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Virginia Politics Blog: September 6, 2009 - September 12, 2009

Yet More Deeds Ads

To finish out this week of new ads, we get three -- count 'em, three -- new ads from Democratic gubernatorial candidate R. Creigh Deeds. They're all the same theme --taxes and fees that Republican Bob McDonnell has backed while in the House of Delegates. These ads come as the Republican Governors Association is running spots slamming Deeds for voting to increase the gas tax. Two are radio ads. One is a television ad, airing in the Roanoke, Tri Cities and Harrisonburg media markets. It can be viewed here....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 11, 2009; 6:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Updated: McDonnell Airs Two New Ads

Republican Bob McDonnell unveiled a pair of positive new TV ads today -- including one in which he refutes criticism about his 20-year-old graduate thesis and his stance on working women. In the ads, he speaks directly into the camera, talking about the kind of governor he would be and his quest to create more jobs in the state. "Protect" began airing today in the Northern Virginia, Norfolk, Richmond, Charlottesville and Harrisonburg markets. "Jobs Agenda" began airing today statewide, except Northern Virginia. Updated: Here's a response from Democrat Creigh Deeds campaign: "Bob's new ad is correct -- attacks on his character HAVE raised questions about who he is and what kind of governor he'll be,'' said Jared Leopold, a Deeds spokesman. "And he still doesn't explain why he sponsored 35 bills to restrict a woman's right to choose; why he voted against equal pay for women; why he voted repeatedly...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 11, 2009; 4:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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UPDATED: Deeds on Gay Rights

Does Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Sen. Creigh Deeds support gay rights? His top campaign advisers were asked the question in a conference call with reporters today, in reference to a quote a Deeds' spokesman gave to the Staunton Daily News Leader during his 1999 campaign for the House of Delegates: "Mr. Deeds does not support gay rights," spokesman Brian Worthy told the paper, in pretty clear language. The issue, of course, is whether Deeds once held a more conservative position on gay rights than he now advertises to the progressive Democrats he is trying to energize. Deeds has already acknowledged shifting positions on the state's constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, which he voted to put on the ballot but then campaigned against. Through the Democratic primary campaign, he would often refer to himself as "a work in progress" on the issue....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 11, 2009; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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House Call: Landes 'Nazi' Comment Causes Stir

For this week's examination of the House of Delegates races, we pick up on the controversy stirred up by our blog post last week that quoted Del. Steve Landes (R) comparing White House actions to those of "the Soviet Union or Nazi Germany." During a speech at a local GOP picnic, Landes said some supporters of Republican causes are "afraid their neighbors are going to tell on them. When you've got a White House that's keeping names of people that don't agree with them, that reminds me of what went on in the Soviet Union and in Nazi Germany." (A longer excerpt can be found after the jump.) Landes's opponent, Greg Marrow (D), has called for Landes to apologize for his statement. On Friday, the Waynesboro News Virginian reports that Landes has no plans to do so and posts a full nine-minute video of his remarks from the Aug. 29...

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  September 11, 2009; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Election 2009 , General Assembly 2009 , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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Get to Know Your Candidates: Archive Edition

Get to Know Your Candidates--when we pose off-the wall and lighter questions to the gubernatorial candidates, to help you get to know them better as people instead of politicians. Today's question: Can the candidates sing? Answer: Absolutely! Can they sing well? We'll let you be the judge. In 2006, a raging debate consumed the General Assembly. At issue, should Virginia delcare "Shenandoah" its official state song, replacing "Carry Me Back to Old Virginia," which had been declared the song emeritus some years earlier because of lyrics deemed racist. At the time, this blog was in its infancy. Lawmakers did not yet know to avoid us. We recorded a series of clips of lawmakers and others singing a few bars of Shenandoah, including demo tapes from Sen. Creigh Deeds and then-Attorney General Robert F. McDonnell. After noticing that the song talks a lot about the Missouri River, which doesn't exactly flow...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 11, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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First Click -- Virginia

