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Virginia Politics Blog: January 31, 2010 - February 6, 2010

McDonnell: Dangerous storm has exceeded expectations

Gov. Bob McDonnell urged Virginians today to stay off the roads as a dangerous snowstorm continues to make landfall leaving more than two feet of snow in parts of the state. "The thing we would like to ask everybody to do, obviously, is to please stay off the roads,'' he told reporters on a conference call this afternoon. "There are danerous conditions that will exist for days now in Virginia even after plowing because of the very cold weather we are anticipating at night and the refreezing." McDonnell declared a state of emergency Wednesday. About 500 members of the National Guard are assisting state officials with the storm. "The impact of the storm will be felt for quite some time,'' he said. "It's going to take quite some time to abate...This is a time for the people of Virginia to work together and help one another. Be good neighbors. But...

By Anita Kumar  |  February 6, 2010; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Va. school officials to voice concerns on charter schools

School officials are gathering for a press conference on charter schools next week at the state Capitol. The Virginia School Boards Association will be there. So will the Virginia Association of School Superintendents. And the Virginia Education Association. Are they getting ready to oppose Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposal on charter schools? Support it? Actually neither. Three weeks into the General Assembly's 60-day session, McDonnell has yet to introduce his proposal on charter schools -- one of his top priorities -- and no one in the education community or the legislature seems to have been given a heads up about it. Instead, the groups are joining forces to talk about Republican Del. Bob Marshall's bill, which passed out of a House subcommittee last night. Marshall says the bill would require that School Boards explain why they reject a charter school application, instead of just saying no outright, as the law allows...

By Anita Kumar  |  February 5, 2010; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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UPDATED: McDonnell has now closed state offices

The Virginia General Assembly may have canceled its session today, but Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has kept all state offices open, including those in Northern Virginia, which could see two feet of snow. More than 100,000 people work for the state. UPDATED: Stacey Johnson, McDonnell's spokeswoman, called us back to let us know that she misspoke and that the governor had already decided to close state offices at 1 p.m. today. That includes DMV offices and state-run liquor stores. McDonnell declared a state of emergency on Wednesday in anticipation of the storm. It is McDonnell's second state of emergency since his inauguration as the commonwealth's 71st governor just three weeks ago. Last weekend, McDonnell canceled a pair of political appearances in the Washington-Baltimore region because a snowstorm that left as much as a foot of snow in parts of the state. "Since I've been governor it's snowed every week," he...

By Anita Kumar  |  February 5, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Saslaw's unwelcome birthday present: Senate Democrats divided on budget

Senate majority leader Dick Saslaw turns 70 today, a fact that was noted with loving humor by his longtime friend and fellow Fairfax Democrat Sen. Janet Howell on the floor of the state senate Thursday. But the members of his Democratic caucus promptly delivered him perhaps an unwelcome birthday gift, in the form of "personal privilege" floor speeches Thursday that highlighted their division over how to proceed on the state budget. Saslaw and Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Colgan (D) have said they see no use in embedding a tax increase into the Senate budget they will release on Feb. 21, because the Republican-led House of Delegates and Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) have said they would reject it....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 5, 2010; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly 2010 , Rosalind Helderman , State Senate  
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Alexandria Democrat battles disposable shopping bags

If reporters were grocery items, Del. Adam P. Ebbin, a Democrat from Alexandria, would have had few enough at his press conference to go through the Express Lane. But that did not stop him making an impassioned case Thursday for adding Virginia to the growing international movement to eliminate or tax disposable shopping bags. Ebbin's bill, HB1115, would impose a nickel fee on every plastic or paper bag provided to shoppers at grocery, convenience and drug stores in the commonwealth. Twenty-four nations now ban plastic carryout bags entirely. Among the local jurisdictions that have taken action is the District, whose new nickel fee on disposable bags has already cut bag consumption at some retailers by 50 percent since taking effect Jan. 1. Of course, the District's new bag fee has also created new and sometimes entertaining challenges for some shoppers, such as juggling groceries or running the parking lot dash...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 5, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Fredrick Kunkle , General Assembly , General Assembly 2010  
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McDonnell meets with congressmen on Capitol Hill

Virginia's new governor Bob McDonnell paid his first visit to Capitol Hill today to meet with some of the state's congressional delegation at their offices. McDonnell had 30-minute meetings with U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner and Jim Webb, both Democrats, and U.S. Reps. Eric Cantor and Frank Wolf, both Republicans. They spoke about jobs, educations, energy, the governor's aides say. In the coming weeks, McDonnell expects to meet with the remaining nine members of the congressional delegation....

