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Virginia Politics Blog: January 3, 2010 - January 9, 2010

Few women among Cuccinelli's top picks so far

Incoming Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli still has a few hires to his top staff to announce, probably next week. He noted at a news conference Friday that he has one of his five deputy attorneys general still to announce, along with a director of communications -- and it's possible he'll hire some senior counsels and advisers as well. But he announced the majority of his inner circle Friday, and they had something in common: With one exception, they were all men. Of the nine top aides Cuccinelli announced Friday, only one -- Director of Legislative and Government Affairs Audrey Berkshire Jackson -- was a woman. None of the legal jobs -- the chief deputy and four other deputies -- appointed by Cuccinelli on Friday went to women. "No attorney general in recent memory has had fewer women in his senior management team," said advocate Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, who served as...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 9, 2010; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman  
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McDonnell, Bolling help Hunt in special election in Fairfax

In recent days, Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell has contributed $90,000 and the Republican caucus in the senate has contributed another $90,000 to the state GOP party -- all of which is being spent on Steve Hunt's campaign for state senate in the 37th District next week. The money is being spent on mailers, phone calls and one internal poll, which shows Hunt leading Democrat Dave Marsden in the race to replace Sen. Ken Cuccinelli (R) who was elected attorney general in November. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) has sent staff to Fairfax County to knock on doors and organize volunteers. He also sent an email out to supporters on Hunt's behalf and recorded a call for him....

By Anita Kumar  |  January 8, 2010; 7:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Gerald E. Connolly , James Webb , Ken Cuccinelli , Mark Warner , Robert F. McDonnell , Sarah Palin , Scott Rigell  
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Cuccinelli staffs up attorney general's office

Virginia's new attorney general Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, preparing to take office on Jan. 16, todayannounced most of his top aides. Williams Mullen partner Charles E. "Chuck" James Jr. will serve as his chief deputy. James, a former federal prosecutor, has been serving as co-chair of Williams Mullen's Government and Corporate Investigations Team. He is the son of Kay Cole James, a cabinet secretary under Gov. George Allen and co-chair of Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell's transition team. "This is a team that shares a core set of conservative principles, is going to serve the people of Virginia well, vigorously defending our constitution, fighting federal overreaching and protecting the individual rights of every Virginian," Cuccinelli said. Follow to the jump to read the full release from Cuccinelli, including biographies of each of his appointees....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 8, 2010; 4:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman  
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Inaugural festivities kick off today

Put on your dancing shoes! Bob McDonnell will begin traveling the state today as part of a week-long celebration leading up to his inauguration as the 71st governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia next Saturday. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) and Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli-elect (R) will also be sworn in. Today, McDonnell will volunteer at a food bank and then attend the first inaugural ball in Abingdon in southwest Virginia. More information about the inauguration can be found here. McDonnell's swearing in will be streamed live at www.McDonnellInaugural.com. See the full list of events below:...

By Anita Kumar  |  January 8, 2010; 11:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Midterms start to percolate

Herrity's in? GOP sits out the 9th? Robert Hurt is an anti-tax conservative? We heart midterm elections! Lots of interesting developments over the holidays make it clear that this is going to be a very active year indeed. Here's a quick rundown for those (like me) who didn't keep up: *He's in, He's out, he's in again, he's out. That would be Republican Pat S. Herrity we're talking about, the Fairfax County supervisor who appears to be itching with ambition for higher office -- but not so itching with clarity as to which office he wants. The son of the late John F. "Jack" Herrity keeps saying he's probably running for Congress in the 11th District, and then he says he's still thinking. Herrity is also contemplating running again for Fairfax chairman, his father's old job, a post he sought and lost last year against Democrat Sharon Bulova. Certainly Herrity...

