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Both Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds made appearances yesterday at The Nation's Gun Show at Dulles Expo Center.
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Both Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds made appearances yesterday at The Nation's Gun Show at Dulles Expo Center.
Can anyone direct me to a posted copy of the questions that were actually asked in the M-D poll?
Via Blue in Virginia, I see that Gov. Linwood Holton has posthumously endorsed J. Sargeant Reynolds for a hypothetical 1973 match-up against Mills Godwin.
This afternoon, the mail had an invitation to the RPV Huffman Advance on December 2nd and 3rd.
The Governor has announced that a committee will study a potential monument Virginians' role in the civil rights movement.
I hereby direct the Commission to study and recommend to the Governor and General Assembly an appropriate memorial in Capitol Square to commemorate the courage and fortitude of Virginians in the Civil Rights Movement, including the students of Robert Russa Moton High School, and other leaders who contributed to the Civil Rights Movement in Virginia.The members:
Governor Mark R. WarnerThis is long overdue, and I have an idea. The students at RR Moten prayed the Lord's Prayer before walking out. A statue of Barbara Rose Johns in prayer would be terrific. It would be a chance for Virginia to treat "her Capitol grounds monuments as representing the several strands in the State’s political and legal history."
Lieutenant Governor Timothy Kaine
Speaker of the House of Delegates William J. Howell
Senator Thomas K. Norment, Jr., Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules
Delegate L. Preston Bryant, Jr.
The Honorable Leroy Hassell, Chief Justice of Virginia
Lisa Collis, First Lady of Virginia
Judith Anderson, former Deputy Secretary of the Commonwealth
The AP has this story about the continuing popularity of Mark Warner.
His popularity also derives from hundreds of civic group luncheons and town hall-style forums in remote Virginia communities where governors rarely visit, particularly in the final semester of their terms.I can back this up with an anecdotal story relayed by a friend. This person was making casual conversation with the Governor at a festival or Chamber event. He asked a question, not really expecting to get an answer. He had a response from someone on the Governor's staff within a few weeks.
"In rural Virginia, people took a chance on me. They saw this high-tech guy from Alexandria and I said I wouldn't forget them and I'd work my hardest to make sure their kids got a fair shake, and I've tried to honor that," Warner said.
On one such trip this summer, Warner helicoptered to three farming communities in about six hours, working at so frenzied a pace that he drenched his long-sleeved dress shirt with sweat at the first event. At an unscheduled stop to buy a dry shirt at a South Boston clothing store, Warner met Pam Trombley, who appealed for more money for her daughter's school.
Warner scribbled her name and phone number on a scrap of paper, brought it back to Richmond and told his staff to look into it.
For the weekend, at least. Part of the plan in having multiple bloggers was to keep things going when one of us got busy. We didn't anticipate all three of us being busy at the same time.
In anticipation of the president's announcement, I've been watching TradeSports, a fascinating "stock market" on political issues.
Another example of code language:
Kilgore spokesman Tim Murtaugh said he hoped opponents of abortion would understand that Kilgore "has fought the good fight" on this issue.See, that's from a Bible verse. But not just any Bible verse. It's a special one, picked out by Scott Howell. It's from the 2nd letter to Timothy.
Over on the left side of the blogosphere, Waldo Jaquith has discovered a pretty insidious subcurrent running through the Kilgore campaign. I'm convinced, and I feel that it's my responsibility to point out yet another example of the Kilgore campaign's underhandedness.
I've listened to some sound bits from the debate, and one in particular confused me.
...thank God budget reform ended up passing with your twin brother's support...What does this mean? What support did Terry Kilgore give to HB5018?
Yeas...Jones, S.C., Keister, Lewis, Marshall, D.W., ...Here's the second House vote:
Neas...Janis, Joannou, Kilgore, Landes...
Yeas...Jones, S.C., Keister, Lewis, Marshall, D.W., ...What am I missing?
Nays:...Janis, Joannou, Kilgore, Landes...
Old Zach will be off defending the country, in some small way at least, for the next three weeks. I look forward to getting back just in time for the campaign's stretch run towards November. Until then, I leave SST in the capable hands of my good friend Addison.