Friday, Sept. 11, 2009 Good morning everyone. Here's what's happening in politics around the state today. Republican Bob McDonnell will be a guest on Mark Plotkin's radio show on WTOP at 10 a.m. (listen live online here) while Democrat Creigh Deeds is taking a day off from public events. Deeds and McDonnell spoke about business issues -- many of them federal -- in a candidate's forum yesterday in McLean. Later, the GOP ticket -- McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and attorney general hopeful Ken Cuccinelli -- talked health care. No surprise that they're not fans of President Obama's plan, and instead introduced their own. The ads are coming fast and furious these days. Deeds launched a new TV ad accusing McDonnell of supporting power rate hikes in Southwest and Southside. Meanwhile, the Republican Governors Association started airing TV and radio ads focusing on Deeds's past support of tax increases. Former...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 11, 2009; 8:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Obama Taps Bryant to Serve on Commission

President Obama has appointed Preston Bryant, Gov. Tim Kaine's secretary of natural resources, to serve as chairman of the planning agency for federal lands and buildings in the Washington metro area. Bryant, a former Republican legislator from Lynchburg, will continue to serve in Kaine's Cabinet. "Secretary Bryant's work in my administration and his private-sector experience make him an ideal choice to chair the commission," Kaine said in a statement. "I'm sure he will bring the same dedication, creativity, and hard work to this job that he has demonstrated while serving the people of Virginia." The National Capital Planning Commission conducts environmental studies, conserves open space and parks and plans new memorials, monuments, and museums on federal lands....

By Anita Kumar  |  September 10, 2009; 5:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Freshmen Virginia Democrats Safe?

Well, one of them is. Or two. But probably not all three. So says the University of Virginia's Larry Sabato in the latest edition of his Crystal Ball report, also known as The Web's Most Accurate Political Analysis. Sabato's report is titled "Red Dawn: GOP Revival For 2010 House?" and projects that Republicans will pick up between 20 and 30 seats in next year's midterm elections. However, only one of the three seats Democrats picked up in Virginia last year is likely to be among them, Sabato predicts. "While this is nothing to sneeze at, especially given that it would be the largest gain for congressional Republicans since 1994, it still puts them short of the 40 seat pick-up they need to take back the House," Sabato writes. U.S. Rep. Gerald E. Connolly of Fairfax County, who won an open seat vacated by Republican Tom Davis, is a "likely" winner...

By Amy Gardner  |  September 10, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Amy Gardner , Election 2010  
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Kaine Lends Shannon A Hand

Gov. Tim Kaine sent out an email to supporters today on behalf of Steve Shannon, encouraging them to attend a fundraiser for the Democratic nominee for attorney general later this month. Kaine, who also serves as his party's national chairman, sent the email out though his in-state political action committee, Moving Virginia Forward. "The next Attorney General of Virginia will be charged with a great responsibility in upholding the highest ethical standards and keeping our families safe from crime,'' Kaine wrote. "For this reason, I am asking you to support my friend - Steve Shannon - for Attorney General of the Commonwealth." Kaine will headline a fundraiser for Shannon at the Charlottesville home of former congressman L.F. Payne....

By Anita Kumar  |  September 10, 2009; 3:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , Anita Kumar , Ken Cuccinelli  
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Live Blog: The Potomac Officers Club Forum

Greetings from the ritzy Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, where a forum hosted by the Potomac Officers Club with gubernatorial candidates Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell is about to kick off. The two men won't be sharing the same stage. We understand they are even attending two separate VIP events before the main event. But they'll appear consecutively on the same stage to answer questions from the critical business community. We'll be live-blogging the event when it kicks off, assuming our trusty wireless card holds out here in the hotel ballroom. Follow to the jump to read....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 10, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Robert McCartney's Scorecard: McDonnell on Points

