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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: 2009 Governor's Race Fact Checker

Fact Checker: Is that $7,800 number accurate?

Earlier this month, the GOP launched two television ads claiming that that Democratic gubernatorial candidate R. Creigh Deeds' support for a statewide gas tax and federal cap-and-trade legislation would result in $7,800 in additional taxes per Virginia family every four years. Deeds (D-Bath) has fired back, debuting his own ad in southwest Virginia that called on Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert F. McDonnell to "knock off the lies" about the Democrat's support for the cap-and-trade bill. So who is right and how did McDonnell reach that $7,800 number? McDonnell's $7,800-figure ads were based primarily on two assumptions. The first is that Deeds would support a 20-cent-per-gallon state gas tax to raise the $1 billion he has said is needed for road and transit improvements. Deeds has yet to support such an increase....

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 25, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Governor's Race Fact Checker , Creigh Deeds , Derek Kravitz , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Fact Check: Fueling the Debate Over Taxes

In a campaign that has lately shifted the debate to taxes, state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, the Democratic Party candidate for governor, says Republican candidate Robert F. McDonnell is exaggerating the potential cost that Deeds' proposals would cost Virginia's families. Leaving aside the GOP's questionable claim that Deeds' total tax tab would amount to about $7,800 per family -- which would require yet another foray into the thicket of computations and counter-computations of the impact of cap-and-trade regulation on American consumers -- let's focus for the moment on the bill for transportation. Deeds says Virginia needs at least $1 billion in new revenues every year to fix its transportation woes. He does not specify where the new money will come from, other than to say that he will not use any money that now supports the state's public schools. He tells a scrum of reporters that he will not raise...

By Anne Bartlett  |  October 18, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Governor's Race Fact Checker , Creigh Deeds , Fredrick Kunkle , Robert F. McDonnell , Transportation  
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Fact-Checker: Did McDonnell Support Dropping Mammograms From Health Plans?

It was an alarming advertisement, claiming Virginia's former attorney general supported a bill that would have allowed employers to drop mammograms and cancer screenings from health care plans -- made more alarming by the claim that Robert F. McDonnell was one of only nine attorneys general in the U.S. to do so. The radio ad, circulated this month by Democratic state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, noted that his Republican opponent McDonnell was one of the nine who had not signed on to a 2006 letter opposing federal legislation that would have allowed employers to not carry such state-mandated benefits. McDonnell's campaign says the attorney general was also opposed to the legislation, but didn't receive the draft letter. It was sent to the office of his chief deputy, William C. Mims, on April 21, 2006, a Friday, the campaign said. The deadline was Monday, April 24, and the letter was sent...

By Derek Kravitz  |  October 11, 2009; 9:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Governor's Race Fact Checker , Robert F. McDonnell  
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Virginia Notebook: Wilder Again Plays His Hand Alone

It's one of the most popular parlor games in Virginia politics: guessing who, if anyone, will get former Democratic governor L. Douglas Wilder's endorsement. This year, the game came to a swift end when Wilder announced last week that he would sit out the Virginia governor's race. The decision itself wasn't shocking (he had done the same in prior years), but it was surprising this year considering he had been courted by President Obama and Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, his party's national chairman. Wilder said in a lengthy statement that he could not endorse Democrat R. Creigh Deeds in his race over Republican Robert F. McDonnell because Deeds supports a tax increase to pay for road and transit improvements ("This is not the time in our Commonwealth to talk about any kind of tax increase") and boasts a pro-gun record ("I do not see how endorsing a proposal to have...

By Anita Kumar  |  September 30, 2009; 4:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Governor's Race Fact Checker , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Terry McAuliffe  
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Fact-Checker: How Much Does Virginia Spend on Classrooms?

Republican gubernatorial candidate Robert F. McDonnell says Virginia needs to pony up and increase the amount it spends in public school classrooms, arguing that administrative offices get far too much funding. Many Virginia schools say they spend enough -- 65 percent or more -- on teaching. Who's right? The quick answer: It depends on whom you ask. The federal government says Virginia spends 61 percent on classroom instruction; Virginia school officials say they spend closer to 65 percent. The difference comes down to a narrow interpretation of whether things like libraries and guidance counselors constitute classroom instruction. Earlier this month, McDonnell, a former state delegate and Virginia attorney general, and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who is running for re-election, unveiled the fourth part of their state education policy proposal -- a plan to boost classroom coffers by $480 million by upping the required funding amount for school instruction to 65...

By Derek Kravitz  |  September 27, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race Fact Checker , Derek Kravitz  
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Fack Checker: McDonnell and School Funding

For some time now, state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds (D) has been bashing Robert F. McDonnell, his Republican opponent in the governor's race, for his stance on school funding. Deeds and fellow Democrats accuse McDonnell of wanting to raid K-12 education funding to fix the transportation mess in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads. In a press release earlier this month, the Deeds campaign said McDonnell "has pledged to take $5.4 billion from our schools to pay for roads." Deeds made similar claims in an Aug. 21 speech at George Mason University and again at Wednesday's debate sponsored by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce in McLean....

By Anne Bartlett  |  September 20, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Governor's Race Fact Checker , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Fredrick Kunkle , Robert F. McDonnell , Transportation  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Fact Check: Jobs, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 17, 2009
Fact Check: Working Women, Amy Gardner , September 17, 2009
Fact Check: I'm Not Going To Raise Taxes, Amy Gardner , September 17, 2009
Fact Check: Cap-and-Trade, Amy Gardner , September 17, 2009
Fact Check: Contraception for Married Couples, Amy Gardner , September 17, 2009
Fact Check: Governor's Opportunity Fund, Amy Gardner , September 17, 2009
Fact-Checker: McDonnell and Energy Rate Hikes, Derek Kravitz , September 13, 2009
Fact Check: Is Economic Fund a Cure-All?, Anne Bartlett , August 30, 2009
Live Blog: Virginia FREE Luncheon, Rosalind Helderman , May 26, 2009
Fact Checker: Dominion Rate Increase, Anita Kumar , May 20, 2009
McAuliffe: No to Dominion Money?, Amy Gardner , May 19, 2009
Moran: I Led Efforts on Equality Issues, Amy Gardner , May 19, 2009
McAuliffe: I Created Thousands of Jobs, Amy Gardner , May 19, 2009
Fact Checker: Democrats at Candidates' Forum, Anita Kumar , April 22, 2009
 
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