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Virginia Politics Blog: March 22, 2009 - March 28, 2009

McDonnell's First Stop

More than 500 enthusiastic supporters turned out in Annandale today to cheer on Republican Robert F. McDonnell as he officially began his campaign for governor. U.S. Rep. Frank R. Wolf and former congressman Tom Davis greeted McDonnell, his wife, Maureen, a former Washington Redskins cheerleader, and all of his five children at a fire station. Eldest daughter Jeanine, 28, a former Army lieutenant who served in Iraq, introduced him. McDonnell began his six-day "New Jobs, More Opportunities" tour of the state with a mostly positive speech outlining broad policy goals that focus on creating jobs and boosting the economy, partly by cutting bureaucratic red tape to allow Virginians to open a business in 48 hours. He mentioned jobs 19 times. "To every Virginian who has lost their job, to every small-business owner trying to make payroll, to every retiree afraid to look at their retirement account, to every homeowner struggling...

By Anita Kumar  |  March 28, 2009; 9:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Thomas M. Davis III  
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McDonnell Kicks Off Campaign

Former attorney general Robert F. McDonnell officially kicks off his campaign for governor this morning at a rally at an Annandale fire station. Several hundreds of supporters are expected to attend. Later today, McDonnell will knock on doors on Wagon Wheel Road in the Mount Vernon section of Fairfax County to speak to potential voters on the street where he lived from age 8 until he left for college. He will then fly to Richmond, Virginia Beach and Roanoke. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) and others elected officials are expected to attend today's events. Former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will join McDonnell on Monday. McDonnell, the Republican nominee for governor, will embark on a six-day tour of the state that will include visits to every region of Virginia. See below for the full schedule:...

By Anita Kumar  |  March 28, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Moran Endorsed by Ebbin, Young Dems

Del. Adam P. Ebbin, the highest-ranking openly gay elected official in Virginia and the only openly gay member of the General Assembly, endorsed Democrat Brian Moran for governor. Ebbin cited Moran's long-term commitment to fighting discrimination and his opposition to the Virginia marriage amendment, which defines marriage as between a man and a woman and was passed by voters in 2006. "Brian Moran has always been a leader in the fight against discrimination, even when it wasn't popular," Ebbin said. Moran, a former delegate, had been endorsed by the Virginia Partisans Gay and Lesbian Democratic Club and received the support of Equality Virginia PAC....

By Anita Kumar  |  March 28, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Election 2009  
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Hall to Retire From House

Del. Franklin P. Hall (D-Richmond) will retire next month after more than three decades in the House. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) will appoint Hall to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. "Frank Hall has been a friend and colleague for many years, and has faithfully served the people of Virginia for several decades," Kaine said. "He brings a wealth of experience and talent to his new job, having represented clients before the ABC Commission during more than 40 years as an attorney." Hall has represented the Richmond area since 1975 and was Democratic leader from 2002 to 2008. His last day in the House will be April 14....

By Anita Kumar  |  March 27, 2009; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Gingrich Headlines Bolling Kickoff

Former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich will headline Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's campaign kickoff gala in Richmond on April 17. Gingrich, who served as speaker from 1995 to 1999, co-authored the 1994 Contract with America, a detailed plan of action for Congress, and helped end four decades of Democratic majorities in the House. Bolling will face lawyer Patrick Muldoon for the Republican nomination. Four Democrats are running: Jon Bowerbank, a businessman from Russell County, Pat Edmonson, a member of the Virginia Beach School Board, Michael Signer, an attorney who worked for former governor Mark R. Warner and former Finance Secretary Jody Wagner....

By Anita Kumar  |  March 27, 2009; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2009  
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Foster Endorsed by Va Beach Mayor

David M. Foster, former chairman of the Arlington School Board, was endorsed by the mayor of the state's largest city, Virginia Beach's Will Sessoms, for the Republican nomination of attorney general. "As mayor of Virginia Beach, I know that Dave Foster will be the attorney general we need to cut red tape, bring jobs to Virginia and help get the economy moving again," Sessoms said. Foster faces John Brownlee, the former top prosecutor for Virginia's western district, and state Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II (R-Fairfax) at a Republican convention in May. Only one Democrat, Del. Stephen C. Shannon (D-Fairfax), has announced his intention to run. "I'm elated that Will Sessoms is backing my candidacy," Foster said. "His endorsement is a significant breakthrough and sends a clear signal to Republicans dedicated to strengthening our party and achieving a solid victory for the entire GOP ticket next November."...