Post columnist Robert McCartney is judging the Virginia governor's race candidates, tallying the blows week by week until the Nov. 3 election. Here's his analysis of the past week: "McDonnell wins narrowly on points, mainly because he slowly continued to claw his way out of the thesis-gate controversy. He and other GOP speakers stayed firmly on message at the Buena Vista parade: no cap-and-trade, no union card check, no big government. Deeds keeps talking about continuing the Warner-Kaine legacy. Will that be enough?" Check out how McCartney has scored the race so far....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  September 10, 2009; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Election 2009  
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UPDATED: Deeds Airs New Ad

Democrat Creigh Deeds launched yet another new TV ad today -- this one, accusing Republican Bob McDonnell of supporting power rate hikes in Southwest and Southside Virginia during tough economic times. The ad, which is running in Roanoke and Bristol, references McDonnell's comment from the July 25 debate that utility companies "are entitled to rate increases." UPDATE: McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said Deeds should know that the attorney general does not approve rate increase, but rather serves as the consumer counsel. "We know Creigh is desperate, but he should still treat Virginia voters with a little more respect,'' he said. "This negative ad sets a new standard for political duplicity. Creigh voted for the bill that allows utility companies to recoup expenses. ... This ad is an insult to the intelligence of the people of Virginia." Read the script below:...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 10, 2009; 11:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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GOP Group Launches Attack Ads

Another day, another new ad. The Republican Governors Association started airing new negative TV and radio ads across the state (except for Northern Virginia) today against Democrat Creigh Deeds. The ads focus on Deeds's vote last year to raise the gas tax (to pay for roads and transit) and says that he would support other tax increases "even in a bad economy." "We already know that Creigh Deeds wants to pump up spending in Richmond," RGA spokesman Mike Schrimpf said. "So it's no surprise that he wants to pump up the taxes too, even if it means further deflating the economy." The RGA ads come a day after Deeds started his own attack ad against Republican Bob McDonnell on social issues. We did ask the Deeds campaign for a reaction to the RGA ads but have yet to hear back See below for the longer radio version:...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 10, 2009; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Campaign Ads , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009  
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First Click -- Virginia

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009 Good morning everyone. Here's what's happening in politics around the state today. Democrat Creigh Deeds will meet with supporters at a cafe in Sterling this morning while Republican Bob McDonnell will spend much of the day in Winchester, where he will stop by Shenandoah University, a GOP campaign office and the Hob Nob in the Valley event. Deeds and McDonnell will participate in a forum hosted by the Potomac Officers Club and ExecutiveBiz online magazine at noon in McLean. It's not a debate -- one candidate will speak and then another -- but still will be worth a listen. (Check back for our coverage). Deeds unveiled a series of education proposals yesterday, including a college scholarship program for students who agree to spend two years in public service, and a new attack ad on TV. McDonnell held a news conference with Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota governor and...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 10, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Deeds Weighs in on Obama Speech

Among the many statements and releases flying around today about President Obama's address to a joint session of Congress was a release from Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds. Putting out a statement was an interesting choice for Deeds, who has resisted Republican calls to make federal issues a major part of the Virginia campaign. But staying silent on health care, with his party's president in the fight of his political life on the issue, likely was not an appealing option either. Deeds seems to have settled on putting out remarks that are amorphously supportive of Obama but not exactly controversial in their substance. He wrote that rising health care costs must be solved and said he hoped Congress would reform the system "so businesses remain competitive and families get the medical care they deserve." Here's the full statement: "The President challenged all of us to help solve America's health care...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 10, 2009; 7:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Bolling Airs First TV Ad

Today, Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling became the first statewide candidate in one of the downticket races to air TV ads. The positive ad is airing solely in Hampton Roads -- the home base of his Democratic opponent Jody Wagner -- and focuses on children and education....

