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Virginia Politics Blog: August 31, 2008 - September 6, 2008

Palin to Campaign in Virginia

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin will campaign in Virginia for the first time since she became the Republican nominee for vice president this week in St. Paul, Minn. Palin will visit Virginia Beach on Sept. 18, according to Virginia Republicans. The campaign has yet to release details of the trip. This year, both parties predict that the heavily populated and racially diverse Hampaton Roads area, which is home to the world's largest naval base, will be one of the state's most competitive regions in the presidential race. Hampton Roads, a region of midsize cities and sprawling suburbs in the state's southeastern corner, is home to core constituencies for both parties. Palin's visit is part of McCain's aggressive campaign in Virginia that includes recruiting volunteers, knocking on doors and calling voters to try to win one of the nation's newest battleground states....

By Anita Kumar  |  September 6, 2008; 8:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obama Heading to Southwest Virginia

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) will hold a town hall meeting in Lebanon in Southwest Virginia on Tuesday, marking his fourth campaign swing through the state since June. Obama will discuss the economy during his visit to Lebanon High School. Lebanon, population 4,000, is located in Russell County in the heart of Virginia's coal country, where Obama performed poorly in the Feb. 12 primary. Obama got just 14 percent of the vote in the county, even though he had been endorsed by the region's popular congressman, U.S. Rep. Rick Boucher (D). But Obama will be making his second trip to the region, underscoring his campaign's belief that he can improve his standing in rural America if he takes his message directly to residents. Obama's visit is also another sign he plans to fight for Virginia's 13 electoral votes until the end, despite curtailing advertising recently in some other traditional red states,...

By Tim Craig  |  September 6, 2008; 8:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  Barack Obama , Election 2008/President , James Webb , Tim Craig  
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Kaine's Guys, and Paul Reagan

(Photo by Tim Craig - TWP) Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's political staff pose with Paul Reagan, chief of staff for Sen. James Webb (D-Va.), at the Democratic National Convention. From left to right, Reagan, Matt Felan, a senior adviser and fundraiser for Moving Virginia Forward, Charles Kelly, executive director of Moving Virginia Forward, and Dave Brooks, finance director for Moving Virginia Forward....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  September 6, 2008; 7:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Gerald E. Connolly  
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The Faces Behind Jim Webb

(Photo by Tim Craig) Jessica Smith, Lisa Stark and Ashley Flanagan pose at the Democratic National Convention. Smith, left, is Sen. James Webb's communications director. Stark is Webb's scheduler. Flanagan, a fundraiser, manages Webb's Born Fighting political action commitee....

By washingtonpost.com editors  |  September 6, 2008; 5:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Wagner Picking Up the Pace

Although she got into the race just a month ago, former Finance Secretary Jody W. Wagner is accelerating her campaign for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. Wagner has a half-dozen campaign events planned this week, focusing on local Democratic meetings in an effort to reach out to party activists. On Friday, Wagner announced she has been endorsed by 30 members of the General Assembly, including Senate Majority Leader Richard L. Saslaw (Fairfax) and Sen. Charles J. Colgan (Prince William) from Northern Virginia and senators Yvonne Miller (D-Norfolk) and L. Louise Lucas (Portsmouth) from Hampton Roads. The full list of Wagner's legislative supporters indicates she is moving swiftly to try to lock up support in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads, two pivotal regions in a Democratic primary. Google Ads have also started appearing on the Internet in which Wagner tries to link herself to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) and...

By Tim Craig  |  September 6, 2008; 12:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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From the Floor: The Real Work Starts

Kate Maxwell was a Virginia delegate to the Republican National Convention who blogged from Minneapolis-St. Paul for Virginia Politics. She is from Midlothian in Chesterfield County. I'm in the airport, waiting to go back to the real world in which a long workday doesn't culminate in a balloon drop. It's been an amazing week for me, and as exhausted as I am, I know the real work starts today. Having never been to a convention before, it's tough for me to say with any authority how this one went. Over the course of this week, though, I have watched a transformation in the delegates. Let's face it, you have to be a pretty enthusiastic Republican to take a week out of your life, and in some cases, fly across the country to watch political speeches. I don't think anyone here lacked excitement for the McCain-Palin ticket on Monday, but...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 5, 2008; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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From the Floor: Palin and a Pit Bull

