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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: Election 2008/U.S. Senate

First Click -- Virginia

Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009 Good morning, politicos! Just 14 days to go until Election Day, and things are looking good for the GOP/bad for the Dems. A new poll gives Republicans Robert F. McDonnell a substantial lead over Democrat R. Creigh Deeds. We have a few issues with this poll, but there's another one out this morning from Clarus that shows McDonnell up by 8 points, 49 to 41. Democrat Creigh Deeds says he's still got plenty of time, and that his campaign will now focus on drawing out supporters of President Obama and core Democrats generally. The candidates for lieutenant governor, incumbent Republican Bill Bolling and Democrat Jody Wagner, took the proverbial gloves off last night in a televised debate. And Steve Shannon, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, unveiled a tough new ad accusing Republican Ken Cuccinelli of not being tough enough on public corruption because he hasn't...

By Amy Gardner  |  October 20, 2009; 6:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Amy Gardner , Bill Bolling , Creigh Deeds , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , First Click , Jody Wagner , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Steve Shannon , Timothy M. Kaine  
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First Click - Virginia

Good morning, Virginia, here's what's happening in state politics today. Today is the deadline for candidates in November's election to file their summer campaign finance reports, including gubernatorial hopefuls R. Creigh Deeds (D) and Robert F. McDonnell (R). The reports will provide a valuable glimpse into the kind of support each man is attracting, as did yesterday's announcement that Deeds has been endorsed by the state firefighters and McDonnell got the nod from the NRA, which supported Deeds in their last match-up four years ago. Observers will also be on the lookout for evidence of the national groups that are expected to pour resources into one of the first big races since last year's history-making presidential election. Both men attend a candidates forum at a Bar Association event in Norfolk today, offering a preview of Thursday's debate in Fairfax....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  September 15, 2009; 6:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Election 2009 , First Click , General Assembly 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar , Timothy M. Kaine  
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BGR, Rogers Helped Warner Too

Last week, Democratic gubernatorial Brian Moran blasted his rival Terry McAuliffe for attending a Washington fundraiser hosted by BGR Group, a lobbying firm founded in part by Republican Ed Rogers. But it turns out BGR and Rogers hosted a fundraiser for another Virginia Democrat. A fundraiser honoring U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner of Virginia was held in October 2008 when the former governor was running for Senate. The invitation included Rogers, along with nine other lobbyists with BGR, including former Bush aide Eric Burgeson, Lanny Griffith, who worked in the George H.W. Bush White House and Bob Wood, chief of staff to former Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson. Moran criticized McAuliffe last week for his relationship with Rogers, who helped carry the Republican message on TV last year with pointed references to President Obama's middle name, Hussein. So what does Moran say now?...

By Anita Kumar  |  April 3, 2009; 8:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Election 2009 , Mark Warner , Terry McAuliffe  
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John Warner Knighted for Service

Former U.S. Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.) will be made an honorary Knight Commander by Queen Elizabeth II. The award is in recognition of Warner's service to strengthening the alliance between the United States and United Kingdom, particularly in fighting threats to national security around the world, according to a press release from the British Ambassador. "John Warner has spent his life in the service of the American people,'' British Ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald said. "Throughout his long and distinguished career he has been a constant and unstinting friend of the United Kingdom, working with us on issues ranging from defense cooperation to the Northern Ireland peace process."...

By Anita Kumar  |  February 19, 2009; 12:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , John W. Warner  
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Warner Names Chief of Staff

Mark R. Warner (D) announced today that he hired Capitol Hill veteran Luke Albee to serve as his chief of staff in January after he is sworn in as Virginia's junior senator. Albee has been a Senate aide for two decades, including 11 as chief of staff to Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, chairman of the Judiciary Committee and one of the Senate's most senior members. "I am pleased to have someone with Luke Albee's experience working with us in the Senate," Warner said in a statement. "Luke has earned respect from both sides of the aisle, and he's widely known for his ability to bring people together to create common-sense solutions." Albee, 48, left the Hill in 2005 to join the political consulting firm Ricchetti, Inc....

By Anita Kumar  |  November 17, 2008; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , Mark Warner  
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Gilmore Continues Raising Money (Updated)

His campaign for U.S. Senate ended 10 days ago but former governor James S. Gilmore III is still fundraising. Gilmore (R) is looking for donors to help him erase a $50,000 debt in his unsuccessful race against former governor Mark R. Warner (D). He also has another $140,000 in debt from his failed presidential campaign, according to the Federal Election Commission. "I want to continue to play a role in restoring our party and adding to the public debate of the future,'' he wrote in a fundraising letter to supporters this week. "It will be difficult to play this role with this unresolved debt. If you can help me one last time with a contribution of $100, $75, or even $35 , I would be most grateful." Gilmore raised more than $2-million during his campaign while Warner raised more than $12-million. Text of the letter is below:...

