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Top Virginia Political Stories of 2016

The following list is not meant to be comprehensive, but these are some of the top political stories, IMHO, that took place in Virginia...

The WaPo Piece on Rep. Bobby Scott Isn’t All Bad, But...

Again, Portnoy's WaPo piece wasn't terrible -- it just grinds my gears that a major paper like the Post didn't do basic research on Bobby Scott's legislative work, and that being a "professor" is cast as a negative.

Photos: Where Were the 2017 Virginia Dem LG Candidates on Labor...

While most of us are focused intensely on the 2016 presidential race, as well as on crucial House races like LuAnn Bennett vs. Barbara...

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...

Audio: Bobby Scott, Donald McEachin, Susan Swecker Blast Tommy Norment for...

See below for a press release (I've added a few more quotes as well) from the Democratic Party of Virginia on their conference call...

Wednesday News: Trump Descends to “Depths of Indecency;” GOP Takes “Fringe”...

by Lowell Here are a few national and Virginia news headlines, political and otherwise, for Wednesday, August 10. Also, check out the video of Tim...

If Clinton/Kaine Win Virginia by 12 Points, What Could That Mean...

On Sunday, CBS News came out with a poll showing Clinton/Kaine defeating Trump/Pence in Virginia by 12 points (49%-37%). There have been other polls...

Video: Rep. Bobby Scott, Gov. McAuliffe Speeches at Virginia Dems Welcome...

Videos courtesy of Shannon Fisher - great work! Rep. Bobby Scott says Tim Kaine on the Democratic ticket offers "a stark contrast between the yelling,...

If Tim Kaine Becomes VP, Who Might Gov. McAuliffe Appoint to...

Good question by Virginia Democratic activist J.C. Wilmore: Hypothetical question: if Tim Kaine gets the VP nod and Dems win 2016, who do the VA...

Shad Plank Plunked

 photo P4180899.jpgThis year's version of the annual event just outside of Wakefield accomplished little. Though there was a hint of the lunacy usually present at Shad Planking; what there wasn't was much of a crowd nor interest. The biggest symbol of the times was the state-maintained road to the event.

There really wasn't much in the way of genuine politics going on. It was more of an alumni meeting than a political rally; more of a gathering of cronies practicing the Virginia Way interrupted a couple of times by a couple of hecklers. It seems that the last few seasons of rowdies have driven away the attendees who used to come show some civil revelry on behalf of their candidates. And now, with no one in any race to rally around, the most demonstrative types stayed home; and that would leave a big hole in what had become this Ruritan charity event attendance.

Additionally the candidates themselves, apparently led by the Republicans, declared a tacit truce on the sign war; they realized surrender was the better part of valor in that battle. There were a few signs along the road, but not the plastering to which we've become accustomed; maybe a dozen on 460 coming in from Richmond.

And then there was that road. We've discussed here the slow strangling that the McDonnell administration orchestrated during his four years in office in the name of balancing the budget. Well, now it is manifest here. What has been a well-maintained macadam rural route has deteriorated. In fact, the last half mile or more to the event parking area entrance and everything beyond is now feathered with gravel to cover the potholes. It really is symbolic of the treatment of Virginia's infrastructure, from schools and social programs to health care and public safety; not to mention the fraud perpetrated on the Virginia Retirement System when McDonnell announced that the unfunded obligations had been resolved.

There is more to discuss about what was less and that will come in a subsequent post. But if this level of enthusiasm is any indication of the turnout for this fall's election, the margin will come down to the grassroots get-out-the-vote effort. Problem is, for both sides, yesterday showed the grassroots really haven't been fertilized.