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Virginia Politics Blog: August 30, 2009 - September 5, 2009

Grand Jury Investigating Hamilton's ODU Job

The Virginian-Pilotand the Daily Press are reporting that a federal grand jury served the Newport News school system with a subpoena and search warrant involving Del. Phil Hamilton's former job at Old Dominion University. Hamilton, who works for the school system, used his e-mail account to negotiate a job offer with ODU before securing state money for the school, according to e-mails released by the university a couple of weeks ago. "I welcome the inquiry and it is my hope that it will be completed swiftly,'' Hamilton said In an e-mail to reporters last night. "I am sure that the investigation will confirm my innocence, and I look forward to continuing my service to the people of Newport News and James City County." Hamilton has refused to step down despite calls for his resignation -- even from leaders of his own party, including Bob McDonnell and Bill Bolling. No word...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 5, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2009  
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Kaine Hits the Campaign Trail With Deeds

There's no doubt that Gov. Tim Kaine has been helping Creigh Deeds with his gubernatorial campaign, though in recent weeks it has been largely behind the scenes. But this Labor Day weekend, (the unofficial kickoff to the race), Virginia's governor and DNC chairman will be out with Deeds in full force. Kaine and Deeds will appear together in Dublin and Harrisonburg Sunday and then again at a slew of Labor Day events on Monday, including the traditional Buena Vista Labor Day parade and U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott's 32nd annual picnic in Newsport News. Expect Kaine to be a lot more visible as the race kicks into high gear the final two months. Next up? Kaine will host a fundraiser for Deeds Tuesday at the historic Main Street Station in downtown Richmond. Tickets are $100 to $500....

By Anita Kumar  |  September 5, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Remembering (and Forgetting) the Titans

This is one of those small-world stories. Three decades ago, when Bob McDonnell played football at Bishop Ireton High School, he once faced the same undefeated T.C. Williams team later depicted in the movie "Remember the Titans." McDonnell scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion. Of course, we all know how the story ends -- the Titans won -- but apparently some of the Titans' players were not too fond of McDonnell after he scored. McDonnell's high school friend, Tim Battle, remembers that one player even shoved him, costing him a penalty. (McDonnell doesn't remember having a run-in with one particular player but does remember getting "clocked" in the end zone by a bunch of Titans.) Battle said that teenager was Earl Cook -- the same Earl Cook who took over as Alexandria's first black police chief last week (after the former chief was arrested for drunken driving in Arlington...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 4, 2009; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Deeds' California Dreaming Part II

Democrat Creigh Deeds was strangely quiet at the beginning of this week, out of state and raising money for his effort in California. Wondering who he met with on the west coast? Turns out, they included top entertainment executives and some pretty well known Democrats....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 4, 2009; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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McDonnell, Deeds Talk Business

For those of you who think we don't write enough about the issues, this is for you. ExecutiveBiz, an online publication that serves the Washington metro government contracting community, published interviews with Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds this week. How would you make Virginia a more business friendly state? What's the future of VITA? How do you plan to protect the state from future cyber attacks? (Remember the one involving the $10 million ransom?) You can read Deeds' answers here and McDonnells' here. Both candidates will speak at ExecutiveBiz's event next week....

By Anita Kumar  |  September 4, 2009; 4:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Fact-Checker: Does Deeds Back Bill That Could Kill His Neighbors' Jobs?

While state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds and fellow Democrats have been trying to focus the governor's race on Robert F. McDonnell's grad school thesis, McDonnell and fellow Republicans have been working to return everyone's attention to jobs. The Republican Party of Virginia recently blasted him for supporting a ground-breaking bill in Congress that hopes to slow global warming by imposing limits on carbon-based emissions. McDonnell, while giving the GOP's response to President Barack Obama's weekly radio address, said the bill's proposed cap-and-trade regime would jeopardize 1,500 jobs in Deeds' district alone, a charge echoed by the state GOP. Is it true that Deeds is supporting the bill? And is it true the bill could effectively shut down MeadWestvaco Corp's plant in Covington, Va.?...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  September 4, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Governor's Race Fact Checker , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Fredrick Kunkle  
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First Click -- Virginia

