Virginia News Stand: October 29, 2009Oct. 28, 2009
Annotations & Elucidations Military Shafted Again By Virginia Registrars
We lead off with another mention of The Family Foundation by a national organization (American Family Association). State and national media have paid a lot of attention to us recently for a variety of good reasons. This time, about our voter guides for the November 3 election. Additionally, our very own Victoria Cobb was interviewed by Richmond's NBC12 yesterday in response to the "Hate Crimes Bill" President Obama signed into law, but unfortunately, it has yet to post it on its Web page. (If this bill was so important, why did it have to be attached to the Defence Appropriations Bill?)
Speaking of the military, NBC12 does an excellent job reporting on 16 Virginia localities which again failed to mail on time (in violation of state law) military personnel their absentee ballots. In a sign that it's just as well it didn't post Victoria's video, the video of the absentee ballot report won't post here, but we have the link to it. This incompetence has not gone unnoticed as concerned citizens and military families rallied outside the State Board of Elections.
Meanwhile, back on the campaign trail, it was desperate enough of Democrat attorney general candidate, Delegate Steve Shannon to call his Republican opponent, Senator Ken Cuccinelli, a racist last week because of his 10th Amendment support, but now he's a gay basher of sorts. Really, Delegate Shannon. Show some grace. If Senator Cuccinelli was all those things, why have you accepted dinner invitations at his home?
Military absentee ballots mailed late (transcript and video) (WWBT-TV/NBC12.com)
GOP headliners hopscotch Virginia for McDonnell (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Romney makes pitch for McDonnell at Virginia Beach lunch (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Giuliani stumps for McDonnell (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
McDonnell critics question ideology (Washington Post)
Deeds, McDonnell have similar blueprints for state's economy (The Daily Press)
Shannon criticizes Cuccinelli remarks on policies toward gays (Washington Post)
Cuccinelli is no libertarian (Augusta Free Press)
Democrats pour money into 6th race (Roanoke Times)
Trible uses CNU letterhead to raise money for Hamilton (The Daily Press)
Nonprofit halts planned mailing of voting history (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Can you shame people into voting? (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
After 10-year dispute, expansion of hate crimes law to gays signed (Washington Post)
Virginia News Stand: October 8, 2009Oct. 08, 2009
Annotations & Elucidations The Late And Washington Post Poll Edition
The big news was from the Washington Post this afternoon, when it releases its latest poll showing all three Republicans — Bob McDonnell, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling and Senator Ken Cuccinelli — leading their respective races for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general by nine points. The other big news today concerning the statewide races is that Cuccinelli's opponent for attorney general, Democrat Delegate Steve Shannon, tried to emulate his gubernatorial ticket mate Creigh Deeds in question dodging (see Tertium Quids below). Who does it better? You watch. You decide.
Other than that, the debt is at third world levels, the CBO says BaucusCare is nearly as expensive, the Supreme Court hears a religious liberty case, and a more ineffective "jobs programs" is on its way. The good news is that we have some superior insights from Larry Kudlow, Michelle Malkin, Bobby Eberle, Michael Barone and Lisa Fabrizio on ObamaCare, his Olympic flame-out and political weakness, and how to create real and plenty jobs.
McDonnell Widens Lead in Virginia Governor's Race (Washington Post)
WaPo Poll: McDonnell, Bolling, Cuccinelli all +9 (Tertium Quids Blog)
Democrats beg Deeds for positive message (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Democrats vowing to hold strong in fight for governor (Northern Virginia Daily)
Deeds avoids Obama, embraces Warner (Washington Times)
Videos Highlight Dueling Images (Washington Post)
Meanwhile, at the AG Debate . . . (Tertium Quids Blog)
Delegates candidates speak at Henrico forum (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Contrasting Candidates Enter Final Month In Race For House Of Delegates (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)
Hurt will seek GOP nomination to challenge Perriello (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Sharp debate at high court over cross on US land (AP/GOPUSA.com)
CBO: Budget deficit triples to record $1.4T in 2009 (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Health bill would cost $829B, cover 94 percent (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Bill increases spending on food stamps, nutrition (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Lawmaker: Cost of presidential copter tripled (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Obama huddles with Democratic leaders over jobs (AP/GOPUSA.com)
The Mundell-Laffer Solution (Larry Kudlow/GOPUSA.com)
Weak Himself, Obama Draws Strength From Bush (Michael Barone/GOPUSA.com)
O-lympics (Lisa Fabrizio/GOPUSA.com)
Couldn't the 'Men in White Coats' Just Take Obama Away? (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)
Spin Doctors For Obamacare (Michelle Malkin/GOPUSA.com)
Obama's 'No I in Team Syndrome (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)
Now, It's Shannon's TurnOct. 08, 2009
We know why the three Democrat candidates for statewide office are reluctant to debate, even though they are behind in the polls — they either don't know their own positions (see Creigh Deeds tax and Marriage Amendment videos) or don't know much about the job they are seeking (see Jody Wagner video). Now it's Delegate Steve Shannon's turn to show his incompetence as he seeks election to attorney general, Virginia's second most important office. Tuesday, we commented on a debate he and his Republican attorney general opponent, Senator Ken Cuccinelli, had on WTOP-AM in Washington, D.C. It didn't go well for Shannon, then. Last night, in Prince William County, it got worse. Also, again, it wasn't broadcast. But we do have the magic of YouTube and, with his performance, Shannon might become a bigger video celebrity than Deeds, whose tax video has been seen by 50,000-plus people.
In the video, Senator Cuccinelli asks Delegate Shannon to name the divisions within the attorney general's office and their functions. Shannon doesn't know! He says it's a gotcha question, as if not knowing the structure of the commonwealth's law firm is a trivial matter, and refuses to answer! (Hear the derisive laughs from the audience.) Does he think the governor doesn't have to know how many cabinet departments there are, or their functions?
