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First Click -- Virginia

Anita Kumar

Friday, Sept. 11, 2009

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

Republican Bob McDonnell will be a guest on Mark Plotkin's radio show on WTOP at 10 a.m. (listen live online here) while Democrat Creigh Deeds is taking a day off from public events.

Deeds and McDonnell spoke about business issues -- many of them federal -- in a candidate's forum yesterday in McLean.

Later, the GOP ticket -- McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and attorney general hopeful Ken Cuccinelli -- talked health care. No surprise that they're not fans of President Obama's plan, and instead introduced their own.

The ads are coming fast and furious these days. Deeds launched a new TV ad accusing McDonnell of supporting power rate hikes in Southwest and Southside. Meanwhile, the Republican Governors Association started airing TV and radio ads focusing on Deeds's past support of tax increases.

Former Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe gets back into the game by accusing McDonnell of stealing his energy slogan. (By the way, what was The Macker doing at the Palm with Billy Crystal and Pat Sajak?)

Bob Holsworth tells us his thoughts on how the governor's race is "starting to look like the fights in Washington." The Wall Street Journal reports on the Republicans' chances to take back the governor's mansion here in Virginia.

The investigation into Del. Phil Hamilton's former job at Old Dominion University continues with a federal grand jury serving the university with a subpoena and search warrant -- much like the one received by the Newport News school system.

His colleague, Del. Steve Landes of Weyers Cave refuses to apologize for comments he made at a Republican picnic comparing White House tactics to those used by the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.

Finally, because it's Friday, we leave you with a funny "missing persons" video put together by the state GOP about Gov. Tim Kaine's attempt to juggle his jobs as governor and national party chairman.

Best line from the video? "The missing person is described as a middle-aged white male with large, dark eyebrows." Oh, those eyebrows.

By Anita Kumar  |  September 11, 2009; 8:50 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 , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Hell hath no fury like a politician scorned.

Posted by: newbeeboy | September 11, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Gov. Tim Kaine's lack of leadership has resulted in massive layoffs and budget problems for the citizens of Virginia.
That coupled with the failure of obama to stem the loss of jobs nation wide, has caused the people of Virginia to favor Bob McDonnell over Deeds.
Virginia does not want the liberal democrat's agenda forced down our throats.
Bob McDonnell's approach to jobs and energy utilization without massive taxes is clearly Virginia's best choice.

Posted by: spiris333 | September 11, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

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