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Deeds

Election Defeat By the Numbers

by: Elaine in Roanoke

Sat Nov 07, 2009 at 10:37:55 AM EST

O.K. Now that I have gotten over my initial sadness at the results for the Democrats in the election just past, I can't resist trying to understand just how this loss unfolded...by the numbers. While this may have simply have been the year the Republicans got energized to stop their slide in Virginia, there is no way that the results should have been as dismal as they were.

One concrete example of how involved the voting public is in an election can be found in the turnout numbers. This year only 42% of those eligible to vote bothered to do so. (1,984,271 of 4,713,061)   Let's compare that with the last gubernatorial election. (I won't make comparisons with last year's presidential election because that would be comparing apples and oranges. Presidential election turnout always exceeds state elections by a large margin.)

In 2005 when Tim Kaine faced Jerry Kilgore and independent H. R. Potts turnout was 45% ( 2,000,052 of 4,448,852).

So, this year we had more than a quarter million more registered voters than in 2005, yet fewer people went to the polls. Only Republicans can benefit from that situation.

Let's looks at the congressional districts and compare Tim Kaine's performance to Creigh Deeds'.  Kaine's  percentage is first, then Deeds'.

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Well, Shucks, Pal, Shoot a Public Option---- or a Guvnur

by: Teddy Goodson

Thu Oct 22, 2009 at 13:05:26 PM EDT

( - promoted by Teddy Goodson)

Listen, podnuh, this air serious. Some real strong so-called progressuvs say Creigh Deeds said he'd maybe "opt-out" (that means "choose not to play nice with others," I think) of a future federal guvmint health insurance program... and that this makes him not good to work for or even to vote for, even though his repug opponent McDonnell says he definitely would "opt-out," period.... how odd is that?

Well, now, I believe y'all got it wrong, and here's why:

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<b>DEEDS: Virginia No Public Option Necessary</b>

by: brian12

Wed Oct 21, 2009 at 23:29:57 PM EDT

Creigh Deeds is a Democrat, not just any Democrat, but a "Creigh Deeds Democrat,"quotes meant as sarcasm and ironically they're Deeds's own words. So what does that mean exactly? Well if Creigh Deeds is elected and the National Health Care bill is passed with a comprehensive public option, in which it says states must enforce or else, don't count on Governor Deeds to be a good steward of that policy, because in his last debate-which wasn't televised to the broader general Virginia TV viewing public,but hey, you could stream it, especially in the more rural sections and the inner cities where they still have Windows 95 computers, Deeds said and I quote, the Washington Post,who ironically endorsed him,
On heath care, Deeds broke new ground by saying that as governor,he would consider opting out of a public health-care option if states are extended that right under legislation being considered in Congress.McDonnell,who opposes reform efforts in Washington,unequivocally said he would opt out if offered that choice. "I don't think a public option is necessary in any plan,and I would certainly consider opting out if that were available to Virginia"
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WTF, or, If Moran Had It So Wrong, Why Is Deeds Following the Same Playbook?

by: Catzmaw

Sat Oct 03, 2009 at 14:51:20 PM EDT

A few months ago after my candidate Brian Moran lost the primary I agreed to wholeheartedly support Creigh's candidacy.  Well, things happened and I have been distracted from that intention with pressing family obligations, but I retain a reputation among my friends and relatives as an opinionated busybody who thinks reading position papers and watching C-Span is jolly good fun.

Today, one of those confused friends turned to me for guidance in the Governor's race.  Here is what he wrote:  

Sorry to have to ask, but I bet you have an answer.

Does either of these pathetic losers even HAVE a platform? Judging from the ads, the only reason to vote for either of them is that the other one is so awful. Not one single word from either about what they'd do in office.

I'm considering voting for "none of the above," or for Pigasus. Or writing in "[my son's name]" ... at least he has some positive ideas...

Now, this was an interesting question, because the fact is that I HAVEN'T been paying that much attention.  No time.  But I've noticed what my friend noticed, which is that I'm really not hearing that much from the Deeds campaign that would make me - a likely voter with strongly Democratic leanings - want to vote for Creigh Deeds.  My answer is on the flip.

