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Virginia Politics Blog: August 9, 2009 - August 15, 2009

McDonnell Talks Tourism

Republican Bob McDonnell rolled out a series of proposals today designed to boost Virginia's tourism, hospitality and film industries. He made the announcement from Luray Caverns on what is dubbed Discovery Day, the annual celebration of its discovery in 1868. The proposals include doubling the funding for the Virginia Tourism Corporation, convening a tourism summit, promoting Virginia wine and increasing money for the governor's motion picture fund by $2 million. "There is no better state to visit, no better place to film,'' McDonnell said. "You seemingly can't throw a rock here without hitting a beautiful vacation spot, a former president's home, or a Civil War battlefield,'' McDonnell said....

By Anita Kumar  |  August 15, 2009; 6:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Virginia Attorney General Opinion Finds IT Conflict

Attorney General William C. Mims said late tonight that Gov. Tim Kaine's technology secretary Len Pomata should not be moonlighting as chief information officer of the state's technology agency. Legislators had asked for Mims' opinion after the former chief information officer was abrupty removed and replaced by Pomata. The General Assembly is investigating the state's unprecedented 10-year, $2 billion contract to upgrade the state's computer system. Kaine has questioned some aspects of the contract, but has said repeatedly that he did not have a problem with Pomata serving as the chief information officer until a new permanent replacement was hired....

By Anita Kumar  |  August 14, 2009; 9:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Republican Chairman Wants Crabill to Step Aside

No, Bob McDonnell is not attending an upcoming fundraiser with Republican House of Delegates candidate Catherine Crabill. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling won't be there either. Attorney general candidate Ken Cuccinelli II also will not appear with Crabill. In fact, the Republican Party of Virginia has formally decided it will be giving Crabill no support for her campaign against Del. Albert Pollard, and chairman Pat Mullins has sent word to Crabill that he would prefer that she step aside and not run for the seat. Crabill, who is the Republican nominee running in Virginia's Northern Neck, has said the federal government might have played a role in the Oklahoma City bombing. She was caught on video recently advocating "resorting to the bullet box" if her supporters do not win at the "ballot box." Top campaign aides for McDonnell opponent Creigh Deeds were asked during a press call today about a report,...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 14, 2009; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Bill Bolling , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Deeds Calls Relative of Virginia Tech Victim

Creigh Deeds is reaching out to families of the Virginia Tech shooting, some of whom actively opposed him in his three-way Democrat primary against Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe, because of his stance on guns. This morning, he called Omar Samaha, whose sister, Reema, was killed in the April 2007 shootings. "Creigh and Omar spoke this morning and had a good, friendly conversation,'' said Mo Elleithee, Deeds spokesman. "As with all the families of the Virginia Tech tragedy, Creigh intends to have an open door and continued dialogue with him." Samaha and Colin Goddard, a victim who survived the shooting (and was in the room when shooter Seung Hui Cho killed himself), issued an open letter opposing Deeds hours before the polls opened in June. Deeds has voted repeatedly against closing a loophole that allows some private vendors at gun shows to make sales without background checks -- a change...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 14, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Virginia Tech massacre  
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On The Record

Last week, we introduced you to On The Record , a new regular feature here on the Virginia Politics blog -- a funny, outrageous or otherwise memorable quote from someone in the state's political world. Have a quote you want to share? Email me at kumaranita@washpost.com. Now onto our second installment: Today's quote: "All they've got to do is look at the birth certificate in Hawaii. To me that is convincing evidence...This is a distraction from discussion of real issues that do matter. I'm convinced he was born in United States, that he was duly elected president and he's proposing some really bad ideas for our country," George Allen said in an interview with my colleague Sandhya Somashekhar. Allen, the former Republican senator and governor, was responding to a question about the so-called "birther movement" -- comprised of those who do not believe Barack Obama is a natural born citizen,...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 14, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , George F. Allen , James Webb , Robert F. McDonnell  
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McDonnell Snags Farm Endorsement

