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Virginia Politics Blog: November 8, 2009 - November 14, 2009

Armstrong re-elected minority leader

Despite losing six seats in last week's elections, House Democrats re-elected Del. Ward Armstrong of Henry as their leader at the caucus's annual retreat outside Richmond this afternoon. Del. Ken Plum of Fairfax was re-elected caucus chairman, the second-highest ranking Democrat in the House. (Plum was first elected to the post in January after Brian Moran resigned to run for governor.) Dels. Jennifer McClellan of Richmond and David Englin of Alexandria were elected caucus vice chairmen. Republicans picked up six House seats last week and are now at a 12-seat advantage in the chamber if a contested Virginia Beach seat switches to the GOP as expected. About 30 of the 39 members attended the retreat. Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell spoke to them yesterday. House Republicans hold their organizational meeting tomorrow at the state GOP headquarters in downtown Richmond. Speaker Bill Howell is expected to easily be re-elected, even though some of...

By Anita Kumar  | November 14, 2009; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Brian J. Moran, Election 2009, General Assembly 2010, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell  
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McDonnell announces senior transition advisors

Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell named the senior advisors to his transition team this afternoon. The list includes many familar faces: former U.S. Reps. Tom Davis and Thelma Drake, Ed Gillespie, who served as the campaign's general chairman, and Glen Huff, the founder of the Virginia Beach law firm where McDonnell used to work, among others. The advisors will assist the five transition co-chairs and staff who are preparing for McDonnell to take office in January. Check out the full list below, along with four additional staff appointments. For more information visit the transition Website....

By Anita Kumar  | November 13, 2009; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, Robert F. McDonnell  
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McDonnell calls Democratic governors chair

Of all the calls that Bob McDonnell has made since he was elected Virginia's next governor last week, this may be one of the most interesting: McDonnell on Thursday phoned Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a Democrat who just happens to lead the Democratic Governors Association. You may recall that Schweitzer flew to Virginia and endorsed Terry McAuliffe in Virginia's Democratic gubernatorial primary. His group spent an unprecedented $6 million to try to defeat McDonnell. "The Governor-elect has made it a priority to reach out to state and national leaders from both parties during the transition process,'' said Tucker Martin, McDonnell's spokesman....

By Anita Kumar  | November 13, 2009; 3:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, Robert F. McDonnell, Terry McAuliffe  
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Updated: GOP criticizes Kaine for absence during storm

Republicans blasted Gov. Tim Kaine for being in Arkansas on Democratic National Committee business Thursday while a storm continued to flood parts of the state. Kaine, the DNC's chairman, headlined a fundraiser Thursday in Little Rock along with Arkansas's top elected officials, including Gov. Mike Beebe and Sens. Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor, according to the Associated Press in Arkansas. "We're not surprised that he cares more about raising money for the DNC than he does for being here at home to show support for flood victims and oversee relief efforts," said Pat Mullins, chairman of the state GOP. Kaine declared a state of emergency late Wednesday in response to the anticipated effects of the remnants of Tropical Storm Ida and a coastal Nor'easter. He left Wednesday and returned to the state last night. He was briefed by the Virginia Department of Emergency Management on the storm this morning and...

By Anita Kumar  | November 13, 2009; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Timothy M. Kaine  
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McDonnell heads to Austin as a GOP star

A year ago, as a candidate for Virginia governor, Bob McDonnell flew to Miami to solicit support from the country's Republican governors at their annual meeting. Next week, he will fly to Austin for their annual meeting again -- this time, as the governor-elect and one of his party's newest stars. Since his landslide victory last week, McDonnell has fielded congratulatory calls from a number of high-profile Republicans, many of whom have run or want to run for president. They include: former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, Louisana Gov. Bobby Jindal and former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich and House Minority Leader John A. Boehner also phoned. And don't forget that Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, and Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele spent election night at McDonnell's victory party in...

