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Virginia Politics Blog: July 12, 2009 - July 18, 2009

Kaine and Trump Golf Pairing? Not So, Says Governor

Despite rumors circulated by Loudoun Democrats that a potential golf outing with Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and developer/TV personality Donald Trump was in the works, don't expect a tee time between the two anytime soon. David Brooks, executive director of Kaine's political action committee, Moving Virginia Forward, said Kaine did not speak to the Donald, has no plans to speak to him and has no golf outing planned. Period. "Reports of any interaction between the governor and Mr. Trump are inaccurate and untrue," Brooks said. "The governor never spoke with Mr. Trump and currently has no plans for interaction in the future." That puts it to rest with a certainty not unlike Trump's signature catch phrase, ("You're fired!")....

By Derek Kravitz  |  July 18, 2009; 9:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Timothy M. Kaine  
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More Fallout from Va. Candidate's 'Bullet' Remark

By Fredrick Kunkle Del. Stephen C. Shannon on Friday denounced the fiery remarks made by Catherine Crabill, the Republican candidate for the House of Delegates from Northern Neck who suggested that bullets might advance political agendas when ballots don't. "This type of incendiary rhetoric is not only divisive, it's downright reckless," Shannon said. Shannon, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, also thinks his opponent should denounce Crabill's remarks....

By Matt Mosk  |  July 18, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli  
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Tee Time for Kaine and Trump?

UPDATE at 3:15 p.m. to include details about the fundraiser at Trump National Golf Course and clarify that Kaine and Trump never met in person By Derek Kravitz During an otherwise sleepy summer of campaigning in Loudoun County, the talk among Democratic party faithful is of a rather odd potential golf outing. The participants? Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and developer Donald Trump....

By Derek Kravitz  |  July 17, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Derek Kravitz , Loudoun County , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Delegate Candidate: Fight Dems With Ballots Before It Comes to Bullets

UPDATE 6:17 P.M. with reactions from Crabill's general election opponent and the state Democratic Party, as well as an examination of Crabill's view that the government was involved in the Oklahoma City bombing. A Virginia Republican's fierce call to resist President Obama's political agenda -- with bullets if necessary -- ignited an outcry on the Internet yesterday, and forced her to clarify that she was not looking to incite any violence. Appearing at a "Tea Party" rally on Wednesday to protest President Obama's expansion of government, Catherine Crabill, a political neophyte running for the House of Delegates in the Northern Neck, quoted from a March 1775 speech by Patrick Henry and then went further, calling on Americans to resist the course Obama has set for the country. "We have a chance to fight this battle at the ballot box before we have to resort to the bullet box," Crabill said....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  July 16, 2009; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  Barack Obama , Election 2009  
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More Money Tidbits

Del. Phil Hamilton (R) of Newport News emailed me to point out that, in addition to the $180,000 he's got in his campaign account, his leadership PAC, Leading VA Forward, has $78,000 on hand. So his advantage against Democratic challenger Robin Abbott is bigger than I suggested earlier today. (As an aside, and this is not directed only at you, Phil, but is there a machine that spits out the names of these PACs? How many combinations of the words moving, leading, Virginia, Dominion, forward and together ARE there? An endless number, apparently.) Secondly, I left out the 34th House District, which runs from McLean to the Loudoun County line along the Potomac River. First-term Democrat Margie Vanderhye raised $70,000 in June, bringing her total on hand to $123,000. But here's the real news: Vanderhye's Republican challenger, Barbara Comstock, raised $44,000 and has $167,000 in the bank. This race is...

By Amy Gardner  |  July 16, 2009; 5:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2009  
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Miscellaneous Slicin' and Dicin' (Part III)

And now, the bits and pieces from the latest Virginia money reports. Down the ballot, candidates collected a pale shadow of the millions rolling in for Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell, but here's the overview. For attorney general, Republican Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Steve Shannon brought in virtually the same amount, $292,000 and $285,000, respectively. Shannon remains far ahead in cash on hand, with $1.3 million compared to Cuccinelli's $333,000. For lieutenant governor, incumbent Republican Bill Bolling retains a cash advantage, taking in $366,000 and bringing his on-hand total to $1.1 million. Democrat Jody Wagner raised $232,000 but spent $317,000, including a big chunk of television in the final days of her primary against Mike Signer. Wagner's new total in the bank: $188,000. Here's an interesting tidbit, courtesy of my intrepid colleague Tim Craig, who hasn't broken his addiction to VPAP or Virginia politics in general: Terry McAuliffe gave himself...

By Amy Gardner  |  July 16, 2009; 8:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Election 2009  
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Slicin' and Dicin', Part II

Everybody knows by now that Democrat R. Creigh Deeds won the latest money race yesterday by raising nearly twice as much, $3.2 million, than rival Bob McDonnell, in June. Here are a few other tidbits that might interest you: Just as the McDonnell folks predicted, Deeds got a ton of money from unions: $500,000 from AFSCME, $100,000 from SEIU, $20,000 from the Virginia AFL-CIO, $10,000 from IBEW Local #26, $5,000 from the Virginia UAW. Expect this issue to resurface time and again as McDonnell tries to tie Deeds to unions, the card-check issue and the sanctity of right-to-work. Mark Warner (the man, not the PAC) gave Deeds $25,000. You might expect Warner to throw himself behind the Democratic nominee now that the primary is over. But $25,000? It's the largest single check Warner's cut for a candidate (aside from himself) since Don Beyer ran for governor in 1999. That "golden...

