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Virginia Politics Blog: April 13, 2008 - April 19, 2008

Kaine Campaigns for Obama in Pa.

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine will travel to Pennsylvania this weekend to campaign for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill). The Democratic governor will appear at two "get-out-the-vote" events in Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Kaine has traveled to other states during the presidential campaign including South Carolina, Georgia and Kansas.This is his first trip to Pennsylvania for Obama. The all-important Pennsylvania primary is Tuesday....

By Anita Kumar  |  April 18, 2008; 2:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/President , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Marshall Raises $50,000 for U.S. Senate Race

Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) has raised $52,000 for his U.S. Senate bid in the first three months of this year, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission that were due this week. His Republican rival, former governor James S. Gilmore III (R) raised $396,000. Probable Democratic nominee Mark R. Warner, also a former governor, raised $2.5-million....

By Anita Kumar  |  April 17, 2008; 2:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner , Prince William  
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Delegate Runs for Richmond Mayor

Del Dwight Clinton Jones (D-Richmond) announced yesterday that he will run for mayor of Richmond. L. Douglas Wilder, Richmond's current mayor and the nation's first black governor, has hinted that he will run for re-election despite a string of bad publicity lately....

By Anita Kumar  |  April 17, 2008; 2:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/Local , General Assembly 2008  
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John Brownlee Resigns as U.S. Attorney

U.S. attorney John L. Brownlee, a possible Republican candidate for Attorney General in 2009, announced today he is resigning as the top prosecutor for Virginia's western district. Brownlee, whose resignation will take effect May 16, said in an interview today he is "seriously considering" launching a campaign for attorney general later this year. But he added, "None of those decisions have been made ....I have not made a formal decision at this time."...

By Tim Craig  |  April 17, 2008; 10:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Getting Down With Tim Kaine

Gov. Kaine pitched in on the harmonica Monday night at the 16th annual benefit for Arena Stage to support arts education programs in schools. Photo by Scott Suchman, courtesy Arena Stage....

By Steve Fehr  |  April 16, 2008; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Timothy M. Kaine  
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Virginia Notebook: Democrats' Prospects Slipping Away

At the start of the year, Virginia and national Democrats had high hopes that the state's 13 electoral votes could be up for grabs in the Nov. 4 presidential election. But as the fight between Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) grinds on, it's starting to feel as though the Democratic prospects in Virginia might be slipping away. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the presumptive GOP nominee, should be an early favorite to win the state, and he probably grows a bit stronger every week there is not a Democratic nominee....

By Tim Craig  |  April 16, 2008; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Election 2008/President , Tim Craig , Virginia Notebook  
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Costly Battles for Congress on the Horizon

Democrat Tom Perriello, a candidate for Congress in the 5th District, outraised Rep. Virgil Goode for the third consecutive quarter but the incumbent still has a bit more money in the bank. According to the Federal Elections Commission, Goode raised $438,000 during the first three months of the year and has $593,000 in the bank. Earlier this month, Perriello reported he raised $600,000 from Jan 1 to March 31. He has $500,000 in the bank....

By Tim Craig  |  April 16, 2008; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Fimian Rolls Up Big Bucks

The big money is not all on the Democratic side in the 11th Congressional District race. Republican Keith Fimian announced that he has raised $838,000--with $742,000 cash on hand--in the campaign to succeed retiring Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R). The Oakton resident, a former football star at the College of William and Mary, owns U.S. Inspect, a home inspection company. Gerald E. Connolly, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, leads fundraising in the Democratic field with $500,000 amassed during the first quarter of 2008....

By Bill Turque  |  April 16, 2008; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Politicians Get Ready for Shad Planking Wednesday

Politicians from around the state will flock to tiny Wakefield on Wednesday for the 60th annual Shad Planking, a longtime Virginia tradition where politicians come to see and be seen. Speakers include U.S. Senate candidates, Republicans James S. Gilmore III and Robert G. Marshall, and Democrat Mark R. Warner. It may the only time the three men share a stage before a Republican nominee is picked next month. Democrat Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, who is running for governor next year, and his potential rival, Del. Brian J. Moran, both sent their staffs to Wakefield today to help Warner's team set up....

By Anita Kumar  |  April 15, 2008; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Election 2009 , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine , Virginia Tech massacre  
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Gilmore Fundraising Numbers Revealed

Former governor James S. Gilmore III (R) will report today he's raised $396,000 during the first three months of the year and has $208,000 in the bank, according to Ana Gamonal, a Gilmore spokesman. Gilmore, who is competing against Del. Robert G. Marshall and Robert D. "Bob" Berry for the GOP nomination, has raised about $747,000 since he launched his campaign in November....

By Tim Craig  |  April 15, 2008; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Another Lawmaker Decides Against AG Run

Sen. Mark D. Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) told supporters today that he will not run for attorney general next year. "My family is the abiding consideration for me in deciding to forego a run at this time. I have two children in high school, and I am very proud of them," he wrote in an email. "I understand the sacrifices my family would have to make in order for me to seek statewide office at this time, and they are too great." Obenshain wrote in an email that he had been encouraged to run for several months....

By Steve Fehr  |  April 15, 2008; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Connolly Still Leads the Money Race

The money keeps flowing into the 11th Congressional District's Democratic primary showdown. According to disclosure reports to be filed to the Federal Election Commission tomorrow, Gerald E. Connolly, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, is leading the pack of four after raising $500,000 during the first quarter of 2008. As of March 31, Connolly had $424,000 on hand, his campaign reported....

By Amy Gardner  |  April 14, 2008; 6:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Election 2008/Congress , Gerald E. Connolly , Leslie L. Byrne  
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Bell Will Not Run For Attorney General

Del. Robert B. Bell (R-Charlottesville) said this afternoon that he will not run for state attorney general in 2009. He said his wife is pregnant so the timing is not right for him to launch a statewide campaign. Bell, elected in 2001, had been gearing up for a run for more than a year. As of Dec. 31, Bell had raised $300,000, giving him an early advantage in the money race....

By Anita Kumar  |  April 14, 2008; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Virginia Tech massacre  
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