By Anita Kumar  |  February 4, 2010; 4:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Eric Cantor , Frank R. Wolf , James Webb , Mark Warner , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Historical precedents few for Virginia General Assembly snow cancellations

The Virginia Senate has canceled all committee meetings for Friday, as well as its regular floor session because of snow. Unlike the House of Delegates, which has canceled its floor session entirely, two Richmond-based members of the Senate will gavel in a session and quickly gavel it out in a "pro forma" session, in accordance with the Senate's reading of the Virginia Constitution requiring the assembly to meet at least once every three days during its annual legislative session. So the Virginia General Assembly, the oldest Democratic body in the Western hemisphere, the body that once counted Thomas Jefferson among its members, is heading home early because inclement weather is in the forecast. Leaders say they fear for the safety of their members, some of whom travel long distances to and from their home districts each weekend. Some members traverse rural, mountainous roads. Others must brave the Capital Beltway. And...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 4, 2010; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Rosalind Helderman , State Senate  
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Va. House cancels Friday session because of snow

For the first time in memory, Virginia's House of Delegates has cancelled all meetings during its regular session because of extraordinary circumstances or inclement weather. Members of the Senate are not so sure they want to go along. Some have told House delegates that the decision not to reconvene until Monday could even violate the state constitution. House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith (R-Salem) announced today at the beginning of the regular session that the House would not convene Friday even in a pro forma session because of the looming snowstorm. Griffith said that's because a pro forma session would require sergeants at arms and clerks to be in the Capitol while representatives could stay away. Staffers in the House clerk's office--which also assumes responsibility for overseeing the administrative affairs of the entire General Assembly when the bodies are in joint session - said they could not recall the last...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 4, 2010; 1:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Fredrick Kunkle , General Assembly 2010  
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Bill to end radar detector ban advances

Virginia's ban on radar detectors might be nearing an end. A bill advanced in the General Assembly on Thursday that would end Virginia's distinction as the last state in which detectors are illegal, the Associated Press reported. Only one other jurisdiction, the District of Columbia, outlaws the devices that alert motorists of speed traps. Opponents of Del. Joe T. May's bill to end the ban first enacted in the 1970s say it would encourage drivers to speed up and make roads more deadly. May (R-Loudoun) chairs the Transportation Committee, which advanced the bill on an 11 to 8 vote. But May noted that some cars come with the detectors built in, and that detectors themselves slow speeds because drivers brake when the devices go off....

By Washington Post Editors  |  February 4, 2010; 12:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 legislative session , General Assembly , House of Delegates , Transportation  
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Cuccinelli tells FOX Business he is "looking forward" to suing feds in court on health care

Virginia's Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli appeared Wednesday evening with Neil Cavuto on FOX Business Network to discuss this week's approval by Virginia's Democratic-controlled state Senate of bill making it illegal to require an individual to purchase health care. Cuccinelli said the 23 to 17 vote "set a bar that we do not accept the individual mandate for our citizens." And Cuccinelli told the national audience that he is itching to challenge the federal government over the issue, should Congress approve legislation requiring inviduals to buy insurance. "I'm looking forward to that contest if they want to bring that fight," he said. Watch the appearance here. Watch the latest business video at video.foxbusiness.com...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 4, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  General Assembly 2010 , Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman , State Senate  
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UPDATED: Alicia's Law supporters call for funding to fight online child predators

UDPDATE: Rep. Gerry Connolly's office says that a broad cybersecurity bill passed by the House of Representatives this week will also increase federal government attempts to crack down on Internet crimes involving children and send $190,000 to Northern Virginia, thanks to an amendment written by the Democrat from Fairfax County. The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act (H.R. 4061) passed the House by 422-5 on Thursday, the same day that Virginia lawmakers called attention to the need for a dedicated stream of funding for Alicia's Law. The federal bill would establish a strategic plan for federal cybersecurity research and development, strengthen public-private partnerships in the area of cybersecurity, help train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, improve cybersecurity technical standards, and promote a cybersecurity public awareness campaign. Connolly's amendment requires more federal focus on children and the internet, a spokesman for Connolly said. The amendment also makes sure children and young adults are...

