There is a special election today in parts of Fairfax County for the 41st District House of Delegates seat, which was vacated when former Delegate Dave Marsden (D-37, Fairfax) won the special election to fill the Senate seat vacated by Ken Cuccinelli after he was elected Attorney General. You have until 7:00 p.m. to vote. The candidates are Republican Kerry Bolognese and Democrat Eileen Filler-Corn. Our sister organization, TFF Action, published and distributed a voter guide for this election. If you have not seen it and have not voted, or know people planning to vote, you still have time to read it yourself and e-mail it to others so they can make an informed decision. Remember, special elections are very low-turnout affairs. Your vote is magnified in a special election. We hope the people of Fairfax in the 41st House of Delegates district are well informed as they go to the polls today.
As we anticipated, Republican Kerry Bolognese has announced his intention to seek the 41st district House of Delegates seat (see statement), left vacant with the election of Dave Marsden to the Virginia Senate from the 37th Senate district in last Tuesday's special election to fill the seat left vacant by Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli. Bolognese ran an aggressive grassroots campaign in the Fairfax County district in the November general election and nearly defeated Marsden, falling short of a major upset by a couple of hundred votes. Because of that campaign, he may be considered the front runner and could give the House GOP a seventh new seat for this election cycle. Nothing says "favorite" louder than the date of the election set by Governor Tim Kaine — March 2. In the statement he released in announcing the election, he said:
It is important that the voters of the 41st district have a voice in the legislative process. Holding the special election on March 2 will not only give voters time to learn about the candidates, but will allow for the distribution and return of ballots from voters overseas, including our men and women in the armed forces.
So, the governor is going out on a humorous note: The election is scheduled just a week or so before the current General Assembly session ends. How much representation is that? It's not as if he hasn't schedule special elections in 30 days or less before, such as last year's vote to replace former Delegate Brian Moran. The difference? The likelihood of a Democrat win.
Perhaps funnier is the altruism of counting the military's ballots. Remember this? The Fairfax County registrar threatened not to count military ballots in 2008. It was then Attorney General Bob McDonnell who issued an opinion to count them while the governor remained silent; this while the same Fairfax registrar was registering inmates to vote.
Rumors are bouncing off the statues in Capitol Square and, for some Republicans, the inauguration bloom of its statewide sweep has come off before the big event Saturday. It all has to do with the loss of Stephen Hunt to Dave Marsden in the 37th Senate district special election Tuesday to fill the seat left vacant with the election of Ken Cuccinelli as attorney general. A 300 vote loss which may put some close votes out of reach of Republicans in a Virginia Senate with an expanded Democrat majority in the will do that.
Among the small talk in the GAB and Capitol Square is that Cuccinelli wanted to "run" the campaign since he has an extensive and dedicated grassroots network in place, while the McDonnell people said it was now their turf as head of the party. Others say the loss belongs solely to those responsible for the lack of an absentee ballot apparatus that lost those votes by more than 400, more than the margin of difference. Others blame the Fairfax GOP, that they were lethargic and/or overconfident: While Hunt did well in Dem precincts, even winning some Cuccinelli lost in 2007, he didn't have anywhere near Cuccinelli's margins in Republican precincts.
Adding to the frustration — and infighting — is the other hot rumor: That a Democrat senator would have retired if Hunt had one, apparently one who represents a conservative district, allowing for another special election which would've tipped the chamber back to the GOP. Instead, the Dems, despite their November shallacking, are as emboldened as ever in the Senate, and prepared to stifle the new governor's agenda.
It appears that a well run absentee ballot campaign was a crucial difference for Delegate Dave Marsden tonight in the Democrat's win to fill the 37th Senate district seat vacated by Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli. Delegate Marsden defeated Republican Stephen Hunt by 11,943 to 11,626 with all 39 precincts reporting, according to the Fairfax County Registrar's office. Delegate Marsden beat Hunt by more than 2-1 in absentee ballots: 800-395. Delegate Marsden's win extends the Democrats' majority in the Virginia Senate to two seats, 22-18. It also will necessitate another special election to fill Marsden's delegate seat. Republican Kerry Bolognese, who barely lost to Marsden in November, would seem to be an early favorite to win the seat should he choose to run.
Video became available over the weekend of Thursday night's Fairfax Family Forum candidate forum, held at Fair Oaks Church, for the candidates in the 37th Senate district special election. But an peculiar thing happened on the way to the forum. Only one candidate showed up — Republican Stephen Hunt. Democrat Dave Marsden apparently had another agenda and couldn't find time to talk to voters about family and traditional values. An interesting tactic coming from any candidate who wants to represent "all the people." It's one thing to respectfully disagree, and at least hear where certain constituents come from on their views. It's another to blow them off entirely. Even Barack Obama took questions from Pastor Rick Warren at his Saddleback Church. We'll see if this serves to further motivate values voters to turn out to the polls.
The election is tomorrow, January 12. The district is in Fairfax County and polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The election is necessary because of the vacancy in the seat due to the election of Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli. Here is a portion of the forum as provided by the Fairfax Family Forum via Viemo:
Republican Steve Hunt attended the Fairfax Family Forum candidate forum for the candidates in the 37th Senate district special election. His opponent, Democrat Dave Marsden, must have had something else to do, rather than discuss with voters issues regarding family and traditional values.
Annotations & Elucidations Brit And Tiger, Lisa And Isabella
The News Stand had an unexpected return to hiatus the last two days because of a sudden illness. The News is dominated by Governor-elect Bob McDonnell's cabinet — who he picked, how much salary they'll make (his as well), and what they'll be allowed to do in their off-time.
In political news, the Washington Post looks at the issue of Delegate Dave Marsden's residency in the 37th Senate district special election (January 12). Delegate Marsden, who is running against Republican Stephen Hunt, moved into the district only a few weeks ago and lives in a room in a friend's house. Hunt, meanwhile, is hoping to hold the seat vacated by Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli, and is expected to be the only candidate to appear tonight at the Fairfax Family Forum candidate forum. Meanwhile, values and faith issues occupy the National News and Commentary sections: The Isabella Miller custody case has the attention of Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Michael Paul Williams, who quotes our president, Victoria Cobb, and Fox News Channel's Brit Hume has raised the hackles of some with his comments on Tiger Woods . . . specifically, how he can save his spiritual life through Jesus.
Va. state Senate candidate Marsden faces residency issue (Washington Post)
McDonnell announces three more Cabinet choices (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
McDonnell picks N.Va. executive for technology post (Washington Post)
McDonnell, Cabinet to take unspecified pay cuts (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
McDonnell will reduce salaries (The Daily Press)
McDonnell vows to cut his own pay (Roanoke Times)
McDonnell OK with secretary on boards (Roanoke Times/Norfolk Virginian-Pliot)
Sledd defends keeping corporate board seats (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
McDonnell to let Va. Cabinet heads serve on corporate boards (Washington Post)
Public can weigh in on state budget today (The Daily Press)
Two GOP lobbyists switching firms (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Loudoun County's nondiscrimination policy expanded to protect gays (Washington Post)
Businessman Scott Rigell launches congressional campaign (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Contempt citation sought in same-sex custody case (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Comments on Buddhism, Tiger Woods upset faithful (AP/Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Gay-marriage foes slam plans to televise Prop 8 trial (Washington Times)
*Custody case defies ideology in some ways (Michael Paul Williams/Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Persecution for the Brit Hume Witness (Peter Sprigg/FRC Blog)
The January 12 special election to fill Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli’s Fairfax County seat in the Virginia Senate is hot as it is important. As such, we are redoubling our efforts to alert and educate voters in the 37th Senate district. Our Winning Matters campaign, which distributed nearly 1,000,000 voter guides statewide during the recent election, now is focused solely on this important Senate race in Fairfax County. In addition, our grassroots chapter, the Fairfax Family Forum, is hosting a candidate forum tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Fair Oaks Church, 4601 West Ox Road. Democrat nominee, Delegate Dave Marsden, and Republican nominee, former Fairfax County School Board Member Steve Hunt, have been invited to discuss their positions on issues of concern to the faith community. They will also take questions from the audience. Please plan to attend this important event.
We have two Winning Matters area coordinators working in the county, as well as a project manager. The Family Foundation has produced a special voter guide for this election, available in English, Spanish and, for the first time ever, Korean. Our area coordinators are contacting hundreds of churches, pastors and volunteers, and have distributed 20,000 voter guides across the district.
