Shad Planking

Virginia News Stand: April 16, 2009

As you can imagine, it's all about tea, again today. The Commonwealth was awash in Tea Parties and the coverage is below. As for that other party yesterday, where they eat the bony fish in the woods, we've got that covered (the Shad Planking), too, as well as a Virginian-Pilot article on an early negative campaign targeted by liberals against GOP gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell. We also bring you three articles on the Department of Homeland Security Department's smear tactics on conservatives and others who don't share the opinions of the Obama administration.   News:

Thousands vent anger at Tax Day Tea Party (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Channeling The Anger (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)

Lynchburg gathers for Tax Day Tea Party (Lynchburg News & Advance)

'Tea Party' crowds rally against government spending (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

'Tea Party' attracts hundreds downtown (Winchester Star)

Protesters rally against government at City Center 'tea party' (The Daily Press)

Democratic effort targets gov. candidate McDonnell (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)   

Wagner tops Bolling in first-quarter fundraising (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

A Smaller Appetite for a Political Feast (Washington Post

Shad Planking: Moran, McAuliffe and McDonnell woo voters in Wakefield (The Daily Press)

In a Ritual That Reels In Candidates, Deeds Is the One That Got Away (Washington Post

Candidates trade jabs at Shad Planking (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

National News:

Napolitano Defends Report on Extremism (Washington Post

Napolitano stands by controversial report (Washington Times

Report: Extreme right groups a threat (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Bracket Busted

Looks like former Attorney General and Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell has more than party infighting to soothe on his plate: A Democrat busted his NCAA brackets.  The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports tonight that his NCAA Basketball Tournament pool, which attracted 787 participants, was won by Greg Scanlon, a researcher for the Democrat state party. An omen or a funny irony? Of course, the T-D is billing it as an embarrassment, as if it's possible to keep out political opponents from an Internet contest or that time wasted studying the athletic strengths and weaknesses of 18-22 year-olds prepping for NBA careers is somehow meaningful. 

Earlier this week, Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37, Fairfax) claimed to have clinched the highest bracket score among his rivals for the Republican nomination for attorney general, Dave Foster and John Brownlee

Scanlon's win might not be the bracket buster along the lines of George Mason's Final Four run a few years ago. But who knows? Maybe in the future, whichever candidates, staffers, etc., get the most brackets correct in basketball pools will replace for pundits who wins the Shad Planking sign battle as the early signal of electoral strength.

Virginia News Stand: April 7, 2009

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)

National News:

Conservative Iowans fight to preserve traditional (

Does AIG Bailout Violate Establishment Cause? (

Gingrich tight-lipped on Catholic conversion (

So, What Position Will M. Warner Take?

Now that we know — as if we needed confirmation — that Governor Tim Kaine will outline a tax increase for his transportation plan come Monday, it puts a certain former governor with a, shall we say, shady history on the issue of taxes, in a bit of a bind. Will former Governor Mark Warner embrace the plan? If he does, it will explode his already gaping tax credentials hole into a crater. If he doesn't, he gives the low-tax General Assembly Republicans all sorts of cover and undermines his hand-picked successor. What will it be: His natural appetite for taking away hard-earned money from Virginia's families? Or, will will he throw his pal, in what seems to be the trend this Democrat political season, under the bus? Most likely, he'll use the time-tested political dodge. But he won't get away with it.

Look at his record of broken promises and reversals of position, which is piling up faster than dead bodies during whack frenzy last-season of The Soprano's:  

  • Promise: Finish the car tax elimination. Result: Didn't even try.

  • Promise: End the death tax. Result: Vetoed it.

  • Promise: No tax increase. Result: Largest tax increase in Virginia history despite a surplus.

Which brings about another question: Since we didn't get into the "transportation crisis" overnight, who didn't get the job done before Governor Kaine? I mean, who was the governor between 2002-2006? Oh yeah, the same Mark Warner who wants raise our federal taxes as well (after months of denying it, he went on record yesterday saying he wants to let the Bush tax cuts expire). 

Not that these are tax issues, but adding to the skepticism of his veracity and trustworthyness, Mr. Warner now says he's not for a date certain for withdrawal from Iraq. Really? This is what he said at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in February:

"And come January, 2009, we need to start to bring our brave troops home from Iraq. . . ." Sounds pretty certain to me.

He also vetoed a Virginia energy plan agreeing to off-shore drilling if the feds ever granted such permission. But at the Shad Planking April 16, he said:

"I've said in terms of offshore, we ought to take a look."

Who can trust this guy? Tim Kaine better hope he can or his plan will end up in the same place those Soprano's characters did. We continue to hope.