Virginia News Stand: December 7, 2009Dec 07, 2009
Annotations & Elucidations Ooops. We're Taking You To Court, Instead.
Of all things: The mysterious Know Campaign, which planned on a mass mailing, prior to the election, telling recipients that their neighbors vote, so why don't you? last week told the State Board of Elections it would cooperate with its investigation and disclose who made available to it a Voter Vault list, of which only certain people — including elected officials — have access, but now says it is going to court to block having to supply said information. Hmmm. As Jerry Seinfeld would ask, "Who arrrrrrrre those people?"
Meanwhile, the GOP celebrates, the Dems deliberate and Jeff McWaters will be the new senator from the 8th district. Also, some are floating the idea of ending the car tax reduction to balance the budget. That takes a lot of nerve, but, unfortunately, it's not surprising. Some never can read election results, even when it hits them in the face.
In Analysis and Commentary past and future elections are evaluated, as the Washington Post picks Virginia's own, U.S. Representative Tom Perriello (D-5) as the fifth most likely incumbent/defender of a party's seat, to lose in next year's Congressional elections, and former Governor Doug Wilder explains why Creigh Deeds lost. (Why isn't ever why Bob McDonnell won?) Also, the Richmond Times-Dispatch's Jeff Schapiro takes a look at one of the most powerful men in the General Assembly — Delegate Kirk Cox (R-66, Colonial Heights) — and the many cards he has to play.
McDonnell and GOP celebrate victories (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Victory bash: GOP rallies in Williamsburg (The Daily Press)
Kaine tells Democrats not to dwell on the past (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Deeds thanks Dems, exhorts party to keep fighting (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
End to car tax relief on table to plug budget hole (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
McDonnell watches cash during transition (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
GOP picks McWaters to run for Va. Senate (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Nonprofit sues to avoid disclosing donors (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Spotlight centers on Cox (Jeff Schapiro/Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Change you can count on: Five key districts (Chris Cillizza/Washington Post)
Wilder: Why Creigh Deeds Lost (Doug Wilder/Richmond Times-Dispatch)