1. MCDONNELL PANEL ON GOVERNMENT REFORM MEETS
2. MCDONNELL TO DEMS: 'GET OUT OF THE WAY' OF REFORM
4. MCDONNELL DECLARES SUPPORT FOR MALEK
5. ADVISER TO VIRGINIA GOVERNOR APOLOGIZES FOR COMPILING LIST OF JEWS FOR NIXON
6. DEMOCRATS ON MCDONNELL'S COMMISSION WILL NOT CHALLENGE MALEK
7. MCDONNELL SIGNS BILL TO EXTEND BENEFITS FOR INJURED STATE TROOPERS
10. ONLY LOGISTICS KEPT WEBB, WARNER OFF SNYDER CASE BRIEF, SAY THEIR OFFICES
12. MCKELVEY ATTACKS HURT OVER CAMPAIGN AD
13. HERRITY, FIMIAN ENTER CENTREVILLE DAY-LABORER DEBATE
15. REPUBLICAN WITTMAN FACES GOP CHALLENGE
18. GOP INFIGHTING - MIZUSAWA AD BLASTS RIGELL FOR OBAMA DONATION...
22. VIRGINIA'S STANCE AGAINST NATIONAL STANDARDS IS A BLOW FOR STUDENTS
*"Established media companies and advocacy organizations hiring bloggers to blog, full-time"
*"Previously "amateur" progressive blogs became professional operations"
*"Bloggers translate blogging into consulting and advocacy work"
The end result, according to Bowers, is that "the progressive political blogosphere is now both thoroughly professionalized and integrated into the progressive media an political ecosystem."
No doubt, there's truth to Bowers' observations, particularly at the national level. At the state level, however, what Bowers argues seems a bit less cut and dried. Follow me over the "flip" for a few caveats and observations.
Well beyond this particular election, what Susan is committed to doing is listening to Democrats doing the hard work "on the ground." That's why she's traveling around the Commonwealth, asking for people's thoughts, meeting with local elected officials and party leadership, and learning firsthand what's happening with the Democratic Party in key battleground counties like Loudoun.
Susan points out that many Democrats "downstate" tend to think of Loudoun as Northern Virginia, which to many people is synonymous with Fairfax County. That, of course, is not the case. And, Susan adds, it's important that the 1st Vice Chair have the time to commit to understanding and representing all of the state, not just one part.
Susan reports that last night, in speaking with the Loudoun County Democrats at their meeting, nobody could remember any members of the DPVA leadership attending any event other than a fundraiser. Having worked on campaigns professionally (Susan served as the general election Political Director in Hampton Roads for Barack Obama, also as an advisor on Senators John Miller's and Ralph Northam's tough Red to Blue election victories in 2007, etc), she understands numbers, campaign strategy, and tactics. Even more importantly, perhaps, Susan also understands how critical it is for campaigns to listen to Democrats who know their communities and their voters better than any staffer.
Last but not least, Susan believes that a key aspect of the 1st Vice Chair should be to interface between the DPVA and statewide campaigns, which makes understanding the entirety of the state absolutely critical. Fortunately, when Susan is elected DPVA 1st Vice Chair in 8 days, we will not only have someone who understands Virginia and meets the other criteria cited above, we will have a committed, hard-working, dynamic, inclusive leader who takes the DPVA to another level of excellence. Go Susan!
The key lines in this story, published by the conservative Daily News-Record:
"...[Wilt] failed to publicly disclose his financial ties to a controversial natural gas exploration proposal near Bergton."
"Wilt's ties to the possible exploration and his run for the House of Delegates could put him in a position where he will be called on to vote on regulating the natural gas industry from which his family could profit."
For more, see this story, including Wilt's attempt at explaining his non-disclosure of this important information. According to Wilt, he has "not hidden anything," and this was "a nominal fee paid for those mineral rights" regardless.
Yeah, and if you believe that, I've got some oil-coated marshland along the Louisiana coast to sell you.
Seriously, though, this is all the more reason to support Kai Degner for Delegate. Because the last thing we need in Richmond is another delegate in the pocket of the fossil fuel industry!
P.S. If you can, please "get on the bus" for Degner on June 12.
