will complete the Democrats' 30-year effort to purge Alexandria, Arlington County and inner Fairfax County of Republican officeholders...

By Tim Craig  |  October 24, 2007; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Abusive Driver Fees , Election 2007 , Immigration , Tim Craig , Timothy M. Kaine , Virginia Notebook , Virginia Tech massacre  
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O'Brien Gets Last-minute Donation

Citizens for the Commonwealth, a new political action committee hoping to help Republicans keep control of the Senate, gave $60,000 to Sen. James K. "Jay" O'Brien Jr., who is in a tight race for re-election in the 39th district, which includes parts of Fairfax and Prince Williams counties. As of Sept. 30, O'Brien, had $92,000 in the bank while Democrat George L. Barker had $173,000. Richard Sharp, the former chairman of Circuit City and co-founder of CarMax, has created Citizens for the Commonwealth, with initial contributions of $275,000 and the expectation of raising more. Three businessmen, including Dwight C. Schar, chairman of home builder NVR in Reston, each contributed $25,000 to the organization....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 24, 2007; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2007 , General Assembly 2008  
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Chap Petersen Goes Up on Network TV

Democrat J. Chapman "Chap" Petersen is going up on network television tonight in the Washington media market in response to a two-week media blitz by his opponent, Sen. Jeannemarie Devolites (R-Fairfax). Devolites Davis has been airing commercials on network television criticizing Petersen's record on gun control and taxes. Devolites Davis is believed to be the first legislative candidate in Virginia to purchase air time in the expensive Washington media market, which also reaches the District and Maryland. Several Democrats say Devolites Davis' strategy has caused the race to tighten. Petersen is responding with this ad....

By Tim Craig  |  October 23, 2007; 2:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Campaign Ads , Election 2007 , Tim Craig  
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Webb Ready to Help Democrats Take Back Richmond

U.S. Sen. James Webb (D-Va) is urging his supporters in Virginia to mobilize for a major Democratic get-out-the-vote effort to help the party make inroads in the General Assembly. In an email to supporters, Webb said Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) "needs a General Assembly that is under Democratic leadership to move Virginia forward." "The eyes of Virginia will be on Virginia this election day," said Webb, who is trying to recruit volunteers to help get out the vote. "As the only state with significant off-year elections, a win in Virginia will send a powerful message around the nation about next year and the outcome of the 2008 elections." Several other states, including Kentucky, are also holding state elections this year. But Webb says "the first returns for 2008 will come from Virginia in 2007."...

By Tim Craig  |  October 23, 2007; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lots of Names in 1st District Race

For those keeping tabs, here is a list of who's in, who's out and who's a maybe in the race for the Republican nomination to fill the seat of the late Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-Va). The list has been compiled with the help of GOP sources. Announced Candidates: Rob Wittman, Westmoreland Chuck Davis, Jo Ann' Davis's husband, Gloucester Jim Bowden, Poquoson Dick Black, former Loudoun County delegate, Fredericksburg Catesby Jones, Gloucester David Caprara, Spotsylvania Paul Jost, chairman, chairman, Virginia Club for Growth, Williamsburg...

By Tim Craig  |  October 23, 2007; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Richmond Editor Named New Kaine Spokesman

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) appointed Gordon Hickey, political editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch, as his new press secretary. Hickey, 57, of Richmond, has been a reporter and editor for more than 25 years, working at the Waukesha (Wisc.) Freeman, the Progress-Index in Petersburg, the Richmond News Leader and the Richmond Times-Dispatch....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 23, 2007; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Mark Warner , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Kaine Calls Special Election

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine today set a special election Dec. 11 to replace U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Davis (R-Va.), who died Oct. 6 of breast cancer. The successor will serve the remaining year of Davis' term and would have to seek re-election next fall. At least a half-dozen Republicans, including Davis' widower, Chuck Davis, and former Loudoun County Del. Dick Black, have announced plans to run or indicated an interest in the vacancy....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 23, 2007; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2007 , Timothy M. Kaine  
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