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The Cain Train's Next Scheduled Stop: Richmond For TFF Annual Gala, Polls Show More Jumping On Board

Herman Cain is on the rise, surging in the polls and now is an "upper tier" candidate for the Republican presidential nomination. You can see why more and more people are jumping on board the "Cain Train" as it makes a stop in Richmond at The Family Foundation Annual Gala this Saturday, October 8. Tickets are still available: Click here now, as space is limited. Not only will you have a chance to hear Mr. Cain, you can also meet him and have him sign a copy of his soon-to-be-released book, This is Herman Cain: My Journey to the White House. The book will be available for purchase after the dinner and Mr. Cain will sign them for our guests. Autographed copies of the book are free for table sponsors and certain sponsorship levels also include the opportunity to have your picture taken with Mr. Cain. For more information, click here.

Mr. Cain* is coming to Richmond to share his remarkable story that includes rising to the top of the business world, his tenure as a pastor and stage IV cancer survival, and encourage our attendees — not as part of his presidential campaign. Nevertheless, attendees will hear from the man whose national reputation has taken off in the last few days in a furious media buzz

On the heels of his landslide victory in the Florida Republican presidential straw poll, a recent Fox News poll showed Cain had tripled his support among GOP primary voters. Now he is running practically even with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and Texas Governor Rick Perry as the top tier of contenders. Another poll indicates he's surpassed both Romney and Perry and stands alone as the front-runner.

Here are some of quotes from recent articles on Mr. Cain:

» Herman Cain may or may not win the nomination, but right now he is the center of gravity within the Republican field and all the other candidates are, after last week, being pulled into his orbit. (See RedState.com.)

» Unlike the incumbent, Herman Cain has at least twice identified the causes of a large failing enterprise, designed goals, achieved them, and by all accounts inspired the people he was supposed to lead. Not least, Mr. Cain's life experience suggests that, unlike the incumbent, he will adjust his ideas to reality. (See The Wall Street Journal/WSJ.com.)

» After a well-received debate performance last week, Herman Cain surprised everybody by finishing atop the Florida straw poll. This week, he's finally seeing traction in the polls, and now serious people are starting to take him seriously. It's far past time for us to take a closer look at Cain, who appears to be making a credible bid for top-tier status. (See TheWeeklyStandard.com.)

» This guy's the one who makes sense to me. He's a sweet man. He's not self-aggrandizing. (Talk-show host Dennis Miller, reported on Politico.com.)

Visit www.familyfoundation.org/gala to reserve tickets or sponsorships today. To purchase tickets or sponsorships by phone, or for more information, call Dan Thompson or John Downer at 804-343-0010 or e-mail gala@familyfoundation.org.

Here are the Gala details

Annual Family Foundation Gala featuring keynote speaker Herman Cain

Greater Richmond Convention Center, Grand Ballroom, corner of 5th and East Broad Streets

October 8; private sponsors reception at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:00 p.m.

Business Attire

* DISCLAIMER: Mr. Cain's appearance is in his personal capacity, not as a candidate, and does not imply any endorsement by The Family Foundation Action or The Family Foundation.

Why Did Herman Cain Win Florida’s GOP Presidential Straw Poll Vote?

Why did Herman Cain win the Florida Republican presidential straw poll vote? Come see for yourself in 12 days, when Herman Cain offers the keynote address at The Family Foundation Annual Gala, Saturday, October 8. In case you missed it over the weekend, coming off Thursday night's Florida GOP presidential candidate debate, Mr. Cain received 37 of the vote in the Republican straw poll, followed by Texas Governor Rick Perry (15 percent), former Governor Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (14 percent), former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (11 percent) and U.S. Representative Ron Paul (10 percent). All other candidates trailed in single digits. What makes this poll so telling is that the voters were delegates to a convention, and not activists who could be bussed in, fed for a couple of hours in a fun, tailgate atmosphere, and have their admission tickets paid for by a candidate — as was the case in the Iowa straw poll in August.

But it's not only Florida. Mr. Cain has been turning heads around the country for years, as a successful corporate CEO and a television and radio political and business news commentator — as well as a pastor and one with a compelling stage IV cancer survivor. So don't miss your opportunity to see what the buzz is all about. Although this is a non-political event, it's an opportunity to get to know Herman Cain* as an individual, and not as a candidate. Space is limited, so click here to purchase tickets to the gala. Better yet, not only can you hear him speak, you can have your picture taken with Herman Cain by signing up for a table sponsorship. Click here for details on this special opportunity.

