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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: Debates

Prince William chairman says Virginia should follow Arizona on immigration

Prince William Board of County Supervisors Chairman Corey A. Stewart is calling on Virginia legislators to follow in Arizona's footsteps and pass a law that would crackdown on illegal immigration throughout the Commonwealth.

By Jennifer Buske  |  June 17, 2010; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Debates , Prince William  
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Cantor gives Hurt a boost in Virginia 5th congressional district primary

House Minority Whip Eric I. Cantor (R-Va.) has donated $7,000 to the congressional campaign of State Sen. Robert Hurt through his leadership PAC and campaign committee, unleashing a storm of protest from conservative activists in Virginia's 5th District. Hurt is competing with six others for the Republican nomination to challenge U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello, the Democrat from Albemarle County who defeated Virgil Goode in 2008 by fewer than 1,000 votes. But before Republicans can unite to take on Perriello, they're spending some time fighting amongst themselves about who is the truest conservative. Hurt has name recognition and the backing of national Republicans, but he is viewed with suspicion by at least four active TEA Party organizations active in the 5th District....

By Amy Gardner  |  January 15, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Amy Gardner , Debates , Election 2010 , Eric Cantor , Robert Hurt , Tom Perriello  
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Va. lieutenant governor candidates duke it out

By Fredrick Kunkle Virginia's candidates for lieutenant governor duked it out in their one and only face-to-face debate in Salem Monday night with feisty and sometimes personal exchanges over taxes, jobs, education and each other's competence. In a one-hour debate hosted by Roanoke College, Republican Lt. Governor Bill Bolling repeatedly blamed Democratic challenger Jody M. Wagner for making poor decisions as a top finance official that complicated Virginia's efforts to cope with the recession. Bolling said Wagner, who served as secretary of finance under Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, had muffed important revenue forecasts while preparing the current two-year budget, forcing the governor to cut jobs and take other drastic measures to keep the books balanced. "We're in this mess because four years ago we adopted a budget that was based on a totally unrealistic fiscal foundation," Bolling said. He also accused Wagner of wanting to raise taxes at every turn....

By washingtonpost.com Editor  |  October 19, 2009; 10:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Debates  
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First Click - Virginia

Happy Friday, Virginia, here's what's happening in state politics today. The news offers political junkies two interesting indicators about the gubernatorial contest between R. Creigh Deeds (D) and Robert F. McDonnell (R). The two men sparred over a wide range of issues, from the economy to energy to gay adoptions, at a debate in Tysons Corner yesterday, which was tense from the very start. Afterward, Deeds was asked by a scrum of reporters about an apparent contradiction in his position on raising taxes for transportation. The line of questioning provoked a snippy response to a female reporter, which was caught on tape. Bob McCartney was not impressed with Deeds' performance....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  September 18, 2009; 7:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Creigh Deeds , Debates , First Click , Polls , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar , Transportation  
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Fact Check: Jobs

In his closing statement during today's debate, Deeds said McDonnell "never wrote a bill to create a job." Afterward, a reporter asked McDonnell about this accusation. Here's how he responded: "I carried the historic welfare reform bill in 1995. Do you know what that bill did? It put women to work. It created the transportation and health-care benefits and tax support so that women could go back to work, and then a year after that I introduced a tax credit bill to give businesses the ability to receive tax credits for hiring people." Okay, so neither exactly created jobs. But the welfare bill did require people to work to get state welfare benefits. We wrote more on that bill and McDonnell's repeated references to it in this campaign....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  September 17, 2009; 12:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race Fact Checker , Creigh Deeds , Debates , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar  
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First Click -- Virginia

Good morning Virginia, here's what's happening in state politics today. R. Creigh Deeds (D) and Robert F. McDonnell (R) face off today in a much-anticipated debate before Northern Virginia's business community, to be moderated by David Gregory of "Meet the Press." A lot is at stake today for both gubernatorial candidates, as McDonnell seeks to move beyond the thesis that has dominated headlines in recent weeks and Deeds aims to overcome the unfriendly atmosphere for Democrats nationally....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  September 17, 2009; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Creigh Deeds , Debates , Election 2009 , First Click , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar , Timothy M. Kaine , Virginia Notebook  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Race Takes Shape, Rosalind Helderman , July 25, 2009
Debate to be Available Online, Anita Kumar , July 10, 2009
Submit Questions for Democratic Gov Candidates' Last Debate, Christopher Dean Hopkins , May 12, 2009
Precursor to the Gov's Race?, Anita Kumar , October 16, 2008
Warner Will Not Debate Gilmore on Statewide TV, Anita Kumar , August 28, 2008
An Exaggeration or an Untruth?, Amy Gardner , October 16, 2007
Next, They Turn Off The Mike, Bill Turque , October 11, 2007
Baise Vows to Stop Dulles Rail In Its Tracks, Bill Turque , October 11, 2007
Debatable Points in Fairfax Chairman's Race, Bill Turque , October 8, 2007
Flowery Oratory in Fairfax Campaign, Bill Turque , October 5, 2007
Gary Baise and Heroin, Bill Turque , September 28, 2007
Fairfax Candidate Relocates Tysons, Bill Turque , September 27, 2007
Connolly Endorsed by Green Groups, Steve Fehr , September 17, 2007
In Fairfax, Two Schools of Prep, Bill Turque , September 13, 2007
 
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