By Anita Kumar  |  November 14, 2008; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , James Gilmore III , Mark Warner  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Warner victory party, Kristen Mack , November 4, 2008
Groups Urge State Employees To Work at Polls, Tim Craig , October 31, 2008
Taxpayer Group Endorses Gilmore, Anita Kumar , October 24, 2008
Gilmore Signs Energy Pledge, Anita Kumar , October 23, 2008
Warner Ads for Obama Begin Tonight, Anita Kumar , October 21, 2008
Gilmore Raises $1.9 Million for Race, Anita Kumar , October 21, 2008
Veterans Groups Support Gilmore, Anita Kumar , October 17, 2008
Warner Unveils New Ads, Anita Kumar , October 14, 2008
Gilmore Gets Support From Former House Leader, Anita Kumar , October 14, 2008
Va Republicans Try to Boost Membership, Anita Kumar , October 8, 2008
Webb Hits the Campaign Trail, Anita Kumar , October 7, 2008
Final U.S. Senate Debate Today, Anita Kumar , October 3, 2008
New Spanish Radio Ads Start in Virginia, Anita Kumar , October 2, 2008
Warner Floods Virginia With Yard Signs, Tim Craig , September 28, 2008
Summer of George, Autumn of Warner? , Anita Kumar , September 25, 2008
Mark Warner is Unsure Who's Rich, Tim Craig , September 19, 2008
Warner Gets Law Enforcement Support, Anita Kumar , September 16, 2008
McCain Gets Into Organizing Game, Tim Craig , September 11, 2008
Gilmore's First Ad (Updated), Tim Craig , September 8, 2008
McCain-Warner Campaign Debuts, Tim Craig , September 2, 2008
Warner Will Not Debate Gilmore on Statewide TV, Anita Kumar , August 28, 2008
Gilmore Releases New Video, Anita Kumar , August 26, 2008
Webb Will Arrive in Denver Today, Tim Craig , August 25, 2008
Virginia Democrats Target McCain's Wealth, Tim Craig , August 22, 2008
GOP Finds Issue in Warner Speech, Tim Craig , August 20, 2008
Templeton Gives Va GOP $80,000, Tim Craig , August 17, 2008
McCain Airs New Ad In Virginia, Anita Kumar , July 30, 2008
Coordinating Va Democrats: No Simple Task, Washington Post editors , July 23, 2008
Campaign Finance Information, Tim Craig , July 15, 2008
Warner Spends More Than $4 Million, Tim Craig , July 2, 2008
Kaine Lands Another $100,000 Plus Donor, Tim Craig , July 2, 2008
Former Top Cop Endorses Warner, Washington Post editors , July 1, 2008
Kaine Credits Gilmore's Political Skills, Tim Craig , June 27, 2008
Virginia GOP Has New Director, Tim Craig , June 27, 2008
Mark Warner Opposes Higher Gas Tax, Tim Craig , June 24, 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
Democrats Gather at State Convention, Anita Kumar , June 14, 2008
Democrats Unite In Hampton Roads, Anita Kumar , June 14, 2008
Walter Curt Heads Up GOP Fundraising, Tim Craig , June 9, 2008
John Warner Donates $2,000 to Gilmore, Tim Craig , June 6, 2008
'Gail for Rail' Secures Spot on the Ballot, Anita Kumar , June 5, 2008
Warner Gets Some Bipartisan Support, Anita Kumar , June 5, 2008
The Fallout from Frederick's Win, Tim Craig , May 31, 2008
Gilmore Wins GOP Nomination, Anita Kumar , May 31, 2008
Mark Warner Launches TV Ad, Anita Kumar , May 31, 2008
Race for U.S. Senate Nominee Begins, Anita Kumar , May 31, 2008
Happy Birthday, Bob and Bill, Anita Kumar , May 30, 2008
Cheney Speaks to Virginia Republicans, Anita Kumar , May 30, 2008
Gilmore Attacks Marshall in Mailing, Tim Craig , May 28, 2008
Big Donors Boost Kaine's Fundraising, Tim Craig , May 27, 2008
Cheney to Speak to Virginia GOP, Tim Craig , May 19, 2008
Warner Given Warning About Black Vote, Tim Craig , May 15, 2008
Republicans Try to Build the Party, Anita Kumar , May 8, 2008
Warner Continues Tour Around the State, Anita Kumar , May 5, 2008
Warner Kicks Off Senate Campaign, Anita Kumar , May 4, 2008
Gilmore Steps Up Senate Campaign, Tim Craig , April 30, 2008
Gilmore Declines to Debate Marshall, Anita Kumar , April 28, 2008
Marshall Challenges Gilmore to Debate, Anita Kumar , April 25, 2008