Here is what people were saying about Mr. Cain this weekend:

» At a faith rally before the debate and a conservative forum after, Cain earned the loudest applause. By Friday night, he was so popular that his staff had to find a bigger room to accommodate admirers. But even then, in a room with a capacity of 700, a long line snaked out the door. (The Miami Herald)

» Cain was “not full of himself. He’s honest, he’s got a sense of humor, he’s got a plan.” (Politico.com)

» Cain, who charmed activists with a series of red meat speeches and a smooth debate performance, was mentioned frequently as a second choice among activists who came to Orlando ready to support Perry before changing their minds. (CNN.com blog)

More coverage can be found here:

» Human Events

» FoxNews.com

» The Miami Herald

» Politico.com

» CNN.com Blog

Don't forget, visit our Gala Page today by clicking here to get ticket, sponsorship and all the gala information you need. For questions, please call 804-343-0010 or e-mail gala@familyfoundation.org.

2011 Family Foundation Annual Gala details

The Family Foundation Annual Gala featuring keynote speaker Herman Cain

Greater Richmond Convention Center, Grand Ballroom, corner of 5th and East Broad Streets

October 8: Private sponsors reception at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:00

Business Attire

Register Online: www.familyfoundation.org/gala

Register by Phone or Questions: Please call Dan Thompson or John Downer at (804) 343-0010

E-mail: Gala@FamilyFoundation.org

 

* DISCLAIMER: Mr. Cain’s appearance is in his personal capacity, not as a candidate, and does not imply any endorsement by The Family Foundation Action or The Family Foundation.

Paid for by The Family Foundation Action.

Gala Speaker Mike Pence Wins Presidential Straw Poll At Values Voter Summit!

We've been making the case that our 25th Anniversary Gala speaker, Congressman Mike Pence (R-Ind.), is one of the leading conservatives in America. Well respected by his colleagues and those in the conservative media, his star is shining brightly among the grassroots now, too, as Saturday he won the closely watched Values Voter Summit Presidential Straw Poll with 24 percent of the vote over 17 potential candidates (see Politico.com). The 2,000 summit attendees voted (see Outside The Beltway's Doug Mataconis) last year's gala speaker, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, second. The others who received votes in the straw poll, in alphabetical order, were Haley Barbour, Jan Brewer, Chris Christie, Mitch Daniels, Jim DeMint, Newt Gingrich, Bobby Jindal, Bob McDonnell, Ron Paul, Mitt Romney, Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum and John Thune.

This year's gala not only will be a chance to hear one of the leaders and intellectual forces behind the conservative movement, but also to share in the celebration of 25 years of fighting the good fight for traditional and family values. Already, more than 900 people have bought tickets to the event (nearing last year's record), and you will want to see for yourself why Congressman Pence is so respected by thousands of conservative grassroots leaders and activists from around the nation.

This very special Family Foundation event, one that will be remembered long after it is over, is Saturday, October 9, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center at 6:30 (5:15 sponsors reception with Congressman Pence). To order your tickets or for sponsorship information, get complete details here, e-mail us at Gala@FamilyFoundation.org, or call The Family Foundation at (804) 343-0010.

See the speech that drove Values Voter Summit attendees to vote Mike Pence its 2012 presidential favorite:

Pence, commonsense and common values: "Those who would have us ignore the battle being fought over life, marriage and religious liberty, have forgotten the lessons of history. As in the days of a house divided, America's darkest moments have come when economic arguments trumped moral principles."

Jim DeMint Learns Putting Principle First Is Praiseworthy Except When You're Conservative

Party or principle? Politicians are between that rock and hard place every time they must make a decision. However, in the mainstream media, the pundit class and to those inside the circles of power in Washington and state capitals — the "ruling class" — there seems to be a double standard for conservatives. It's really peculiar to hear liberal talking heads say what's good for the Republican Party. You hear them scoff when a conservative wins a nomination because, "only a moderate can win in" certain states. What they mean is that in nominating a "moderate" the Dems can't lose. Either their candidate wins, or they get someone who will "reach across the aisle" and help them push through their agenda. It's funny that we never hear about Democrats reaching across the aisle to help usher through conservative legislation.