From the AP:
"I oppose abortion and I think there is common ground on this issue because Virginians want to reduce abortion. I've not met a single person in Virginia who wants to increase abortion," Kaine said.This is an interesting response. Mr. Kaine has said that his burden is to uphold his oath of office, and that means putting aside his personal opposition to abortion and the death penalty.
"What we don't need to do in Virginia is criminalize the health care decisions of women and their doctors," he said.
Senator Orrin Hatch, who as Chairman of the Judiciary Committe during the Clinton years had a key role in the confirmations of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer, has written an excellent article over at NRO regarding the fallacious arguments being made by Senate Democrats as they prepare to fight President Bush's nominee.
The Constitution has established a judicial-selection process by clearly assigning separate roles for the president and the Senate, giving authority to nominate and appoint judges to the president. Some senators and left-wing groups, apparently unwilling to accept that elections have consequences, seem to accept this arrangement only when it produces judges they like. If not, they prefer to talk about alternative arrangements that they either make up out of thin air or that the Constitutional Convention rejected.
As part of their "50 States in 50 days" series, ESPN.com has set up an online poll for each state to find out it's most memorable sports moments, favorite teams, and greatest athletes, among other things. The poll for Virginia is located here.
To the well-covered Safarigate, we can now add the following two things to Gov. Warner's "A" rating for governance:
The changes follow reports last month in the Daily Press that a group of commissioners spent lavishly on drinks and entertainment during a 2003 convention in Paris. The spending included a trip to a cabaret featuring topless dancers at a cover price of $150 per person. They left a $350 tip that pushed the total night's bill to $2,200.And Pensiongate:
"If the governor wants me to resign, I will resign," said Alfonso I. Samper, who -- as a Warner-appointed chairman of the Virginia Retirement System -- crafted the $263,000 exit package for W. Forrest Matthews Jr.I don't know if we can stand another six months of this stellar management.
According to JLARC, Samper, a bond specialist for Wachovia Securities who previously worked for the state Treasury Department, negotiated a separation agreement last fall with Matthews without the official sanction of the board of trustees.
The RT-D covered Bob McDonnell's press conference yesterday:
"Look at Bob's track record and his credentials and what he accomplished in the General Assembly," Del. John M. O'Bannon III, R-Henrico, challenged reporters. Sen. Walter A. Stosch, R-Henrico, the majority leader of the state Senate, said McDonnell has both the business-management and legal acumen to head one of state's largest law firms -- the attorney general's office.The article goes on to draw extensive comparisons between Del. McDonnell's and Sen. Deeds' legislative rankings. If you recall, we've made similar comparisons whenever people try to call Sen. Deeds a middle of the road Democrat.
"Bob McDonnell has the background, business experience and proven record to help Virginia create and attract more jobs and promote a vibrant private sector," said Stosch, who ran an accounting firm for almost 40 years.
In this good WaPo article, Michael Shear describes the thorough debate preparation that each candidate is undergoing in preparation for Saturday's gubernatorial debate.
"Tim Kaine is a trial lawyer, well known as a smooth talker," Murtaugh said.750,000 people read that soundbite on the way to work this morning. Countless others read it on-line.
"People say he's Clintonian in his debating style. He's a master debater, so we're certainly taking it seriously."
Last week I was taken to task for the following statement I made while expressing my thoughts in the wake of the London bombings:
Though Saddam Hussien [sic] did not himself plan the attacks on 9/11, they are connected nonthelesss.
Messrs. Hayes and Joscelyn raise, with good reason, the question of why Saddam gave haven to Abdul Rahman Yasin, one of the men who in 1993 helped make the bomb that ripped through the parking garage of the World Trade Center. They detail a contact between Iraqi intelligence and several of the Sept. 11 hijackers in Malaysia, the year before al Qaeda destroyed the twin towers. They recount the intersection of Iraqi and al Qaeda business interests in Sudan, via, among other things, an Oil for Food contract negotiated by Saddam's regime with the al-Shifa facility that President Clinton targeted for a missile attack following the African embassy bombings because of its apparent connection to al Qaeda. And there is plenty more.The Weekly Standard article is a must-read, though it is quite long. It is available here.
