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First Click - Virginia

Sandhya Somashekhar

Good morning, here's what's happening in politics around the state.

Virginia lawmakers struggle with the reality that the piggy bank is empty for transportation. Gov. Kaine has decided to delay part of the HOT Lanes project, a decision that drew an instant rebuke from GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell.

The Post uses Virginia as a test case for the health care debate and finds broad skepticism.

State lawmakers have begun working on legislation to address a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that could make prosecuting criminals more difficult. The General Assembly meets tomorrow to consider the changes and will likely get some bad news about the state budget too, says the Fredericksburg Free-Lance Star.

Len Pomata, who was serving as the state secretary of transportation and the head of the state's information technology agency, is expected to resign that latter post due to concerns raised by the attorney general.

It's dueling press conferences in the campaign for governor. Democrat Creigh Deeds will appear this afternoon in Richmond with the Legislative Black Caucus, and about an hour later McDonnell will also hold an event in Richmond to announce a major endorsement.

Roz Helderman writes that Northern Neck Republicans continue to support Catherine Crabill despite her "bullet box" comments. Meanwhile, Bob Holsworth contemplates Democrats' discontent.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  August 18, 2009; 7:58 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , General Assembly 2009 , Polls , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar , Transportation  
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