By Anita Kumar  |  March 27, 2009; 10:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli  
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Webb Introduces Criminal Justice Bill

Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) today introduced a bill that would create a bipartisan commission on criminal justice reform. Webb has been an outspoken critic of the nation's drug laws and its approach toward incarceration, even though Virginia is considered a law-and-order state. In a statement on his Web site, he called the criminal justice system a "national disgrace."...

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  March 26, 2009; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  James Webb , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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McAuliffe Calls for Ban on Lobbyist Gifts

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe proposed today a complete ban on gifts from lobbyists to Virginia lawmakers and members of the executive branch. He also said he would create a state-run Website that would detail lawmakers' campaign contributions, bills and the state budget. Those items are already available on various Websites but McAuliffe said he would put them all together in a more user friendly way. McAuliffe's plan also calls for an online database of government contracts and improved ethics courses. "As we work to grow our economy and create jobs across the Commonwealth, we must lead by example and demonstrate to taxpayers that their money is being spent fairly and wisely," McAuliffe said. McAuliffe also pledged not to take any corporate contributions from companies receiving taxpayer-funded bailout money....

By Anita Kumar  |  March 26, 2009; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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Moran Unveils Economic Recovery Plan

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Brian Moran announced today an economic stimulus and recovery plan that will focus on growing small businesses and creating local jobs by cutting taxes, tying the minimum wage to inflation and appointing a watchdog over federal stimulus money. Moran made the announcement at a barber shop in Richmond as part of his economic recovery tour that began Friday in Charlottesville and included stops in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia. "People are struggling today, and they need us to take real action to fix our economy," Moran said. "We're going to grow this economy from the bottom up, not the top down. It's time we started investing in Main Street, not just Wall Street, and help our small businesses create jobs." Moran's plan includes creating a small business job creation tax credit, eliminating the corporate income tax for small businesses, assembling an economic strike force to focus on...

By Anita Kumar  |  March 26, 2009; 2:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Election 2009  
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McAuliffe's Ties to Lobbyists

Terry McAuliffe's ties to lobbyists go beyond the political friendships that prompted a group of supporters to host a fundraiser for him this week in the offices of the BGR Group, a prominent Washington lobbying firm. For nearly 10 years, McAuliffe was the managing partner of a law firm with its own thriving lobbying practice. The Washington Post reported this morning on Brian Moran's criticism of the fundraiser and effort to tar McAuliffe's long history as a Washington political insider. That history includes his affiliation with the Washington law firm, McAuliffe Kelly Raffaelli, where he was managing partner until his departure in 1994. Although McAuliffe did not lobby himself, news clips and federal lobbying disclosure forms show that others with the firm represented the nuclear power industry, a chemical company, the telecommunications industry, fast-food chains and the foreign governments of Taiwan, India and Turkey. The company came under fire for...

By Amy Gardner  |  March 26, 2009; 2:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Terry McAuliffe  
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Virginia Notebook: The Campaign Managers

If you were running for the Democratic nomination for governor, would you rather your campaign be run by: a.) someone who has a long track record of winning races for Virginia Democrats in general elections but has never managed a successful hard-fought primary contest? b.) someone who has never worked in Virginia but who has a record of winning Democratic primaries? c.) someone who has not managed a statewide campaign but is viewed as a rising star in the Virginia Democratic consulting world? If you think you know the best answer, you might be able, as well as anyone, to predict the winner of the June 9 Democratic primary....

By Tim Craig  |  March 25, 2009; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig  
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Democratic Candidates Agree to Five Debates

Democratic gubernatorial candidates R. Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran announced today that they will participate in five debates and three joint appearances before the June 9 primary. The Washington Post and washingtonpost.com will host the last debate, along with Northern Virginia Community College, on May 19 in Annandale. Deeds campaign manager Joe Abbey, McAuliffe campaign manager Mike Henry and Moran general consultant Steve Jarding released the following joint statement: "We are pleased to announce this debate and joint appearance schedule in the run-up to the June 9th primary to pick our next Democratic governor of Virginia. Our campaigns worked together to schedule as many joint appearances and debates as possible all across the Commonwealth. Our candidates - Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe, and Brian Moran - look forward to having several spirited debates on the important issues facing Virginians." A full list of debates and appearances is below:...

