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Virginia Politics Blog: July 5, 2009 - July 11, 2009

Biden To Appear With Deeds

Vice President Joe Biden will travel to Virginia next week to campaign with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds. Biden and Deeds will appear at a fundraiser together Thursday in Richmond at the home of Leon and Lisa Roday. Leon Roday is a senior vice president at Genworth Financial....

By Anita Kumar  |  July 10, 2009; 7:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Joe Biden  
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Virginia Receives Another Accolade

The accolades keep coming. Tim Kaine (and Mark Warner before him) loves to tell people about all the various awards, rankings and compliments the state has received on his watch. He just got one more reason to gloat. Virginia was ranked among the "Five Best States to Start a Business" by U.S. News & World Report this week. "The latest accolades accorded the commonwealth demonstrate that Virginia remains a power player among business-friendly states," Kaine said. "As we work to get our economy back on track, it's great to be recognized for continuing to attract innovative businesses to Virginia." The magazine said Virginia "mixes the highly educated workforce and technological sophistication'" and is known for its low taxes. "This state boasts the highest number of information technology jobs in non-IT industries as a total share of jobs, which indicates that Virginia's businesses are more technologically advanced than businesses in other...

By Anita Kumar  |  July 10, 2009; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Debate to be Available Online

For years, the Virginia Bar Association has hosted the first debate between statewide candidates, either at the Homestead or Greenbrier resorts. This year is no exception. But for the first time, everyone will be able to watch the debate instead of just the few hundred lawyers attending the association's annual meeting. This time, the association in conjunction with the soon-to-be-launched Web site, VirginiaTalks.com, will offer a free, live and interactive statewide broadcast of the debate to be held July 25 at 11 a.m. Viewers of the live streaming video will be able to join a simultaneous, online discussion during the debate and to submit questions that may be asked during the debate. The debate will be available online through Election Day. "We're honored to partner with the Virginia Bar Association to provide access to this debate across the Commonwealth and beyond," said Jason Roop, editor in chief of VirginiaTalks.com. "The...

By Anita Kumar  |  July 10, 2009; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Debates , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Deeds Son Charged with Alcohol Possession

Gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds' 20-year-old son was charged with alcohol possession May 30 for drinking at a party in his native Bath County. Austin Creigh Deeds, a student at the College of William and Mary, has an arraignment set for next Wednesday, and a court date Sept. 9. He faces a maximum penalty of 12 months in jail and a $2,500 fine. Deeds has four children. His spokesman Jared Leopold simply said the incident was a "family matter." See the court document here.pdf...

By Anita Kumar  |  July 10, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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Henry Joins Shannon's Campaign

Mike Henry is back. Henry, who has a long track record of winning races for Democrats in general elections in Virginia and is seen as one of the driving forces behind the party's recent successes in the state, has signed on to manage Steve Shannon's campaign for attorney general. It's a major coup for Shannon. Henry, of course, finds himself unexpectedly free after managing Terry McAuliffe's losing gubernatorial campaign. We hear he will start his new job Monday....

By Anita Kumar  |  July 9, 2009; 10:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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Healthcare Fight Comes to Va

Americans for Prosperity, an anti-tax group that supports limited government and free trade, started its second advertising blitz on TV across Virginia today to oppose the Democrats' healthcare plan. The ads are part of a $1.3-million, one-week buy in a dozen states targeting senators, including U.S. Sen. Mark Warner. Meanwhile, Organizing for America, an arm of the Democratic National Committee that is lobbying for President Obama's agenda, has moved into Virginia with the immediate goal of garnering grassroots support for his healthcare plan. Three staffers are based in Richmond and Northern Virginia....

By Anita Kumar  |  July 9, 2009; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Mark Warner  
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Hugo Calls on Kaine to Resign

Del. Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax) called on Gov. Tim Kaine to resign after reading today about how he is spending one and half days of his week working for the Democratic National Committee. Hugo said Kaine should not have accepted the job of DNC chairman in January and called on him to resign as governor if he wants to continue working for the national party. "Virginia deserves a full-time govenor,'' Hugo said. Kaine said in an interview this week he typically spends one day a week traveling as his party's national chairman to attend fundraisers and policy events another half a day working at the DNC headquarters in Washington. Kaine was asked by reporters this morning at an unrelated press conference about his travel schedule. He refused again to release a full schedule. "We always release public scheduling and we will continue to,'' he said. "We just don't notice private...

By Anita Kumar  |  July 9, 2009; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Updated: McDonnell Takes Swipe at Kaine

Republican Bob McDonnell used the announcement of his jobs plan Thursday to attack the man he wants to replace. McDonnell complained that Gov. Tim Kaine (D) has not used all the money available to him through the governor's opportunity fund to help attract new businesses to the state. He said the account has a balance of $11 million. "If I was governor, I would be dispersing that money immediately,'' he said. The plan, unveiled by McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, calls for doubling the fund and broadening rules to allow companies that generate additional state and local tax revenue to qualify. "The governor's opportunity fund can be a powerful weapon in the fight to attract new employers to the commonwealth. And fight is the right word,'' McDonnell said. "We are competing against every other state, and increasingly many other nations, for the private companies that bring with them high...

