The Daily Press’s Shad Plank blog calls this video released by GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli an “attack” ad. No one questions the facts imparted in the video. The outlets which have been covering Democrat candidate Terry McAuliffe’s less than open departure from GreenTech certainly don’t share a reputation for conservative or Republican bias. They include Politico, the Washington Post, and the Associated Press.
for Wilmington, DE
Partly cloudy skies during the morning giving way to a few showers late. High 67F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Showers developing late tonight with the possibility of a thunderstorm. Low 51F. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%.
for Salisbury, MD
Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High 77F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph.
Cloudy skies with a few showers after midnight. Low 61F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.
for Cape Charles, VA
Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. Very warm. High 83F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.
Some clouds and possibly an isolated thunderstorm late. Low 67F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
for Wilmington, DE
Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. High 84F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Isolated thunderstorms early, then mainly cloudy after midnight. Low around 60F. Winds W at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
for Salisbury, MD
A mix of clouds and sun. Very warm. High 84F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Clear to partly cloudy. Low 62F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph.
for Cape Charles, VA
Sunshine and clouds mixed. Very warm. High 88F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Mainly clear skies. Low 64F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
RICHMOND, VA –
Presumptive Democrat nominee for the Virginia governor, Terry McAuliffe, appears to have ended his ties with electric car company GreenTech. While McAuliffe submitted his resignation as chairman on December 1, 2012, the information was not made public until last Friday.
“Terry McAuliffe’s walking away as chairman of GreenTech Auto undercuts what was supposed to be his chief qualification for office,” said Cuccinelli spokeswoman Anna Nix.
“His sudden and shady resignation exposes the fact that all the hype and fanfare was nothing more than smoke and mirrors for a business that has always been more about keeping McAuliffe in the headlines than creating jobs.”
McAuliffe’s campaign claims that his resignation was motivated by his commitment to running for governor.
for Wilmington, DE
Sun and clouds mixed. Warm. High 74F. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
Partly cloudy skies this evening. A few showers developing late. Low 59F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
for Salisbury, MD
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 74F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Partly cloudy this evening with more clouds for overnight. Slight chance of a rain shower. Low 58F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
for Cape Charles, VA
Partly cloudy. High 77F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.
A few passing clouds. Low near 60F. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph.
MITT’S ROMNEY’S EGO COULD COST OUR NATION DEARLY
Despite a lack of economic growth and continuing unemployment, President Barack Obama continues to run even with GOP nominee Mitt Romney in the polls. Can Romney pull ahead and take the White House from the second coming of Jimmy Carter? We hope so. Deposing Barack Obama will certainly be better for the nation and our economy. Will he?
It is almost certain that the race will be decided in a few key states: Virginia, Ohio, and Florida to name a few. Polling is expected to be tight. Why then did the Romney campaign choose to throw away the potential support of libertarian leaning conservatives at the recent Republican National Convention? By passing rules which are arrogant at best, despotic at worst, movement conservatives, Tea Partiers, and Paulistas are seriously questioning the wisdom of voting Romney / Ryan on November 6th. Many of these same activists are just as, if not more, furious over the Romney campaign’s decision to strip legally elected Ron Paul delegates of their credentials to prevent Paul’s name from being placed in nomination.
In Delaware we could also see viable candidates like state senate candidate Ernest Lopez fall in a close race because of Romney’s actions (Lopez, like Romney, is viewed as an “establishment Republican”). In Virginia, former governor and senator George Allen could pay the cost of Romney’s folly. It is ironic that Dan Bongino could benefit from the active participation of disaffected conservatives in Maryland. Unfortunately, Maryland is not likely to overthrow Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) any more than it is likely to give its 10 electoral votes to Mitt Romney.
If Romney loses any of these swing states by a few thousand votes, he can blame no one but himself. Sending Ron Paul supporters to Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson or Constitution candidate Virgil Goode could cost Romney and this nation mightily. Keeping them within the GOP fold would have cost his campaign nothing other than showing them the respect they are do.
