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Virginia Politics Blog Archive: Virginia Notebook

Virginia Notebook: Young Women, Meet Young Bob McDonnell

If you live in Virginia and you're planning to vote for governor in November, if you happen to be between ages 18 and 44 and you also just happen to be a woman, gubernatorial candidate R. Creigh Deeds has something he'd like to talk to you about. It has to do with a certain graduate school thesis written by Deeds's opponent, Robert F. McDonnell, in 1989. In the document, McDonnell wrote about how to use public policy to strengthen the traditional family and said that working women and feminism were "detrimental" to the family. McDonnell has said that some of his views have changed since he wrote the paper and cited his working wife and daughters as proof that he does, indeed, support women in the workforce. But Deeds launched an ad blitz this week to publicize the issue, some featuring Virginia women looking straight into the camera and insisting...

By Rosalind Helderman  |  September 23, 2009; 4:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Rosalind Helderman , Virginia Notebook  
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First Click -- Virginia

Good morning Virginia, here's what's happening in state politics today. R. Creigh Deeds (D) and Robert F. McDonnell (R) face off today in a much-anticipated debate before Northern Virginia's business community, to be moderated by David Gregory of "Meet the Press." A lot is at stake today for both gubernatorial candidates, as McDonnell seeks to move beyond the thesis that has dominated headlines in recent weeks and Deeds aims to overcome the unfriendly atmosphere for Democrats nationally....

By Sandhya Somashekhar  |  September 17, 2009; 8:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Creigh Deeds , Debates , Election 2009 , First Click , Robert F. McDonnell , Sandhya Somashekhar , Timothy M. Kaine , Virginia Notebook  
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Virginia Notebook: Tour Shows Deeds is a Little Bit Country

One thing about "Deeds Country," as the swath of rural Virginia extending through the Shenandoah Valley and down into southwest where state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds has been touring this week has been dubbed by his campaign: It apparently isn't Obama Country. Outside stops in the more urban settings of Charlottesville, Danville and Blacksburg, many of the 20 visits Deeds is making on a nine-day campaign swing that begun Sunday are in places where President Barack Obama was beaten handily by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Appomattox, Hillsville, Tazewell, Floyd. All are areas where Obama did not break 35 percent of the vote....

By Rosalind Helderman  |  August 5, 2009; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Rosalind Helderman , Virginia Notebook  
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Virginia Notebook: GOP Fights Over Its 'Roots'

Even by Virginia Republican standards, the battle over whether Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick (Prince William) should be replaced as state party chairman is divisive and brutal, and the wounds it creates could have far-reaching consequences for the GOP in an election year. Both sides in the dispute have crafted a strategy that revolves around the phrase "grass roots." Unfortunately for Virginia Republicans, there appears to be a huge disconnect over who makes up the grass roots. And if a party doesn't know who its most loyal supporters are, can it really rebound from a string of election defeats? Or is this a case in which most party leaders know full well who their most loyal supporters are, but they don't like what they see?...

By Tim Craig  |  March 18, 2009; 2:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , Election 2009 , Eric Cantor , John McCain , Robert F. McDonnell , Sarah Palin , Thomas M. Davis III , Tim Craig , Virginia Notebook  
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Virginia Notebook: McDonnell Gambles On Frederick

With the three Democratic candidates for governor battling for their party's nomination, GOP candidate Robert F. McDonnell was in a posture that many statewide candidates can only dream about. McDonnell is running unopposed for his party's nomination and has all spring to prepare for the general election as the Democrats attack one another. He also appeared to have the luxury of a unified conservative base that is relatively enthusiastic about his candidacy, leaving him the freedom to reach out to moderate swing voters who might decide the November election. Despite all this, the McDonnell campaign apparently couldn't resist wading into an ugly, internal party battle over Del. Jeffrey M. Frederick's fitness to serve as chairman of the Virginia Republican Party. McDonnell joined in efforts to oust the party leader. Frederick (Prince William) has vowed to fight for his job. The looming battle could set up the kind of split that...

By Tim Craig  |  March 11, 2009; 5:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  2009 Attorney General's Race , 2009 Governor's Race , Election 2009 , Robert F. McDonnell , Tim Craig , Virginia Notebook  
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Virginia Notebook: Signs of Discontent For Obama

Sen. Barack Obama's presidential campaign is spending millions of dollars on television ads in Virginia, staffing 43 offices and sending the candidate and his running mate, Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr., to every corner of the state. But Obama has apparently overlooked one important element of a successful campaign in Virginia: stocking up on those venerable lawn signs. Across the state, Democratic officials are clamoring to get hold of free Obama yard signs but are being told that none are available or that they have to buy them from the candidate's Web site. It can take weeks to get them delivered. The frustration of volunteers and Democratic officials over the campaign's inability to provide the signs is nearing a boiling point in some parts of Virginia....

By Tim Craig  |  September 24, 2008; 3:41 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (27)
Categories:  Barack Obama , Election 2008/President , Election 2008/U.S. Senate , John McCain , Tim Craig , Virginia Notebook  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Virginia Notebook: McAuliffe Muddles 09 Race, Tim Craig , September 17, 2008
Virginia Notebook: Transportation Blues, Tim Craig , March 13, 2008
Winners and Losers From the GOP Advance, Tim Craig , December 3, 2007
Virginia Notebook: The 2009 Governor's Race, Tim Craig , November 21, 2007
Virginia Notebook: Election Answers, Tim Craig , November 14, 2007
Virginia Notebook: Election Day Questions, Tim Craig , October 24, 2007
Virginia Notebook: The Bush Factor, Tim Craig , October 17, 2007
 
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