Fri., Sept. 4, 2009 Happy Friday, Virginia! Here's what's happening in politics across the Commonwealth today. At a press conference otherwise designed to keep Republican Bob McDonnell's 1989 thesis at the center of the gubernatorial campaign, Democrat Creigh Deeds told reporters Thursday that he, too, has changed some of his views over the past 20 years. You wouldn't know it from new Democratic radio ads, but that's the what McDonnell has said about the document, that it represents views he has changed since he wrote it two decades ago. In particular, Deeds has called himself a "work in progress" regarding the state's gay marriage amendment, which he voted to put on the 2006 ballot but then campaigned against. McDonnell has a new ad out as well, called "Positive Leadership." It emphasizes his middle-class roots, his training in the army, his happy family -- including his army vet daughter -- and,...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 4, 2009; 7:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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The Kitchen Table: Augusta GOP Afraid for Country

For this week's Kitchen Table, we dropped by a GOP picnic last Saturday in Augusta County, one of the state's most longstanding Republican strongholds. On a sunny afternoon interrupted by a brief spray of rain, over a lunch of barbecue and cole slaw, party activists in this Shenandoah Valley community expressed an overwhelming concern that their country and culture were being threatened by forces in Washington. Featured speaker Patrick McSweeney, former state GOP chairman and founder of a new think tank called Restore the Founders' Vision, said his son was becoming so concerned with current affairs that he was considering moving to Costa Rica. Del. Steve Landes accused the White House of keeping tabs on Republicans, some of whom he said live in a climate of fear, and evoked the always-dicey Hitler comparison....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  September 4, 2009; 6:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2009 , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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McDonnell Airs New TV Ad

Republican Bob McDonnell began airing positive new TV spots highlighting his middle-class roots (in which he mentions he was raised by an Army officer and working mom), his service in the Army and his business and law degrees. The ad, called "Leadership," will run in every market across the state (except the pricey Northern Virginia market) for a week....

By Anita Kumar  |  September 3, 2009; 6:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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GOP Attacks Deeds on Social Issues Talk

Virginia Republicans continue to mock Creigh Deeds for saying the governor's race should be about the economy, transportation and education while he attacks Bob McDonnell on abortion, covenant marriage, stem-cell research and, of course, his 20-year-old graduate thesis. Check out the party's new video that includes a TV interview with Deeds this morning in Newport News in which he, once again, says the race isn't about social issues....

By Anita Kumar  |  September 3, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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McDonnell, Deeds: Works in Progress?

During the primary, Creigh Deeds was criticized by his Democratic opponents for having changed his views on hot-button issues, including same-sex marriage and background checks for gun buyers. (His favorite expression at the time was "Each of us is a work in progress.") Now, months later, Republican Bob McDonnell says he has changed his views on whether women should work outside the home and other issues he explored as a graduate student two decades ago. But the Deeds' campaign has attacked him every day this week (including again today) for views he longer says he holds. So why is that any different than Deeds' changing mind? Well, we asked him. Deeds said at a press conference today at the state Capitol in Richmond that he doesn't actually believe McDonnell has changed his mind. "His record throughout his period of public service is consistent with the thesis,'' he said. Now you...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 3, 2009; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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First Deeds Thesis Ad Airing in Northern Virginia

Democrat Creigh Deeds is running his first ads in Northern Virginia since his June primary victory. He's putting up radio ads only for now, which are of course far cheaper than television commercials. And guess what the ads are about? Righto! Bob McDonnell's 1989 master's thesis. Or rather, in the words of the ad, McDonnell's "plan to take us back to the dark ages." Hear the ad here: The ad of course does not mention that McDonnell has said he no longer believes key portions of his thesis, particularly the parts that form the thrust of the ad -- comments in the thesis about women in the workplace. Also, interestingly, the ad is thethe first mention of Pat Robertson's name by the Deeds camp in this year's campaign. The ad is accompanied by a new Web site all about the thesis and new Google advertising. (Search "McDonnell" and "thesis" and...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 3, 2009; 11:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Deeds' Law Review Articles