Our view is simple – do what is best for the country and vote Mitt Romney. In four years liberty loving conservatives can reevaluate. Objectively there is no question – Mitt Romney would make a better president than Barack Obama. Working hard for candidates, and letting them know that you are supporting them and NOT the GOP, is the best message you can send. Merely sitting on your hands and hoping for what might have been is not serving your country; it simply helps extreme leftist Democrats to maintain effective control.
RICHMOND, VA – Presumptive GOP VP nominee Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will return to the Richmond area on Friday. Ryan will host a Victory Rally at Deep Run High School in Glen Allen at 11 AM. Gov. Bob McDonnell and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling plan to attend.
The event is free and anyone wishing to attend should RSVP online. The doors will open at 9 AM.
DANVILLE, VA – Joe Biden, the man that was supposed to help give Barack Obama gravitas, the human gaffe machine, is at it again. On a campaign stop in VIRGINIA, he told the voters – “WITH YOU, WE CAN WIN NORTH CAROLINA AGAIN!”
We can expect the mainstream media to levy any possible attack against Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Will they ever give equal time to a President who doesn’t know how many states there are in the union or a V.P. that doesn’t have a clue where he is?
H/T – JR Hoeft @ Bearing Drift
RICHMOND, VA – Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has filed a friend of the court brief on behalf of Virginia and thirteen other states in Maryland’s appeal of a federal district court ruling in Woollard v. Gallagher. The district court ruled that Maryland’s requirement that citizens show a “good and substantial reason” when applying for a concealed carry permit violates an individual’s second amendment rights. Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, who opposes individual gun rights, is appealing the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Cuccinelli’s brief argues that Maryland’s "good and substantial reason" requirement to obtain a handgun carry permit for self-defense outside of the home "impinges on the constitutional rights of its citizens."
The brief also argues that Maryland cannot justify the broad restriction because it has "less-restrictive alternatives" available to address safety concerns, and argues that research shows "right-to-carry laws do not result in criminal violence."
ASHLAND, VA – Fresh off the announcement of conservative Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as his running mate, presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney appeared to endorse Virginia lieutenant governor Bill Bolling for governor in 2013. After being informed that Bolling was not the only Republican in the race, Romney was forced to backpedal on his statement.
“And we’re counting on you to make sure that when [Governor] Bob McDonnell retires — I know this one-term thing is an unusual thing in Virginia — we want to make sure to have a Republican take his place,” Romney told the overflow crowd he addressed after the main rally. “There are a couple of guys in the race. I love them both. I want to see one of those guys take his place.”
Bolling is being challenged for the 2013 nomination by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli is a hero among tea party and “values” voters. These are the very groups that Romney hopes to mobilize with his VP pick.
Bolling was the first statewide official to endorse Romney’s candidacy.
NORFOLK, VA – In a few minutes,
on the deck of beside the USS Wisconsin, presumptive GOP nominee and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will announce that Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) will be his pick to be the next Vice President of the United States.
Contrasting an Obama administration which is the first in history to fail to submit a budget, Ryan is the chairman of the House Budget Committee and the author of a plan to scale back the size of the federal government and reduce the country’s crippling national debt.
from Paul Ryan’s speech:
President Obama … “cares more about their next election than the next generation.”
“We look at one another’s success with pride … not resentment”.
“Our rights come from nature and God, NOT the government.”
“We promise equal opportunity, not equal outcomes”.
Our friends at Bearing Drift have called it. The Virginian-Pilot has run a front page story about it. Will Virginia governor Bob McDonnell be Mitt Romney’s pick for Vice President?
I sure hope not. Such a move would be bad for the nation … and for the Commonwealth.
A formerly great leader, in the conservative Virginia tradition, McDonnell has displayed a series of character flaws since becoming discussed as a potential Vice Presidential nominee. Bluntly, McDonnell has suffered from “Eric Cantor syndrome” – the willingness to do or say nearly anything to further one’s political career or chances.
