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Virginia Politics Blog: November 25, 2007 - December 1, 2007

Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General?

State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II of Fairfax County still has to survive a recount of his 92-vote victory over Democrat Janet Oleszek, but he may already be turning his attention to his next possible campaign. At this weekend's Virginia Republican Party Advance in Crystal City, there was plenty of talk that Cuccinelli may run for attorney general in 2009. "People have raised it with me, but I haven't done anything about it, except telling my wife people have raised it with me," Cuccinelli said in an interview. "But there is a certain amount of logic for a conservative from Northern Virginia running." But Cuccinelli added his first task is the recount later this month. "I got to win this race first," he said....

By Tim Craig  |  December 1, 2007; 7:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2007 , Election 2009 , Tim Craig  
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GOP Straw Poll Results

You can read about the results of the presidential straw poll at the Republican Party of Virginia Advance here. You can also find a complete tally for each candidate below....

By Tim Craig  |  December 1, 2007; 6:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2008/President , Polls , Tim Craig  
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Saxman Says No to Senate Bid

Del. Christopher B. Saxman (R-Staunton) announced today he will not enter the race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. Saxman's decision could all but clear the field for former governor James S. Gilmore III to be the GOP nominee against former governor Mark R. Warner, the likely Democratic nominee. Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) is now the only other Republican besides Gilmore publicly considering the race....

By Tim Craig  |  December 1, 2007; 5:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Tim Craig  
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New Job for 'Macaca'

Check out the item about S.R. Sidarth, the Fairfax student of Indian descent who helped bring down former senator George F. Allen's campaign last year....

By Steve Fehr  |  November 30, 2007; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  George F. Allen  
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Did Fairfax Immigration Report Migrate Past Nov. 6?

The Fairfax supervisor who asked county officials to determine the costs of illegal immigration says their analysis was kept under wraps until after the Nov. 6 elections. It was mid-July when Supervisor Michael R. Frey (R-Sully) asked County Executive Anthony H. Griffin for a report on what services the county provided to undocumented aliens and what they cost. The study was delivered to Frey on Nov. 20 and made public on Monday. For what was ostensibly four months of work, it didn't amount to much. Griffin said the only costs that could be quantified were at the county jail, where the sheriff will spend about $4 million in the current fiscal year to house undocumented prisoners....

By Bill Turque  |  November 29, 2007; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Fairfax County Board of Supervisors  
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Romney Becomes First Republican to Appear on Primary Ballot

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney today became the first Republican presidential candidate to qualify to appear on the ballot in Virginia's Feb. 12 presidential primary. A day earlier, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama qualified as the first Democrat. At 1:30 p.m. today, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) and Del. Christopher Kilian Peace (R-Hanover) submitted the necessary petitions and paperwork to the state Board of Elections in downtown Richmond to include Romney on the ballot....

By Anita Kumar  |  November 29, 2007; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2008/President  
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Saxman Set To Make Decision on Senate Bid

Del. Christopher B. Saxman (R-Staunton) will announce this weekend whether he plans to challenge former governor James S. Gilmore III for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. In an interview today, Saxman said he will tell party activists his decision during the Virginia Republican Party Advance in Crystal City. Saxman is scheduled to address the annual GOP retreat Saturday afternoon, after Gilmore addresses the group. In recent weeks, Saxman has been meeting with dozens of local, state and federal party officials to gauge whether he should enter the race. Some Republicans fear Gilmore is not the party's best candidate to take on former governor Mark R. Warner, the likely Democratic nominee. "I will announce this weekend," said Saxman, 42. "The time is too compressed. We can't leave these things out there until the end of the year. It's time to move on with a decision."...

By Tim Craig  |  November 29, 2007; 3:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Tim Craig  
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Kaine Still Collecting Big Checks From Donors

The state legislative elections are over, and Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) is barred by law from seeking a second consecutive term in 2009, but that isn't stopping him from raising money. Even though Kaine raised and spent millions of dollars this fall to help Democrats retake control of the state Senate, the governor's political action committee, Moving Virginia Forward, has collected $30,000 from three donors since the Nov. 6 election. On Nov. 8, Kaine received a $10,000 donation from Fred Eychaner, a Chicago businessman and gay rights activist who has given millions to Democratic causes over the years. Last week, the Communications Workers of America also donated $10,000 to Moving Virginia Forward. And Christopher Little, a retired business executive from McDowell, Va., gave Moving Virginia Forward $10,000 Monday, according to the State Board of Elections....