In the end, it didn't matter that Creigh Deeds had performed surgery on farm animals. The Virginia Farm Bureau Federation's PAC endorsed Bob McDonnell today over Deeds in the governor's race. Both candidates spoke a couple of weeks ago in front of the state's farmers at a candidates forum. Deeds grew up on a farm (and performed surgery on animals), but the group selected McDonnell because of his record on property rights as a legislator and attorney general. "Protecting the rights of property owners has been and continues to be a priority issue for the Virginia Farm Bureau," said Wayne F. Pryor, VFBF president and chairman of the Virginia AgPAC board of trustees. The decision wasn't a total surprise. The group endorsed McDonnell over Deeds in the attorney general's race in 2005. The group did not split its ticket. It also endorsed Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli for...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 14, 2009; 12:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell  
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The Kitchen Table: Interview With Pew's Scott Keeter

For this week's installment of "The Kitchen Table," a regular feature about Virginia voters, we asked Scott Keeter, director of survey research at the Pew Research Center in Washington and one of the nation's prominent thinkers on the subject of voter behavior, some questions about what makes voters tick. Keeter has authored and co-authored several books and papers, including "What Americans Know About Politics and Why It Matters," and "A New Engagement? Political Participation, Civic Life, and the Changing American Citizen." A Virginia resident, he has been a political science professor at Virginia Commonwealth University and George Mason University. The Post: Why do some people vote and others don't? Keeter: Even though most people realize that their individual vote will probably not be the deciding factor in an election, most people realize that collectively their votes matter in determining the outcome. Still, many people don't vote, especially in off-year elections...

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  August 14, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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First Click -- Virginia

Aug. 14, 2009 Good morning everyone. Here's what's happening in politics around the state today. Republican Bob McDonnell heads home to Northern Virginia, where he will speak at the Republican National Hispanic Assembly's convention in Tysons Corner. Tomorrow the McDonnell RV takes a tour of Luray Caverns where he will roll out a policy proposal on -- what else? -- tourism. He spent yesterday on the Eastern Shore talking about outer space. He toured the spaceport on Wallops Island and announced plans to make it the "top commercial spaceport in the country." Meanwhile back in Richmond, his campaign announced a newly-redesigned Web site. Democrat Creigh Deeds will travel to Newport News today for a community day hosted by a mental health agency. Then he's off to Courtland for the Franklin-Southampton County Fair. Funnel cake, anyone? He announced the creation of Nurses for Deeds yesterday in Portsmouth along with fellow state...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 14, 2009; 8:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , George F. Allen , James Webb , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Shake-up or Not, Deeds Campaign is Changing

University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato is standing by his story, circulated yesterday, that Deeds Campaign Manager Joe Abbey will retain his formal title but is no longer steering the ship in Deeds Country. And the Deeds campaign is sticking to their statements from yesterday on this topic, when they said Abbey remains in charge. Monica Dixon, cited by Sabato as the campaign's new real power, said unequivocally that she works for Abbey. The campaign's response could be all spin to protect Abbey and deflect story lines that suggest they think things are going so badly they need a major overhaul. But this much seems clear:...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 13, 2009; 3:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman  
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Does Deeds Play Follow the Leader?

Both candidates for governor found themselves talking about kind of an obscure Virginia topic this week -- the spaceport on tiny Wallops Island. Coincidence? Bob McDonnell's campaign doesn't think so. They say when McDonnell plans to visit a certain part of the state to talk up a certain issue, Creigh Deeds ends up there too. Virginia is only so big, so both candidates are likely to end up in the same places, talking about the same issues some of the time. But McDonnell and the Republicans have been working hard to try to convince people that Deeds is following his lead. As part of the "Me too! campaign," the state GOP has tweaked Deeds for following McDonnell on several issues -- agency audits, charter schools and ABC privatization, just to name a few. "Creigh Deeds is playing a grown up version of follow the leader,'' McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said....

By Anita Kumar  |  August 13, 2009; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Virginia Notebook: Where Is McDonnell From?