Democratic Party Aims for Gilmore, Tim Craig , April 22, 2008
Gilmore Claims Victory in Senate Nomination, Anita Kumar , April 21, 2008
Marshall Raises $50,000 for U.S. Senate Race, Anita Kumar , April 17, 2008
Warner Submits Signatures for Ballot, Anita Kumar , April 11, 2008
Another Conservative Enters Senate Race, Tim Craig , March 19, 2008
Marshall Condemns Bolling, McDonnell, Tim Craig , March 11, 2008
Bolling, McDonnell Endorse Gilmore, Tim Craig , March 11, 2008
Webb Endorses Byrne, Tim Craig , March 6, 2008
Marshall Gloats - Just a Little, Anita Kumar , February 29, 2008
Mike Henry to Manage Warner's Campaign, Tim Craig , February 22, 2008
Winners & Losers from JJ Dinner, Tim Craig , February 11, 2008
Gilmore Blames Warner for Payday Loan Problems, Anita Kumar , February 5, 2008
Gilmore Collects $348,000 for Senate Bid, Tim Craig , February 1, 2008
Mark Warner Hauls In $2.7 million, Steve Fehr , January 31, 2008
GOP Chairman Ready to Take on Frederick, Tim Craig , January 23, 2008
Boucher Says Obama Can Win Rural Vote, Tim Craig , January 21, 2008
Bolling Endorses Party Registration, Tim Craig , January 15, 2008
Gilmore, GOP Hire New Staff, Tim Craig , January 14, 2008
Gilmore Says GOP Senators Behind Him, Tim Craig , January 11, 2008
Republicans, Mark Warner Trade Jabs, Tim Craig , January 11, 2008
Bob Marshall Set to Make it Official, Tim Craig , January 6, 2008
Kaine Spends a Cold Day in Iowa With Obama, Anita Kumar , January 2, 2008
Mark Warner Looks for Online Donors, Anita Kumar , December 27, 2007
Marshall Edges Closer to Senate Race, Bill Turque , December 20, 2007
Mark Warner Rakes in Money, Tim Craig , December 13, 2007
Fairfax Man May Take on Mark Warner, Tim Craig , December 3, 2007
Democrats Already 'Tracking' Gilmore on Tape, Tim Craig , December 3, 2007
Winners and Losers From the GOP Advance, Tim Craig , December 3, 2007
Saxman Says No to Senate Bid, Tim Craig , December 1, 2007
Saxman Set To Make Decision on Senate Bid, Tim Craig , November 29, 2007
Winners and Losers, Tim Craig , November 21, 2007
Bob Marshall Considers U.S. Senate Bid, Tim Craig , November 21, 2007
Round One: Campaign Websites, Tim Craig , November 21, 2007
Is Sen. Warner Still Unsure About Gilmore?, Anita Kumar , November 19, 2007
Del. Chris Saxman May Challenge Gilmore, Tim Craig , November 19, 2007
Mark Warner Reacts to Gilmore's Announcement, Anita Kumar , November 19, 2007
Radio Discussion on Virginia Politics, Tim Craig , November 16, 2007
Winners and Losers, Steve Fehr , November 16, 2007
Warner Heads West to Raise Money, Tim Craig , November 16, 2007
Allen and McDonnell Endorse Thompson, Tim Craig , November 13, 2007
Mark Warner Launches New Blog, Tim Craig , November 8, 2007
Rep. Cantor Likes House -- For Now, Tim Craig , November 7, 2007
Jim Webb's Big New Hampshire Speech, Tim Craig , October 20, 2007
This Week's Winners and Losers, Steve Fehr , October 19, 2007
Davis Hints He May Pass on 08 Senate Run., Tim Craig , October 17, 2007
Voters like Kaine, Warner but not Assembly, Tim Craig , October 17, 2007
Jim Webb in 2012 or 2016?, Tim Craig , October 15, 2007
Wash Post Polling Director Discusses Va Poll, Tim Craig , October 15, 2007
Post Poll Preview: Kaine Earns High Marks, Tim Craig , October 12, 2007
Virginia Notebook: Davis and His Decision, Steve Fehr , October 10, 2007
Mark Warner to Move Into New Office, Tim Craig , October 9, 2007
Republicans Press Warner on Taxes, Tim Craig , September 24, 2007
Virginia Notebook: GOP Could Learn From Democrats, Steve Fehr , September 19, 2007
Davis Enters "General Betray Us" Fray, Tim Craig , September 18, 2007
Gilmore Winning Conservative Support, Tim Craig , September 17, 2007
A Bumper Crop of Warner Supporters, Tim Craig , September 15, 2007
Mark Warner Already 'Battered and Bruised', Tim Craig , September 15, 2007
Mark Not John, Steve Fehr , September 14, 2007
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