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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: Bill Turque

Virginia Firefighters Likely To Endorse McAuliffe

The Virginia Professional Firefighters Association, an influential labor organization, will apparently endorse Terry McAuliffe in the Democratic primary for governor, according to sources familiar with the decision. In recent days, the leadership of the VPFF has been sending signals to Brian Moran and Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, also candidates for the nomination, that the firefighters union was going to get behind McAuliffe. Now, the Henrico Professional Firefighters Union has a statement on its website saying the state association will make its endorsement of McAuliffe official on Wednesday at the State Capitol. "President Mohler has notified the other candidates that we are endorsing Terry McAuliffe ...We need as many members there as possible," the announcement states. "We have a goal of assembling 200 people (please bring friends, family or anyone else willing to come.) We will have the yellow and gold trademark t-shirts for people to wear. I understand that Terry...

By Tim Craig  | February 16, 2009; 3:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race, Bill Turque, Creigh Deeds, Terry McAuliffe, Tim Craig  
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Obama Releases New Ad in Virginia

Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama launched a two-minute television ad in Virginia today to explain how the Illinois senator plans to handle the nation's financial crisis. The ad, called Same Path, details Obama's plan to jump-start the economy and create millions of jobs. Specifically, it outlines his tax plan, which his campaign says will provide tax relief to the middle class and cut taxes for small and startup businesses....

By Anita Kumar  | September 30, 2008; 10:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Bill Turque, Election 2008/President, John McCain  
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Fimian Rolls Up Big Bucks

The big money is not all on the Democratic side in the 11th Congressional District race. Republican Keith Fimian announced that he has raised $838,000--with $742,000 cash on hand--in the campaign to succeed retiring Rep. Thomas M. Davis III (R). The Oakton resident, a former football star at the College of William and Mary, owns U.S. Inspect, a home inspection company. Gerald E. Connolly, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, leads fundraising in the Democratic field with $500,000 amassed during the first quarter of 2008....

By Bill Turque  | April 16, 2008; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bill Turque, Election 2008/Congress  
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Connolly Up 20 Points in Poll

New polling by Fairfax County Board Chairman Gerald E. Connolly continues to show him with a significant lead over Leslie L. Byrne in the race for the 11th District Democratic Congressional nomination. The poll of likely Democratic primary voters, first reported yesterday by the Congressional newspaper The Hill, had Connolly ahead of Byrne by a 20-point margin, 45-25. That is just slightly below the 23-point spread Connolly claimed in a January poll. Both surveys were conducted by Lake Research Partners. It shows two other opponents, Doug Denneny and Lori Alexander, trailing far behind with one percent each....

By Steve Fehr  | April 9, 2008; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
Categories:  Bill Turque, Election 2008/Congress, Gerald E. Connolly  
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Cranking Out the Endorsements in the 11th

Endorsements are a chronically overvalued commodity in politics. Remember a few weeks ago when Ted Kennedy's testimonial to Barack Obama at American University was heralded as a ground-changing event? But that's never stopped campaigns from cranking them out--big names and little ones. Gerry Connolly announced 29 local officials on Wednesday in his campaign for the 11th District Democratic Congressional nomination. Today was House of Delegates day: Del. Kenneth R. Plum (D-Fairfax); Del. James M. Scott (D-Fairfax); Del. David L. Bulova (D-Fairfax); Del. Vivian E. Watts (D-Fairfax); Del. Dave W. Marsden (D-Fairfax); Del. C. Charles Caputo (D-Fairfax), and Del. Paul F. Nichols (D-Prince William). Former Rep. Leslie L. Byrne has her own long state house list, including Del. Robert D. Hull (D-Fairfax); Del. Margi Vanderhye (D-Fairfax) and Del. Lionell Spruill Sr. (D-Chesapeake), DNC National Committeeman. Byrne has also brought home the marquee endorsement of the race to date, Sen. James Webb....

By Bill Turque  | March 27, 2008; 7:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Bill Turque, Election 2008/Congress, Gerald E. Connolly, Leslie L. Byrne  
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Connolly, Firefighters Continue a Beautiful Friendship

As investments go, Gerald E. Connolly has yielded pretty good returns for Fairfax County firefighters and paramedics. Their union, Local 2068 of the International Association of Firefighters, has put up nearly $100,000 in campaign contributions to the Board of Supervisors chairman over the last four years. During that period, they've received salary increases significantly higher than those of other county employees. County and union officials say there was no quid pro quo, and that the raises were strictly a matter of keeping public safety pay competitive with surrounding communities....

By Bill Turque  | March 21, 2008; 11:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bill Turque, Election 2008/Congress, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Gerald E. Connolly  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Denneny Decries 11th District Squabbling, Bill Turque , March 19, 2008
Connolly Brings on the Green on St. Pat's Day, Bill Turque , March 14, 2008
Fairfax Budget Gets Political in a Hurry, Bill Turque , February 27, 2008
Fairfax Supervisors Assess the Damage, Bill Turque , February 26, 2008
Hurst Endorses Connolly, Steve Fehr , February 21, 2008
Fairfax Board Retreats From Retreat, Bill Turque , February 5, 2008
Connolly Rallies Democratic Family, Steve Fehr , January 23, 2008
Power Struggle on the Fairfax Board, Bill Turque , January 16, 2008
Herndon Race Heats Up, Bill Turque , January 14, 2008
Reece Runs for Mayor of Herndon, Steve Fehr , January 12, 2008
"D" Is for Democrat and Dollars, Steve Fehr , January 4, 2008
McKay Taps Barker Operative for Lee, Bill Turque , December 20, 2007
McConnell's Imperial Send-Off, Bill Turque , December 19, 2007
Connolly and the "11th Congressional Arena", Bill Turque , December 13, 2007
NoVa Still Hillary Country, Bill Turque , December 10, 2007
Ebenezer Halpin?, Steve Fehr , November 28, 2007
Fairfax On Guard Against Black Beaked Canadians, Bill Turque , November 20, 2007
Moran and the Jews, Cont., Steve Fehr , November 13, 2007
No Metro Board for Connolly, Steve Fehr , November 7, 2007
Connolly Shows the Love, Bill Turque , November 1, 2007
Metro May be Next Stop for Connolly, Steve Fehr , October 31, 2007
Did Herrity's Dad Make Developers Jump?, Steve Fehr , October 31, 2007
The Long Memory of Cyrus Katzen, Steve Fehr , October 25, 2007
Sharon Bulova, Teamster, Steve Fehr , October 25, 2007
Connolly and LBJ, Continued, Steve Fehr , October 17, 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
Fairfax Dems Say Baise's Gloom, Doom Won't Sell, washingtonpost.com editors , September 19, 2007
Connolly Gets Tough...With Average Joe, washingtonpost.com editors , September 14, 2007
In Fairfax, Two Schools of Prep, Bill Turque , September 13, 2007
Fairfax Republican Reflects on Pack Rat Years, Bill Turque , September 7, 2007
About the Bloggers -- Bill Turque, washingtonpost.com editors , September 6, 2007
 
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