Over the past few days, a number of people have asked a very reasonable question: So what did Democrat Creigh Deeds write his thesis about? The answer: He didn't write a thesis. That's what he said in an interview Wednesday, and it matches what we found some days ago when we searched the library collections of Concord College in West Virginia, where he got his undergrad degree, and Wake Forest University, where he attended law school. Deeds did write two articles published in the Wake Forest Law Review in 1983 and 1984, posted here for your reading pleasure. Creigh Deeds' 1983 Wake Forest Law Review article Creigh Deeds' 1984 Wake Forest Law Review article Having had that exciting task, we must say it's hard to imagine either getting anyone's hearts beating....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 3, 2009; 8:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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First Click -- Virginia

Thurs., Sept. 3, 2009 Good Morning! Here's what's happening in politics across the Commonwealth today. Back from raising big dollars from California muckety-mucks, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds is working hard to extend discussions of his opponent's 1989 master's thesis. On Wednesday he spoke about the issue for the first time. Not surprisingly, Deeds thinks it's relevant. Today he holds a press conference in Richmond with Women for Deeds, as both campaigns look to capture the female votes. McDonnell, meanwhile, told the editorial board of the Washington Examiner that Deeds is running backward-looking campaign obsessed with social issues. He continues to face questions about the thesis however. Post local columnist Bob McCartney writes that two of five questions put to McDonnell by Rotarians in Fredericksburg early Wednesday morning were about the document. Today he will greet voters at a cafe in Midlothian....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 3, 2009; 7:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia Receives $2.8M in Inaugural Expenses

More than seven months after President Obama's inauguration, the federal government finally has cut Virginia a check for some of its expenses. Virginia and some localities spent $5.7 million on the inauguration, but the state only received $2.8 million -- the maximum allowed, according to Gordon Hickey, Gov. Tim Kaine's spokesman. Expect Republicans to ask Kaine, also chairman of the Democratic National Committee, why the state won't be receiving a full reimbursement. Back in January, they accused him of using tax dollars for his friend's inauguration when the administration directed almost $1 million to offer free bus service on Inauguration Day....

By Anita Kumar  |  September 2, 2009; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Update: Here It Comes!

The money, that is. The Democratic National Committee will pour $5 million into the Virginia governor's race this year, spokesman Brad Woodhouse said Wednesday. Some will go directly to Democrat R. Creigh Deeds, and some will go to the state party for organization and coordination efforts. It will be much like four years ago, when the DNC sent $5 million to help then-candidate Tim Kaine. Kaine, Virginia governor and chairman of the DNC, wouldn't have it any other way, Woodhouse said. And does the timing of the announcement have anything to do with this week's big news about Republican Bob McDonnell's graduate thesis? You betcha! "Governor Kaine is very, very enthusiastic about this race," Woodhouse said. "He obviously knows Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds. He has a good sense that Creigh Deeds is who you see, and Bob McDonnell is who we learned about through his thesis." Update: State GOP...

By Amy Gardner  |  September 2, 2009; 4:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Deeds on McDonnell Thesis: It's Relevant

Bob McDonnell's 1989 master's thesis is a relevant topic for the Virginia governor's campaign that helps shed light on McDonnell's record in public life, opponent Creigh Deeds said this afternoon in his first public comments since the publication of the thesis in the Post on Sunday. "The thesis explains the social agenda that has apparently driven his legislative agenda during the years," Deeds said. "If anything, this ensures people understand there are very clear differences between me and the other guy in terms of our record. Records are important." Deeds said he was not entirely surprised by some of the ideas expressed in the thesis, noting that McDonnell sponsored legislation to establish covenant marriage in Virginia four times, backed numerous bills restricting access to abortions and voted in 2001 against a resolution that urged equal pay for men and women. He said the thesis explains the ideas McDonnell pursued once...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 2, 2009; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (41)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Realtors (Some Democrats) Want to Revisit McDonnell Endorsement

Six female Realtors are asking the Virginia Association of Realtors to reconsider its endorsement of Bob McDonnell following the release of his 20-year-old graduate thesis. But it's unlikely that the women -- at least some of them -- were ever fans of McDonnell in the first place. That's because three of them have given to Democratic candidates in the past, according to the Virginia Public Access Project and OpenSecrets.org. One of them donated money to Creigh Deeds, and another to his former Democratic rival Brian Moran. The association represents 33,000 Realtors statewide. McDonnell's campaign described the letter as a stunt. "I guess to counter this transparent stunt we should put out a letter with six Republicans not supporting Creigh Deeds, or a letter from 10 teachers asking the VEA to rescind their endorsement of Creigh, but frankly but we're not interested in wasting reporters and voters time," said Tucker Martin,...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 2, 2009; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Loudoun County Offers Dismal Budget Outlook