I really didn't want to post anything about the Rove story ("Then don't," you're saying right now) but I think its important for people on all sides of the blogosphere to take a deep breath on this one.
We've got hockey folks. At least we should have hockey, so long as this deal between the NHL owners and players union holds up. This is good news for those of us few die-hard Americans who care about Canada's greatest export until Shania Twain.
In Tim Saler's weekly 2008 Presidential Rankings, he gives each party's Top 5 based on that week's developments. This week our own Senator George Allen takes over the top spot for the GOP. Here's what Saler has to say:
1. US Sen. George Allen (Virginia)The fact that Allen leads the pack in some betting circles is in fact important, even if some might find it to be a little strange or premature. What it means, effectively, is that people believe that he’s got what it takes to win the nomination. That perception is especially important this far out in the race, because a belief that the candidate has a legitimate shot is a necessary prerequisite to good fundraising.
According to NRO's Bench Memos, Sen. John McCain had this to say about the President's impending Supreme Court nomination:
President Bush said he will appoint judges who will strictly interpret the constitution... thinking anything else is either amnesia or ignorance... elections have consequences... whomever he nominates deserves an up or down vote and no filibuster... and an up or down vote is what we will have'...
Tomorrow, NASA is expected to launch the Space Shuttle Discovery back into orbit. STS-114 has been dubbed "Return to Flight," as it is the first shuttle mission since February of 2003, when the Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated during re-entry killing all seven astronauts aboard.
Today I heard about a new movie being developed called Talladega Nights. Apparently, producers pitched the movie idea to studios as "Six words: Will Ferrell as a NASCAR driver." I'm speechless.
You know, the failings of the Bowl Championship Series used to get me all riled up. I used to launch into a diatribe about how college football's championship should be determined on the field, not by some arbitrary calculus equation. But even as the BCS announced a new poll to be used this year, I realized that I've ceased to care.
The Washington Post's Mark Warner love train rolls on today with this article focusing on Warner's speech to a group of Arizona Democrats. Of course, the focus was primarily on Warner's 2008 ambitions, not whether he might challenge Allen for the Senate in '06 (Hint: He won't).
Americans want somebody who is going to be straight with them even if telling the truth may not be what they want to hear
from the WaPo:
Just 4 1/2 hours before his scheduled execution, Robin Lovitt was given a legal reprieve today by the U.S. Supreme Court, which stayed his death sentence until the fall, when it will consider whether his case deserves a full hearing on its merits.The issue involves the accidental destruction of DNA evidence and the murder weapon.
Nice article in the Northern Virginia Daily today regarding the growth in Virginia oriented blogs. Virginia 2005 has the entire article. The article does a good job of capturing the current scope of the Virginia blogosphere.
Sometimes we joke around [like calling Creigh Deeds a ‘Charlottesville liberal’],” added anonymous bloggers Old Zach and Addison from “Sic Semper Tyrannis.” “But for the most part we try to focus on the issues. ‘Sic Semper’ is our sounding board, and I think people will read us as long as we have something to say — be it politics, sports or entertainment.”I wish I had explained this better. We're only joking about the Charlottesville part. :-) We look forward to a continuing discussion on where each candidate falls on the political spectrum.
Sic Semper’s future depends on football. “The first full season of college football will be a challenge, and we might not be working on the same blog by the end of it,” the two bloggers wrote.
Instead of going to bed after getting home last night, like I should have, I instead went to check out the Fantastic Four. While the "Fairly Good Four" doesn't quite have the same ring to it as a superhero team name, it's probably a more apt description of the film itself.
To turn our attention to the truly important, concerns are growing about the Lane Stadium expansion project. From yesterday's Roanoke Times:
"I don't know what they mean by delay," Gabbard said. "If they mean that the stadium isn't going to be done on [contracted date] Aug. 8, then they're probably pretty close to right, although it's too soon to tell.So officially, VT recognizes that the project will miss its completion date, but they're still hopeful that things will be done by the first game.
"If they think for a minute that the stadium won't be done by opening day, then there is no indication at all that that's going to happen."
