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Virginia Politics Blog: October 11, 2009 - October 17, 2009

Does Bob McDonnell Believe in Global Warming?

Yes. Well, sort of. Republican Bob McDonnell said today that he believes the world has gotten warmer but declined to blame manmade carbon emissions. "I think it's a real concern, and we need to find ways to be able to reduce (carbon dioxide) emissions," he told reporters after a rally with Sen. John McCain in Virginia Beach. "Well, there's some debate that various scientists are going on. I think the temperature of the earth, from the science I've seen, has gone up and what we need to do is promote reductions" in cardion dioxide. But does he believe manmade carbon emissions created the problem? "Look, it's not going to affect my policy decisions. What the policy decision needs to be is to find ways that are creative to be able to reduce" carbon dioxide, he said. "I am going to accept the science that's out there, and the science is...

By Anita Kumar  |  October 17, 2009; 6:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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College Dems Bus in For Deeds

The Wolverines have arrived for Democrat Creigh Deeds. Among about 100 canvassers who rallied with Deeds at the Mason District Park amphitheater in Annandale on this rainy afternoon were 30 students from the college Democrats at the University of Michigan. The group is spending their fall break knocking doors for Deeds. A recent Washington Post poll showed that young voters appeared likely to make up a smaller portion of the electorate this year than in last year's presidential election, when they comprised 20 percent of the electorate. But Sam Marvin, 21, a senior at the University of Michigan, said his group hopes to help get Obama voters engaged for Deeds. "It's about mobilizing those people. They would vote for him. I don't think there's anyone out there who would vote for Obama and not vote for Mr. Deeds. But it's about making sure they understand this is an important race...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 17, 2009; 5:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Barack Obama , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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McCain Rallies McDonnell Supporters

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Sen. John McCain, the 2008 GOP presidential nominee, headlined a packed veterans rally for Virginia's Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell on a cold, rainy Saturday morning. About 300 supporters crammed into a Veterans of Foreign Wars post that had been decorated with massive red, white and blue "Veterans for McDonnell" signs. "This is the man who will bring about fiscal discipline, who understands what it means to balance a budget, who understands what pork barrel spending is, who understands that we have an obligation not just to our present citizens and out present veterans but to our children and our grandchildren and not hand them an unsustainable debt,'' McCain said. "That's Bob McDonnell. He will be a fiscal conservative."...

By Anita Kumar  |  October 17, 2009; 3:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Obama to Return to Va. for Deeds on Oct. 27

The date is set: President Obama is returning to Virginia to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds on Oct. 27. The Deeds campaign surely hopes the visit, confirmed by the White House and the campaign, will motivate core Democratic voters inspired by Obama's effort last year. It should also put to rest some of the chattering about whether the White House was backing off Deeds' effort, with polls showing him trailing. We'll bring you details when we have them. UPDATE: The Deeds campaign has put out a formal release about the Obama rally. "Further details will be announced in coming days," according the release....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 16, 2009; 6:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Goracle Lands in Virginia

We learned today that if you bring Al Gore into a state to campaign, you're headed for a discussion about the politics of climate change. Gore, the former vice president (and almost, but not quite president), who won an Oscar for his documentary An Inconvenient Truth and Nobel Peace Prize for his work on global warming, is attending a fundraiser dinner tonight with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds at a McLean home. (Tickets are $5,000). Republicans accused Deeds and Democrats of supporting a "devastating" cap on greenhouse gas emissions. Democrats accused Republican Bob McDonnell and the rest of his ticket of failing to believe in the concept of global warming....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 16, 2009; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , John McCain , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Democrats Make a Weekend Push In Va.

Organizing for America, an arm of the Democratic National Committee, is asking supporters from other states to travel to Virginia this weekend for gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds. The group sent emails to thousands of members in D.C. and Maryland, asking for volunteers to door-knock for Deeds, with a goal of working 5,000 hours by next weekend. "Because this race isn't just about Virginia -- it's about standing up for the progress we've all fought so hard for and making sure our entire country keeps heading in the right direction,'' Mitch Stewart, the group's director, writes in the email. Deeds will appear at six events with DNC Chairman and Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine and Jody Wagner, the Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, in Northern Virginia. McDonnell will appear a veterans rally with Sen. John McCain tomorrow morning in Virginia Beach. He will appear with U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor in Richmond in...

By Anita Kumar  |  October 16, 2009; 6:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Loudoun to Consider Asking Kaine to Buy Foreclosed Land

Loudoun County is considering asking the state to purchase 4,100 acres of foreclosed property originally slotted for residential development to turn into a state park. In August, four properties owned by developer Greenvest LC were sold in a foreclosure auction to its creditor, New York-based iStar Financial, for $69 million. Three years earlier, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted against a proposal to build 15,000 houses on the properties -- an ambitious plan that the Vienna-based developer had promised would make turn the region into new Reston or Columbia, 35 miles west of Washington. It was the largest planned development in Loudoun County's history....

