1. MCDONNELL PULLS BACK ON ABC PRIVATIZATION PLANS
4. HOUSE SPEAKER HOWELL AGREE WITH MCDONNELL OPTING FOR REGULAR GENERAL ASSEMBLY SESSION...
8. FOR NOW, MCDONNELL BOOZE PLAN BACK ON THE SHELF
11. MCDONNELL TO JOIN GOP GOVERNORS IN 5-STATE CAMPAIGN SWING
13. OFFICIALS, BUSINESS LEADERS HONOR EFFORTS TO CURB DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN VA.
15. REP. CANTOR: TEA PARTY ACTIVISTS ARE NO EXTREMISTS
16. REPORTS SHOW FIMIAN, BOUCHER, RIGELL AMONG CASH LEADERS IN VA.
18. RIGELL WON'T COMMIT TO BACKING BOEHNER, CANTOR
19. PERRIELLO AND HURT MAKE PROMISES TO SENIORS
21. ANOTHER PUCKETT GENERATION POISED TO CONTINUE FAMILY POLITICAL TRADITION
27. VIRGINIA UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DOWN TO 6.5 PERCENT
38. LOUDOUN SUSPENDS DISPUTED TEXTBOOK
39. SOLAR JOBS COMING TO DAN RIVER REGION
UPDATE: In other news, let's hope this Newsweek poll - "Obama Approval Rating Jumps, Democrats Close 'Enthusiasm Gap'" - is accurate.
Tom Perriello continues to wipe the floor with Robert Hurt, who may have a brain, but if so is hiding it extremely well in this campaign.
Here's 2nd CD Republican nominee, Scott Rigell, who the other day condemned (now former) Virginia Beach Republican Committee chair David Bartholomew for forwarding a racist email. Now, in response to a woman's question about why he let this happen to a "wonderful leader" like Bartholomew, and why this came up now, here's the bizarre, conspiratorial part of Rigell's response (after once again, correctly, stating that with leadership comes responsibility and accountability):
Now, why it came out the way it came out and when it came out? You understand that. And you know what, the full fabric of our community understands that as well, because I've been in touch with our friends in all parts of our community...they're not fooled by this.You know, Mr. Rigell, one rule I've always heard in politics is that when you're in a hole, the first thing you want to do is stop digging. In the final 10 days of your campaign against Glenn Nye and Kenny Golden, you just might want to heed that advice. Or not. I don't really care, as I'm not a fan of Glenn Nye's and I really, really am not fan of yours!
The only question is, when would Bob McDonnell finally admit defeat on this political and policy debacle? It appears that day has come.
As Governor, I will not call a Special Session to debate; only to act. Several recent Special Sessions ended without any positive action taken. That is a waste of taxpayer dollars. Most legislators and affected stakeholders have expressed philosophical support for privatization, but want more time to carefully and thoroughly consider our proposal, and offer ideas on how to improve it; in fact many legislators have now begun to approach us with specific ideas and policy suggestions. Some legislators want to wait for a JLARC review of the proposal, while others want to see revised revenue models. I understand all of these considerations and interests. My sole goal is to eliminate an outdated government monopoly and to raise money for transportation. All other details are flexible, as long as the plan makes business sense and is a good deal for the taxpayers.Translation into McDonnell-ese: "I know my proposal has no chance in heck of passing the Democratic-controlled State Senate, or even the Republican-controlled House of Delegates, so it's time to save face or at least move on. Oh well, I tried." The problem is that this was one of Bob McDonnell's major proposals for somehow, magically, raising revenues for transportation without raising taxes. Another was offshore oil drilling. Now, both are dead, certainly for McDonnell's governorship. Which leaves him...where exactly? In need of a good, stiff drink, no doubt.
I had a great time last night at the "Tomorrow's Youth Organization" gala at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC. Thanks to Terry McAuliffe and Levar Stoney for the invitation. Highlights included meeting Cherie Blair and finally getting to shake Bill Clinton's hand. Other Virginians there included Delegate Ken Plum, Chris Ambrose, Sue Langley, Catherine Read, Rex and Nancy Simmons, and several others. The event was to benefit Tomorrow's Youth Organization, which "works in disadvantaged areas of the Middle East, enabling children, youth and parents to realize their potential as healthy, active and responsible family and community members."