When McDonnell was named chairman of the RNC platform committee, that should have been the key signal that he was no longer in the running. Unfortunately, McDonnell and his supporters seemed to double down on their hopes. If Mitt Romney names his running mate in the next few days, we can only hope that McDonnell will reflect and attempt a return to principle and moderately conservative governance.
McDonnell and his advisors need only look at this year’s Senate race to see what happens when a politician waivers from their core principles or allows ambition to take precedence.
George Allen IS the greatest Virginia governor of my lifetime. After reforming the state government and setting a standard for all successors to follow, Allen went to Washington but seemed to be more concerned with “getting along” than changing America. Allen was expected to launch a bid for the White House in 2008. George just forgot one thing … he needed to get re-elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006. Assembling a campaign team with “national experience”, Allen lost his seat to Jim Webb and ended all hopes of a presidential bid.
Ambition is a good thing; if it motivates you in the right direction. George Allen had to learn that lesson the hard way. We hope that Bob McDonnell can learn from the mistakes of others, as well as his own recent mistakes, and move forward in a positive, principled direction.
WASHINGTON – Broadcasters in Maryland are green with envy as Virginia and DC market stations are rolling in newly found revenue thanks to Virginia being a swing state. In the Hampton Roads market it seems you can’t flip the channel without coming across a Romney, Obama, Allen, Kaine, or Super PAC ad. We can only assume that this applies to the rest of the Commonwealth as well. The latest example – a $7.2 buy from Crossroads GPS targeting former governor and Democrat Senate hopeful Tim Kaine:
Just like his pal Barack Obama, Kaine’s comeback is that his record shouldn’t be scrutinized, instead he encourages the media to focus on his opponent – former governor and senator George Allen.
RICHMOND, VA – The State Board of Elections (SBE) has decided not to pursue allegations of voter fraud against the George Soros – funded Voter Participation Project. The SBE received numerous complaints when mailings from the Washington-based group began arriving addressed to already-registered voters, as well as to children, non-citizens, the deceased and family pets.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – Paul Hirschbiel, Democratic challenger for Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District seat, has launched his first commercial. Entitled “Teacher”, the ad focuses on Hirschbiel’s commitment to public education.
Hirschbiel is challenging freshman incumbent Rep. Scott Rigell (R-VA). Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District includes Virginia’s Eastern Shore.
DOVER, DE – Delaware’s Department of Education has finalized its teacher evaluation plan for the coming school year. As a requirement for its federal “Race to the Top” money, student progress must be a component. Delaware claims that its standardized test scores will be a component for teachers of math and reading. What isn’t clear is if the scores will be a true evaluation component or simply bureaucratic “sleight of hand” as in Maryland.
Earlier we had reported that Virginia was implementing a plan in which student progress would be used for 40% of a teacher’s evaluation. We received comment that Maryland was using “student progress” for 50% of a teacher’s evaluation. Delaware’s plan appears similar.
There is one major difference between the Virginia approach and that undertaken in Maryland (and presumably Delaware). In Virginia, a poor evaluation could lead to a teacher’s contract not being renewed. In Maryland it will be only a theoretical possibility that a poor teacher will not have his or her contract renewed because of a lack of student progress.
It should be noted that “progress” is the key word here. Teachers of poor students should not be penalized because they didn’t turn their students into intellectual giants. However, parents (and the public) have a right to expect progress.
According to the Daily Record:
Maryland lost 4.71 percent, or 6,494, of its small businesses from 2007 to 2010, a decrease that one fiscal policy group chalks up to the state’s tax increases.
