Virginia News Stand: September 28, 2009Sep. 28, 2009
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.
* 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)
Deeds dropped ball with Wilder (Michael Paul Williams/Richmond Times-Dispatch)
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.
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)
Two For Traffic Congestion Two: Hampton Roads Chamber Of Commerce Endorses McDonnellSep. 25, 2009
The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce officially endorsed Bob McDonnell today giving the Republican candidate for governor the endorsements of the business communities of the two most traffic congested regions of Virginia. Jim Nolan of the Richmond Times-Dispatch has it here. Along with former Governor Doug Wilder's tax increases are "not leadership," non-endorsement of fellow Democrat Creigh Deeds, it looks as if it's advantage McDonnell in the transportation debate. Despite the stereo-type that chambers of commerce are some type of conservative monolith, as Bill Pascoe points out on CQPolitics' In The Right Blog, the Fairfax Chamber, for example, has been very friendly to Mark Warner over the years. In fact, the whole myth of "business being conservative" needs to be exploded. Business is for business, whether it gets its way via free markets or government assistance. (Who was among the most fervent property rights reform opponents? Who typically is for taxes increases for roads for their commercial developments?)
In this case, in this economic condition, they understand — confiscating wealth is no way to create it. Without people keeping their hard-earned money, there's no transportation. So, the people who know their region's problems best seem to favor McDonnell's no-tax approach to transportation problem solving.
Virginia News Stand: September 25, 2009Sep. 25, 2009
Annotations & Elucidations The Non-Endorsement Edition
The news is just as Doug Wilder likes it — about him. It's practically sucked out the news cycle any mention of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce endorsement of Bob McDonnell and the Virginia Fraternal of Police endorsement of the entire GOP ticket. The latter merited a picture and a sentence in today's Richmond Times-Dispatch, buried in an article all about Our Doug's announcement. Even the New York Times wrote about it! Elsewhere, Jody Wagner continues to miscalculate and delegate races are heating up. Oh, and surprise! The VEA is attacking Bob McDonnell.
Wilder on Deeds: That's not 'leadership' (Washington Times)
Wilder declines to endorse Deeds (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Former governor refrains from endorsing Deeds (Roanoke Times)
Wilder Declines to Endorse Anyone for Governor (Washington Post)
Governor candidates spar over economic plans (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Virginia Teachers Union Blasts McDonnell in TV Ads (Washington Post)
Bolling, Wagner clash over rules of debate, Va. Budget (Northern Virginia Daily)
Landes, Marrow Get Personal (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)
Lesinski criticizes Gilbert for failing to create more jobs (Northern Virginia Daily)
GOP Takes Page From Democrats in N.Va. House Races (Washington Post)
Wilder Balks at Endorsing Deeds in Va. Race (New York Times The Caucus Blogs)
Two Groups of Women Help Put the Race Into Focus (Jennifer Agiesta and Sandhya Somashekhar/Washington Post)