Annotations & Elucidations  Overdrive And Life

We're in statewide overdrive, with all three races for statewide office (as expected) going full bore. The week that ended so badly for Democrat gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds got worse over the weekend as he publicly ducked a nationally televised appearance with Republican candidate Bob McDonnell on Fox News Sunday. Moderator Chris Wallace twice noted that Deeds was invited several times and each time refused. This is on top of the debate he ducked last week at Virginia Union University. Additionally, reliably liberal Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Michael Paul Williams piled on Deeds for not securing former Governor Doug Wilder's endorsement and wonders how much of the black vote will turn out for him. Ouch!

Meanwhile, Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb is quoted in the first article in the News section. It's a piece in the Washington Post comparing the candidates' records on social issues.

Nationally, religion and life issues are in the news. One poll finds a dramatic increase in non-religiously affiliated Americans, while a the Alliance Defense Fund reminds the government to stay out of the pulpit. The pro-life issue is back in the news, as the National Right To Life Committee shows how health care "reform" will lead to rationing. In addition, some pro-lifers are concerned about the administration's double standard, and the intimidation they feel, after a murder of an pro-life activist in Michigan.

News:

* How They Voted on God, Guns And Gays (Washington Post)

McDonnell: Plan would boost transportation, avoid education cuts (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

McDonnell hopes to appeal to Va.'s black voters (Washington Times)

Candidates tout successes as Sept. nears end (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Tax fight erupts in Va. governor's race (Washington Times)

Plans for Va.'s economy long on ideas, not details (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Obama proving to be mixed blessing for Deeds (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Deeds pledges to walk tight fiscal line (Washington Times)

Candidate's Wife Pans Attacks (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)

Attorney general race heats up (Charlottesville Daily Progress) 

Landes demands Marrow clarify (Waynesboro News-Virginian)

Fairfax Schools Drop Out Of PTA (Washington Post)

Commentary:

Deeds dropped ball with Wilder (Michael Paul Williams/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Video:

Deeds Ducks McDonnell (again) and Wallace (:46) (Fox News Sunday/YouTube.com)

 

Who has ever heard of a politician passing up free air time? Chris Wallace can't figure it out either.

National:

Dramatic increase in Americans declaring no religions (AP/OneNewsNow.com)

Getting the gov't out of the pulpit (OneNewsNow.com)

Fear grows among pro-life activists (OneNewsNow.com)

Funding — a major factor in viable healthcare reform (OneNewsNow.com)

Republican says Dems ignoring health care concerns (AP/OneNewsNow.com)