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Governor's race

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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Democratic Gubernatorial Responses to Sierra Club Survey

by: Eileen

Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 08:34:23 AM EDT

(This provides convenient direct access to candidates' answers to a well-known environmental survey - promoted by Teddy Goodson)

The next Governor could be charting our course to a clean energy future or defending the coal industry until sea level rise is swallowing Virginia Beach.  The next governor could actually make a real difference in cleaning up the Chesapeake rather than merely using the Bay as a back drop for a photo up.  The next Governor could insure that the embarrassing boondoggle otherwise known as the King William Reservoir is finally laid to rest by standing up to developers in Newport News and the Peninsula.  

So it will be up to us who that next Governor will be.  As we close in on the nomination decisions, take the time to go out and see the candidates and ask the tough questions.  We hope the survey responses provided by the candidates will help guide you in making this important decision.

Click here to view Sierra Club survey to Democratic gubernatorial candidates.

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Brian Moran Thanks Military Families

by: Eileen

Sun May 10, 2009 at 09:44:15 AM EDT

(Promoted as a purely positive piece by a supporter of the candidate in question - promoted by kindler)

militarykids1While in Virginia Beach for his office opening yesterday, Brian Moran thanked military families for their sacrifice and service to our county on the heels of Friday's celebration of Military Spouses Day. "There is no more sacred commitment that our nation makes than to our military members, their families and our veterans," Moran said.

Last year, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates presented Brian Moran with an award for his work on behalf of Our Military Kids, a nonprofit foundation for giving more than $1 million to the families of deployed or wounded National Guard and Reserve members. "Military children may experience a deep sense of loss when they have a parent serving far from home," Gates said.  "Organizations like this one make our military kids feel special and loved," he said.

"We are greatly indebted to Brian for his strong advocacy of the program," Our Military Kids Co-Founder Gail Kruzel said. "Thanks to Brian, we have been able to provide additional benefits to the children of Virginia's deployed. Virginia's support of the program sets the benchmark for other states to emulate."

Reflecting on the 2008 award yesterday, Brian said "I wanted to make sure military families know that we appreciate the sacrifice they make for our nation. And, especially to the children of our military service members, they need to know that while their moms and dads aren't home, they are doing the bravest thing they can and helping to keep millions of families safe."

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Brian Moran: Long Fighting to Protect our Coasts

by: Eileen

Mon Apr 27, 2009 at 08:00:41 AM EDT

bmoffshoreIn May 2007, Brian Moran held a press conference on the oceanfront in Virginia Beach to announce his opposition to drilling for oil and gas off Virginia's coast as included in the Federal 2007-2012 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program announced by the Department of the Interior's Mineral Management Services (MMS) on April 30. He was joined by Mike Town, Virginia chapter director of the Sierra Club, Virginia Beach Mayor Meyera Oberndorff, and former Virginia Beach council member and DEQ director (and now House of Delegates candidate) Peter Schmidt.  This press conference was held prior to a 60-day public comment period that concluded on July 1, 2007. "Great stuff, every Democrat should oppose drilling off Virginia's coast", wrote Lowell at Raising Kaine.  "In fact, EVERYONE should oppose this cockamamie idea".

Virginia's enrollment in the Federal 2007-2012 OCS program started in February 2005 when the Virginia General Assembly passed Sen. Frank Wagner's SB1054 calling for offshore natural gas exploration and urging lifting of the Congressional ban on OCS development.  It passed 37-0 by the Senate (Deeds voting in favor) and passed 54-43 by the House (Moran voting against).  But despite Governor Warner's veto of SB1054 in April 2005, it was still communicated to MMS that Virginia somehow supported offshore drilling in August 2005 and in early February 2006 it was announced that Virginia - alone on the entire Atlantic coast - had been enrolled in the proposed 5-Year Plan for OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program.

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Grassroots Leaders Endorse Brian Moran

by: Eileen

Sat Apr 25, 2009 at 11:49:20 AM EDT

From Todd Smyth:

I'm excited to announce a great list of grassroots leaders who have endorsed Brian Moran so far. Over 170 leaders from around Virginia are standing with Brian Moran to continue the hard work of moving Virginia forward.  These are many of the earliest and most avid supporters of Barack Obama, who made the phone calls, knocked on doors, registered voters, signed up volunteers, organized events and did the hard work to turn Virginia blue and move our Commonwealth forward. Many of them are you.