In campaign literature mailed recently to Northern Virginia residents, Robert F. McDonnell touts himself as a "governor that Fairfax County families can be proud to call their own." In another mailer sent to Hampton Roads residents, he touts himself as "a governor Virginia Beach can be proud to call our own." But McDonnell, the Republican nominee for governor, doesn't live in Fairfax or Virginia Beach. He lives in Henrico County, just outside Richmond. McDonnell grew up in Fairfax, represented Virginia Beach in the General Assembly for 14 years and then moved to Henrico when he was elected attorney general in 2005. He has been campaigning aggressively in Virginia's suburban core, hoping his strong ties to the state's three most populous areas, and support from traditionally conservative rural areas, will give him enough votes to carry the state in November. "I'm really the candidate who has really lived his whole life...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 13, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Issues That Matter to You

This Sunday, we begin a print feature called "Issues That Matter to You," in which we single out an issue of interest in this year's governor's race and do a short write-up on the positions of our esteemed candidates for governor. Since that last word is "you," we'd like your thoughts on some subjects you want the candidates to chime in on. They can be as broad or as narrow as you'd like. Please leave your ideas in the comments area or e-mail me at sandhya@washpost.com....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  August 13, 2009; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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House Call: As Albo Goes, So Goes Virginia

Hello politicos, and welcome to our second installment of House Call! This week we're going to drill down into the Fightin' 42nd District in southeastern Fairfax County, because you know what they say: As Albo goes, so goes the commonwealth. Actually, as far as I know, I'm the only one who said that. But I think it's a reasonable way to describe what should be the Democrats' easiest pick-up of the year. If Republican incumbent Dave Albo hangs on again this year in one of the state's two most Democratic-performing districts currently held by Republicans (the other is Tom Rust's 86th District in Herndon and Loudoun County), then Democrats have little hope of winning the six seats they need to take back the House of Delegates. It's really hard to say what will happen. Albo, when he has a challenger, is always deemed vulnerable. And yet he has always scraped...

By Amy Gardner  |  August 13, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2009  
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First Click -- Virginia

Aug. 13, 2009 Good morning everyone. Here's what's happening in politics around the state today. Democrat Creigh Deeds will continue his week-long push on abortion, access to birth control and other women's health issues at a news conference in Portsmouth. Later, he will tour a shellfish hatchery in Willis Wharf and then hitch a ride on a boat to help workers load clam seed. Expect Republicans to continue to gleefully talk up Deeds comments yesterday during an online chat with the Richmond Times-Dispatch about raising taxes. It already has been a long week for Deeds. Criticism (largely conservative, of course) of his abortion strategy and a Confederate flag flap quickly have been replaced by talk of a shake-up at his campaign. Republican Bob McDonnell will spend the day on Wallops and Tangier islands off Virginia's Eastern Shore. (He'll temporarily ditch his RV for a helicopter). He'll tour the spaceport and...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 13, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe  
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'Yes, I Will Sign that Bill'

That's what Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Creigh Deeds told our friend Jim Nolan of the Richmond Times-Dispatch during an online chat today when asked if, as governor, he would sign a bill that raised money for transportation if it included a tax increase. As he has been saying since before the June 9 primary, Deeds told Nolan that improving Virginia's road network is the key to economic development and promised to bring lawmakers to Richmond for a special session in his first year in office to forge consensus about how to raise new money for roads. And, yes, he agreed that if a consensus, bipartisan bill passed with a tax increase, he'd support it. Here was the full exchange: What I will do and what I'll commit to do right now is work with whomever is in the General Assembly after January. Because we've got to get past the obstructionist viewpoints...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 12, 2009; 5:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Deeds Campaign: Abbey Still on Top

The Deeds gubernatorial campaign is shooting down a report by University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato that campaign manager Joe Abbey is keeping his title but is being supplanted by Monica Dixon, who headed Mark Warner's political action committee and has been serving as a senior advisor to the campaign since around the time of the primary. "Joe Abbey is the campaign manager, and I work for him," Dixon said this afternoon. A staff shake up might indicate the campaign is nervous about the direction of the race and looking for change. But communications director Mike Gehrke said the only change at the campaign in recent days has been the addition of Mo Elleithee, a Virginia veteran, as an advisor. The campaign announced that change Monday. "Joe is in charge. He's the fearless leader. When he walks by, we salute," Gehrke said....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 12, 2009; 4:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Rosalind Helderman  
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McDonnell Donates $300k to State GOP

Republican Bob McDonnell has donated $300,000 to the state GOP in recent months as the beleagured party struggles to reverse its recent problems with fundraising and leadership. The Republican gubernatorial nominee gave the party $50,000 in May and another $250,000 in July, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, which tracks campaign donations in Virginia. McDonnell is the party's largest donor in at least two years. McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said the campaign made the donation to help pay for the party's "victory" program, which is designed to help the entire ticket including the candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and House of Delegates. The program includes get-out-the-vote efforts, canvassing, regional offices and signs. "We have supported RPV's grassroots efforts because they are critical to our success statewide," Martin said.....

