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Username: BrianDStraw
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Created: Sat Apr 11, 2009 at 11:51:19 AM EDT
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47th District Poll

by: BrianDStraw

Tue Jun 02, 2009 at 21:01:47 PM EDT

I was just polled by an AVR polling firm. Unfortunately I didn't make it through the questionnaire, when it was asking my preference for the Gubernatorial race, I pressed 4 for undecided and it didn't recognize it.

What really made me interested was that the first question the poll asked was about the race in the 47th. Unfortunately, I didn't get through the poll, so I can't judge whether or not this was public release poll or a poll on behalf of a specific candidate.

If any of you who live in the 47th have also received this poll, please discuss below.

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Wagner endorsed by the Wash. Post

by: BrianDStraw

Sun May 31, 2009 at 10:19:51 AM EDT

Today the Washington Post announced their endorsement in Virginia's Democratic Primary for Lieutenant Governor saying:

Jody Wagner on June 9

THE JUNE 9 Democratic governor's primary, in which we earlier endorsed state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, has sucked much of the oxygen from the other races. On the undercard, though, a compelling contest is unfolding for the Democratic lieutenant governor's nod; the Republican candidate, selected yesterday, is incumbent Bill Bolling. At one time five candidates considered running; after Jon Bowerbank, a member of the Russell County Board of Supervisors, dropped out this month, only two were left: Michael Signer, a relative newcomer to Virginia politics, and Jody Wagner, a veteran of the Kaine and Warner administrations. Mr. Signer brings a fresh approach, but Ms. Wagner, endorsed by Mr. Bowerbank and Virginia Reps. Bobby Scott, Glenn Nye and Rick Boucher, is the superior choice.

Mr. Signer is a think-tank wonk who holds three degrees -- from the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Virginia and Princeton -- and has written a book on democracy and constitutionalism. It would be a mistake, though, to think of Mr. Signer as only an academic: The Arlington native also worked as a deputy counselor to former governor Mark R. Warner, helped Rep. Tom Perriello (D) upset incumbent Republican Virgil Goode last year and has been involved in protecting voters' rights in Virginia since 2004. Mr. Signer hits the usual points on the campaign trail -- jobs, transportation, education -- but isn't afraid to broach subjects many politicians consider taboo, including the need to grant ex-felons voting rights.

But Ms. Wagner is impressive in her own right and, more to the point, better suited for the job. A Virginia Beach resident, she has an unmatched grasp of the state's finances and would be a major asset to whoever becomes governor. As state treasurer under Mr. Warner, Ms. Wagner helped extricate Virginia from the risky fiscal policies of former governor Jim Gilmore (R); as finance secretary under Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D), Ms. Wagner preserved the state's triple-A bond rating and shaped a budget that has weathered the recession better than most. Ms. Wagner could help the next governor navigate the financial nitty-gritty to piece together a transportation plan or expand Mr. Kaine's initiative for preschool. She would also keep in mind the challenges facing owners of small businesses, having started with her husband a gourmet popcorn company called Jody's.

I find this endorsement interesting because it lacks any real strength. You could change a few words and swap the second and third paragraphs and imagine this endorsement as an equally tepid endorsement of Mike Signer.

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PPP Poll: The LG Race

by: BrianDStraw

Fri May 22, 2009 at 13:33:15 PM EDT

With each new poll that comes out there has been a lot of focus on the Gubernatorial race, but what is going on in the race to be the Commonwealth's next Lieutenant Governor?
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8th CD Convention This Saturday

by: BrianDStraw

Mon May 11, 2009 at 17:02:45 PM EDT

(When a candidate posts on his or her own behalf, it is worthy of notice. - promoted by teacherken)

This Saturday, May 16th, all Democrats in Virginia's Eighth Congressional District will have the opportunity to come out and elect their representatives to the Democratic Party of Virginia's governing body, the State Central Committee.

The filing deadline for candidates was this past Friday, May 8th. There are some jurisdictions where there will be elections for the seats and there is one jurisdiction where someone can come and be elected from the floor.

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UPDATED: I'm running for State Central Committee

by: BrianDStraw

Thu May 07, 2009 at 11:29:40 AM EDT

***Updated at bottom***

On Saturday, May 16th, the Eighth District Democratic Committee Convention will be held at Edison High School in Alexandria. While "Eighth District Democratic Committee Convention" is quite a mouthful to say, it is a rather important meeting. At the convention each jurisdiction will have the opportunity to elect representatives to the Democratic Party of Virginia State Central Committee, the governing body of our state party. I am one of those candidates for State Central Committee (SCC) from Arlington.

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