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Virginia Politics Blog: May 17, 2009 - May 23, 2009

Crusade Endorsement Problems, Part II

A few days ago, we told you how angry state Sen. Henry Marsh was about the Richmond Crusade for Voters endorsement of Terry McAuliffe for governor. Turns out he is not the only one. Two other influential African Americans, State Sen. Don McEachin and Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones, both longtime members of the storied civil rights group, join Marsh in accusing the Crusade of allowing non-members to vote at last Tuesday's endorsement meeting. "It is a tainted endorsement,'' McEachin said....

By Anita Kumar  |  May 23, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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Deeds Bobbles Minimum Wage Question

Okay, so it couldn't be a perfect day for Creigh Deeds. Yesterday morning, he snagged some momentum with the endorsement of our colleagues on the editorial board of the Washington Post. But not long after, he had a little flub on the Politics Hour with Mark Plotkin on WTOP that's got the bloggers twittering. In response to a question about the minimum wage, it sure sounded like Deeds didn't know what the the minimum wage currently is in Virginia. Price of milk anyone?...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 23, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe  
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Awww, Cute: Baby News for Steve Shannon

Democratic AG candidate Steve Shannon's campaign manager just announced that Shannon's wife Abby gave birth to the couple's third child today. Baby Owen was born at 8 pound, 5 ounces. Mom and baby are doing well and manager Roman Levit wrote in an email to supporters that Shannon his wife feel blessed by their new arrival....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 22, 2009; 5:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman  
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Kaine Sings. Yes, Really.

Gov. Tim Kaine played the harmonica and sang a couple songs last night in front of a few hundred people at his last fundraiser for his political action committee. A casually dressed Kaine was joined by Boyd Tinsley, a violinist with the Dave Matthews Band, on stage in the park outside the historic Maymont house in Richmond....

By Anita Kumar  |  May 22, 2009; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Connolly Blasts McDonnell

U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D) lambastes Republican gubernatorial nominee Robert F. McDonnell this week over the state's refusal to accept $125 million in federal stimulus money for unemployed Virginians. "I would challenge you to explain to a single Virginia family why their economic security is less important than your party's political ambitions, and that Virginians facing the devastation of unemployment and the concomitant consequences of foreclosure, loss of healthcare, and creditworthiness for the partisan gain of the Republican Party and its gubematorial aspirants," Connolly wrote in a letter to McDonnell. The Republican-led House of Delegates voted 53 to 46, largely along party lines, last month to reject the funds. McDonnell supported that decision....

By Anita Kumar  |  May 22, 2009; 11:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2009 , Gerald E. Connolly , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Post Ed Board Endorses Deeds

It's got to be a particularly sunny day in Charlottesville at the headquarters of Creigh Deeds. That's because our colleagues on the editorial board of the Washington Post endorsed Deeds this morning for the Democratic nomination for governor. Just to be clear, the ed board operates entirely separately from those of us on the news side. We provided no input for their decision; we got our first look at the editorial, like everyone else, over our morning coffee. (Or, rather, on our laptops last night just after midnight.) But this still seems a potentially important development in the race worth examining....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 22, 2009; 8:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe  
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McAuliffe Leads in Poll

A DailyKos/Research 2000 poll on the governor's race today shows that Terry McAuliffe leads opponents Brian Moran and Creigh Deeds among likely voters in the Democratic primary. The former chairman of the Democratic National Committee had 36 percent compared to 22 percent for Moran and 13 percent for Deeds. McAuliffe showed a huge gain, while Moran and Deeds remained virtually steady, since the last poll was conducted. In early April, the same poll showed that Moran was ahead of the other two among likely voters....

By Anita Kumar  |  May 21, 2009; 5:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe  
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Moran, Deeds Question McDonnell on Redistricting

Well, that didn't take long. Brian Moran and Creigh Deeds are already scoffing at Bob McDonnell's endorsement today of some kind of bipartisan commission on legislative redistricting. They both note that McDonnell has a long history of opposition to the idea when it's been advanced by Democrats in the state legislature. Not that McDonnell said anything else in his conference call with reporters this afternoon. He was noted his past opposition but said he had come to believe the parties should work together to redraw legislative lines....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 21, 2009; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Moran vs. Moran

Last week, Democratic candidates for governor, R. Creigh Deeds and Terry McAuliffe, said they oppose inmates from Guantanamo Bay detention facility being housed in Virginia. But their rival Brian Moran refused to say. Until today. Today, Moran told reporters on a conference call that he, too, opposes housing inmates in Virginia and as governor, his first priority would be to keep residents safe. The decision puts him at odds with his brother, U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, who last weekend raised some eyebrows that he would be open to inmates being housed in Virginia though he would not prefer it....