By Anita Kumar  |  September 9, 2009; 6:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Campaign Ads  
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Updated: Deeds To Air Attack Ads in NoVa

Democrat Creigh Deeds will launch a new attack TV ad against Republican Bob McDonnell in Northern Virginia starting tonight. Yes, he has had negative ads before, but this one mentions the hot-button issues of abortion and birth control. Take a look: Updated: Here's a response from the McDonnell campaign: "Creigh Deeds refuses to put together even an outline of a transportation plan, but he's got plenty of time to craft negative, backwards looking attack ads and run a campaign which divides Virginians,'' said Tucker Martin, a McDonnell spokesman. "In these tough times Virginians deserve far better from candidates for the Commonwealth's highest office." Read the script below:...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 9, 2009; 4:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Dems Ask Opponents to Repudiate McDonnell Thesis; One Does

At least three Northern Virginia Democratic candidates for House of Delegates have asked their Republican opponents to condemn the views espoused by gubernatorial hopeful Bob McDonnell (R) in his much-discussed 1989 graduate school thesis. It's unlikely that Greg Werkheiser and John Bell, who are respectively challenging Republican delegates Dave Albo and Bob Marshall, and Scott A. Surovell, who is up against Jay McConville (R) for the seat being vacated by Kris Amundson (D), actually expected a response. But one of them got one today. Albo said in a phone interview that he did not know of Werkheiser's demand, but called the past assertion by McDonnell that working mothers are detrimental to the family "ridiculous." "I think what Bob said [in the thesis] was ridiculous, but I know Bob McDonnell the legislator now and he's one of the best legislators who has ever served in Virginia," Albo said....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  September 9, 2009; 4:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2009 , Loudoun County , Prince William , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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UPDATED: DNC to Pawlenty: Do You Agree With McDonnell?

How radioactive would the Democratic National Committee like to make Virginia's Republican candidate? So hot that simply standing next to him will raise the rad count of other Republican politicians. In a call with reporters today, DNC press secretary Hari Sevugan said that any elected official who campaigns in Virginia is "tainted by Bob McDonnell's extremist positions." "At the very least, they should be willing and ready to answer whether they agree with Bob McDonnell's far-right positions on women in the workforce, on choice, on contraception, on public education," he said in a call designed to ask Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty to do just that....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 9, 2009; 3:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Updated: The Pawlenty-McDonnell Press Conference

Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota governor and possible GOP presidential hopeful, appeared with Republican Bob McDonnell this afternoon at a downtown Richmond hotel after a fundraising lunch for the gubernatorial nominee. The packed news conference did not go well -- marking a rare stumble for the usually organized McDonnell campaign. A couple reporters were allowed to dominate the news conference -- which started almost 30 minutes late -- with questions about McDonnell's 20-year-old thesis and Gov. Tim Kaine's budget cuts. McDonnell was calm and relaxed under some tough questioning, although he didn't say much new (beyond criticizing Kaine for miscalculating the ever-escalating budget shortfall). But his staff abruptly ended the news conference anyway, leaving most of the remaining reporters who were never called on yelling questions at McDonnell and Pawlenty as they tried to leave. Pawlenty, a rising star in the Republican Party who was considered as John McCain's running mate last...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 9, 2009; 2:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Democrats Opposed Askew, Too

The Republican Party of Virginia, Republican gubernatorial nominee Bob McDonnell and state Sen. Ken Stolle want you to know something about the controversial reappointment hearing in 2003 of Newport News Circuit Judge Verbena M. Askew: Two prominent Fairfax County Democrats, Janet Howell and now-Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw, also voted to deny Askew a second term. The Post published a story this morning about McDonnell's role in the episode. Askew was voted off the bench after an emotional, seven-hour hearing during which she and other witnesses were questioned extensively about her judicial conduct and also the fact that she had been the subject of a sexual harassment claim by a female colleague. Askew denied the claim, but the city of Hampton, where Askew operated a drug court and which was also named in the claim, settled with the accuser for $64,000. Stolle (R-Virginia Beach), who led the hearing as chairman...