Whew. That's a relief. Because the Hokies are supposed to be pretty good this year, and, well, it'd be nice if they had a stadium to play in by Sept. 17, when they host Ohio in their first home game.
The public's questions are understandable. People drive by the stadium on a hot July day, check out that gaping hole right smack dab in the middle of the structure and immediately think, "No way they're finishing that thing in time."
Gabbard gets that. And he admits he has daily concerns that some unforeseen problem could arise that would disrupt the mad dash toward completion. But concern should be expected when you're overseeing the most costly capital undertaking in campus history, a $52.5 million project to upgrade Lane's west side, and thousands of rabid Tech fans are counting down to kickoff.
With Bob Novak's column, and various internet accounts, I'm beginning to think there's something to the Rehnquist retiring rumors.
In the last half hour the new rumor that is keeping political geeks awake: Rehnquist and Stevens resign tomorrow. (Up until a little ago, the buzz was Renquist, as I noted in Bench Memos.)It seems implausible, but I assume the logic would be that with three vacancies, President Bush would face a lot of pressure to moderate his choices.
I have been working on a post that was intended to respond to President Bush's speech at Ft. Bragg last week. However, it sort of got lost under the flood of Supreme Court chatter. However, in light of today's events in London, I feel that my thoughts are even more appropriate now. So here goes.
From the RT-D:
Henrico County authorities are looking for the former president of the Arthur Ashe Elementary School PTA in connection with the suspected theft of about $20,000 from the organization.So what was that felony? Oh, that's right:
Police have obtained multiple felony warrants for Victoria Jewel Gregory, 38, a previously convicted felon who served as the school's PTA president in 2003-2004, according to court papers.
Gregory pleaded guilty to a similar offense in April 1997 and was sentenced to serve three years in prison.
She was initially charged with eight counts of grand larceny and two counts of check forgery in September 1996, but as part of a plea agreement all but four of the charges were withdrawn.
She pleaded guilty to one count of check forgery and three counts of grand larceny. She was sentenced to 35 years in prison but all but three years were suspended for 20 years, according to court records.
It was unclear today whether PTA officials were aware of Gregory's criminal background when she was selected as president.
From the AP:
Independent Russ Potts voiced unequivocal support Thursday for allowing cohabiting same-sex couples to adopt children, a stance that sharply distinguishes him from his two party rivals in this year's governor's race.This, of course on the heels of Potts' appearance before the "Progressive Women of Hampton - Newport News."
This just makes me mad. Today I saw this story about New York Governor George Pataki's son Teddy, who has just been commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. Bully for Teddy to sign up to serve in the Armed Services during a time of war. He is to be commended for his actions as he certainly had other career options as a recent Yale graduate.
It was another example of how politicians wage war but expect other people's children to fight them.
And at a time when the Marines, like all the other military branches, are struggling to fill their recruitment quotas because of the war, the idea of a politician's son getting an educational deferment makes my blood boil.
It takes me back to the Vietnam War, when thousands of sons of privilege hung out in college, graduate school, the National Guard and the various military reserve units to avoid the carnage that was playing out in Vietnam.
Today's GW Article:
Just 23 weeks after the second inauguration of the 43rd president, someone who aims to be the 44th came here for the annual luncheon of the New Hampshire Federation of Republican Women. It was a target-rich environment for George Allen.It's a good article, although Will gets a fact wrong here.
He has the same name as his father, the late Hall of Fame head coach of the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins who was, to say no more, tightly wound, as coaches tend to be. If the son is similarly driven -- and he must be to embark on this marathon -- he conceals it beneath a demeanor akin to Ronald Reagan's, which was once described as ``Aw, shucks, I just stepped on my sneaker laces.'' Except there are no laces on Allen's cowboy boots, which go with the smokeless tobacco in the circular can in his pocket.
The ideal Republican candidate can meld two Republican tendencies that are in tension -- social conservatism and libertarianism. Social conservatives have no complaints with Allen, and libertarians vibrate like tuning forks to his invocations of ``Mister Jefferson,'' as Virginians refer to their saint of minimal government.
