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Virginia Politics Blog: May 4, 2008 - May 10, 2008

Republicans Try to Build the Party

Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John H. Hager anounced today they are leading an effort to build the party's grassroots organizations across the state. The effort calls on local Republican committees to double their membership lists by Labor Day. Those that do will receive extra money to support their activities, including get-out-the-vote efforts for the November elections. "Reaching out to those Virginians who share our principles and getting them involved is essential to strengthening the Republican Party and winning elections," Hager said. "This initiative reflects the unity within the party and will pay dividends not only in 2008, but in years to come as well."...

By Anita Kumar  |  May 8, 2008; 1:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Lobbyist Wins Seat on Fairfax City Council

If you haven't already heard, Dan Drummond, a lobbyist and former newspaper reporter and political staffer well known in Richmond, won a seat on the Fairfax City Council. Drummond, a senior vice president at the Powell Tate public affairs company, told the Washington Post that voters selected a trio of newcomers because of unhappiness at the rapid pace of development in recent years. "We need to make sure we have balanced growth," he said. "We can't lose that special something, that small-town charm."...

By Anita Kumar  |  May 8, 2008; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/Local  
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McClellan Switches to Obama

Del. Jennifer L. McClellan, a superdelegate who had endorsed Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton for president, announced today that she is switching her support to Sen. Barack Obama after his strong showing in this week's primaries. "The time has come to support Sen. Obama as our likely nominee,'' said McClellan, an African American woman from Richmond. "The time has come for us to come together as a party." McClellan, who endorsed Clinton in December, agonized in recent weeks about her decision, calling it "the most stressful thing I've been through in my whole life." She said that she gradually changed her mind after watching Obama win recent primaries and realizing he will probably be the Democratic nominee....

By Anita Kumar  |  May 7, 2008; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/President , General Assembly 2008 , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Family Research Council Endorses Marshall for Senate

The legislative advocacy arm, FRC Action, of the Family Research Council, founded in 1983 to promote "marriage, family and the sanctity of human life," endorsed Del. Robert G. Marshall (Prince William) for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. "Delegate Marshall is the conservative candidate in this race," said Connie Mackey, senior vice president of the group's legislative advocacy arm, FRC Action. "There is a clear and significant difference between Bob Marshall's claim to the pro-life mantle and Jim Gilmore's."...

By Anita Kumar  |  May 7, 2008; 7:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , John W. Warner , Mark Warner  
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Del. Marshall's Wife Clashes With Corey Stewart

Prince William County supervisors continue to deal with the aftermath of budget cuts. Several citizens showed up at today's board meeting to lament cuts to the county's budget, including the Manassas senior day program. One of the people who spoke was the wife of Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), who is locked in a tight race for the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate with James S. Gilmore. Cathy Marshall said her 80-year-old father, Edward Fonseca, uses the senior day program several times a week. She implored the board to reconsider its decision....

By Steve Fehr  |  May 6, 2008; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Kristen Mack , Prince William  
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Kaine Goes YouTube

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) announced today that he had created his own YouTube channel on the popular online video sharing site that allows people to watch and share videos. The channel, www.youtube.com/vagovernor, features video clips of public service announcements, speeches and public forums with Kaine. "I am pleased to join the Virginia government community of YouTube channels," Kaine said in statement. "The use of new media to deliver information online is vital to engage citizens in the process of government."...

By Steve Fehr  |  May 6, 2008; 3:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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In PW, a Weaker or Stronger Immigration Policy?

A week after the Prince William Board of County Supervisors changed its hallmark illegal immigration enforcement, supervisors continue to argue over whether it was rolled back or expanded. The board voted unanimously last Tuesday to direct police officers to question criminal suspects about their immigration status after an arrest is made. The policy the board approved in October ordered officers to check the legal status of all suspects, no matter how minor the offense, if they had reason to believe the person might be in the country unlawfully....

By Steve Fehr  |  May 6, 2008; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Kristen Mack , Prince William  
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Warner Continues Tour Around the State

Hundreds of supporters, including many local elected officials, greeted Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Mark. R. Warner at an outdoor rally outside the Hampton Roads Naval Museum in Norfolk on the second day of his four-state tour. A four-piece ensemble played music. Jim Pierce, a financial adviser from Williamsburg who considers himself a Republican, said he will support Warner because he is impressed with his "common sense" approach and the way he reaches across party lines. Warner, who calls himself a moderate Democrat, frequently talks of forming a coalition of 10-12 "radical centrist" senators from both parties to hash out compromises....

By Anita Kumar  |  May 5, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , James Webb , John W. Warner , Mark Warner , Timothy M. Kaine  
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State Republicans File Another Ad Complaint

The Republican Party of Virginia announced today that it will file a second complaint with the Federal Elections Commission over what it calls the Democratic National Committee's continued coordination with its presidential candidates to launch attacks against presumptive GOP nominee John McCain. "A disturbing trend has developed among the DNC and its presidential candidates," said John H. Hager, chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia. "First, the DNC shows complete disregard for federal election laws by coordinating strategy with the presidential campaigns, and then the DNC puts out intentionally misleading negative ads....

By Anita Kumar  |  May 5, 2008; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Election 2008/President  
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Warner Kicks Off Senate Campaign

Eights months after he announced he would run for U.S. Senate, Democrat Mark R. Warner officially launched his campaign tonight in the small town of Abingdon in southwest Virginia. "I believe that the American public doesn't trust either party enough to give them a blank check and what it's going to take is that both parties need to work together,'' Warner said. More than 250 supporters welcomed Warner, his wife, Lisa, and their two youngest daughters at E.B. Stanley Middle School for an early dinner of barbecue, cole slaw and pickles. A band played bluegrass music, including a song about Warner from his days as governor....

By Anita Kumar  |  May 4, 2008; 9:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Webb , John W. Warner , Mark Warner , Timothy M. Kaine  
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