By Derek Kravitz  |  October 16, 2009; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Loudoun County  
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Deeds On Air With TV Ad Accusing McDonnell of Misrepresentation

Democrat Creigh Deeds started airing a new TV ad today in Southwest Virginia accusing Republican Bob McDonnell of mispresenting Deeds on taxes. The ad refers to the Roanoke Times and the nonpartisian Factcheck.org, both of which have questionned a McDonnell ad claiming Deeds supports a gas tax increase and the federal cap-and -rade bill. Deeds has said he opposes the cap and trade bill, and has never said what specific tax increase he would support. "He's running ads fabricating numbers for proposals Creigh Deeds doesn't support,'' Deeds campaign spokesperson Jared Leopold said. "The only thing clear from this ad is that Bob McDonnell will say or do anything to get elected."...

By Anita Kumar  |  October 16, 2009; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Women's Group Forms to Oppose McDonnell

A new state political action committee called Working Women for Virginia recently formed to oppose Republican Bob McDonnell's views in his race for governor against Democrat Creigh Deeds. The group is trying to raise enough money to air a TV ad in Northern Virginia during the last week of the election, said Margie Omero, a Democratic pollster who helped form the group. The group registered with the state two weeks ago, according to the Virginia Public Access Project. It has raised $1,600 in the last day through word of mouth, social networking and online advertising. "Whatever we raise will be used solely to spread the word about McDonnell's extreme views on women,'' Omero said.  "I don't think the prospect of more false, divisive and backwards-looking attack ads from Deeds and his national Democratic allies will please Virginians who are roundly rejecting one of the most negative campaigns in the commonwealth's...

By Anita Kumar  |  October 16, 2009; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McDonnell Airs New Ad on Cap-and-Trade

Republican Bob McDonnell began airing a new ad today in Roanoke and Southwest featuring an official from MeadWestvaco talking about the impact of the so-called cap and trade bill. The ad says that Deeds supports the federal climate change legislation, though he has said in recent appearances that he is opposed. Meadwest, a paper and packaging company, has a plant in Deeds's state senator district. The company has donated $15,000 to McDonnell and John Luke, its chairman, has given $10,000....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 16, 2009; 12:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Clinton to Campaign for Deeds

The President's coming to Virginia for Democrat Creigh Deeds. Former President Bill Clinton, that is. Clinton will hold a rally with Deeds somewhere inside the Beltway in Northern Virginia on Tuesday, the Deeds campaign confirms. Also in attendance will be Clinton buddy and Deeds's rival during the primary campaign, Terry McAuliffe. Clinton did several appearances for McAuliffe before the June 9 primary. His work for Deeds comes as national Democrats swing into action to try to rev up a party base that polls have shown is unenthusiastic about Deeds's candidacy. This evening, Deeds holds a fundraiser with former vice president Al Gore....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 16, 2009; 11:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe  
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Fairfax Employees' Union Starts Contest to Save Money

Facing a massive county budget shortfall next year, Fairfax County's employee union is sponsoring an unusual contest to find the best idea to save taxpayer money. The Everybody Wins contest (no connection to the reading mentor program of the same name) will award $500 to the Fairfax employee with the best idea, and the Fairfax County Government Employees Union has pledged $5,000 in seed money to the county to institute the idea. "These are the folks who are on the front lines of public services," said Karen Conchar, the president of the Fairfax union and an engineer at the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services. "They know exactly how taxpayer dollars are spent and where there could be savings." Fairfax County officials announced in July that they are expecting a $315.6 million shortfall in 2011, which could mean significant cuts and the consolidation of more than 50 county agencies....

By Derek Kravitz  |  October 16, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax County Board of Supervisors  
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First Click - Virginia

Happy Friday Virginia! Here's what's happening around the state in politics. More evidence today that Republican Robert F. McDonnell has the advantage with less than three weeks left in the race for governor. As of Oct. 1, McDonnell had $4.5 million in the bank, $1.8 million more than his opponent Democrat R. Creigh Deeds, and in September had about 6,400 donors compared with Deeds's 3,800. Lots more information on the recent reports from all the Nov. election candidates -- and on all things campaign finance -- available from our friends at the nonpartisan Virginia Public Access Project. Deeds comes to Northern Virginia today, where Organizing for America, the Democratic group that grew out of President Obama's historic campaign, launches a major canvassing push this weekend. While there's still no word on a second campaign visit by Obama to the state, Obama's opponent from last fall, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), headlines...

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 16, 2009; 7:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , John McCain , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar , Steve Shannon  
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Obama "Will Be Back," Says Deeds

For the second time in week, Democrat Creigh Deeds has virtually promised that President Obama will be back to campaign for him before the Nov. 3 election, even though no date for such an event has been set. In an interview with Ryan Nobles of Richmond's NBC12, Deeds said, "President Obama will be back in Virginia." Nobles asked the candidate, "Within the next 19 days, we will see you and Barack Obama, standing on a stage in Virginia?" And Deeds answered, "You will, yes." Deeds told Mark Plotkin something similar last week on WTOP. Yet, Obama has announced a rally for New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine and so far, no such love for Deeds. Deeds also tried to explain why he called himself a "Creigh Deeds Democrat" when asked at a recent debate whether he was a "Barack Obama Democrat." Was he trying to distance himself from the president? "You...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 15, 2009; 6:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Barack Obama , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Deeds Raises $3.5M, $2.7M in the Bank

Democrat gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds raised $3.5 million in September and had $2.7 million in the bank going into the final month of the race. In September, the Democratic Governors Association gave Deeds $257,500 while the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees gave him $400,000, one of several large checks Deeds received from national unions. As of the end of September, Deeds had raised $14.2 million and McDonnell $18.9 million, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, which tracks campaign finance. By this point in 2005, Democrat Tim Kaine had raised $15.9 million and Republican Jerry Kilgore had raised $17.4 million. Deeds' latest totals reflect the single highest fundraising month for the campaign so far. The campaign raised more money from more donors in September than in either of the previous two months. Deeds received money from 3,763 total donors. Of those 2,489 of these contributors were new...