By Tim Craig  |  November 29, 2007; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2007 , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2008 , Tim Craig , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Wilder Stays Out of Presidential Race - For Now

For those of you wondering where former Virginia Gov. L. Douglas Wilder stands on the presidential race, don't believe everything you read. Wilder, a Democrat who is now the mayor of Richmond, issued a press release today to announce that he has not endorsed U.S. Sen. Barack Obama as reported in Jet magazine this week. In fact, he has not endorsed anyone at all. Not yet anyway....

By Anita Kumar  |  November 29, 2007; 11:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Shaun Kenney Leaving RPV

The spokesman for the Virginia Republican Party will be leaving his position next week to take a job with the American Life League, according to Charles Judd, the executive director of the party. Judd said Kenney resigned because he got "an offer he couldn't refuse" from the American Life League, an anti-abortion group based in Stafford. Judd will name a new spokesman at this weekend's Virginia Republican Party retreat in Crystal City. "He has really helped put RPV front and center in both the traditional media and new media so we really appreciate his contribution," Judd said of Kenney...

By Tim Craig  |  November 28, 2007; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Ebenezer Halpin?

Any inventory of Northern Virginia's power structure has to include Gerald T. Halpin, founder, president and CEO of WestGroup, the real estate company instrumental in the development of Tysons Corner. Tonight, at the National Building Museum, he receives the Urban Land Institute's Lifetime Achievement Award for "commitment to the highest standards of responsible development." Outside the museum, Halpin will be getting another honor. It's the "Scrooge Award," in the form of leaflets from members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 32BJ, which is trying to organize about 5,000 janitorial workers in Northern Virginia. Some of them work for contractors employed by WestGroup to clean its office buildings in Tysons. The janitors, mostly Hispanic immigrants, make between $5.50 and $7.50 an hour according to the union....

By Steve Fehr  |  November 28, 2007; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Supporters Get Their Man on the Ballot

Supporters of Sen. Barack Obama said today he became the first presidential candidate to qualify to appear on the ballot in Virginia's Feb. 12 presidential primary. At an event in Richmond, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) led a rally of about two-dozen Obama supporters to announce they had collected 20,000 signatures, nearly double the number required to appear on the ballot. "He is a person of excellence and America in 2008 is ready for excellence," said Kaine, who endorsed Obama in February....

By Tim Craig  |  November 28, 2007; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Election 2008/President , Tim Craig , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Ferguson Heads to Lottery

Frank S. Ferguson, one of the institutional brains of the Virginia attorney general's office, will serve as interim director of the Virginia Lottery while a permanent replacement for Sheila Hill-Christian is found, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) announced today. Hill-Christian left her post as lottery director this month to become chief administrative officer for Richmond Mayor (and former governor) L. Douglas Wilder....

By Amy Gardner  |  November 27, 2007; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kaine Will Hit the Trail Again for Obama

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) will campaign for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama in December, the weekend before Christmas, just days before some states begin to pick presidential nominees. "I think he has great momentum,'' Kaine said this morning on his "Ask the Governor" call-in show on WTOP. "He is peaking in Iowa at the right time."...

By Anita Kumar  |  November 27, 2007; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/President , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Senator May Give Up His Seat

Sen. William C. Wampler Jr. (R-Bristol) was clearly disappointed when the Republicans lost the Senate to Democrats a few weeks ago. Wampler, a moderate who was part of the leadership team, was slated to chair the powerful Senate Finance Committee. Instead, the Republicans lost control, and now Wampler, who runs an insurance agency, is angling for a seat on the Virginia State Corporation Commission....

By Anita Kumar  |  November 26, 2007; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Cuccinelli Named Official Winner

Virginia election officials today officially certified Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R-Fairfax) as the winner in the race to represent the 37th District of Fairfax County. His Democratic opponent, Janet S. Oleszek, plans to file a lawsuit in Fairfax County Circuit Court tomorrow asking for a recount of the more than 37,000 votes cast in the Nov. 6 election. She has 10 days to file the lawsuit....

By Anita Kumar  |  November 26, 2007; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (29)
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Stosch Replaced as Senate GOP Leader

Senate Republicans, still reeling from their loss earlier this month, chose new senators to lead their caucus starting in January. Some of the more conservative members, including Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R-Fairfax) and Stephen D. Newman (R-Lynchburg), wanted to replace Stosch and the other moderate Republican leaders after the loss of four seats Nov. 6....

By Anita Kumar  |  November 26, 2007; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2007 , General Assembly 2008  
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