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Virginia Politics Blog: June 14, 2009 - June 20, 2009

Longtime Deeds Aide Departs for Hill

Creigh Deeds' campaign is going through a lot of changes as it heads into the general election. We told you about his many new hires a couple days ago. Now word is out that his longtime aide Peter Jackson is leaving. Jackson, who worked on Deeds' 2005 unsuccessful campaign for attorney general, had served as executive director of the Future Deeds political action committee, spokesman and senior advisor. Jackson was the guy with the institutional memory and his departure is surprising considering he was one of Deeds' longest serving aides. On Monday, he will start a new job as communications director for the Congressional Oversight Panel on TARP. "Even though I'll be working on the other side of the Potomac, don't be surprised to see me putting up yard signs and helping out Creigh's campaign in whatever way I can,'' he wrote in an email to friends.yesterday....

By Anita Kumar  |  June 20, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009  
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AG's Debate Going Forward

The first debate between attorney general candidates Ken Cuccinelli and Steve Shannon is going forward as planned tomorrow, despite some squabbling between the campaigns about debate rules that had threatened to derail the event. Shannon's camp had wanted Cuccinelli to agree to a "no use" clause that would prohibit both sides from using video of the event on their websites or in campaign ads. Cuccinelli's camp didn't want to make that kind of deal. We're told the candidates themselves stepped in and hammered out the deal: Both sides can post the debate on their sites and use clips from the debate, provided whole answers are used. No 3-second snippets allowed. What's the upshot? Both sides will video the debate and post it quickly on their websites tomorrow. Good news for those unable to make it down to the 9:45 a.m. event. UPDATE: Roman Levit of the Shannon campaign has called...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 19, 2009; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman  
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UPDATED: GOP Wonders: Where Is Kaine?

After reading that Gov. Tim Kaine has been in Chicago and Kansas City in the last couple weeks, Virginia Republicans are asking just where Kaine's job as chairman of the Democratic National Committee is taking him. The Republican Party of Virginia has sent a public records request for Kaine's schedule to the governor's office and produced a video mocking him for his repeated absences from the state. We've asked repeatedly for Kaine's various gubernatorial and political schedules, so far with no success -- if you attend or hear about an out-of state appearance, let us know. But make no mistake that the Republicans are not asking just for the sake of public information. They are trying to tarnish the reputation of a popular governor in a election year in which a Democrat is trying to ride his coattails into the governor's mansion....

By Anita Kumar  |  June 19, 2009; 1:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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First Gov Debate is On

The traditional has now become the official. The Virginia Bar Association announced today that Sen. Creigh Deeds and former Attorney General Bob McDonnell have agreed to allow the association to host the two men's first debate. The VBA has been hosting debates early in the election season for decades and everyone had already been assuming they'd do so again this year. The Deeds/McDonnell showdown has been set for 11 a.m. on July 25 at the Homestead, giving Deeds a bit of home field advantage. Dean Rodney Smolla of Washington & Lee School of Law will moderate....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 19, 2009; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Kaine Jets Off To Kansas City

We told you the other day that we weren't sure where Gov. Tim Kaine's travels as DNC chairman were taking him. He sure isn't telling us. But today, we learned he will be in Kansas City tomorrow. Thanks to the folks at the Kansas City Star, we know Kaine will be at the home of Mira and Kris Flint of Kansas City for a fundraiser for Organizing for America, a group that pushes President Obama's policies. (The original newspaper post called Kaine the former governor of Virginia, but they quickly corrected their mistake). Kaine's official schedule as governor lists public events Monday and Tuesday and nothing for the rest of the week. No word from the DNC on his event tomorrow. But we did hear he appeared at a fundraiser for Del. David Toscano Tuesday in downtown Charlottesville. We'll keep our eyes open for Kaine's other trips and let you...