Although the "ruling class" lionizes most office holders for making decisions based on principle over party, it's really ostensible praise. When a conservative Republican makes such a decision, especially when he shows true courage (in a certain case, being the only one in his caucus to stand up for a certain candidate), he is branded as destructive to the party. 

Thus, the case of Republican U.S. Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina. He is not content to be in a Republican majority because, as he says, he was in one once before and the Republicans "embarrassed" themselves. He wants to be in a conservative majority. According to Senator DeMint, it's not good enough to be Democrat-light. It is an admirable stance but it brings with it the inevitable attacks — from both parties. The Left demonizes him as an extremist while establishment Republicans hammer him as divisive. But if you're not in it for power or to make influential friends, it's amazing how much you can do for your country. Senator DeMint's backing has led to the unheard of defeats of two GOP incumbent defeats in primaries and the victories of several more insurgent conservatives over establishment choices. It gives the lie, as explained yesterday, to the mantra that "conservatives can't win," especially in certain states.

Here's how he explains it in a mash-up from Politico.com:

Republicans "embarrassed themselves in front of the country" the last time they had a Senate majority.

Here's a more in-depth interview (5:09) yesterday on Fox News Channel.

DeMint: "Outside of Washington, Republicans have never been MORE united." While Washington tries to divide us, Americans unite over enduring Judeo-Christian, core American principles.

It Had To Be Said

The Far Left and its mainstream media echo chamber have had a ball this summer with a constant and intentional caricature of the conservative candidates who have defeated moderate Republicans in GOP primaries (see Alexander Burns at Politico.com). It's about time someone stepped forward to fire back a volley of truth. Someone has. Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Jim Demint (R-S.C.) wrote in an e-mail to supporters of the Senate Conservatives Fund, that:

The mainstream media and the elites in Washington say our candidates aren't as electable as unprincipled moderates. They have tried to marginalize them by calling their support for the constitution "extreme" and constantly portraying them as different from the usual politician. Well, compared to the political class in Washington, they are different . . . and that's exactly what this country needs!

Americans believe what's truly "extreme" is a $13 trillion debt, reckless spending, and a lack of commitment to the Constitution. And voters are enthusiastically supporting these conservative candidates because they are authentic leaders with the common sense and faith in our founding principles that is lacking in Washington.

I am just as confident our candidates can win in November as I was that they could win their primaries. Conservative principles transcend political labels and they're attractive to a majority of Americans. It's not about right vs. left, it's about up vs. down and about surviving as a nation vs. losing our greatness.

We can win these races and we can take America back if we're willing to do the hard work that's required.

It had to be said. The actions of the Far Left are increasingly appalling. To distract the public from their own actions and policies that are making America another Greece, they belittle people and demonize them as extremists simply for adhering to constitutional principles. Since when is standing for the constitution "extreme," while violating it — forcing people to buy a product, mandating a certain technology in your home, and spending trillions of dollars in areas not mentioned by the constitution — not extreme? Senator Demint is right: limited government and liberty are universal appeals that no amount of left-wing social engineering and demagoguery of can obfuscate. 

Of course, talk is easy, but Senator Demint is backing it up. He started the Senate Conservatives Fund to back bona fide conservatives, not those bandwagon jumpers who campaign as conservatives because of the prevailing political winds, but then go to Washington and vote with liberals on many issues. These are men and women with proven track records (see list) who get hammered by the establishment of both parties, the special interests, left-wing radicals and the mainstream media in their states. They also have something else in common: They win elections.

It reminds me of a certain former Virginia senator who repeatedly won his Northern Virginia district while trumpeting conservative principles, yet was supposedly was "too conservative" to win statewide. Now he's our attorney general and single handedly taking on the progressive agenda of the President of the United States.

Virginia News Stand: May 6, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations A Goode Two-Pary Man

Former U.S. Representative Virgil Goode not only shocked the political world yesterday, he confused it as well, saying he joined the Constitution Party, but will remain a Republican. A new twist on political double speak?