By Anita Kumar  |  October 15, 2009; 5:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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McDonnell Raises $3.8M, Has $4.5M in Bank

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell raised $3.8 million in September and had $4.5 million in the bank going into the final month of the race. The campaign raised more in September than July and August combined. McDonnell had 6,440 unique donors. Of those, 4,819 were new contributors and 4,454 gave less than $100. "With three weeks left in the race we have great momentum and the resources we need to continue to get Bob McDonnell's new ideas and positive vision out to voters across the state,'' said Phil Cox, McDonnell campaign manager. The Republican National Committee donated $400,000, and several national Republican stars helped McDonnell raise more than $600,000 last month. Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts governor and possible presidential hopeful, headlined a fundraiser at the offices of the American Gas Association on Capitol Hill. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal hosted fundraiser for McDonnell at the McLean home of Dwight Schar, founder...

By Anita Kumar  |  October 15, 2009; 5:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Fairfax Credit Rating Boosted to Triple-A

The City of Fairfax's credit rating was boosted Thursday to triple-A by Standard & Poor's, in what the New York rating agency called an indication of how well the city's stable economic base has fared during the recession. The city previously had a rating of AA+. Fairfax County has had a triple-A rating from all three major credit agencies for more than a decade, one of only a few jurisdictions to hold that distinction. In its evaluation, Standard & Poor's cited the city's "affluent suburban community" within the Washington region; its large property tax base; its wealthy median income and buying income levels and its strong financial performance. "We believe officials will sustain the city's strong financial performance and position and manageable debt burden, evidenced, in part, by continued healthy general fund reserves," said Standard & Poor's credit analyst Jesse Brady. "The absence of tax-supported debt in the city's current...

By Derek Kravitz  |  October 15, 2009; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McCartney Scorecard: Nothing Changes, McDonnell Wins

Post columnist Robert McCartney is scoring the Virginia governor's race blow-by-blow, round-by-round. Here's how he graded this past week: The campaign turns static with McDonnell holding the lead. Deeds does better than expected in the first prime-time television debate, but expectations were low and he didn't do anything to turn it around. Deeds is still waiting for Obama to schedule a another event with him in Virginia -- and the delay is highlighted when White House says the president will campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Corzine in New Jersey. Who do you think won? See and comment on the full McCartney Scorecard....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 15, 2009; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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UPDATED: AG Candidates Report Fundraising

Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee for attorney general, raised $672,315 in September, according to records released by his campaign. Cuccinelli had $936,045 in the bank heading into October -- solid numbers for someone who had a tough three-way fight for his party's nomination earlier this year. As of Aug. 31, Democractic nominee Steve Shannon had a two-to-one financial advantage over Cuccinelli. Shannon had $1.6 million compared with Cuccinelli's $750,000. Shannon may still have more cash on hand, but Cuccinelli may have outraised him in September. We'll you know when we hear from Shannon's campaign. UPDATE: As we predicted, it looks like Cuccinelli outraised Shannon by a bit in September, but not enough to erase the Democrat's money advantage. According to his campaign, Shannon raised $531,965 in the month of September, ending the month with $1,420,859 on hand. That gave Shannon about a $500,000 lead on Cuccinelli at month's start. The...

By Anita Kumar  |  October 15, 2009; 1:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Updated: Wagner, Bolling Report Fundraising

September finance reports are due to the state board of elections today at 5 p.m., but we now have our first numbers directly from a campaign. They're from Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Jody Wagner and they're impressive. According to Wagner's campaign, she raised more than $465,000 in September, leaving her with $875,800 in cash on end at the end of the month to fund the remainder of her effort. We've just heard that Republican Bill Bolling raised $476,144 in September. He had $1.2 million cash on hand -- also a very impressive number going into the final full month of the campaign. "Our fundraising success is a testament to the broad support my campaign has received from every part of Virginia," Bolling said. "Raising nearly $500,000 from almost 2,000 donors in just one month speaks to the momentum and excitement behind our campaign." Wagner had double the cash on hand...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 15, 2009; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , Jody Wagner , Rosalind Helderman  
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National Democratic Jewish Group Makes Push in Virginia

The National Jewish Democratic Council launched a major push Thursday in Virginia, its largest ever in the commonwealth, the organization said. The group will send at least three paid organizers to the state, including one based at the University of Virginia focusing on students, and is also organizing a Virginia Volunteer Corps. There will also be literature drops, phone calls and other grass-roots canvassing. NJDC Political Director Linda Berg said the group's members were excited by Virginia's turning blue last year and determined to keep the state in the Democratic column this year -- particularly given the national attention on Virginia as harbinger of the 2010 midterm elections....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 15, 2009; 12:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Jody Wagner , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Five Va. Governors Sit Down for a Chat

Ever wonder what Tim Kaine, Doug Wilder, George Allen, Jim Gilmore and Linwood Holton would say to each other if they were in the same room? Well, you can find out. The five men sat down with Charlottesville's NBC station for a 30-minute special that aired earlier this week, and is now available online. Check it out here. The men, seated in the governor's mansion on Capitol Square in Richmond, talked about blogs, "groveling and begging" for money, being a lame duck and the possibility of serving two terms. Yes, Gilmore mentioned the car tax a few times. Noticeably absent? The state's most recent former governor, Mark Warner, who defeated Gilmore for a U.S. Senate seat last year. Maybe the two men didn't want to be in the same room?...

