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Virginia Politics Blog: January 2, 2011 - January 8, 2011

Fairfax County residents speak on behalf of social services, other state programs

More than 100 people, including a man dressed as President George Washington, used their Saturday morning to address Fairfax County's General Assembly delegation on behalf of state programs and legislative initiatives that are important to them. With the General Assembly set to convene Wednesday, about 50 people took turns at the podium urging continued support for a host of programs. Like a similar regional meeting Thursday of the Senate and House money committees, people called for insurance coverage for autistic children, more funding for the so-called waivers that allow people to receive disability services in their homes instead of in public institutions, and support for other programs that help people with intellectual and physical disabilities. Several speakers spoke on behalf of the Northern Virginia Training Center , one of five around the commonwealth that provide intensive care for profoundly disabled people. Jane B. Anthony, co-president of NVTC Parents & Associates,...

By Fredrick Kunkle  | January 8, 2011; 6:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McDonnell campaigns for candidates in Tuesday's special elections

Gov. Bob McDonnell will hit the campaign trail Sunday for Republicans running in a pair of special elections Tuesday. McDonnell will appear at an afternoon rally with lawyer Greg Habeeb at his headquarters in Salem. Habeeb faces Democrat Ginger Mumpower in the race to replace U.S. Rep. Morgan Griffith (R) in the largely Republican-leaning district that includes Salem and part of Roanoke County. Then, the governor is off to a fundraiser for lawyer Bill Stanley in Danville. Stanley faces Pittsylvania Board of Supervisors Chairman Hank Davis (D) in the election to replace U.S. Rep. Robert Hurt (R) in the district that comprises Franklin and Pittsylvania counties, part of Campbell County and Danville. The winners in Tuesday's elections will be sworn in when the General Assembly returns for its 46-day session Wednesday....

By Anita Kumar  | January 7, 2011; 6:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate  
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McDonnell, other GOP governors seek federal health-care law reprieve

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, vice chairman of the Republican Governors Association, and 32 other Republican governors and governors-elects sent a letter to President Obama and congressional leaders Friday asking them to lift "excessive constraints" on state governments caused by the federal health care-related law. "The one-size-fits-all approach to health-care adopted last year does not work in the states and imposes unnecessary financial burdens on already strapped state budgets," said Gov. Rick Perry, RGA chairman. "Now is the time for the federal government to restore states' flexibility to craft Medicaid programs tailored to their specific needs." The governors expressed specific concern about the "maintenance of effort" provisions in both the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The maintenance of effort requirements freeze state governments' ability to adapt the state-administered Medicaid programs to changing populations or economic conditions, according to the governors. They say states...

By Anita Kumar  | January 7, 2011; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McDonnell no longer supports Steele for RNC chairman

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said this week that he is not backing Michael Steele, the embattled chairman of the Republican National Committee, who is seeking re-election next week. "I'm not backing anybody,'' McDonnell said in an interview. "I think there are some challenges within the RNC right now in terms of fundraising and grassroots organization that weren't up standards during this last election so at this point I'm not making an endorsement one way or another." McDonnell (R) had been extremely supportive of Steele, the former lieutenant governor of Maryland, for months despite a tenure that has been filled with personal gaffes and charges of financial management. Steele helped direct an unprecedented $8 million to Republicans in Virginia in 2009 when McDonnell ran for governor. Steele defended his record Monday at a forum with four other candidates who accused him of mismanagement and said the committee faces a major task...

By Anita Kumar  | January 7, 2011; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McAuliffe active in Tuesday special elections

Former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe has recorded a robocall to encourage voters in the 19th senatorial district to back Pittsylvania Board of Supervisors Chairman Hank Davis (D) in Tuesday's special election.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 7, 2011; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate, Terry McAuliffe  
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Updated: Obama okays closure of Joint Forces Command

President Barack Obama approved the closure of the Joint Forces Command Thursday night despite repeated requests by Virginia Gov. Robert F. Mc­Don­nell and the state's congressional delegation to salvage the military installation employing more than 6,000 in Hampton Roads. In a brief memo from the White House, Obama announced that he accepted U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates's plan to shut down the Joint Forces Command in Norfolk and Suffolk. No date was given for the closure. "The governor is strongly opposed to the decision by Secretary Gates and the President to close JFCOM,'' Mc­Don­nell spokesman Tucker Martin said. "The facility not only employs thousands of Virginians but, most importantly, is crucial to the ability of our armed forces to successfully integrate functions in a time of multiple and constantly evolving global threats. Its unfortunate that the President and secretary would not reconsider." In November, Virginia officials learned that some...