We can't seem to stay out of the news, which is good. People, including the Mainstream Media, are paying attention to us. Case in point: The Richmond Times-Dispatch's ace capitol reporter, Jeff Schapiro, based the first article linked below largely on an e-mail alert we released yesterday. It's nice to know that even the Mainstream Media knows who to go to to get the pulse of Virginia's conservative movement. On the other hand, we remain a target for others, as Michael Paul Williams takes fruitless aim. But, unlike the old days, we can respond

I encourage you to take a gander at all that's here. It's one of our best News Stands ever, with lots of state news, including a fair interview with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli from WSLS-TV, and the reporter Jay Warren's observations of the AG in his blog. In the "What is our country coming to?" category, check out Phil Klein in Commentary. Some students were sent home from school for wearing USA shirts on Cinco de Mayo. We also have columns from such stars as Michael Barone, who discusses the important elections in Britain; Larry Kudlow on the debt crisis (here and abroad); and Michele Malkin on terrorists gaining U.S. citizenship. 

In National News, U.S. Senator Jim DeMint's (R-S.C.) Senate Conservatives Fund decided to get involved in the Kentucky primary after all, especially have Dr. James Dobson was misled about one candidate's pro-life record. Also, the judge who ruled the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional comes under scrutiny.

On a more uplifting note, we hope you all had a meaningful, thoughtful and reflective National Day of Prayer. We all need it right now.

News

*Top conservative activist sees McDonnell victories, work ahead (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

*Commentary: Cuccinelli flap a sign of religion encroaching on government (Michael Paul Williams/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Ex-Rep. Goode joins a third party, not leaving GOP (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Goode joins 3rd party (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

Goode explains why he joined Constitution Party (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Goode joins Constitution Party (Politico.com)

Louisa social worker to run as Democrat against Cantor (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

AG led food drive: 1.7 million pounds of food donated by Va. lawyers (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

McDonnell wants jobs panel’s recommendations in October (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Gov. McDonnell: Virginia won’t create high-risk health pool (AP/WSLS.com)

Virginia's love-hate relationship with federal spending (Washington Post)

Video

Ken Cuccinelli sits down with WSLS to talk about first 100 days in office (5:03) (WSLS-TV10/WSLS.com)

Analysis

AG Cuccinelli’s first 100 days in office . . . what have we learned? (Jay Warren/Jay's Take Blog WSLS.com)

National News

Ruling won't stop National Day of Prayer this year (CNN.com)

Judge who struck down Day of Prayer criticized (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Obama wants work on immigration reform this year (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Bennett appeals to GOP to let him keep Senate seat (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Consumer rules, Fed audit next on Senate agenda (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Sen. DeMint endorses Paul in US Senate race in Ky. (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Commentary

Banned in the USA (Philip Klein/American Spectator Blog)

A Spend-and-Borrow Debt Mess (Larry Kudlow/GOPUSA.com)

In Downcast Britain, a Pox on All Three Parties (Michael Barone/GOPUSA.com)

The Jihadists' Deadly Path to U.S. Citizenship (Michelle Malkin/GOPUSA.com)

Virginia News Stand: April 19, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations The Mostly All Virginia Edition

Today's News Stand is all Virginia, for the most part. Even The Weekly Standard'sMary Katherine Ham's feature on the use of the Internet by GOP campaigns has a lengthy portion devoted to the expertise in which Governor Bob McDonnell's campaign used new technology to find and target voters. We have a round-up of Tea Party Day across the commonwealth. Commentary also has a Virginia ledger today, with Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's opinion piece making National Review Online.

News

Va. public broadcasting funds in peril (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Roxann Robinson to run for Nixon’s delegate seat (BearingDrift.com)

At UVa, Justice Scalia warns of scholars’ agendas, biases (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

How do LGBT people fare in the area? (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Think tank says Virginia budget raises taxes on poor (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Black Baptist pastors criticize McDonnell’s policies (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Tea-party supporters rally in Richmond (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Hundreds of Tea Party activists rally in downtown Norfolk (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Election plans brewing for Roanoke Tea Party (Roanoke Times)

Tea Party activists sh0w frustration at local rally (Charlottesville Daily Progress

Lynchburg tea partiers sound off on Tax Day (Lynchburg News & Advance)

Cuccinelli: I’m fighting for Constitution (Lynchburg News & Advance)

Cuccinelli opines that taxes and fees can be embedded in the state budget (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

Will Marshall run for U.S. Senate in Va. again? (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

National News

Obama extends hospital visitation rights to same-sex partners of gays (Washington Post)

No hooking up, no sex for some coeds (CNN.com)

Analysis

Tea-party influence could cut two ways (Tyler Whitley/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Tea partiers in two camps: Palin vs. Paul (Politico.com/Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Techno-GOP (Mary Katherine Ham/The Weekly Standard)

Commentary

Unconstitutional Mandate: Virginia’s Obamacare lawsuit is about more than just health care(Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, III/National Review Online)

McDonnell is tarred by missteps (Jeff Schapiro/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Senators Webb And Warner: Virginia's Proud Porkers!