By Anita Kumar  |  October 15, 2009; 12:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , George F. Allen , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner , Timothy M. Kaine  
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UPDATED: Gaffe or No, McDonnell Puts Johnson in Ad

Here's how much Republican Bob McDonnell thinks of calls for him to distance himself from businesswoman Sheila Johnson, after video surfaced of Johnson mocking opponent Deeds' speaking style: McDonnell's latest campaign ad features Johnson. In the spot, airing as of this morning on Northern Virginia television, the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television and prominent supporter of Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine looks straight into the camera and says, "I'm Sheila Johnson, a Democrat business woman. I know what it takes to start and grow successful businesses and create jobs. That's why I support Bob McDonnell for governor." She goes on to list some of McDonnell's resume before concluding, "That's why this Democrat strongly supports Bob McDonnell for governor." Johnson apologized for her comments at a McDonnell event in which she adopted a faux stutter in mocking the way Deeds speaks. Her joke drew condemnation from the National Stuttering Association and others...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 15, 2009; 9:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (16)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Jones, McClellan Headline Deeds Fundraiser

Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones and Del. Jennifer McClellan will headline a fundraiser for Democratic gubernatorial nominee Creigh Deeds tonight in downtown Richmond. The 28-member host committee is a diverse group that includes grocery chain founder Jim Ukrop, developer Mark Merhige, ophthalmologist Shantarm Talegaonkar and lawyers David Gammino, Lakshmi Challa and Nupa Agarwal. Others include Dominion executive Irene Cimino, Rosa Finch, finance manager at management and technology consulting company BearingPoint and Alice Tousignant, executive director of Virginia Supportive Housing. Today is the deadline for Deeds, Republican Bob McDonnell and all candidates to turn in their campaign finance reports for September. We'll be bringing you the numbers as we get them throughout the day, so check back often....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 15, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009  
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First Click - Virginia

Good morning Virginia! Here's what's happening on this rainy fall day in state politics. Today is the deadline for candidates in November's election to submit their campaign finance reports for September, offering the latest snapshot of the state of the fast-approaching race. Our friends at the Virginia Public Access Project are expected to post the information on their Web site by 6 p.m., and executive director David Poole joined with the Post's Amy Gardner yesterday to answer reader questions about campaign finance. President Obama came to Virginia yesterday -- but not for Democratic gubernatorial candidate R. Creigh Deeds, giving fodder to the chattering classes who have been wondering aloud about whether Obama has given up on the Democratic nominee. The questioning intensified yesterday when news broke that Obama has committed to a campaign stop for the other Democrat running for governor this year, New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 15, 2009; 7:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , First Click , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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Shannon Blasts Cuccinelli in New Ad

Steve Shannon, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, launched a new TV ad today that criticizes Republican Ken Cuccinelli for what Shannon calls a "weak" record on drunk driving legislation. "My opponent has not released a single plan to combat drunk driving in Virginia, and in the state Senate he has consistently voted against tougher penalties for drunk drivers,'' Shannon said. "Virginia needs better public safety leadership than that."...

By Anita Kumar  |  October 14, 2009; 8:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli , Steve Shannon  
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Democrats Hit McDonnell on Stimulus

U.S. House Minority Leader John Boehner will host a low-dollar fundraiser tonight for Republican Bob McDonnell at Jones Day law firm in Washington. More than 100 young professionals are expected to attend. Democrats didn't say anything the last time the two campaigned together but this time, they seized on the news -- sending out multiple statements criticizing McDonnell for appearing with a congressman who opposes the federal stimulus package and accusing him of opposing it too. "The question every Virginia voter should ask: why is Bob McDonnell more than happy to take John Boehner's money when it benefits his political campaign, but not willing to take money for roads and infrastructure projects benefiting all Virginians?" DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan said. It's true that Boehner did oppose the federal stimulus money, but it's not clear McDonnell did. He said he wasn't a huge fan of the package, but would accept federal...

By Anita Kumar  |  October 14, 2009; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Obama Commits to Corzine, but No Word on Deeds

President Obama has not yet agreed to campaign again for Virginia Democrat Creigh Deeds--but he's made time for the nation's other Democratic gubernatorial candidate. New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine's campaign announced today that Obama will be holding a rally for his reelection effort at Fairleigh Dickinson University next Wednesday. The news comes as Corzine's effort has pulled even with Republican Chris Christie, even as Deeds trails Republican Bob McDonnell by nine points in a recent Washington Post poll. Obama did visit Virginia today, to tout the impact of the federal stimulus package at the Fairfax County Parkway extension construction project, the largest project of its kind in Virginia and a federal highway project partially funded by stimulus dollars. But the event was not a campaign stop and Deeds was not present. Also not on site: Democratic Governor and Obama ally Timothy M. Kaine, who stood at the very same project...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 14, 2009; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Timothy M. Kaine  
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McDonnell Opposes Regent Hiring Policy

