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Audio: Ed Gillespie Says (Diverse, Vote-Rich) Northern Virginia Is “Enemy Territory”

Gotta love this: Virginia State Sen. Mark Obenshain, a far-right extremist whose signature legislation was to criminalize miscarriages (not kidding, check it out!), says...

Video, Photos: “24 Hours of Tom” Swings Through Alexandria…Arlington…Richmond…Petersburg…Hampton Roads…Eastern Shore…Waynesboro…Charlottesville…

I caught up with Tom Perriello (and also former 10th CD Democratic nominee LuAnn Bennett -- great to see her campaigning for Tom!) at...

Video: Corey Stewart Loved Metro, Transit Before Joining Trump Campaign, Now...

Check out the video below of Donald Trump's Virginia Chair -- Prince William County's xenophobic thug-in-chief -- talking about how he will NOT make Metro great...

Metro Derailment Prompts Federal Inspection

Sponsored Content By Seth Okin, a criminal defense attorney who practices in Maryland, and covers cases such as DUI, traffic, and other criminal offenses. A July train derailment,...

Every One of These Anti-Metro GOP Virginia Delegates Needs to Be...

This letter (see screenshots below), from 11 Northern Virginia Republicans, is a disgrace and should be a great campaign issue for Democratic challengers next year....

Deplorable state of Metro system “entirely predictable result of the Conservative...

I strongly endorse what Del. Marcus Simon says below. I also recommend We caused the Metro shutdown when we decided to let our cities...

Time for Massive Investment in Metro, Commitment to Long-Term Expansion

During the debate over building the Silver Line, in addition to pushing for an underground/"tunnel" option for the Tysons portion of the line, many...

Did Washington Post Downplay Poll’s Support for WMATA Silver Line?

UntitledPolls show DC area residents support train, bus, biking and pedestrian projects much more than they support building new or wider highways. However, the Washington Post editorial board strongly supports new highways and spun a poll this week to mean that our fellow Virginians don't support the Silver Line. As Slate's Matt Yglesias points out, the numbers don't necessarily back up that spin:
But the really weird thing is that it's by no means clear that this is what the poll has found. What it says is that 32 percent of the population says the Silver Line project is "not at all important" while 32 percent deems it either "extremely" or "very" important and a further 32 percent says it's "somewhat" important. The "not important to most Virginians" interpretation is supported by lumping the "somewhat" and "not at all" categories together as "negative" responses. But the straightforward reading of the poll is that the median Virginian thinks the Silver Line project is somewhat important. And it is somewhat important! So why not just say that?
In the face of Republican political games, The New Republic's Alec MacGillis says strong support of the Silver Line can be a winner for Tim Kaine in his U.S. Senate race against George Allen.

“Go to hell Barack” Ad Acceptable in Washington Metro System?!?


A friend of mine sent me this photo from the Clarendon Metro station this morning. Here's her commentary:
I don't recall ever seeing an actual ad saying "go to hell Bush," even when he was selected, & even when he lied (yellowcake, etc.)... Certainly not on the metro - which is obviously desperate for funds so as not to impose any basic standards. I'm surprised they didn't use the f word...

Btw, someone wrote - in PEN on the "screen" of the light-up board: "That's President Obama, to you!" Wish my camera had enough resolution to get that!

Again, the ad is heinous enough, but Metro accepted it? I mean, I know they're desperate for money, but WTF?!?!?

P.S. Just to be clear, an ad saying "Go to hell Cantor" or "Go to hell Boehner" would NOT be acceptable to me, and it shouldn't be in the Metro system, at least based on my reading of Metro's advertising guidelines (not to mention Metro's desire to keep its system family friendly), as far as I can determine.

UPDATE: No, Kaplan Post and WTOP, you may NOT steal this photo you @#$@#$ers. Take it down immediately, give proper credit, or I'm calling a lawyer!

Gerry Connolly to Bob McDonnell on Rail-to-Dulles Money: “Put up or...

I've gotta say, I find this rather amusing.
Gov. Bob McDonnell said Monday that the state would not contribute $150 million to the construction of the rail extension to Dulles International Airport, despite pleas for more money from the board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

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Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) asked [Transportation Secretary Ray] LaHood to urge McDonnell to provide state funding for the project to help reduce the financial burden on Dulles Toll Road commuters.

Connolly said Monday that he is "disappointed" that McDonnell said the state would not contribute money to the project.

"They are the only party that has not contributed,'' he said. "The state is getting a free ride here. The time has come for the state to put up or shut up."

I mean, I'm not a huge fan of the way the Metro-to-Dulles project has been handled (no-bid deal for Bechtel, no tunnel in Tysons Corner, etc.), but at this point, what are we going to do, let the entire thing die? Is Bob McDonnell really willing to let this project go down the tubes, or let northern Virginia fend for itself, and to heck with the consequences? That's certainly what it looks like right at the moment. As Rep. Connolly said recently - "The only partner that has not yet made a serious financial commitment to this effort is the Commonwealth of Virginia." What's up with that?  In addition, as Connolly pointed out, "[b]oth Gov. McDonnell and Sec. Connaughton have expressed rhetorical concern for the burden placed on Northern Virginia's Dulles Toll Road users, but now is the time for all of the partners to go beyond rhetoric."

Finally, I'd note that if Virginia really has the supposed budget "surplus" McDonnell's so fond of bragging about, you'd think he'd have a few bucks to spare on this crucial project for northern Virginia. Or maybe all that "surplus" talk was a big lie, as we've long argued, and as David Axelrod pointed out back in early May on Meet the Press? Hmmmm.