Virginia's two U.S. Senators, Jim Webb and his junior, Mark Warner, (click to contact), despite their protestations to the contrary — and sophistry about being "raging moderates" — proved they are not "fiscal conservatives" when they voted Tuesday night against a modest reform that would have banned earmarks for one year. But when you also have voted for a half-trillion dollars in new taxes and $1 trillion in new spending in a government takeover of the health care industry, what's several billion dollars more? The issue was an amendment by U.S. Senator Jim Demint (R-S.C.) to ban earmarks for one year. House Republicans last week adopted a policy as a caucus that no member would offer an earmark for a year until earmark reform could be worked out. House Democrats followed suit with a vague promise of their own to ban earmarks (but who needs an earmark when you can ram through a trillion-dollar health care takeover), but I digress. The vote was 68-29 against the Demint amendment, with 15 Republicans joining all but four Democrats (see the list) to defeat it. However, it was the first time a majority of Senate Republicans supported the measure. Politico.com reports on the vote here, in an article entitled "The Senate's proud porkers."

So, while their political brethren in Richmond went on a fiscal diet, actually cutting spending down to 2006 levels in the recently passed Virginia budget, Senators Warner and Webb continued to pig out in Washington. Should make them a hit at the annual Virginia Pork Festival in Emporia, should they attend. But some would say the pork festival is in Washington and is an on going affair — with Virginia's two senators among those having the most fun.

Senator Jim Demint asked Congress for a timeout on pork spending. Senators Webb and Warner, though, were having too much fun at the trough to stop.

Repeal It! Update

Last week we reported on a new Web site created by the Club for Growth called Repeal It!, a campaign to encourage citizens, candidates and lawmakers to pledge to their support not only to fight against government-run health care, but to pledge to actively work to repeal it if it  becomes law. Far from a surrender to the inevitable, it is helping fuel the resolve of people nationwide (ahem, see Massachusetts). The Club reports that in the first two days alone, the Repeal It! pledge was signed by 20 members of Congress, 57 House and Senate candidates; and more than 4,300 American citizens. As of this morning, those numbers were 31, 109 and 9,366, respectively.

Early signers included U.S. Senator Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), U.S. Representative Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), and Kentucky U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul (son of former presidential candidate Ron Paul). According to a Club e-mail:

Every major Republican primary candidate in at least five states has signed the pledge, guaranteeing voters in Nevada, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky and Kansas a Repeal It! option in November.

Perhaps most gratifying of all, support for the pledge among pro-growth conservative citizens, candidates, and lawmakers has led to an influx of moderate Republicans signing on. This is exactly how a principle organization like the Club for Growth can drive and define a political message. ...

Just like we do on the state level! It goes to show how important active and persistent engagement is and far it can go in affecting policy (and our lives) for the better. The Repeal It! pledge is a master stroke idea, not surprising from the Club for Growth. It is on the front lines and cutting edge of educating the electorate on free market principles and electing stalwart free market candidates.

Also of interest is Club President (and former Congressman) Chris Chocola's opinion piece on Politico.com (read here). As we wrote last week, too many accept big government after it passes and are content only to trim around the edges, attempt some reform or make it work more efficiently, instead of sticking to the principle of ending and killing off government programs that are not constitutionally grounded. Don't get complacent by one election win (as stunning as it is). After all, Senator-elect Scott Brown isn't a full-fledged conservative. So, we hope you take the time to read Mr. Chocola's commentary and sign the Repeal It! pledge as well, to continue to keep the politicians' feet to the fire and instill in them backbone and vision.