The difference between the tax policies, and the flight of capital and jobs, was recently highlighted on the Fox Business Channel:
A key statistic – Virginia ranks as the 7th best place to do business. Maryland? 40th. While both states depend heavily on federal dollars, Virginia actively courts business – small and large. Maryland actively drives businesses away.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – An article published in the Virginian-Pilot provides frightening insight into the current state of Mr. Jefferson’s university and Mr. Batten’s newspaper. Readers are told that giving to the University of Virginia doubled after the Board of Visitors reinstated president Teresa A. Sullivan. Bob Sweeney, the university’s senior vice president for development and public affairs, wants us to believe that the four days between Sullivan’s reinstatement and the end of June was an adequate sample size to imply Sullivan coming back is the impetus for increased giving compared to the previous 16 days (between Sullivan’s forced ouster and her reinstatement). How is that for poor scholarship? Did Sweeney ever take an introductory statistics course?
As for the Virginian-Pilot, and the AP, they should know better. In fact, it appears that they did; but published the article anyway. Here is the closing paragraph:
It’s unclear how long the temporary boost following Sullivan’s reinstatement will last. Fundraising totals for July are not available yet and Sweeney said July and August are typically slow months.
How’s that for hedging one’s bets? If giving in July and August are down, it’s because they are “slow months”. If giving is up, I’m sure that Sullivan’s minions will giver her all of the credit.
We have no opinion as to Ms. Sullivan’s performance. We also have to be careful in assessing the actions of Rector Helen Dragas and cheerleaders such as Paul Tudor Jones (our opinion of both is decidedly negative). Yet, Dragas and alumni such as Jones made compelling arguments for Sullivan’s dismissal. Now Sullivan is clearly put her PR machine into action. Regardless of her future performance, Sullivan is all but untouchable.
There is only one clear winner in this ongoing debacle – Sullivan. Virginia governor Bob McDonnell played the fool by intervening in this matter and then re-appointing Dragas immediately after Sullivan’s reinstatement. Dragas and the visitors who forced Sullivan to resign showed that they cared more about a prestigious appointment than the university they claimed to love. We only hope that the current and future students of UVA don’t suffer because of the ego and folly of a few.
Today the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will default on a $5.5 billion payment to the federal government to cover retiree health benefits. In September they will default on another payment of $5.65 billion. The federal government would like you to believe that the cause of the postal service’s decline is due to the internet. I wish that were the case.
The USPS, once a department of the federal government and now a quasi-governmental agency, can only blame its “benefactors” in Washington for its demise. Sure, the internet and cultural changes have impacted demand for the the USPS’s bread and butter first class mail service. Myriad other “businesses” have faced similar challenges over the last 25 years. Some have risen to the challenge and thrived. Others have gone the way of the buggy whip.
RICHMOND, VA – Four years ago Virginians saw ACORN and its affiliates deluge Virginia registrars with falsified voter registration forms. Of course, it was an “honest mistake” made by a few “overzealous canvassers”.
Move forward to 2012. Instead of ACORN, it’s the Voter Participation Center. Who are they tied to? According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, they are hooked up with MoveOn.org, an organization slightly to the left of the Communist Party USA.
Mitt Romney is a bad guy because his campaign dares to ask questions about the registration of questionable voters. AG Ken Cuccinelli is a bad man because his office dares to respond to a valid complaint filed by Romney for America. You’re a bad person too if you actually believe that the voting process should be secure and only legitimate voters (you know – citizens, those not convicted of a felony, etc.) should be able to cast a ballot.
Welcome to Obama’s Amerika.
RICHMOND, VA – Gov. Bob McDonnell has announced that Virginia will finish fiscal year 2012 with a $129.2 million surplus. This is the third year in a row that the Commonwealth has finished in the black. FY 2011 ended with a $544.8 million surplus. FY 2010 had $403 million of revenues in excess of expenses.
Source – Richmond Times-Dispatch
SALISBURY, MD – We are constantly told that Salisbury city government is unique because of its ineptitude. Really?
Let’s go a few hours south to the city of Chesapeake, VA. In this sprawling city almost ten times larger than Salisbury, the Virginian-Pilot has been examining the cost overruns at a newly constructed jail. City Council was never notified until AFTER the money had been expended.
The reasoning being this abuse of the taxpayer? The city manager and his staff didn’t have a “mechanism” to adequately inform council. Ever heard of email?