By Anita Kumar  |  May 21, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe  
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Veterans Plan by Moran, Open Government by McDonnell

Some interesting policy roll-outs today on both sides of the aisle. In the morning, Brian Moran put out a plan to provide more benefits for Virginia veterans and this afternoon brought together the duo of Bob McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling with a series of good government proposals, including endorsing bipartisan legislative redistricting and a two-term governor....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 21, 2009; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Bill Bolling , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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GOP Attacks McAuliffe On Union Ties

Republicans are blasting Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe for touting this week that he hired all union workers in Florida because they say that violates the state's right-to-work law. "I've gone into states like Florida -- right-to-work," McAuliffe said this week in a debate hosted by the Washington Post and News Channel 8 at Northern Virginia Community College's Annandale campus."And hired all union workers." Florida, Virginia and 20 other states have laws that so not alow union membership to be a condition of employment. "Terry McAuliffe either doesn't know or doesn't care what the letter and spirit of right-to-work laws are if he brags about discriminating against non-union workers," said party chairman Pat Mullins. "Requiring all workers to be unionized is against the policy of Virginia and it is shocking that he would boast about breaking it." The GOP and Republican gubernatorial nominee have been hammering Democrats for their union...

By Anita Kumar  |  May 21, 2009; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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Update: McAuliffe's Endorsement Marred in Controversy

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe won the endorsement of the Richmond Crusade for Voters, a civil rights group well known for getting voters to the polls. But tonight, longtime Crusade member, state Sen. Henry Marsh, accused the group of a series of "irregularities" that he said "reflect poorly on the Crusade and diminish the credibility of this historic organization." Marsh, who is campaigning for McAuliffe's rival R. Creigh Deeds, accused the Crusade of allowing non-members and members who had not attended the required number of meetings to vote and permitting relatives and candidates' staff to serve on the committe that made endorsement recommendations....

By Anita Kumar  |  May 20, 2009; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Fact Checker: Dominion Rate Increase

All three Democrats running for governor claimed in yesterday's debate that they oppose Dominion Virginia Power's March proposal to raise electricity rates 6.9 percent to pay for equipment, salaries, plant construction and conservation projects. That's not exactly true. Only state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds called on the State Corporation Commission to reject the rate increase. His rivals Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran did not. Deeds immediately issued a press release after Dominion announced the proposal. "This is the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression, and it's simply not the time to ask Virginia families to pay more for their monthly energy bill,'' he said. "It's time to put the middle class first again. I call on the Virginia State Corporation Commission to reject this rate increase on Virginia's working families."...

By Anita Kumar  |  May 20, 2009; 6:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Governor's Race Fact Checker , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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DGA Spends Another $750,000

The Democratic Governors Association has given another $750,000 to Common Sense Virginia, a political action committee set up to oppose Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert F. McDonnell, according to state reports. The DGA has now contributed nearly $3 million to Common Sense Virginia, which formed to spread the word about what it calls McDonnell's "conservative legislative record" and his close ties to religious broadcaster Pat Robertson. Common Sense Virginia is airing TV ads across the state that criticize McDonnell for opposing the state accepting millions of dollars in federa stimulus money....

By Anita Kumar  |  May 20, 2009; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Excerpts: Terry McAuliffe Takes Post Readers' Questions

Governor's race Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe stopped by washingtonpost.com today to answer some readers' questions and discuss his campaigns and policies. Excerpts are below. Fellow candidate Brian Moran took questions earlier today; Creigh Deeds will be by online at noon on May 29. Excerpts Alexandria, Va.: Brian Moran in the chat earlier today declared himself - a potential governor of the Old Dominion -- as a fan of the Boston Red Sox. Sir, I ask as an undecided Democratic voter, your preference as a baseball fan. Terry McAuliffe: Honestly, with the limited time I have now, the most baseball I watch -- and my favorite -- is my son Peter's little league games. Arlington, Va.: One of my concerns about your candidacy is that it will heighten already partisan politics in Virginia due to your national profile and previous political work. Any thoughts about whether that would be true, and,...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  May 20, 2009; 4:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Terry McAuliffe  
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Where's the Jobs Plan?

Bob McDonnell calls himself a "jobs governor." So Common Sense Virginia, a political action committee funded by the Democratic Governors Association, wants to know why the Republican gubernatorial nominee has yet to unveil a plan to create jobs. The group launched the "No Jobs Bob" clock on its Website to track the number of days, hours, minutes and seconds since McDonnell declared himself the "Jobs Governor" without offering a jobs plan. "Bob McDonnell is ready to deny help to Virginians struggling in challenging times, but McDonnell is not ready to create jobs in our commonwealth," said John Tyler, who recently lost his job and serves on the Common Sense Virginia advisory board. "No Jobs Bob likes to talk the talk, but for more than a year on the campaign trail, McDonnell hasn't walked the walk."...

