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Budget Casualty: Public Education

by: Elaine in Roanoke

Mon Mar 15, 2010 at 10:18:11 AM EDT

I've reconciled the apparent contradiction in a press release from the State Senate Democratic Caucus yesterday stating, "the final budget agreement makes $253 million in K-12 education cuts over the biennium, but prevents over $400 million in additional cuts that were desired by the House of Delegates," with the story in my local paper today, which states, "Direct aid to schools is cut by $645 million, excluding a funding cap on support staff."

It appears that the Democrats in the Senate were masking what is actually taking place with state financing of public education by pretending that the cuts proposed by former Gov. Kaine in December had actually been enacted, and then claiming that the budget agreement cut only $253 million from state aid.

The correct figure for the hit being taken by K-12 in this upcoming budget is $645 million. I will grant that the Democratic-controlled Senate kept the number from being Gov. Bob McDonnell's desired $731 million cut.

The GOP and the "Jobs Governor" are directly responsible for what they are doing to public education. McDonnell can start out his tally of "jobs" he is bringing to the Commonwealth by putting down a negative 15,000 to 25,000. That is the number of Virginians who will be thrown out of work so that schools can balance budgets with revenue that will be the same as what they received from the state in 2007.

Here's just one example:

Locally, the Roanoke City School Board met early this morning and approved a preliminary budget to send to city council, one cutting 146 full-time position, including 130 instructional positions.

Now, we always hear from the conservative Republicans that the schools should cut out the "fat" and keep teaching positions and schools open in all neighborhoods. That's impossible.

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Virginia Politics...Never a Dull Minute

by: Elaine in Roanoke

Mon Jan 18, 2010 at 15:22:17 PM EST

Never say that Virginia politics is without its interesting sidelights. Two that have sprung up in the last couple of days include the first defeat for Gov. Bob McDonnell just hours after his swearing in and Virgil Goode rearing his head again.

First, that flip-flop by Bob McDonnell:

We may have a state Democratic party that doesn't seem to know how to take the fight to those who oppose what we stand for, but the state senate majority of Democrats - and especially Sen. Janet Howell - know how to wield influence and power for the sake of the citizens.

The Washington Post has announced that Gov. Bob McDonnell has already suffered his first well-deserved defeat at the hands of the Democratically-controlled state senate. He quietly, and without fanfare, dropped the nomination of Robert Sledd as secretary of commerce and trade.

Sledd, you recall, had insisted - and McDonnell readily concurred - that he should be able to continue to serve on boards of companies that might well have interests before his agency, especially tobacco giant, Universal Corp..  

Instead of swearing in Sledd at a Capitol ceremony, McDonnell administered the oath as secretary of commerce to businessman Jim Cheng, who originally was his choice for assistant commerce secretary. He named Sledd to a post as his unpaid Senior Economic Advisor.

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Yes, Virginia, Elections Do Have Consequences: Part 2

by: Elaine in Roanoke

Fri Jan 08, 2010 at 10:07:35 AM EST

Recently, I recapped a couple of consequences from the November election that saw fewer voters turning out at the polls than in 2005, even though there were hundreds of thousands more voters on the rolls. The lousy consequences of low turnout and a poorly run Democratic campaign just keep on piling up.

I have already pointed out that wingnuts like Dels. Charles Carrico and Bob Marshall are sure to be energized by having a fellow social conservative in the governor's mansion. Plus, there is the fact that Gov.-elect Bob McDonnell sees nothing wrong with his incoming secretary of commerce and trade, Robert Sledd, continuing to serve of boards of directors of corporations that may well have dealings with his office.

In fact, McDonnell has doubled down on his position. This week he told reporters that he sees no conflict of interest for any cabinet members who want to continue to serve on corporate boards. All members of his cabinet will be free to do that. He does not seem to care that the federal government and many states don't allow that obvious possible conflict of interest.

Now, we have the next in-you-face move by "Mr. Moderate." McDonnell has named as his secretary of natural resources one Doug Domenech. What's so bad, you ask? Think Jack Abramoff, the crook now cooling his heels in federal prison for cheating Indian tribes and bribing public officials.

More details below:

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The Debt Grinch Stole McDonnell's Rose-colored Glasses

by: Elaine in Roanoke

Sun Jan 03, 2010 at 11:18:01 AM EST

The time when Bob McDonnell can convince Virginians that he can deliver on his promises to fix transportation and the state budget without finding some source of revenue is fast coming to an end.

Right before Christmas, outgoing Gov. Tim Kaine and the General Assembly got really lousy budget news. Virginia, under a self-imposed debt limit meant to retain its triple-A bond rating, cannot afford for the next two years to issue any more bonded debt.

Do you remember that "promise" McDonnell made to jump-start transportation projects with a couple of billion in borrowed money? That won't happen unless McDonnell wants to end an 80-year tradition of Virginia being one of only eight states with the best bond rating possible.

