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Username: Sora Dina
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Created: Tue Apr 07, 2009 at 22:37:24 PM EDT
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How Can Senator Deeds Be in Two Places at the Same Time?

by: Sora Dina

Wed Jul 01, 2009 at 20:15:26 PM EDT

   I'm planning on marching with our candidates in the Fourth of July parade in Dale City on Saturday morning on July 4th to help them celebrate our day of Independence. However, I received two emails from the Deeds Gubernatorial campaign. Here are the two emails.

Dale City Fourth of July Parade
with Creigh Deeds

Dale Blvd and Kirkdale Drive
Woodbridge, VA 22193

Saturday, July 4th
10:00 a.m.

Fairfax City Fourth of July Parade
with Creigh Deeds

Old Courthouse
4000 Chain Bridge Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

Saturday, July 4th

Line up: 9:00 a.m
Parade Starts: 10:00 a.m.

   Here's my question. How can Senator Creigh Deeds be at two different places at the same time and date? Answer. He must be Super Gubernatorial Candidate, able to clone himself twice so he can make two different appearances at two different July 4th parades in two different locations both at the same time and date!


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Taxes and the Party of No

by: Sora Dina

Sun Jun 28, 2009 at 21:01:53 PM EDT

( - promoted by kindler)

(Cross posted at

    Reading an article in the Sunday, June 28, 2009 Metro Section of the Washington Post entitled "For GOP, Taxes Retain Potency" has left me wondering what issues our GOP gubernatorial opponent will think is relevant in the fall. The Democrats have already identified some key issues revolving around the economy and job creation, making Virginia a leader in renewable energy, coming up with viable solutions to resolve Virginia's transportation problem, and investing in educational opportunities for all young Virginians in the future. The Party of No seems to rapidly be becoming the party of "No way we will fund viable solutions to Virginia's problems if that course of action involves raising taxes."    

    Raising taxes? If I remember correctly, that was the main line of reasoning the GOP had during the 2008 presidential election and look where it got them. I think that the problems facing today's economy go much deeper than the "do not raise taxes" mantra the Republicans seem to relish.

    Virginia is facing some serious budget shortfalls. Nowhere is that more evident than in Prince William County.  

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The Democrats Win!

by: Sora Dina

Wed Jun 10, 2009 at 13:31:34 PM EDT

Cross posted at

   First, I'd like to congratulate Senator Creigh Deeds for becoming the Democratic nominee to face Republican Bob McDonnell in the fall gubernatorial election. I think that the fall race will be a far tougher battle for the Democratic candidates than the intra party primary we have finally seen end. As the official Democratic nominee for Governor in 2009, Senator Deeds is going to need all the help he can get. As a former Terry McAuliffe supporter, I pledge to support Senator Deeds in the upcoming fall election and pray that he will defeat Bob McDonnell and become our next Governor of Virginia in the Mark Warner and Tim Kaine tradition.

    However, I would like to express a few words regarding my early support and volunteer efforts on behalf of the Terry McAuliffe for Governor campaign. I was introduced to Terry McAuliffe through the media reports I heard about him as the top fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidates, his connection with Bill and Hillary Clinton, later as Democratic National Committee Chairman, and finally last year as Chairman for the Hillary Clinton campaign. I have always heard very good things about him and never anything negative. I was impressed with what I heard about him and when I saw him in television interviews.

     In 2008, I considered myself a crossover Republican who was tired of the policies of former President George W. Bush, for whom I never voted. I voted Democratic in the presidential elections of 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008. I was first a Hillary Clinton supporter and volunteer at an early meeting I cited the economy as an issue of concern to me in the fall of 2007. After Hillary lost the primary, I switched my support to Barack Obama and volunteered for the coordinated campaign in Prince William County.

   In October of 2008, I had the privilege to hear Terry McAuliffe speak in person to the Prince William County Democratic Committee. He talked about what he was doing to help campaign for Barack Obama and about the upcoming 2008 presidential election. I was impressed with his ability to quickly change directions and rally around the candidacy of Barack Obama after having been as deeply involved with the Hillary Clinton campaign as Chairman has and also as a close friend of the Clintons. He didn't mention to us anything about entering the 2009 gubernatorial race in Virginia. Terry McAuliffe's deep commitment to the Democratic Party was the inspiration and encouragement that led me to join the Prince William County Democratic Committee in January after I applied for membership and was voted in.

   In January 2009, Terry McAuliffe announced his bid for Virginia's next governor following a listening tour across the state. I sent in a suggestion and was elated to receive an email response from Terry. I decided to volunteer for his campaign after several emails from him and his campaign. I knew that if he didn't win he would support the Democratic nominee, which he is now doing.