By Anita Kumar  |  August 12, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Both Campaigns Address Confederate Flag

The Confederate flag may be the third rail of Virginia politics. Plenty of people are offended by it and think any candidate who fails to refute it entirely embraces Virginia's racist past. Plenty of people believe it's a symbol of their heritage and would disown any candidate who said otherwise. The vociferousness of Bob McDonnell's campaign's reaction to the suggestion that his staffers flew the flag at their booth at a sportsman's show (Not our flag! We're appalled at the suggestion!) got us wondering: Does that mean McDonnell believes there's something wrong with the flag and believes it should not be flown? Likewise, the tweet from Deeds' campaign manager Joe Abbey directing people to the photo had us wondering the same about Deeds, especially given that he told the House of Delegates in 1999 that he had a picture of the flag on his wall as a child. We asked...

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 12, 2009; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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First Click -- Virginia

Aug. 12, 2009 Good morning. Here's what's happening in politics across the commonwealth today. Republican Bob McDonnell will be in Newport News to roll out initiatives on public safety with GOP attorney general candidate Ken Cuccinelli. Watch for the Democratic trackers to be out in force for that one, since many Dems are convinced just standing next to the conservative Fairfax senator undermines McDonnell's efforts to run as a moderate. But McDonnell will use the same event to show he's focused on public policy, while Democrat Creigh Deeds is talking about... ...abortion. Which Deeds will apparently discuss during a 12:45 p.m. online appearance at the Richmond Times Dispatch. Both sides are saying this debate is all about priorities. Deeds says he wants to talk about it because it shows where McDonnell has been in all his years in public office. But Republicans are arguing the campaign push shows it is...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 12, 2009; 7:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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McDonnell: Not Our Flag -- With Update from Show Manager

In a posting on Twitter, the campaign manager for Democrat Creigh Deeds is encouraging people to look at a photograph posted on the left-leaning blog Not Larry Sabato that claims to show that Republican Bob McDonnell's campaign displayed a confederate flag in its booth at a sportsman show. But McDonnell's campaign says the flag was not theirs. "The flag was not in our booth,'' McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said. "However, there still is an actual story here. The fact that Creigh Deeds' campaign is actively pushing this falsehood demonstrates their desperation is greater than anyone expected. And it also will cost them a lot of credibility right as the campaign enters the home stretch. Not a good day for them." "To misrepresent a photo for political gain is the worst kind of politics,'' Martin said. Martin said the flag belonged to an adjacent booth, which was selling confederate flags and...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 11, 2009; 2:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Dems Attack McDonnell on Rural Va., Day 2

As Republican Bob McDonnell travels from South Boston to Virginia Beach on Route 58 today in his RV, Democrats are attacking him for repeatedly neglecting that same corridor as a member of the House of Delegates. The state Democratic party accuses McDonnell of repeatedly voting against proposals that would boost economic development along Route 58. "While 2009 is full of rhetoric, McDonnell's record shows he opposed progress on Route 58, a key to bringing greater economic development to various areas across Virginia," the party stated in a release. Here are some the votes Democrats cite: In 1999, he voted against $659 million in bonds to help Route 59 and Northern Virginia. In 2002, he voted to cut $10 million from the Route 58 Corridor Development Fund. Three times, in 2002 and 2004, he voted to trim $16 million from the governors opportunity fund, which is designed to lure businesses to...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 11, 2009; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Deeds: Obama's Paying Attention to Virginia

