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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: Election 2008/Local

New Spanish Radio Ads Start in Virginia

A series of new Spanish-language radio ads will begin airing in the Washington metro area to urge residents to "move forward and vote." The New Policy Institute, an affiliate of the NDN progressive think tank and advocacy organization, has been airing in Nevada and Colorado. The Washington area ads start tomorrow. The media campaign, Adelante, Spanish for "Moving Forward," is a public education campaign that encourages people to vote, explains the process of voting (including early and absentee voting) and targets what is projected to be a large pool of first-time Hispanic voters. Three ads will start airing on three radio stations, which serve Northern Virgina, southern Maryland and the District. Ads will air through Nov. 3....

By Anita Kumar  |  October 2, 2008; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Campaign Ads , Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/Local , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate  
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Webb Will Arrive in Denver Today

DENVER -- U.S. Sen. James Webb (D-Va.) will arrive in Denver later today to attend his first Democratic National Convention. Webb's arrival will highlight one of the most significant political transformations in a generation, considering he was a self-described Republican just eight years ago. But Webb has a packed schedule over the next 48 hours. Webb is sponsoring a breakfast for the Virginia delegation tomorrow. Later in the day, Webb will attend a luncheon sponsored by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, according to his aides. Webb will then do a round of national media interviews and mingle with Virginia delegates on the convention floor tomorrow evening, the same night that U.S. Senate candidate Mark R. Warner (D) is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at the convention. Webb plans to leave Denver Wednesday morning so he can travel to Phoenix, where he will deliver the keynote address at an American...

By Tim Craig  |  August 25, 2008; 4:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/Local , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Tim Craig  
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Templeton Gives Va GOP $80,000

The Republican Party of Virginia received a big check recently from John M Templeton Jr., who has poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into Republican and conservative causes over the years. The son of the late finance guru Sir John Templeton, John M. Templeton Jr. of Bryn Mawr Pennsylvania gave the Virginia Republican Party $80,000 on July 30, according to the State Board of Elections. He appears to have made the largest contribution from an individual to the Virgnia Republican Party since 2000, according to information from the Virginia Public Access Project, which tracks money in state politics. John M. Templeton Jr. is one of the founding members of Freedom's Watch, an organization that seeks to be the conservative version of Moveon.org. Freedom's Watch has aired millions of dollars in television ads in support of the war of Iraq. The group also plans to spend tens of millions of dollars...

By Tim Craig  |  August 17, 2008; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/Local , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Election 2009 , Tim Craig  
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ACLU of Virginia Warns of Political Interference

The ACLU of Virginia sent letters today to housing authorities across the state, warning them not to prevent political campaigners from going door to door to distribute literature, talk with residents or register people to vote. The letters, sent to administrators at all 28 housing authorities in the state, were prompted by the actions of the Bristol Redevelopment and Housing Authority, which blocked political campaigners from going door to door at its housing projects. ACLU of Virginia Executive Director Kent Willis said the First Amendment protects both the right of campaigners to go door to door in public housing projects and the right of tenants to receive information about registering to vote and political campaigns. "Just because people live in public housing does not mean they can be cut off from political debate," Willis said. "Public housing tenants have exactly the same rights as everyone else to be involved in...

By Anita Kumar  |  July 31, 2008; 1:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/Local , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate  
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Kaine Enters Dispute Over Vote Fraud Allegations

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) slammed Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick, the chairman of the Virginia Republican Party, this morning for saying on Monday that groups trying to register new voters are engaged in "a coordinated and widespread effort to commit voter fraud." In an interview on WTOP radio, Kaine called Frederick's (Prince William) assertion "ridiculous." "I think that is slandering the reputation of hardworking Virginians who care about elections and who want people to care about this process," Kaine said. "You know, I don't like to see folks doing things in the heat of a tough election to suggest they are trying to winnow down turnout and that is what I view (Frederick's) effort as." Gerry Scimeca, a spokesman for the Virginia Republican Party, responded in an interview by rhetorically asking Kaine if he is "against people breaking the law," referring to the arrests last week of three canvassers in...

By Tim Craig  |  July 29, 2008; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Coordinating Va Democrats: No Simple Task

The Virginia Democratic Party's decision to add Jim Wilson, a longtime Republican operative, to the payroll of its coordinated campaign may be a sign that Democratic efforts this year may not be so coordinated after all. The coordinated Democratic campaign has been established to boost U.S. Senate candidate Mark R. Warner, congressional candidates and Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.), the party's presumptive nominee for president. Although he is a Republican, Wilson supports Warner and travels the state putting up campaign signs for him. But at Saturday's U.S. Senate debate between Warner and Republican Jim Gilmore, Wilson was seen with a sign in his truck that included Warner's name and that of Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), the presumptive GOP nominee for president....

By Washington Post editors  |  July 23, 2008; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Election 2008/Congress , Election 2008/Local , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Tim Craig  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Campaign Finance Information, Tim Craig , July 15, 2008
Kaine Lands Another $100,000 Plus Donor, Tim Craig , July 2, 2008
Virginia GOP Has New Director, Tim Craig , June 27, 2008
Virginia Republican Party Needs Money, Tim Craig , June 23, 2008
Organizers Coming to a Door Near You, Tim Craig , June 17, 2008
Convention Recap, Tim Craig , June 15, 2008
Walter Curt Heads Up GOP Fundraising, Tim Craig , June 9, 2008
The Fallout from Frederick's Win, Tim Craig , May 31, 2008
Big Donors Boost Kaine's Fundraising, Tim Craig , May 27, 2008
Delegate Runs for Richmond Mayor, Anita Kumar , April 17, 2008
Lobbyist Seeks Seat on Fairfax City Council, Anita Kumar , February 20, 2008
GOP Chairman Ready to Take on Frederick, Tim Craig , January 23, 2008
Bolling Endorses Party Registration, Tim Craig , January 15, 2008
Gilmore, GOP Hire New Staff, Tim Craig , January 14, 2008
Herndon Race Heats Up, Bill Turque , January 14, 2008
Reece Runs for Mayor of Herndon, Steve Fehr , January 12, 2008
 
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