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

Tea party organizers 'extremely ecstatic' to hear from Lou Dobbs

Virginia Tea Party Convention organizer Jamie Radtke said Saturday that the group is "extremely ecstatic" former CNN host Lou Dobbs will deliver the convention's keynote address this afternoon. Dobbs has faced questions in recent days after an article published in the Nation quoted illegal immigrants employed by a company Dobbs hired to help maintain the grounds of his Florida home. The right-leaning editorial board of the Richmond Times-Dispatch has suggested it was hypocritical of the convention to have Dobbs, given the article's revelations. But Radkte said the group did not consider revoking the invitation. "I have not had one person at the entire convention come up to me and talk to me about the Nation," she said. "Frankly, they don't read the Nation." Dobbs slammed the Nation as a "left-wing, activist" organization and chalked the article up to the "barbs, the slams that directed at anyone that takes a strong...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | October 9, 2010; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Former Loudoun delegate confirms run for state Senate

Spotted at the Virginia Tea Party Convention in Richmond on Saturday morning: former Loudoun delegate Dick Black (R), passing out invitations to the formal kickoff of his race for the state Senate on Nov. 11. The deeply conservative delegate, perhaps best known for distributing plastic fetus models to fellow lawmakers preparing to vote on abortion issues, was defeated in 2005 after serving seven years in the General Assembly. But Black confirms he will be back next year, running for the Senate. Redistricting makes it a little unclear who he'll run against -- he'll file to run in the 33rd District against Democrat Sen. Mark Herring. But his opponents will ultimately be determined by how the General Assembly draws districts in Loudoun, which has ballooned in population since the 2000 Census. Black said the energy of the tea party reminds him of the activism of Christian Coalition members who joined the...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | October 9, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Rosalind Helderman  
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Massachusetts corrections chief to be next director for Va. prisons

Gov. Bob McDonnell named Harold Clarke director of the state Department of Corrections. Clarke has been commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Correction since 2007. Before that, he was secretary the Washington State Department of Corrections. He also spent 15 years as director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, where he helped develop a program to help reintegrate prisoners into society after their release. A news release from McDonnell's office also indicates that Clarke served as president of the American Correctional Association and president of the Association of State Correctional Administrators. He succeeds Gene Johnson in the job....

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | October 8, 2010; 5:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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GMU investigating climate change skeptic cited by Cuccinelli

A leading skeptic of climate change science whose work was cited last week by Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli is himself under investigation on charges that his work contained plagiarism and inaccuracies, a George Mason University spokesman confirmed Friday.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | October 8, 2010; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli, Rosalind Helderman  
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Allen putting PAC money to good use in run-up to November elections

Sen. George Allen (R) is putting his political action committee's largesse to work in congressional and senatorial races across the country this year.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | October 8, 2010; 2:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  George F. Allen, Rosalind Helderman  
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15 illegal immigrant sex offenders arrested in Va., D.C.

Federal immigration officials announced Friday that over the past five days, they have arrested and initiated deportation proceedings against 15 illegal immigrants who had been convicted of sex crimes and were living in Virginia and the District. They also identified 356 more foreign nationals currently incarcerated in federal, state or local correctional facilities who will also be deported at the conclusion of their criminal sentences, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton announced at a Richmond news conference. He was joined by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) and Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli (R), who praised the operation as an example of effective state and federal coordination on illegal immigration. Officials said federal regulations barred them from releasing the names of those arrested. However, they said they came from seven countries. Thirteen had been living in Virginia and two in the District. They included a 40-year Salvadoran who had been...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | October 8, 2010; 12:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (26)
Categories:  Immigration, Ken Cuccinelli, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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UPDATED: Virginia denied seats on Metro board

As expected, Northern Virginia leaders voted down Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's attempt to gain two state seats on Metro's board of directors Thursday night. The Northern Virginia Transportation Commission voted 12 to 6 to keep control of the state's four members on the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board at the local level. The commission passed a resolution calling for the panel to "work with the commonwealth to establish an enhanced and supportive relationship in order to consider and resolve all of the issues,'' including governance and funding. "This resolution does not shut the door on discussions of a state role on the WMATA Board,'' said Cathy Hudgins, chairman of NVTC and Metro Board member. "It identifies the reasons why sufficient representation on the WMATA Board by local elected officials is essential to protect the interests of local taxpayers and customers. It also links the need for adequate funding of...

By Anita Kumar  | October 8, 2010; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Robert F. McDonnell, Transportation  
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Bolling: GOP legislators should withhold public opposition of ABC plan

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) said in an interview that Republican legislators should stop publicly opposing Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to privatize the state's 76-year-old liquor monopoly and instead approach the administration privately if they have concerns.