Kate Maxwell is a Virginia delegate to the Republican National Convention who will be blogging from Minneapolis-St. Paul for Virginia Politics. She is from Midlothian in Chesterfield County. "What's the difference between a hockey mom and a pit bull? Lipstick." Every American who tuned into the RNC Wednesday (and more tuned in for Gov. Palin than Barack Obama) knew that she had to hit a home run. To say she exceeded expectations is an understatment. I've seen some of the coverage from Wednesday night and Thursday, not only to catch a glimpse of the women of the Virginia delegation dancing to "Everyday People," but also to see whether the media could capture the dynamic energy and passion that was coursing through the Xcel Center. They didn't, but in all fairness, they couldn't...

By washingtonpost.com  |  September 4, 2008; 5:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (137)
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"Virginia is for McCain-Palin Lovers"

ST. PAUL --- After seeing Texans wearing matching cowboy hats and Pennsylvanians waving matching yellow towels, Virginians have come up with their own symbol to show off on the convention floor tonight. The Virginia delegation will be wearing white T-shirts that proclaim, "Virginia is for McCain-Palin lovers," a play on the state's longstanding slogan. Look for them to the left of the stage next to the New Mexico delegation. Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, delegation chairman, presented the T-shirts to the state's 63 delegates and 60 alternates this morning. McDonnell, the likely Republican nominee for governor next year, paid for the T-shirts....

By Anita Kumar  |  September 4, 2008; 9:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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VA Business Owner Speaks at Convention

ST. PAUL --- Christy Swanson, a small business owner in Richmond and a Democrat, spoke Wednesday night at the Republican National Convention about her support of Sen. John McCain for president. She told the crowd of thousands that she backs McCain because he will not raise taxes and will expand the number of people with health insurance, "I'm a Democrat,'' she said. "I'm voting for John McCain. It is right for me and right for America." Swanson serves as vice chairwoman of Virginia Citizens for McCain, a coalition of Democrats and independents who support the Arizona senator for president. She and her husband, Kip, own a business that filters vegetable oil for restaurants and use the leftover waste oil to produce biodiesel fuel to power a small company fleet....

By Anita Kumar  |  September 4, 2008; 2:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kaine Will Join Biden at Town Hall

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) will appear with Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) Thursday in Manassas. Earlier today, it wasn't clear if Kaine, who was a finalist for Biden's new job as the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, would join Biden at a town hall meeting at George Mason University's Prince William campus. But Kaine advisers say he now plans to attend the event, which is billed as a discussion of economic issues. It will be the first time since Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) selected Biden as his running mate that both he and Kaine will be in public on the same stage. Kaine and Biden did meet briefly, however, last week at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, the governor's advisers say. Before the Democratic event in Manassas, former senator George Allen and Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell, both of whom are at the Republican National Convention, will hold a conference call...

By Tim Craig  |  September 3, 2008; 10:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Barack Obama , Election 2008/President , Tim Craig , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Obama, Biden Look For Votes in Prince William

U.S. Sen. Joe Biden (D-Del.) will be in Manassas tomorrow, another sign that Prince William County is central to Sen. Barack Obama's strategy for winning Virginia's 13 electoral votes. Biden, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee, will hold a town hall meeting on economic issues at George Mason University's Prince William campus. Prince William has long been a GOP stronghold in presidential contests, but Obama is making a big push to win it this year. Prince William has one of the largest African American populations in Northern Virginia - about 20 percent - and it includes several increasingly Democratic suburban neighborhoods near Interstate 95. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) and Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) both narrowly won Prince William during their races. In June, Obama kicked off his Virginia general election campaign by hosting a large rally at Nissan Pavilion in Bristow, Prince William County. Last month, Kaine also campaigned for Obama...

