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Adam Cook announces in VA-01

Adam Cook of Fredericksburg announced today he is challenging Rob Wittman in VA-01.


Cook is a 34-year-old attorney who is an Air Force Reserve officer just returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan.  Adam was employed in the Social Security Administration Office of General Counsel.  He has left that position to campaign full-time.

I had the opportunity to hear Adam speak and answer questions -- he is VERY IMPRESSIVE.  He has an in-depth understanding of issues and is focused on economic issues.  

Adam is a solidly progressive Democrat who understands the pressures on the middle-class, retirees, and people who work for a living.  He is the son of a minister who openly states that he stands with "the least of these."

He does not plan to get wrapped up in the useless "God, guns, and gays" crap that passes for political discussion.

He has hired a finance director and campaign director as well as a couple of advisers; all of these folks have experience in both Virginia and national campaigns.

Here's his website:

Start by going to the site and donating.


When will AG Cuccinelli prosecute Gingrich for voter fraud??

Speaking in Iowa today (28 December) Newt Gingrich admitted that his campaign committed voter fraud in Virginia.

"We hired somebody who turned in false signatures. We turned in 11,100 - we needed 10,000 - 1,500 of them were by one guy who frankly committed fraud."


Now, as we know, the GOP is death on voter fraud even to the point of introducing legislation in 31 states in an attempt to stem voter fraud.  Never mind that they can't find any instances of voter fraud -- an ounce of prevention, you know.

So -- now that Newt has admitted fraudulent activity on the part of his campaign, when will AG Cuccinelli open an investigation into this case of voter fraud?

Is this for real?

So now I can get a free bumper sticker that reads "TK4VA."

Excuse me but WTF is that supposed to mean?

I see -- "TK4VA" means "Tim Kaine for Virginia."

Why not a bumper sticker that reads "Tim Kaine for Virginia?"

How much did someone pay a PR company to come up with "TK4VA?"  

I showed the phrase "TK4VA" to five friends today and asked each of them -- all Democrats, all with graduate degrees -- what it means.  Not a one had a clue.

Say hello to Senator Allen.

Now I'm off to bang my head into my desk over and over and over.

A reckoning — but for whom?

In Sunday's Washington Post Robert McCartney pretty much nails the challenge to Virginia Republicans and Democrats by Ken Kookynelly's announcement that he saw the next governor in the mirror this morning.

McCartney's article is at this link:

And here is the opening paragraph:

It's been a while coming, but the reckoning has arrived for the Virginia Republican Party. It takes the form of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's back-stabbing decision to challenge Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling for the 2013 governor's nomination. It promises to last 18 months, as the tea party and establishment wings battle for supremacy.

The principal winners should be the Democrats - - -

Got that?  "The principal winners should be the Democrats" -- Virginia Democrats can now sit back and watch the VA GOP implode.

Oh, but wait a minute -- McCartney continues:

The principal winners should be the Democrats - but only if they manage to take advantage of the GOP rift. They've looked pretty hapless in losing three straight elections in the commonwealth.

And there you have it, folks.  The VA GOP is poised to split between the Bolling and Kookynelly camps -- and the DPVA is in no position to exploit the split as shown by our proving to be ". . . hapless in losing three straight elections in the commonwealth."

Anyone in DPVA listening?

My reply to Brian Moran

I assume that most of you received the same mealy-mouthed, "we fought the good fight" email from DPVA Chair Brian Moran in which he talked about how we need to work really, really hard to lobby for private colleges -- OOOOPPPSSSS  -- meant to say "about how we need to work really, really heard to elect Democrats next time."

I replied to the email, knowing, of course, that neither he nor anyone else at DPVA will see my response.  

My reply:

Mr. Moran:

Thank you for your letter.  However, speaking as a life-long Democrat, I feel it's time for a new chairman of the DPVA.  You presided over a disaster made worse by the DPVA failure to contest every House of Delegates and Senate seat.  We weren't beaten.  We surrendered.

Please do the honorable thing and resign.

(Name deleted for privacy)

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GOTP 2012 ticket: Romney-McDonnell

 Romney-McDonnell 2012.

Why Romney?  Because:

-- He has much greater national appeal than the Seven (or 8 or 9 or whatever it is) Dwarfs that surround him.  
-- Lots of swing voters nationally will go for Romney, no way they'll go for Cain, Perry, or any of the other GOTP midgets.

