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Palin, Biden Return to Virginia (Updated)

Anita Kumar

The vice presidential candidates are coming back.

U.S. Sen. Joe Biden (D) will hold rallies Friday at the Danville Community Market and Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville and Saturday at Nansemond River High School in Suffolk. It's his fifth trip to the state.

Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) will campaign Monday at J.R.'s Festival Lakes in Leesburg, Hurkamp Park in Fredericksburg and the Salem Civic Center. It's her third trip to the state..

By Anita Kumar  |  October 22, 2008; 5:01 PM ET
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Where on Earth is coverage of the Virginia race for the US Senate? Will you guys ever remember the state to your south and south west? If Maryland was electing a US senator, we would see it on page A1 everyday. Your link to the Virginia senate race doesn't even list the candidates.

This is what you find when you click on the link for "All Elections In Virginia"

http://projects.washingtonpost.com/2008/elections/va/

This is a disgrace.

Posted by: thuff7 | October 22, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

For those of you interested: Former Governor Mark Warner (Moderate Democrat) is running for the US Senate seat being vacated by Sen John Warner (moderate Republican) agains former Governor James Gilmore (conservative Republican).

For those who are too young to remember, Gilmore was elected governor by promising to eliminate personal property tax (car tax) which was used to fund schools and services in local municipalities and counties. The state promised to pay that money to them directly.

Governor Gilmore did this in steps. But as he did that, state revenues decreased in the recession. The state forecast a budget shortfall of approx. $2 billion. That money was needed to fulfill the state constitution mandate for a balanced budget. As a result, money was cut to schools, higher education, police and healthcare. And of course, no new transportation iniatives.

Mark Warner took over as the new governor who had to deal with the budget. He restored the fiscal sanity, balanced the budget and restored our investment in our children and college students so they are better prepared to compete in a global economy.

Gilmore was made the director of the Republican Nationaol Committee. However, his utter failure to run Virginia's economy force the RNC to quietly show him the back door so he wouldn't hurt the election campaigns. He was a poster boy for why ill-planned tax cuts can hurt the economy, not help it. Even anti-tax Republicans couldn't suffer his foolishness.

Now Gilmore wants to do some more irresponsible slashing. He will want to fire government employees in a recession. He will slash services and heavily impact our ability to maintain social security and medicare. Unless you are rich, you will be left out in the cold.

Keep this kooko-bird out of government forever. Vote for Mark Warner for US Senate.

Posted by: thuff7 | October 22, 2008 5:28 PM | Report abuse

Governor Gilmore told us the we know how to use our money better than the government does, so we should keep it and not pay taxes.

So, dear Virginians, with the extra money he provided to you, how many new schools did you build, how many new police officers and homeland security personnel did you hire? How many mentally ill patients did you serve? How many roads did you build? How many bridges did you fix? How much snow did you plow on state highways? How many sick children did you treat?

You see, all these services suffered under Gilmore. But he said you would have it covered by keeping your own money. How did you all do?

Maybe we do need a government to provide for services we can't do ourselves.

Posted by: thuff7 | October 22, 2008 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Governor Gilmore told us the we know how to use our money better than the government does, so we should keep it and not pay taxes.

So, dear Virginians, with the extra money he provided to you, how many new schools did you build, how many new police officers and homeland security personnel did you hire? How many mentally ill patients did you serve? How many roads did you build? How many bridges did you fix? How much snow did you plow on state highways? How many sick children did you treat?

You see, all these services suffered under Gilmore. But he said you would have it covered by keeping your own money. How did you all do?

Maybe we do need a government to provide for services we can't do ourselves.

Posted by: thuff7 | October 22, 2008 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Would it be possible for one of the conservative Constitutional Law Professors at George Mason to go to Leesburg and give Governor Palin a lesson on what the Constitutional duties of the Vice President are?

It usually only takes five minutes because there are so few, and other than casting a vote in the event of a tie in the Senate, the Vice President has no authority to do anything other than what the President tells them to do.

The Governor's answer to a Denver third grader's question yesterday was a hoot. She's going to lead the Senate.

Maybe it should be Trent Lott. He can tell her what the V.P. does and where the Senators will tell any activist V.P. to go?

Posted by: NoVA | October 22, 2008 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Mccain distribution of wealth:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8EyGpOU3qM

Does this make him a socialist?

Posted by: Anonymous | October 22, 2008 7:25 PM | Report abuse

****AMERICA SHOULD BE FEARFULLY CONCERNED****

In the last month, After Governor Sarah Palin and HER Administration was refused by The Alaska Superior Court, then refused by The Alaska Supreme Court to SQUASH the “Troopergate Investigation” against Sarah Palin, the Alaska State Legislative Investigation (LAW) moved on the investigation of the Firing of the Alaska State Public Safety Commissioner.

Gov.Sarah Palin “IS” found “GUILTY” by The Alaska State Legislature [60] Lawmakers, [Mostly Republicans] .in the Investigation of Firing" The Chief of The Alaska State Public Safety Commissioner, Walt Monegan.

TROOPERGATE: In plain English, Sarah Palin has been legally PROVEN that she broke the Alaska State Ethics Law in ABUSING HER power in pushing for the firing of a State Trooper once married to her sister and by also ALLOWING her husband Todd Palin to use the Alaska Governor's Office in a crusade against the Officer. She is charged with 18 Ethic Violation Facts.

Currently the State of Alaska Personnel Board [appointed by Sara Palin} hired a private Investigator to continue the “Troopergate Investigation” on possible OTHER Ethic Violations which Palin allowed HER appointed Administration to participate in. Sarah Palins appointed State of Alaska, Attorney General Colberg, cannot participate to defend Gov. Palin or to defend her Administration. Why? Because he also is in conflict of interest

ALASKA GOVERNOR RECALL!
I am an Alaskan life voting Republican. This 2008 Election, I will [with pleasure] vote Democrat!

This Alaska Governor Palin has Destroyed and continues to attempt to Destroy "MANY GOOD ALASKAN PEOPLE(s)” Professionally and Politically during her "VERY SHORT" term position as Mayor in a small community Wasilla, Ak (Approx 5,000 + residents during her reign) and currently the Alaska State Governor.

McCain’s V.P. selection Sarah Palin unequivocally has NO business being the Alaska Governor, let alone, a USA Candidate for Vice President…..

Maverick??.....”AMERICA SHOULD BE FEARFULLY CONCERNED”

I voted for Sarah Palin in Alaskans 2006 Governor Election. MISTAKE!.... Never Again… I repeat-NEVER AGAIN!!....Alaska Governor Palin is an absolute Embarrassment to the Alaska People(s) and "IS PROVEN” Over and Over to be an insatiable LIAR!!..
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How can she possibly ASSUME to possess the ability to clean up America, when she cannot clean the progressive ''MESS" She has created, then left Alaska to run for the United States V.P. Yes, she .departed leaving “HERSELF and HER husband todd palins” Mess FOR Alaskans to Clean-Up!!

MCCAIN, you should be ASHAMED of yourself!!!! This victim (palin) has no business in this Presidential Arena.

Posted by: Alaskan Voter
Thank You,
History of Palin News & Investigation Report adn.com/Newsweek

McClatchy.com; Washington Post
Anchorage Daily News a.dn.com ;Newsweek; Alaska Politics

Posted by: AlaskanVoter | October 22, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse

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