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Virginia News Headlines: Monday Morning

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Here are a few Virginia and national news headlines, political and otherwise, for Monday, October 28.

*A year after Romney loss, GOP woes run even deeper

*First, admit the problem (E.J. Dionne, who I spotted yesterday at the Bill Clinton rally in Dale City, nails it in this column: “The wrong problem is the deficit. The right problem is sluggish growth and persistent unemployment.”)

*Poll: Democrat Mark Herring ahead in Virginia attorney general race

*Ken Cuccinelli’s fantastical vision of Terry McAuliffe’s spending plans

*A Non-Endorsement: In the Governor’s Race, None of the Above (Cuccinelli couldn’t even earn a Republican paper’s endorsement – in fact they RIPPED him as a “conservative extremist” – that has already endorsed him for statewide office once, and which endorsed Bush, Kilgore, McCain, McDonnell, Bolling, and Romney/Ryan. Enormous #FAIL for Cuccinelli.)

*A spinout on roads (“Cuccinelli’s plan to hand over road oversight to counties raises  financial and practical questions.”)

*Clinton urges voter turnout ahead of Nov. 5 election (“Former President Bill Clinton threw his political weight – and a little star power – behind Democratic gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe in Richmond on Sunday at a homestretch event focused on getting out the vote.”)

*Bill Clinton and Terry McAuliffe, together again in four-day swing across Virginia (“Clinton told the audience that his friend would win over skeptics as governor…’a year from now, lots of people who voted against him will wonder what they were thinking on Election Day.'”)

*A president and his fun-loving sidekick: A bond as close as family

*Cuccinelli’s status as Virginia attorney general has complicated the race (“By not resigning to be a full-time candidate, he’s had a public stage – and found conflicts of interest.”)

*Terry McAuliffe’s big test: Turn out black voters

*A close, contentious race in Virginia’s 87th House District (David Ramadan is a corrupt extremist, kinda like Ken Cuccinelli, and needs to be unceremoniously booted out of office next Tuesday!)

*E. W. Jackson has history of financial woes (What is it with all these corrupt extremists in the Virginia Republican Party?!?)

*Sen. Rand Paul to Campaign for Ken Cuccinelli Monday in Fairfax (Rand Paul? You mean the extremist nutjob who voted to keep the government shut down and for the U.S. to default on its debt, thus ruining the economy? Oh yeah, THAT Rand Paul! LOL)

*Election 2013: Prince William a key swing county in race for governor

*Henrico a key swing county in governor’s race

*Both major parties losing the coalfields (Cuccinelli’s office sold out the people of Southwest Virginia to an out-of-state energy company. Plus, his economic policies would be ruinous for Southwest Virginia. Just a non starter all around.)

*Race for 17th District of House of Delegates seat pits familiar opponents (“Republican Chris Head and Democrat Freeda Cathcart also clashed in 2011.”)

*In latest Washington blowout, the bad outweighs the good

*A sunny, seasonable start to the week

  • From the DPVA:

    As Terry McAuliffe continues his mainstream “Jobs First” tour across Virginia with President Bill Clinton, Ken Cuccinelli is continuing his extreme Tea Party campaign by welcoming government shutdown leader Rand Paul to campaign for him across the Commonwealth.

    Paul was an active participant in the Tea Party government shutdown, and voted against the bipartisan compromise legislation that ended the shutdown and avoided a default on the United States’ debt.

    “Today’s campaign events with Rand Paul are the latest proof that Ken Cuccinelli has given up on appealing to mainstream Virginians,” said DPVA spokesman Brian Coy. “Instead of condemning Paul for shutting down the government and then voting against putting thousands of Virginians back to work and avoiding a disastrous debt default, Ken Cuccinelli is draping his arm around him and reminding voters yet again he would be a governor for Tea Party shutdown leaders, not Virginia families.”

  • From the McAuliffe campaign:

    Today, in Norfolk, gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe focused on the stark difference in the race on transportation. His remarks, as prepared, are below. Background on the quotations follows the remarks.

    Transportation remarks from McAuliffe in Norfolk, as prepared – 10/28/13

    MCAULIFFE: Before we get into the important differences in this race, I wanted to take a moment to talk about the issue that everyone in Hampton Roads has talked about for years: transportation.

    It may be the biggest difference in this race. I proudly supported Governor McDonnell’s funding compromise. It wasn’t perfect but we could not wait any longer to finally fund transportation in Virginia.

    Ken Cuccinelli was the #1 opponent of Governor McDonnell’s transportation plan. He used every tactic possible to try to derail it, including last minute legal maneuvering.

    And he went further. He backed a Tea Party alternative that even a conservative columnist said was designed to undermine the progress being made. She wrote that Cuccinelli’s actions showed, “He is a dogged ideologue.”

    In Hampton Roads, he attacked me for supporting light rail being extended to Virginia Beach – something that 63% of Virginia Beach residents voted to support.

    In Northern Virginia, he was the only statewide elected official in recent memory to oppose the Silver Line – he said we should “kill it” after it was halfway built.

    And he admitted to a group of his supporters that he intentionally misleads voters and the press during campaigns. He said to a right-wing group, “Told the Post we were talking about transportation – they bought it.”

    Think about that. He admitted that he only talks about transportation to win votes. Then, in office, he opposes all the real solutions.

    Now he did actually admit why he pretends to care about transportation. He wrote that you have to use transportation to get elected so you can pursue other issues. He wrote on a right-wing website, “if you want to fight abortion, you have to fill potholes.”

    Its deceptive – and it’s a deceptive attempt to hide his extreme record of opposing bipartisan transportation solutions.

    The Washington Post wrote, “Cuccinelli would have Virginians believe that roads can be built on a wing and a prayer”

    Here is the truth: If he was elected, Ken Cuccinelli’s ideological extremism would cripple progress on transportation in Virginia.

    And thats just one more reason that so many Republicans who served with Cuccinelli in the legislature are refusing to support him.

    Their Tea Party ticket views bipartisanship as betrayal, and opposed the transportation compromise that will allow us to start reducing gridlock for families.

  • Amusing photo du jour, courtesy of The Guardian’s Dan Roberts: