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Virginia Politics Blog: May 16, 2010 - May 22, 2010

Griffith earns GOP nomination to face Rep. Boucher

Republicans in Virginia's 9th congressional district picked state House Majority Leader H. Morgan Griffith on Saturday as their candidate to face Rep. Rick Boucher (D) in November. Griffith earned the nomination at the district Republican convention in Wythe County, where he earned more than 50 percent of the vote on the first ballot, besting two other candidates, Adam Light and Dave Moore. Griffith's victory at the convention had been widely expected since he announced earlier this year that he planned to take on Boucher. Conservatives, including state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R), have rallied around Griffith. Republicans hope 2010 is the year they can finally unseat Boucher, who has served in the House since 1982 in a region that has leaned increasingly toward the GOP. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) won the southwestern Virginia district by 19 points in the 2008 presidential race. But Boucher has repeatedly proved to be a...

By Ben Pershing  |  May 22, 2010; 8:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing , Morgan Griffith , Rick Boucher  
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Del. Rust another victim of California thieves

Del. Tom Rust (R-Fairfax) confirms that he was a victim of the same California identity thieves who opened a credit card in the name of Sen. Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax) and used it to buy medical marijuana. There was no pot involved in his situation, Rust said. But he said he learned in January from American Express that people in California were using his personal information to try to open a card in his name. He quickly changed his information and canceled his cards. But when American Express sent him a new card ... they sent it right back out to the guys in California. "That's when the gallows humor started," he said. Rust said he's gotten everything straightened out now, but authorities did eventually inform him that he was the victim of the same scammers who got Saslaw. He speculated that they were not targeted because they're state lawmakers but...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 21, 2010; 4:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Rosalind Helderman  
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House joins upcoming state furlough day, to tune of $35,000 savings

Looking for a Virginia state employee next Friday? They might well be sitting by the pool. Unpaid, of course. Friday, May 28, the day before the long Memorial Day weekend, was selected as this year's one-day furlough day for all state employees, an effort to save money amid the state's budget crunch. House Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) announced Friday that the state will save more than $35,000 with just the day off for legislative staff. "With state employees throughout the Commonwealth being impacted in similar ways, I believe it is important that elected officials and their staffs actively participate in helping state government live within its means," he said. Howell has previously announced a series of cost-savings measures, including pay cuts for delegates, to save more than $1 million this year. Howell's statement today quickly got him a valentine from the fiscally conservative Americans for Prosperity. "It is no small...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 21, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Rosalind Helderman  
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Identity theives buy pot with Sen. Saslaw's credit card

Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Springfield) said his phone has been ringing off the hook since a report appeared yesterday in California noting that local authorities were alleging Sacramento identity thieves had stolen the senator's credit card number and used it to buy, among other things, medical marijuana. Saslaw gave an interview to a Sacramento radio station yesterday at the request of California authorities, and since then he's gotten calls from Fox News and others. Saslaw said he was alerted to a problem with his American Express credit card in March and quickly reported it to Virginia State Police. Virginia authorities reported it to the California State Highway Patrol, which is now searching for two suspects in the Sacramento area in connection with the theft. Saslaw said the suspects reached out to multiple banks and credit card companies in an effort to get new cards in his name. "They were...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 21, 2010; 1:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Rosalind Helderman , State Senate  
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New emphasis for Virginia's 'rocket docket': Financial fraud

U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride announced today the formation of a financial crimes task force based in the Eastern District of Virginia, bringing together civil and criminal authorities from the Securities and Exchange Commission, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the FBI and the Virginia Attorney General's Office, among others. At a Richmond news conference, MacBride described the task force as a "boots on the ground" outgrowth of a national task force designed to beef up investigation of financial fraud announced by President Obama last year in response to the financial crisis. "We believe the Eastern District has some unique benefits in terms of the ability to bring cases here that are national in scope, where the victims may reside in dozens of states, where the bad guys may reside in different places, and we have the ability to charge those cases here," MacBride. He said the task force would focus...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 21, 2010; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Barack Obama , Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman  
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N.Va. lawmakers continue attacks on McDonnell pick because of 40-year-old incident

Del. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon) said he and Del. David L. Englin (D-Alexandria), both of whom are Jewish, are scheduled to appear Friday morning on WTOP's Politics Program with Mark Plotkin to denounce anew Fred Malek's appointment to the Governor's Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring because of Malek's role in President Richard M. Nixon's infamous Jew-hunting mission almost 40 years ago.