By Amy Gardner  |  January 8, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Election 2010 , Gerald E. Connolly , Glenn Nye , Mark Warner , Robert F. McDonnell , Tom Perriello  
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Senate District 37 candidates get final influxes of cash

The two candidates for Virginia's 37th district state Senate seat are getting late influxes of cash before Tuesday's special election, according to figures released by the Virginia Public Access Project. Since 5 p.m. Wednesday, second-term Del. David W. Marsden (D-Fairfax) received more than $32,000 in in-kind donations from the state Democratic Party and $9,500 in individual contributions, including donations from U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.), former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe, lobbyist Emanuel Rouvelas and philanthropist William Soza. Stephen M. "Steve" Hunt, a member of the Fairfax County School Board from 2003 to 2007, received $2,000 in contributions from publisher Thomas L. Phillips and Tampa Republican Party donor Bobby Charles Thompson. For Marsden, the extra donations push his campaign total to more than $410,000. Hunt is at about $240,000. Most of both of those totals come from in-kind donations -- paid staffers, campaign offices, signs, etc. -- from...

By Derek Kravitz  |  January 7, 2010; 6:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Derek Kravitz , Fairfax County , State Senate  
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Republican staffers in, Democratic staffers out

As a new administration comes to Richmond, Democratic staffers are moving out and Republicans staffers are moving in. Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell hired two more people to serve in his press shop: Stacey Johnson will be press secretary and Taylor Thornley will be deputy press secretary. You may recognize their names because both Johnson and Thorney worked on McDonnell's campaign. Johnson is deputy press secretary for U.S. Rep. Eric Cantor. Thornley is deputy director of communications for the transition. As was widely expected, Gov. Tim Kaine's communications director Lynda Tran is making plans to move with him to the Democratic National Committee next week after McDonnell is sworn in. Tran will serve as national press secretary for Organizing for America, a group that pushes President Obama's agenda. Also moving on: Allison Jaslow, spokeswoman for the Democratic Party of Virginia, who has accepted a job as press secretary for U.S. Rep. Steve...

By Anita Kumar  |  January 7, 2010; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Baltimore Sun declares war on Virginia

Our newspapering friends from Maryland have come up with a 10-point plan to help their state's top officials lure Northrop Grumman to the Old Line State over Virginia. And the paper's editorial staff has come up with some fightin' words. They entitle their online column, "Virginia's for Losers, Northrop Grumman." Suggestion 1 from the Sun: "Force Northrop executives to experience commuter rush hour in Virginia - say, 6 a.m. on Telegraph Road in Alexandria. I-95/Capital Beltway interchange in Springfield should also do nicely." Suggestion two: "Express mail them a copy of Gov.-elect Robert F. McDonnell's college thesis and highlight his views on "cohabitators, homosexuals or fornicators." And you thought Virginia was for lovers." And it goes on. You can read the whole action plan here. So, Virginians, how about it? What to offer suggestions for convincing Northrop Virginia is the place to be? Offer them up in the comments section....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 7, 2010; 4:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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Howell backs McDonnell on commerce secretary

The controversy over Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell's decision to let his Cabinet secretaries remain on corporate boards is a "big to-do about nothing," House Speaker Bill Howell said today. The party power change is indeed upon us. After eight years of scathing critiques of the governor's office from the Republican party and its top leaders -- and regular defenses of the executive by the Democratic establishment -- the Virginia political world is being flipped on its head. Wednesday, it was the Democratic Party of Virginia putting out an incendiary release blasting McDonnell for allowing incoming Commerce and Trade Secretary Bob Sledd to continue work on three corporate boards, donating his board salaries to charity. Now, it is Howell -- who has been no slouch over the years with criticisms of Democratic Govs. Tim Kaine and Mark Warner -- coming to McDonnell's defense. "What kind of person do you want in the...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 7, 2010; 12:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Cox heads to Republican Governors Association too

And here we thought Phil Cox had enough to do. After managing Bob McDonnell's hugely successful campaign, Cox announced that he would become executive director of the new governor's political action committee, Opportunity Virginia. That seemed like a full-time job. Now we learn that Cox has signed on to be political field director at the Republican Governors Association. In his new job, he will coordinate RGA's efforts in seven of the 37 governor's races this year, including the hotly contested state of Florida, where the current governor has decided to run for U.S. Senate instead of re-election. His other states include Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas and Alabama. Cox's seventh state will be decided later; South Carolina is the only other state in the South with a race this year. Cox, who has long had his own consulting firm, said he also plans to take on additional clients but has yet...

