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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: Jody Wagner

On eve of health care vote, Virginia Democrats urged to have 'no fear'

A full minute. That's how long Democrats attending their party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner at the Richmond Convention Center on Saturday evening stood cheering and shouting after U.S. Rep. Gerry Connolly (D) made the evening's first reference to Sunday's big vote in Washington on the health care reform package. With no statewide race on the ballot in November and no president or former president on the speaking card, there were fewer attendees at this year's annual dinner than at past events. But because of an unexpected quirk in the schedule, the dinner took place the on the eve of Sunday's final showdown vote in the House of Representatives, and the participants had an air of defiant excitement. Again and again Connolly and fellow Rep. Tom Perriello urged the Democratic activists not to let Republican "tea-partiers" and Fox TV personalities shape the debate on the issue. The Democrats insisted they are not...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  March 21, 2010; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Gerald E. Connolly , Glenn Nye , James Webb , Jody Wagner , Mark Warner , Rosalind Helderman , Steve Shannon , Terry McAuliffe , Tom Perriello  
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Winners & Losers of 2009

Here at the Virginia Politics blog, we thought we would take one last look at 2009 before officially welcoming in the new year. And what a year it was in Virginia politics. We had a nationally watched race for the state's top job, a sitting governor who became a national figure and a divided legislature that struggled with a multibillion budget shortfall. Virginia became the first state in the nation to reject federal stimulus money for the unemployed and the last one to ask for federal stimulus money for transportation. Democrats started the year out on top and ended the year in disarray. Republicans are on the cusp of a resurgence they could not have imagined 12 months ago. We know Bob McDonnell had a tremendous year, and Creigh Deeds not so much. Ditto for their campaign managers, Phil Cox and Joe Abbey. Who else had a great or lousy...

By Anita Kumar  |  January 1, 2010; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , 2010 Virginia Congressional Races , Anita Kumar , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Election 2010 , General Assembly 2010 , George F. Allen , House of Delegates , Jody Wagner , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , State Senate , Terry McAuliffe , Timothy M. Kaine , Tom Perriello , Winners and Losers  
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Ten House races top $1 million mark

Despite the recession, this year's election cycle had four of the five most expensive delegate races in Virginia history, including a $1.71 million battle between Del. Dave Albo (R) and challenger Greg Werkheiser in Fairfax that gets the award for most expensive ever. That's according to the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in politics, which has been doing number crunching on finance reports submitted by campaigns last week. The second most expensive race in state history was the contest between newly elected Del. Chris Stolle and incumbent Democrat Joe Bouchard in Virginia Beach, who jointly spent $1.53 million on the race....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  December 7, 2009; 11:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , Bill Bolling , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , Jody Wagner , Ken Cuccinelli , Leslie L. Byrne , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Steve Shannon  
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Democrats speak of a broken "streak" in Virginia

The losing Democratic candidates and their supporters in Virginia had a common theme in their concession speeches moments ago: The party has had a good run in the state, and despite the loss, their work goes on. "We lose an election but we don't give up," said defeated gubernatorial candidate R. Creigh Deeds to a crescendo of applause. "We still have fight, we still have spirit, we still have things to say. There's still people that need a voice!...This chapter is closed but the next chapter is yet to be written." Former Gov. Mark Warner and Gov. Tim Kaine both played on the theme that Democrats have gotten "used" to winning in a state that was once reliably Republican. "Eight years ago we started a streak in this state--in a state where Democrats didn't control either house of the legislature, any statewide office, and we turned Virginia around," Warner said....

By Anne Bartlett  |  November 3, 2009; 10:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Jody Wagner , Steve Shannon  
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Lieutenant Governor candidates vote

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling tallied at least one vote for himself, and probably two more, as he, his wife, Jean Ann, and his 26-year-old son Matt cast ballots about 10 a.m. in their hometown precinct in Mechanicsville, a suburb of Richmond. Bolling, who is seeking a second term as lieutenant governor, voted at the Washington Henry Elementary School in the Shady Grove precinct, campaign spokeswoman Ibbie Hedrick said. She said the Bollings' other adult son, Kevin, 22, plans to vote after his classes end at James Madison Unversity. Afterwards, Bolling began dialing for votes. Later this evening, Bolling will join his running mates -- Robert F. McDonnell, the former attorney general who is at the top of the ticket, and state Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, who is running for Attorney General this year--at the Marriott in Richmond. Farther east, Democratic challenger Jody M. Wagner went to the polls at 6:50 a.m....