By Amy Gardner  |  September 9, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Deeds Pushes College Scholarship Program

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds joined college students at Virginia Union University in Richmond this morning to unveil a series of new education proposals, including a new college scholarship program for students who agree to spend two years after school in public service. Under the Virginia Forward plan, any student who got a B average or higher and committed to spend two years as a teacher, nurse, police officer or in "other needed fields" would receive up to 50 percent of their college tuition paid at public universities in Virginia. Here's the cost breakdown on the program, a natural question as Gov. Tim Kaine announced big cuts to higher ed budgets Tuesday....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 9, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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First Click -- Virginia

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009 Good morning everyone. Here's what's happening in politics around the state today. Republican Bob McDonnell is bringing a little GOP star power to Richmond this afternoon. He will campaign with yet another possible presidential hopeful, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, at a luncheon. Perhaps not surprisingly, a pair of progressive groups in his home state have called on Pawlenty to cancel his trip and to distance himself from McDonnell and his views on women as outlined in his 20-year-old graduate thesis. Later, McDonnell will attend a veterans rally in Chesterfield. Democrat Creigh Deeds will join students from Virginia Union University and other area colleges to discuss education issues in Richmond. He answered questions for an online business magazine yesterday. Both McDonnell and Deeds aired their first new television ads in Northern Virginia since the general election kicked off in June. The Post takes a look back today...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 9, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Kaine Takes a Swipe at McDonnell

That's not really a surprise these days, is it? But the venue Democrat Gov. Tim Kaine used to criticize Republican Bob McDonnell was a bit surprising. At a news conference to outline how the state would close a $1.5 billion budget shortfall, Kaine stopped to express his disapproval of those who want to spend education dollars on transportation. "There's been some discussion in this time of year -- I know it's campaign season -- about using general fund education dollars to fund things like transportation. Three and a half years of being governor under tough circumstances tells me that is a horrible idea,'' Kaine said to a room packed with reporters and lobbyists. "We shouldn't be going to the eduction budget to try to fund other priorities." No, he didn't mention any names, but there was no need. Democrats have been attacking McDonnell for weeks over a plan to divert...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 8, 2009; 6:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Deeds Knocks Down Pr. William Office Rumor

Has Creigh Deeds closed up shop in Prince William County? That was the claim on some blogs this morning that lean to the right, featuring a photo of a Deeds office in the county with a "for lease" sign in the window and the suggestion that perhaps Deeds is pulling out of Northern Virginia to concentrate on rural areas instead. Hogwash, said Deeds's campaign manager Joe Abbey. According to Abbey, the campaign has two offices up and running in the county, one in Dumfries and one in Woodbridge. The office in the photo is in Manassas and, rather than closing it up, the campaign is about to open there. "Prince William County plays a critical role in our Election Day strategy," Abbey said. He said the campaign believes that after voters compare Deeds's record with that of Republican Bob McDonnell, Deeds will win Prince William and the rest of Northern...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 8, 2009; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Pawlenty to Campaign with McDonnell

Minnesota governor and possible presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty will campaign with Bob McDonnell tomorrow in Richmond. Pawlenty, a rising star in the Republican Party who was considered for John McCain's running mate last year, also will appear solo in Fredericksburg and Alexandria. He campaigned last week with Chris Christie, the Republican gubernatorial nominee in New Jersey -- the only other state with a governor's race this year. A slew of Republican stars have come to Virginia to help McDonnell, including Arizona Sen. John McCain, former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour....

By Anita Kumar  |  September 8, 2009; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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McDonnell Airs Ad Responding to Thesis

Republican Bob McDonnell has started airing a new radio ad in Northern Virginia that attacks Democrat Creigh Deeds for attacking what McDonnell wrote in his graduate school thesis two decades ago. McDonnell's campaign repeatedly has said they are done talking about the thesis, in which he wrote that working women, feminists and homosexuals were detrimental to the traditional family, but apparently that doesn't apply to the ad. The ad -- which says "Deeds's recent political attacks smack of desperation" -- also mentions that McDonnell raised his daughters to be "strong, independent, successful women, including his oldest who served as a platoon leader in Iraq." McDonnell's campaign did not announce the ad, as is customary, and did not answer questions about it. Read the script below:...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 8, 2009; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Deeds, McDonnell on Air in NoVa