By Tim Craig  |  September 3, 2008; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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From the Floor: Online and On Camera

Kate Maxwell is a Virginia delegate to the Republican National Convention who will be blogging from Minneapolis-St. Paul for Virginia Politics. She is from Midlothian in Chesterfield County. Kate participated in a washingtonpost.com live online discussion from our media space in St. Paul, Minn. Kate Maxwell: Hey, I'm Kate and I'm the youngest member of the Virginia delegation. _______________________ Fairfax, Va.: Is the convention as boring and stale as it looks on TV? I sure hope they liven it up a bit ... it is not playing well on TV, lots of empty seats, very senior citizens all over the screen. Are there many young people attending this thing? Why is the turn-out so low? Your opinion please. Kate Maxwell: Well, I'm 20, so there are definitely young people out this year. I'm the youngest member of our delegation, but there are several others in their 20s and 30s....

By washingtonpost.com  |  September 3, 2008; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Virginians Sip Cocktails, Honor Pat Boone

MINNEAPOLIS --- More than 100 Virginia delegates, alternates and guests enjoyed a posh brunch on the top floor of a beach club overlooking Lake Calhoun, as a jazz bank played. The guest of honor, legendary singer Pat Boone, received a standing ovation when he walked to the stage wearing a white suit and a red, white and blue tie. "We are here to let John McCain and Governor Palin descend to the White House and dethrone the man who would be king,'' Boone said to applause and laughter. Guests sipped mimosas and Bloody Marys, dined on hand-carved roast beef, potato pancakes, frittata, rolls, fruit and salad and strolled onto a rooftop terrace to take in the view. "We don't see this in rural Virginia,'' quipped Tucker Watkins, a delegate from the southern part of the state....

By Anita Kumar  |  September 3, 2008; 2:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , At the 2008 Conventions , Election 2008/President , Eric Cantor , James Gilmore III , John McCain  
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Va. Resident Speaks at Convention

ST. PAUL --- Virginia resident and retired Army captain Leslie Smith spoke briefly on the floor of the Republican National Convention last night about her quest to encourage wounded veterans to live life to the fullest. Smith, of tiny Tappahannock in Essex County, had her left leg amputated after suffering a rare blood disorder during a 2002 peace-keeping mission to Bosnia-Herzegovina. "We need to make tomorrow better than today,'' she told the crowd of thousands last night. Smith had 20 surgeries during her seven-month stay at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Since then, she has completed four marathons, one triathlon and was recruited to try-out for the U.S. Paralympics Women's Sitting Volleyball team for the 2008 U.S. Paralympic Games in Beijing, China. Now, she visits wounded military service members, motivating them to overcome their physical challenges through athletics....

By Anita Kumar  |  September 3, 2008; 1:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bob Marshall Speaks on Palin

Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), who frequently pushes bills in the General Assembly to restrict access to birth control, has entered the debate surrounding the announcement this week that Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's (R) unmarried, 17-year-old daughter is pregnant. In a statement sent to reporters, Marshall accused Democrats of launching "vicious and outrageously personal political attacks" on Bristol Palin because she plans to keep the baby. Marshall didn't offer up any examples of Virginia Democrats being involved in attacks on Bristol Palin, but said, "liberal Democrats affirm a right to privacy for any woman who wants to have a legal abortion, but they are granting no such privilege to Bristol Palin." "The Democrats excuse themselves from the sin of scandal but they're more than willing to use children as pawns on political chessboards," said Marshall, who wants to outlaw all abortions. "Like the Pharisees when they confronted Christ with...