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GOPers Attack One of Their Own

by: Elaine in Roanoke

Fri Oct 02, 2009 at 11:49:25 AM EDT

( - promoted by kindler)

Rosalind Helderman, in the Washington Post, is reporting that the Virginia Republican party, in their rush to attack Democrat Creigh Deeds, ended up also attacking fellow Republican Del. Terry Kilgore (R-1st), brother of the GOP's former  gubernatorial nominee Jerry Kilgore.

The Republicans held a media conference call this week with Del. John O'Bannon and delegate candidate Chris Stolle, as well several other doctors, slamming Creigh Deeds for co-sponsoring a 1999 bill that would have raised Virginia's cap on medical malpractice settlements from $1 million to $3 million.

The irony is that while Deeds signed on as a co-sponsor of the bill, the chief sponsor was Terry Kilgore, who said he introduced the bill at the behest of trial lawyers who pointed out that the cap had not been raised for years.

The bill that finally emerged from committee hiked the cap from $1 million to $1.5 million and then increased it slowly over time to $2 million by 2009. Among the people voting "yes" on that bill on the Courts of Justice Committee were Creigh Deeds and current Republican gubernatorial nominee "Taliban" Bob McDonnell.

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Oops...Reporter's Hidden Bias Is Showing

by: Elaine in Roanoke

Fri Sep 25, 2009 at 10:46:43 AM EDT

( - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

The Washington Post published an article on September 25 about the Virginia Education Association (VEA) airing advertisements critical of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell's positions on public education. The almost blatant use of "union" in the headline and in the body of the story makes me wonder - yet again - whether the reporters being hired by media knows much of anything, including the definition of the word "union." Plus, are they incapable of maintaining objectivity and avoiding bias?

Several times in the article, Anita Kunmar of the Post refers to the VEA as a "union." The association is NOT a union.

Here's the headline for the story: "Virginia Teachers Union Blasts McDonnell in TV Ads." The story itself calls Kitty Boitnott "the union's president."

To reiterate, the Virginia Education Association is NOT a union. (In fact, in a related story, the Post does not call the Fraternal Order of Police, which endorsed Bob McDonnell, a "union." It simply calls that group "an organization" representing 8,000 law enforcement officers. I do not think it would have hurt Kumar to describe the VEA as an "organization representing more than 50,000 Virginia teachers.")

Newspapers and television news broadcasters often refer to the VEA as a "union." It is it way to dismiss the organization in the minds of far too many Virginians who have been led to believe that there is something inherently bad - nay, downright evil - about trade unions. Virginia is so anti-union that it has made it legally impossible for any public employee to be represented by a union - or any group that has any of the characteristics of a union.

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Our Gal on the Ground! Hannah Wiegard Staffing Robin Abbott in the 93rd

by: VirginiaYoungDemocrats

Tue Sep 15, 2009 at 19:25:02 PM EDT

( - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

Cross Posted at the VAYD Blog.

Hannah 93

Hannah Wiegard is the Virginia Young Democrats organizer in the 93rd House of Delegates District. She is working with the William & Mary Young Democrats and the Christopher Newport University Young Democrats to help put Robin Abbott in Richmond. I asked her to tell her story and give us an update on the campaign. Enjoy!

"I grew up in Chesterfield County, VA. My father was a librarian, and my mother was an at-home parent. I went to the College of William and Mary and where I studied English Literature and Environmental Science and Policy and graduated in 2009. Like many others in this economy, I am still in the process of determining my career path, but I might choose something as established as science teacher or as cutting-edge as algae-based biofuel research.

I am a proud Democrat. I realized I was a Democrat during George W. Bush's re-election campaign, and a little later I became active protesting the Iraq War. Equal rights issues soon attracted my attention, making me feel even more sure I was a liberal. As I learned more about climate change, the environment became my number 1 issue. I still want to be a Democrat because I believe that while the government cannot solve all our problems, it can make life in America better for many people.

Robin Abbott's field campaign in the 93rd is a very exciting place to be! As a field organizer, I spend some of my time recruiting more volunteers to help get Robin's name out in the district, and I spend a lot of time on the phone and knocking doors to personally help spread the word. Every day we seem to find something new to get excited about, whether it's six new phone lines in the office, a new mailing getting delivered, or a new sign going up in front of a local business in support of Robin. It's a competitive race, a great district, and there's no place I'd rather be."

The Virginia Young Democrats are hiring up to 30 organizers to turn young volunteers out to campaigns. To help support Hannah and our other organizers, go to our donation site on Act Blue: https://secure.actblue.com/con...