It's no joke that Labor Day is when the fall campaign season starts in earnest. Here's one good bit of evidence: Both Democrat Creigh Deeds and Republican Bob McDonnell aired their first television ads in Northern Virginia since right around the time of the June 9 primary Tuesday morning. Television advertising in the D.C. market is one of the biggest expenditures for any Virginia campaign. It costs about half a million dollars a week to run enough ads in Northern Virginia that people are actually likely to see them. And campaigns know much of that money is wasted on nonvoting television watchers in the District and suburban Maryland. But with about a third of the voting population in Northern Virginia, persuading the region's voters is critical and so, sure enough, both campaigns were on air as of the Today show Tuesday morning. Ads for both are versions of spots that...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 8, 2009; 10:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Thompson Helps Cuccinelli Raise Cash

Former presidential hopeful Fred Thompson will headline a fundraiser next week for state Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee for attorney general. The former Tennessee senator and his wife, Jeri, will host an event in Arlington next Wednesday with beer, barbecue, cigars and bluegrass band The Naked Mountain Boys. Thompson already has helped gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell raise nearly $500,000 at a pair of fundraisers. Thompson, who owns a house in McLean, played New York District Attorney Arthur Branch on the Emmy Award-winning NBC drama "Law & Order" and has appeared in more than 20 films, including "Days of Thunder" and "The Hunt for Red October."...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 8, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell  
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First Click -- Virginia

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2009 Good morning everyone. Here's what's happening in politics around the state today The big news from Richmond is the bleak budget picture. Gov. Tim Kaine will unveil another $1.5 billion in cuts to state agencies that likely will include trims to core services like education, and layoffs and furloughs for state employees. Gubernatorial candidates Democrat Creigh Deeds and Republican Bob McDonnell, will take a rare day off from public events today to allow Kaine to make his announcement (though we fully expect them to issue statements reacting to the bad news). Later, Deeds will attend a Kaine-hosted fundraiser at the historic Main Street Station in downtown Richmond. While most of the world took the day off yesterday, Deeds and McDonnell officially kicked off the fall campaign at the Buena Vista Labor Day Parade. For 39 years, it has been a must-do for statewide candidates. Check out...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 8, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Sights and Sounds from Buena Vista

Gov. Tim Kaine enjoyed his eighth stroll down the Buena Vista Labor Day parade route -- the unofficial starting line of the fall campaign trail -- despite some periodic heckling. Enthusiastic Republicans taunted Kaine, who serves as his party's national chairman, for being a part-time governor and following in lockstep with his friend, President Obama. "Nothing but a Kool-Aid-drinking governor,'' one woman yelled to Kaine as she clutched a "McDonnell for Governor" sign. Kaine didn't respond to the criticism. Instead, he ditched his state-issued SUV and walked along Magnolia Avenue, shaking hands and greeting local residents who needed no introduction. Occasionally, he climbed into the back of a pickup truck to play harmonica with local bluegrass band (and Creigh Deed supporters) Walker's Run. (See a gallery of The Post's photos from the parade.) But after the parade, even Bob McDonnell got into the act of ridiculing the governor for holding...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 8, 2009; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Election 2010 , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Fact Checker: Deeds Wants to Clarify Cap-and-Trade Views

After reading our Fact Checker on whether state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds supports cap-and-trade despite worries that it could eliminate 1,500 jobs at one of the biggest employers in his backyard, Mike Gehrke, communications director for Deeds' campaign, took exception to the statement that Deeds' position is unclear. So, by way of clarification, Gehrke offers some remarks -- and a shoutout to Sens. Mark Warner and Jim Webb -- that Deeds made during the June debate: "Climate change is a serious issue and the people in Washington ought to be dealing on the issue of global warming," Deeds said. "Let's face it, in a recession any legislation that's going to call for an energy price increase for consumers or put Virginia or American businesses at a disadvantage is not good policy. I'm confident again that Senators Webb and Warner will protect our interests. On cap and trade I will tell...

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 7, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Governor's Race Fact Checker , Creigh Deeds , Fredrick Kunkle  
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