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First Click - Virginia

Sandhya Somashekhar

Happy Friday, here's what's happening in Virginia politics today.

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Creigh Deeds goes on the offensive, making an 11 a.m. speech in Northern Virginia, where some Democrats say they aren't fired up about his candidacy. He follows the address with his first television ad of the general election and immediately plunges back into rural Virginia with a weekend spin through Harrisonburg, Salem, Roanoke, Christiansburg, Bland, Tazewell and Bristol.

McDonnell, meanwhile, continues his RV tour of the state, making stops in Lynchburg, Appomattox and Harrisonburg today. At recent events he has sought to deflect Deeds' attacks on his record opposing abortion, accusing the state senator of being the one who is overly focused on the issue.

Del. Phil Hamilton (R-Newport News) acknowledged the "perception of impropriety" yesterday when it was revealed that he introduced legislation to benefit Old Dominion University after he applied for a job there.

Some families of the victims of the 2005 Virginia Tech shootings demand an admission of wrongdoing from the director of the university's counseling center, which they said failed to treat killer Seung Hui Cho.

George F. Coulter is appointed as the new head of the embattled Virginia Information Technologies Agency.

In other campaign news, Republican Ken Cuccinelli appears to have gotten a boost in his run for attorney general from Wednesday's special session. Democratic contender Steve Shannon responded with a bold proposal on Internet child predators.

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  August 21, 2009; 6:45 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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