By Tim Craig  |  September 3, 2008; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Fans Flock to See Allen at Convention

ST. PAUL -- George Allen, former governor and senator, arrived at the Republican National Convention late Tuesday in time to sit with the Virginia delegation and hear the first night of speakers including former senator Fred Thompson and Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut. Allen, who is serving as a delegate, was mobbed by fans wanting to talk to him or have their photos taken with him. One man of Indian decent from the nearby Nevada delegation even joked that his name was "macaca" when Allen asked him. Allen took it all in stride and seemed to enjoy himself. Allen, who many had expected to run for president this year until he lost his re-election bid in 2006, raved about his former colleague, Sen. John McCain, and his running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. "She's gotten a lot of people really excited." Allen said convention-goers were more energetic this year than...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 3, 2008; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Biden Going to Virginia Beach

Delaware Sen. Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee for vice-president, will campaign in Virginia Beach Thursday. Biden, who will be making his first campaign swing through Virginia as the nominee, will hold a town hall meeting that focuses on military and veterans issues. Biden is the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Barack Obama, the Democratic nominee for president, won't be with Biden. Since June, Obama has made three campaign swings through Virginia. Arizona Sen John McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee, has been in Virginia for fundraisers and meetings but has yet to hold a public event outside of Northern Virginia....

By Tim Craig  |  September 2, 2008; 11:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McCain-Warner Campaign Debuts

Bradley Hungerman, the William & Mary student turned political operative, has followed through on his promise to create a website that promotes both Democratic Senate Candidate Mark R. Warner and Arizona Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee for president. The votebipartisan.com website argues Virginia voters should split their tickets this year by supporting McCain and Warner. The site is also selling McCain-Warner bumper stickers and yard signs. The website is funded by a political committee that Hungerman registered with the Federal Election Commission in June. Bradley Hungerman is a senior at William & Mary. His father, Andrew J. Hungerman III, the registered agent of the Vote Bipartisan PAC, is a former vice-president at Colonial Williamsburg. Bradley Hungerman said in an interview last month his efforts are not connected to either the Warner or McCain campaigns. But he noted his family has a relationship with one of Warner's staff members....

By Tim Craig  |  September 2, 2008; 7:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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From the Floor: Midwest Charm

Kate Maxwell is a Virginia delegate to the Republican National Convention who will be blogging from Minneapolis-St. Paul for Virginia Politics. She is from Midlothian in Chesterfield County. Today the floor session doesn't begin until 6 p.m., so we are having a chance to see some of Minneapolis and St. Paul...which, since I'm 20, pretty much just means the Mall of America. I've really been struck by how gracious the cities have been to us. Whether or not I'm wearing my credentials or the McCain-Palin gear I've been collecting, I'm fairly confident that the locals aren't having any trouble picking me out as a Republican delegate. At the very least, I'm finding my requests for sweet tea and use of "ya'll" is giving me away as an out-of-towner. I've found everyone very nice. Even the protester turn-out has been minimal. After all the hype, I was almost hoping for...

By washingtonpost.com  |  September 2, 2008; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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Republican Klinge Hits Gilmore in Debate Flap

Republican strategist J. Kenneth Klinge called GOP Senate candidate James S. Gilmore "a hypocrite" today over Gilmore's criticism of Mark R. Warner for not yet agreeing to a statewide, televised debate. Klinge, an ally of U.S. Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), noted that Gilmore refused to debate his opponent for the Republican nomination, Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), in the weeks leading up to the state GOP convention in June. "I am sick and tired of seeing (Gilmore) act like something he isn't," said Klinge, who has been critical of Gilmore in the past. "On this subject, he is definitely a hypocrite." On Monday, Gilmore said it's not fair to compare his stance on debates with Warner, the Democratic nominee for Senate, to the one he held this spring. Gilmore noted that only 5,000 delegates selected the GOP nominee whereas several million people will vote in the general election. "We...

By Tim Craig  |  September 2, 2008; 1:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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RNC Releases New Ad in Virginia

Arizona Sen. John McCain (R) and the Republican National Committee released a new 30-second television ad today that seeks to link Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama to congressional Democrats. The ad suggests that Obama and Democrats in Congress would push for higher taxes if Obama is elected this year. The ad is airing in Virginia, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada and Wisconsin....

By Tim Craig  |  September 2, 2008; 1:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Warner Silent on Palin

Democratic Senate Candidate Mark R. Warner dodged a question yesterday at the Buena Vista Labor Day parade on whether he thinks Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin is qualified to be the GOP vice-presidential nominee. "That's for you all to decide," Warner told reporters....