Despite this success, because of the extremely short time frame, we have been unable to contact anyone in several of the churches. If you attend one of these churches, or know the pastor or a parishioner at one of these churches, please help us make a connection there. E-Mail Mark Earley, Jr., at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marlon-David Sias at email@example.com and let them know how you can help. The voter guides need to be in these churches for distribution this Sunday, January 10:
Abundant Life Family Church, Fairfax
Annandale Calvary Church Of The Nazarene, 8220 Little River Turnpike
Annandale Church Of Christ, 4709 Ravensworth Road
Annandale Wash. Good Shepherd Nazarene, 8220 Little River Turnpike
Antioch Baptist Church, 6531 Little Ox Road, Fairfax Station
Braddock Missionary Baptist Church, 12326 Braddock Road, Fairfax
Calvary Church Of The Nazarene, 8220 Little River Turnpike, Annandale
Calvary Hill Baptist Church, 9301 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax
Centerpointe Church At Fair Oaks, 4104 Legato Road, Fairfax
Centreville Assembly Of God, 14821 Lee Highway
Centreville Church Of Christ, 13919 Braddock Road
Centreville Community Bible Church, 15109 Carlbern Drive
Centreville Community Church, 15301 Lee Highway
Centro Evangelistico El Refugio, 25207 Elk Lick Road, Chantilly
Chantilly Baptist Church, 14312 Chantilly Baptist Lane
Christ Church, 8285 Glen Eagles Lane, Fairfax Station
Christian Fellowship Church, 10237 Leesburg Pike, Burke
Church At Northern Virginia, 10922 Vale Road, Oakton
Church Of Love And Truth, 209 Oak Street Southwest, Vienna
Church Of The Apostles, 3500 Pickett Road, Fairfax
Clifton Baptist Church, 7152 Main Street
Community Baptist Church, 10112 Community Lane, Fairfax Station
Community Bible Church, 4400 Fair Lake Court, Suite 60, Fairfax
Diaspora Fellowship Church, 9304 Nester Road, Fairfax
Dulles Family Life Church Nazarene, 14740-H Flint Lee Road, Chantilly
Fairfax Baptist Church, 10830 Main Street
Fairfax Church Of Christ, 3901 Rugby Road
Fairfax Community Church, 11451 Braddock Road
Fairfax-Lee Highway Church Of God, 14740-H Flint Lee Road, Chantilly
Faith Baptist Church, 301 Center Street South, Burke
Faith For Living Church Of God, 12901 Lee Side Court
First Baptist Church Of Vienna, 450 Orchard Street
Grace Fellowship Church, 25350 Poland Road, Chantilly
Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 2381 Cedar Lane, Vienna
Immanuel Korean Baptist Church, 5020 Marshall Crown Road, Centreville
International Baptist Alexandria, Annandale
Knollwood Community Church, 10000 Coffer Woods Road, Burke
Koinos Fellowship Church, 43844 Churchill Glen Drive, Chantilly
Korean Presbyterian Church Of Centreville, 25454 Gum Spring Road, Chantilly
Living Covenant Church, 14637 Lee Highway, Suite 102, Oakton
Living Savior Lutheran, 5500 Ox Road, Fairfax Station
Maranatha Baptist Church, 3511 Annandale Road, Annandale
Mok Yang Presbyterian Church Mission, 6608 Little Ox Road, Fairfax
New Creation Mission, Centreville
New Hope Presbyterian Church, Fairfax City
Nova Worship Center, 14740 Flint Lee Road-Unit H, Chantilly
Ox Hill Baptist Church, 4101 Elmwood Street, Chantilly
Parkwood Baptist Church 8726 Braddock Road, Annandale
Pleasant Valley Assembly Of God, 25207 Elk Lick Road, Chantilly
Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield
Prosperity Baptist, 42962 Braddock Road, Chantilly
Springfield Church Of Christ, 7512 Old Keene Mill Road
Truro Church, 10520 Main Street, Fairfax
Washington Bible Baptist Church, 14701 Lee Highway, Centreville
Washington Grace, Fairfax
During the recent statewide campaign, we and our sister organization, TFF Action, ran an unprecedented — and massively successful — voter education campaign, Winning Matters. Although we anticipated a wind down after the election in November, Winning Matters remains in high gear for the crucial special election for the 37th district Virginia Senate seat (in Fairfax, January 12) vacated by Republican Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli. Winning Matters retained a staff of three (two field reps in Fairfax and a project manager) which has produced, and is distributing, thousands of paper and online voter guides in English, Spanish and Korean to churches, civic groups and area businesses. It also is providing absentee ballot applications for people not be able to vote in person on the 12th. Winning Matters also is working with churches to announce the election and/or put it in their bulletins as a reminder to their members to go out and vote.