Four of the first five presidents were Virginians, then one more was, John Tyler, but none since 1840. It could produce two candidates in 2008. Gov. Mark Warner, a red state Democrat, seems interested in asking Democratic primary voters, ``What red state can Hillary Clinton turn blue?''Do William Henry Harrison, Zachary Taylor, and Woodrow Wilson ring any bells?
It is clear by looking at this diagram that TIME magazine doesn't have one. In trying to pin down the ideological bent of the Supreme Court, they identify Justices Stevens, Breyer, Souter and Ginsberg as "moderate liberals," Kennedy as a "moderate conservative" and Rhenquist, Scalia and Thomas as "staunch conservatives." They identify not a single Justice as a "staunch liberal."
Major League Baseball has set the rosters for next week's All-Star Game to be played at the CoPa, aka Comerica Park, in Detroit Rock City, MI.
This past weekend, I saw two good, but quite different movies.
Congratulations to the Brits for winning the 2012 Olympics over those cheese-eating surrender monkeys the
Stockdale, best known as Ross Perot's running mate in the 1992 election, died today at the age of 81.
If you are looking for an all-around political message board with a Virginia tilt, then let me commend to you the www.techsideline.com (TSL) America Board.
One of the tacts that liberal activists are already taking with respect to Sandra Day O'Connor's replacement is perpetuating the myth that Roe v. Wade is in danger of being overturned.
I usually don't hang around the decades stations on XM (4-9), but was scrolling by and lingered just a little too long on Channel 9 - the 1990s.
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The Virginia blogosphere is abuzz today over Washington Post columnist David Cho's article addressing the impact of blogs on Virginia's 2005 elections.
I share Norm's confusion over today's RT-D story on campaign donations.
"GOP donors warm to Kaine"???
Here are the hit tallies from Google News for prospective SC nominees. For the search, I used the more distinctive name of each possibility and "O'Connor".* Here are the results:
I was looking over Tim Kaine's Independence Day schedule. He'll be in Vienna at 3 PM and Manassas at 7 PM.
the Soirée will be a Patriotic celebration of all things conservative, including: Senator George Allen (VA), local officeholders and activists...Tremendous Networking Opportunities...And so much more....Conservative Books as Door Prizes to the FIRST 200 GUESTS TO REGISTER AT THE PARK...Good Times, good times.
I'll be out of town with the family for the next few days so I hope everyone enjoys the holiday. Let's take some time this weekend to remember the men and women who keep this nation free. Thank you all, and God bless.
By now we all know about the imminent departure of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. While Justice O'Connor certainly blazed new ground for women in her appointment to the Supreme Court, she is also responsible for some of the most misguided jurisprudence of the last quarter-century. She may be missed by some, but I'm not one of them.
I missed most of the flurry today because I was otherwise occupied. Check out the blog of your choice (right or left) for good analysis. My personal pick right now is Edith Jones, but I have a sneaking suspicion about her nomination chances.
JR: You have to remember, as they say, I was feeling no pain. The person who really ended up getting the full brunt of me that evening was Chuck Robb who was the governor of Virginia at that time. I sat right beside Chuck. And I was just telling him all kinds of stuff like there's gotta be a special hunting season for the Redskins because we don't get a chance to go deer hunting in the fall because we gotta play football. I'm sure Chuck was sitting there with his fingers rapping the table and rolling his eyes thinking "Why me Lord? Why me?" And then it was announced that Justice O'Connor and her husband John had to leave the banquet early. So that's when I made my comment. You know, like you would to a friend—"C'mon where you going, stick around, loosen up, have some fun here." That's the vein it was meant in. I was just having fun. She understood that. I saw her this January. We came face to face and the first thing she said was "You know, you're going to be on my tombstone." And I said "You know what Justice O'Connor? That's the same thing I tell people. You're going to be on my tombstone." So we're kinda joined at the hip for eternity I think. Which I have to say if you're gonna be joined at the hip to somebody, Sandra Day O'Connor ain't a bad one to be joined to in my opinion. I can't speak for her. I'm sure she doesn't see it that way, but it's not bad on my end.
Welcome to the ACC, Boston College. The nation's #1 athletic conference is now 12 teams strong. Let the domination ensue.