Why McDonnell?  Because:

-- He'll bring Pat Robertson into the fold; ol' Pat will give Romney the Mormon his blessing and that will quiet some of the "Romney's not a Christian" noise.
-- He can bring Virginia with him and the GOTP needs Virginia.  While you and I may not think much of McDonnell, he won 59-41 and he can call in a lot of markers from Virginia Republicans who will campaign for him.
-- He'll draw the "Christian" vote nationwide.

Whether Romney-McDonnell can defeat Obama remains to be seen.  Romney is polling well nationwide against Obama but it's a long way to November 2008.  I just wish we could do something about Slow Joe the VP.

Prof. Michael Mann strikes back

Looks as though Professor Michael Mann has had enough.

Mann, you will recall, is the climate scientist that Ken Kookynelly is demonizing and trying to "investigate."

In this letter to the editor, Mann responds to a published attack on his work.


Here are the opening paragraphs of Mann's response -- the rest of the article is as strongly-worded as the opening:

An individual named Martin Hertzberg did a grave disservice to your readers by making false and defamatory statements about me and my climate scientist colleagues in his recent commentary in your paper.

It's hard to imagine anyone packing more lies and distortions into a single commentary. Mr. Hertzberg uses libelous language in characterizing the so-called "hockey stick" -- work of my own published more than a decade ago showing that recent warming is unusual over at least the past 1,000 years -- as "fraudulent," and claiming that it "it was fabricated from carefully selected tree-ring measurements with a phony computer program."

These are just lies, regurgitation of dishonest smears that have been manufactured by fossil fuel industry-funded climate change deniers, and those who do their bidding by lying to the public about the science.

Go to the link, read Mann's article, then, give him some help by clicking on the RECOMMEND link at the top of the article.

Kooky had better re-think his desire to get Mann on the witness stand because it's clear Prof. Mann is not about to roll over for anyone.

Over here in VA HOD-99: Talking with the Tea Party

Last week, Nick Smith, the Democratic candidate for VA HOD-99, spoke to a Northern Neck Tea Party group at their monthly meeting in Lively!!??!?!?!

Now you might ask why a Democratic candidate is talking with the Tea Party?  And the answer is:  Why not?  One of Nick's strengths is that he wants to represent all the 99th and he feels it's important that he listen to what everyone has to say -- and that they listen to him.  (And when was the last time a Republican spoke to a group of Democrats, or union members, or NAACP, or . . . )

Here are some comments on what happened:

1.  The Tea Party folks recognized that Nick, in spite of being a Democrat, is not the Devil's spawn.

2.  Some of them did a double-take when they discovered that Nick's wife is African-American.  Then everyone had a fine time.

3.  Several of the Tea Party folks indicated -- loudly -- their dissatisfaction with Republican candidate Margaret Ransone.  A few of these said they would think seriously about voting for Nick and quite a few said they likely would sit out the election -- they can't vote for a Democrat but they are very unhappy with Ransone.

4. They listened intently and asked serious questions about Nick's technology-jobs-training center concept for the Northern Neck.

5.  Nick received hearty -- and I think, sincere -- applause and thanks for speaking to them.

Hell didn't freeze over here in the 99th as a result of the Nick Smith - Tea Party meeting,but I'm convinced we have a STRONG candidate who may have taken a bite out of his opponent's support.

Nick will be at the Northumberland County Library on Highway 360 in Heathsville on Wednesday evening -- I forget the time but it may be 7:00 PM.

Well, isn’t this sweet??

Here's part of a heart-warming story from the WashPost:


The American Red Cross has partnered with First Mount Zion Baptist Church in Prince William County to provide another week of shelter to local flood victims.

The church will serve as a shelter until Sept. 23, county officials said. The makeshift shelter currently at the Dale City Recreation Center is scheduled to close at 5 p.m. today.

. . .

"The American Red Cross has been a great partner with Prince William County and we are thankful for First Mount Zion Baptist Church for offering to help," Prince William Board Chairman Corey A. Stewart said. "When a disaster like this strikes, it truly requires the entire community to step up and offer assistance."

Of course, the Post left out the most important part of this story.  You know, the part about how Corey Stewart threw these flood victims out of a county shelter last week, leaving them with nowhere to go.

Let's hope the good folks of PWC are finally fed up with a decade or so of Stewart.

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