   I was impressed with his plans to put together a Business Plan for Virginia and his emphasis on creating employment opportunities through alternative energy sources. He offered the best solution to my dilemma of finding meaningful employment in the Information Technology field after searching for work in the field for the past seven years following the disestablishment of my position on a government contract.

    I have no regrets for being a volunteer and supporter for the Terry McAuliffe for Governor campaign. I was happy to make phone calls, canvass, and be a member of his grassroots communication team, which led me to posting diaries at the Blue Commonwealth and Daily Kos websites. One of my diary postings led to my making a public endorsement of his candidacy as an aspiring entrepreneur as part of a group of business leaders endorsing his candidacy for governor. I considered it a privilege and a great honor to be asked to endorse a candidate. I had never done that before.

    During the course of the campaign, I had the opportunity to meet and chat with Terry McAuliffe. My impressions of him are that he is a good guy who truly had the interest of Virginia voters at heart throughout his entire campaign. He is always upbeat and looks for the good and positive in everything and everybody. Even though his big, bold ideas and strong campaign organization did not win him the 2009 Virginia gubernatorial Democratic nomination he has accomplished much in his life. He is a very intelligent, possesses business savvy, and is an enthusiastic individual who fights for what he believes is right. His impressive fundraising skills and business entrepreneur resume will help the Virginian Democratic Party win and keep the governor's mansion in Richmond in November 2009. He is truly an asset to the Democratic Party in Virginia and I hope other Virginian Democrats will realize that as we move forward in 2009.

     I have enormous respect and admiration for what Terry McAuliffe has accomplished in his life. He has a great personality, character, and impressive leadership skills both in the business world as well as in the Democratic Party. He will pick himself up from his loss, go on to achieve bigger and better things for the Democratic Party, and for his own personal career goals whatever they may be at this point. I consider him a mentor as well as a friend. I hope you will too.  

Former Terry McAuliffe supporter and volunteer who now supports Senator Creigh Deeds for Virginia's next Governor.

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Terry McAuliffe Holds Conference Call on Liberty University's Position

by: Sora Dina

Fri May 22, 2009 at 17:45:05 PM EDT

   According to a twitter message by Terry McAuliffe on May 22, 2009, he held a telephone conference call at around 10:00 am with Liberty University students who had their College Democrat chapter suspended via email from the Liberty University Vice President for Student Affairs Mark Hines.

  During the conference call Mr. McAuliffe listened to the concerns of both Liberty University's Democratic party club president Brian Diaz and the club's staff adviser, Maria Childress. Both of the club's representatives answered questions from reporters throughout the state during the call. (Please see the article for more information.)

  Maria Childress pointed out that although many of the club's members support Terry McAuliffe as a gubernatorial candidate individually, they cannot as a club endorse Terry McAuliffe for governor because the Democratic gubernatorial candidate has not been determined by the Democratic voters or party.  

  During the conference call Terry McAuliffe responded by saying he favors free speech and believes in including more people in the civic process through political discussions in which differing points of view can be heard and spoken. Mr. McAuliffe strongly encourages more young people to become involved in the political process and welcomes student involvement in the democratic and political process through active membership in college political organizations such as College Democrats and College Republicans.

  Mr. McAuliffe spoke of his role as Democratic National Committee Chairman in encouraging more young people to become involved in the Democratic Party and mentioned an event at Catholic University, his alma mater, where openess to various political viewpoints were welcome. It is well known that Catholic University has strong ties to the Roman Catholic Church.

  Terry McAuliffe facilitated the conference call in an effort to fight for the rights of students who want to become more politically involved through membership in the College Democrats at Liberty University and to have the opportunity to freely express political opinions and viewpoints granted to all Americans through the right of free speech.

I'm a volunteer and supporter for the Terry McAuliffe for governor campaign.

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President Bill Clinton Comes to Annandale, Virginia

by: Sora Dina

Thu May 14, 2009 at 12:37:47 PM EDT

(a positive report on  behalf of the candidate the diarist supports - promoted by teacherken)

Cross posted at

   Yesterday, May 13, 2009, was a beautiful day for a political rally. I arrived at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College a few minutes after 2:00 pm. That left me time to find a parking space in the visitor parking lot, read, and walk around the campus before the rally. After 3:00 pm I met a friend from my college days at American University and we waited together in line until they collected are tickets and we could enter the gate for the rally.