If you are interested in helping Winning Matters with this crucial special election, between Republican Stephen Hunt and Democrat Dave Marsden, especially within your church, please contact Roger Pogge at 804-343-0010 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although the campaign is a short one, it has been hot for a while, probably because it is so crucial to the makeup of the Virginia Senate, which the Democrats currently control by one seat. Among the issues: Marsden now claims to be for lower taxes, despite his history of votes to raise them; the fact that he moved into a friend's house to be eligible to run for the seat; and, of course, it wouldn't be a campaign in Virginia if life and abortion weren't part of the (misleading) discussion. If Hunt wins for the GOP, it will remain within striking distance of winning crucial votes, with Lt. Governor Bill Bolling breaking ties. If Marsden pulls it out for the Dems, the left will have a little leeway with a second vote to spare. One seat might not sound like much, but whoever wins the election can change the dynamics of the entire Virginia Senate. Which is why winning matters.
Annotations & Elucidations Like Deeds, Like Marsden; Like Kaine, Like Marsden; Like Deeds, Like Kaine
We're keeping the news to a minimum today: the snow is melting and people are less captive and not as inclined to be in front of the computer as they get back to last minute shopping and other Christmas preparations. Most of the news around the state concerns Governor Tim Kaine's outlandish income tax increase proposal. Easy for him to do — he leaves office in three weeks. Governor-elect Bob McDonnell and the majority House Republicans already say it's a non-starter. So perhaps the big story, or at least the most intriguing, is the turn taken in the special election in the 37th Senate district (in Fairfax County) to replace Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli, between Republican Steve Hunt and Democrat Dave Marsden, currently a delegate. Democrats think, because of recent trends in Fairfax, they can win the seat; the GOP, with its reverberating rebound last month, sense the tide has turned back their way, even in Northern Virginia, where its candidates did exceedingly well in the recent election.
Delegate Marsden, who moved into a friend's house to establish residency in the district, now has pro-abortion allies railing against some old literature a crisis pregnancy center stopped distributing some time ago. Hunt used to serve on the center's board.
Two things are absolutely peculiar about this: First, Delegate Marsden, must not have paid much attention to the top of his own ticket last month as Democrat standard bearer Creigh Deeds (remember him?) clamored about abortion and social issues while the rest of Virginia concerned itself with jobs. Marsden, himself, considered to be in a safe House district, barely escaped to re-election. Now, Governor Kaine wants to repeal the car tax cut and raise the income tax, and Delegate Marsden, given his record, is most likely right there with him. Again, just like Senator Deeds, who recommended raising taxes during a recession (see Jeff Schaprio's analysis in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, below).
The second oddity is that while the pregnancy center has ceased distributing the information, those attacking it and Mr. Hunt are providing this type of sick information (see video of Planned Parenthood abortionist and counselor talking to prospective patient),where "patients" are advised that abortions are safer than giving birth. So, it's mini-campaign redux featuring residency, raising taxes in a recession and old flyers versus jobs and sticking up for the unborn.
Antiabortion pregnancy center figures in state Senate race (Washington Post)
McDonnell, GOP lawmakers assail Kaine’s budget plan (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Kaine proposes 1% rise in state income tax (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
From deep in the red, Gov. Kaine proposes a brutal state budget (The Daily Press)
'Painful cuts' part of Kaine's Virginia budget proposal (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Kaine proposes replacing car tax with income one (Washington Times)
Virginia governor proposes an income tax increase (Washington Post)
At least 7 GOP candidates eager to take on Perriello (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
With budget, Kaine leaves tough task for both parties (Jeff Schapiro/Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Annotations & Elucidations Looking For A Legacy
After a lull in state news, it all came bursting out today with Governor Tim Kaine (contact) trying to steal his successor's thunder — and continue to leave himself a peculiar legacy. Before the Thanksgiving break he hinted he would include tax increases in his last budget. He confirmed that today with proposals to repeal certain tax credits. Bad enough. But then he moved on to the social side and wants to extend state benefits to domestic partners. As we noted last week, he's going out as he came in. It wasn't a pretty picture then, it's not now, either.
