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Virginia Politics Blog: April 6, 2008 - April 12, 2008

Cranwell Will Step Aside Next Year

C. Richard Cranwell, chairman of the Virginia Democratic Party, plans to step aside next year as party leader. Cranwell, a 30-year fixture in the House of Delegates, said he pledged to former governor Mark R. Warner and current governor Timothy M. Kaine, that he would serve until his term expires in 2009. But he will not run again....

By Anita Kumar  |  April 11, 2008; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Mark Warner , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Warner Submits Signatures for Ballot

Former governor Mark R. Warner submitted the signatures of 29,146 Virginia voters to the State Board of Elections in Richmond Friday to get his name on the November ballot. Friday was the deadline for all candidates to submit signatures to get on the ballot. Republican candidates James S. Gilmore III and Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) did not have to submit signatures. Instead, they will compete for their party's nomination at the state convention in June....

By Anita Kumar  |  April 11, 2008; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner  
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PW Supervisors Lack Consensus

Prince William County Supervisors can't seem to agree on much of anything lately. For more than a year they put off making a decision about what to do with 230 acres of parkland in the western end of Prince William County. After a late night meeting earlier this week, the board put it off again. This time supervisors asked County Executive Craig S.Gerhart to fix it....

By Kristen Mack  |  April 11, 2008; 3:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Prince William  
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Mark Warner Raises $2.5 Million in Three Months

Former governor Mark R. Warner (D) announced today he raised $2.5 million for his U.S. Senate campaign during the first three months of the year. Warner, who will likely face either Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) or former governor James S. Gilmore III (R)_ in the general election, has about $4.4 million in the bank. "We are gratified that so many Virginians are enthusiastically supporting Governor Warner's effort to fix what's wrong with Washington today," said Warner spokesman Kevin Hall....

By Tim Craig  |  April 10, 2008; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Connolly Up 20 Points in Poll

New polling by Fairfax County Board Chairman Gerald E. Connolly continues to show him with a significant lead over Leslie L. Byrne in the race for the 11th District Democratic Congressional nomination. The poll of likely Democratic primary voters, first reported yesterday by the Congressional newspaper The Hill, had Connolly ahead of Byrne by a 20-point margin, 45-25. That is just slightly below the 23-point spread Connolly claimed in a January poll. Both surveys were conducted by Lake Research Partners. It shows two other opponents, Doug Denneny and Lori Alexander, trailing far behind with one percent each....

By Steve Fehr  |  April 9, 2008; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Bill Turque , Election 2008/Congress , Gerald E. Connolly  
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Virginia Notebook: Hager and Frederick Battle for GOP

The hottest contest at the Virginia Republican Party convention next month might not be the one between Del. Robert G. Marshall and former governor James S. Gilmore for the nomination for Senate. It could be the battle for state party chairman, which has taken a nasty turn and exposed a generational divide within the party....

By Tim Craig  |  April 9, 2008; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Tim Craig , Virginia Notebook  
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Kaine OK With Efforts to Persuade Superdelegates

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said today he's not opposed to efforts by Democratic officials to persuade superdelegates from Virginia to support Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) at the national convention in August. At a news conference this morning, Kaine (D) said he is also "having conversations with superdelegates all the time." "Superdelegates are getting communications from a lot of people, so folks communicating with the undecided by saying 'hey come for Senator Obama', it's all part of persuasion," said Kaine, one of Obama's national co-chairmen. "We are in a persuasion game here by trying to get those uncommitted to commit." On Monday, the leaders of about 40 Democratic county and city committees in Virginia sent a letter to the state's superdelegates pressuring them to endorse Obama. The leaders, who have also launched an online petition, included the chairmen of the Arlington, Prince William and Fairfax county Democratic committees. They noted that...