Virginia News Stand: November 6, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations  A Nice Deep Breath

Computer problems hamper today's blog offerings, but I've managed to eek out a News Stand. Wasn't much going on statewide — it's a good time to take a deep politics breath and relax after the last several months. One item of note is that Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli announced his transition plans. Otherwise, we found an article from Politico.com about the robo call Chuck Colson made for us (hear it here) — lil' ol' us in a major national blog like that! We have a few pre-election leftovers and lots of great commentary about the election results from around the country, as well as ongoing health care "reform" coverage. Take it all in . . . and breathe easy . . . for a while, anyway.

News:

*Colson urges vote in VA (Politico.com)

Cuccinelli transition team includes onetime McDonnell legal adversary (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Court order issued to stop review of Beach absentee ballots (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

GOP House gains intensify competition in N.Virginia (Washington Post)

Democrats doubt depths of Amiral's private pockets (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Kaine to teach law, leadership after term (Washington Times)

Long-distance call from Alaska? (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Liberty University students head to the polls (Lynchburg News & Advance)

National News:

Southern Dems cast wary eye over election results (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Democrats' concerns over abortion may imperil health bill (Washington Post)

'Kill the bill' protesters target health care (AP/GOPUSA.com)

House health care vote set for Saturday (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Senate blocks census citizenship question (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Democrats fear triple blow on Election Day (Christian Science Monitor)

Commentary:

Is the Republican Party Going RINO Hunting? (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

Written off by the Media, Republicans Win Big! (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

Wow! Look At What the Establishment 'Republican' Just Did (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

Republican Leaders Seeing the Light and Going Conservative? (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

White House Postelection Arrogance (David Limbaugh/GOPUSA.com)

The Death Of Deliberative Democracy (Michelle Malkin/GOPUSA.com)

Blueprint For GOP Victories (Linda Cahvez/GOPUSA.com)

NY23: What It Meant And What It Didn't Mean (John Ellis/GOPUSA.com)

Better Or Worse? (Thomas Sowell/GOPUSA.com)

A Stomach Ache For Our Sponsor (Brent Bozell/GOPUSA.com)

Virginia News Stand: October 28, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations  No Obama Affect

Looks like there won't be much of an Obama affect in Virginia. Despite at least a month of radio ads, two weeks of television ads, two appearances by Veep Joe Biden, and now a second campaign stop (not to mention all that DNC cash) for Creigh Deeds, four more polls (Rasmussen, SurveyUSA, Public Policy Polling and VCU's Commonwealth Poll) show not just a McDonnell landslide, but an unprecedented GOP landslide sweep. (The only other GOP sweep in Virginia history, in 1997, featured a close lieutenant governor's race won by John Hager over L.F. Payne.) Not that Obama seems to care. His speech in Norfolk was less than Obamaesque and not particularly rousing on the senator's behalf, with deprecating humor about not wearing his tie straight and something about his hair. It seems the best the POTUS could do was call him "not slick." About the last question that remains is whether the pending landslide will result in appreciable Republican gains in the House of Delegates. 

Meanwhile, the media hits keep coming from our Annual Gala Monday night. See the national attention we received from CitizenLink.org in our top story below.

News:

*Gov. Mike Huckabee Speaks at Virginia Gala (CitizenLink.org)

McDonnell's lead grows (Public Policy Polling Blog)

VCU poll gives Bob McDonnell healthy lead (Decision Virginia Blog/NBC12.com)

Polls: Big GOP lead in Va., N.J. tight (Politico.com)

News7 Poll: Republicans hold double digit leads in statewide contests (WDBJ-TV/WDBJ7.com)

Virginia Governor: McDonnell Stretches Lead To 13 (RasmussenReports.com)

Polls: Big GOP lead in Va.; N.J. race tight (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Deeds reaches for 'Obama energy' (Washington Post)

Obama rallies for Deeds in Va. (Washington Times)

At Norfolk rally, Obama urges backers to boost Deeds (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Obama makes pitch for Deeds at Norfolk rally (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

Attorney general rivals are worlds apart despite geographic ties (The Daily Press)

GOP adds $40,000 to Gear's re-election effort (The Daily Press)

Valentine, Garrett rack up campaign donations (Lynchburg News & Advance)

Your voting history could end up in the neighbor's mailbox (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Diradour drops bid to challenge Cantor (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Hate-crimes bill spurs some worry from religious groups (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

National News:

Debating gay marriage (Washington Times)

Virginia News Stand: October 7, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations  Dirty Deeds, Dems In Disarray

If you want state campaign news, scroll to National News. Of course, we have a comprehensive list of articles from Virginia-based papers, but as most anticipated, the national media has taken a great interest in our beloved commonwealth. So, see USA Today, Wall Street Journal, ABCNews.com and Politico.com for the national perspective. When you do, you will see what we and the state press corps has come to see: That even Democrats don't like Creigh Deeds' gubernatorial campaign, from the White House down to Governor Kaine and other liberal electeds at all levels and regions of Virginia. (Deeds isn't cozy with Governor Kaine, now, anyway, so one wonders if his comments aren't a tit-for-tat.)