By Anita Kumar  |  June 18, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Deeds, McDonnell in Tight Race Already

Another day, another new poll suggesting that the general election campaign kicks off with two pretty evenly matched opponents. Today's numbers come from Daily Kos/Research 2000 and, like other polls the Post typically blogs about, used live callers to interview voters. Their sample was 600 and they called from June 15 to 17, so definitely after the primary. What did they come up with? Bob McDonnell 45 percent, Creigh Deeds 44 percent. That's about as tied as polls come, particularly given that this one comes with a 4 percent margin of error....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 18, 2009; 3:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Polls , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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DGA Sends Deeds $$$

Consider it the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship. The Democratic Governors Association gave Creigh Deeds $100,000 last Wednesday -- a much-needed financial boost a day after a tough three-way primary in which Deeds spent every penny he could on TV ads. So far, the DGA has spent more than $3 million in Virginia's closely watched governor's race. Almost all of it has gone to Common Sense Virginia, a political action committee formed to attack Republican Bob McDonnell. McDonnell has received $1.95 million from the Republican Governors Association. You can expect both McDonnell and Deeds to receive millions more before this election is over....

By Anita Kumar  |  June 18, 2009; 8:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Felan, Hall, Leopold: Deeds Campaign Goes A'Hiring

Lots of new hires over in Deeds land, as the campaign bulks up for the general election. And the names are a familiar sprinkling of known Democratic operatives from past Virginia campaigns. Take Matt Felan, who served as the executive director of Gov. Tim Kaine's political action committee Moving Virginia Forward, as well as deputy national finance director for Hillary Clinton. Deeds has brought on Felan to serve as his finance director. Other new hires include Mark Giangreco as policy director--Giangreco last worked for Terry McAuliffe's campaign. Also on board, Mike Gehrke as director of communications--Gehrke's worked for two presidential campaigns....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 17, 2009; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman  
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Deeds Camp Picks Up Dems Chief

Guess how soon-to-be Creigh Deeds' political director and soon-to-be-former executive director of the Democratic Party of Virginia Levar Stoney got his start in politics? He was an intern in college for former Terry McAuliffe campaign manager Mike Henry. It's kind of a theme on the Deeds campaign, where lots of top staffers credit Henry, a Virginia campaign veteran, with introducing them to the opportunities of being a full-time political operative. "I think he taught a lot of us that you can be serious about politics, but you can have fun as well," Stoney said....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 17, 2009; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman  
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UPDATED: Gingrich's Group Sends Letter to Deeds, McDonnell

Newt Gingrich's American Solutions will send letters to gubernatorial candidates, Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell this afternoon, asking them to oppose a federal proposal that the groups says would establish a national tax system on energy. "As leaders who aspire to lead Virginia forward, you have a responsibility to speak out now to protect the commonwealth from proposed laws that would kill jobs in Virginia,'' Dan Varroney, the group's senior vice president writes in his letter. "Your leadership responsibility is to help create Virginia jobs, not support their destruction (either actively or through silence)." American Solutions is kicking off a national campaign to oppose the bill in Congress. The push begins in Virginia with information being sent to the group's 55,000 members and an advertising blitz starting next week. Updated: Republican McDonnell responded swiftly -- as you would expect -- calling on Deeds and Gov. Tim Kaine to join him...

By Anita Kumar  |  June 17, 2009; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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How Business-Friendly is Deeds?

Republican Bob McDonnell frequently talks about how he is the business friendly candidate in the governor's race. But what about his rival, Democrat Creigh Deeds? In newly released rankings from Virginia FREE, a Richmond-based coalition of businesses from across the state, Deeds received a 72 as his 2009 business ranking -- a score that that is based on this year's General Assembly voting record and incumbent evaluations done by leading business lobbyists. His score is higher than most other Democrats, but lower than most Republicans in the 40-member state senate. Twenty five senators have a higher ranking than him....