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 3, 2010; 5:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fredrick Kunkle , General Assembly  
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McDonnell doesn't get invitation to Obama energy meeting with governors

President Obama hosted a handful of governors at the White House today to talk about one of our new governor's favorite topics -- energy. But Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell did not score an invite. To be fair, the invite list was heavy on Democratic governors -- West Virginia, Kentucky, Wyoming, Montana, Maine, Washington, Ohio -- though there were three Republicans from Vermont, Alabama and South Dakota. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden talked about possible clean energy sources, including coal, sun, wind and offshore drilling. "I want to be clear that my administration is following a non-ideological approach to this issue,'' Obama told the governors. "We believe in a strategy of more production, more efficiency, and more incentives for clean energy. We're willing to make some tough decisions on issues like offshore drilling, so long as we protect coastlines and communities." McDonnell has been a strong supporter of drilling for...

By Anita Kumar  |  February 3, 2010; 5:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Joe Biden , Robert F. McDonnell  
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McDonnell pressured on budget by longtime ally Americans for Prosperity

In this space Tuesday, we mentioned the forthcoming "model budget" document coming out from Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group with long ties to Gov. Bob McDonnell. (Campaign Manager Phil Cox first took a leave from AFP to work for McDonnelll; AFP national president Tim Phillips has long been an adviser to McDonnell.) For those who are interested, the "model budget" is now online. Meanwhile, we were intrigued to read comments in this morning's Virginian Pilot from McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin indicating that the administration did not yet have a copy of the document. That seemed odd given the ties between AFP and the administration and the fact that AFP's Virginia director Ben Marchi served on McDonnell's transition....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 3, 2010; 3:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  2010 legislative session , General Assembly 2010 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Cuccinelli to appear with Cavuto on FOX Business

We haven't heard too much from our new attorney general since he was inaugurated last month. Yes, we've been surprised by that too. But today Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will appear on the FOX Business Network to talk about health care and the Virginia's Senate's decision this week to make it illegal to require individuals to purchase health insurance -- a direct challenge to the party's efforts in Washington to reform health care. Cuccinelli will be on Cavuto with host Neil Cavuto at 6:30 p.m....

By Anita Kumar  |  February 3, 2010; 12:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , Ken Cuccinelli , State Senate  
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Northern Virginia pressures McDonnell on school funding

Northern Virginia officials are continuing to lobby Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) to oppose a freeze in the adjustment to the school funding formula known as the local composite index, a change proposed by former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) in his final two-year budget that would prove costly to the region's school systems. In recent days, McDonnell has been sent letters from business groups, leaders Northern Virginia localities and Prince William County officials. Read the lettershere, here, here. McDonnell told reporters this week that he has yet to make a decision about whether to undo the freeze to the formula, which is used to determine how much of the costs of providing a basic education are shouldered by the state and how much is paid by local governments. He did note, however, that Kaine's plan is not being met "very warmly in Northern Virginia." That's an understatement....

By Anita Kumar  |  February 3, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Virginia Senate dices options on budget, none pretty

Senate Democrats are torn about whether to restore the $1.9 billion cut from the state budget by Gov. Tim Kaine to provide relief to taxpayers from their local car tax. If they don't restore the funding, it will likely mean localties will ask car owners to shoulder the full cost of their local car tax bills, resulting in a hefty tax increase. But what might a budget look like that restores the money? We understand Senate staff laid out some options for leading budget writers this afternoon , and no one thought they were pretty. To restore car tax relief--and abide by Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and the House of Delegate's insistance that there not be a tax increase in the budget--staff said senators would have to cut $1.7 billion from the budget. (That means they found some additional revenues from what Gov. Tim Kaine recommended last month.) And where...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 2, 2010; 6:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  General Assembly 2010 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , State Senate  
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Pressure on all sides for Virginia's budget writers

Three weeks into the legislative session and it's time for lawmakers to get serious about getting together what all agree will be one of the most painful state budgets in generations. The process is not going to be easy for either chamber. The Republican-led House of Delegates is facing concerted pressure from the right, with various groups urging top delegates to use the opportunity of shrinking revenues to seriously shrink state spending. In recent days, lawmakers have received letters from Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform and Americans for Prosperity, each urging them to reject fee increases that could raise revenues instead of taxes....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 2, 2010; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , State Senate , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Fairfax: Lawsuit over school funding is 'last resort'

