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First Click -- Virginia

Rosalind Helderman

Fri., Sept. 4, 2009
Happy Friday, Virginia! Here's what's happening in politics across the Commonwealth today.

At a press conference otherwise designed to keep Republican Bob McDonnell's 1989 thesis at the center of the gubernatorial campaign, Democrat Creigh Deeds told reporters Thursday that he, too, has changed some of his views over the past 20 years. You wouldn't know it from new Democratic radio ads, but that's the what McDonnell has said about the document, that it represents views he has changed since he wrote it two decades ago.

In particular, Deeds has called himself a "work in progress" regarding the state's gay marriage amendment, which he voted to put on the 2006 ballot but then campaigned against.

McDonnell has a new ad out as well, called "Positive Leadership." It emphasizes his middle-class roots, his training in the army, his happy family -- including his army vet daughter -- and, oh yes, his working mother.

McDonnell greets voters this morning at a pancake house in Norfolk. Deeds has a busy day in Northern Virginia, where events include visiting the region's largest mosque with Sen. Jim Webb.

Post metro columnist Bob McCartney introduces a new weekly feature today called the Scorecard. Take a look.

Opinion writers from around the commonwealth continue to weigh in on the thesis. The Richmond Times-Dispatch's editorial board muses on whether McDonnell can feel Justice Sonia Sotomayor's pain. The Daily Press ed board says the paper provides a context for viewing the former attorney general but that the election will not hinge on social issues. The paper's columnist Tamara Dietrich argues that McDonnell's record matches the ideas put forward in the document. And the New York Times ed page bemoans the lack of moderates in the Virginia GOP because of the incident.

The season of the health care town hall is coming to a close, but there were two major ones in Virginia Thursday. In Richmond, U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D) defended the public option in front of a packed and divided crowd.

In Fredericksburg, Sen. Mark Warner was more cautionary about a public option and said reform will take years.

Loudoun County has joined a handful of school districts in saying it does not plan to air a speech by President Obama urging kids to stay in school. Some conservatives have said the speech, which will be broadcast live from an Arlington high school, is an attempt to indoctrinate.

Have a good weekend everyone!

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 4, 2009; 7:13 AM ET
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Wow. What a shock...Mark Warner straddles a pole in the Middle yet again: "I'm not supporting the public option here today because that's what the majority of you want to hear and I don't want to get yelled at, but rest-assured that I'll vote for it when Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi tell me to. Otherwise, I'm totally for anything else you want...anything to keep you fooled into supporting me."

I'd also be curious to know how these town halls get announced because we sure didn't hear about it in NOVA. Would have been nice to have been able to drive down and thank the Senator for getting out in the public forum only 1 week before he can permanently hole back up in DC.

I'm sorry, but I sure hope everyone in VA. is happy with what they got by voting for Warner time and time again. The business community is going to get screwed when he votes for Card Check. Teachers are getting screwed because he did nothing to fix education as governor and won't go near the subject now as Senator. State workers are now getting screwed because he drove the State's spending to such bloated levels that it can't even afford to pay its workers. And everyone else in Virginia have been suffering under Warner's ridiculous tax increases so he could keep on spending. Wouldn't it have been nice to have had all those extra tax dollars in your own wallets to make ends meet during the recession? Well Virginia, you voted for all this when you voted for Warner, so I guess you just have to choke on it.

So proud to have such a two-face liar as my Senator...what an embarrassment for the Commonwealth-

Posted by: VaCommonSenseConservative | September 4, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

To the oxymoronic CommonSenseConservative:

"I'd also be curious to know how these town halls get announced because we sure didn't hear about it in NOVA."

I heard about the forum on the radio a day or two before it happened. What were you expecting, a personal invitation?

"State workers are now getting screwed because he drove the State's spending to such bloated levels that it can't even afford to pay its workers."

Reality check: Adjusted for inflation, general fund spending increased 11.5% under Warner. By comparison, real spending increased by 24.9% under Gilmore. The notion that conservatives are anything close to conservative when it comes to public finance is a canard.

Posted by: BSDetector | September 4, 2009 11:22 AM | Report abuse


Might want to change your screenname if those are the kinds of posts that you're going to put out there.

Regarding the announcement, Warner is unfortunately my Senator, which means he freakin' works for you and me. So, yes, I do expect an invitation...bottom line.

Regarding the [dis]information in your "reality check", cite your sources, because that is certainly what is not reflected in the State Budget summaries available on the Library of Va. website.

Posted by: VaCommonSenseConservative | September 4, 2009 2:44 PM | Report abuse

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