Democrats including Creigh Deeds have been criticizing Republican Bob McDonnell since news broke about the hiring policy of his alma mater Regent University. But when we asked today, we were told McDonnell opposes Regent's non-discrimination policy that pledges equal opportunities for men and women, consistent with Biblical teachings that men are the head of households. "Bob McDonnell supports hiring and promoting individuals based solely on merit and ability, and regardless of gender, race, creed, religion, national origin or sexual orientation. He supports equal pay for equal work,'' said Tucker Martin, McDonnell's spokesman. "He does not support any policy to the contrary." That seems pretty clear, right? So why then did McDonnell serve for eight years (1998 to 2005) on the Board of Trustees at the Virginia Beach college founded by televangelist Pat Robertson when he opposed the hiring policy? Here's the answer we got, though it doesn't answer the question:...

By Anita Kumar  |  October 14, 2009; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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VaTech Families Target Albo

Relatives of victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre have been among the most vocal proponents of a change to state law that would close the state's so-called gun show "loophole," which permits private gun show vendors to sell to customers without first conducting a background check. Now, some of those same family members are campaigning against a member of the House of Delegates whom they say betrayed them in that fight: Del. Dave Albo (R-Fairfax). Funny thing is, Albo says he agrees with the familes that the law should be changed and even voted that way as chairman of the Virginia State Crime Commission. But some of the Tech families believe Albo is paying lip service to his more liberal Northern Virginia constituents while obstructing the families' efforts behind the scenes to appease pro-gun Republicans....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 14, 2009; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Election 2009 , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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Excerpts: Post Reporter, Fundraising Expert Take Your Questions

Washington Post staff writer Amy Gardner and David Poole, executive director of Campaign Finance for the Virginia Public Access Project, were online today to discuss the Virginia governor's race between Creigh Deeds (D) and Bob McDonnell (R) and the candidates' campaign financing. Excerpts follow. Read the full transcript here. Charlottesville, Va.: Has the recession played much of a role in fundraising this year for Deeds and McDonnell? What about in the down-ticket races? David Poole: Yes, the recession seems to be a factor. We know this anecdotally from talking to political fundraisers. People who are worth $25 million don't feel rich because, well, last year they were worth $50. We've seen this in the numbers, too. Here is a chart showing the trends in spending for the last few gubernatorial cycles. You can see things have been on a fast-growth pace. You can ignore this year, because the numbers are...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 14, 2009; 3:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe  
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DNC Facebook Ad Links McDonnell, Regent Policy

The Democratic National Committee is launching new ads on Facebook today that will be directed at women, students and supporters of Republican Bob McDonnell. The ads target McDonnell on his alma mater Regent University, which has a non-discrimination policy that pledges equal opportunities for men and women, consistent with Biblical teachings that men are the head of households. McDonnell served for eight years on the Board of Trustees at the Virginia Beach college founded by televangelist Pat Robertson. He received both a law and master's degree at the school in 1989. The DNC is trying to spread the word about the school's hiring practice here. "McDonnell's support for this discriminatory policy can be directly traced to his belief articulated in his thesis that working women were 'detrimental to the family,' " DNC spokesman Hari Sevugan said. "We wanted to ensure that Virginians knew that, despite his denials, Bob McDonnell's radical...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 14, 2009; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Obama in Virginia, But Not For Deeds

President Obama is in Fairfax County today. But not to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds. Snap! Instead, Obama visits the Fairfax County Parkway extension today with Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to talk about federal stimulus spending. After days of very public discussions about whether Obama will choose to visit Virginia again on Deeds behalf before Nov. 3 and whether the president is trying to limit his exposure in the swing state in anticipation of a possible Deeds loss, that's got to hurt. The campaign points out that it's not unusual for Obama to make quick hops across the Potomac to talk about how federal policy is affecting people in the states. And that it would be rare to co-mingle a political event with a policy event. And Jake Tapper of ABC twittered yesterday the White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said time is being carved out for the...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 14, 2009; 10:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Barack Obama , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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First Click - Virginia

Good morning, Virginia, here's what's happening in politics around the state today. Today's big news in state politics comes not from the Virginia governor's race but from the latest chapter in the Virginia Information Technologies Agency fiasco. A state audit released yesterday shows that the bungled $2 billion contract with Northrup Grumman to upgrade computer systems could end up costing the state hundreds of millions of dollars if canceled. The news did prompt some response from the two men running for governor, with Democrat R. Creigh Deeds blaming Republican Robert F. McDonnell, who was attorney general at the time, and McDonnell's spokesman blaming Democratic leaders. The Virginia governor's race continues to get national scrutiny for what the outcome might say about President Obama's presidency. Earlier this week it was the New York Times; last night it was the Newshour on PBS, whose Judy Woodruff moderated Monday's gubernatorial debate in Roanoke....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 14, 2009; 7:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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The Politics of Virginia's Computer Contract

In light of today's stinging legislative audit detailing massive computer problems, Democrat Creigh Deeds accused Republican Bob McDonnell, the former attorney general, of failing to help safeguard the state in its 10-year, $2 billion contract with Northrop Grumman. "Today's news, coupled with previous reports that Bob McDonnell's office knew of problems in the contract, calls his record into question,'' Deeds said in a statement. "McDonnell owes Virginians answers to questions of what he knew about problems in the contract, when he became aware of them, and whether he did anything at all about it." The state looked for a private company to oversee its computer system in 2003 after a legislative review showed that its technology was out of date and increasingly expensive to maintain. Then-governor Mark Warner, now a U.S. senator, received approval to consolidate computer operations into one agency and overhauled the system to make it more efficient...