By Anita Kumar  |  May 20, 2009; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Excerpts: Brian Moran Takes Post Readers' Questions

Governor's race Democratic candidate Brian Moran stopped by washingtonpost.com today to answer some readers' questions and discuss his campaigns and policies. Excerpts are below. His opponents, Terry McAuliffe and Creigh Deeds, also will be doing washingtonpost.com discussions -- McAuliffe today at 3 p.m. (submit questions) and Deeds on May 29. Excerpts: Fairfax County, Va.: I worked all last year on the Obama campaign as a volunteer in northern Virginia. I am still angry that Terry McAuliffe pointedly left Denver before President Obama's acceptance speech. But even before he entered the race, I was torn between you and Creigh Deeds on electability. Creigh seems like a more Jim-Webb-style, middle of the road, centrist candidate who people from other parts of the state can identify with. Why do you feel a northern Virginian with progressive views, such as yourself, can defeat McDonnell? I would love to be convinced you can -- please...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  May 20, 2009; 12:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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Moran, McAuliffe Take Readers Questions Today

Democratic governor candidates Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe will be coming online at washingtonpost.com today to take readers questions about the campaign and what they intend to do if sent to Richmond. Former State Del. Moran will answer questions starting at 11:30 a.m. ET today; submit questions for him here. Former Democratic National Committee chairman McAuliffe will answer questions starting at 3 p.m. ET today; submit questions for him here. State Sen. Creigh Deeds will be taking readers questions on May 29....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  May 20, 2009; 8:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Terry McAuliffe  
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Video: Debate-goers Offer Reactions

  Play Video VIDEO | Virginia Voters React to Dem. Debate...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  May 20, 2009; 2:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Terry McAuliffe  
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Moran Airs Negative Ad

Brian Moran will begin airing his first television ad tonight during a broadcast of today's primary debate between the three Democratic candidates for governor. And no surprise Moran went negative. Moran's ad hits hard at rival Terry McAuliffe's claims that he would bring a successful businessman background to the governor's mansion. Moran signaled that this would be a central theme for the closing days of the campaign: McAuliffe is not what he says he is. The ad will air in Hampton Roads and Richmond....

By Anita Kumar  |  May 19, 2009; 6:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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Full Video: Democratic Governor's Race Candidates Debate

Play Video VIDEO | Democratic Gov. Candidates Square Off...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  May 19, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Moran: Helped Bring Payday Lending in Virginia?

McAuliffe just accused Moran of supporting legislation that allowed payday lending into the state. It's true, but at the time most lawmakers thought the bill would regulate the industry and prevent it from preying too deeply on the poor. Moran voted for a bill in 2002 that opened Virginia to payday lending. Lawmakers from both parties thought the bill would license and regulate the industry, but instead payday operators quickly multiplied. Three years later, Moran did vote to enact some of the nation's most stringent reforms of the payday loan industry, though many opponents did not think it went far enough. Since 1996, Moran has taken $30,200 in donations from lending or consumer credit companies....

By Amy Gardner  |  May 19, 2009; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Governor's Race Fact Checker , Amy Gardner , Brian J. Moran , Election 2009  
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Live Blog: From the Washington Post Debate, Part II

Still with us? We're live in Annandale at the Washington Post debate. 2:57 p.m.: And that's it folks. Thanks for joining us. 2:56 p.m.: This debate it's Deeds with a more negative closing. Virginians don't want a governor who stands with Donald Trump and Wall Street (that's Terry) or a governor who stands with lobbyists under federal investigation. (that's moran) 2:53p.m.: Moran thanks the Washington Post. No, Brian, thank you. His closing is about his record--he's got a record of working to help people and that's what he would bring to the governor's mansion. This is a very different closing than his one at the last debate hosted by Virginia bloggers--much more about himself, much less about McAuliffe. (Maybe he's already hit those points in a debate that's focused a lot on McAuliffe.) 2:52 p.m.: Closing statements. McAuliffe says read his business plan. He's a candidate who will shake things...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 19, 2009; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe  
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Live Blog: The Washington Post Debate

Greetings from the Ernst Community Cultural Center on the lovely Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College. Our moderators for this afternoon's shindig are Chris Cillizza and News Channel 8's Bruce DePuyt. On my left, is Anita Kumar, on my right Amy Gardner. Just call us the Angels of Washington Post Virginia coverage. (Hello Charlie -- I do mean you, editor Matt Mosk.) I'll be live blogging this debate beginning at 2 p.m. Hit refresh frequently starting then to get the latest. 1:58: Okay, we're about to begin. The candidates have taken the stage. We've got Moran on the left, Deeds in the middle (seems to always happen at these debates) and McAuliffe on our far right. Let's get ready to rumble. 2:00 p.m. We're going right to questions. No opening statements at this baby. First question, posed by Chris Cillizza: What would you do differently to get sustained transportation...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 19, 2009; 2:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe  
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McAuliffe: No to Dominion Money?

