Tag: 2011 Elections
Like it or not, there is only one overriding issue in the 2011 Virginia elections: will the Democrats maintain enough votes to organize the Senate in such a way as to maximize their ability to prevent some very bad ideas from passing the General Assembly?
Other than that, there are no major substantive issues dominating either the campaigns or the news coverage. The House Majority has been gerrymandered into certainty for a decade unless something beyond the wildest magnitudes of statistical deviation occur. Perhaps Senate Democrats should have tried a more unified substantive strategy. But that horse is out of the barn.
It's raw power now, including those who don't want to see the Vice Presidential hopes of Robert McDonnell get any further boost. If the GOP takes the Senate, then the Governor's national star goes higher, thus he is more likely to be on the GOP national ticket.
McDonnell running statewide next year is not good for Tim Kaine, nor for Mark Warner in 2014. So one would think Democrats apathetic about voting next week might want to reconsider. One suspects Republicans have figured out the chess board.
Which brings us to the decision by Senate Democrats to give $200k to former-Republican-turned-independent, 19th district candidate Brandon Bell. In the end, Majority Leader Dick Saslaw made a practical decision on the $200K, period.
His latest announcement shows how far gone he really is. Not only has he endorsed Rick Perry for president, but also Kilgore will be Perry's Virginia campaign chair, according to the Washington Post here.
Poor Jerry lost his candidate when T-Paw withdrew from the race. Now, ordinarily, we could just laugh this off. But in the aftermath of Perry's bizarre speech this week, the nuttiness of this endorsement and campaign chairing is heightened. You gotta wonder at the candidate we could have had for governor had we not worked as hard as we did in 2005. (Remember that next year.)
While we have bonafide Democrats running for office in other districts right now, this week Sen. Dick Saslaw (D) gave Brandon Bell $202,500. With all the resulting hell Ralph Smith is raising (calling Bell a "liberal"), and using Saslaw's donation as "proof," Saslaw probably assured a Smith win. However, even if Bell wins, he has publicly stated he will not caucus with Dems. What's up with Saslaw then?
As this video illustrates, Dick Black is truly appalling, even by the low, low standards of Loudoun County Republicans (last seen sending out a "light-hearted" email depicting Barack Obama with a bullet hole in his head). As for Dick Black, you can learn more about him here. Also, you can read Dick "Plastic Fetus" Black's bizarre rantings about gays in the military here ("there was a young fellow who went to the showers at night, there were two homosexuals lurking -- they were also basic trainees - and they strangled him with a towel and forced him to submit to, you know, things that we won't talk about"). The thought of this individual in the Virginia State Senate is truly frightening. Fortunately, there's an excellent alternative: moderate Democratic businessman Shawn Mitchell, who I strongly urge the voters of the 13th Senate district to elect next Tuesday. If not, then Black will be Back, and it won't be pretty.
I have met and known many politicians. Nearly all had good intentions, were fairly well accomplished, and did a number of good things in office. For many of them, I had considerable excitement at first. But often there is disappointment. I am not so naive I expect always to get my way. Rather disappointment, even disillusionment, is rooted in the electeds often forgetting why they ran to serve us in the first place: Making their locality, or district, or state a better place. Don Langrehr is different. He remembers he is a public servant, a steward of the town's resources, and a leader of its people. This diary is about something pretty extraordinary, especially in this economy. It is how Don helped transform our local government. Our town has been run so well in recent years, it has almost become ordinary, the expected, the taken-for-granted. I've already told you about CNN and Forbes naming Blacksburg as one of the nation's best managed towns.I think the video above captures it. Watch the video segment to the end... and then join me after the fold.
At the same time, despite Yost's deficiencies as a candidate, amazingly, he appears to be getting cocky about his McDonnell-Howell financial (puppet) windfall. He apparently believes he owes the citizens nothing, not even the respect of showing up.
Yesterday I wrote about how this young man doesn't even understand Virginia government. But he says he is a "quick study." If so, why isn't he up to speed already then? The truth is that Joseph Yost who's barely been president of the local Young Republicans for a significant length of time, is unfit to represent the 12th District as a voting member of the House of Delegates. Let the buyer (and the voter) beware. BTW, Guess who else is missing? Take a look below the fold...
"If you thought your job is safe, guess again. No job is safe with John Edwards in the Virginia Senate."And this:
"State Senator John Edwards is just plain scary." (grainy photo included)Nutter's mailing even calls the glossy piece of garbage a "special report." Note the mailing is paid for by the Republican Party of Virginia, but is authorized by Dave Nutter himself. I guess he's been so abysmal in debates that he thinks he has to resort to this kind of garbage. In short, John Edwards cleans his clock.
There is more below the fold...
Even as much of a political junkie as I am, the Sheriff's race would have completely escaped my active attention if it weren't for the Republican and/or Cooper attack on current Sheriff (and Democrat) Stan Barry regarding his retirement. Naturally, as a Fairfax County resident, I added my name, e-mail and zip code to get the updates about this alleged corruption. To this date, I haven't received a single one. Now, maybe they saw my name (I don't use a dummy name or e-mail -- if I write something or communicate about VA politics, it is always under my own full name.) Or more likely, there's just nothing there to say.
During a 31st State Senate District debate this afternoon at Rodef Shalom Synagogue in Falls Church, Tea Party Republican Caren Merrick outright lies about the NRA scores of Delegates Mark Keam and David Bulova. In reality, Merrick received an A- rating, which is significantly more pro-gun than Keam and Bulova, who received grades of "C" and "D," respectively. Don't you just love how Merrick keeps trying to hide her hard-right-wing views on just about every subject, from guns to a woman's right to choose to the environment to her anti-government/anti-tax views to...you name it? Stay tuned for more video, including Merrick's "drill baby drill!" stance, her utter ignorance of how to fund transportation, her obvious support for draconian restrictions on women's health clinics in Virginia, and her continuing refusal to release her NRA questionnaire (despite promising she'd do so before the election; well, the clock is ticking, just 2 weeks to go!).