By Anita Kumar  |  January 7, 2010; 11:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Updated: McDonnell takes staff on retreat

Virginia's incoming governor Bob McDonnell is taking his staff to James Madison's Montpelier in Orange today for a day-long retreat. About 20 people are expected to attend, including Lt. Bill Bolling, McDonnell's picks for Cabinet secretaries and senior staffers. Two secretaries will be missing -- health and education -- who have yet to be named. Speakers include former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich and University of Virginia professor Larry Sabato (who also spoke at a retreat McDonnell held when he was attorney general). McDonnell's campaign, which pays the salaries of transition staffers, also will pick up the tab of the retreat. Spokesman J. Tucker Martin said he did not have an estimate of the cost. As many Virginia political watchers may know, McDonnell grew up near Mount Vernon and considers George Washington one of his political heros. So why is the 71st governor giving short shrift to the nation's first...

By Anita Kumar  |  January 7, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Falls Church loses court fight over water revenue

A Fairfax County Circuit Court judge ordered Tuesday that the City of Falls Church stop transferring surplus money from its water collection services to its general operating budget. Circuit Court Judge R. Terrence Ney ruled that Falls Church was violating its own charter and Virginia's constitution by transferring the money, which critics had argued allowed Falls Church to unfairly subsidize low property tax rates for its homeowners by selling high-priced water. For decades, Falls Church has purchased water from the Washington Aqueduct, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, for sale beyond its boundaries, including areas such as Tysons Corner and Dunn Loring. Falls Church serves more than 34,000 businesses and homes, most of them in the surrounding county and Falls Church officials have argued that a series of federal laws controlling the aqueduct's water, and a 1959 agreement with the county, give the city exclusive rights to sell...

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 6, 2010; 7:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Derek Kravitz , Fairfax County  
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UPDATED: Democrats: McDonnell putting profits over people

The honeymoon is over. After weeks of bipartisan happy talk about wanting to work cooperatively with Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell, the Democratic Party of Virginia took its first real shot at the incoming Republican chief executive late Wednesday. "McDonnell allows appointees to put profits ahead of Virginians," reads the headline of the party's release....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 6, 2010; 6:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Englin says he's in the loop now with McDonnell team

Remember the tale of poor Del. David Englin, appointed without his knowledge to serve as an adviser to Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell's transition? Englin was concerned that perhaps he and other Democrats were getting added to big advisory committees purely as some bipartisan window dressing. So this one turns out to be a case of all's well that ends well. Englin said this week that after his concerns became public on this blog, Blue Virginia and elsewhere, he got a call from the transition team--and an invite to lunch this week with McDonnell policy director Eric Finkbeiner. "They reached out to me, very actively seeking my ideas and input," Englin said. "I've been a critic of the incoming administration, and I'm not someone they have any good reason to reach out to, other than that they genuinely seem to want to reach out. I've been frankly very impressed."...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 6, 2010; 4:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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McDonnell announces three Cabinet secretaries

Welcome back, everyone. We had some technical difficulties this morning with our blogs, but we're back now. So on with the show... Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell announced his choices for secretaries of technology and natural resources as well as assistant to the governor for commonwealth preparedness at a news conference this morning at the state Capitol. After considering current and former legislators to be his technology chief, McDonnell (R) instead selected Jim Duffey, a longtime executive at Electronic Data Systems Corp. and former Vice-Chairman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council. McDonnell also appointed Doug Domenech as secretary of natural resources and former delegate Terrie Suit as assistant to the governor for commonwealth preparedness. The role of technology secretary has taken on added importance since Virginia has been mired in a troubled $2 billion computer upgrade. McDonnell has two Cabinet secretaries left to name -- health and human resources and education before...

By Anita Kumar  |  January 6, 2010; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Portrait depicts Kaine as happy enviromentalist

As Gov. Tim Kaine prepares to leave office a week from Saturday, he gathered with friends, top administration officials, his wife Anne Holton and two of his three children at the Library of Virginia for the unveiling of his official portrait. And, as Virginia gubernatorial paintings go, it's a bit unusual. No, it doesn't feature his left eyebrow cocked skyward, a Kaine facial feature that became famous nationally after he delivered the Democratic response to President George Bush's State of the Union address in 2006. Instead, it depicts Kaine outdoors, in front of the James River, his right hand on one hip and his left hand resting on a tree. He wears no suit jacket in the painting. And he is smiling warmly. He will be the only jacketless, smiling, outdoors governor featured in the gallery of portraits outside the ceremonial governor's office in the Rotunda of Richmond's State Capitol....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 5, 2010; 4:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Rosalind Helderman , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Northrop HQ won't come up in IT contract dispute, McDonnell pledges

