Jim Hoeft

Breaking: Bill Stanley To Seek Virginia Senate Seat To Be Vacated By Robert Hurt

This just in, via Jim Hoeft at Bearing Drift: Fifth District Republican Chairman Bill Stanley will seek the party's nomination for the 19th district Virginia Senate seat that will become open once Congressman-elect Robert Hurt officially resigns to assume his new office. Governor Bob McDonnell will call a special election at that time.

Bill Stanley, Chairman of the GOP’s Fifth District Congressional Committee, will be running for the State Senate to replace Congressman-elect Robert Hurt. It is our understanding that the Democrats are not fielding a candidate at this time (Update: Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors Chairman Hank Davis may be interested . . . more to follow).

However, Bill is expecting at least one, if not more, names to come out for the R nod, where they expect a three week nominating process.

He also quotes sources citing Republican Delegates Danny Marshall, Don Merricks and Charles Poindexter, as well as Danville City Councilman Fred Shanks, as declining to run for different reasons. Another special election will be called to replace House of Delegates Majority Leader Morgan Griffith who was elected to Congress last night from the ninth Congressional district.

Rep. Perriello Charged In Car Crash

This news is making the rounds fast and furious this afternoon: Virginia 5th District U.S. Representative Tom Perriello, a freshman Democrat seeking re-election against Republican Robert Hurt, a member of the Virginia Senate, was charged with making an unsafe lane change after he caused a traffic crash Friday night in Nottoway County that injured one person. Here's the story from the Richmond Times-Dispatch

Rep. Tom Perriello, D-5th, was charged with making an unsafe lane change after a traffic crash Friday night in Nottoway County that injured one person.

Perriello was not hurt in the crash, and neither speed nor alcohol was considered a factor, according to Virginia State Police.

The incident happened after 8 p.m. near U.S. 460 eastbound at state Route 723, Lewiston Plank Road.

A 2005 Ford Ranger pickup truck driven by Perriello was traveling eastbound in the right lane when Perriello attempted to change lanes and struck a 1996 Ford Explorer. The Explorer ran off the roadway and into the median.

The driver of the Explorer, Sh'Vonta S. Montgomery, 26, of Crewe was not injured in the crash and was wearing her safety belt, according to police.

Montgomery had three passengers. State police said Ashley Robertson, 23, was seated behind Montgomery and was transported by ambulance to Farmville Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries.

Additional information on Robertson's injuries was not available today.

The front-seat passenger and another backseat passenger, who is under the age of 8, were not injured and both were wearing their safety belts, state police said.

Our friend Jim Hoeft, at Bearing Drift, has recreated the scene with state of the art modern technology. Worth a peak.

UPDATE: Be sure to read the comments at the T-D. Best ones so far: "I just read the police report — He blamed it all on BUSH!" and "Perriello, un-Hurt."

Merry Christmas To Liberals; Merry Christmas To Conservatives

An e-mail greeting for Christmas wishes or holiday hum-drum, depending on your political persuasion, that we couldn't resist passing on, from our friends Jim Hoeft and the gang at BearingDrift.com

Subject: Merry Christmas from your friends at Bearing Drift

To all our Democrat Friends:

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. We also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2010, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere.

Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

To our Republican Friends:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Virginia News Stand: August 16, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations The Sunday Times

I had all sorts of wit and wisdom to make your Sunday evening or Monday morning a true pleasure, but I was derailed. Hey, you got two gems prior to this! So, let me point out some of the links of interest below. First, scroll down to the National News section, where two Virginians get a national spotlight, including Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37, Fairfax). The Republican nominee for attorney general is highlighted in Human Events.

Meanwhile, the statewide press chronicles Democrat gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds' leftist pandering on abortion "rights" and tax increases, all while his campaign is undergoing a major shakeup (according to the Washington Post). But don't miss our friend Jim Hoeft's analysis at Bearing Drift of Deeds' and the Virginia Democrat Party's attack on Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell. Apparently the Democrats have no problem with the barbaric infanticide that is partial birth abortion.

News:

Gubernatorial candidate McDonnell pitches his views to police (The Daily Press)

Deeds presses pro-choice argument (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Deeds dodges call for taxes for roads (Washington Times)

Deeds would sign tax-increase bill (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Shake-up or Not, Deeds Campaign is Changing (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog

Assembly candidates focus on economy (Charlottesville Daily Progress

Fewer Va. schools meet federal math, reading standard (Richmond Times-Dispatch

N.Va. Students Improve, But Schools Fall Short (Washington Post

E-mails from public overload Congress Web site (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

National News:

Cuccinelli's AG Bid Solidifies Virginia Conservatives (Human Events)

Allen Tries to Shake Off the 'Macaca' Shadow (Washington Post)

School prayer charges stir protests (Washington Times)

Analysis:

DPVA supports partial birth abortion? (BearingDrift.com)