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First Click -- Virginia

Anita Kumar

Thursday, Sept. 10, 2009

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

Democrat Creigh Deeds will meet with supporters at a cafe in Sterling this morning while Republican Bob McDonnell will spend much of the day in Winchester, where he will stop by Shenandoah University, a GOP campaign office and the Hob Nob in the Valley event.

Deeds and McDonnell will participate in a forum hosted by the Potomac Officers Club and ExecutiveBiz online magazine at noon in McLean. It's not a debate -- one candidate will speak and then another -- but still will be worth a listen. (Check back for our coverage).

Deeds unveiled a series of education proposals yesterday, including a college scholarship program for students who agree to spend two years in public service, and a new attack ad on TV.

McDonnell held a news conference with Tim Pawlenty, Minnesota governor and possible GOP presidential hopeful, yesterday that didn't go quite the way he wanted. His campaign added a much-needed staffer to its press shop -- Stacey Johnson, who is on loan from U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor to serve as traveling press secretary for the next two months.

Those on the right are fighting back against a barrage of negative McDonnell coverage by circulating a 10-year-old Deeds campaign mailer on gays and lesbians in which he says "I don't believe in special rights for anyone." Overnight, the mailer has hit the blogosphere and can be found here and here.

The Virginia League of Conservation Voters predictably endorsed all three statewide Democratic candidates.

Meanwhile, Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling became the first down-ticket statewide candidate to air a TV ad.

President Obama outlined his health-care plan in a speech to Congress last night, though Cantor was caught not paying too much attention, Today, opponents of Obama's health-care effort who are affiliated with Americans for Prosperity will make stops in Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

And finally, some more news about the state's troubled technology contract -- an almost daily occurrence. Northrop Grumman replaced the executive who oversees Virginia's 10-year, $2-billion contract.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 10, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , Robert F. McDonnell  
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I think you mean "League of Conservation Voters", not "League of Conservative Voters".

Posted by: VABlogger | September 10, 2009 11:32 AM | Report abuse

Right you are, VABlogger. Correction made.

Christopher Dean Hopkins
Deputy Editor, Local Politics and Government

Posted by: Christopher Dean Hopkins | September 10, 2009 11:42 AM | Report abuse

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