By Anita Kumar  | November 12, 2009; 3:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, Robert F. McDonnell  
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Nye Targeted From the Left

As if U.S. Rep. Glenn C. Nye (D) of Virginia's 2nd District in Virginia Beach didn't already face a tough challenge from Republicans next year, this week he is one of a handful of Democrats being targeted in an email campaign by the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. The PAC, one of the loudest advocates for including a public option in the health-reform bill (and for ditching the Stupak amendment, which would restrict coverage of abortions), is raising money to hold Nye and nine other "blue dog" Democrats accountable for voting against health care reform. "Poll after poll shows that even voters in conservative states want health care reform and demand the public option," said Adam Green, co-founder of the organization, which boasts 250,000 members. "Glenn Nye voted against his own constituents who desperately need reform, and we're making sure he pays a political price back home for that." View the...

By Amy Gardner  | November 12, 2009; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Amy Gardner, Election 2010  
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Updated: McDonnell, House Dems to meet

Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell will meet with House Democrats behind closed doors outside Richmond tomorrow afternoon. House Democrats, led by Minority Leader Ward Armstrong (Henry), invited the incoming governor to speak. About 30 of the 39 members are expected to attend what is an annual retreat for the caucus. Armstrong said the caucus always invites the governor -- or incoming governor -- to talk to the caucus no matter which party he represents. Policy issues that House Democrats and McDonnell may have in common include bipartisan redistricting and increasing the governor's opportunity fund. McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said the governor-elect plans to talk about "the importance of finding common ground and working together to create jobs, turn our economy around, improve our schools and fix our roads." Republicans picked up six House seats in last week's elections and are now at a 12-seat advantage in the chamber if a contested Virginia...

By Anita Kumar  | November 12, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2010, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell  
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Updated: Only 9th Street astir on quiet holiday

Capitol Square in downtown Richmond is mostly empty today -- a rainy, cold holiday for the state's 100,000 employees who are off for Veterans Day. But across the street from the Capitol, Gov-elect Bob McDonnell and the 20 or so members of his transition team are working a regular day in the former hotel that serves as the transition office. (McDonnell and his male staffers are wearing ties on a holiday. What's up with that?) The offices are housed in the dated Ninth Street office building (which is in serious need of a renovation) that is now almost vacant except for McDonnell's employees and Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli's transition staff up one floor. McDonnell's transition office has a tiny paper sign on the door that says "Office of the Governor-elect" and a unisex bathroom (a la Ally McBeal but without the dancing babies). The state allots about $350,000 to pay...

By Anita Kumar  | November 11, 2009; 4:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Bill Bolling, Ken Cuccinelli, Robert F. McDonnell  
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Two Republicans run for Stolle's seat; another Democrat out

If the Democrats settle on a candidate to replace Sen. Ken Stolle in Virginia Beach, they may find themselves already running behind the pair of Republicans who have been campaigning for months -- Jeff McWaters and Rosemary Wilson. McWaters founded a company that strives to improve healthcare for seniors and people with disabilities that eventually became a Fortune 500 company, Amerigroup Corp. He served on the Board of Visitors of the College of William & Mary. Wilson, a former teacher who served on the Virginia Beach School Board, now sells real estate and is a member on the City Council. She was chairwoman of the Hampton Roads Women for McDonnell group. Unlike the trio of Republicans running to replace Sen. Ken Cuccinelli in Fairfax County, McWaters and Wilson have been campaigning for months. Their Websites have been up and running and they have political signs all over the place (so...

By Anita Kumar  | November 11, 2009; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Election 2009, General Assembly 2010, State Senate  
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Villanueva certified winner in Va. Beach House seat

The Virginia Beach electoral board certified Republican City Councilman Ron Villanueva the winner in a House of Delegates seat in Virginia Beach late Tuesday night. Villanueva led Democratic Del. Bobby Mathieson by 14 votes after the electoral board reviewed rejected absentee votes and provisional ballots. "It just confirms what we knew last week that Ron Villanueva won the election,'' said Gerry Scimeca, Villanueva's campaign manager. "He's looking forward to serving the people in the 21st district." The State Board of Elections is expected to certify those results Nov. 23. Mathieson will then have 10 days to ask for a state-funded recount. Mark Henson, Mathieson's campaign manager, criticized the electoral board for deciding not to count some absentee ballots.  "There are still open questions in this race, and it is in the best interest of the voters of the 21st District to seek a recount,'' Henson said. "Bobby Mathieson will continue...