By Anita Kumar  | January 6, 2011; 11:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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UPDATED: U-Va. receives new FOIA for global warming documents

The University of Virginia has received a request under Virginia's freedom of information laws seeking documents related to the work of former university climate scientist Michael Mann.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 6, 2011; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Ken Cuccinelli, Rosalind Helderman  
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NoVa Republicans propose plan to fund transportation

A trio of moderate Republican legislators from Northern Virginia has proposed taxing out-of-state corporations that sell services in Virginia as a way to raise up to $200 million for the state's traffic-clogged roads. Dels. David B. Albo, Thomas Davis Rust and Joe T. May consider their bill, which is expected to be introduced Friday, a compromise that could pass both the Republican-controlled House and Democrat-led Senate. Out-of-state corporations that could be taxed include law firms, computer programming companies and those that provide Web site design services. Most other states, including Maryland, already tax those corporations. Albo sent the proposal to his Republican colleagues in the House Wednesday with a note explaining that it is not a tax increase. "This is not a tax increase on Virginians,'' Albo said. "They've got to vote for this. I can get 51 votes in the House and I'll get every reasonable Republican."...

By Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 6, 2011; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate  
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McDonnell: Virginia closely monitoring Maryland incident

A spokesman for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) says public safety officials in Virginia are closely following events in Maryland, where incendiary devices went off at two state government buildings Thursday. "Our public safety and emergency management agencies are closely monitoring this situation," McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin said. Martin said there are no indications of threats in Virginia. An emergency management official said, however, that all state agencies have been alerted to the events in Maryland. Maryland State Police say a mail room employee in the Jeffrey building in Annapolis opened a package. Smoke came out of the-book sized package and the employee reported an unusual smell. That employee reported singed fingers. A similar package was discovered at the Maryland State Department of Transportation headquarters in Hanover. Some people there also reported singed fingers. One person was transported to a hospital as a precaution, but no serious injuries were reported....

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 6, 2011; 2:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Hundreds jam appropriations meeting in search of funding

Hundreds of people jammed the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors auditorium Thursday for one of several regional public meetings of the General Assembly's Senate and House Appropriations committees. Many of the speakers pleaded their case for social services and education, despite knowing that the budgetary outlook remains grim after the worst recession since the Great Depression.

By Fredrick Kunkle  | January 6, 2011; 1:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Budget, Fairfax County, Fredrick Kunkle, General Assembly, General Assembly 2011  
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Former top Kaine aide to head D.C. agency

Wayne Turnage, former chief of staff to Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), will be named head of the D.C. Health Care Finance Agency, according to sources close to Kaine and D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray.

By Anita Kumar and Mike DeBonis  | January 6, 2011; 12:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hamilton denies allegations in federal indictment

Former Del. Phillip A. Hamilton (R-Newport News) denied Wednesday night through his attorney that he committed the crimes federal authorities accused him of in an earlier indictment -- seeking a job at Old Dominion University in exchange for obtaining state funding for the school. His attorney Andrew Sacks issued the following statement: "Phil Hamilton strongly denies the accusations of bribery and extortion leveled against him today by federal prosecutors. Our investigation indicates that Phil has violated no federal laws, has committed no federal crimes, and at all times has acted lawfully under the laws of the United States. No official from Old Dominion University paid any bribe to Phil and Phil received no bribe from any official at Old Dominion University. This simply did not happen, and we are confident that Old Dominion University denies this as well. Moreover, Phil's record of 21 years of service in the Virginia General...

By Anita Kumar  | January 5, 2011; 8:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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UPDATED: Powerful former Va. delegate indicted for extortion, bribery

Former Virginia delegate Phillip A. Hamilton (R-Newport News), 58, has been indicted by federal authorities on charges that he sought a job at Old Dominion University in exchange for obtaining state funding for the school. Hamilton has been charged with one count of bribery involving a federal program and one count of extortion. The powerful former member of the House Appropriations Committee served from 1988 until last year. He was defeated for reelection in 2009 by Del. Robin Abbott (D) after news of the federal investigation became public. According to the indictment, Hamilton and ODU officials agreed he would receive a job as director of the ODU Center for Teacher Quality and Educational Leadership if he obtained state funding to launch the center. Three others applied for the job. None were interviewed, according to federal authorities. Hamilton was hired though he never applied for the job. Hamilton was ultimately paid...

