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Virginia Politics Blog: February 24, 2008 - March 1, 2008

Marshall Gloats - Just a Little

Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), who opposed the landmark transportation bill that the Virginia Supreme Court declared unconstitutional Friday, can't help but feel a little vindicated. "Fours words: I told you so,'' said Marshall, one of the plaintiffs in the suit against the transportation plan. "I'm not going to say that. Look, last year when this thing was going on, I said I wanted an opinion that said this was constitutional. We never got it." Marshall, who is running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate this year, said there were 17 votes in the House against the bill last year but he was the only one who filed a lawsuit. Is he the only political winner today? "The people are the winners,'' he said. "I just stood up for them."...

By Anita Kumar  |  February 29, 2008; 8:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , General Assembly 2008 , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner , Transportation  
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Kaine Has to Make Quick Decision on Bills

The General Assembly is bombarding Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) with bills. Generally the governor will have received about 50 to 100 bills by this time in the legislative session. But as of Friday morning, he had already received 451. What does that mean? Any bills Kaine receives before tomorrow (one week before the legislative session is expected to end) need to be signed, amended or vetoed within seven days. Any bills Kaine receives after Saturday do not need to be reviewed for 30 days....

By Anita Kumar  |  February 29, 2008; 4:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2008 , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Kaine Discusses Obama Trip

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) today explained his decision to travel to Kansas and Texas tonight and tomorrow to campaign for Sen. Barack Obama. Kaine found himself needed at home today when the Virginia Supreme Court ruled that parts of the state's transportation plan are unconstitutional. But Kaine decided to stick with his plan to speak at a Kansas Democratic Party event tonight and then campaign for Obama tomorrow in Texas. "I worked all last weekend and the [Obama] campaign wanted me on the trail all this weekend," Kaine said before flying off to Kansas. "I changed the plan yesterday [Thursday] to just do one day [of campaigning]. I am going to be here all day Sunday working on bills and working on this" court decision. Republicans around the capitol are mocking Kaine's decision to go campaigning this weekend. "We certainly hope he doesn't call a special session when we...

By Tim Craig  |  February 29, 2008; 3:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2008/President , Tim Craig , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Va. GOP Won't Use Obama's Middle Name

The Republican Party of Virginia said today it would follow the lead of the party's likely presidential nominee, John McCain, by not using Sen. Barack Obama's middle name in fundraising appeals or other campaign literature. Earlier this month, the state party sent out a fundraising letter that called the Illinois senator "Barack Hussein Obama." But Josh Noland, spokesman for the Virginia Republican Party, said today Virginia Republicans now plan to "stick to the issues." Obama is competing with Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D) for the Democratic presidential nomination. The decision comes amid a controversy in Tennessee after the Tennessee Republican Party sent out a press release mentioning Obama's middle name. On Tuesday, McCain denounced GOP efforts to promote Obama's middle name. "Any comment that is disparaging of either Senator Clinton or Senator Obama is totally inappropriate," McCain said....

By Tim Craig  |  February 28, 2008; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Kaine Off to Kansas, Texas to Stump for Obama

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) will continue building his national profile this weekend despite it being the final days of Virginia's legislative session. Kaine will be the keynote speaker tomorrow night at a Kansas Democratic Party fundraiser in Topeka. Kaine and Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D) are supporters of Sen. Barack Obama. Kaine grew up in Kansas and his parents live there. On Saturday, Kaine will spend the day campaigning for Obama in Texas, where voters go to the polls Tuesday. Kaine has also made trips to Iowa, South Carolina and Georgia for Obama. Kaine has been a surrogate for Obama on several Sunday television talk show programs....

By Tim Craig  |  February 28, 2008; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2008/President , Tim Craig , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Fairfax Budget Gets Political in a Hurry

The Eleventh District Congressional race, and the prospect of a fight to succeed Fairfax Board Chairman Gerald E. Connolly, are already resonating in the debate over the budget proposed on Monday by County Executive Anthony H. Griffin. The Republican minority on the 10-member Board of Supervisors intends to use its grievances about the spending plan to soften up Connolly, who would be the Democratic nominee in November if he defeats former Rep. Leslie L. Byrne, Navy veteran Doug Denneny and physical therapist Lori Alexander in the June 10 primary. At the same time, the two leading aspirants to succeed Connolly should he win the 11th District seat, Supervisors Sharon Bulova (D-Braddock) and Pat Herrity (R-Springfield) are firmly positioned on opposite sides of Griffin's blueprint....

By Bill Turque  |  February 27, 2008; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Election 2008/Congress , Fairfax County Board of Supervisors  
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Ken Cuccinelli Moves Closer To Bid For AG

Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II, a conservative GOP lawmaker from Fairfax County, is beginning to solicit support for a possible bid for attorney general in 2009. Cuccinelli is inviting Richmond-area GOP activists to an event March 3 for a "discussion of GOP politics and the 2009 elections," according to an invitation for the event. "My wife and I are thinking about the possibility of me running for Attorney General in 2009, and I would appreciate the opportunity to talk with activists in the Richmond area about 2009 and the future of the GOP," the invitation states. Cuccinelli stresses the gathering, to be held at the home of William and Kristie Richards, is not a fundraiser. It is illegal for delegates and senators to raise money for a state race during the legislative session, which doesn't end until March 8....

By Tim Craig  |  February 27, 2008; 8:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Brian Moran Adds To Campaign Staff

Del. Brian J. Moran (D-Alexandria) is beefing up his political staff as he prepares for an expected bid for governor next year. Dave Mills, who had been finance director of the Democratic Party of Virginia, will now oversee Moran's fundraising operation. Prior to his work for the state party, Mills served as the Western Regional finance director for Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) during his 2005 bid for governor. Dominic Gabello, a former aide to former governor Mark R. Warner (D), is now the political director for "Virginians for Brian Moran." The additions to Moran's team come on the heels of his announcement last month that veteran Democratic strategists Mame Reiley and Steve Jarding will head up the "Virginians for Brian Moran" committee....

By Tim Craig  |  February 27, 2008; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Tim Craig  
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Fairfax Supervisors Assess the Damage

Fairfax County homeowners, facing an average 3 percent decline in the value of their properties, can take some solace--a bit, anyway--in the fact that the Board of Supervisors are taking a bigger hit. Property assessments released this week show that board members are looking at an average 8.2 percent drop in their home values. Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth (D-Providence) took the biggest dip, losing 22.8 percent on her three-bedroom, brick home on Hideaway Road, which is now assessed at $541,030. Chairman Gerald E. Connolly's (D-At-Large) Mantua Drive home lost 9 percent, bringing it to $725,650. Some had more to lose than others. Supervisor John W. Foust (D-Dranesville) dropped more than $400,000--nearly 11 percent--from his six-bedroom home on Swinks Mill Court in McLean, which was valued last year at $3.9 million....

By Bill Turque  |  February 26, 2008; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Fairfax County Board of Supervisors  
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