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Sierra Club Gives Bob McDonnell an “F” on Chesapeake Bay


According to the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club:
Gov. Bob McDonnell gets an "F" on his Chesapeake Bay report card. He has failed to protect the Bay from agricultural runoff, from storm water runoff and sewage pollution, and failed to provide the jobs and economic growth that come from protecting the Bay. The only accomplishment he has is his giveaways to polluters.

What else but "Stunningly deficient"?!

Heckuva job, Bob McDonnell!

Eric Can’tor: “We screwed up…spent too much…We were guilty”

Now if this doesn't get you excited to vote Republican in four weeks, what will? (snark)
'Look, we know we screwed up when we were in the majority. We fell in love with power. We spent way too much money-especially on earmarks. There was too much corruption when we ran this place. We were guilty. And that's why we lost."

That's the confession of Eric Cantor, the 47-year old congressman from Richmond, Va...

Brilliant! In sum, Eric Can'tors "elevator speech" why you should vote Republican't this November is "we screwed up before, we went on a spending spree, we were corrupt, but ignore all that and vote for us this time around too!"  Is that a brilliant sales pitch or what?

Patrick Murray Doesn’t Even Try to Hide His Extremism


Wow, is this brazen or what?  Patrick Murray, a Republican running for Congress in the bluer-than-blue 8th district, unabashedly poses with Alaska extremist nutjob Joe Miller and even brags that they were "out campaigning on Friday night?"  Oh, and if you're curious, click here to learn how Joe Miller thinks the federal minimum wage should be eliminated, unemployment benefits are "unconstitutional," abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape or incest, the Department of Education should be eliminated, etc., etc. Also, check out Miller's website and read about his belief that "[t]he  science supporting manmade climate change is inconclusive," that "ObamaCare" is unconstitutional, and much much more. The question is, why doesn't Patrick Murray even try to hide his extremism, or at least his proud association with extremists, in an overwhelmingly Democratic and progressive district?  Bizarre.

P.S. Having a crazy, extreme opponent like Patrick Murray is one of the main reasons why Jim Moran doesn't have to worry much about stories like this one (or any other in this district, at least for this general election).

UPDATE: Add crazy Jim DeMint to the list of Patrick Murray's extremist pals. (see the photo after the "fold").

Excellent Review of “Netroots Rising” by GMU Professor

Thanks to GMU history and politics Professor Priscilla M. Regan for the excellent review of Nate Wilcox's and my book, Netroots Rising, in the current edition of Public Administration Review. According to Professor Regan:
The most detailed coverage that Feld and Wilcox provide is for the two Virginia races-Tom Kaine's 2005 win of the governorship over Jerry Kilgore, and Jim Webb's defeat of George Allen in the 2006 senatorial race. Their analyses of how and why these two Democrats won in what traditionally has been a Republican state will be of great interest to political consultants and political analysts.
Yes, it was fun to write about the '05 and '06 Virginia races, and hopefully fun for your to read. If you're interested, check out the book and let me know what you think. For now, a few more excerpts from the book review are on the "flip." Enjoy.

Excellent Review of “Netroots Rising” by GMU Professor

Thanks to GMU history and politics Professor Priscilla M. Regan for her excellent review of Nate Wilcox's and my book, Netroots Rising, in the current edition of Public Administration Review. According to Professor Regan:
The most detailed coverage that Feld and Wilcox provide is for the two Virginia races-Tom Kaine's 2005 win of the governorship over Jerry Kilgore, and Jim Webb's defeat of George Allen in the 2006 senatorial race. Their analyses of how and why these two Democrats won in what traditionally has been a Republican state will be of great interest to political consultants and political analysts.
Yes, it was fun to write about the '05 and '06 Virginia races, and hopefully fun for you to read. If you're interested, check out the book and let me know what you think. For now, a few more excerpts from the book review are on the "flip." Enjoy.

Record DNC Haul; But Wait, The Media Said the Dems Were Dead!


So, the DNC raises "more than $16 million in September," largely from small donors, yet the corporate/idiot media's been telling me relentlessly that Democrats are dead. It's so confusing, especially given polls like this one, which indicate that Democrats are very much alive and kicking with four weeks to go until election day. Hmmmm...could the "lamestream media" be wrong? What a concept.

P.S. In other political money news, it turns out that the Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling has led to conservatives spending like there's no tomorrow, fueling the "bottom up" (not!) Tea Party among other things.

Rick Waugh Attempts to Debate Eric “The Chicken” Cantor


Why won't Eric Can't-or debate?  The following sign might provide a clue:

Questions for the Arlington County Board on Michael B. Brown

For once, I've got to agree with Scott McCaffrey of the Arlington Sun-Gazette:
I need to do a little more digging on Friday's bombshell announcement that Arlington County Manager Michael Brown was out, and Barbara Donnellan was in as his successor.

[...]

...the County Board is going to have to explain why it (a) publicly said this was a completely voluntary departure by their so-new-he-was-still-learning-where-the-men's-room-is manager and (b) why, in the midst of a budget crisis, they tossed $110,000 his way for a "voluntary" departure. Those two facts do not jibe.


I've been trying to find out more information on this since Friday, and have basically gotten nowhere.  It seems, for whatever reason, that the Arlington County Board doesn't want to discuss what happened here. Instead, they've appeared defensive and unwilling to share information. That, of course, is only going to make people more curious and more suspicious.

With that, here are a few thoughts and questions I've gathered from talking to (a few) people over the weekend.
 

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