At the end, you can hear Delegate Shannon tell a reporter, "It's been a bad week . . . for Ken." If polls showing his opponent up by double digits is his idea of bad, no wonder he thinks he answered the question!
You May Want To Listen To This: AG Debate Link And AnalysisOct. 06, 2009
Last week, the candidates for attorney general, Republican Senator Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Delegate Steve Shannon, both of Fairfax, had only their second debate and the first that was broadcast — but only on Washington radio station WTOP-AM. (Democrat debate ducking has been taken to a whole new level this year.) What's particularly perplexing is the lack of coverage the media has affored the few debates that have taken place in any of the three statewide races, especially given the media's endless pontificating about elections and issues versus slick and negative advertising. (With only a handful of debates, it sure doesn't take a lot to cover them, either.) Yet, three candidates repeatedly refuse to debate (despite being well behind in the polls) and, when there is one, it is not on statewide television.
But we did have that one AG debate on WTOP's The Politics Program with Mark Plotkin (listen here). The highlight seems to be Delegate Shannon's "I am a pro-business, law and order centrist," comment when, in fact, he has a 100-percent AFL-CIO voting record (see AFL-CIO here) and has received nearly $150,000 in campaign contributions from big labor during his six years in the General Assembly — $120,000 of which has come during his attorney general run (see VPAP.org).
What makes the statement even more astonishing is that Delegate Shannon attended a seminar in mid-September in Annapolis, Md., put on by the Democrat Attorneys General Association, that taught attorneys general how to sue companies into achieving liberal, extremist environmental policies not won through the legislative process. A suit-filing, job-killing AG. Now that's business friendly.
As if that wasn't enough, when it was Delegate Shannon's turn to ask the one question each candidate was allowed to ask of the other, he asked Senator Cuccinelli about global warming and "cap and trade." If this is so important, why do Delegate Shannon's television ads stress Internet predators?
Instead, he wants to sue employers into closing down, such as the MeadWestvaco plant in Creigh Deeds' own senate district. Read here what company Vice President Mark George wrote in an op-ed about the affect "cap and trade" would have on its Alleghany factory. It's liberal strategy to redefine terms (marriage comes to mind), but instead of coming down the middle, Delegate Shannon comes right down Leftist Lane.
BREAKING: WDBJ/SurveyUSA Poll Shows GOP Ticket Up By Double DigitsSep. 29, 2009
A new statewide poll by SurveyUSA for Roanoke television station WDBJ (see here) released tonight shows Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell leading his Democrat opponent Creigh Deeds by a 55-41 percent margin. This is in keeping with all other recent polls that show McDonnell ahead, but differs significantly in its margin. Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, seeking re-election, leads his Democrat opponent Jody Wagner by a 54-41 margin, and Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37, Fairfax) leads Delegate Steve Shannon (D-35, Fairfax) by 53-42 percent in the attorney general campaign. Four percent remain undecided in the governor's race while five percent are undecided in the other two.
Here's the WDBJ video report:
Dems, Deeds Dis Hispanic Voters In Richmond?Sep. 28, 2009
Here are two photos that tell a story to which I was a witness. It's a story about the Richmond City Republican Committee, a small, but aggressive organization, and its Democrat counterpart, a large organization, that runs much of the city's political machinery. From the get-go of last Saturday's Que Pasa Festival, Richmond's largest Hispanic cultural event and party, the Richmond GOP was active putting up and distributing signs (in Spanish and English), handing out stickers and literature, and manning a booth, among other activities. The city Dems, up until 1:00 p.m. (an hour into the event), were pretty much M.I.A. A couple of college student-looking lads showed up around 12:45 and walked around with clipboards and not doing much else. At 1:00 they had a table stocked and somewhat staffed (the photo below was at 12:30). Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell and Republican attorney general candidate, Senator Ken Cuccinelli attended the event as well, and worked the crowd which received them warmly as city committee members followed them handing out stickers and information, and pointing out local media. To his credit, Democrat A.G. candidate Delegate Steve Shannon showed up for a while later in the day. But the city Dems (who left an hour early after showing up late), and their standard bearer, who claim to stand for so many minorities, seem to have taken the Richmond Hispanic vote for granted.
The moral of the story: Those who stereotypically report that one party or another writes off certain voters may be correct, but it may not be the one they claim — at the very least, the Richmond city GOP showed they don't take anyone for granted (and not for the first time). Might the Richmond Dems be doing what they accuse Republicans of doing?
(Admin's note: The pictures and "scoop" here was going to be an exclusive, but I waived my claim, and other blogs may have picked this up over the weekend.)
Apoyamos McDonnell, Bolling y Cuccinelli. Ready, willing and able. An underdog Richmond GOP took on its bigger opponent on their own turf.
Excuse me, anyone home? I'm looking for some Deeds material? Perhaps Wagner?
Quote Of The DayFeb. 20, 2009
Just a few minutes ago, on the House floor, Delegate Frank Hargrove (R-55, Hanover), on the debate on making the Eastern Box Turtle the state reptile, whose Latin species and sub-species name both include "Terrapene (Terrapin) Carolina," and which is the state reptile for North Carolina:
"Why would we make one of these things our state reptile when at the first sign of trouble it shrinks back into its shell — and we run over them on our roads all the time anyway!"
And later, from Delegate Steve Shannon (D-35, Fairfax), sensing growing resistance for the bill from the ribbing his colleagues couldn't resist giving him:
"I will remind the body that this is a Senate bill. ... Yesterday Delegate Bulova carried it. Today I drew the short straw."
The bill failed 28-69.