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First Click -- Virginia

Anita Kumar

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 Criticism (largely conservative, of course) of his abortion strategy and a Confederate flag flap quickly have been replaced by talk of a shake-up at his campaign.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 talk up his grand plan to make it the top commercial spaceport in the country.

The trip comes a day after McDonnell released a lengthy proposal designed to curb crime in Virginia, including lifetime monitoring for sexual predators through GPS. Deeds may not like it, but McDonnell continues to talk about federal issues ("Are you running for Congress?") by touting a new study that shows the federal cap-and-trade bill would hurt Virginia workers and families.

Terry McAuliffe made his second foray into the November election in a just a week. In an e-mail to supporters, he encouraged donations to Virginia Democrats, who are looking to pick up half a dozen seats to take control of the House of Delegates.

Steve Shannon, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, told us how he plans to curb drunk driving while giving a speech at the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police's annual conference in Newport News.

His Republican rival, Ken Cuccinelli, was also there -- standing with McDonnell as he unveiled his public safety plan and releasing some proposals of his own.

More news coming out of Newport News today: A new, high-security courthouse there could be the site of terrorism trials for some Guantanamo Bay inmates.

State legislators were in Richmond yesterday as they continue to wrestle with how to revise state laws to conform to new standards set by a Supreme Court's ruling on scientific reports in criminal trials.

Last but not least, check out the "profile" of Sen. Mark Warner in the satirical newspaper The Onion. No reaction from Warner, who's on vacation this week as Congress kicks off its annual summer recess.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 13, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
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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