By Anita Kumar  |  June 17, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Kaine Visits the Windy City

Didn't know Gov. Tim Kaine out of Virginia recently and in Chicago instead? We wouldn't either, if it weren't for our colleague Peter Slevin, who happened to spot him last week in the Windy City, where Kaine was doing some fundraising and outreach to Democratic volunteers who had been active in the Obama campaign. That's because Kaine does not release a full schedule of his travels and activities, citing security and privacy concerns. Instead, his governor's office puts out only a bare bones public gubernatorial schedule. It includes official trips he takes as governor but no private travel nor expeditions he makes in his role as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. See Gov. Kaine out and about or hear about another of his unscheduled stops? E-mail me....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 16, 2009; 3:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Rosalind Helderman , Timothy M. Kaine  
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DGA Puts Out Virginia Poll

Maybe the most interesting thing about the poll released today about the Democratic Governor's Association is that the national group is already paying good coin to poll the Virginia race. And this poll couldn't have been cheap--unlike a lot of polls that use robocalling to reach voters, this one involved live phone interviews with 600 Virginia voters. (We have great hesitancy about polls that use the other method to survey voters, as explained by Post polling director Jon Cohen a while back.) It makes sense that the DGA would poll Virginia--the group has already spent $3 million on anti-Bob McDonnell advertising and they want to see if they're getting their money worth. They wouldn't have released the results if it didn't show their guy, Creigh Deeds, leading McDonnell....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 16, 2009; 3:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Polls , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Your Take: Who's the Moderate?

The general election for Virginia governor has opened with both candidates laying claim to the middle ground and the bipartisan backers of Mark Warner. Which of the candidates do you think has been closer to the political center since 2005? Vote in the poll below, and explain why you voted how you did in the comments. READER POLL...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  June 16, 2009; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Polls , Robert F. McDonnell  
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State Revenues Fall Short of Even the Lowered Projections

Virginia budget numbers continue to erode as tax revenue falls in the down economy. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) announced yesterday that state revenue collections have dropped 9.3 percent this year, eclipsing an estimated drop of 7.3 percent. Revenue that feeds the state's general fund declined 15.6 percent compared with May 2008. The decline has come as individual and corporate income tax collections by the state have dropped dramatically, as have recordation tax collections. Other sources of state revenue have also been declining, including sales tax and lottery revenue. The General Assembly this year passed a two-year, $77 billion budget that closed a $3.7 billion shortfall, in part by employing $1.5 billion in federal stimulus money. The legislature also agreed to make deep cuts to services, and 379 state employees were laid off between July 1 and March 31. Kaine said the continued revenue drop means the state might have...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  June 15, 2009; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Rosalind Helderman  
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Obama Pens Email for Deeds

It looks like President Barack Obama wasn't kidding when he told Creigh Deeds last week that he plans to help in his election effort. Today went out the first of what we can only imagine will be several--or many--emails to Virginians signed by the president. In an email sent to the Virginia email list of the Democratic National Committee and the DNC's Obama project Organizing for America, Obama encouraged Democrats to "get involved" in Deeds election effort. We assume that means, among other things, to donate to Deeds. "I know a thing or two about tough primaries, and I know a thing or two about running tough races in Virginia. Creigh Deeds' victory once again shows the power of people at the grassroots to win elections and bring about lasting change -- and he will be a better candidate this fall because of his hard work to win the nomination,"...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 15, 2009; 4:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Barack Obama , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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McDonnell: The Next Mark Warner?

So, which gubernatorial candidate is most like Mark Warner? Mark Warner would tell you it's fellow Democrat Creigh Deeds. But, increasingly, Bob McDonnell, with his business degree and his roots in Northern Virginia, would have you believe it's him. Today, he rolls out another piece of his strategy to overtake Deeds' claim to the Warner legacy: Endorsements from a group of former elected officials, business leaders and other activists who have been Warner supporters....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 15, 2009; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Mark Warner , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Kaine: House Obstructing Transpo Solution

Gov. Tim Kaine picks up the pen today as Virginia's columnist-in-chief, addressing transportation in this morning's Washington Post. Check it out....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  June 14, 2009; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Rosalind Helderman , Timothy M. Kaine , Transportation  
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