By Anita Kumar  |  March 25, 2009; 3:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar  
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Moran Chides McAuliffe on Fundraiser

Democratic gubernatorial Brian Moran criticized his rival Terry McAuliffe for attending a Washington fundraiser last night hosted by the prestigious BGR lobbying firm founded by Republicans Ed Rogers and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, now vice-chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Rogers has worked to defeat Democrats nationwide, including Barack Obama in the presidential race. He attacked Obama in several national TV appearances last year. "Rogers joined Rush Limbaugh and others in raising racially and religiously charged attacks against then Senator Obama,'' said Andrew Roos, Moran's campaign manager. "It's sad that in the same week Terry McAuliffe aired a radio ad claiming credit for helping to elect Barack Obama, he's holding a fundraiser with someone who did everything he could to defeat him."...

By Anita Kumar  |  March 25, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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Dems Blast Cook Speech

Fairfax County Democratic Chairman Scott Surovell has written a scathing critique of the speech that John C. Cook (R) made last week when he was sworn in as the new Braddock District representative on the Board of Supervisors. In his impassioned speech, Cook called it a "moral outrage" that illegal boarding houses exist in Fairfax County. In criticizing the county's efforts to buy affordable housing complexes, he invoked the notorious public housing project Cabrini Green, saying "we do not need to bring that kind of blight to the center of Fairfax County." In his blog entry today, Surovell accuses Cook of "race-baiting" and "law and order demogoguery." Today, Cook said his speech was optimistic and positive. "There was absolutely nothing racist about it and I would take great offense to that suggestion," he said. See the speech here (about 10 minutes in) and Surovell's blog entry here....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  March 25, 2009; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Election 2009 , Fairfax County Board of Supervisors , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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McAuliffe Swamps Rivals in Staff, Offices

Gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe turned heads when he announced that he has already hired 98 staffers -- a record amount this early in a statewide campaign in Virginia. That's more than three times as much as his rivals. Here's a rundown of staff and offices for all four gubernatorial candidates: Terry McAuliffe (D): 98 staffers, 8 offices Offices are in McLean, Woodbridge, Alexandria, Loudoun, Richmond, Roanoke, Virginia Beach, Charlottesville. Two more offices in Hampton and Fredericksburg will open this week. R. Creigh Deeds (D): 29 staffers, 4 offices Offices are in Charlottesville, Richmond, Portsmouth and Alexandria. Two more offices will be open in the coming days. Brian Moran (D): 25 staffers, 3 offices Offices are in Alexandria, Arlington and Richmond. Robert F. McDonnell (R): 30 staffers, 1 office Office is in Richmond....

By Anita Kumar  |  March 25, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe  
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Dwight Jones Endorses Jody Wagner

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones, who is also a minister at a black church in the city, announced today he is endorsing Jody W. Wagner in the race for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor. Jones, a former delegate who was elected mayor last year, praised Wagner's previous service in both Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's and former governor Mark R. Warner's administrations. "As a member of the House of Delegates for fifteen years, I was in a unique position to see how remarkable the work done by Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, and Jody Wagner was to fix the mess left by the Gilmore years, and get the Commonwealth moving again," Jones said. Its rare for a newly-elected officeholder to become heavily engaged in a contested Democratic primary. But Jones has also decided to wade into the primary for governor by endorsing his former colleague, former delegate Brian Moran....

By Tim Craig  |  March 25, 2009; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McCain Raises $250,000 for McDonnell

Former presidential nominee John McCain is expected to bring in $250,000 for Robert F. McDonnell, the Republican nominee for governor, at a fundraiser to be held tonight in Virginia, according to McDonnell's campaign. The Arizona senator will headline an event at the McLean home of R. Carter Pate, McCain's Virginia finance chairman. Next up: Mike Huckabee, former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate, will appear at fundraisers in Roanoke, Bristol and Virginia Beach early next week. The next campaign finance reports from the candidates for governor include donations through the end of March. They are due April 15....