By Anita Kumar  |  July 9, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Kaine Devoting 30 Percent of Work Week to DNC

RICHMOND -- Timothy M. Kaine said he has been spending a day and a half of each workweek handling fundraising and policy matters for the Democratic National Committee, a departure from his pledge to conduct most of his national party work by phone and fax and restrict it largely to evenings and weekends while he is governor of Virginia. In an interview in his office on Capitol Square, Kaine said he typically spends one day a week traveling as his party's national chairman and half a day working at the party's headquarters in Washington. But Kaine said he remains in constant contact with staff from the governor's office by cellphone and e-mail when he is gone. To help, he said, he began carrying a BlackBerry. "I'm an around-the-clock governor," he said as he prepared to fly to Minnesota on Friday on party business. "There is no state where the governor...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  July 9, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Timothy M. Kaine  
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Palin Tweets Allen

Days after surprising just about everyone with her resignation, and just back from a salmon fishing trip with her family, the almost-former governor of Alaska Sarah Palin has been tweeting away. Just this morning, Palin sent this message to her 87,083 followers: "Couple of thoughts for the day on beautiful bright AK morn: You have to sacrifice to win. That's my philosophy in 6 words. - George Allen." That turned some heads in Virginia, where we all wondered which George Allen she was quoting: The former Republican governor and U.S. senator? Or his legendary Redskins football coach father? All signs point to the quote belonging to dad -- but figuring it out is more difficult than it appears (though the quote can be found in the book "Knowledge in a Nutshell")...

By Anita Kumar  |  July 8, 2009; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , George F. Allen , Sarah Palin  
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Updated: McDonnell on Palin

Republican Bob McDonnell told the folks at ABCNews.com yesterday that Gov. Sarah Palin would be a "good spokesman" if she still wants to come to Virginia to campaign for him this year. "She was a successful governor in Alaska,'' he said. "She was a popular governor in Alaska, got a lot of things done on taxes, and government regulation and ethics, and you know, those are some of the things that I'm interested in getting done here in Virginia." Palin has raised some taxes and increased regulation of oil companies, but McDonnell's campaign explained that he was referring to her record of shrinking the state budget and suspending the state fuel tax as governor and cutting small business inventory taxes and personal property taxes as a mayor). Some had speculated that McDonnell would not want Palin to campaign for him after her surprising announcement last week that she will resign...

By Anita Kumar  |  July 8, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Kaine Declines -- Again -- to Release Records

It should come as no surprise that Gov. Tim Kaine today refused to release information about his travel on behalf of the Democratic National Committee to the Associated Press. Kaine's office has declined similar requests by the Washington Post and the Republican Party of Virginia citing state law that exempts the "governor's working papers" from open records. Kaine's office typically releases a public schedule of gubernatorial events that includes speeches, bill signings and news conferences -- but does not include appointments in his office, activities for the national party or fundraisers for his in-state political action committee, Moving Virginia Forward. Kaine has said that anyone who wants to know where he is can just ask him when they see him, but he won't let his spokesmen say where he is when he is not around. That answer has not stopped a growing firestorm by open-government advocates, newspapers and critics over...

By Anita Kumar  |  July 7, 2009; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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McDonnell Renews Debate Request

Republican Bob McDonnell isn't dropping his debate challenge. McDonnell renewed his request today for a series of 10 debates with Democrat Creigh Deeds after his campaign said Deeds rejected the original offer last week. "There is a hunger for robust political discourse in this campaign," said Tucker Martin, McDonnell's spokesman. Deeds spokesman Jared Leopold said Deeds never rejected the challenge but that the campaign will continue to work with potential organizers to devise a list of debates across the state on their timetable, not McDonnell's....

By Anita Kumar  |  July 7, 2009; 5:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Governor, Senator, Author

Former Governor and U.S. Senator George Allen has signed a publishing contract with Regnery Publishing to write a book, "The Triumph of Character: What Washington Can Learn from the World of Sports. " The book, to be released in June 2010, will bring together two all-American passions -- politics and sports -- and reveals what Washington could learn from the principles found in athletic competition and team sports, according to a press release. Allen, the son of a NFL Hall of Fame Coach, played football and rugby at the University of Virginia. He is the founder and chairman of the American Energy Freedom Center and president of George Allen Strategies, LLC....

By Anita Kumar  |  July 7, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Courting of Wilder Continues

Doug Wilder continues to keep everyone guessing. That's just the way he likes it. The nation's first elected black governor has said some not-so-nice things about Creigh Deeds in the past and in the 2005 attorney general's race he refused to back Deeds because of his position on guns. Now Deeds has won the Democratic nomination for governor but the cagey Wilder still won't say whether he will support him on or not. Wilder said in a recent interview that Deeds has called him a couple times since the June 9 primary, but that the two keep missing each other and have now scheduled a meeting in the coming weeks. But he also said Republican Bob McDonnell has come a-calling too. The two men speak regularly....

By Anita Kumar  |  July 7, 2009; 1:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Kaine Heads to Minneapolis

Gov. Tim Kaine will spend Friday in Minneapolis in his role as chairman of the Democratic National Committee. Also, this week: Kaine will spend the afternoon working out of the DNC headquarters in Washington Wednesday after attending an economic development event in Falls Church. That night he will attend a fundraising event for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Creigh Deeds at the McLean home of Mark Lowham, senior vice president of WEST*GROUP. (who endorsed Deeds last week)....

By Anita Kumar  |  July 6, 2009; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Palin to Campaign in Virginia? You Betcha.

Gov. Sarah Palin's stunning annoucement that she would resign later this month in part because she wanted to be free to help other candidates made us wonder if she has plans to come to Virginia -- one of only two states with governor's races this year. Bob McDonnell, Virginia's Republican gubernatorial nominee, attended a meeting of the Republican Governor's Association late last year. Many governors, including Palin, Rick Perry (Tex.) and Charlie Crist (Fla.), pledged to help him. McDonnell's campaign has not heard from Palin's staff to set up a specific event, but it's been made pretty clear in recent days she plans to spend some time here this fall....

By Anita Kumar  |  July 6, 2009; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Sarah Palin  
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