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 21, 2010; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (19)
Categories:  Fredrick Kunkle , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Md. senators weigh in on Va. drilling

Maryland Democratic Sens. Benjamin L. Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski have written a joint letter to President Obama, along with New Jersey's two Democratic senators, urging Obama to ditch plans to allow exploratory drilling for oil and natural gas 50 miles off the Virginia coast. The longtime drilling opponents cite a report released this week from the Department of Defense show that drilling is incompatible with military activities in 71 percent of the territory included in a current lease sale to companies interested in drilling. The sale is scheduled to be completed in 2012. "It should be noted, however, that even if you could guarantee the safety of oil and gas rigs and platforms -- a guarantee that neither your Administration nor the oil company executives that appeared before Senate committees were willing to provide -- their very presence off the coast of Virginia would still interfere with ongoing naval...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 20, 2010; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Barack Obama , James Webb , Mark Warner , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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McDonnell trims wait times for felons applying for voting rights

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) announced today that he is reducing the time that must pass, from three years to two, before a nonviolent felon who has completed his sentence can apply to have his voting rights restored. McDonnell also pledged that his office will act on those requests within 60 days after receiving information from the felon, courts and other agencies. McDonnell said the new process is designed to speed reintegration into civil society for felons who have completed their sentences. He said the goal was to create the "fastest and fairest" process in modern Virginia history. McDonnell faced withering criticism from civil rights groups and others after 200 nonviolent felons received a notice from the governor's office that under a new policy, they would need to write a letter to the governor explaining their community involvement and justifying their request. McDonnell's office later said the notice was sent in...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 20, 2010; 3:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Cuccinelli endorses GOP's Griffith, Wittman for Congress

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) has made two more endorsements for Republican congressional nominations, backing House Majority leader H. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) in the 9th Congressional District and incumbent U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman (R) in the 1st district. Cuccinelli had previously announced that he endorses Keith Fimian in his race against Pat Herrity for Republican nomination in the 11th district in Northern Virginia. The winner faces incumbent Rep. Gerry Connolly (D). Griffith and Wittman are both safe choices for Cuccinelli, supported by most top Republicans. Republicans in the 9th will hold a convention to choose between Griffith, Adam Light and David Moore, both of Tazewell County, Jessee Ring of Pulaski County and Brandon Roop of Montgomery County. The winner will face Democratic Rep. Rick Boucher in the fall. Wittman, meanwhile, faces Catherine Crabill in a June 8 primary. No surprise here. Cuccinelli joined pretty much every other Republican at...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 20, 2010; 2:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Keith Fimian , Ken Cuccinelli , Pat Herrity , Rick Boucher , Rosalind Helderman  
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Stimulus program keeps 600 from homelessness in Virginia

A $2.4 million federal stimulus grant for Fairfax County has helped more than 600 people avoid becoming homeless, officials say, contributing to a double-digit decrease in annual homelessness estimates in the area. County officials say the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-subsidized program, which began in July, provided rental assistance to 247 families. Most of that money came in the form of rental subsidies for families facing eviction, said Dean H. Klein, Fairfax's director of the Office to End and Prevent Homelessness. "It's really a housing-first approach, and we've seen fantastic results so far," Klein said. The program provides financial assistance to qualifying families for up to 18 months. Half of the grant must be spent within the first two years and the full amount must be dispersed within three years, or July 2012. Klein said about 23 percent of the funds have been used and that the money...

By Derek Kravitz  |  May 20, 2010; 2:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Fairfax County  | Tags: Fairfax County homeless, HUD grant Fairfax, HUD housing assistance, Office to Prevent Homelessness, federal government homeless grant  
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Democrats repeat call for Cuccinelli to donate contribution

