It's April so that means three things in Virgilankingnia politics: Veto Session, Shad Planking and campaigns in full swing. They usually coincide to some (or large) degree. But there's something different this year: Gubernatorial candidate Senator Creigh Deeds (D-25, Bath) is avoiding the Shad Planking. That's almost unheard of for a statewide candidate. Who knows? If he wins the governorship, maybe it'll start a trend. Meanwhile, Governor Tim Kaine faces veto override threats on several bills, including those dealing with the death penalty and accepting strings-attached "stimulus" money for extended unemployment insurance — paid for by tax increases on business, since the fees it pays into that program fund it.
In another state's news that may have national implications, Iowans are fighting back against the edict by its supreme court inventing a "right" to same-sex "marriage." Also, Newt Gingrich talks, albeit briefly, about his conversion to Catholicism. Finally, check out one legal organization's unique avenue to challenge the federal bailout to AIG.
Kaine's vetoes facing his foes (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
Deeds Will Not Speak At Shad Planking (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
Big money flows to Virginia race for governor (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Deeds files petitions for Virginia governor's race (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
McDonnell calls for unity after leading ouster of party chairman (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Rejected GOP Chief To Run Again in Va. (Washington Post)
Battle over bingo laws in Va. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Conservative Iowans fight to preserve traditional (OneNewsNow.com)
Does AIG Bailout Violate Establishment Cause? (OneNewsNow.com)
Gingrich tight-lipped on Catholic conversion (OneNewsNow.com)