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The Democratic Party should be the party of morals, not the GOP

by: RichardWard

Tue Aug 18, 2009 at 14:34:50 PM EDT

This diary, authored by a Deeds supporter, responds to Deeds' recent attacks on McDonnell's abortion positions, as well as the comment made by Aznew (blogger for the The Virginia Democrat) below the break. The continued tolerance of the progressive Blue Commonwealth community for those who are not afraid to question the acts of our leadership, and the rare atmosphere of respectful discourse on this site, are greatly treasured and appreciated.  

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Is 100% Pro-Choice a Progressive Value? (response to Aznew on the Backwards Bob string)

by: RichardWard

Wed Aug 12, 2009 at 11:13:07 AM EDT

...As for Creigh on choice, his record is crystal clear -- just look at his votes. You are right -- his position is vitrually identical to yours, I believe.

As for being 100% pro choice -- abortions -- even late term abortions -- ought to be a decision solely between a woman and her health care provider in all cases. Exactly what part of that formulation is objectionable?

Or, do you think it appropriate for the General Assembly to decide what kinds of medical care ought to be available to you.

The whole late-term abortion issue (the so-called misnamed partial birth abortions) is only so much bullshit that the anti-choice movement uses as a wedge issue. My understanding is that virtually every late term abortion that occurs is because of health risk to the mother, although if McDonnell has his way, some medically necessary procedures may be criminalized by legislative fiat.

Aznew,

For the record, my personal position on abortion is that it should only be performed in very rare cases, such as serious danger to the health of the mother or siblings in a multiple pregnancy.  While I am Catholic, I can easily base such a position on scientific or humanist grounds.  However, I do not believe that it would be wise to impose such a conservative (or arguably progressive) position on a secular society with widely divergent opinions on the matter.  If abortion is completely banned, abortion rates can even go higher -- see modern day Brazil as an example.  Outside of requiring monthly maternity tests (which believe it or not has been practiced by a country, I think it was Romania), how would you enforce such a ban?  Abortions can be easily performed by cheap pills which are used for other legal indications.  An early abortion in Brazil is asking someone for a pill which costs about a dollar (the same method in the U.S. costs about $400, because of highly suggested medical monitoring).  

That being said, "100% choice" is a really bad idea.  We don't have "100% choice" in many other less controversial areas of the law--such as, where can you cross the street-- so why should we have "100% choice" on abortion.  We have pedestrian crosswalks to: 1) protect the pedestrian, and 2) protect others.  Similarly, reasonable abortion restrictions protect both the mother, and another (the fetus/child), from the influences of others (a waiting period can help in this regard), doctors which perform abortions for profit taking motives (e.g., second opinion requirements), and from procedures which are dangerous to the mother's health (Dr. Tiller's MOLD technique).

Susan Kellom, the head of the Alexandria Democratic Committee, recently indicated in a advertisement for a August 10th event that Deeds was 100% pro-choice.  Deeds' blog comments indicate that he is 100% pro-choice, i.e., "up to a woman, her family, her doctor and her spiritual advisor".  (Note: interesting that the decision is also "up to" her family and spiritual advisor.)  I certainly do not see the moderate abortion position in Deeds that I suspected, e.g., based on his prior votes on partial birth abortions.  Instead, I see a candidate who would support extreme legislation such as the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA), legislation which could arguably wipe all reasonable legislation off the books, including legislation which could prevent elective third trimester abortions.  

Also, I believe you are greatly mistaken about the past with regards to late-term abortions.  It is my understanding that Dr. Tiller (and likely others) performed many third trimester abortions that were elective in nature, usually relying on "mental health of the mother" for a rationale. How else, in 1995, could Dr. Tiller "have some experience with late terminations: about 10,000 patients between 24 and 36 weeks and something like 800 fetal anomalies between 26 and 36 weeks in the past 5 years."  See http://www.dr-tiller.com/elect...

I somewhat agree with you today that the late-term abortion issue is a "[BS]" "wedge" issue -- however, if we adopt 100% pro-choice, we could easily go back to a time when it was not an issue.  If Dr. Tiller's own words were correct, he performed 9,200 abortions on viable children/fetuses lacking fetal anomalies in a five year period.  For each of these abortions, he would receive a sizable payment -- for example, before he was murdered (a reprehensible act) he would receive $5000 or more for a late-term procedure -- a late-term procedure which appeared to be more dangerous for the woman than even natural childbirth.

