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First Click -- Virginia

Anita Kumar

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 some photos from the festivities. Later, Deeds and Kaine gathered with hundreds of Democratic activists at U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott's annual picnic in Newport News.

Congress returns from its summer recess today to tackle health care reform after a month of town hall meetings on the hot-button topic.

President Obama will give a back-to-school speech to the nation's children today on what is traditionally considered the first day of school in many parts of the nation, including Virginia. But after a slew of complaints, school districts around the state differ on whether they will show students the president's message.

In case you missed it over the long weekend, a federal grand jury served the Newport News school system with a subpoena and search warrant involving Del. Phil Hamilton's former job at Old Dominion University. Check out the stories here and here.

And finally here's a take on the governor's race in "purple" Virginia by Frank Atkinson, a well-known Richmond lawyer and Republican.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 8, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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