Loudoun County officials are forecasting a worse-than-anticipated budget shortfall next year of at least 11 percent, a predicament that would result in a slew of public programs being cut, hundreds of jobs being eliminated and a hefty increase in personal property tax rates for one of Northern Virginia's wealthiest localities. Ben Mays, Loudoun's deputy budget director, told county supervisors at a meeting Wednesday that his office has projected a shortfall of about $72.5 million, and that Loudoun's real property portfolio could fall next year by at least 5 percent, or $30.7 million. An additional $84.2 million in expenses is projected, including operating costs associated with three new schools for 2,850 students and a new county jail. "These are conservative numbers," Mays said. "We're trying to be cautious and they are preliminary, but they really are reasonable estimates." The most surprising number was a suggested 21-cent increase in the personal property...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  September 2, 2009; 2:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Derek Kravitz , Loudoun County  
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McDonnell Camp Declines TV Questions on Thesis

How anxious is Republican Bob McDonnell to change the subject from the thesis he wrote 20 years ago, at age 34, that's been consuming the campaign all week? So much that his staffers have been declining to make surrogates available to defend their candidate on television about the issue....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 2, 2009; 12:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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First Click -- Virginia

Wed., Sept. 2, 2009 Good morning! Here's what's happening in politics across the Commonwealth today. Will Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell's thesis be an issue that causes his campaign a few bruising days before attention turns to other things? Or will it become part of a narrative about his worldview from now until Nov. 3? Both campaigns are engaged in classic crisis-management mode at the moment, trying to shape the answer. For McDonnell, that means trying to change the subject -- yesterday by rolling out a plan to send more state education dollars to the classroom -- and relying on women supporters like Sheila Johnson to vouch for him. For Democrat R. Creigh Deeds, that means looking for ways to keep the story in the news for days. Tuesday it was with Republicans who served in the General Assembly with McDonnell coming forward to say the 1989 master's thesis represents...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 2, 2009; 7:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Matthews Plays Hardball with McDonnell

It looks like the national media is still learning about Virginia's race for governor. On Chris Matthews's show "Hardball" this evening, Matthews began an almost 8-minute-long segment on the impact of Bob McDonnell's 1989 thesis on the governor's race by telling us he was hoping to be joined by Mo Elleithee, spokesman for the Democrat in the race, Creigh Davis. (Per Elleithee's twitter feed, technical difficulties kept him off the air.) Watch the whole clip after the jump....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 2, 2009; 12:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Loudoun Faces Grim Budget Forecast

Dire budget forecasts in Loudoun County could force one of the wealthiest localities in Northern Virginia to slash its expenses for its upcoming fiscal year, a move that could constrain the county's 57,000-student school system. The budget predictions are to be laid out Wednesday at a county Board of Supervisors meeting (9 a.m., 1 Harrison Street SE, Leesburg) but county officials already have indicated that deep cuts are likely and might come from Loudoun County Public Schools, which receives 70 percent of the county budget, or about $762 million. "It's the biggest part of our budget, and we've been discussing cuts for years -- but with the forecast being like it is, we may have to go further," said Supervisor Jim Burton (I-Blue Ridge), chairman of the Finance, Government Services and Operations Committee. Loudoun County Public Schools officials have said its burgeoning student population and comparatively low funding-per-pupil ratio (the...