The Democratic Party of Virginia is working hard to keep the spotlight on Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's more than $55,000 in campaign contributions from a Florida man associated with a charity under investigation in three states. The Party organized a conference call today with party Chairman Dick Cranwell, Sen. Don McEachin, House Minority Leader Del. Ward Armstrong (D-Martinsville) and military veteran Stephanie Marushia. The group said Cuccinelli should follow the lead of Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and State Sen. Patsy Ticer (D-Alexandria) and donate contributions he received from Bobby Thompson to an established veteran's charity. Thompson was a director of the group U.S. Navy Veterans Association, the subject of a six-month long investigation by the St. Petersburg Times. Among the newspaper's revelations: Reporters were unable to locate 84 of 85 directors and officers of the organization, despite extensive public records searches. The attorney general of New Mexico announced an investigation...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 20, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Contract awarded for spot improvements on I-66

The Commonwealth Transportation Board awarded a $10.2 million contract to make spot improvements on a 1.9-mile section of westbound I-66 between the Fairfax Drive ramp and Sycamore Street. The project will create a continous auxiliary lane between the two ramps, with a new 12-foot wide shoulder for emergencies. The project is designed to end bottlenecks on the section of the perpetually clogged highway, inside the Capital Beltway. But because it is fairly nondisruptive--current sounds walls won't be disturbed, for instance--these improvements have been fairly noncontroversial. Still, the contract was tied up in litigation and could only recently be awarded, according to a release from the office Gov. Bob McDonnell (R). McDonnell said the project, slated to begin late this summer, is a first step to solving I-66's notorious congestion. "This is an important step forward in improving traffic congestion on I-66 inside the Beltway. In addition, the project will improve...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 19, 2010; 5:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Transportation  
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Veterans Administration removes Navy Veterans Association from directory

It looks like U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) got some pretty speedy action from the Veterans Administration in response to a letter he sent yesterday questioning the continued listing of the nonprofit U.S. Navy Veterans Association in an online directory maintained by the agency of Veterans Service Organizations. Check out the directory today, and there's no sign of the group. But here was the listing just yesterday, before Webb's letter arrived. Click to enlarge The group had lingered on the site even after the March publication of a six-month long investigation by the St. Petersburg Times revealing questionable practices by the group. They popped up in Virginia because a top official with the group spent more than $67,000 in campaign contributions during the 2009 election and then the group secured a change in Virginia law governing veterans charities during the last legislative session. The VA makes clear that inclusion in...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 19, 2010; 4:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  James Webb , Rosalind Helderman  
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Cuccinelli reiterates U.-Va. subpoena is about fraud, not climate change politics

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) has today issued a new statement about his civil investigative demand at the University of Virginia, insisting that his request for documents related to the work of climate scientist and former university professor Michael Mann is about "possible fraud and not about infringing upon academic freedom." The statement reiterates the same points Cuccinelli has made on this issue in a series of interviews with various media outlets over the last few weeks. But the attorney general's office clearly hopes this will be its last word on the issue. The statement concludes with a note that Cuccinelli will have no further comment on the investigation. Here is the statement in full: Our ordinary policy is to not comment on open investigations for the sake of the investigative process as well as for the individuals involved. Because our Civil Investigative Demand was made public by someone...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 19, 2010; 4:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman  
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Former U.-Va. president urges Cuccinelli court challenge

Of all the signatories of all the various letters circulated about Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's civil investigative demand for documents related to the work of climate scientist Michael Mann, this name might spark some particular interest: Robert M. O'Neil. O'Neil is one of 39 professors at the University of Virginia Law School who signed on to a letter Tuesday to University Rector John O. Wynne, urging the Board of Visitors to fight Cuccinelli's subpoena in court. O'Neil is the Director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression at U.Va. He is also a former president of the University of Virginia....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 19, 2010; 1:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman  
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UPDATED: U.S. Chamber praises Virginia for free enterprise policies

Here's an award Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) will undoubtedly crow about -- Virginia has been labeled not just a good place to do business by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, but among those states that do the most to promote free enterprise by spurring private economic development. The chamber's report found that Virginia has achieved the country's second highest growth performance and has been first in cost-of-living adjusted family income growth. The state has ranked 10th in entreprenuership and innovation (Maryland ranked third) and sixth in a taxation and regulatory environment that spurs business. (McDonnell would probably like to climb that list a few spots in coming years.) "By embracing many of the strategies at the core of our free enterprise system -- competitive tax rates, open trade, and commonsense regulation -- states are helping to jumpstart our economic recovery and create more jobs," wrote Thomas J. Donohue, president and...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 19, 2010; 12:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Interior Department says military's concerns to help determine future of Virginia oil drilling

