Virginia News Stand: November 23, 2009

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 (

National News:

FBI: More anti-religious, anti-gay hate crimes reported (AP/Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Schumer: Dems ready to go-it-alone on health care (AP/

Senate Democrats at odds over health care bill (AP/

Mammogram guidelines spark debate over health bill (AP/

Palin dines, prays with Rev. Billy Graham in NC (AP/

RI bishop asked Kennedy in 2007 to avoid Communion (AP/


Fed under fire as public anger mounts (Tom Raum/AP/


Where Have All The Doctors Gone? (Thomas D. Segel/

U.S. Capital Going The Way Of Sodom (Star Parker/

They're Still After Your Water (Henry Lamb/

Give Me Character Over IQ Any Day (Doug Patton/

McAuliffe Slams Warner And Kaine As Partisan? Hear It Here!

This morning on Richmond's Morning News With Jimmy Barrett (WRVA-AM in Richmond), Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe made a comment that may have slipped through the cracks to most, but here's my take on it: He slammed the two men whom he hopes to succeed — fellow Democrats Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. That can't go over too well with Democrat primary voters.

Here's what happened: Barrett asked T-Mac about charges he's carpetbagging. As usual for a rookie candidate, he went on too long. He listed a line of successful Virginia politicians who were not born here. Instead of stopping there, couldn't contain himself and continued:

"I think you want the next governor . . . who hasn't been part of these partisan battles down in Richmond. If you're happy with the way things have gone I'm probably not your guy." (Hear it for yourself by clicking here for a interview menu page or here for the podcast download.)

What's immediately hysterical is that this comes from Bill Clinton's DNC chairman, where McAuliffe was one of the most partisan figures in recent American history. So he's going to be the one to end partisanship? (Wasn't Barack Obama supposed to have ended that by now, anyway?)

But here's where T-Mac slams Virginia's latter day Democrat icons: They've been running the show the last eight years! Partisan and not getting things done? Warner, another self-proclaimed non-partisan, can't be happy with that. Is T-Mac blowing his cover? Is he criticizing Kaine, the new DNC chairman (by definition, the Democrat partisan-in-chief), for trying to do both jobs at once? 

Maybe he has a point. He's either brutally honest and candid or he's slamming them for his short-term political gain. Either way, Virginia's two most prominent Democrats, as well as the rank-and-file, won't like that, whether true statements or not, whether he meant them like that or not. 

He may backtrack, but at the least, he's admitted it takes two to tango — a governor and a legislature. But media, pundits and liberal interest groups have told the public the last eight years that the roadblock to Nirvana in Virginia has been House Republicans. So, however he spins it, Terry McAuliffe has laid at least some blame on the last two governors. Not quite what we're used to hearing, is it? 

We Had It First: Sampson To Run, Interesting Field Of Democrats

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports on its Web site this afternoon something we reported Wednesday: That Republican Ernesto Sampson will run for the 69th House of Delegates seat. Sampson, a financial services advisor and VMI grad, will make it official at a campaign kickoff event tomorrow. Interesting headline, however, from the T-D: "Republican expected to seek Hall's House seat," as if Democrat former Delegate Frank Hall owned it. But that's the mainstream media for you.

Sampson, who is originally from Suffolk, is black, and favors charter schools. Whichever one of the three Democrats he faces will create an interesting match-up: Antione M. Green, president of the Richmond Crusade for Voters; Betsy Carr, a Richmond School Board member; and Carlos Brown, a corporate finance lawyer. Green is only 30; Brown either doesn't live in the district yet, or has only moved into it recently; and Carr is white (as is Hall), while the district is majority black.

Depending on how bruising that battle is, and who the eventual nominee is, it may give Sampson an opening, based on race, experience or carpetbagging. Interesting issue note here: Carr was one of the five school board votes that barely approved Virginia's first charter elementary school last year, while Green was a tireless supporter for it. That can't make the powerful teachers union, which plays a big role in Democrat nomination fights, happy. That may cause a further rift. Sampson has made charter schools a major plank in his platform.