By Anita Kumar  |  October 13, 2009; 7:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Jody Wagner Campaigns in Fairfax

At the Democratic Club meeting in Fairfax County's Greenspring Village retirement community, there was no hemming and hawing Tuesday about whether Virginia should boost the gas tax to fix Northern Virginia's roads. From the mouths of lieutenant governor candidate Jody Wagner, fellow Democrat Del. Vivian E. Watts, and several folks in the audience, the message was: Bring it on. "I drive the roads, and I don't like sitting in long lines, so I don't mind paying more, because I'm using it," a man asked from the back of the room during the Q&A. "Why can't we add 10 cents more? Would that do it?" The man noted that Virginia ranks among the lowest in the U.S. for its gas tax. Wagner, after noting that it took her more than an hour to drive about six miles from a hotel in Herndon to a meeting in Tysons Corner, did not explicitly...

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 13, 2009; 7:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Fredrick Kunkle , Jody Wagner  
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Pr. William Delegate Lashes Out Over Opponent's Mailer

You know Election Day is approaching when things get this ugly. Late last week, Republican House of Delegates candidate Rich Anderson sent out a mailer to voters that dropped a bombshell about his opponent, Del. Paul Nichols (D-Prince William). Nichols, it said, had been arrested in North Carolina in 2006 for assaulting a police officer, and it implied that Nichols may have been intoxicated at the time. Problem is, the mailer failed to note that a judge dropped the charges against Nichols, who has said it was the police officer who got aggressive with him when he came to the aid of a friend who had been pulled over. The mailer, which called Nichols "A Different Kind of 'Slugger,'" also included excerpts of a police report that displayed Nichols's Social Security number. In addition, a judge in September of this year granted Nichols's request that the documents be expunged. Anderson's...

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 13, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Campaign Ads , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2009 , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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Johnson Stumps for McDonnell, Makes Less Inflammatory Joke

Northern Virginia businesswoman Sheila Johnson hit the campaign trail again Tuesday with Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert F. McDonnell, vowing not to be "intimidated for crossing party lines" only days after she came under fire for comments she made mocking McDonnell's Democratic opponent. Johnson, the co-founder of Black Entertainment Television and managing partner of the Washington Mystics, had ridiculed the speaking style of state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds at a Sept. 25 campaign event, saying, "The other people I talk to, especially his op-op-op-o-opponent, di-di-did this all through my interview with him." On Tuesday, Johnson -- a Democrat who has previously supported President Obama and Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) in their respective races -- opened up with another joke (prefaced by at least one audible gasp in the crowd). The topic? What the Bible's three wise men would have been like if had been women. "They would have asked...

By Derek Kravitz  |  October 13, 2009; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Excerpts: Post Columnist Discusses Gov. Race

Washington Post Metro columnist Robert McCartney was online earlier today to discuss the Monday night Virginia governor's race debate, the Deeds and McDonnell campaigns and his recent columns. Some excerpts follow. Read the entire discussion transcript here. Northern Virginia: I thought that Deeds (in addition to talking issues) worked harder to introduce his biography to voters who are just "tuning in" -- the great uncle's summer camp "all in" philosophy, the four $20 bills going to college, the older Virginians in his family. Do you agree? We did learn about McDonnell's father's Alzheimer's, which is such a shame, but that was the only really personal or emotional thought from him. Robert McCartney: Yes, Deeds talked a bit more about personal stuff than McDonnell. I've heard Deeds use some of those anecdotes before in public, but he probably figured it made sense to repeat them since this was the first debate...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 13, 2009; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hamilton, Under Investigation, Endorsed by Police

Here's one of the most interesting endorsements this campaign season. Del. Phil Hamilton was endorsed today by the Virginia Police Benevolent Association. Yes, you read correctly. The powerful Republican lawmaker from Newport News who is under federal investigation got the backing of more than 2,000 federal, state and local law enforcement officials. Hamilton is under investigation for negotiating a job offer with Old Dominion University before securing state money for the school. A federal grand jury served the Newport News school system and ODU with subpoenas and search warrants. "We will ask our members, their friends and families, and all citizens who respect the strong and efficient enforcement of our laws to cast their ballots in the upcoming election in your favor,'' William B. Gordon, Newport News Chapter President of PBA wrote in a letter to Hamilton. Does the PBA know something we don't know?...

