Virginia News Stand: July 28, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations And The Winner Is . . .

Most of the coverage today is debate oriented and the consensus is Bob McDonnell won the first gubernatorial showdown. That'll happen when your opponent is all about raising taxes in a recession (see the video) and won't propose a transportation plan even as he says he's going to solve that issue. Not to mention his refusal to take a stand on Cap and Trade, although it will close down the largest employer in his district; as well as his avoidance of stands on socialized medicine, card check and numerous other "transforming America" issues. Speaking of all that, in Commentary, Ben Stein figures out Barack Obama. Some of us had done that two years ago, more than a few of whom probably attended another rousing Tea Party event, in Chesterfield County, Saturday, covered below by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Meanwhile, Peter Heck encourages Christian teachers to bolt the NEA. Sound advice.


McDonnell Presses Deeds on National Issues in First Va. Gubernatorial Debate (Washington Post)

McDonnell, Deeds clash over transportation, economy in debate (Roanoke Times)

Debate Analysis: JMU Professor Declares McDonnell Winner (

Economy job No. 1 for next governor (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

At debate, hopefuls clash over road funds (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Deeds, McDonnell spar over jobs (The Daily Press)

Virginia's Deeds, McDonnell spar in first debate (Washington Times)

In Gubernatorial Race, It's About Who's More Pro-Gun (Washington Post)

Va. Race Acquires Washington Backdrop (Washington Post)

Dems: Leadership Lacking (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record

Marty Williams splits with Bob McDonnell (The Daily Press)

Tea Party protests federal plans (Richmond Times-Dispatch)


Deeds Open To "A Lot Of Different Options" To Fund Transportation  (


We've Figured Him Out (Ben Stein/The American Spectator)

Christian teachers — It's time to fly! (Peter Heck/