The Department of Interior says a newly released Pentagon report on the possible disruptions of oil drilling off Virginia's coast to the military "will be an important part of the public discussion about whether to move forward with the sale." That was the word late Tuesday from Interior spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff. A Defense Department spokeswoman said Tuesday that they had shared the results of their study with Interior before President Obama announced in March that he was lifting a moratorium on oil drilling in areas of the East Coast. Obama said at the time that drilling activities could not interfere with the military, which now seems like an especially big caveat in the case of Virginia's early lease sale. "The Secretary has made clear that a final decision on whether to move forward with [the Virginia lease sale] will depend on safety reviews that are under way in response to...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 19, 2010; 8:07 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  James P. Moran Jr. , Mark Warner , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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Webb questions inclusion of U.S. Navy Veterans Association in VA guide

U.S. Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) today sent a letter to Eric Shinseki, the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, asking that Shinseki clarify how groups that are included in the agency's directory of veterans service organizations are vetted. His letter was prompted by revelations about the U.S. Navy Veterans Association, which has been included in the VA's directory and is now the subject of official scrutiny in three states. Webb wrote that it was "disconcerting" that the group remains listed in the directory, even though inclusion there does not constitute an endorsement by the VA. "At the same time, it stands to reason that veterans have a reasonable expectation of legitimacy and credibility if such an organization is listed on your official website, regardless of official endorsement," Webb writes. Of 85 state and national directors and officers listed for the group, the St. Petersburg Times was able to locate only one...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 18, 2010; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  James Webb , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  | Tags: Bob McDonnell, Jim Webb, St. Petersburg Times, Virginia  
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Herrity airs his first ad in 11th District contest

Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity took to the Northern Virginia airwaves Tuesday, airing his first ad in his campaign against Oakton businessman Keith Fimian for the 11th Congressional District Republican nomination. Herrity and Fimian are locked in what appears to be a tight contest for the right to take on freshman Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) in November. Fimian went on the air last month, and now Herrity is up on local cable stations with a spot -- "Proven Record" -- that will run through the June 8 primary: The simply-staged ad, featuring Herrity talking directly to the camera, shows the candidate vowing to "stop Washington's reckless spending" and calling himself "the only candidate that's cut spending and cut taxes." Fimian has attacked Herrity relentlessly for his votes on tax matters during his service on the Fairfax County Board. Calling himself an outsider, Fimian has sought to lump Herrity and Connolly...

By Ben Pershing  |  May 18, 2010; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing , Keith Fimian , Pat Herrity  
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Fairfax: Autism, not 'baby boomers,' biggest future health challenge

The wave of aging "baby boomers" needing public health services in Northern Virginia -- once thought to be the greatest healthcare and fiscal threat facing local governments in the coming decades -- will be far outnumbered by the skyrocketing percentage of young adults with autism diagnoses, Fairfax County human services officials said Tuesday. According to statistics compiled by the Fairfax County Public Schools, 1 in 83 enrolled students are now diagnosed with some form of autism, an 846 percent growth since 1997. "That is a niche that's not being covered and those families are struggling," said Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova (D). Pat Harrison, a deputy county executive in Fairfax overseeing human services programs, said the county's 65-and-older population will reach 138,000 by 2020, but that the population of young adults with autism is growing at a far faster rate. To help, Fairfax is partnering with the state and...

By Derek Kravitz  |  May 18, 2010; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Fairfax County  | Tags: Board of Supervisors, Fairfax County, Fairfax County Public School, Fairfax County Virginia, Northern Virginia, Pat Harrison, United States, Virginia  
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Hurt campaign poll shows him with wide lead in Republican primary to face Perriello

A new poll conducted for the campaign of state Sen. Robert Hurt shows him maintaining a wide lead over several challengers in the race for the Republican nomination to take on freshman Rep. Tom Perriello (D-Va.). The survey of the 5th district primary, conducted May 10-11 by the firm Public Opinion Strategies, showed Hurt winning 35 percent of the vote. Albemarle County Supervisor Ken Boyd was second with 10 percent, followed by former airline pilot Michael McPadden with 7 percent. Businessman Jim McKelvey and schoolteacher Feda Morton both scored 5 percent, and businessman Laurence Verga had 4 percent. The poll found 34 percent of respondents were undecided, compared to 60 percent who were unsure in a February survey by the same firm. More significantly for Hurt, the poll put his name identification at 70 percent and all the other candidates under 50 percent, a vital advantage in a crowded field...