    A priest prayed the opening invocation, a member of the IAFF Fire Fighters union spoke on Terry McAuliffe's behalf, and Bill Ballard encouraged members of the crowd to become more involved in the campaign through phone banks and door to door canvassing. While the priest was praying, I was praying as well for Terry McAuliffe, Bill Clinton and the crowd of people behind me who came to hear them speak.

split by teacherken, with rest below the fold    

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Kindergarten to College Day

by: Sora Dina

Mon Apr 27, 2009 at 20:52:54 PM EDT

cross posted at

    On Friday April 24, 2009, Elizabeth Vaughan Elementary School invited me to speak at the school's very first Kindergarten to College Day.  The school is located in Prince William County, Virginia. The mission at Vaughan is "Excellence for All...Whatever It Takes!"  The elementary school strives to ensure that every child in attendance has the skills and information needed to attend a college of his or her choice.

    I spoke to children in grades 3 to 5 in three different classrooms about my own college experience. I started my presentation with the question "what career goals do you want to achieve?" Every child responded with a positive career goal to achieve through a college education. I was excited to be speaking to so many enthusiastic students about my own college experiences and career aspirations when I was their age and a teenager.

    I related Terry McAuliffe's story of how he started a driveway repair and maintenance business while he was a teenager to pay for college.  In Chapter Four of his Business Plan for Virginia, he wants to create a "Scholars for Service" loan forgiveness program. This will

"tap into the idealism and spirit of our people by providing more opportunities for them to attend college when they commit to working in underrepresented professions in high-need areas of the commonwealth, to teach, or to work in public service (p.7)."
    Terry also wants to require that 50 percent of money leveraged from the commercialization of university research be used to lower tuition costs at universities across the board. He believes the Virginia Guaranteed Assistance Program (VGAP) should be better marketed to high school students early in their school careers so they can maintain the 2.5 GPA needed to qualify for this program.

    Terry McAuliffe wants to encourage creativity and innovation in the classroom, expand the availability of online Advanced Placement courses, and continue to prioritize transitions between high schools and colleges, and between two-and four-year colleges, and between returning college students and the workplace.

    After reading chapter four "Excellence in Virginia's Education from Early Childhood to Competitive Employment" in its entirety, it is clear that the third through fifth graders I spoke to will have a better opportunity to reach their educational and career goals and objectives under Terry McAuliffe's leadership as Virginia's next governor. I know that President Bill Clinton believes this. He spoke in support of Terry McAuliffe's candidacy today in Richmond and Roanoke.  

A private citizen residing in Woodbridge, Virginia who supports and volunteers for the Terry McAuliffe for Governor campaign.

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Raising Dollars and Sense

by: Sora Dina

Thu Apr 09, 2009 at 08:39:17 AM EDT

Cross posted at Daily Kos

    It's not how much money you have; it's what you do with it that counts. Terry McAuliffe has a talent for raising money through political fundraising but he wants to use that money to help the Democratic Party win in November and keep Virginia blue.

    Terry knows that in order to win, Democrats must stay competitive and bring in the resources to fight the GOP financial machine and make sure Virginia has a Democratic governor in November. See the Washington Post article that reported on April 6, 2009 that Bob McDonnell has received over $1 million from the Republican Governor's Association
Bob McDonnell

    As a volunteer phone banker in one of Terry McAuliffe's regional offices and while posting blogs at the Daily Kos and at Blue Commonwealth I have encountered people who are very critical of Terry McAuliffe's fundraising ability and talent. However the nearly 4.2 million that he has raised this quarter in his bid to become Virginia's next governor is a drop in the bucket when compared with the amount of money various federal contractors have earned in 2008 in federal contracts. These contractors earn billions of dollars and many of them have offices near Terry McAuliffe's campaign headquarters in McLean, Virginia. Source: Top 2008 Federal Contractors

    Recently Terry McAuliffe unveiled Chapter Three of his Business Plan for Virginia Manassas, Virginia on April 3, 2009. Terry spoke about what he wants to do for Virginian families when he outlined his policies of "Building Economic Security for Virginia Families." He has been traveling the Commonwealth listening to good ideas from all over on how to jumpstart and grow Virginia's stagnant economy. Terry noted that "every section of the Commonwealth has different issues and he wants to deal with those issues directly."

    Terry McAuliffe addressed the goals he wants to achieve if elected Virginia's next governor and why he is aggressively campaigning towards that goal. He said that "he wants everyone to have the same opportunities he has. He had a great life and wants others to experience the same lifetime achievements that he has." It is obvious that Terry McAuliffe has Virginia's best interests at heart. If you are not still convinced of that then you really haven't read his Business Plan for Virginia.

Private citizen residing in Woodbridge, Virginia who is supporting and volunteers for Terry McAuliffe's campaign for Governor of Virginia.

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