By Rosalind S. Helderman and Anita Kumar  | January 5, 2011; 6:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Delegate proposes Va. mint its own money

The Commonwealth of Virginia would begin minting its own gold and silver coins as an alternative currency to the U.S. dollar under a bill that Virginia Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William) says he will file in coming days. Marshall will ask the General Assembly to consider the idea when it convenes for its annual legislative session Jan. 12. It is a companion bill to a proposal he has already filed to establish a study committee to examine alternative currencies to that distributed by the Federal Reserve System "in the event of a major breakdown of the Federal Reserve System." Marshall said his intention is to inject competition into the national economy and force the federal government to change monetary policy he believes is leading to hyperinflation. According to his bill, "many widely recognized experts predict the inevitable destruction of the Federal Reserve System's currency through hyperinflation in the foreseeable future."...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 5, 2011; 4:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (32)
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NoVa. delegates push anti-bullying legislation

Two Northern Virginia Democrats are sponsoring legislation to attempt to curb teen bullying, a topic that's received heightened national attention due to a spate of suicides of teenagers who had been targeted by classmates. Del. Adam Ebbin (D-Arlington) is proposing a bill that would make egregious bullying a criminal misdemeanor, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a $2,500 fine. Ebbin cited the case of York County high school student Christian Taylor, who committed suicide in May. Taylor's mother has said she complained to school officials and local sheriff's deputies that the 16-year old was being bullied but they did little to help. The local sheriff's office has said it investigated her complaints and turned them over to school officials after determining no laws had been broken. In a wrongful death suit she has filed against local officials, Taylor's mother indicates that her son's bully allegedly told him...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 5, 2011; 4:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Key ABC subcommittee slot waiting to be filled

An active campaign is underway already in the Hampton area to replace Del. Tom Gear (R), who resigned from the General Assembly last week. But as important as who will replace Gear in the House of Delegates may be the question of who replaces him as chairman of the Alcoholic Beverage Control and Gaming subcommittee of the General Laws committee. It's not ordinarily the flashiest of subcommittees. But it is considered a desirable post--the alcohol industry tends to be generous campaign donors to legislators who are involved with their issues. And this year, the post may be one of the more important in the House, as Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) prepares to introduce a bill to sell state-owned liquor stores. Gear had been a vocal skeptic of McDonnell's initial plans. Will a new chairman be more friendly? Del. S. Chris Jones (R-Suffolk), who chairs the General Laws committee and will...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 5, 2011; 2:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Liquor privatization, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman, William Howell  
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McDonnell to visit Prince William school Thursday

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) plans to stop in Prince William County Thursday to welcome a new fitness initiative and get a little exercise with local students. McDonnell (R) will be joined by his wife, Prince William delegates and members of the Washington Redskins-- who along with GlaxoSmithKline-- are donating a Redskins Youth Fitness Zone to Fred M. Lynn Middle School in Woodbridge, officials with the governor's office said. (Maureen McDonnell is a former Redskins cheerleader.) The Redskins Youth Fitness Zone is part of the Redskins and pharmaceutical company's commitment to Play 60, which encourages students to be active 60 minutes a day to combat obesity, officials said. The youth fitness zone is somewhat like a giant Wii. It uses videogaming equipment and interactive lesson plans to get students moving. Officials said McDonnell plans to participate in the youth zone alongside students during Thursday's event....

By Jennifer Buske  | January 5, 2011; 10:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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McDonnell still quietly working on new liquor plan

A national financial management company hired to help revamp Gov. Bob McDonnell's ABC proposal told legislators late last week that the state could privatize its retail liquor stores without losing money, according to one participant. PFM Group officials unveiled several proposals to a legislative work group in which the state's general fund would remain revenue neutral. McDonnell (R) is expected to release a proposal to privatize the state's 332 liquor stores before the annual legislative session begins Wednesday. He has previously said a bill would be introduced on the first day of the session. He canceled plans for a special session to consider his original proposal last fall after facing opposition from Democrats and some Republicans, primarily because it would have have brought in $47 million less each year than the current system....

By Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 4, 2011; 6:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Liquor privatization, Robert F. McDonnell, State Senate  
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Key Democrat to miss session start due to surgery

State Sen. Yvonne Miller (D-Norfolk) is having surgery next week be forced to miss the start of the legislative session, Miller said in a statement Tuesday.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 4, 2011; 5:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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McDonnell calls special legislative election for March 8

Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has called a special election to fill the General Assembly vacancy created by the resignation of Del. Tom Gear (R-Hampton) for March 8. The date is a bit later than had been rumored and ensures that Gear's seat will be empty throughout the 46-day legislative session, which convenes Jan. 12. Gear submitted his resignation last week, indicating that he had been struggling with worsening multiple sclerosis and needed to step down before the stress of another session. Gear's wife and sister are also both battling cancer. "Tom Gear ably served the people of the 91st House District for nine years and on the Hampton City Council prior to that," McDonnell said in a statement. "He has been a committed public servant, and his presence will be missed when the General Assembly convenes later this month. I wish him and his family the best." Candidates interested in...

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 4, 2011; 4:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Del. Marshall says McDonnell is wrong on 'don't ask don't tell'

Del. Bob Marshall said on FOX & and Friends Tuesday that fellow Republican, Gov. Bob McDonnell, was wrong to say that gays can't be banned from the Virginia National Guard even though the federal government repealed the 17-year-old federal ''don't ask, don't tell" policy. "The governor's making an assumption that is not factually correct," Marshall said. "We can have different policies. This is a separate unit. When you join the U.S. Army...you don't join the Virginia National Guard." Marshall is drafting a bill to ban gays from serving in the Virginia National Guard, but McDonnell said that they must be able to openly serve. Claire Guthrie Gastanaga, general and legislative counsel for the gay rights group Equality Virginia, who also appeared on FOX & Friends, agreed with the governor -- a rare occurrence. "This decision's been made," she said. "It's time for us to go forward like good soldiers and...

By Anita Kumar  | January 4, 2011; 4:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Poll: Virginia tea party supporters very conservative, very white

Roanoke College poll finds that those who said they agree with the tea party closely mirrored those who otherwise identified themselves as conservative when asked questions about issues.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 4, 2011; 4:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Barack Obama, Polls, Robert F. McDonnell, Rosalind Helderman  
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Immigrant advocates press for repeal of Herndon day labor law

Social justice and immigration advocates joined with some Herndon residents Tuesday morning to ask the Herndon Town Council to rescind an ordinance they say violates day laborers' civil rights. The anti-solicitation ordinance prohibits people standing on town roads to communicate to drivers that they are looking for work, distribute pamphlets or ask for contributions. The council is scheduled to discuss the ordinance in closed session Tuesday night....

By Christy Goodman  | January 4, 2011; 2:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
 
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McDonnell flies to New York to make pitch to bond agencies

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who has been criticized by Democrats for a proposal to borrow nearly $3 billion for the state's ailing roads, flew to New York Tuesday to meet with bond rating agencies. McDonnell (R) will meet with representatives of Moody's, Standard and Poor's and Fitch and visit the New York Stock Exchange. The three bond rating companies originally wanted to meet with Virginia's governor about his job creation efforts, McDonnell spokeswoman Stacey Johnson said. But it's likely he also will speak about the state's AAA bond rating. McDonnell was accompanied on the day-long trip by House Majority Leader Kirk Cox (R); Del. Lacey Putney (I), chairman of the House Appropriation Committee; Sen. Charles Colgan (D), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee; Sen. Edward Houck (D), a budget negotiator; Finance Secretary Ric Brown; State Treasurer Manju Ganeriwala and Senior Economic Adviser Bob Sledd....

By Anita Kumar  | January 4, 2011; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Republicans outraise opponents for Virginia special elections

Republican candidates in two General Assembly special elections have raised significantly more campaign cash than their Democratic opponents.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 3, 2011; 5:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Man pleads guilty in bundling case

A Connecticut wealth manager pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to making false statements to the Federal Election Commission about "bundling" $48,300 in contributions to the 2008 presidential campaign of Hillary Rodham Clinton, and $13,800 to the presidential and Senate campaigns of former Virginia governor Jim Gilmore.