By Tim Craig  |  April 9, 2008; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2008/President , Tim Craig , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Gartlan Reverses Endorsement For Byrne

Former state Sen. Joseph V. Gartlan Jr., for 28 years one of the most liberal voices of the General Assembly, has endorsed Gerald E. Connolly, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, for the Democratic nomination in the 11th Congressional District. The endorsement provides a boost for Connolly in an area where he needs it: among liberal party activists, with whom his principal opponent, former state senator Leslie L. Byrne, has strong roots. Such voters will be crucial in the June 10 primary. Gartlan's endorsement is notable for two reasons: As a liberal, he is ideologically close to Byrne. And that leads to point No. 2, which is that Gartlan had already endorsed Byrne, but he changed his mind after Connolly got in the race....

By Amy Gardner  |  April 8, 2008; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Gerald E. Connolly , Leslie L. Byrne  
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Denneny Urges Superdelegates to Support Obama

Doug Denneny, a Democratic candidate for Congress in the 11th congressional district, has joined nearly 40 other party leaders in urging Virginia's superdelegates to endorse Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.). "I voted for Senator Obama because I believe he has the experience and judgment to lead our country," said Denneny, a retired Naval Flight Officer. "With a resounding voice, Virginia Democrats chose Senator Obama to be our party's presidential nominee, party elites should not overrule the will of the people."...

By Tim Craig  |  April 8, 2008; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/President , Thomas M. Davis III , Tim Craig  
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Former Delegate Harris Mulls AG Run

Former Virginia House of Delegates member Paul Harris announced today that he is considering running for the Republican nomination for attorney general next year. "I am consulting with Republican Party and conservative leaders around the state,'' Harris said in a statement. "I continue to receive strong encouragement to run for attorney general from prominent Republican leaders, former colleagues from the Justice Department, former constituents from the 58th House District, and from citizens in every region of this great Commonwealth."...

By Anita Kumar  |  April 8, 2008; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Budget Battles in Prince William

Nearly 100 people spoke at a hearing last night on the Prince William County budget. Although many people thought the county's illegal immigration policy would dominate the testimony, the crackdown took a back seat to firefighters, who showed up in droves. Several firefighters implored the Board of County Supervisors to fully fund this year's proposed budget, which upgrades the department to regional and national standards. The updates were prompted in large part by the death of firefighter Kyle R. Wilson last year. "This budget was driven by one priority and that was safety," said Adam Mowry, a career firefighter. "We need to catch up. Funding anything less would be nothing short of irresponsible."...

By Kristen Mack  |  April 8, 2008; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Kristen Mack , Prince William  
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Dem Leaders Urging Va. Superdelegates to Back Obama

A coalition of Democratic leaders from across Virginia are urging the state's superdelegates to endorse Barack Obama for president. Obama overwhelmingly won the Virginia primary Feb. 12, taking 64 percent of the Democratic vote. But several of the state's superdelegates have endorsed Hillary Clinton and others, including U.S. Sen. Jim Webb and Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman Richard Cranwell, have not endorsed either....

By Steve Fehr  |  April 7, 2008; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2008/President , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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Judy Feder has $700,000 in Campaign Cash

Democrat Judy Feder raised $310,000 during the first three months of the year, bringing her total haul for her campaign against Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va) to $900,000. Feder, one of the best funded Democratic challengers in the country, will report today she has $700,000 in the bank....

By Tim Craig  |  April 7, 2008; 10:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Frank R. Wolf , Tim Craig  
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Webb Willing to Overrule Convention Delegates

Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) said today that superdelegates to the Democratic National Convention shouldn't feel bound to support the presidential candidate who wins the most pledged delegates elected by the voters. "If they didn't want the superdelegates to have independent judgment, they wouldn't have created them," Webb said during an interview on ABC's This Week. Webb is the only Virginia Democrat in Congress who has not endorsed Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill), who won the state's Feb. 12 primary with 64 percent of the vote....

By Tim Craig  |  April 6, 2008; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Election 2008/President , James Webb , Tim Craig  
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