By Derek Kravitz  |  September 1, 2009; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McDonnell Unveils Proposal, Avoids Thesis Talk

Bob McDonnell, joined by Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, unveiled the fourth part of his education plan (yes, fourth!) -- designed to boost money for schools by $480 million a year -- in Alexandria this afternoon. And no, he's not proposing a tax increase. Instead, McDonnell and Bolling want to shift money from administration to the classroom by an average of 4 percent, so that 65 percent of education dollars will go to the classroom. Some schools already do that, but the proposal would be implemented statewide. "Our children will get the best education by having the best teachers, best textbooks and best technology, not excessive administration and bureaucracy,'' McDonnell said. We need to put education funding in the classroom, where it counts." McDonnell tried to steer attention away from the uproar over his 20-year-old thesis, but that was difficult. He was greeted at T.C. Williams High School by reporters who...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 1, 2009; 6:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Excerpts: Live Discussion With Post Reporters

Anita Kumar and Rosalind Helderman were online earlier today to answer readers' questions about the Virginia governor's race, and Bob McDonnell's graduate school thesis specifically. Excerpts follow. Arlington, Va.: Thank you for taking my question. I want to know if McDonnell is still a practicing Catholic. His controversial thesis from Regent University has really opened my eyes. As a Catholic I am extremely offended by the anti-Catholic rhetoric of Pat Robertson and his ilk over at Regent University. This thesis has opened up a whole new angle to the gubernatorial race that I am very concerned about. washingtonpost.com: Governor's Race Erupts Over McDonnell's Past Views (Post, Sept. 1) Anita Kumar: Thanks for the question. Yes, McDonnell is a practicing Catholic and talks frequents about how important his faith is to him. He attends church weekly. At Regent University, he was sole Catholic in his graduating class. He would the state's...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  September 1, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Deeds Continues to Push McDonnell Thesis

As expected, Creigh Deeds's campaign continued today to try to make Bob McDonnell's thesis an issue in the race for governor. The campaign held a conference call with moderate former legislators who served with McDonnell in the General Assembly. Of course, these are Republicans who have said they are breaking with their party to support Deeds. Here's what they said about McDonnell: "His record really has been one of pushing social issues in the entire time he has been in the assembly, and for him now to try to back away from that is the total reinvention of that now so he can be governor,'' former delegate Jim Dillard of Fairfax said. "I believe Bob McDonnell wants to govern from the right and I believe he will have an extreme right-wing agenda if he's elected governor,'' former senator Russ Potts said. Meanwhile, McDonnell's campaign is trying to move on. McDonnell...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 1, 2009; 2:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Kaine Curbs DNC Travel

View Kaine's Travel Adventures in a larger map. KEY: Blue markers are DNC trips, red markers are official state trips, and purple markers included a mix of both or are unclear at this time. Facing yet another budget shortfall and continued criticism for his trips on behalf of the Democratic National Committee, Gov. Tim Kaine significantly limited his out-of-state travel last month. Kaine's office released his travels for August in keeping with his pledge to do so at the end of each month, which was made following pressure by the media and others to disclose his whereabouts. His out-of-state travel included trips to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket (Aug. 1-2), to New Jersey (Aug. 20) and Louisville, Nashville and Birmingham (Aug. 27-29). By comparison, Kaine traveled for the DNC half of the days in June. He reported traveling to eight other states in July while spending part of four days in...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 1, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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First Click -- Virginia

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009 Good morning Virginia! Here's what's happening in politics across the Commonwealth. Just in time for the start of the official campaign season Labor Day, the governor's race has been rocked by the discovery of Republican Bob McDonnell's 1989 master's thesis. The story has now gone viral, appearing in pretty much every Virginia publication this morning and on more than 100 blogs across the country as of this morning. Much of today's coverage focuses on Monday's 90-minute McDonnell press call, in which he repudiated some of the views he had expressed as a 34-year-old student. Gov. Kaine, head of the DNC, elevated the issue by saying he thinks the thesis well represents the McDonnell he knows....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 1, 2009; 7:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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McDonnell Fights Back On Google

Search "McDonnell" and "thesis" on Google, and you'll get a list of stories about the controversy surrounding Republican Bob McDonnell's 1989 master's thesis. But check out the right-hand column of paid advertisements. You'll also see a sponsored link to "Women For McDonnell." Coincidence? Not on your life. McDonnell is pushing against the controversy on many fronts, and one of them, clearly, is the Internet....

