First Click - Virginia
Friday, Aug. 28, 2009
The campaigns are firing more ads into the sky -- as sure a sign as any that Labor Day is approaching. Here's the latest ad from Democrat R. Creigh Deeds, with a tough smack on Republican Robert F. McDonnell linking him to the economic policies of former President George W. Bush.
Deeds has a busy day planned: He'll start in Staunton this morning with an event with small business owners, head to Waynesboro for a campaign office opening, swing through Clifton Forge for a quick visit with diners at a local restaurant, speak to the annual dinner of the Virginia Loggers Association in Lexington and then head to Covington for the big game of the day: Alleghany High vs. Covington High. The best part of the schedule appears to be how close it will deposit Deeds to his home in Bath County once this long day is done.
McDonnell has a lighter load today. He will be in private meetings most of the day, will hit a luncheon barbecue in Disputanta, outside Petersburg, and and then he will attend a GOP dinner in Richmond.
Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) took a shot at McDonnell's plan to privatize the state's liquor stores to pay for transportation. Kaine said on a Richmond radio program yesterday that liquor consumption would rise as private stores marketed booze.
And Deeds told the Associated Press's Bob Lewis that the embattled Virginia Information Technologies Agency would be the first to face a performance review if he is elected.
In other news, House Speaker William J. Howell, (R-Stafford), yesterday called for more exploration of oil and gas off the coast of Virginia.
The intensity of the headlines regarding Newport News Republican Del. Phil Hamilton's ethics controversy appears to have ebbed. But here's one interesting tidbit from the Daily Press: Hamilton's name has been scrubbed from the state GOP's list of candidates. Ouch.
The liberal group Americans United for Change launched ad campaigns against Virginia Republican congressmen Frank R. Wolf and Eric I. Cantor, hitting them for their votes against the federal climate bill.
The indefatigable Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.) held his 18th town hall on health care this week, possibly more than any other congressman in the country.
U.S. Sen. James Webb (D) says health care reform should slow down.
And Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) has begun of the work of trimming $1.5 billion out of the 2010 state budget.
That's all, folks. Have a great weekend!
Posted by: ChrisD4 | August 28, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse
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