After spending 15 days in the NICU, and seeing children of 24 week gestation, I cannot in anyway support a return to the effectively "100% choice" policies of the 1990s.  After seeing the pain my wife went through in childbirth, I cannot support making perhaps uninformed mothers and profit-hungry "doctors" 100% responsible for making late-term abortion choices, when such "choice" often results in more pain than childbirth in a hospital.  There needs to be reasonable regulation.  So yes, I would have the General Assembly decide a mechanism by which an elective (not medically necessary) third-trimester, or even second-trimester abortion, would be permitted or conducted.    

In short, I think one is burying their head in the sand if they think that "100% choice" is a Progressive value, let alone a mainstream value. Most of "Progressive" Europe does not permit elective abortions beyond the first trimester, while a "100% choice" (or FOCA) regime practically allows all abortion until natural childbirth.  But, even in the U.S., most agree that, at least, a third trimester fetus/child should be protected in almost all circumstances, with rare exceptions, such as to save the life of the mother and/or other children in a multiple pregnancy.  

However, such a child has no protection under our current Constitution -- it is generally up to the states under Roe v. Wade to provide such protections.  This is what concerns me about Deeds' words on abortion to date.  Words matter.  He should use them to clarify his position on abortion.

Thanks again for your comments,

--Rick

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Lurking Latent Lethal Issues

by: Teddy Goodson

Thu Jun 11, 2009 at 17:18:09 PM EDT

(This was written prior to the murder at the Holocaust Museum; that event makes the observations below even more appropriate)

The Conventional Wisdom is that local issues always end up deciding elections on state or lower levels, especially in "off" years when nothing national heads the ticket---- except, of course, when they don't.  The upcoming statewide contest in Virginia, pitting the Democrat Creigh Deeds against the Republican Robert McDonnell,  may well be one of those in which one or more not-so-local, nastily covert issues cast a spell.  By this I mean something other than the obvious fact that pundits will try to cast the two state elections of '09 (New Jersey and Virginia) as a referendum on the Obama presidency and the entire Democratic economic and political philosophy as it plays out over the next few months on the national stage.  

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McAuliffe Goes Off On Deeds and Guns

by: The Donkey

Sun Jun 07, 2009 at 23:00:42 PM EDT

(the author is a gun rights advocate and a lawyer.   He is also a Deeds supporter.  Nevertheless his analysis deserves broader viewing, and hence the front page - promoted by teacherken)

Propaganda volleys by the McAuliffe campaign show how deep that outfit is willing to dig to gain some footing against Deeds' surge in the polls. Here is the latest blip from McAuliffe on the BS radar:

"In the final hours before the election, we need to be on the lookout for misleading robocalls.  We've gotten word that Creigh Deeds is running an attack call accusing Terry McAuliffe and Brian Moran of "lying.""

"Deeds is claiming that his record on guns is in lockstep with Democratic leaders like Mark Warner.  The Washington Post points out that's just not true.  Both Mark Warner and Tim Kaine say that guns and alcohol do not mix.  But in the past two years, Creigh Deeds voted six different times to allow concealed weapons into bars.  He even voted to override Governor Kaine's veto of that bill - twice."

Trouble is, in Virginia, it is already legal to carry in bars: but the weapons must be carried openly rather than being concealed. That means that folks with concealed carry permits must doff their coats and bare their firearms wherever liquor is served.

Deeds votes simply would have allowed these CC permit holders to keep their coats on in bars and restaurants, an option that seems both public spirited and safety conscious. Nobody argues that people carrying sidearms - openly or concealed - should be allowed to drink: and the legislation does not allow this. McAuliffe's argument that Deeds voted to mix guns and alcohol falls flat.

The remainder of McAuliffe's e-mail seems particularly apt. To rephrase:

"The sad truth about the kind of" BS the McAuliffe "campaign is pushing is it can work - unless it's thoroughly and unambiguously debunked. That's where you come in. . . ."

"Elections are wonderful things - it's democracy in action.  But in order for our democratic process to be effective, voters need to know the facts - and we can't allow candidates to make them up as they go."