McAuliffe again claimed today that he is accepting no money from Dominion, the state's biggest energy provider. While technically true, McAuliffe didn't volunteer (but opponent Creigh Deeds did in his rebuttal) that he held a campaign event at the home of a former president of the electric utility. McAuliffe has also accepted money from current and former employees of Dominion. McAuliffe has not accepted any donations directly from Dominion, but he attended a gathering in his honor last week at the home of Thomas E. Capps, the company's retired president and chief executive officer. Capps donated $2,500 to his campaign. Eva Teig Hardy, a former executive and chief lobbyist for the company, contributed $7,750. Another executive Christopher B. Rivers contributed $1,700....

By Amy Gardner  |  May 19, 2009; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moran: I Led Efforts on Equality Issues

Answering a question about same-sex marriages, candidate Brian Moran said he led efforts in the state House of Delegates to protect the rights of gays and lesbians in Virginia. While Moran has made it a major plank of his campaign to overturn a state constitutional amendment passed in 2006 banning same-sex marriages in Virginia, he voted yes to a proposal (put forth by Republican Bob McDonnell, the former delegate and attorney general who will face the winner of the Democratic gubernatorial primary) urging the Congress to pass a federal constitutional amendment. Moran says he voted against that proposal too, and his campaign says the one vote in favor was in the middle of the process and does not reflect his true feelings on the issue....

By Amy Gardner  |  May 19, 2009; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Governor's Race Fact Checker , Amy Gardner , Brian J. Moran , Election 2009  
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McAuliffe: I Created Thousands of Jobs

Terry McAuliffe talked again today about how he has created thousands of jobs, and he made a new claim that many of those jobs are union jobs. McAuliffe led a home-building company in Florida that did, indeed, create thousands of jobs in the construction trades. And most of those jobs were union. But McAuliffe never created jobs in Virginia, despite claiming on the campaign trail that he started five businesses here. (McAuliffe did create five businesses in Virginia, but all are investment partnerships registered to his home address in McLean, and none has employees)....

By Amy Gardner  |  May 19, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Governor's Race Fact Checker , Amy Gardner , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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McAuliffe: Virginia To Lose Federal Highway Dollars?

In our first fact-checker item of today's debate at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, we'll take a look at a statement Terry McAuliffe made, not for the first time, that Virginia could soon lose federal highway dollars if it doesn't find new sources of transportation revenue. It's true. Part of the discussion about Virginia's transportation crisis has revolved around that that more and more of the state's investment in highways has gone toward maintenance and repair rather than new construction. If the state allows its expenditure on construction to dip too low, it will miss out on federal highway dollars that are available on a matching basis to the states. Currently, Virginia is eligible for about $1 billion in matching federal dollars, but it must spend about $200 million of its own money to qualify. It's generally viewed as a good bargain -- $4 of federal money for every...

By Amy Gardner  |  May 19, 2009; 2:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Governor's Race Fact Checker , Amy Gardner , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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Showdown in Annandale

The stakes couldn't be higher for today's Democratic gubernatorial debate, sponsored by the Washington Post. The debate, which will be held in front of a live audience of Northern Virginia Community College students and others at the Annandale campus of the school, will offer all three candidates a final chance to distinguish themselves on issues--and an opportunity to speak directly to Northern Virginians. There may be more Democrats up here than in anywhere else in the state, but because the television market is so expensive, voters hear directly from the candidates far less often than in RoVa. You'll be able to watch the debate live here starting at 2 p.m. It will also air this evening at 8 p.m. on News Channel 8....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 19, 2009; 10:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe  
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Steele To Hold Rally With McDonnell

Michael Steele, the controversial chairman of the Republican National Committee, will hold his first rally with Virginia GOP gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell Saturday. Steele, the party's first black chairman drew strong criticism in the weeks following his January election for a series of political gaffes, but that has subsided in recent weeks. "We are honored to have Chairman Steele joining us on the campaign trail in Bristol on Saturday,'' said Tucker Martin, McDonnell's spokesman. "Together, Bob and the Chairman are going to let voters in Southwest Virginia know about Bob's commitment to growing our economy and creating good jobs all across the Commonwealth." McDonnell and Steele will campaign together in the Republican friendly city of Bristol in southwest Virginia on the Tennessee border, where both men are expected to be greeted warmly....