By Anita Kumar  | October 8, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Bill Bolling, Liquor privatization, Robert F. McDonnell  
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State offices evacuated after fire

An underground fire in downtown Richmond led to the evacuation Thursday of several state office buildings, including those that house the state attorney general's offices and the Virginia Retirement System.

By Anita Kumar  | October 7, 2010; 5:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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UPDATED: Controversial Connolly ad hits Fimian for alleged bonus plan

The Northern Virginia airwaves are getting more crowded -- and more controversial.

By Ben Pershing  | October 7, 2010; 3:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Ben Pershing, Election 2010, Gerald E. Connolly, Keith Fimian  
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UPDATED: Webb encourages McDonnell to mark Reagan's birthday

Has Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) out-Reaganed Virginia's Republicans? Webb, who served as Secretary of the Navy under Reagan before crossing over to the Democratic Party and running for the U.S. Senate in 2006, serves on the 12-member bipartisan Ronald Reagan Centennial Commission, established by Congress to mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Republican president next year. In a letter to Gov. Bob McDonnell (R)--and an accompanying press release--Webb Thursday called on state officials to "take appropriate measures" to mark the occasion, noting that other states have adopted resolutions in honor of the event and encouraging Virginia to follow suit. For Republicans, honoring Reagan is not an activity that generally takes a Democrat's encouragement. And, indeed, it's worth noting that the General Assembly in 2008 designated Feb. 6, Reagan's birthday, as "Ronald Reagan Day" in Virginia. All members of the General Assembly voted in favor of the resolution...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | October 7, 2010; 3:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  James Webb, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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Conservatives of all stripes coming to Richmond this weekend

The tea party convention isn't the only big event happening in Richmond this weekend. The Family Foundation, the state's leading political organization for social conservatives, is holding its annual gala Saturday night as the state's first tea party convention wraps up. Nearly 1,200 people are expected to attend the gala to hear U.S. Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) speak. Pence, who serves as chairman of the House Republican Conference, won the presidential straw poll at the Family Research Council's annual Values Voters Summit last month. Both events are being held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center, and it will be enlightening to see how many convention attendees (more than 2,000 people are expected) also attend the gala. The tea party primarily focuses on fiscal issues but there has been talk about whether members are concerned about social issues too. A poll released this week shows that half of those who consider...

By Anita Kumar  | October 7, 2010; 1:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Arlington manager asked to step down

Former Arlington County Manager Michael B. Brown did not resign voluntarily, said Jay Fisette, chairman of the county board, in a statement Wednesday night to the Arlington Democratic Committee.

By Eric Athas  | October 6, 2010; 9:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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UPDATED: Democrats knock McDonnell for touting grants approved in federal health care law

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) announced Wednesday that Virginia has snagged $2 million in federal funding to improve care for elderly and disabled residents. The federal grant money will help Medicare beneficiaries with their prescription drug coverage and improve wellness care for Medicare recipients. It also will assist those looking for community-based care options instead of nursing homes. In a statement, McDonnell said the new money would be of "enormous aid in helping Virginians keep their loved ones in their home as long as possible and provide greater options for both aging adults and adults with disabilities." What the statement does not mention is that the grant was approved by Congress as part of the new federal health care law. The White House distributed a parallel press release Wednesday announcing the $68 million grant program and touting it as one of the benefits of the new law. McDonnell opposed the law...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | October 6, 2010; 5:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Pro- and anti-Fimian ads on the NoVa airwaves

Oakton businessman Keith Fimian (R) is on the air with a mostly positive ad in his race to unseat Rep. Gerald Connolly (D), just as Democrats attack Fimian with a spot of their own.

By Ben Pershing  | October 6, 2010; 5:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Election 2010, Gerald E. Connolly, Keith Fimian  
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If only McDonnell could be vaccinated against Democrats...

Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell got his annual flu shot Wednesday at the free flu shot clinic put on by the CommonHealth Employee Wellness Program. The clinic is open to state employees and runs through Thursday at the James Monroe Building in Richmond. (Photo Courtesy of Michaele White, governor's photographer)...

By Anita Kumar  | October 6, 2010; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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More polls show Perriello, Nye narrowly trailing

With less than a month left until Election Day, a pair of new polls shows Virginia freshman Reps. Tom Perriello (D) and Glenn Nye (D) narrowly trailing in their reelection races.