Governor-elect Bob McDonnell, on the other hand, who opposes these measures, proceeded to announce the first several appointments to his administration, including Governor Kaine's finance secretary. At least for now, until the budget is dealt with. Meanwhile, The Daily Press previews what will amount to a GOP victory weekend celebration party in Williamsburg this weekend at its Annual Advance. But the campaigns aren't over. Robert McCartney of the Washington Post takes a look at the 37th Senate District special election, and wonders — hopes — Dave Marsden can excite Northern Virginia liberals to the polls. He doubts it.
Nationally, as we mentioned Tuesday, same-sex marriage bills are meeting resistance in, of all places, New York and New Jersey. Yesterday, the New York Senate officially killed it with amazing bi-partisan support. But, as we all know, no one cares about the "social issues." Elsewhere, ClimateGate continues to unfold in unpleasant ways for the left, while two other horrendous bills are flying under the radar in Congress, both of which we should all be concerned about: a "cyber security" bill, that could curtail individual liberty, and the "Non-Discrimination Act," which is anything but, of course.
Va. budget to test McDonnell's stance (Washington Post)
Kaine proposal: extend state benefits to domestic partners, other adults (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Gov. proposal offers state's coverage to more adults (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
McDonnell announces first round of appointments (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
Kent likely to get chief of staff nod Thursday (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
McDonnell keeping Kaine's financial chief, temporarily (Charlottesville Daily Progress)
McDonnell expected to fill two positions (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Virginia GOP huddles in Williamsburg (The Daily Press)
NY traditional marriage supporters celebrate (AP/OneNewsNow.com)
'Cyber threat' bill a threat itself (OneNewsNow.com)
UK University to probe integrity of climate data (AP/OneNewsNow.com)
In Va. Senate race, Democrats get another chance (Robert McCartney/Washington Post)
The discriminatory 'Non-Discrimination Act' (Matt Barber/OneNewsNow.com)
ClimateGate: NPR sees silver lining (Larry Elder/OneNewsNow.com)
2012: Is the Sky Really Falling? (Dave Sterrett/Rightly Concerned Blog)
They Call It Fiscal Responsibilty; We Call It Socialism (David Limbaugh/Rightly Concerned Blog)
Annotations & Elucidations Will Dave Marsden's Quick Move Move Him To The Senate Or Backfire?
News in the two Virginia Senate special elections is heating up. In the 37th district, which is open due to the election of Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli, Democrat Delegate Dave Marsden is being pressured to resign his House seat now that he is officially campaigning for the Senate. The reason: If elected, he will leave the 41 district delegate-less in the House for a good portion of the 2010 General Assembly while yet another special election is called. Marsden refuses, but there is another twist: Marsden doesn't live in the Senate district, so he is taking a room in the home of a supporter who lives in an overlapping precinct. It gives new meaning to carpetbagging. It may solve (cheesily) the technical residency requirement, but it's brazenness may alienate voters.
In Commentary, Thomas D. Segel looks at a doctor shortage that will get worse under Obamacare, Star Parker writes about D.C.'s new homosexual friendly city council, and Henry Lamb weighs in on property rights. Meanwhile, the AP's Tom Raum analyzes the Federal Reserve's massive liquidity policies that are cheapening the dollar and sinking the economy further, faster.
Kaine: 'Not out of the woods yet' on economy (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Officials seek ways to deal with budget shortfall (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
GOP asks Marsden to resign House seat (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
Health care divides Senate hopefuls at GOP forum (Norfolk Virginian-Pliot)
8th Senate District GOP primary may go nasty — and quick (BearingDrift.com)
FBI: More anti-religious, anti-gay hate crimes reported (AP/Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Schumer: Dems ready to go-it-alone on health care (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Senate Democrats at odds over health care bill (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Mammogram guidelines spark debate over health bill (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Palin dines, prays with Rev. Billy Graham in NC (AP/GOPUSA.com)
RI bishop asked Kennedy in 2007 to avoid Communion (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Fed under fire as public anger mounts (Tom Raum/AP/GOPUSA.com)
Where Have All The Doctors Gone? (Thomas D. Segel/GOPUSA.com)
U.S. Capital Going The Way Of Sodom (Star Parker/GOPUSA.com)
They're Still After Your Water (Henry Lamb/GOPUSA.com)
Give Me Character Over IQ Any Day (Doug Patton/GOPUSA.com)