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NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia Exec. Director Responds to Jeff Schapiro’s “Fringe Interest”...

By Tarina Keene, the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia for nine years. In response to Jeff Schapiro’s column “Virginia Sheds Glitz For A Good...

Jeff Schapiro: Presumptive 2017 Democratic VA Gov Nominee Ralph Northam...

The following (see below), from Virginia political guru/RTD reporter Jeff Schapiro's Facebook page, makes it look like it's a done deal that Bobby Scott...

Jeff Schapiro Comes to Fairfax for Breakfast and Virginia Politics This...

As most of us know, Jeff Schapiro is one of the most knowledgeable, erudite, and entertaining Virginia political reporters/columnists around. And no, that's not a backhanded compliment. :) Seriously, Jeff's great at what he does. And this Friday, you have a chance to see him in person, as he speaks to the Northern Virginia Democratic Business Council, bright and early (7:30 a.m.) at the Tower Club in Vienna.
How will the elections shape the upcoming legislative session? And what about next year's statewide races? Jeff will address these questions and more. You won't want to miss his analysis.
Check it out!

Jeff Schapiro on “Cantor’s Contradictions”


"Rep. Eric Cantor has a safe seat, but a reputation as a big spender of other people's money." - Jeff Schapiro

Jeff Schapiro Demolishes Brian Moran for DPVA Chair


Ouch.

UPDATE: I've talked to a bunch of people today, and this is sounding more and more like a "done deal." Brilliant.

Jeff Schapiro: McDonnell “looking for a fall guy” on his DOA...


As usual, Jeff Schapiro nails it. This time, the question is, how's Bob McDonnell going to wriggle out of policy and political disaster thanks to his poorly-conceived, half-baked ABC privatization "plan?"  Right now, he might just be better off drowning his sorrows -- with a bottle of state-regulated wine or liquor, perhaps?

Jeff Schapiro on Bob’s Booze Proposal: “Tastes Great, Less Filling”


Another classic from Jeff Schapiro. I must say, I really look forward to these every week!

Jeff Schapiro: Will McDonnell Do A “Strategic Retreat” on Liquor Privatization?


Another great video diary by Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  In this one, Schapiro explains that "Gov. Bob McDonnell wants to get the state out of the liquor business, but not everyone thinks it's a good idea."  Actually, after watching this video, my question is whether anyone other than Bob McDonnell thinks it's a good idea.  That, in turn, raises an important question: when it comes to this harebrained liquor privatization scheme, what exactly is Bob McDonnell drinking, anyway?  

Jeff Schapiro on Bob McDonnell’s Constant Gaffes, Screwups


Jeff Schapiro nails it as usual.  As Too Conservative's Loudoun Insider writes, "OK, Bob, Time To Do Some House Cleaning!"  The only problem is, McDonnell can't "house clean" himself, and as Jim Webb likes to say, "the fish rots from the HEAD down!"

Jeff Schapiro: “Will voter anger sweep Webb out?”


Personally, I think it's far, far too early to say much intelligent about Jim Webb's reelection chances in 2012. For starters, how much "voter anger" will there be at that point, and who will that anger be directed at? Who knows. Second, who will the Republicans nominate to run against Webb (assuming Webb even runs for reelection)? If it's George Allen, how does he get beyond "macaca" and all the other reasons he lost the last time around? If it's "Sideshow Bob" Marshall, can a guy even further to the right than "Felix Macacawitz" get elected in Virginia?  Finally, how popular will President Obama be by 2012, since he'll be on the ballot along with Webb?  At this point, it's extremely difficult to say. In politics, 2 years might as well be 2 decades. Anyway, we'll see what happens, first and foremost with the economy, over the next couple years. A lot of things will happen in that time period, we just don't know what those things will be exactly.

Anyway, please feel free to use this as an open thread on Jim Webb, his performance in office so far, and his reelection chances in 2012.