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The Policy Rollouts Continue

Anita Kumar

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.

Meanwhile, Moran unveiled his "Silver Virginia" plan designed to protect the physical, mental and financial well-being of senior citizens.

The plans calls for, among other things, creating an aging czar in the governor's office, eliminating the waiting list for home delivered meals, expanding resources for personal-care assistants and reducing utility bills for seniors.

"Seniors should never have to choose between paying utility bills and medical bills," Moran said. "Especially in these difficult times, Virginia seniors need someone they know and can trust will be on their side."

By Anita Kumar  |  May 18, 2009; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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