By Anita Kumar  |  May 19, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Kenny Alexander Did Not Approve This Ad

Del. Kenneth Cooper Alexander (D-Norfolk), chair of the legislative black caucus, asked Brian Moran to take his name off those radio ads blasting Terry McAuliffe for opposing Barack Obama in the presidential primary campaign, which we wrote about this morning. The Moran camp confirms they removed Alexander's name from the ads, an original version of which was to air with a tag in Hampton Roads that told voters that Alexander "urges you to vote for Brian Moran for Governor." Alexander said he still supports Moran for govenor but asked that his name be taken off after he learned that the ad included profanity--it notes that McAuliffe once joked that Obama could "kiss my ass" (a line that came on the Daily Show, it should be noted.) But the delegate said, beyond the profanity, he also didn't want to be associated with the ad's negative tone....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 19, 2009; 5:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Brian J. Moran , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe  
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Webb Says No to Detainees in Virginia

Virginia's senior U.S. senator, Democrat Jim Webb, told George Stephanopoulous of ABC's "This Week" yesterday that he opposes the release of detainees from the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, onto U.S. soil. Webb's remarks added to the chorus of Virginia political leaders who have positioned themselves against the possibility that as many as 17 Chinese Muslims known as Uighurs might be released into a Uighur community in Fairfax County. "It can be argued that they were simply conducting dissident activities against the government of China," Webb said. "On the other hand, they accepted training from al-Qaeda, and as a result, they have taken part in terrorism. I don't believe they should come to the United States."...

By Amy Gardner  |  May 18, 2009; 9:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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McAuliffe Gets Some Obama Star Power

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, who has been hammered in recent days about his efforts to defeat Barack Obama in last year's presidential race, found a way to fight back today in a big way. McAuliffe annnounced an endorsement from former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, one of Obama's earliest supporters and one of his national campaign co-chairmen. "I was impressed by the time and energy Terry put into traveling across Virginia and the country on Barack Obama's behalf during the general election,'' Daschle said in a statement. "From the day Hillary Clinton ended her historic bid for president, Terry worked tirelessly to unify our party around Barack Obama and get him elected President. His energy and enthusiasm were tremendous assets on the campaign trail and we were grateful to have him on our side....

By Anita Kumar  |  May 18, 2009; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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The Policy Rollouts Continue

State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds used the unveiling of his energy plan this afternoon as an opportunity to take a subtle jab or two at his Democratic rivals for governor, Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran. Deeds didn't actually mention either of them by name, but criticized those who are fixated on using chicken waste to produce energy (McAuliffe) and those who oppose coal plants (Moran). "No Democrat is better prepared to lead on energy than I am,'' Deeds said. Deeds plan includes offering grants to companies that weatherize the homes of low-income families, establish biofuel plants in economically stressed areas and offering tax exemptions for solar and wind projects....

By Anita Kumar  |  May 18, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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Kaine Plans a Jam Session

Looking for a chance to see Gov. Tim Kaine play the harmonica? Kaine will hold a jam session with Boyd Tinsley, a violinist with the Dave Matthews Band, as part of his political action committee's big annual fundraiser Thursday night. The event at Maymont -- a popular Richmond venue that includes a historical house and a 100-acre park -- will be the last fundraiser for Moving Virginia Forward before the Democratic primary June 9. Tickets are $100....

By Anita Kumar  |  May 18, 2009; 1:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Moran To Go On TV

For those of you wondering (like us) when Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Brian Moran would start airing TV ads, you finally have your answer. His campaign has bought air time starting this week in Norfolk and Richmond, according to several sources familiar with the purchase. But the buy is substantially smaller than what his rivals have bought in those markets. Moran has been spending money quickly and had the least money in the bank as of the reporting period. It shows. He is the last to go on the air. Terry McAuliffe has been on and off TV since January. R. Creigh Deeds has been up for two weeks. Even Republican Robert F. McDonnell, who faces no opposition for his party's nomination, went on air last week across the state and in pricey Northern Virginia....

By Anita Kumar  |  May 17, 2009; 10:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe  
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Kaine Takes on Steele

Should Gov. Tim Kaine become a Republican? So says Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele, with whom Kaine clashed for the first time on a Sunday morning talk show this morning. Wearing his hat as chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Kaine appeared on NBC's Meet the Press alongside Steele to discuss national issues like health care, torture and abortion....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 17, 2009; 10:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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