Virginia would like to lure the corporate headquarters of Northrop Grumman, with its 300 high-paying jobs, but not if it would mean giving the massive defense contractor a break on its troubled state IT contract, Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell said Tuesday. "Those are separate discussions entirely," he said. McDonnell said the company's president called him Monday to give him a heads up about its announcement that the company would move from California to the Washington region. The company will announce an exact location this spring and president Wes Bush has been open about saying it will choose between Virginia, Maryland and D.C. based on the tax incentive packages offered by each jurisdiction. In other words, let the bidding begin....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 5, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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UPDATED: Hunt, Marsden net $600K for upcoming Fairfax election

UPDATED: Stephen M. "Steve" Hunt filed an amended report Tuesday that showed the former Fairfax County School Board member took in $238,203 in contributions, an additional $9,700, and that he now had $56,879 to spend. And another interesting note, courtesy of the Virginia Public Access Project: Both Hunt and Del. David W. Marsden (D-Fairfax) got the vast majority of their money from outside the western Fairfax district they're running in. Hunt counted 92.2 percent of his donations from outside of his district while Marsden had 92.9 percent come from outside the 37th. Although a large amount of those totals can be attributed to in-kind donations -- paid staffers, campaign offices -- from the state Democratic and Republican parties. *** Del. David W. Marsden (D-Fairfax) and former Fairfax County School Board member Stephen M. "Steve" Hunt have raised nearly $600,000 combined in the closely-watched race to fill a state Senate seat...

By Derek Kravitz  |  January 4, 2010; 9:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Mims's letter on health care

As we learned over the long holiday weekend, Attorney General Bill Mims and 12 other Republican attorneys general across the nation threatened to file a lawsuit if Congress does not remove Nebraska's political deal from the federal health-care reform bill. The Senate passed a $871 billion health-care package before Christmas. Every Democrat backed the bill, including Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson, who voted for it after a provision was added requiring the federal government to pay for new Medicaid enrollees from his state dubbed the "Cornhusker Kickback." Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell said Monday that he supports his longtime friend and adviser sending the letter. "I think this Congress is talking about their belief that health-care reform was a top national priority and that they believed leaders in the system and the people of America wanted it, and yet their having to do something outrageous by giving full funding to the Nebraska Medicaid...

By Anita Kumar  |  January 4, 2010; 7:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell  
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McDonnell approves commerce secretary's board service

Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell said today he sees no problem with his new Secretary of Commerce and Trade serving on corporate boards while working simultaneously for the state. McDonnell's nominee for the chief job-creating post Bob Sledd told a Roanoke newspaper just before New Year's that he wanted to continue serving on three corporate boards, including the tobacco company Universal Corporation, and would accept a pay cut from the state to do so. Sledd said then that he needed the income the board's provide and he also wanted to stay connected to the private sector. According to the Roanoke Times, which first reported on Sledd's corporate service, he was paid more than $224,000 for his work as a director of the Louisiana-based SCP Pool Corporation and the Richmond based Owens & Minor Co., a medical supplies distributor, last year. The Times said no information was available for his service at Universal...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 4, 2010; 12:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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McDonnell inaugural money starts to roll in

Republican Bob McDonnell has received 18 donations of more than $10,000 for his inaugural festivities, including checks from Dominion, Altria and ExxonMobil, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, which tracks campaign finanace. McDonnell's inaugural committee is required to report donations larger than $10,000 and VPAP worked over the long holiday weekend to list them on their Website. Other donations came from MeadWestvaco, Hospital Corp. of America and Williamsburg Pottery Factory, according to VPAP. McDonnell will be sworn in Jan. 16. His transition staff has said he will plans to raise and spend $1.5 million, much less than Gov. Tim Kaine did in 2006 or former Governor Mark Warner did in 2002. Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli has received $25,000 from Dominion for his inaugural festivities. Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling did not report any donations larger than $10,000....

By Anita Kumar  |  January 4, 2010; 11:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell  
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