By Spencer S. Hsu  | January 3, 2011; 4:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Haymarket council member to challenge Corey Stewart

A Haymarket Town Council member said he plans to challenge Corey A. Stewart for the chairmanship of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors. Robert B. "Bob" Weir of Gainesville said at a recent county board meeting that he wants to run for the chairman's seat next year, citing a lack of transparency and leadership in Prince William County government. "It's been said there are four boxes to use in defense of liberty: soap, ballot, jury and ammo and I've worn my soap box out," Weir said to county supervisors. "Leadership and good public policy start at the top and I'm not seeing much. I don't want to do this, but I am going to do this." Weir has spent almost seven years on the Haymarket Town Council. Haymarket is an incorporated town in Prince William, with a population just over 1,000. Weir is one of four people who have...

By Jennifer Buske  | January 3, 2011; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Republicans line up to run for Gear's House seat

Several Republicans have jumped into the race to replace former Del. Thomas D. Gear, who announced last week that he would step down for health reasons. Chris Stuart, a businessman who owns a security company and serves on the Hampton City Council, and Chad Green, an attorney and second vice-chairman of the York County Republican party, both announced that they were running Monday. But Gear (R-Hampton) endorsed Teresa Vanasse Schmidt, a day-care assistant director from Hampton, who he confirmed is seeking the Republican nomination. Gear said that Schmidt is a lifelong Hampton resident whom he has known for years, in part through her father, who used to serve on the Hampton City Council. "She's a rock-solid conservative," Gear said. "She's pro-life. She's big on the Second Amendment. And she doesn't believe in raising taxes."...

By Anita Kumar and Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 3, 2011; 3:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Rosalind Helderman  
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Legislators scramble to raise campaign cash as session approaches

Virginia law requires legislators suspend fundraising during the legislative session. And that means that it's possible to eat your way through the week in these final pre-session days at fundraisers for legislators, particularly since it's an election year. Provided you're willing to cough up some moolah for your favorite senator or delegates' reelection campaign, that is.

By Rosalind S. Helderman  | January 3, 2011; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  General Assembly 2011, House of Delegates, Rosalind Helderman, State Senate, William Howell  
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McDonnell adviser Cox named executive director of GOP governors association

Phil Cox, who ran Gov. Bob McDonnell's gubernatorial campaign in 2009 and remains one of his top advisers, has been named executive director of the Republican Governors Association. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, the group's newly elected chairman, announced the appointment Monday. Cox will remain executive director to McDonnell's political action committee, Opportunity Virginia. McDonnell serves as vice chairman of RGA. He also will continue to advise Virginia Republicans looking to take back control of the state Senate in this year's elections....

By Anita Kumar  | January 3, 2011; 10:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Virginia officials sparse at Gray's mayoral inauguration

Plenty of regional dignitaries attended D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D)'s inauguration Sunday, but they didn't represent their neighbors to the south. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) received an invitation to the festivities but he declined to attend and did not send anyone in his place, according to his office. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D) attended, as did David Agnew, President Obama's director of intergovernmental affairs, and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who administered the oath of office to D.C. Council Chairman Kwame R. Brown. To be fair, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty did not attend McDonnell's inauguration in January 2010. (O'Malley was there). McDonnell and Gray have spoken, though. They have already issued a joint statement, along with O'Malley, on Metro governance....

By Anita Kumar  | January 2, 2011; 7:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kaine to stay on as Democratic National Committee Chairman

(Cross-posted from the 44 blog.) Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine said Sunday that he plans to stay at the helm of the national party another two years because that's where President Obama wants him to serve. "My agreement with the president is I was going to do what he wants me to do," Kaine said on CNN's "State of the Union." "And what I know sitting here today is he wants me to continue in this spot and that's what I'm going to do with excitement, you know, traveling all around the country, going through the TSA lines like everybody else, going out and being the president's advocate and promoter. And it's a wonderful job and I intend continue it." Kaine, the former governor of Virginia, was tapped by Obama in January 2009 to serve as the head of the DNC. Obama campaigned for Kaine's gubernatorial bid in 2005;...

By Felicia Sonmez  | January 2, 2011; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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