By Amy Gardner  |  August 31, 2009; 7:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Deeds: California Dreaming

With all the talk about Bob McDonnell's thesis today, you may be wondering why we never heard directly from his rival Creigh Deeds? We wondered too. It turns out Deeds is in Los Angeles today raising money. He flew out of state Sunday night and will return Tuesday night. The Deeds's campaign confirmed that he was in the City of Angels when we asked, but they won't tell us which city he will be in tomorrow (but we hear it's San Francisco) or who is hosting his fundraisers. (Why won't they say?) Deeds is rarely out of state (unlike his former Democratic opponent Terry McAuliffe who was always jet setting around the nation). McDonnell has been out of town raising money once this month. He went to Wyoming the first week of August, along with Republican gubernatorial hopeful Chris Christie, to meet with top RNC donors....

By Anita Kumar  |  August 31, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Down-Ticket GOP Candidates on McDonnell's Thesis

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), who stepped aside so Bob McDonnell could run for governor and has been campaigning for re-election as McDonnell's running mate, dismissed the GOP candidate's thesis as a 20-year-old academic paper. "A candidate with 18 years of public service in the House of Delegates and as attorney general should be judged by his record in office, not by a term paper he wrote as a college student,'' Bolling said. "Bob's record is clearly one of supporting women and families." State Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II of Fairfax County, the Republican nominee for attorney general, said that he had not read the thesis and that his initial reaction was that the Post's article had taken the quotes out of context, and merely wrote about it because it was written while McDonnell was at Regent University. Bolling said the issue will not affect his race against Democrat Jody Wagner....

By Anita Kumar  |  August 31, 2009; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Shannon Jumps In on McDonnell Thesis

Remember the Sesame Street song "One of These Things is Not Like the Other?" It might have seemed a little odd when Democratic attorney general candidate Steve Shannon's campaign declined to comment on Bob McDonnell's 1989 master's thesis, just as the rest of the Democratic establishment was racing to condemn McDonnell for the work. Apparently, that wasn't where the Shannon campaign wanted to end up on the story of the day, so spokesman Brian Coy put out a new statement on the issue late this afternoon:...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 31, 2009; 5:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Va. Democratic Party Video on Thesis: Be Afraid. Be Very Afraid.

Is Bob McDonnell's 1989 thesis scary? That's sure what the Democratic Party of Virginia wants people to conclude with the following video, distributed today. Of course, clips of puppies playing in a meadow would be frightening if set to the music used in this video. Is it over the top? Certainly, Republicans will conclude so. What do you think? Tell us in the comments....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 31, 2009; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Kaine Has 'Grave Concerns' About McDonnell's Thesis

Gov. Tim Kaine said today that he was not surprised by what Bob McDonnell wrote in his thesis. "The views expressed in that paper are views that I have long felt were Bob McDonnell's very sincere and long-held views,'' Kaine said in an interview. "In interactions with Bob on a number of those issues, he has demonstrated to me that I think that many of those views he still holds." Kaine reminded reporters that when McDonnell was attorney general, he told him that he did not have the authority to issue an executive order barring state agencies from discriminating based on sexual orientation. McDonnell said at the time that he did not consider sexual orientation when hiring employees for his office, but that Kaine's order violated the "founders' mandate to separate and limit the power of the executive branch." "I would never challenge someone's personal beliefs. [But] I think they...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 31, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Downticket Dems Take Different Paths on McDonnell Thesis

Might Bob McDonnell's 20-year-old thesis, already the talk of the governor's race, also affect the races for attorney general and lieutenant governor? It's hard to say, especially since the two Democratic campaigns are taking such different positions on the issue. Pete Kavanaugh, an advisor to lieutenant governor candidate Jody Wagner, said that as a working mother of four, she was particularly disturbed by McDonnell's writing. Wagner is the only woman on either party's statewide ticket. "She proves how successful working women can be," Kavanaugh said. "Our question right now for [Lt. Gov. Bill] Bolling is is this really what he believes? Will he stand with McDonnell through this?" Meanwhile, Brian Coy, a spokesman for Democratic attorney general candidate Steve Shannon, declined to comment. "Steve Shannon is proud to be running with Creigh Deeds and thinks he is the right choice to be next Governor. Steve is running for Attorney General...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 31, 2009; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Who is Jennifer? Another Case of Inter-Campaign Trickery

Bob McDonnell's campaign received a call this morning from a woman who called herself "Jennifer" and claimed to be a freelance reporter from the Connection newspapers in Northern Virginia. She asked for information about McDonnell's schedule. The problem? She isn't a reporter. She actually works for Creigh Deeds's campaign. McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin, who took her call, said the caller ID showed Deeds's campaign headquarters phone number and the words "Deeds for Va." Deeds campaign manager Joe Abbey questioned his staffers after hearing about the call from a reporter. He later said he found out the caller was one of his staffers -- though he did not release the woman's name. "An overzealous campaign worker was trying to figure out where Bob McDonnell was today,'' Abbey said. "We have made it clear to all staff and volunteers that this behavior is not acceptable and should not happen again."...