No, the problem doesn’t lie with Salisbury. The problem lies with a seemingly lazy press in the Once Free State. I may not like the editorial policies of papers like the Virginian-Pilot, the Daily Press, or the Richmond Times-Dispatch, but they report the news. In Salisbury the press stayed silent while their pals in city government handed out millions in developer reimbursements and approved every cost overrun on the WWTP. Yet, Mayor Barrie Tilghman and council members like Mike Dunn, Gary Comegys, and Lynn Cathcart were held up by the press as paragons of virtue.
Who are the bad guys? People like Joe Albero for reporting this information; and elected officials like Debbie Campbell because they dared to ask questions.
Shame on them. I guess the people of Salisbury would prefer a system like Chesapeake’s.
NORFOLK, VA – We’re always told that more taxpayer dollars must be spent on public education. “It’s for the children!” is the mantra that was turned into a punch line during the administration of former President Bill Clinton. Yet, using data as to whether or not a student actually learned when evaluating teachers was anathema, until now. Starting this fall, up to 40% of a Virginia teacher’s evaluation will be based on whether or nor a student has actually progressed during the year.
It’s about time! It would be great if states like Maryland actually learned a lesson. Sadly, when the teachers’ unions are the biggest lobbyists in Annapolis, parents shouldn’t get their hopes up.
WASHINGTON – While incumbent President Barack Obama continues to hold on to a virtual tie with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, he lags further and further behind in voters’ views of his handling of the economy. Currently Romney holds (nationally) a 3 – 1 lead among voters in this area.
Voters invested a lot in Barack Obama in 2008. He was young, vital, and the first serious African-American candidate for president. Yet, voters continue to pull away from Obama despite heavy spending on ads attacking Romney.
In the key swing state of Virginia it seems you can’t watch television for more than 20 minutes without seeing at least one Obama ad, almost all of them negative. Yet the Washington Post, hardly a mouthpiece for the Romney campaign, reports that the race for Old Dominion voters is a tie.
Never to lose an opportunity to spin negative about Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli, the Washington Post has reported that Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling leads Cuccinelli in fundraising for the 2013 GOP gubernatorial nomination battle. True enough. Bolling is ahead … for now.
Here’s what the WaPo neglects to tell you:
- The nomination will now be decided by a convention; not a primary. Cuccinelli’s strong appeal among conservative GOP activists heavily favors a victory for the incumbent Attorney General.
- Bolling’s current fundraising advantage will melt away as contributors realize that Bolling’s chances of victory has gone the way of buggy whips and the Edsel.
- Even if Bolling maintains a money advantage, short of promising to pay for registration fees and hotel rooms, it’s difficult to buy the kind of support needed to win a convention (unless your opponent is flat broke). Primaries can be bought with expensive, usually negative, media campaigns. Grassroots activism is tougher to come by.
- The list goes on …
Granted, nothing is a sure thing. That said, Cuccinelli is the voice of the conservative, activist wing of Virginia’s GOP. The liberal media tried to dismiss Cuccinelli in 2009 and hope to do so again in 2013.
CAPE CHARLES, VA – Virginia governor Bob McDonnell has appointed Northampton County Supervisor and businessman Willie Randall to the Virginia State University Board of Visitors. Randall is a 1976 graduate of VSU. After retiring from a 20 year career in the U.S. Army, Randall opened the Exmore office of the Edward Jones Investments.
"In this position, I will have an opportunity to give back to the university that gave so much to me," said Randall on Tuesday.
"I want to thank the governor for having confidence in me and for appointing me to this position. I look forward to helping this great university and my alma mater to shape the future of education."
While Scranton, PA has been forced to reduce city worker salaries to minimum wage and San Bernadino, CA is the latest city to file for bankruptcy, cities and counties on the Delmarva peninsula continue to behave as if economic reality will never cross the Chesapeake Bay or jump the C&D canal. As the population ages and more Delmarva taxpayers rely on fixed incomes, no municipality seems willing to acknowledge that future pension and medical costs simply cannot be funded forever. Nowhere is this more obvious than in Wicomico County.