By Anita Kumar  | November 11, 2009; 12:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2010, House of Delegates  
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UPDATED: Senate special elections shape up

There is still no word on Democrats who are interested in running for the soon-to-be-empty Virginia Beach Senate seat being vacated by the election of Ken Stolle as sheriff. One possibility is that the Democrats might focus almost all of their attention -- and cash -- on the special election for the Northern Virginia seat being opened by the election of Ken Cuccinelli as attorney general. With the Democrats' last remaining bit of control in Richmond possibly hanging in the balance, the party might decide that it should focus all its resources on the Fairfax County seat where the chances of a win might be better. And who will the Democratic nominee for the seat be? All signs continue to point to a likely candidacy by Del. David Marsden, although Marsden said Tuesday that he will make no final decisions on the race until this weekend. He said the Democrats...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | November 11, 2009; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Election 2009, Ken Cuccinelli, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate  
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Robertson on Islam: "It's not a religion...it's a violent political system"

It was pretty much only a matter of time before Pat Robertson said something controversial, complicating life for Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell. And that time turns out to have been exactly one week since Robertson showed up at McDonnell's victory party, telling a reporter who saw him in the hotel lobby that he was headed upstairs to see McDonnell in his hotel suite while returns rolled in. In a broadcast of the 700 Club Monday night, the Virginia Beach pastor had some choice words about Islam in reaction to the shootings at Fort Hood. Robertson said that Army Maj. Nidal Hasan's troubles were overlooked because of a politically-correct refusal to see Islam for what it is. "Islam is a violent--I was going to say religion--but it's not a religion. It's a political system. It's a violent political system bent on the overthrow of governments of the world and world domination." "They...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | November 10, 2009; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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In the category of 'not interested'

A few tidbits from the last few days...There had been rumors that Democrats might be encouraging former lieutenant governor candidate Jody Wagner to run for Ken Stolle's soon-to-be-vacated senate seat in Virginia Beach. Gov. Tim Kaine will call a special election to fill the seat after Stolle submits his letter of resignation, made necessary by his election last week as sheriff of Virginia Beach. Wagner was thought to be a good candidate for a fairly Republican district because she is well known in the district, owner of a well established business and her name recognition was boosted by her recent run for statewide office. But, said a spokesman a few days ago, she's not interested. Wants to spend time with her family, and all that. Also not interested--this time in a job in a Gov. Bob McDonnell adminstration: State Sen. Ralph Ralph S. Northam (D-Norfolk). McDonnell is widely thought to...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | November 10, 2009; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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Attorney General Mims to private sector

Attorney General Bill Mims, a close ally to Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell, will become a partner at Richmond law firm Hunton & Williams at the end of his term in office in January. Mims took over the AG's office from McDonnell after McDonnell resigned to run for governor. He had preivously been McDonnell's deputy and is now serving as co-chair of the gov-elect's transition. Per a release, Mims is joining the firm in Washington and Richmond in the administrative law group, government relations practice. The new gig means Mims will not become McDonnell's chief of staff or counsel, as had been one rumor for his landing place after Inauguration day. It would not preclude him from an appointment to the Virginia Supreme Court, replacing Barbara Keenan, who has been nominated by President Obama for the federal bench and awaits confirmation by the Senate, Mims' other rumored landing pad. "I am pleased...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | November 10, 2009; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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Updated: Joe "You Lie!" Wilson headlines Fairfax fundraiser

U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson will headline a fundraiser in Fairfax County next Thursday to help raise money for the GOP nominee running to fill Sen. Ken Cuccinelli's seat. OurVirginiaNow, a new state political action committee, is hosting the reception as a kickoff for its group, which aims to help local candidates get elected across the state. About 40 people are expected. Hosts include Del. Tim Hugo, former state Sen. Jay O'Brien and Kay Cole James, a member of Gov.-Elect Bob McDonnell's transition team. Update: OurVirginiaNow called to tell us that James would not be a host despite her name being on the invitation. Wilson -- as if you don't remember?! -- was the congressman who yelled "You lie!" while President Obama addressed Congress on healthcare earlier this year. He has been a much-sought-after speaker and fundraiser for the conservative branch of the Republican party....