Fairfax County officials, still fuming over a proposed freeze of roughly $61 million in state education funding, said they are pursuing a legislative fix but called a potential lawsuit "a last resort." Supervisor Jeff C. McKay (D-Lee), speaking at a Tuesday meeting of the county's Economic Advisory Commission, said officials and lobbyists are working with their House and Senate counterparts in Richmond to find a way to reinstate the money, which is distributed in a complex formula so that poor school districts get more state funding and wealthy districts get less. "If we don't get what we need out of a legislative fix, a lawsuit is a very last resort," McKay said. At several points during the meeting, supervisors reiterated the phrase, "It's our money," highlighting the tone of much of the debate over the school funding formula. Officials have argued that money would go a long way to help...

By Derek Kravitz  |  February 2, 2010; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Your take: Howell, McDonnell and use of Va. House for Republican rebuttal

We reported today that House Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) may have broken his chamber's own rules when he allowed Gov. Bob McDonnell to deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union address from the House of Delegates' floor last week. Rule 82 reads: "The Hall of the House of Delegates shall be used for no other purpose than the sessions of the House and for meetings of the committees and members of the legislature on public affairs except by vote of the House or the Rules Committee or with the approval of the Speaker when the House is not in session." Howell said he had the authority to allow McDonnell to use the chamber because the speech took place after 10 p.m. when the House had already adjourned for the day. "We have the worst financial crisis in the state,'' he also told us. This is not...

By Anita Kumar  |  February 2, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Did Cuccinelli break a rule in his Fairfax appearance after all?

Our colleage Tom Jackman wrote in Monday's Washington Post that newly sworn Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli tried a case in Fairfax juvenile and domestic relations court last week, which "did not violate any state laws or rules." Today on the Crime Scene blog, Jackman writes more about the subject... Some astute readers have pointed out that that might not be true. The rules of professional conduct of the Virginia State Bar appear to specifically prohibit such work by a government lawyer. Cuccinelli, who had a general law practice in Centreville before his recent election, returned to the Fairfax courthouse last Tuesday for an apparently sensitive domestic relations case, his chief deputy, Chuck James, said Friday. He said Cuccinelli was handling the case on behalf of a client who hired him long before the election, that he was not paid for his work in the previously scheduled hearing, and that it...

By Anita Kumar  |  February 2, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Kaine's discrimination order largely still in effect, McDonnell says

An executive order barring discrimination in the state workforce signed by Gov. Tim Kaine four years ago remains in effect, Gov. Bob McDonnell told reporters yesterday, with the exception of language including protections based on sexual orientation that McDonnell opposed as attorney general. "The executive order that Governor Kaine signed I believe is in effect," McDonnell said. "It had no expiration date with the exception of the portion that I ruled as attorney general that the portion of that order that dealt with expanding new legal rights and new legal remedies to the classification of sexual orientation I said that I believed under the law was not valid. But the rest of Governor Kaine's executive order is still valid." We reported over the weekend that McDonnell is the first governor in 36 years not to issue an executive order on discrimination as one of his first acts in office. It...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 2, 2010; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , State Senate , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Wayne Newton drops by Capitol Square

Mr. Las Vegas is coming to Richmond. Wayne Newton has canceled his nightly show tonight in Sin City to travel to Virginia to testify in front of a House committee. The 67-year-old crooner also will pay a brief call on Gov. Bob McDonnell. Is Virginia's new governor a fan of Newton? "I was probably 30 years ago when he and I were both cool,'' McDonnell said with laugh. "Both of us have aged since then." Newton will be lobbying legislators on behalf of his tribe -- the Patawomeck Indian Tribe of Virginia -- which is trying to aquire official state recognition. A large concentration of tribe members live in House Speaker Bill Howell's district in Stafford County, and Howell and the tribe organized Newton's trip. Newton was born in Roanoke, but left the state as a young child. He has performed more than 30,000 shows in Las Vegas over four...

By Anita Kumar  |  February 2, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Robert F. McDonnell  
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McDonnell halts plan to extend health benefits to same-sex partners

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) said today that he discontinued his predecessor's proposal to allow same-sex partners to be covered under the state's employee health plan on the advice of the attorney general's office. "The bottom line is if there is going to be a change in those kind of policies it appears as though it has to be done by the General Assembly,'' he told reporters. The proposal, first developed weeks before former Democratic Gov, Tim Kaine left office, would have expanded benefits to qualified adults who live in the same house as an insured state employee. Those adults could have included heterosexual and homosexual partners, roommates, children and other family members, such as an aunt or grandfather. McDonnell said Virginians should not read anything into his decision except that he recently received advice from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli indicating that the "proposed regulation suffers from numerous procedural and substantive...