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds, who got to spend a little time with President Obama at a campaign rally last week (video), said the president's comments to him privately showed the leader of the free world had been reading up on the Virginia race -- or at least getting good staff briefings about it. "He's paying more attention to this race than I would think," Deeds said Monday. "He is familiar with the details of the campaign, what's going on. He's familiar with the details of my biography. So he's paying a little attention." Deeds was full of praise for the president, who revved up a ballroom of about 1,500 Deeds supporters last week. "He's a really smart guy. Very thoughtful," Deeds said. "He asked a lot of questions. But mostly there was just banter about our families."...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 11, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Barack Obama , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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First Click -- Virginia

Aug. 11, 2009 Good morning everyone. Here's what's happening in politics around the state today. Republican Bob McDonnell unveiled a plan yesterday in Southside to bring new jobs to rural Virginia. But Democrats quickly criticized him for what they call his new interest in the economically-distressed area, and said it comes after years of neglect as a legislator. You can always count on House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong for a good quote -- or two. Today McDonnell heads to various events along Route 58 from South Boston to Virginia Beach (look for the blue McDonnell RV on the road), including visits to local newspapers in South Boston, Lawrenceville, Emporia, Franklin and Suffolk. Tonight he will stop by the Republican campaign offices in Virginia Beach and Chesapeake. Democrat Creigh Deeds began a week-long attack on McDonnell on abortion (video, pdf). Some newspapers criticized Deeds for talking about abortion instead of the...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 11, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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McDonnell Unveils Plan; Dems Criticize Him

Republican Bob McDonnell unveiled a proposal today in Henry County (unemployment rate 15.4 percent) that he said would bring new jobs to rural Virginia. The plan calls for designating a deputy secretary to focus solely on rural economic development, forming a rural Virginia taskforce and providing a $1,000 tax credit per job to businesses that create 50 jobs or 25 jobs in economically distressed areas, among other things. Read the full plan here. "From manufacturing to dairy farms, I know that rural Virginia will be a key part of the economic resurgence that we will create in the Commonwealth,'' McDonnell said. It didn't take long for the Democrats to criticize McDonnell....

By Anita Kumar  |  August 10, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Deeds Campaigns with Women in NoVa

Democrat Creigh Deeds kicked off his Women for Deeds tour this morning at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, surrounded by more than 80 activists, most of them women. He insisted his week long push to highlight opponent Bob McDonnell's record on pushing for abortion isn't just about the divisive social issue. Instead, he said the discussion is one of priorities. "My opponent's rhetoric can be confusing. One day, he says his campaign is about jobs, jobs, jobs. The next, he says elections are litmus tests on abortion. But throughout his career, his record and his priorities have been clear," Deeds said. "He's focused on a narrow ideological agenda rather than one that would move Virginia forward." Among the notables in the crowd, Lynda Robb, wife of former U.S. Senator Chuck Robb, Democratic state Sens. Toddy Puller and Mary Margaret Whipple, as well as delegates Kristen J. Amundson, Charniele Herring,...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 10, 2009; 2:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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First Click - Virginia

Aug. 10, 2009 Good morning everyone. Here's what's happening in politics around the state today. It's Monday, the start of what promises to be a busy week on the campaign trail. Democrat Creigh Deeds wrapped up his tour of the state's rural areas with a rare visit to his home county of Bath where he announced several proposals to improve government accountability. Deeds is expected to roll out three other policy proposals this week. Today, he will talk about abortion in Northern Virginia as he tries to portray Republican Bob McDonnell as out of the mainstream. The effort is deemed desperate by some, mostly Republicans of course, and has led to a lot of chatter on conservative blogs. But Deeds hopes to energize his lackluster base, and the initial response shows it may be working. McDonnell got a moment in the national spotlight when he delivered the response to President...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 10, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , James Webb , Mark Warner , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Tracking the Tracker

Republican tracker Paul Logan, who's been following Creigh Deeds through Deeds Country this week for the state GOP, has spent so much time with the Deeds folks that they've grown kinda fond of him. Here's Logan with Deeds' wife Pam in Martinsville Saturday morning. "We'll win him over yet," Pam Deeds said as she gave Logan a warm hug. Check out this video if you're really fascinated with Logan, who was on hand for Deeds' rally with President Obama last week. He comes on about 15 seconds in. \...

By Amy Gardner  |  August 9, 2009; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009  
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