By Anita Kumar  |  October 13, 2009; 12:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2009  
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Live Now: Post Columnist Robert McCartney Takes Your Questions

Got questions about last night's debate or the Virginia governor's race in general? Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney is answering those questions, as well as any about his recent columns, right now in a live online discussion. Click here to submit a question or click here to read the discussion....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 13, 2009; 11:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Wagner Rips Bolling's Attendance in Second TV Ad

Jody Wagner, the Democratic challenger running for lieutenant governor, unveiled her second television ad of the fall this morning and it's a negative one. The 30-second spot called "Work," which is airing in Richmond, Charlottesville and Norfolk and on cable in Northern Virginia, follows a line of attack Wagner has been pursuing about Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's (R) attendance record on the boards and commissions to which he has been appointed. It also points out Bolling's second job in the private sector as an insurance industry executive, and concludes: "Virginia has full-time challenges. We can't afford a lieutenant governor like Bill Bolling, who's never there." Full script after the jump....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 13, 2009; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Bill Bolling , Campaign Ads , Jody Wagner , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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First Click - Virginia

Good morning Virginia! Here's what's happening in politics around the state today. Just about every Virginia publication has a story about last night's bitter debate between gubernatorial candidates R. Creigh Deeds (D) and Robert F. McDonnell (R), who covered the same wide range of issues that have dominated the race, including transportation, education and the economy. Deeds's performance -- he accused McDonnell of "lying" then acknowledged the language might have been too harsh to reporters later -- will likely do little to appease critics who have said the Democratic nominee has been too negative. More on that from Politico and Talking Points Memo. Deeds, who is behind in the polls, embarks on his second day of his "Hope and Opportunity Tour" of rural Virginia. McDonnell heads back to Northern Virginia for a Vienna rally with businesswoman Sheila Johnson, whose mocking of Deeds' speaking style apparently did not damage her standing...

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 13, 2009; 7:11 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , George F. Allen , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar , Terry McAuliffe  
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Live-Blog: Virginia Governor's Debate

Beginning at 8 p.m. tonight, the Post will have live video, blogging and more from the debate between governor's race candidates Creigh Deeds and Bob McDonnell in Richmond. For a look at what each candidate needs to accomplish tonight, read the preview by Rosalind S. Helderman and Anita Kumar. UPDATE 6:18 p.m.: Apparently our TV partners will not be showing the debate live after all, which means we will be unable to stream it. C-SPAN appears to be streaming the debate live on its Web site, however. It also will be broadcast on WETA and C-SPAN3 in the D.C. area. UPDATE 7:49 p.m.: We're getting started here. Questions for all of you out there: What could Deeds do to reverse the momentum in this race? How big a gaffe could McDonnell commit and still score a win on Nov. 3? Post your thoughts in the comments. Click through for the...

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 12, 2009; 9:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Kaine Stumps for House Candidates, Calls Nobel 'Great Thing for Our Country'

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) paid a visit to Northern Virginia today in the hopes that his appeal among suburban voters might rub off on four fellow Democrats running for the House of Delegates: Incumbents Paul Nichols (Prince William) and Chuck Caputo (Fairfax/Loudoun), and newcomers John Bell (Loudoun/Prince William) and Mark Keam (Fairfax). If you'll recall, Kaine won the 2005 gubernatorial race in part by emphasizing the issues that mattered to suburbanites: traffic, development and education. He became the first Democratic gubernatorial candidate in two decades to win Loudoun and Prince William counties, and he still enjoys a 71 percent approval rate in Northern Virginia, according to a recent Washington Post poll -- despite Republican efforts to paint him as a part-time governor because of his second job as chairman of the Democratic National Committee....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 12, 2009; 6:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2009 , Loudoun County , Prince William , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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Updated: Limbaugh Calls Deeds 'Mealy-Mouthed Idiot'

Here's a friend Republican Bob McDonnell probably wasn't looking for. Conservative radio show host Rush Limbaugh decided to put on his well-worn pundit's hat and weigh in on the race for Virginia governor. Wouldn't you know, he thinks Democrat Creigh Deeds has been too negative? He gleefully told listeners that McDonnell remains ahead despite Deeds's attempt to paint McDonnell as "an anti-female caveman." Why? Because Americans have sourced on the "radical" Democratic agenda. But here's the part that might be just what Deeds needs to get pumped for tonight's televised debate. "I'll tell you what I think's going on out there. I think the New York Times must not see the ads in Virginia, the Democrat, the mealy-mouthed idiot named Creigh Deeds." Mealy-mouthed idiot? Ouch! Read his full comments here. Updated: Deeds responded to Limbaugh's comments after the debate tonight. "I feel I've hit the big time!'' he said with...

By Anita Kumar  |  October 12, 2009; 6:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Johnson's Apology Complete, McDonnell to Campaign Again With Her

Republican Bob McDonnell holds a rally for women tomorrow with Sheila Johnson, a top endorser who apologized last week after video of her surfaced at a previous campaign stop mocking Democrat Creigh Deeds's speaking style. "We need someone who can really communicate," said Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television. "And Bob McDonnell can communicate. The other people that I talk to, especially his o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-o-opponent ... could not articulate what needed to be done." McDonnell declined opportunities last week to apologize for sitting quietly while Johnson poked fun at Deeds. And he clearly does not think the incident made her persona non grata for his campaign, despite condemnation from the National Stuttering Association and others in the disabilities community. He rallies with Johnson and other women supporting his effort at the Tysons Corner Marriott tomorrow. Johnson was a top supporter of Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine but endorsed McDonnell, arguing that he...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 12, 2009; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Cuccinelli Airs New Ad; Shannon, Kaine Protest

Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican candidate for attorney general, has a new advertisement running across Virginia accusing his Democratic opponent, Steve Shannon, of not helping fix state law to address a Supreme Court decision that could have jeopardized thousands of DUI and drug convictions in Virginia. The ad is so objectionable to Shannon and other Democrats that he and Gov. Timothy M. Kaine held a conference call with reporters to offer their version of events. View the ad here: At issue is a recent Supreme Court ruling in the Melendez-Diaz v. Massachusetts case that says live testimony is needed to introduce scientific reports in criminal trials. After the ruling, Cuccinelli was the first lawmaker in Virginia to publicly ask Kaine to call a legislative session to address the issue. Both Shannon and Kaine were among those who sought to fix the issue administratively, without legislative intervention. Shannon went so far as...