The state's tax-backed debt is $8.9 billion, plus there's an additional $18.4 billion supported by other revenue streams, such as student-housing fees that pay back the bonds that finance dormitory construction. The state credit card is maxed out. There are no spare billions lying around for McDonnell to tap.

The bad news came from a group I had not heard of before. The Commonwealth's debt Grinch is a little-known panel, the Debt Capacity Advisory Committee.

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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 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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Lesson for GOP: Cap-And-Trade Is "Reaganite" Idea

by: Elaine in Roanoke

Sun Oct 18, 2009 at 11:37:30 AM EDT

( - promoted by kindler)

The next time Bob McDonnell slams "cap-and-trade" legislation as "cap and tax," someone might want to remind him of the origin of the idea.

The current issue of the Smithsonian magazine contains a history of the idea of cap-and-trade in lessening pollution. It may surprise many people to learn that the concept began as a Republican idea.

The idea - which had been kicking around for decades - was first broached toward the end of the Reagan administration when the problem being wrestled with at the time was acid rain caused by SO2 emissions. Coal-fired power plants in the Midwest were sending up massive amounts of sulfur dioxide, which was falling back to earth as acid rain, damaging lakes, forests and buildings across eastern Canada and the the East Coast of the United States.

Environmental Defense Fund head Fred Krupp brought the concept of cap-and-trade to the attention of C. Boyden Gray, a Reagan administration lawyer who also a member of the administration of incoming president George H.W. Bush.

Krupp and Gray liked the idea. Lots of other people didn't. Environmentalists called it a "license to pollute." The Environmental Protection Agency staff didn't think it would work. Congress, controlled by Democrats, was skeptical. Utilities said emissions allowances would cost too much.  

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Deja Vu: GOP VA-GOV Candidate's Impossible Plan to Widen I-66 Inside the Beltway

by: frankoanderson

Sat Oct 17, 2009 at 19:16:47 PM EDT

In a desperate move to draw votes in Northern Virginia, the McDonnell campaign has latched onto what was a failed plan for the Kilgore campaign four years ago:  widening Route 66 inside the Beltway.  Yesterday, in a radio ad from the US Chamber of Commerce, I heard a grandfatherly voice praising Bob for his plan.

I'm no civil engineering expert, but I can think of a few reasons why this would be impossible or unworkable:

1.  Whose houses in Arlington and Falls Church are you going to tear down in order to build the extra lanes?
2.  How will this help traffic when there is still a bottleneck at the Rosslyn Tunnel?
3.  Adding more lanes will inevitably increase traffic flow, which would turn Constitution Avenue into a parking lot.  

Lastly, it's practically illegal.  According to the Arlington Coalition for Sensible Transportation,

Widening I-66 violates the Coleman Decision and associated agreements between the USDoT, Virginia, and local residents.

The Coleman Decision, rendered by then-USDoT Secretary William Coleman on January 5, 1977, was an historic compromise that allowed I-66 to be created inside the Beltway by "guaranteeing" a four-lane limit. Further breaching this compromise would show nationally that highway agency promises to communities are worthless.

But Bob's campaign is betting on the votes of weary commuters looking for false salvation.  I wonder if there are some Arlingtonians out there who would be willing to speak out against this.

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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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Oil and Gas Drilling Won't Help Transportation Woes

by: Elaine in Roanoke

Wed Sep 23, 2009 at 11:19:16 AM EDT

( - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

Republican Bob McDonnell, like many of his party, appears to have a terminal case of devotion to oil and gas drilling off Virginia's coast. In the so-called "transportation plan" McDonnell unveiled months ago, he pulled that "idea" out as one of his "12 f***ing funding" mechanisms to pay for the state's transportation crisis.

Let's looks at just that one funding source. Even if the navy's concerns were overcome, the earliest that leases could be let would be after 2012, and that date gets pushed further in the future with each passing month. Thus, it would be years before any revenue could flow to the state, if indeed  the resources exist.

In spite of  the uncertainly of whether there is exploitable oil or gas off the state's coast, the fact that the navy might move personnel and bases to other states if the coast is dotted with oil rigs that interfere with training and the environmental dangers drilling would cause are other reasons to reject drilling.

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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.


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

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,


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Virginia Republicans Bloviating on Supporting the Troops

by: Dan Sullivan

Wed Jul 08, 2009 at 16:21:56 PM EDT

( - promoted by KathyinBlacksburg)

A couple of weeks ago Delegate Joe Bouchard (D-83rd) raised the ire of the Republican candidate for his seat in the 83rd when he told an audience that Republicans talk about how they support the troops but then don't deliver. A review of Hampton Roads Republican legislative records backs up Bouchard's critique.