By Amy Gardner  |  July 16, 2009; 6:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009  
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Slicin' and Dicin' the Money Reports, Part I

Republican Bob McDonnell spilled some ink yesterday talking not only about how much more money he has in the bank than his gubernatorial rival, Democrat Creigh Deeds, but also comparing how many of his donations came from Virginia in the most recent reporting period. It's not quite the same picture that emerges from McDonnell's campaign finance filings for the period from May 28 to June 30, which were made public today. McDonnell's on-hand advantage is real: He's got nearly $5 million compared to Deeds's $2.7 million. But the numbers, compiled by the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project, show that McDonnell spent almost exactly what he raised ($1.82 million versus $1.79 million), meaning the amount of cash he has on hand remains virtually unchanged. The numbers also show that the two biggest sources of money remain, by a long shot, the Republican Governors Association ($1.95 million) and the Republican National Committee...

By Amy Gardner  |  July 15, 2009; 7:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Kaine Wants Wal-Mart Away From Battlefield

By Fredrick Kunkle Threatened with the possibility that an army of cashiers with barcode-reading guns could invade hallowed ground near one of the Civil War's most hellish battles, Virginia's two most powerful political foes have united in a bipartisan stand to relocate a proposed WalMart in Orange County. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) and House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R) -- who have been on warring sides of many state issues -- have written to the local Board of Supervisors asking them to help WalMart find an alternative site farther from the Wilderness battlefield. "[W]e strongly encourage your Board to work closely with Wal-Mart to find an appropriate alternative site for the proposed retail center in the vicinity of the proposed site yet situated outside the boundaries of Wilderness Battlefield and out of the view of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park," says the July 13 letter...

By Matt Mosk  |  July 15, 2009; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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GOP: Kaine Inattention Kept $1B Apple Deal Out of State

Three Virginia Republicans say Gov. Tim Kaine's inattention to a tax issue cost Virginia a shot at an Apple computer data center that North Carolina landed. The delegates scolded Kaine on Wednesday for not taking steps to fix a flawed amendment that could have exempted Apple from sales taxes on equipment needed for its $1 billion expansion. Apple considered sites in Southside Virginia, a region hit hard by unemployment. The Republicans said Kaine was too distracted by partisan duties. It's the latest in a series of Republican attacks on Kaine's dual roles as governor and Democratic National Committee chairman. Kaine spokeswoman Lynda Tran noted that Virginia recently secured the Hilton headquarters and ranks among the best states for business. -- The Associated Press...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  July 15, 2009; 12:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Timothy M. Kaine  
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McDonnell Raises $1.8M in June

Republican Bob McDonnell announced today that he raised $1.8 million in June, little more than half what Democrat Creigh Deeds posted yesterday in what everyone expects to be a pricey Virginia governor's race. You wouldn't know that McDonnell underperformed his rival from a quick glance at his press release, which touts the fact that McDonnell has almost $5 million in the bank -- "far more money" from "far more donors" than rival Deeds. It's not a bad point -- cash on hand is an crucial indicator of the spending power of a campaign -- but Deeds just emerged from an expensive primary. And neither campaign is spending a ton of money just yet, so if Deeds continues his June trajectory of outraising McDonnell nearly two-to-one, his nest egg quickly will overtake McDonnell's....

By Amy Gardner  |  July 14, 2009; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Deeds Raises $3.4 Million

Creigh Deeds, who has spent much of his time since the June 9 primary raising money, announced today that he collected $3.4 million during the one-month fundraising period that ends June 30. It's more than Tim Kaine and Mark Warner accumulated in a similar time period during their gubernatorial races, according to the announcement, which also touted the fact that 63 percent of the nearly $5 million Deeds has raised this year came from within Virginia. GOP nominee Bob McDonnell's spokeswoman, Crystal Cameron, said the former attorney general's campaign would release his campaign finance numbers tomorrow. She also took a swing at Deeds for accepting support from unions. "Creigh promised the unions that he would be a good partner, and it looks like his partners are paying him well," she said....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  July 13, 2009; 5:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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Update: Surovell Hits Ground Running -- and Collecting

Scott Surovell, the outgoing chairman of the Fairfax County Democratic Committee who is running against Republican Jay McConville in the 44th House District, announced today that he collected an astonishing $82,000 in his first seven days in the race. See corrections to numbers on McConville at the bottom of this posting. Surovell, who jumped in quickly after incumbent Democrat Kristen Amundson announced late last month that she would step down, was described recently by fellow Fairfax Democrat Ken Plum as the "energizer bunny" of Northern Virginia politics. He also has deep roots in the Mount Vernon-based 44th District, where he grew up, went to high school and cut his political teeth as chairman of the local Democratic political committee. Surovell's biggest donations have come from Amundson ($10,000), and from his law firm, his dad, state Sen. Toddy Puller and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association ($5,000 each), he said. But Surovell...

By Amy Gardner  |  July 13, 2009; 4:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2009  
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Obama Machine Heads to Reston Tonight

Folks from President Obama's grassroots political machine, Organizing for America, will host a meeting in Reston tonight to take questions and ideas from supporters and volunteers as part of a national listening tour. The meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. at Fairfax's North County Government Center, at 12000 Bowman Towne Drive in Reston. Participants will be asked to offer ideas on how to support President Obama's priorities locally, notably health care reform, and how to make their voices heard in Washington. Organizing for America, which operates under the umbrella of the Democratic National Committee, carries the goal of building on the grassroots network that Obama built during last year's presidential campaign and using it to advance his policy agenda....

By Amy Gardner  |  July 13, 2009; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Barack Obama  
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