By Ben Pershing  |  May 18, 2010; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing , Jim McKelvey , Robert Hurt , Tom Perriello  | Tags: Politics, Primary election, Tom Perriello, Virginia  
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Fairfax parks could run out of money by 2014

Fairfax County's parks could be out of money by 2014 unless they receive a cash infusion or increase their fees, officials said Tuesday morning. William G. Bouie, chairman of the Fairfax County Park Authority's board of directors, told a joint meeting of county and park officials that budget cuts, lingering debt from several large park projects and slowing revenues are cutting into the agency's bottom line. "As we become more creative, in the way we stretch our programs and services, we are coming to the realization that we may run out of money for our projects soon," he said. Bouie said officials will consider implementing park entrance fees unless a "sustainable long-term financial solution" is found. According to figures provided to the county, by 2014, the Park Authority's $42.3 million in annual revenues would be outweighed by its anticipated expenses and debt service obligations. In short, Fairfax's parks would be...

By Derek Kravitz  |  May 18, 2010; 10:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Derek Kravitz , Fairfax County  | Tags: Advertising, Business, Counties, Fairfax, Fairfax County, Fairfax County Virginia, United States, Virginia  
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UPDATED: 800 Virginia scientists and professors sign letter asking Cuccinelli to drop inquiry

University professors aren't known to be the most organized bunch, but in Virginia they do seem to have found a cause in opposition to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's subpoena to the University of Virginia seeking documents related to the work of climate scientist Michael Mann. The Union of Concerned Scientists today released a letter it said has been signed by 800 scientists and professors in Virginia urging Cuccinelli (R) to drop his efforts to collect documents about Mann. Cuccinelli has said he is investigating whether Mann defrauded the public as he sought grants to perform research into global warming. Mann left U.-Va. in 2005 and now teaches at Penn State University. The university's Board of Visitors last week hired outside counsel to consider its options; it faces a May 27 deadline to decide whether to resist the subpoena in court. The national science advocacy group says it has signatories on...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 18, 2010; 10:09 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Rosalind Helderman  | Tags: Global warming, Ken Cuccinelli, Michael Mann, Union of Concerned Scientists, University of Virginia  
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Submit questions now for McDonnell business roundtable

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) takes part in a Washington Post-sponsored conference on the Washington region's economy today, along with Austan Goolsbee, a top economic advisor to President Obama, Hilton CEO Christopher Nassetta and Post business columnist Steven Pearlstein. The Tysons Corner luncheon is open to paid participants. But the event will also be streamed live online starting around 12:45 p.m. and anyone can submit questions to the panel. Watch the event or submit a question here....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 18, 2010; 9:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Robert F. McDonnell  
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McDonnell and others donating contributions, but not Cuccinelli

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R), House Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) and State Sen. Patsy Ticer (D) all said today that they plan to donate to established charities contributions they received from a Florida man who was a director of a charity that is now under scrutiny in three states. That's easy for them to say -- they took $5,000, $2,000 and $1,000 respectively from Bobby Thompson, a former director of the U.S. Navy Veterans Association. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) took more than $55,500 from Thompson, making Thompson Cuccinelli's second-largest individual donor before the November election. Noah Wall, Cuccinelli's political director, said that the donation has been spent and Cuccinelli will give away the money if Thompson is convicted of a crime. Thompson has not been charged with wrongdoing. As the Roanoke Times first reported over the weekend, representatives of the charity convinced Ticer to sponsor a bill that will...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 17, 2010; 6:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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McDonnell to Holder: Keep convicted killer Soering in Virginia

At a Capitol Hill hearing last week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he was waiting to formulate an opinion on whether the Justice Department would allow the transfer of convicted murder Jens Soering from Virginia to Germany until he heard the position of state officials. The answer was a bit surprising, given that various state politicians have made their positions very clear. Just before leaving office, former Gov. Tim Kaine (D) wrote a letter to the Justice Department, urging it to approve the transfer. After taking office in January, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) and Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) asked the Justice Department to set that letter aside and keep Soering in Virginia. Soering was convicted in 1985 of killing Derek and Nancy Haysom in their Bedford County home. He is currently serving a double life sentence; if transferred to Germany, he would be eligible for parole in...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 17, 2010; 6:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman  
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McKelvey on the air in GOP primary contest to face Perriello