Somehow in that kickoff (Joe Bouchard) seemed to imply that Republicans weren't supporting our troops.  And I take offense at that. I hope you guys take offense at that too. He brought up a bill of his that didn't get passed and blamed the Republicans for not passing that bill and said because his bill didn't pass Republicans didn't support the troops. Please don't let him get away with comments like that.  Please talk to your friends, get out there, tell them what the real story is, tell them about our support for the troops, but also tell them it's not about personalities it's about effectiveness and how effectiveness (sic) you can be up there in the General Assembly. - Dr. Chris Stolle

So the real story has been invited and the real story is a record of empty rhetoric on the part of high profile Republicans in Virginia Beach including the candidate for governor. It is also a record of obstructionism without regard to the effect it may have on the military constituency. Three stand out for their lack of initiative for active duty military and veterans issues: Delegate Bob Purkey (R-82nd), State Senator Ken Stolle (R-8th), and Bob McDonnell, statewide standard bearer and former delegate for the 84th. That is unless you think naming bridges and commending the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program meet the standard for support.

With the constituencies each represent(ed), you can conclude one of two things: either there are no military or veterans issues or these three really just don't care enough to carry them. Not a single one of these gents can point to a record of accomplishment for our troops.  

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CREIGH - not just for Deeds, but equally for People....

by: alankrishnan

Sat Jul 04, 2009 at 19:04:00 PM EDT

The Fairfax Independence Day parade was attended by thousands of people who lined the streets in a very party and festive atmosphere.

Creigh Deeds walked the parade.

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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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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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Big News on McDonnell

by: Eileen

Mon Jun 01, 2009 at 07:21:38 AM EDT

(Regardless of whom you may support for the nomination on June 9, it is important to understand the stakes.  Eileen's piece provides you with important information about the Republican nominee and his associates.  Remember that Sun Tsu said we should know the enemy. - promoted by teacherken)

Brian Moran's campaign alerted me to this article "McDonnell aide's past links with group raise questions" appearing in today's Virginian-Pilot.

I would imagine there are many persons to pick from in trying to hire a campaign manager. And who does Bob McDonnell hire?

Phil Cox was the founder and one time director of a 527 called "Faith and Family Alliance" and at the same time "campaign manager for state Sen. Stephen Martin in a hotly contested race with then-Del. Eric Cantor for the Republican nomination for the Richmond-area 7th District seat in Congress".

By several accounts noted in the article, Cox was allegedly involved with an illegal "hit piece" attacking Cantor for not paying taxes. "Phil had made all the arrangements for that mailing," said Robin Vanderwall, who also ran McDonnell's successful 1999 campaign for the House of Delegates. "Vanderwall contends that Cox continued to lead the group even after Vanderwall took over and after its corporate papers were updated in June 2000", writes the Pilot.

Vander who? Turns out Vanderwall was also a client of Bob McDonnell's law firm that year. But when Vanderwall was arrested for soliciting sex from a minor, McDonnell said "Vander who?"

Vanderwall's last gasp at the helm of McDonnell's campaign manager's Faith and Family Alliance came in 2001:

"Abramoff used it to funnel a $150,000 payment from eLottery Inc., an online gambling services company, to an Atlanta consulting firm run by Reed, former executive director of the Christian Coalition, according to a Senate investigation of Abramoff.

Once again, Vanderwall said, the aim was deception.

Abramoff, who had been hired by eLottery to fight a pending bill in Congress to outlaw Internet gambling, wanted to disguise the source of the money he was sending to his old friend Reed."

So, to recap: McDonnell, campaign manager Phil Cox, illegal hit piece by right-wing PAC, soliciting sex with a minor, funneling Abramoff money... what's next?

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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):

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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Scams and Shysters Will Flourish Under McDonnell

by: Dan Sullivan

Fri Apr 03, 2009 at 09:06:43 AM EDT

(Thanks, Dan, for making sure we remember our real target. - promoted by teacherken)

During his three plus years as Attorney General, Bob McDonnell established an undistinguished record of advocacy for the people. Instead, he padded his law and order credentials and focused on things like making movies of questionable value. Maybe that is why he has embraced the concept of tax credits for filmmakers.

Most of the many failures of McDonnell's term in office in this area are acts of omission. Take the failure to adequately advise the legislature on the pay day loan legislation last year. During an appropriate review, the defect in that bill should have been evident to anyone with adequate business and criminal fraud experience. So at once this calls into question McDonnell's business and legal acumen. Based upon the failure of the office to successfully prosecute almost any of the entire set of perpetrators on the "Top Ten Scams" or the "Consumer Alert of the Month" list, his advocacy was an abject failure. But it is worse than this. No effort was made to review the current statutes to discover instances where the balance tipped the scales of justice. One of the most egregious laws in this regard is the Virginia Condominium Act. There is almost no protection for buyers and all kinds of opportunity for developers to walk away with the farm.  

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