By Amy Gardner  |  October 12, 2009; 3:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , Amy Gardner , Campaign Ads , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli , Steve Shannon  
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GOP Launches New Ad on Deeds and Taxes

The Republican Governors Association is out this morning with a new TV ad in Northern Virginia. Guess what this one is about? You guessed it. Taxes again. The new ad shows Democrat Creigh Deeds making what appears to be conflicting statements on taxes during and after the last debate. "No amount of political double-talk can hide the fact that Creigh Deeds wants to hike taxes," RGA spokesman Mike Schrimpf said. Update: By the way, in case you are wondering, McDonnell's and Deeds's campaigns signed an agreement not to use footage of the debate afterward it was over, but the RGA was not part of that agreement....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 12, 2009; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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Deeds Ad Suggests McDonnell is Robertson's, Not Fairfax's Own

Democrat Creigh Deeds is not backing off negative campaign ads against Republican Bob McDonnell, at least in the Northern Virginia area. The campaign this morning releases a new spot already airing in the Washington area, which attacks McDonnell's claim, featured on many campaign signs, that he is "Fairfax's Own" because of his Northern Virginia childhood. "Bob McDonnell says he's from Fairfax County," the narrator says. "But that was before he attended Pat Robertson's law school. And served on its board." Before, the narrator continues, he wrote that working women are detrimental to the family, he introduced 35 bills on abortion or voted against equal pay for women. "So no matter what McDonnell claims, all signs say he's not from around here...anymore," it concludes....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 12, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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First Click - Virginia - UPDATED

Good morning Virginia! Twenty-two days before Election Day, but who's counting. Here's what's happening in politics around the state today. After a brutal week of discouraging poll numbers and questions about his electability, Democrat R. Creigh Deeds will try to make good on his reputation as a strong finisher and turn the race for governor around in its waning weeks. In the face of criticism over what voters perceive as his negative focus, Deeds launched a positive ad yesterday focused on education. And he will have an important opportunity to make his case to Virginians tonight in Richmond, when he faces off against Republican Robert F. McDonnell in the men's first prime time televised debate....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  October 12, 2009; 7:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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New Deeds Ad on Education

Democrat Creigh Deeds is out with a new ad, a spot that does not mention his Republican opponent at all and instead focuses on Deeds' education proposals. The ad particularly highlights Deeds' Virginia Forward scholarship proposal, in which Deeds has said he would offer a 50 percent scholarship to any Virginia student at a Virginia public college who maintains a B average and commits to spending two years in public service after graduation. The ad begins airing now in Richmond and will expand to other markets next week--no word yet on which. Watch it here....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 11, 2009; 4:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Campaign Ads , Creigh Deeds , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Cuccinelli Calls Obama's Nobel "A Joke"

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell may have been "delighted" that President Obama was awarded this year's Nobel Peace Prize, but his ticket-mate, attorney general candidate Ken Cuccinelli, feels a little differently. "Well, it's official, the Nobel Peace Prize is officially meaningless," Cuccinelli opened his Cuccinelli Compass newsletter to supporters Friday. He went on to quote commentator John Podhoretz about what Cuccinelli termed the "Nobel hilarity." Podhoretz argued that the win is not surprising because Obama represents the Nobel committee's highest ideals because he is "an American President queasy about the projection of American power." "I suspect that whoever nominated him actually did it as a joke. And how about that, it really did turn out to be a joke," Cuccinelli concluded on the subject....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 11, 2009; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (164)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Steve Shannon  
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Mason-Dixon Shows McDonnell by 8

Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, which like the Post does live interviews and not automated robocalls, is out with a poll in the Virginia governor's race. And it shows a similar spread to the Post poll last week--Republican Robert F. McDonnell over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds by eight percentage points. Like the Post, Mason-Dixon, which was funded by the Richmond Times Dispatch and other Virginia press outlets, has McDonnell way up with independents, which will be encouraging to his campaign. The new poll shows him ahead by 15 with that group--a striking lead though not quite the 21 point gap the Post showed last week....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  October 11, 2009; 10:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Fact-Checker: Did McDonnell Support Dropping Mammograms From Health Plans?

It was an alarming advertisement, claiming Virginia's former attorney general supported a bill that would have allowed employers to drop mammograms and cancer screenings from health care plans -- made more alarming by the claim that Robert F. McDonnell was one of only nine attorneys general in the U.S. to do so. The radio ad, circulated this month by Democratic state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, noted that his Republican opponent McDonnell was one of the nine who had not signed on to a 2006 letter opposing federal legislation that would have allowed employers to not carry such state-mandated benefits. McDonnell's campaign says the attorney general was also opposed to the legislation, but didn't receive the draft letter. It was sent to the office of his chief deputy, William C. Mims, on April 21, 2006, a Friday, the campaign said. The deadline was Monday, April 24, and the letter was sent...

By Derek Kravitz  |  October 11, 2009; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Governor's Race Fact Checker , Robert F. McDonnell  
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