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First Click -- Virginia

Anita Kumar

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2009

Good morning everyone. Here's what's happening in politics around the state today.

Election Day is exactly five weeks away. And it feels like it. The campaigns are in full swing -- working around the clock, rolling out policy plans, airing new TV ads.

Democrat Creigh Deeds heads back to a metro station this morning -- this time, to unveil an endorsement from former Republican Gov. Linwood Holton. (Didn't we already know Holton supported Deeds? After all, he's Gov. Tim Kaine's father-in-law and he's endorsed Democrats in most recent statewide elections, including Barack Obama).

Deeds debuted a TV ad yesterday featuring U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, arguably the most popular politician in the state.

Republican Bob McDonnell rolls out another policy -- on mental health -- this morning on a conference call with reporters.

McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling released the second part of their good government plan yesterday. McDonnell also raised $350,000 at a pair of fundraisers with
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Virginia Business magazine takes a look at how Deeds and McDonnell plan to create jobs and boost the economy. And as part of his voter series, Joel Rubin of Cox1Hampton Roads has posted new interviews with Deeds here and here, and McDonnell here and here.

Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee for attorney general, released his first TV ad yesterday, a week after his Democratic rival Steve Shannon did the same.

Cuccinelli also unveiled a slew of endorsements at a news conference in Richmond. Shannon picked up the support of the political arm of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, which has supported Republicans in the past.

Republicans, led by House Speaker Bill Howell, continued their efforts to pin down Democrats on the sticky issue of taxes after Deeds said he would be willing to raise them for transportation.

Kaine announced a tax amnesty plan yesterday in Richmond
and this morning will take questions on his monthly call-in radio show on WTOP at 10. Listen live here.

Finally, a few dozen people are protesting a new banner depicting Obama as the Joker outside a strip club in downtown Richmond.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 29, 2009; 7:30 AM ET
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 , General Assembly 2009 , Jody Wagner , Ken Cuccinelli , Mark Warner , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Comments

Wow. Standard fair from the communists at the Washington Post. Mark Warner is only the most popular politician in the state because you dirtbags at the Post never called him on anything.

He raised taxes on every citizen and businesses to solve a "budget problem" that never materialized. If you read his own budget, there never was a crisis. And why don't we ask all of those people out in Southwest VA who no longer have jobs if they would like those excess tax dollars back to make ends meet right now? Why don't we ask them if they would rather have their jobs back, since Warner's tax increases on businesses cost VA jobs? Tax and Spend...that all you Libs know how to do.

So far the best idea to come out of the Warner/Kaine Administrations is the hotlanes, which frankly shows just how stupid and backwards those two administrations were-

Posted by: VaCommonSenseConservative | September 29, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

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