By Anita Kumar  |  February 1, 2010; 8:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Five Democrats join Republicans in voting against mandated health insurance purchases

The debate on the Senate floor today over three measures that would each prohibit requiring Virginians to purchase health-care insurance was vigorous. In the end, five Democrats joined 18 Republicans in supporting the measure. They were: Sen. Charles J. Colgan (Prince William), Sen. R. Edward Houck (Spotsylvania), John C. Miller (Newport News), Sen. Phillip P. Puckett (Russell), Sen. William Roscoe Reynolds (Franklin). Supporters argued that the bill was not about health-care reform but whether the government can mandate that a citizen purchase anything. "If they can mandate this, they can mandate anything," said Sen. Frederick M. Quayle (R-Chesapeake), sponsor of one measure. Some opponents argued that the bill might prevent courts from ordering that spouses provide health care coverage in divorce settlements. Others argued that an individual mandate is an important piece of federal efforts to reform health care. The debate featured the first floor speech of substance from former...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 1, 2010; 3:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Democrat-controlled Senate resists federal health insurance requirement

BREAKING: The Democrat-controlled Virginia Senate has passed a bill on a 23 to 17 vote making it illegal to require an individual to purchase health insurance, a direct challenge to the party's efforts in Washington to reform health care. More to come....

By Anne Bartlett  |  February 1, 2010; 1:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  2010 legislative session , Rosalind Helderman  
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McAuliffe urges support for Democratic Governors Association

We always knew former Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe was tight with the Democratic Governors Association. After all, the group's chairman Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer endorsed McAuliffe for governor even before this year's Democratic primary for governor, while the organization as a whole was formally remaining neutral. Today there's a sign that the closeness has not faded just because McAuliffe has returned to being a semi-private citizen. He sent out one of his periodic fundraising emails this morning--and this one is on behalf of the Democratic Governors Association. The subject is the nation's 37 gubernatorial elections this year and why McAuliffe believes Democrats must be successful to prevent unfair redistricting after this year's census. "As one of my supporters, I know you care about common sense and fair play. And if you care about what's going to happen to our country for the next 10 years, and beyond -- we...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  February 1, 2010; 10:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe  
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Gottschalk joins Williams Mullen

We told you not too long ago that McGuire Woods, the giant lobbying and law firm, was ramping up -- partly by stealing some folks from Williams Mullen. But today, at least, Williams Mullen announced that Pat Gottschalk, former Secretary of Commerce and Trade under Gov. Tim Kaine (D), joined the firm's corporate practice, focusing on business law matters and corporate transactions. "Pat is one of the most well respected attorneys and public servants in Virginia," said Thomas Frantz, the firm's CEO. "His great business sense and his talents make him an extraordinarily valuable asset for our clients."...

By Anita Kumar  |  February 1, 2010; 9:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Buzz about McDonnell's State of the Union rebuttal continues

It's been days since Gov. Bob McDonnell delivered the Republican response to the State of the Union address. But on comedy shows, on blogs and around office water coolers the chatter about his performance continues. No surprise that the right gave McDonnell rave reviews for his 12-minute speech and that the left didn't much like it. But by far the most lively conversations have been about his choice of setting -- the House of Delegates in the historic state Capitol. People can't seem to stop talking about the spectacle of all -- how it seemed so much like a mini-State of the Union that comedian Stephen Colbert joked that McDonnell was some kind of alternate president. Keep reading to see what three issues continue to attract the most attention and then let us know what you think by commenting below:...

By Anita Kumar  |  January 31, 2010; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Richmond week's end report: water damaged cars, local taxes and more

As we prepare to begin the third full week of the annual legislative session, lawmakers in both the House and Senate are now considering and passing--or killing--lots of bills of substance. Dozens have already passed one chamber and will be considered by the other one after the session's midpoint, known as crossover. You can get a sense of how all of the almost 2,500 bills filed this session are faring on the Virginia General Assembly's Legislative Information System. Here's a sampling of some of the more interesting bills that passed one chamber or the other this week....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  January 31, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fredrick Kunkle , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Rosalind Helderman , State Senate  
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