... Friday afternoon, when Malek chairs his first meeting of Gov. Bob McDonnell's government reform commission, the three Democratic legislative members say they don't plan to protest too much.Sorry, but Democrats on this commission aren't there just to provide Bob McDonnell with political cover for his non-reform "reform" commission. Sure, Sen. Whipple is correct that "governors are entitled to a fair amount of deference in the appointments they make," but that does NOT mean there's any obligation for Democrats (or anyone) to serve on a commission with a corrupt slimeball who served as Richard Nixon's "Jew counter" (listen here) back in the early 1970s.
Del. Bob Brink of Arlington and Sen. Louise Lucas of Portsmouth said in separate interviews they don't expect to say anything about Malek. Lucas said enough has been said about him already.
Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple of Arlington told us she will likely not reference the Nixon-era history but will publicly mention the personnel issue.
Message to Democrats on the Malek Commission: speak up or step down!
UPDATE: Donald McEachin says, "Yeah, I wouldn't serve on that commission with Fred Malek as the head." Good answer! :)
For an update on what happened during the first 25 minutes or so, see Frank Anderson's twitter feed. A few highlights:
*"Fimian 'for 8 years worried that someone would come from behind, whack us and take our business.' Didn't you take another's business?"
*"Plotkin asks why Herrity wearing flag pin, Fimian not wearing one!"
*"Fimian repeats for 3rd time in 5 minutes that he started his business "in a room above a garage." But not YOUR garage."
*"VA-11 GOP candidates now on WTOP 103.5FM. Herrity supports DC voting rights but not statehood. Fimian not for voting rights."
*"Fimian: people in DC should 'move somewhere else' if they want to vote for president."
*"Fimian supports Malek, hopes for contribution."
*"Herrity: Malek "a good choice" to head commission."
*"What worries Herrity most about Fimian: he can't beat Connolly."
*"Fimian: 'which is worse, raising taxes or saying you didn't?'"
UPDATE 10:28 am" Fimian and Herrity arguing about whether Herrity raised taxes. Herrity says the average tax rate in Fairfax went down. Fimian says for 150,000 people, home values went down but taxes went up.
UPDATE 10:31 am: Herrity says "many, many, many more" homeowners taxes went down. "I've been the proven conservative leader on the board."
UPDATE 10:32 am: Fimian says he'd vote to repeal the heath care reform law, says it doesn't "address health," "tort reform," "insurance across state lines." "There is nothing in our constitution" that says federal government should insure everyone. Health insurance definitely shouldn't be "compulsory."
Herrity says, "absolutely," health care reform should be repealed. Doesn't know where to start with "what's wrong" with the bill. Biggest problem is it doesn't bring down health care costs. "This comes down to what the role of government is." Health care shouldn't be compulsory or an entitlement.
UPDATE 10:36 am: Question about U.S.-Israel relations. Fimian says "Israel has a right to defend itself," Iran threatens to wipe Israel off the map. Israel's interests in many ways "are our interests." We can't ignore Muslim world in favor of "just one country." Need to bring these groups together to live in peace rather than trying to destroy each other.
More after the "flip"
1. UVA POSTS NIXON AUDIO ABOUT MALEK
2. REPUBLICANS ACCUSE OPPONENTS OF HYPOCRISY OVER MALEK, MORAN
3. NIXON AIDES DISCUSSED JOB OFFERS TO GET CANDIDATES OUT OF PRIMARY RACES
9. HEARING SET FOR JULY 1 IN VIRGINIA'S HEALTH-CARE LAWSUIT
11. ROVE JOINS CUCCINELLI AT A FUNDRAISER FOR VIRGINIA REPUBLICANS
12. WEBB CANCELS VISIT TO MYANMAR
13. A FINAL SHOWDOWN BEFORE GOP PRIMARY
15. GOP CANDIDATES FOCUS FIRE ON TOP SPENDER RIGELL
17. DEMOCRATS ATTACK HURT AHEAD OF PRIMARY
32. DUMB, SAY HELLO TO DUMBER
34. WITTMAN VS. CRABILL
45. ARLINGTON TO INSTALL FOUR RED-LIGHT CAMERAS AT INTERSECTIONS
Ah...the mind of George Allen, truly a wondrous thing!