Virginia News Stand: April 10, 2009

Most people have taken today off, but we're still here putting out the best of Virginia's Web — and beyond — so you don't go through political junkie withdrawal. So, what's new? Seems — surprise! — liberal out-of-state groups are raising mega amounts of money and taking aim at Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell. Already. Meanwhile, the non-partisan National Journal senses that independents may be trending back to the GOP. On the culture front, CNN reports illegitimate births are at an all-time high. Looking for irony? A Democrat busts McDonnell's brackets and wins a dinner with the former A.G. (see previous comment). News:

Democratic Groups Target McDonnell (Washington Post)

Democrats attack McDonnell, GOP on rejecting unemployment funds (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

GOP Fights Kaine on Jobless Benefits (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

Democrat Deeds reports first-quarter fundraising  (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Saxman Latest Valley Delegate To Get Challenge (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)

Ware says he'll run for re-election (Roanoke Times)

Kaine names Del. Melvin to fill Portsmouth judge post (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Democratic official wins dinner from McDonnell (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

National News:

Out-of-wedlock births hit record high (

Are Independents Going The GOP's Way? (National Journal)