By Ben Pershing  | October 6, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races, Election 2010, Glenn Nye, Robert Hurt, Scott Rigell, Tom Perriello  
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McDonnell raises money for California candidates

It's another week of frenetic fundraising for Bob McDonnell. Virginia's chief executive flew to California last weekend to help raise money for Meg Whitman, the Republican candidate for governor who is locked in a tight race with Democrat Jerry Brown. The event, attended by 300 people, raised $600,000, which included a $500,000 check from Republican Governors Association. The fundraiser followed an event last week for Carly Fiorina, who is running for U.S. Senate in California. The Alexandria reception, attended by 75 people, raised $50,000. Tuesday, McDonnell headlined an Arlington fundraiser for Patrick Murray, the Virginia GOP candidate facing an uphill battle for Congress against U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, and Wednesday, a Richmond fundraiser for Chuck Smith, who is running against U.S. Rep. Bobby Scott (D-Va.). Thursday, the governor will attend a Richmond fundraiser for Senate candidate Richard Burr of North Carolina in Richmond....

By Anita Kumar  | October 6, 2010; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McDonnell's PAC raises big bucks

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) raised a hefty $800,000 at a high-dollar fundraiser last week at the Commonwealth Club in Richmond attended by 50 people. The event for McDonnell's political action committee, Opportunity Virginia, was hosted by Tom Farrell, CEO of Dominion Power (and McDonnell's high school friend). Couples paid $25,000 each. Attendees included Richard Gilliam of Cumberland Resources Corp., Heywood Fralin, CEO of Medical Facilities of America, and attorney Daniel Clemente, according to Phil Cox, McDonnell's senior political adviser. Other donors include Massey Coal Co., William H. Goodwin Jr., chairman and president of CCA Industries, and developer Edward Garcia, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, a non-partisan tracker of money in politics. Opportunity Virginia is holding several fundraisers this fall as McDonnell looks to stockpile cash perhaps to keep control of the House of Delegates and gain control of the state Senate next year. He has fundraisers scheduled for...

By Anita Kumar  | October 5, 2010; 5:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Cuccinelli to be featured speaker for constitution group

Virginia Attorney Gen. Ken Cuccinelli (R) will be the featured speaker at an evening event on Oct. 15 hosted by the Virginia Liberty Project, a year old group in Northern Virginia that focuses on the constitution and pushes limited government. "Our honored speaker will be none other than our terrific Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli who will discuss some very interesting aspects of current events in the context of our U.S. Constitution," reads an e-mail invitation for the event at the Waterford Reception Center in Fair Oaks. Cuccinelli political director Noah Wall said the attorney general accepted the invitation from the group, one of dozens that have sprung up devoted to discussions of the constitution and broadly associated with the tea party movement. "It is one of our long-term goals to work with groups who believe in the importance of small government and the First Principles our founding fathers believed...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | October 5, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli, Rosalind Helderman  
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McDonnell talks about the South's future

Gov. Bob McDonnell was selected to deliver the keynote address at this morning's symposium about the Future of the South presented by the Oxford American at the National Archives. The all-day event is based on the magazine's new Future issue, released nationwide Sept.1. The issue includes articles and essays from a variety of authors on issues that will impact and define the direction of the South during the next 40 years. McDonnell, along with other governors in the South, answered questions about the future of the region. Read their answers here. "In 2050, I want Virginia to have the lowest unemployment rate in the country, an active and thriving commercial spaceport at Wallops Island on our Eastern Shore, globally recognized film and wine industries, the best public education system in the world with opportunities for all our young people, and a vibrant tourism industry,'' he said. "I want to see...

By Anita Kumar  | October 5, 2010; 12:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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McDonnell's commission backs his ABC privatization plan

Gov. Bob McDonnell's handpicked Government Reform Commission voted this afternoon in favor of his proposal to privatize the state's liquor system.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | October 4, 2010; 2:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Liquor privatization, Robert F. McDonnell  
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Cuccinelli reissues global warming subpoena to U-Va.

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has sent a new civil subpoena to the University of Virginia, renewing a demand for documents related to a work of a former university climate scientist that was stymied when a judge blocked his previous request in August.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | October 4, 2010; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli, Rosalind Helderman  
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McDonnell okay to disburse federal funds, Cuccinelli opines

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has the legal authority to dispense newly approved federal dollars to local school systems, says Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) in a new legal opinion. Cuccinelli wrote the opinion in response to an inquiry from Del. Bob Marshall (R), who had questioned whether McDonnell had the authority to request and distribute money approved for states by the Congress in August, given that the General Assembly did not include those funds in the state budget approved in April. Cuccinelli wrote that while the General Assembly must, in general, sign off on all state appropriations, language in the state budget gives McDonnell the blanket ability to spend new federal funds that come in during the year....

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | October 4, 2010; 11:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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