By Tim Craig  |  September 2, 2008; 1:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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GOP Also Gives Va. Prime Seating

ST. PAUL -- The Virginia delegation at the Republican National Convention has enviable seats on the floor at the Xcel Energy Center. The state's 63 delegates are sitting on the front left facing the stage, just behind New Mexico. Virginia is surrounded by other swing states including Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida. Virginia delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Denver last week also had a prime spot. Virginia, which has voted for a Republican for president for more than four decades, is considered one of the nation's newest battleground states. "It's the first time we've been in play in a long time," said John H. Hager, former lieutenant governor and state party chairman....

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 2, 2008; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Delegates Take Palin News In Stride

ST. PAUL --- Many members of 123-member Virginia delegation, who spent the day at back-to-back events, had not yet heard the news Monday afternoon about the pregnancy of the 17-year-old daughter of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, Sen. John McCain's running mate. Those who had took it in stride, saying it was not a story and not an issue that would hurt the race. "It's always unfortunate when something like this happens," said Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, a convention delegate. "It's a challenge to any family. But it kind of shows there is no difference [between the Palin family] and what any other American family has to deal with. Families involved in politics and leadership aren't any different." Bolling said the news will probably not hurt McCain because Palin's daughter made the right decision to have the baby and get married. "It's unfortunate,'' said Brian O'Connor, a delegate who lives in...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 1, 2008; 10:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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From the Floor: Opening Day

Kate Maxwell is a Virginia delegate to the Republican National Convention who will be blogging from Minneapolis-St. Paul for Virginia Politics. She is from Midlothian in Chesterfield County. Hurricane Gustav hit the Gulf Coast this morning and in Minneapolis, we have suspended nonessential events. The committees continued to meet and the delegates are on the floor this afternoon to approve our party platform and officially nominate John McCain. The atmosphere has been a bit more subdued today, as the hurricane, not party politics is on everyone's mind. John McCain is proving once again that "country first" is not just a campaign slogan. First Lady Laura Bush is speaking as I write, and as she says: "Our American ideals always transcend our partisanship." Today that has been true. The McCain campaign is paying to fly all of the affected delegates home to be with their families. Like many other delegations,...

By washingtonpost.com  |  September 1, 2008; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Buena Vista Sign War

Democratic Senate candidate Mark R. Warner (D) may have won the sign war at the Buena Vista Labor Day parade today in the Shenandoah Valley, but supporters of Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) get the award for creativity. On a highway leading into the city, Obama supporters erected a series of signs that made fun of Obama's name, which is a possible hurdle for his candidacy in rural western Virginia. "Sick of DC?" stated one Obama sign. "Tired of the Same?" read another sign a few feet away. "Vote for the Candidate with the Funny Name," the third sign said. A few miles away, three more homemade Obama signs lined the highway. "Tired of the Same?" the first sign stated. "Want Meds for Mama?" the second sign read. "Vote for Obama," the last sign said. Both Obama and Arizona Sen. John McCain put up respectable showings in the annual sign war....

By Tim Craig  |  September 1, 2008; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va, Md Delegates Go to the Circus

ST. PAUL -- Dominion Resources, the energy company, treated the Virginia and Maryland delegations to a lunch-time circus performance today that included acrobatics and fire juggling. The event was put on by Circus Juventas, a non-profit organization in St. Paul that trains children in performance art to inspire artistry and self-confidence. Many members of the audience reacted with "oohs" and "ahhs" when watching the intricate acts that included ropes, swings and fire. Chuck Gast, second vice chairman of the Maryland Republican Party, said the event was a great chance to meet people from other states. Dominion hosted the event for the Maryland, Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania delegations. A similar event was held Sunday for the West Virginia delegates....

By Anita Kumar  |  September 1, 2008; 3:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bolling Campaign Cancels Guidebook Order

MINNEAPOLIS -- Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's re-election campaign canceled an order for 150 guidebooks produced in the Twin Cities that devoted a section to gay and lesbian tourists. Bolling (R) had planned to give the guidebooks, published by the Rake, to the 123 members of the Virginia delegation to the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn. A Bolling spokesman said Monday that the lieutenant governor never saw a copy of the guidebook but would not have had a problem with it. A staffer reviewed a copy and canceled the order because of the section for gays and lesbians, said Randy Marcus, Bolling's chief of staff and a convention delegate. Bolling's campaign ordered another guidebook for the delegates and alternates instead. ....

