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First Click -- Virginia

Rosalind Helderman

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009
Good morning Virginia! Here's what's happening in politics across the Commonwealth.

Just in time for the start of the official campaign season Labor Day, the governor's race has been rocked by the discovery of Republican Bob McDonnell's 1989 master's thesis.

The story has now gone viral, appearing in pretty much every Virginia publication this morning and on more than 100 blogs across the country as of this morning. Much of today's coverage focuses on Monday's 90-minute McDonnell press call, in which he repudiated some of the views he had expressed as a 34-year-old student. Gov. Kaine, head of the DNC, elevated the issue by saying he thinks the thesis well represents the McDonnell he knows.

Keith Olbermann picked up the story on his show, labeling McDonnell "American Taliban."

The Post editorial page was unimpressed with McDonnell's response. The Richmond Times-Dispatch's editorial page thinks the thesis makes for amusing reading but will sway few votes.

Democrat Creigh Deeds today finishes up a fundraising trip to San Francisco. McDonnell, hoping to get back on the campaign he wants to run, will visit a high school in Alexandria to unveil an education proposal.

As the August Congressional recess concludes, debate about health care has not. U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (R) thinks health care reform bills should be "put in the recycling bin," he told a crowd of 600 at a Newport News town hall Monday. U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D) holds a forum today.

Northrop Grumman wants more time to complete services it had promised to finish two months ago as part of a massive computer contract with the state.

Gov. Kaine meets today in Washington with D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to discuss a regional response to swine flu.

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 1, 2009; 7:12 AM ET
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Bob McDonnell just lost the crucial Virginia fornicator vote.


Posted by: MikeLicht | September 1, 2009 10:22 AM | Report abuse

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