All this internal Democrat commotion brings us to a time of reminiscence, that first Deeds bumper sticker. What did it say? "Not Words. Deeds"? Or something to that effect. Yes, we have seen his deeds — not just in his big spending, anti-marriage and pro-abortion policies and flip-flops, but also in his terribly negative campaign. So bad, the inevitable has happened — an AC/DC knock-off video. (See it here.) One note of interest on another subject: According to The Daily Press, there are 100,000 fewer voters on Virginia's books this year than last. Hmmm. Why do you think that happened?

News:

Kaine says it's time for Deeds to make case to voters (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Moran Advises Deeds: Give People a Reason to Vote for You (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

McCain, Holtz to rally for McDonnell (Washington Times)

McDonnell talks business during Charlottesville stop (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

BET co-founder apologizes after mocking Deeds' stammer (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Words about Deeds stir a new controversy (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Deeds uses video to swipe at McDonnell (Roanoke Times)

BET co-founder apologizes for mocking Deeds (Washington Times)

State will have fewer voters this November (The Daily Press)

Road Plans Differ in Details, Not Chances (Washington Post)

Term Limits Proposed (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)

Bouchard, Stolle in a rematch for 83rd House District (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Bell, Curren Talk Jobs, Spending (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)

Valentine, Garrett debate voting records (Lynchburg News & Advance)

Longtime incumbent faces familiar foes in 82nd District (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

State senator wants GOP nod for 5th District; Hurt aims to unseat Perriello (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

National News:

White House Steps Back in Virginia Race (Wall Street Journal Online)

Deeds points finger at Washington (Politico.com)

Virginia race seen as referendum on Obama (USA Today)

National Parties Battle in VA and NJ to Set Stage for 2010 (ABCNews.com)

High Court Takes Up Case of Cross on Public Land (FoxNews.com)

Virginia News Stand: October 5, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations  Dems Abandoning Deeds? Surprisingly Close House Race?

Articles of note in today's large News Stand: At the top of the News section, as well as at the top of the National News section, are articles in which leading national Democrats  sound as if Democrat gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds is in the bottom of the ninth, with at least one out. New Jersey is the name of the game, now, they say (see this QOD if you haven't yet).

Meanwhile, Republican attorney general candidate, Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37, Fairfax), was the only one of the six statewide candidates to speak at the traditional Jefferson Assembly at Poplar Forest. (Virginia pols turning down a chance to appear Jeffersonian?) The Richmond Times-Dispatch looks at 10 House of Delegates races that may decide its control. Most interesting, it includes the 69th district race. The 69th is a majority-minority district and is overwhelmingly Democrat. But Republican Ernesto Sampson is giving Democrat Betsy Carr more than she wants.

Aside from campaigns, the Life issue continues to confound liberals, who don't seem to understand that people have a natural instinct to preserve it. First, a new Pew Research poll confirms a Gallup survey earlier this year — support for Life continues to rise. Those supporting abortion are stagnant or falling. See the Analysis section. Then, for all the stereotype of college students being pro-abortion, there are Students for Life groups springing up all over Virginia campuses and around the country. The James Madison University Dukes for Life are profiled in the Harrisonburg Daily News-Record

News:

Schweitzer: Dems Have Better Shot in New Jersey (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

Deeds: From Patching Fence to Straddling It (Washington Post)

McDonnell Tops Deeds On TV Ad Spending (Washington Post)

In cash race, businesses back Va. governor candidate McDonnell (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

RPV Blasts Deeds for GOP-Backed Bill (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

Deeds, McDonnell each claim endorsements (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

DNC giving Deeds additional $1 million (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Politicians stump at Poplar Forest event (Lynchburg News & Advance)

TV ad wars heat up in governor's race (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

House of Delegates control up for grabs (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Gilbert Boosts War Chest With $19K Fundraiser (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)

