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Daily Virginia Roundup

Rosalind Helderman

Aug 5, 2009
Good morning. Here's what's doing in politics across the Commonwealth today.

The Creigh Deeds team prepares for their big rally with President Obama tomorrow. This as polls show Obama's popularity slipping and some independents in Virginia start to get impatient at the pace of Obama change. All ears will be on the speeches Thursday to see whether Obama plays ball on the Deeds "all Virginia" strategy. Deeds gets to write his own speech. Not so much the president's.

Remember those tv ads slamming the Virginia GOP for rejecting unemployment insurance dollars from the stimulus package? Deeds does too. It seemed to be an economic winner for Dems. Deeds says the General Assembly should take up the issue next year.

Republican Bob McDonnell is pushing again for more debates, this time seven. Deeds communications director Mike Gehrke says, nah, we're good. (Actually: "As far we're concerned, we've got what we're going to do." And, "Frankly, there are a couple of debates and forums we proposed that we're still waiting for them to accept." And, "The whole thing is just a distraction."

Deeds is picking up that free media that is part of why a gubernatorial candidate spends a part of lazy August hitting small towns where just showing up makes you news.

McDonnell says the president was born in Hawaii. His tone says suggestions of anything else only helps the other guys.

Members of Congress prepare to hold local town hall meetings to discuss health care reform. Conservatives prepare to show up and be heard. Is the tact intimidating? Sen. Mark Warner says lots of scare tactics in the health care debate.

Scrutiny continuing into leading Republican Del. Phil Hamilton's contracting relationship with an Old Dominion University center which he helped get state funding.

Good news from Richmond yesterday: Gov. Tim Kaine announces a historic drop in infant mortality.

Less good news likely today: Kaine meets with his revenue estimators.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 5, 2009; 7:11 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Election 2010 , First Click , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Timothy M. Kaine  
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No mention of the poll showing McDonnell up 14 points?

Posted by: VABlogger | August 5, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Like most robopolls, VABlogger, this one doesn't meet the standards of The Post's internal polling department. Find out more here:

Christopher Dean Hopkins
Deputy Editor, Local Politics and Government

Posted by: Christopher Dean Hopkins | August 5, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

I agree with your editorial decision about robopolls, but I just found it interesting given that the "daily roundup" yesterday previewed the poll's release, but today's didn't cover the actual results.

Posted by: VABlogger | August 5, 2009 10:32 AM | Report abuse

The WaPo has polling standards???

Posted by: Tikkanen08 | August 5, 2009 12:58 PM | Report abuse

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