By Anita Kumar  |  March 25, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , John McCain , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Biden, Kaine Talk Stimulus

Vice President Joe Biden (D) spoke to several governors, including Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), earlier today about implementating the federal economic stimulus package. Governors on the conference call included those from Arkansas, Nebraska, Utah, Oregon, North Carolina and Virginia. Eight mayors, but none from Virginia, were on a second call. Virginia is expected to receive about $5 billion from the federal package. Legislators used about $1.5 billion to help cover a $3.7 billion shortfall in the two-year, $77 billion budget....

By Anita Kumar  |  March 24, 2009; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Moran Files 16,928 Signatures

A few hours after Terry McAuliffe submitted his petition to try to get on the Democratic primary ballot, Brian Moran announced that he has also filed his signatures today with the State Board of Elections. Earlier today, Moran was widely expected to file his petition around noon to try to compete with McAuliffe for the first spot on the ballot. Shortly before noon, however, Moran's campaign announced it needed more time to make sure its signatures were properly notarized. This issue was apparently quickly resolved. Moran sent out a statement this afternoon saying he submitted 16,928 signatures to the State Board of Elections. McAuliffe submitted 17,243 signatures. Only 10,000 valid signatures are needed to qualify for the ballot....

By Tim Craig  |  March 24, 2009; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McAuliffe Hires Local Fox Reporter

Allyson Wilson, who had been a free-lance reporter for Fox 5 in Washington, has left her job and is now a traveling press secretary for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. Wilson, 31, had been a regular face on Washington's Fox affiliate for nearly three years. She has also worked as a reporter and anchor in Memphis, Huntsville, Ala, and Savannah, Ga. But Wilson said today she wanted to "learn a new skill set" because of the economic turmoil in the media industry. Wilson said she was drawn to McAuliffe's energy and enthusiasm. "I was looking in the paper one day and was reading about him and I was excited about his momentum," Wilson said. "So I sent him my resume without there even being a job posting." Wilson will work with Lis Smith, McAuliffe's press secretary. McAuliffe now has 98 paid staffers, which is likely a record for a gubernatorial...

By Tim Craig  |  March 24, 2009; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig  
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McAuliffe Is First to Submit Petitions, May Get Top Spot

Terry McAuliffe, a Democratic candidate for governor, and Jody W. Wagner, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, were the first candidates today to submit the needed petitions to get on the ballot for the June 9 Democratic primary. To secure a spot on the ballot, candidates need to submit at least 10,000 signatures, including the signatures of at least 400 registered voters in each of Virginia's 11 congressional districts. If McAuliffe and Wagner's signatures are verified, they will both gain the top spots on the ballot. McAuliffe said he submitted 17,243 valid signatures. Wagner said she submitted 17,858....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  March 24, 2009; 12:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe , Tim Craig  
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Who Will Be First?

Democratic candidates for governor Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe will stop in Richmond today to turn in the signatures needed to be on the primary ballot June 9. In Virginia, the candidate who turns in his petitions first gets their name on the ballot first. McAuliffe and Moran both plan to be at the state Board Board of Elections office just before noon -- the first time the signatures will be accepted. The three Democratic candidates have until April 10 to submit 10,000 signatures (including 400 from each congressional district) to the state. State sen. R. Creigh Deeds of Bath will not turn in petitions today. He is expected to do so later in the month, ensuring that he will be last on the ballot....

By Anita Kumar  |  March 24, 2009; 8:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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McAuliffe Unveils Business Plan

Terry McAuliffe, a Democratic candidate for governor, said today that he would use infrastructure development grants, tax credits and exemptions and other financial assistance to help bring more jobs to Virginia. "There's no such thing as a Republican job or a Democratic job - we simply need to bring people together to create good jobs, and that's what I've been doing my whole life," McAuliffe said. "My Business Plan for Virginia is really a jobs plan - my number one priority as governor will be to create, attract, and keep good jobs with good wages and benefits for every Virginia family." Speaking from Danville, McAuliffe announced that he would create a pilot project to award tax incentives to companies that create jobs that offer benefits, such as health insurance, and are in high-growth industries, such as energy, as well as allow some companies to defer their taxes. He also pledged...

By Anita Kumar  |  March 23, 2009; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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