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Virginia Politics Blog: December 30, 2007 - January 5, 2008

"D" Is for Democrat and Dollars

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors lost two wealthy Republicans in November but is gaining one pretty well-off Democrat. John W. Foust (D-Dranesville), who will attend his first board meeting on Monday, holds between $620,000 and more than $2 million in stocks and mutual funds, according to his statement of financial interests on file with the county. (Members are not required to be specific and can report assets within wide brackets) That's in addition to at least $500,000 in annual income from his Vienna law practice, and from his wife, Dr. Marilyn Jerome, an ob-gyn in Northwest D.C. It places him, at least according to what can be gleaned from the barebones disclosure forms, on a par with Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth (D-Providence), as among the most well-to-do board members. Smyth and her husband, lawyer Nigel S. Smyth, hold stocks and mutual funds worth between $730,000 and more than $1.6...

By Steve Fehr  |  January 4, 2008; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Fairfax County Board of Supervisors  
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Doug Wilder Endorses Obama

L. Douglas Wilder, Richmond's mayor and former Virginia governor, announced today he is endorsing U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) for president. "Our country needs a leader who can unite and inspire our citizens, a leader who can see things with a fresh eye, and a leader who can move beyond the parochialisms of the past. We need a leader whom people want to rally around with the confidence that positive change is on the way,'' Wilder said in a statement. "Sen. Barack Obama brings forth all of these qualities. I am tremendously impressed with him." Just last month, Wilder, the nation's first black governor, said he had not endorsed Obama even though a magazine reported that he had. Today, Wilder says he plans to campaign for him across the country "to the fullest extent possible that my schedule will allow."...

By Anita Kumar  |  January 4, 2008; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/President  
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Hillary Picks Up Support From Ebbin, McClellan

Delegates Adam P. Ebbin (D-Alexandria) and Jennifer L. McClellan (D-Richmond) announced today their support for Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) in her quest for the Democratic presidential nomination. "For decades, Hillary Clinton has been a national champion for our children's health and education," said Ebbin, the House Democratic whip. "We need someone with her proven experience and track record in Washington and Hillary has the experience and knowledge to make change happen." Neither Ebbin nor McClellan probably carry the weight of U.S. Rep. Robert C. "Bobby" Scott (D-Va) and Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), both of whom endorsed Obama. But Ebbin and McClellan have significant ties to crucial constituencies within the Democratic Party. Ebbin is the only openly gay member of the General Assembly. McClellan, who is also a Democratic National Committee member, is an African-American who represents heavily Democratic Richmond....

By Tim Craig  |  January 4, 2008; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2008/President , Tim Craig  
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Kaine Congratulates Obama

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, one of the national co-chairmen for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign, congratulated the Illinois senator on his victory last night in the Iowa caucus.   "Barack's success indicates his broad support and his ability to appeal to folks from across the political spectrum,'' he said. "We have seen that Iowans, like people here in Virginia and across America, are looking for real change in Washington." The Virginia primary is Feb. 12.  ...

By Anita Kumar  |  January 4, 2008; 9:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/President , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Bolling Wants Abuser Fees Repealed

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) sent a letter today to Republicans in the General Assembly today outlining his support for a repeal of the abusive driver fees and encouraging them to support a repeal as well. Bolling, a potential GOP candidate for governor in 2009, said he and many Republicans initially thought the fees would be a legitimate way to raise money for transportation and make Virginia's highways safer. But, he said, the legislation inadvertently applied the unpopular fees to less serious offenses and will generate less money than expected. " While this was the most noble of efforts, it simply has not worked out the way it was intended, and it has become terribly unpopular in the public eye,'' Bolling wrote. "That is why I favor the total repeal of the abusive driver fees, as opposed to their modification."...

By Anita Kumar  |  January 3, 2008; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Abusive Driver Fees , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2008  
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Moran Moves Closer to Gubernatorial Bid

Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria) will announce tomorrow he is forming a new political action committee that will set the stage for his expected run for governor in 2009, according to Democratic sources. The committee, Virginians For Brian Moran, will start raising money and organizing potential supporters. Veteran Democratic strategist Mame Reiley, a confidant and former adviser to former governor Mark R. Warner (D), will be the director of Moran's PAC. Steve Jarding will be the general consultant. Jarding ran Warner's 2001 campaign for governor. Last year, Jarding was a senior strategist to Sen. James Webb (D). Jarding currently serves as campaign manager to U.S. Sen. Tim Johnson (D-SD)....

By Tim Craig  |  January 3, 2008; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Tim Craig  
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Loudoun Chairman Likely To Get Powers Back

A former aide to Loudoun County Chairman Scott K. York said that York must be the happiest man in the country today. That's because tomorrow York could become a powerful player in the region. At the first official meeting of the new Loudoun County Board of Supervisors, the board is likely to return to York a host of powers that were stripped from him from the previous board....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  January 2, 2008; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Loudoun County , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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Kaine Spends a Cold Day in Iowa With Obama

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, one of Barack Obama's national co-chairmen, said today that the Illinois senator and presidential hopeful feels like there is "real good momentum" leading up to the Iowa caucuses. Kaine (D) spent New Year's Day with Obama in Sioux City and Council Bluffs, where more than 1,000 supporters turned out for each event on a day that had temperatures in the single digits. "It's so close and it's all about turnout and getting folks excited,'' Kaine said. "From what I could tell yesterday, people are pretty excited." Kaine traveled to South Carolina the weekend before Christmas to campaign for Obama but was not able to go to Iowa as he had planned because of a snow storm. Kaine spent a weekend in Iowa in November....

By Anita Kumar  |  January 2, 2008; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Kaine To Spend New Year's Day in Iowa

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) will spend New Year's Day in Iowa with presidential hopeful, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, just days before the state's caucuses. The two will participate in three campaign events in Des Moines, Sioux City and Council Bluffs. Kaine traveled to South Carolina the weekend before Christmas to campaign for Obama but was not able to go to Iowa as he had planned because of a snow storm. Kaine, one of Obama's national co-chairmen, spent a weekend in Iowa in November....

By Anita Kumar  |  December 31, 2007; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/President , General Assembly 2008 , Timothy M. Kaine  
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