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Username: Dave
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Created: Fri Apr 03, 2009 at 07:06:50 AM EDT
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Long Live Blue Virginia!

by: Dave

Fri Apr 02, 2010 at 13:58:46 PM EDT

UPDATE, 4/18: All commenting, posting, and new user registration has been disabled.

As many of you may have noticed in the last few weeks, the editors of Blue Commonwealth have been double-posting between BC and Blue Virginia. That's because... we're moving!

Now that Blue Virginia is back to a community format (in the spirit of the old Raising Kaine), we all figure that both communities are best served by merging. It will mean more opinions, more commentary, more ideas, and in general a more vibrant and active community.

So what does this means practically?
1) Blue Commonwealth will be turning off comments and new posts on April 18th.
2) Everyone reading this, if they haven't already should head over to Blue Virginia, and register for an account.
3) Readers, posters, and commentors at BC should start "transferring" their participation over to Blue Virginia.

Lest you be worried about editorial input, policies, etc, fear not! The entire board of BC is now on the board of BV where their talent can be combined with the likes of Lowell and Miles. Everyone here is happy about the move, and we hope you will be too.

So say goodbye to Blue Commonwealth, and say hello to Blue Virginia. Long live Blue Virginia!

Discuss :: (21 Comments)

Election Returns From SBE/VPAP

by: Dave

Tue Nov 03, 2009 at 14:31:10 PM EST

Polls are closed!

Election returns courtesy of Virginia Public Access Project and the Virginia State Board of Elections.

Gov shown below. For full statewide returns, visit:

Discuss :: (5 Comments)

Election Day Open Thread

by: Dave

Tue Nov 03, 2009 at 09:22:53 AM EST

What are you seeing, hearing, thinking? How do the polls look? What are you doing to help today?

Predictions? Thoughts? Comments?

Election Day Open Thread!!!

Real-time results will be available tonight via a partnership between the Virginia Public Access Project and the State Board of Elections.

Discuss :: (9 Comments)

First Gov Debate, Today, 11 AM

by: Dave

Sat Jul 25, 2009 at 09:50:44 AM EDT

Be sure to tune in to the first VA Governor candidate debate today, July 25th, at 11:00 AM. The debate is being broadcast online from The Homestead Resort at Virginia Talks.

Watch it live!

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Blue Commonwealth Congratulates Our Democratic Nominees

by: Dave

Tue Jun 09, 2009 at 20:50:29 PM EDT

Blue Commonwealth extends a hearty congratulations to our nominees. A victory well deserved for all of them.

Here's to a sweeping victory against the Republicans in November!

Governor: Creigh Deeds
Lieutenant Governor: Jody Wagner
Attorney General: Steve Shannon

Discuss :: (26 Comments)

Primary Day - Results Thread

by: Dave

Tue Jun 09, 2009 at 19:02:11 PM EDT

That's it! Polls are closed! It's 7 PM.

So now, we wait for the results to start trickling in from around our fair Commonwealth.

After a stormy day, stay tuned for what promises to be an exciting evening.

Official results from the State Board of Elections will be posted here:

SBE Results, as of 9:27 PM EDT.

Precincts Reporting: 2,496 of 2,504 (99.68%)
Voter Turnout: 318,174 of 4,959,506 active voters (6.415%)

Deeds - 158,442 (49.79%)
McAuliffe - 84,053 (26.41%)
Moran - 75,679 (23.78%)

UPDATE (Dave) 8:15 PM:
All major news outlets have called the race for Deeds and Wagner.

Discuss :: (19 Comments)

Open Predictions Thread

by: Dave

Mon Jun 08, 2009 at 22:12:15 PM EDT

( - promoted by Dave)

The time is at hand. Polls open at 6 AM tomorrow morning.

Make your predictions now! Record them for posterity. Whoever gets closest to the actual result will be recognized as the next Larry Sabato, for better or worse!

Weigh in on Gov, Lt. Gov, HoD primaries, pick your poison.

I'll start off with a bold prediction: Steve Shannon will clench the Democratic nomination for Attorney General with close to 100% of the vote! Just kidding - pretty sure he's not even on the ballot.

We'll close this thread around noon tomorrow, so make sure to get them in now. Fire away!

UPDATE (by Eric): I'm updating this update by moving the "stories and reports" to their own thread.   Sorry for any confusion.

Discuss :: (31 Comments)

Leslie Byrne Endorses Mike Signer for Lt. Gov

by: Dave

Thu May 21, 2009 at 16:20:34 PM EDT

(I support Mike Signer, but I also think this is generally newsworthy, regardless. - promoted by Dave)

The Mike Signer for Lt. Gov campaign has just announced the support of former congresswoman and previous Democratic Lt. Gov. candidate ('05) Leslie Byrne. Given the blow this week of Arlington Firefighters and Police endorsing Jody Wagner (Signer is from Arlington), this is big news for the campaign.

Campaign press release:

        RICHMOND, VA - The Mike Signer for Lt. Governor campaign is pleased to announce that former Congresswoman and 2005 Democratic Lieutenant Governor nominee Leslie Byrne has endorsed Signer for Lieutenant Governor. Byrne is a Fairfax resident and was the first woman elected to Congress from Virginia. In 2005, she defeated three opponents to win the Democratic primary despite being outspent three to one. Byrne announced her support for Mike on the Capitol grounds, where she served as a long time delegate and senator in the Virginia legislature.

        "Mike has the fire in the belly to defeat Bill Bolling," said Byrne.  "He's a strong progressive who will fight-and win-on the great Democratic values of social justice and economic fairness.  He's done it before, when he was senior strategist to Tom Perriello in his race, and he'll do it again this November."

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Bowerbank Drops Out, Endorses Wagner

by: Dave

Fri May 15, 2009 at 18:22:19 PM EDT

( - promoted by Admin)

Russell County Board of Supervisors member Jon Bowerbank announced this afternoon that he is withdrawing from the Democratic primary for Lt. Gov. He also took the additional step of endorsing Jody Wagner for the post. This leaves the primary, which once stood at 5 candidates, now at 2: Ms. Wagner and Mike Signer.

Statement from the Bowerbank campaign:

"For the past year and a half, I have traveled the length and breadth of our great Commonwealth. I have been inspired by the people of Virginia, the commitment of the various candidates and elected officials I have met along the way and by the many people who are such an important part of our democracy ... committed volunteers, activists, reporters, editors and bloggers just to name a few.

I have had the pleasure of occupying a front row seat at numerous major political events, debates and forums. I have spent a significant amount of time getting to know the other candidates for various offices. I have also learned a great deal about the issues that confront the people and institutions of our Commonwealth.

There's More... :: (18 Comments, 652 words in story)
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