Tag: John Edwards
In 2011 the Republicans tried to knock off Edwards, at that time only one of three Democrats in the senate from west of Charlottesville. (We all remember Phil Puckett's deal with the GOP to get his daughter a judgeship, resulting in his retirement. That leaves John Edwards and Creigh Deeds as the only senate Dems in the western half of the state.) Edwards in 2011 faced Dave Nutter a member of the House of Delegates from Montgomery County. It was felt that Nutter could garner enough votes outside of Roanoke City to beat Edwards. Edwards won with 56% of the vote. However, the turnout was, as usual, low. The total vote in the district was only about 38,000 votes, out of a total population of 188,000. Statewide turnout was about 29%, not a promising statistic for Democrats in off years.
I have heard that Nancy Dye is doing door-to-door campaigning, a tactic that is very effective, but one that John Edwards is not known for. She is well funded since the GOP wants her to win, if at all possible. Edwards is ahead in fundraising, but Dye is close behind him.
One good thing I saw today was a TV ad by the Edwards campaign. It wasn't especially interesting, but it did have John Edwards speaking about his achievements since he was first elected. If I were his campaign manager, I would tell him to resurrect an effective ad he used in 2011 with his mother telling why her boy should be re-elected. He needs to have ads that make people talk about them, something different from the usual. Nancy Dye has also run TV ads, beating Edwards to the airwaves by several days.
According to Tommy Jordan, a long-time Democratic campaign activist who has helped Ferris in previous elections, the Edwards campaign wanted the event canceled because they said Ferris was going to use it to announce his support for Don Caldwell, 35-year veteran commonwealth's attorney for Roanoke City, who bolted the party he used to chair to run as an independent against Edwards and his Republican opponent, Dr. Nancy Dye. Jordan adamantly denied that was going to happen. Meanwhile, Sam Barrett, campaign manager for Edwards, said that Edwards wasn't involved in the decision to pull the plug on the fundraiser.
The statement from Adam Zuckerman, the director of Herring's PAC said, "This particular event was becoming a bit of distraction for local Democrats, but Attorney General Herring strongly supports Senator Edwards's re-election."
This newest pothole in the road to Edwards retaining his seat makes me wonder if he can pull off re-election or not. Jordan's disavowal notwithstanding, I believe that Ferris WAS going to sabotage Edwards with a Caldwell endorsement. Why? First, after he graduated from law school in the late 1980's, Ferris' first job was in Don Caldwell's office as an assistant prosecutor, staying there until he opened his own firm. They have remained fast friends. Plus, Ferris evidently has not gotten over the fact that in the last council election in May 2014 two other Democrats filed to run against the three Democratic incumbents up for re-election for the three available nominations. Thus, there would have been a primary. To avoid that, Ferris broke with the party and ran as an independent. He was joined by fellow incumbent Bill Bestpitch, who also had been elected as a Democrat.
November 16, 2011
Letter to the editor:
Given the recent elections resulting in a 20-20 split between the parties in the Senate of Virginia, some Republicans have suggested that they have the upper hand in drawing the rules, assigning chairmanships and controlling committees because the Lieutenant Governor, who presides over the Senate and breaks tie votes on legislation, is a Republican. However, this is not so.
The last time the Senate was split 20-20 in 1996, the precedent was established to share power between the parties. This was successfully and amicably done when the Lieutenant Governor was a Democrat. Power was shared; committees and committee chairs were divided to accommodate in a reasonable way each party regardless who might be the Lieutenant Governor.
Moreover, the Constitution of Virginia does not call for the Lieutenant Governor to vote on reorganization which occurs every four years. His power to vote to break ties does not include all matters. For example, he does not vote on the budget, taxes or the election of judges, as the constitution provides that a majority of members elected to each house is required in such cases. Va. Const., Art. IV, §11 (budget, taxes); Va. Const., Art. VI., §7 (judicial elections). Other matters, such as resolutions to amend the constitution, also require a majority of members elected to cast an affirmative vote. Va. Const., Art. XII, § 1 (amendments). Likewise, he does not vote on reorganizational matters as he is not elected to the Senate.
On reorganizational matters, the constitution provides that "Each house shall select its officers and settle its rules of procedure." Va. Const., Art. IV, §7. Each house is defined as consisting of members who are elected to the respective house; thus, a majority of members of each house is required to select officers and settle rules of procedure.
More on the "flip," including why Republicans can NOT wait until 2012 to complete congressional redistricting.
Edwards has waged a sometimes lonely battle to expand rail passenger transportation our way. He's made headway by funding connector transport to bring those of us without rail to rail lines. Now he's working to bring passenger trains here as well. He has worked to fund highway needs. He has worked tirelessly to fund education and keep both K-12 and higher education strong.
He's won numerous awards for his public service:
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?
"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...
Sen. Edwards outlined for the group what will be the main issue he will stress in the campaign, job creation through investments in education and transportation. "We create jobs by investing in the infrastructure of the future, by investing in job-creating institutions," Edwards said.
Edwards noted that Nutter voted for the McDonnell budget that would have cut an additional $620 million from public education, an action that would have resulted in 10,000-12,000 jobs being lost in the state; however, the Democratic-controlled State Senate blocked the cut. He also pointed out that in multiple sessions of the General Assembly, the Senate put forth a bipartisan transportation plan that couldn't even receive committee consideration in the Republican-controlled House of Delegates.
John Edwards was instrumental in the creation of the Roanoke Higher Education Center. The center offers courses through 12 state institutions of higher education. Since its inception, the higher ed center has allowed more than 6,500 persons to receive degrees or certificates of program completion. The average increase in salary because of the training has been as much as $17,000, according to one study.
It's hardly a secret that Terry McAuliffe is busy following in the footsteps of Mark Warner by working to bring jobs to areas of Virginia that need all the assistance they can get, in a scarcely disguised bid for a gubernatorial nomination. Recently, McAuliffe announced that his green car company, Greentech Automotive, had purchased EuAuto Technology Ltd., a company that makes and distributes electric cars. Additionally, McAuliffe still has a bid alive to purchase the now-closed International Paper plant in Isle of Wight County and convert it to a biomass energy plant. Result? Jobs, jobs, jobs...and, if successful, a nomination.
Then, we can't ignore how Del. Ward Armstrong has been acting of late. He has visited three Democratic events in Fairfax and Loudoun counties, plus making himself seen at a couple of congressional district conventions. He's acting like an early gubernatorial candidate.
(I have to say something at this point. After 2009, I personally don't want to see the Virginia Democratic party nominate another rural (Henry County), anti-abortion, gun-toting, health reform criticizing guy for governor. I hope we learned something from last year. If not, then the DPVA is hopeless.)