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | November 10, 2009; 1:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hurt signs up LaCivita

State Sen. Robert Hurt has hired veteran Republican operative Chris LaCivita to manage his campaign for Congress next year. LaCivita is fresh off a big win -- helping conservative Sen. Ken Cuccinelli defeat Steve Shannon in the race for attorney general. But some political insiders are speculating that Hurt hired LaCivita to shore up his conservative credentials in what is expected to be a tough primary for the GOP nomination. Hurt is the best known of the five Republicans running against Democratic U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello, but some GOP activists question his conservative credentials because he voted in favor of former governor Mark Warner's 2004 tax increase -- one of the defining moments of modern Virginia politics. LaCivita declined to comment today. Hurt did not immediately return calls for comment. Other Republicans running include Feda Kidd Morton, a teacher in Fluvanna County; Michael McPadden, an Albemarle County pilot; Laurence Verga,...

By Anita Kumar  | November 9, 2009; 4:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Election 2010  
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Poll: On eve of execution, Virginians broadly support penalty

(Cross-posted from Behind the Numbers.) With John Allen Muhammad, the mastermind of the 2002 D.C. sniper attacks, scheduled to be executed tomorrow, Virginia voters are broadly in favor of the death penalty for those convicted of murder, according to new data from a Washington Post poll. Virginia voters favor the death penalty by a better than 2 to 1 margin, with 66 percent supportive of it, 31 percent opposed. And intensity on this issue is with the supporters: 45 percent "strongly" back capital punishment, 18 percent are that solidly opposed. But in Northern Virginia - site of several shootings by Muhammad and Lee Boyd Malvo - a smaller majority of 56 percent backs the death penalty, compared with 71 percent in the rest of the state. Read Post polling analyst Jennifer Agiesta's full post at the Behind the Numbers blog....

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  | November 9, 2009; 2:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Health care: How Virginia members voted

Virginia's congressional delegation voted 4 to 7 Saturday night in favor of passage of the landmark health-care reform bill. Two Democrats, Rick Boucher and Glenn Nye, broke with their party and voted no. "Passage of the House bill is but a first step in a long legislative process to final enactment of a reform,'' Boucher said. "I look forward to future steps in that process offering an opportunity for my concerns to be resolved." Read his full statement here. "Health care costs are crippling our small businesses and forcing families into bankruptcy, and any reform plan needs to reduce those costs. Although this version of the bill takes important steps to lower the deficit in the short term, the CBO has said that it does not address the fundamental problem of reducing skyrocketing health care costs," Nye said. See his full press release here. A complete list of how the...

By Anita Kumar  | November 8, 2009; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McDonnell on Sunday morning talk shows

Virginia Gov.-Elect Bob McDonnell fielded questions on a pair of Sunday morning talk shows about what his landslide victory Tuesday taught Republicans nationwide about running -- and winning. "Stick to your conservative principles and focus on the quality-of life-issues,'' McDonnell told host Chris Wallace on FOX News Sunday. McDonnell said he focused on local and state issues, such as jobs and traffic, and a handful of federal issues that residents were concerned about, including the cap-and-trade and card check bills pending in Congress. He also told CNN's State of the Union with John King that it was important to keep a positive message and focus on results. "I think if we do that Republicans have bright days ahead," he said. In answer to questions from both hosts, McDonnell said he would not shy away from social issues but that they would not be his top focus. He gave us a...

By Anita Kumar  | November 8, 2009; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Creigh Deeds, Election 2009, Robert F. McDonnell  
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