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Virginia Politics Blog: December 23, 2007 - December 29, 2007

McDonnell Reflects on the Year, Looks Ahead

Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell spent 45 minutes answering questions today in an end-of-the-year conference call with bloggers and a few journalists who contribute to blogs on newspaper websites, including washingtonpost.com. McDonnell, a Republican, said he expects to announce in the next couple weeks 25 to 30 priorities for the upcoming legislative session, which begins Jan. 9. They will include mental health, immigration and homeland security reforms. The funniest moment came when McDonnell, who expects to run for governor in 2009, was asked about potential gubernatorial rival Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria)'s new bill that would give more power to the Attorney General by directing his office to remove recalled toys from shelves and to consider the development of standards for toys in the state. McDonnell joked that Moran might want to run for Attorney General but then quickly said that he thinks Moran has another office in mind, and...

By Anita Kumar  |  December 28, 2007; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pollard to Run for House

Democrat Albert C. Pollard Jr. announced today that he will run in the Feb. 19 special election to fill his old House seat. "I have always enjoyed public service and we are in a better financial position to serve than when I stepped down,'' he said in a statement. "For these reasons and because of the outpouring of encouragement to run, I am declaring my candidacy." Pollard represented the district for three terms until he left in 2005. The recent vacancy was created when Rob Wittman left to run for Congress....

By Anita Kumar  |  December 28, 2007; 11:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2007 , General Assembly 2008  
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Kaine Bets a Ham

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius have placed a friendly wager on the game between the University of Kansas and Virginia Tech in the 2008 Orange Bowl. If Kansas loses to Virginia Tech, Sebelius will send Kaine a "delicious assortment of Kansas beef." If Virginia Tech loses to Kansas, Kaine will send Sebelius a Virginia ham....

By Anita Kumar  |  December 27, 2007; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Mark Warner Looks for Online Donors

Former Gov. Mark Warner has received more than 1,400 online donations totaling more than half a million dollars since he announced in September he was running for U.S. Senate next year. In an email to supporters today, Warner asks for more contributions to reach his 2007 goal of 1,500 online donors before midnight Dec. 31. "Trust me: that sends a powerful message that Virginians are ready for transformative change and a new approach in Washington,'' he wrote. "Let's make that message even more loud and clear." Warner is the likely Democratic nominee in the race to replace retiring Republican Sen. John Warner. Former Gov. James S. Gilmore III is running for the Republication nomination while Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) said he is considering running....

By Anita Kumar  |  December 27, 2007; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , John W. Warner , Mark Warner  
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