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First Click -- Virginia

Anita Kumar

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009

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

Vice President Joe Biden returns to Virginia for a second time to help Democrat Creigh Deeds raise some cash at a mid-day event in Alexandria. It's a busy fundraising day for Deeds. Tonight, he appears with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley at the Potomac home of lobbyist Barbara Goldberg Goldman.

Republican Bob McDonnell will discuss plans to aid senior citizens at the Herndon Senior Center. Yes, McDonnell is still rolling out policy proposals less than four weeks before the big day.

Questions continue to arise about Deeds's negative message and whether he can make his case to voters in the last month of the race -- with or without help from President Obama.

The Wall Street Journal weighs into the Virginia governor's race for the second day in a row. This time, the paper reports on the Deeds campaign's formation of 60 book clubs to talk about McDonnell's graduate thesis.

Gov. Tim Kaine talks about the controversy over his friend Sheila Johnson's apparent mocking of Deeds's speaking style. It may surprise you to learn that he does not think McDonnell needs to apologize. But that doesn't stop Deeds from using the incident to raise money while some continue to wonder what it says about the candidates' styles.

Yesterday, Deeds courted the student vote at the University of Virginia. McDonnell chatted with folks at the Chesapeake Sheriff's Great American Food and launched a new TV ad that calculates the cost of a pair of proposals that his campaign says Deeds supports -- a gas tax increase and the federal cap and trade bill.

Attorney general candidates, Steve Shannon and Ken Cuccinelli, sparred in their third debate in Prince William County last night.

Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling picked up endorsements by the Associated Builders and Contractors and the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce's political action committee.

Kaine hits the road to Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke and Burke to kick off the countdown to the state's restaurant smoking ban. The ban begins Dec. 1, safely after the election.

And finally, we haven't finished with this year's election yet, but it doesn't matter. State Sen. Robert Hurt became the sixth Republican yesterday to announce he will run for the U.S. House seat held by freshmen Tom Perriello in November 2010.

By Anita Kumar  |  October 8, 2009; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Campaign Ads , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Election 2010 , First Click , Jody Wagner , Joe Biden , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Steve Shannon , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Commendable that two of the links included in this post are critical at least in passing of the Post's coverage of this campaign.

It's more than a little interesting that both McAuliffe and Holsworth are speaking openly about their belief that the Post is doing all it can to carry the water for Deeds. Apparently, it's not just Republicans who are having trouble locating balance in the Post's coverage of the campaign.

Posted by: mbcnewspaper | October 8, 2009 9:45 AM | Report abuse

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