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 1, 2008; 2:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Surrogates Talk Up McCain-Palin Ticket

MINNEAPOLIS -- A couple hundred Virginians began their first official day at the Republican National Convention at a breakfast where they prayed for Gulf Coast hurricane victims and GOP presidential and vice presidential hopefuls, Sen. John McCain and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. A slew of speakers talked up McCain, including James Woolsey, CIA director during the Clinton administration; retired Major General and Medal of Honor recipient Patrick Brady; Ken Blackwell, former Ohio secretary of state and first African-American to be a candidate for governor of a major party in that state; and U.S. Rep. Dan Lungren of California. "No other leader in America, no one today, has had his experiences, has demostarted his guts or is better qualified to lead American in a time of war,'' Brady said. The "McCain surrogates" were making the rounds at various delegation breakfasts and other events at the convention this week. They spoke about...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 1, 2008; 11:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Va. Delegates Party on Eve of Convention

MINNEAPOLIS -- Virginia delegates and other guests from the state gathered last night to play pool, air hockey and other games at the delegation's "Arcade Night" welcome party at the Minneapolis hotel where they are staying this week for the Republican National Convention. The atmosphere was festive despite news that most of Monday's convention activities would be canceled due to concern about Hurricane Gustav hitting the Gulf Coast. Among those in the crowd were Pat Boone, the 1950s singer turned conservative commentator; John H. Hager, former lieutenant governor and father-in-law to Jenna Bush; and U.S. Reps. Tom Davis and Thelma Drake. Drake, who is in a tough re-election battle in Hampton Roads, was the only elected official from Virginia scheduled to speak during the convention until her speech on Monday was postponed, perhaps canceled, because of Gustav. Drake, who had planned on flying back to Virginia Tuesday, said she was...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 1, 2008; 12:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Va. Delegates Take Schedule Changes in Stride

MINNEAPOLIS -- Members of Virginia's delegation to the Republican National Convention said that presumptive presidential nominee John McCain did the right thing by scrapping much of tomorrow's activities due to a hurricane bound for the Gulf Coast. "The Republican party is the party of life,'' said Jonathan Krive, chairman of the Falls Church City Republican Committee and a convention delegate. "The most important priority for us is to make sure the folks in Louisiana and other states are safe." Virginians still plan to attend the RNC Delegate Welcome Party scheduled for tonight at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Republican Party of Virginia also will continue to hold its "Arcade Night" welcome party, sponsored by Norfolk Southern, and its delegation breakfast tomorrow morning. "I think it's appropriate,'' said Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (Prince William), state GOP chairman. "We've got to balance this stuff out. Hundreds of people are here. They can't...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 31, 2008; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Virginia Delegates Get Ready for Convention

MINNEAPOLIS --The 123 members of Virginia's delegation to the Republican National Convention started to arrive in the Twin Cities Saturday. A Radisson hotel near the University of Minnesota will be home to both the Virginia and U.S. Virgin Islands delegations for the next week. Huge banners erected on the front of the hotel greeted both groups. The Republican of Virginia is providing each delegation member with a goodie bag -- courtesy of corporate sponsors CSPAN, Capitol One and others -- that includes Virginia peanuts, hand sanitizer, an alarm clock, a red-and-blue stress ball in the shape of an elephant, a small towel and a pin with the American and Virginia flags. The Republican National Committee also supplies each delegate from across the nation with its own gift -- a bag that includes a copy of Sen. John McCain's book Faith of My Fathers, a pocket guide to the U.S. Constitution,...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 31, 2008; 12:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , At the 2008 Conventions , Bill Bolling , Election 2008/President , Eric Cantor , George F. Allen , James Gilmore III , John McCain , John W. Warner , Robert F. McDonnell , Thomas M. Davis III  
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