By Anne Bartlett  |  November 3, 2009; 11:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Bill Bolling , Election 2009 , Fredrick Kunkle , Jody Wagner  
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First Click -- Virginia

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009 Good morning everyone. Here's what's happening in politics around the state today. This is it! Election Day has finally arrived. Check back frequently for all of our election coverage throughout the day and night. In the meantime, here's some morning reading to start your day: Republican Bob McDonnell will vote outside Richmond this morning, before greeting voters at his childhood precinct in Fairfax County and at a Virginia Beach precint he represented in the House of Delegates. Democrat Creigh Deeds will vote in Bath County this morning before greeting voters in Charlottesville, which he represents in the state Senate. Both men will spend election night in the capital city. McDonnell will be at the Marriott downtown with Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli, candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general. Deeds will be at the Westin Hotel in Richmond's West End with Gov. Tim Kaine and Jody...

By Anita Kumar  |  November 3, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , 2009 Lieutenant Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Bill Bolling , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , First Click , Jody Wagner , Ken Cuccinelli , Robert F. McDonnell , Sarah Palin , Steve Shannon , Timothy M. Kaine  
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Older Entries in This Category »

First Click -- Virginia, Anita Kumar , November 2, 2009
McDonnell's money lead grows and grows, Rosalind Helderman , November 1, 2009
Q & A with statewide candidates, Anita Kumar , November 1, 2009
One more poll puts McDonnell way up, Rosalind Helderman , November 1, 2009
Get a mop? Va. GOP says get a broom, Rosalind Helderman , October 31, 2009
First Click -- Virginia, Rosalind Helderman , October 30, 2009
Wagner and Bolling trade more attacks, Anne Bartlett , October 28, 2009
First Click -- Virginia, Rosalind Helderman , October 28, 2009
Bolling Unveils New Ad on Record, Anita Kumar , October 26, 2009
UPDATED: New Wagner ad for NoVa, elsewhere, Rosalind Helderman , October 26, 2009
Kaine rallies the troops, Anita Kumar , October 25, 2009
NAACP Berates Shannon, Bolling, Anita Kumar , October 24, 2009
First Click -- Virginia, Amy Gardner , October 20, 2009
First Click -- Virginia, Amy Gardner , October 19, 2009
Updated: Wagner, Bolling Report Fundraising, Rosalind Helderman , October 15, 2009
National Democratic Jewish Group Makes Push in Virginia , Rosalind Helderman , October 15, 2009
Jody Wagner Campaigns in Fairfax, Anne Bartlett , October 13, 2009
Wagner Rips Bolling's Attendance in Second TV Ad, Sandhya Somashekhar , October 13, 2009
First Click -- Virginia, Anita Kumar , October 9, 2009
First Click -- Virginia, Anita Kumar , October 8, 2009
Bolling Airs Wagner Attack Ad, Anita Kumar , October 6, 2009
Wagner Goes Up On Air, Anita Kumar , October 5, 2009
First Click -- Virginia, Anita Kumar , September 29, 2009
New Ad From Bolling, Amy Gardner , September 24, 2009
First Click -- Virginia, Rosalind Helderman , September 24, 2009
GOP Candidates Press Dems on Taxes, Anita Kumar , September 22, 2009
Money Game: Lieutenant Governor Candidates, Anita Kumar , September 15, 2009
First Click -- Virginia, Sandhya Somashekhar , September 14, 2009
Where's Dick Cranwell?, Anita Kumar , August 26, 2009
Signer Petitions in Question, Anita Kumar , April 15, 2009
Wagner Raises $375,000, Anita Kumar , April 14, 2009
Bolling Raises $300,000, Anita Kumar , April 14, 2009
Another Democrat Enters LG Race, Anita Kumar , January 2, 2009
Bowerbank Hires Staff, Anita Kumar , December 10, 2008
Wagner Receives NoVa Endorsements, Anita Kumar , December 4, 2008
Wagner Names Campaign Manager, Anita Kumar , December 1, 2008
 
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