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First Click -- Virginia

Anita Kumar

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 at a controversial piece of McDonnell's legislative career: the hearing on the reappointment -- eventually denied -- of Verbena M. Askew, the state's first female, black Circuit Court judge.

Meanwhile, Democratic attorney general candidate Steve Shannon unveiled a Web site providing parents with tips to protect their children from sexual predators, following the launch of his proposal to keep children safe online.

Gov. Tim Kaine announced that he will layoff nearly 600 state workers, close three correctional facilities and cut as much as 15 percent in aid to colleges and universities to make up for a $1.5 billion budget shortfall. Check out the full video of his news conference. (Some people may have noticed that Kaine played some politics during his news conference to announce the budget cuts.)

Virginia's troubled technology agency -- created to manage a 10-year, $2 billion contract with Northrop Grumman -- is reorganizing (translation: employees are being let go or reassigned).

Controversy continues regarding the industry-paid study of the 200-acre site in south Virginia that is said to hold 110 million pounds of uranium worth almost $10 billion (yes, that's billion).

Kaine, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, will head to Austin for his first full meeting as national party leader. The fall meeting, Thursday to Saturday, is designed in part to elect at-large DNC members as well as members of various standing committees.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 9, 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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