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Creigh Deeds can't beat Bob

by: ElectableDem

Sat Jun 06, 2009 at 22:02:37 PM EDT

Creigh Deeds simply can't win in November. And you don't need to look any farther than 2005 to see why. Bob McDonnell is a tough opponent, and even though he is as crazy a right-wing nut as they come, he puts on a moderate face. He's tough on crime and comes across as though he actually gives a damn about what Northern Virginians care about. You can't beat Bob McDonnell by running to his right and appealing to rural white conservatives. You have to win the moderate suburban vote.

Creigh Deeds is absolutely the wrong candidate to do that. In 2005, he lost Loudon and Prince William counties in Northern Virginia, moderate suburban counties that Tim Kaine, Jim Webb, and Barack Obama swept as they won Virginia. Creigh just doesn't do well here in NOVA. We need a candidate who can win in NOVA.

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Who will make a difference?

by: alankrishnan

Fri Jun 05, 2009 at 17:38:40 PM EDT

Cross Posted:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/...

The National Public Radio in Washington DC today featured the three Virginia Democratic candidates for Governor.  McAuliffe was driving in heavy rain and for a part of the call, phone reception was poor.  Deeds did an incredible and confident presentation, perhaps he was present in the studio?  Moran was at a fundraiser and did not take the call as scheduled, his campaign manager started the call and about 5 minutes later Moran made a separate call from his phone in Alexandria.

Strangely, only Deeds had questions from the listeners, both McAuliffe and Moran had questions only from the panelists on the show.

The show was positive and showed every one in fair light.

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BREAKING: Game Changer in the Works?

by: KathyinBlacksburg

Tue Jun 02, 2009 at 12:45:34 PM EDT

( - promoted by kindler)

[Disclaimer: I am a McAuliffe supporter.]

Are candidate trends on the move?  That's the suggestion of at least one new poll.  With one week to go, Creigh Deeds has taken a slim lead in the democratic primary, according to a new PPP poll out today.  I'll report on that in a moment.

This caps a second day of good news from the Deeds campaign.  Yesterday, the Deeds campaign touted new financials, which showed the campaign has 96% in-state donors and $521,000 in the bank for the final push. Yesterday, Deeds also reported:


According to the Virginian Pilot, "Deeds has the best favorability ratings among the three candidates, possessing both the highest positive and lowest negative ranking and "a recent SurveyUSA poll shows that 'Deeds is the only candidate with momentum'." [Virginian Pilot 5/26/09]

Here's what the Deeds campaign reported on the PPP today:

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EXCLUSIVE: Deeds Calls on Liberty University to Reverse its Decision to Ban College Democrats

by: Star City Harbinger

Fri May 22, 2009 at 16:06:19 PM EDT

( - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

Yesterday, the News & Advance reported that far right Liberty University has banned the student Democratic Party from its campus.  Liberty announced that the student Democrats are no longer officially recognized in the fundamentalist Evangelical college's roster of clubs.

The Washington Post just published a full text of the email from Liberty University to the College Democrats Club.

The News & Advance reports

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe held a conference call with reporters this morning. Liberty University's Democratic party club president Brian Diaz and the club's staff adviser, Maria Childress, answered questions from reporters throughout the state during the call.  Many of the questions focused on the issue of censorship, and McAuliffe responded by saying he favors free speech and including more people in the civic process.

In an exclusive statement for Star City Harbinger, State Senator Creigh Deeds unequivocally denounces the move by Liberty officials to silence the Democratic presence on campus . . .
http://starcityharbinger.com/?...
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Deeds Campaign Gets Defensive/Aggressive: And Reveals Something About Itself

by: KathyinBlacksburg

Fri May 15, 2009 at 14:40:50 PM EDT

[Note: KathyinBlacksburg is a TerryMcAuliffe supporter, who likes Creigh Deeds a great deal.]

Analysis

The overall capable and energetic Deeds campaign staffers have done a very good job in the campaign so far.  However, the campaign's apparently creating controversy where there is none.  In so doing, it has created a problem of its own.  And you have to wonder whether they shouldn't have just staked out the record and let that be that.  Instead, in its railing against McAuliffe about payday lending and falsely claiming that
McAuliffe "attacked" Democrats Warner and Kaine, the Deeds campaign revealed its own shortcomings.  First, a little history...

This appeared in the Virginia Pilot in the fall of 1999 (11/17/1999).


