Virginia News Stand: August 5, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations Chesapeake Prayer And The Horse Race

In a rush today, so this is what you get, unless one of our other fine contributors hacks out something. But we do want to point our work in Chesapeake to defend the city council's rights to open meetings in Christian prayer has been noticed by a national media outlet, Catholic News Agency.

The big political news is the horse race aspect that is becoming more and more a part of the campaign because of the more frequent polls. Yesterday, a Democrat leaning polling group released a poll showing the entire Republican ticket up by double digits, confirming the SurveyUSA poll last week that got little Mainstream Media attention. Meanwhile, the Washington Postcontinues to concentrate on the Obama referendum aspect of the GOP's advantage. As of now, it is probably correct. Regardless, it's emboldened Republicans to campaign on Dem turf, as the Norfolk Examiner reports.


*Groups pledge to help defend Virginia city's customary prayer at public meetings (

Poll shows McDonnell tops Deeds by 14 points (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Poll: McDonnell widens lead in Va. Race (Washington Times)

Is Race for Governor More About Obama? (Washington Post)

McDonnell says he would not raise taxes for roads (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Gilbert Takes On Issue Of VDOT, Lesinski Promoting Petition To Stop Electric Hike (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)

Democrats request Hamilton-ODU e-mails (The Daily Press)


What a National Night Out (Karyn McDermott/