This list was put together by grassroots volunteers and, as with many things, was a little more complicated than expected. I would like to apologize for any mistakes or omissions. This is just the beginning and we will continue to improve this list.

Please go to the link below and read through to find people you know and click on the links to read written statements, describing why they support Brian. We hope you will join us in this expression of strong grassroots support and join Brian's campaign to become the next Governor of the great Commonwealth of Virginia.

Brian Moran Grassroots Endorsements

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Brian Moran Launches

by: Eileen

Fri Apr 24, 2009 at 06:51:01 AM EDT

Gubernatorial candidate Brian Moran today launched a new website entitled "Surry Ain't Clean Coal".

"We cannot solve 21st century problems with 19th century fossil fuels. The proposed coal-burning power plant in Surry should not go forward because it will dirty our air and water and threaten the Chesapeake Bay. 2009 should be the year that we make unprecedented commitments to clean, renewable energy that can preserve our planet and create thousands of new jobs all over the Commonwealth."

The website also contrasts the position on the Surry coal plant to the other two Democratic candidates, Creigh Deeds and Terry McAuliffe.

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Mr. Deeds Goes To Richmond

by: KathyinBlacksburg

Thu Apr 16, 2009 at 09:39:03 AM EDT

(Sen. Creigh Deeds.  In file photo, taken by KathyinBlacksburg)

That the unlikely "Mr. Smith" went to Washington was fiction.  Creigh Deeds going to Richmond as Governor is far more probable.  As Creigh and his team persuasively note, his positives are higher and his negatives lower than his competitors.  In a world where turnout is everything, but likely only to be somewhere between 8 and 13 %, this is the one candidate who's already shown that he's competitive in a statewide race.  He's the only one who's raised the money, gone head-to-head with Bob McDonnell, and come within 300 votes of winning.  Now he's achieved funding parity, but seems to manage campaign money more carefully than his opponents. He's logging the miles, taking his message to villages and towns across the Commonwealth, where, surely, he can greatly widen his margin from last time.  Like the palpable confidence of his supporters, Creigh Deeds feels certain that it's doable.  This diary will discuss Creigh's upbeat swing through SW Virginia yesterday.

While pols from both sides of the aisle spent the day at the traditional shad-planking, province of insiders, wasteful sign wars, and backslapping, Creigh reached out to more (and more) Virginians, one-on-one, and at gatherings like this one:

Campaign Day Rewind/Blacksburg
The day began to wind down at 5:30 PM, but Creigh was only getting started. Redbud and dogwood lined the road leading to the Blacksburg home of Del. Jim and Margaret Shuler. Outside, bagpipes welcomed guests. Inside, bagpipes gave way to the wafting sounds of friendly conversations.  As in the proverbial "old-home week," friends reconnected and new acquaintances joined in too.  More than 80 guests filled the Shuler's welcoming home.

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McAuliffe reports $4.2 million + for the quarter

by: teacherken

Wed Apr 08, 2009 at 12:20:10 PM EDT

The McAuliffe campaign has put out a press release on their fundraising.

over $4.2 million in the three month period from January 1 to March 31

nearly $2.5 million cash on hand

a total of approximately $5.2 million from over 3,440 contributors.   (he had reported almost a million in previous period)

We can be sure that the total raised will top the other two candidates, perhaps behind.  We need to see COH figures and total donors before we can judge what it means.  But it is significant, demonstrating what was already known - Terry will have no trouble raising money.

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Bob Holsworth's Virginia Tomorrow - an Important Place for Virginia Politics

by: teacherken

Mon Apr 06, 2009 at 08:15:47 AM EDT

Robert Holsworth of VCU is an oft-quoted figure on Virginia politics and government.  He also runs a website called Virginia Tomorrow which serves as a clearing house for news on Virginia politics and government.   Below the fold I want to give a sense of some of what you might find at his site, by looking both at some stories at which he points today, and then some analysis he made on the status of the gubernatorial primary viewed through the lens of opposing Bob McDonnell.  

Or if you want, you can just bookmark his site, and check in everyday.  I usually do.

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