Updated 4:03 p.m. Seeking to separate himself from a crowded field, Jim McKelvey launched a pair of television ads this week designed to boost his campaign to win the Republican nomination in Virginia's 5th congressional district. Freshman Rep. Tom Perriello (D) is high on national Republicans' target lists, and the contest for the GOP nomination against him has been hard-fought and difficult to handicap. State Sen. Robert Hurt has secured some establishment support and has good name identification, but several other candidates -- including McKelvey, Albemarle County Supervisor Ken Boyd, businessman Laurence Verga and schoolteacher Feda Morton -- are also gunning to win the June 8 primary. McKelvey, a wealthy property developer who loaned $500,000 to his campaign in January, is the first Republican candidate to go on the air with what his campaign manager says is a buy of roughly $25,000, mostly on broadcast television in the Lynchburg and...

By Ben Pershing  |  May 17, 2010; 2:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing , Jim McKelvey , Robert Hurt , Tom Perriello  | Tags: Jim McKelvey, Republican, Tom Perriello, Virginia  
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Herrity hunts for cash ahead of reporting deadline

With Virginia's congressional primaries three weeks away, Fairfax County Supervisor Pat Herrity is looking for an infusion of donations to put him in a better financial position in the race for the Republican nomination in the 11th district. Herrity is battling Oakton businessman and 2008 nominee Keith Fimian for the right to take on Rep. Gerald Connolly (D) in Novermber. The primary is June 8, and candidates are required to file pre-primary reports with the Federal Election Commission showing the state of their campaign finances. "I need your help to ensure the next Congress reins in out-of-control spending, lowers taxes, and creates jobs," Herrity wrote in an email to supporters Monday morning. "I have a finance reporting deadline on Wednesday (5/19), and your donation of $1,000, $500, $100, $50 or even $10 would send a clear message I am the candidate to bring sanity back to the U.S. Capitol. We...

By Ben Pershing  |  May 17, 2010; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Ben Pershing , Keith Fimian , Pat Herrity  
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McDonnell's staff inches toward privatizing liquor stores

Gov. Bob McDonnell's administration has been quietly meeting for months with members of the alcohol industry and others in the community who would be affected by his proposal to privatize liquor stores. Eric Finkbeiner, the governor's senior advisor for policy, has been talking informally with representatives from the Restaurant and Hospitality Association, Diageo Beverages, Miller Coors, Associated Distributors, Retail Merchants Association of Virginia, Virginia Wine Wholesalers, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Beer Wholesalers Association, Total Wine, Virginia Wineries Association, Wine Institute, Sazerac (which owns Bowman Distilleries in Virginia), Virginia Retail Merchants Association, MADD, public safety organizations and faith-based groups. McDonnell recently formed a commission on government reform and restructuring, which will consider, among other proposals how the state could sell the state's 350 liquor stores, which he pledged to do on the campaign trail last year. Finkbeiner and his working group will bring possible ideas to the commission,...

By Anita Kumar  |  May 17, 2010; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (33)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  | Tags: Bob McDonnell, Diageo, Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Virginia, Virginia Retail Merchants Association  
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McAuliffe announces purchase of Hong Kong electric car company

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate and national party chairman Terry McAuliffe is continuing his ambitious effort to prove he can create jobs in Virginia, with or without the governor's mansion. One of two major McAuliffe investment projects announced major progress late Sunday, as his green car company Greentech Automotive announced it has purchased EuAuto Technology Ltd., a Hong Kong-based company that makes and distributes electric cars. With the purchase complete, McAuliffe could potentially bring EuAuto's design to the U.S. for manufacture. In a release that includes a congratulatory quote from no less a personage than U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke (it's a "win-win" transaction, Locke says), Greentech says the purchase will mean 300 jobs transferred to the U.S. and eventually 4,000 jobs in Mississippi, Tennessee and Virginia. McAuliffe's other major Virginia business effort -- a bid to purchase the shuttered International Paper plant in Isle of Wight and convert it...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  May 17, 2010; 8:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Rosalind Helderman , Terry McAuliffe  
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