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First Click - Virginia

Amy Gardner

Friday, Aug. 28, 2009

Happy Friday!

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!

By Amy Gardner  |  August 28, 2009; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Election 2009 , First Click  
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Kaine's position on privatizing liqour sales is ridiculous. He admits he's not comfortable with the state being in the business, but doesn't want to privatize because, shocker, not having a monopoly and letting businesses actually operate them could mean more efficiency, sales, and ultimately revenue for the state. The only sensible reason for him opposing this idea because it doesn't come from a Democrat.

What about lottery sales, Governor Kaine? The state aggressively markets lotto, with an emphasis on marketing to low income areas, and uses some of that money to go to education. Why is the state in the gambling business and do you feel the benefit of spreading lotto money across the entire state is a net gain when you consider some of our poorest residents spend large amounts of income on lotto tickets? I'd say the education effect of lotto is a loss when you consider the effects of lotto to the families who purchase tickets.

But, since we're in the lotto business and justify it by using some of the money for education, why doesn't the state take over more businesses and donate portions of proceeds to edcuation? Why not sell pizza, jewelery, or concert tickets? While I'm not being serious, the point is my government shouldn't be in the booze business, and it shoudn't be in the gambling business. My government should be in the business of governing.

Posted by: ChrisD4 | August 28, 2009 9:52 AM | Report abuse

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