1. VA. GOV TELLS AGENCIES TO PREPARE BUDGET CUT PLANS
2. MCDONNELL ADVISES AGENCIES TO FIND PLACES TO PARE THE BUDGET
3. DEEDS ON MCDONNELL'S LIQUOR PLAN: "IT'S LUDICROUS"
8. U-VA. ONCE AGAIN ASKS JUDGE TO SET ASIDE CUCCINELLI SUBPOENA
13. ARE INTERNET GAMING CAFES ILLEGAL? MAYBE, MAYBE NOT, CUCCINELLI SAYS
17. INTERNAL POLL SHOWS PERRIELLO DOWN BY ONE
19. HURT, PERRIELLO DUKE IT OUT IN DANVILLE
20. NOVA AIRWAVES THICK WITH ADS FROM 11TH DISTRICT RACE
22. SLATE'S TAKE ON KRYSTAL BALL: THE LEFT'S ANSWER TO SARAH PALIN....
23. BOUCHER, GRIFFITH CLASH OVER CAP-AND-TRADE LEGISLATION AT 9TH DISTRICT DEBATE
26. NO EXPERT REVIEWED DISPUTED VA. TEXT
28. VA. OK'D TEXTBOOK WITH BLACK CONFEDERATES ERROR
UPDATE: Also, here are some photos from the Boucher-Griffith debate, at which Boucher admitted something many of us already knew about his involvement in "cap and trade" legislation: "I did what I did because the coal industry asked me to." Exactly, which is why environmentalists were not particularly happy with Boucher at the time. All of which makes it ironic, but not surprising, that Griffith's attacking him on this.
UPDATE #2: Also, Vandals target Virginia Congressional Candidate. I presume Eric Cantor will jump right in and condemn this? Ha.
What a ridiculous premise. A "Liberal Sarah Palin" defies all logic. Additionally, she would have to have an IQ of 80.I also liked:
She has to be a lot stupider and speak in incomprehensible babble for her to be "the left's answer to Sarah Palin.And this:
Can she speak English? Yes? Well then don't compare her to Sarah Palin.And finally, I like this one:
1. MCDONNELL TO WELCOME FORBES TO GOVERNOR'S MANSION
2. MCDONNELL MEETS WITH ECONOMIC ADVISERS
3. SENATOR STUART VOTES IN A COUNTY WHERE HE DOES NOT LIVE
4. SENATE REPUBLICANS HIRE COX TO HELP WITH NEXT YEAR'S ELECTIONS
5. VA. BUDGET-MAKERS TOLD TAX INCREASE INEVITABLE
6. MORRISSEY UNHAPPY WITH SELECTION PROCESS
7. FIMIAN CAMP PARTNERS WITH GA.-BASED GROUP
8. PERRIELLO: VOTERS ARE SCRUTINIZING CANDIDATES
10. PENTAGON MAKES WAVES IN VA. 2ND DISTRICT
13. TEXTBOOK: BLACKS FOUGHT FOR THE CONFEDERACY
16. INTERSTATE SPEED LIMITS TO INCREASE BY DEC. 31
21. POST PICKS FOR D.C., MD., VA. CONGRESSIONAL RACES
We'll see if this works. Heck, if Republicans can attack Democrats for adopting their own programs - Cap and Trade (Reagan and Bush 41 administrations), the individual mandate (Republican alternative to "Hillarycare" and its "employer mandate"), and even supposed "death panels" (see here for more on that one) - then I suppose we can attack them for raising taxes! Ah, politics, ain't it grand? :)
P.S. Tom Perriello has an ad along the same lines, see after the "fold."
...Keith S. Fimian, the politically extreme, scantily informed Republican challenging Mr. Connolly.Yes, that about sums it up on Fimian - smoke and mirrors, absurd attacks, over-the-top rhetoric, extremist views, and a complete lack of solutions for challenges confronting the 11th CD or the nation. Even if you don't like Gerry Connolly, the choice in the 11th CD is a "no brainer", just like the choice in the 5th CD. In both cases, Republicans haven't offered even semi-serious candidates, so even if you don't like the Democratic candidates, you shouldn't vote Republican (maybe write in "Mickey Mouse?").
Unlike Mr. Davis and Mr. Connolly, who cut their teeth as nuts-and-bolts problem-solvers in the unglamorous arena of local government, Mr. Fimian is an ideologue with sparse experience of local issues who has embraced much of the Tea Party's dogma. Mr. Fimian would slash or eliminate most of the revenue streams that sustain government and the federal workforce while somehow leaving spending on the military and big-ticket social programs mostly untouched.
His magical budgetary math would explode the nation's already massive deficits and debt, a fact that the affable Mr. Fimian does not acknowledge. Instead, he offers the wan assurance that as a small businessman -- he runs a home inspection company -- he knows how to create jobs and set the economy on its feet. If elected, Mr. Fimian would join the querulous ranks of representatives in Congress who offer plenty of views on the nation's challenges but no workable solutions.