Newcomers compete for Del. Kenneth Melvin's seat in 80th House district (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

JMU Group Joins Abortion Protest (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)

High court rejects 'Choose Life' plates case (Washington Times)

National News:

Democrats see rise in New Jersey, fade in Va. governors' races (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot/Politico.com)

Same-sex marriage close to D.C. approval (Washington Times)

Analysis:

Support for abortion slips (Pew Research Center for the People & the Press

Poll Check: A Shift on Abortion? (Jon Cohen/Washington Post Behind The Numbers Blog)

Quote Of The Day

From the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot and Politico.com:

When questioned about the Obama factor and the backdrop in which Deeds is running, a top Democrat shot back: "If I were in their shoes and had a candidate who fumbled the tax question and was stupid enough to write an op-ed saying I’m going to raise your taxes, I’d be complaining about [the political environment], too."

New Rasmussen Poll This Afternoon: McDonnell Up 51-42

We're awash in polls right now and the attending controversy they inevitably entail. But a new poll released a few hours ago may shed light on which polls are more accurate — or not (see Politico.com). Rasmussen Reports today released a poll that shows Virginia Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell leading his Democrat opponent, Senator Creigh Deeds, 51-42 (see RasmussenReports.com). Rasmussen's previous poll had the difference at only two percentage points, contributing to the perception of a tightening race. Subsequent polls from the liberal Washington Post (a four-point difference), which has endorsed Deeds, and Public Policy Polling, a Democrat leaning firm, (a five-point difference) confirmed that perception.

Yesterday, however, a SurveyUSA/WDBJ poll had the GOP ticket up by double digits. But it was largely ignored by the Mainstream Media because its results are out of line with the others. Now, the very reputable Rasmussen poll seems as close to the SurveyUSA/WDBJ poll as it does the PPP poll (which one Richmond radio station reported on for a full 24 hours). Furthermore, even the PPP poll has Republican Lt. Governor Bill Bolling and attorney general candidate Senator Ken Cuccinelli up by eight and nine points, respectively, further validating the point of view that the GOP ticket has a significant lead.

Who's right — those who say it's close or those who think the GOP is on its way? We won't know until election day. But Rasmussen does have a track record. According to a testimonial on its Web site, it "produces some of the most accurate and reliable polls in the country today." None other than Virginia politico guru Dr. Larry Sabato said it.

Virginia News Stand: March 31, 2009

The last day of March brings us great news, literally: The governor signed the Choose Life license plate bill and its all over the news, with the Planned Parenthood types all in a snit. Interestingly, they're steamed at Governor Tim Kaine, so much so that he was compelled to say if they want their own plate, they can have it. Exactly! As the author of the Choose Life amendment, Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37, Fairfax), has said, "If pro-abortion groups want a 'Choose Death' plate, fine." So the first five articles today are about "Choose Life" and The Family Foundation is featured in four of them (see articles with *). In other news, the RPV chairman saga drags on, while Delegate Joe Morrissey (D-74, Henrico) has found a unique way to raise campaign cash.

News:

*Kaine Signs Bill Creating 'Choose Life' License Plate (Washington Post)

*DNC chair infuriates abortion backers (Politico.com)

*Kaine elaborates on allowing 'Choose Life' license plates (Richmond Times-Dispatch

*Governor signs bill to create 'Choose Life' license plate (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

Kaine signs off on 'Choose Life' license plates (Washington Times)

Republican Party chairman hires attorneys to fight ouster (Richmond Times-Dispatch

Huckabee campaigns with McDonnell in Roanoke (Richmond Times-Dispatch

Kaine proposes using stimulus money for jobless benefits (Richmond Times-Dispatch

Del. Morrissey sues Style Weekly for $10.35 million (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Virginia News Stand: March 24, 2009

Leftist Worlds Collide, Part Two

Not only are extreme liberals cracking up over each other on issues of birth control vs. the environment, they are whacking at each other on the most biased "news" channel ever to hit a satellite dish. If the Clinton-Obama rivalry is as bad as manifested this week on the air, live, between their MSNBC leftist-talking-point-memorizing-hack-proxies, there may be untold problems on that side of the aisle that are well beyond anyone's comprehension. Talk about dysfunction. Laugh out loud as you read The Politico's account of it all, here.