By Anita Kumar  |  August 31, 2009; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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McDonnell: Women Support Me

* Earlier: Deeds Camp: Our Phones Are Ringing Off the Hook * We hear Bob McDonnell's response to the story about his thesis is coming soon. It will feature quotes from women who back his efforts, who talk about how supportive he has been of working women... UPDATE: You can find this release here. The women defending McDonnell include Judy Wason Ford, head of Virginians for McDonnell and formerly head of Virginians for (Mark) Warner. "Bob has always respected and supported working women and will continue to do so. Virginians are worried about the future, not a decades-old academic paper," writes Wason, who identifies herself as a pro-choice woman. Other women include Janet Polarek, a top McDonnell aide who managed his 2005 attorney general's campaign, commonwealth attorneys, a deputy attorney general, and business leaders....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 31, 2009; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
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Deeds Camp: Our Phones Are Ringing Off the Hook

* Update: McDonnell: Women Support Me * Bob McDonnell's graduate school thesis has the "potential to really change the dynamics of this race." That's the claim (and hope) of Creigh Deeds's communications director, Mike Gehrke, and senior adviser Mo Elleithee, who just held a media call to talk about how they think the thesis is relevant to the race. Is there interest in the story? Judging by the media list who listened in to the call, which included everyone from CNN to Amy Walter of Hotline, absolutely. "Our phones are ringing off the hook," Elleithee said. "Our e-mail box is filing up. People are wanting to know how they can get more engaged in the race. People are coming up to the campaign office and our canvassers and the candidate and asking how they can help because the stakes are too high."...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 31, 2009; 11:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (30)
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Holland & Knight Snags Brownlee

John Brownlee, who lost his bid for the Republican nomination for attorney general in May, has landed a job at mega-law firm Holland & Knight. Brownlee, the former U.S. attorney in the western district of Virginia, was named a partner in the firm's white collar defense and government contracts practices. He will split his time between Northern Virginia and the District. Brownlee and David Foster, former chairman of the Arlington County School Board, lost to state Sen. Ken Cuccinelli II of Fairfax at the May GOP convention. Cuccinelli faces Del. Stephen D. Shannon in November....

By Anita Kumar  |  August 31, 2009; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009  
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First Click-Virginia

Monday, Aug. 31, 2009 Good morning, Virginia! Here's what's doing in politics across the Commonwealth today. How much impact will this weekend's Post story about Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell's 1989 graduate school thesis have on the race for governor? It's the big political question of the moment as the week begins. Articles about the thesis have appeared in pretty much every Virginia newspaper now, so the story's gotten plenty of statewide attention and it's now time to watch how the campaigns respond. A lot of Republicans are dismissing the writings as an ancient academic exercise that will count for little on Nov. 3. The McDonnell campaign did not make their candidate available to answer questions about the thesis to the Associated Press on Sunday. So far they instead have stuck to a statement on the issue composed before The Post's story appeared. But expect McDonnell to face lots of...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 31, 2009; 8:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Fact Check: Is Economic Fund a Cure-All?

If you listen to state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D) and ex-attorney general Robert F. McDonnell (R), a little-understood fund run by the governor's office is a quick ticket to economic prosperity in Virginia. Both gubernatorial candidates have called for doubling the state appropriation for the Governor's Opportunity Fund to $20 million, and both say the potential for economic growth is big. But Democrats also charge that McDonnell, as a House delegate from Virginia Beach earlier this decade, voted three times to cut the fund. And Republicans argue that Gov. Tim Kaine (D) isn't using the fund to its full potential, letting millions sit unused. Neither claim is completely accurate....

By Anne Bartlett  |  August 30, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Governor's Race Fact Checker , Creigh Deeds , Derek Kravitz , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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