The battle over whether triple-digit ``payday'' loans should be more available in Virginia will resurface in the General Assembly next January, the state's banking commissioner and consumer advocates predicted Tuesday.

But the influence of federal banking regulations have made it more difficult for Virginia and other states to curb questionable lending practices, including these high-interest loans to cash-strapped consumers, said Joe Face...

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My Two Cents: Democratic Candidates for Governor-Blacksburg "Debate" Post Mortem

by: KathyinBlacksburg

Thu Apr 30, 2009 at 16:21:35 PM EDT

(a perspective from someone in the hall.  My perspective was only via video feed. - promoted by teacherken)

[Disclaimer: I came to the debate planning to vote for McAuliffe, but without strong feelings about this race.  I keep looking for things to like about the others, though.  I wanted to appreciate all of them.   Any one of them could be our next governor.  And any of them would be preferable to Bob McDonnell.  Unfortunately, I left feeling disappointed.]

When The Collegiate Times, Huffington Post, Firedog Lake and Not Larry Sabato, teamed up to host the gubernatorial debate last night, there were not likely any winners among the Democratic candidate's for governor.  But the format brought some good questions to the debate stage.  As usual, this wasn't so much as a debate, but rather a question-and-answer session.

The candidates started out strong, with Moran and McAuliffe stronger than Deeds, I thought.  All three have strong leadership cred: Creigh and Brian in their leading the Democratic Caucus, Terry in his DNC leadership.  But as the event continued, I was surprised that no one candidate stood out overall.  Furthermore, I was  surprised that none achieved the kind of performance I'd expected of the candidates for governor, and which each of them had given on previous occasions.  Then, too, any of the three exceeds Bob McDonnell.  The candidates made clear why tax cuts; rejection of the portion of the stimulus, which would have assisted the unemployed; and the mere utterance of the word "No" will not move Virginia forward.  On the substance, unfortunately, as is often the case, the contenders danced around the edges on a number of questions.  They stayed close to script, Brian so much so that he wanted to keep referring to notes even when it damaged his case to do so.  

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Care of Challenged Children and Adults

by: alankrishnan

Sat Apr 25, 2009 at 20:48:32 PM EDT

( - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

Cross posted in Daily Kos - Please go see the comments

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/4/25/724485/-Care-of-Challenged-Children-and-Adults

Over the last few weeks, I have learned of many challenges in life I never imagined existed.  This is unexpected learning resulting from making phone calls to Virginia voters, reminding them that there is a Democratic Primary Election on June 9th. Of course once I actually get to speak with a person, (which varies from 20% to 40% depending on the time of day, demographics of people I am calling, and just plain darn luck)I encourage them to vote for Terry McAuliffe, and if they are not already strong supporters, I explain why I support McAuliffe and why he is the best qualified candidate to be the next Governor of Virginia.

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The Risk of Moran

by: Red Sox

Fri Apr 17, 2009 at 11:33:20 AM EDT

(Crossposted at Daily Kos)

This morning's New York Times and Washington Post each bring us news of potential impropriety between Rep. Jim Moran (D-VA 08), his brother Brian (leading candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in VA), and defense contractors receiving earmarks from Rep. Moran. Congressman Moran sits on the powerful House Subcommittee on Defense Appropriations.

For the uninitiated, Jim Moran has a checkered and inglorious history in Virginia politics. In addition to loathsome intolerance toward religious and racial minorities, he has made multiple ethically questionable decisions.

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Does Bob McDonnell understand unemployment?

by: alankrishnan

Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 20:38:58 PM EDT

Cross Posted in Daily Kos (with Poll):
http://www.dailykos.com/story/...

The decision by Virginia Republicans and Bob McDonnell to reject $125 million in federal economic recovery funds for extended unemployment benefits is mind boggling!  This is not bail out money being generated from "somewhere" but Virginia tax payers money that the Federal Government is making available to Virginia, to help Virginia workers who have lost jobs to receive extended unemployment benefits, work part time, and get new training that could help them prepare for new jobs that will surely become available in the near future.

There are several businesses including well established builders, who claim hundreds of millions of dollars in Federal money from the IRS, to recoup current business losses - provided they had profitable years in the past. Two well known building companies that are merging just claimed almost a Billion Dollars to cover their losses the last year.  That is what businesses do - take every opportunity to benefit their companies.

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