In 2011 the Wicomico County Council passed County Executive Rick Pollitt’s “early retirement” plan. Under this boondoggle certain county employees have received larger pensions than they would have otherwise received. In addition, others (such as the county’s former Public Information Officer) will receive lifetime medical benefits after only 5 years of service. When this plan was adopted the council promised that they would look into reforming the county’s pension system. While councilman Bob Culver has asked multiple times that the council fulfill their commitment to the voters, a majority has refused.
This year, the Wicomico Council used the Jim Mathias / Norm Conway / Rudy Cane mandated property tax hike to dole out raises to all county employees. These raises increase the county’s future pension liabilities. Maryland county governments are now on the hook for teacher pensions as well.
Pension and retiree medical benefits are the stealth costs which are bankrupting municipalities and crippling local economies across the country. Our local governments don’t wish to address these issues because it’s too easy to ignore the problem and leave it for future generations (and future councils / commissioners) to address. When local governments acknowledge that a problem exists, it can only be fixed by HUGE tax hikes, HEAVY benefit cuts, and often BANKRUPTCY.
These problems are easy to fix NOW. Our local governments should do the responsible thing and ACT NOW. Obviously, the states of Delaware, Maryland, and (and to a less extent) Virginia should act to reform their pension systems as well. Unfortunately, we have no hope that these governments will act responsibly in the near future.
RICHMOND, VA – Mike Baker of the Richmond Times-Dispatch has published an article attempting to argue that Virginia’s new voter ID law will disenfranchise thousands of legal voters while only preventing a relative few fraudulent votes. Such an argument should only persuade those who have adopted belief in the nanny state.
You need an ID to drive to the polls. You need one to cash a check or for literally hundreds of other types of transactions. Yet, we are to believe that if people have to show ID at the polls some atrocity against democracy has been committed.
Of course, if you don’t have an ID you can still cast a provisional ballot. Yes, you have to follow-up by providing proof of identity after the election. On the one hand, leftists and people like Mr. Baker want you to believe that voting is sacred. On the other, they also want you to believe that having to follow-up with your local electoral board is simply too great a burden to carry out this sacred duty.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Sixteen days after forcing the University of Virginia’s first woman president to resign, the Board of Visitors unanimously reinstated Teresa Sullivan. Rector Helen Dragas, who orchestrated Sullivan’s ouster, apologized again to the university community for the way the matter was handled. Dragas admitted that the matter should have been dealt with in a public meeting of the full board. Sullivan’s forced resignation was announced after a vote by a three-member quorum of the board’s executive committee, including Dragas.
ACCOMAC, VA – The Accomack County School Board Selection Commission has rejected the only applicant to a vacant seat on the Accomack County school board. They will re-advertise the position.
Former Nandua High School principal Larry A. Thomas was the sole applicant for a vacancy on the school board for District 7. Al McMath, who has held the seat for 16 years is not eligible for re-appointment because his home is no longer in District 7 after the county completed re-districting. The Selection Commission voted Thomas down by a vote of 3-4.
Thomas, who worked for the Accomack County public schools for 34 years, retired in 2005 in the wake of standardized testing investigation. Nandua High School subsequently lost its accreditation as a result of the investigation.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Mark Kington, Vice Rector of the University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors has submitted his resignation after the board appointed McIntire School of Commerce dean Carl Zeithaml as interim president. The appointment was necessitated by the forced resignation of Teresa Sullivan.
"In order to better serve this university which I love and respect, and to help bring about new leadership on the Board of Visitors at this critical time, I am resigning my position as vice rector and as a board member effective immediately," Kington wrote to Gov. Bob McDonnell. "I believe that this is the right thing to do and I hope that it will begin a needed healing process at the university."
I had a lot of respect for Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling. HAD. Bolling is so desperate to win his party’s nomination for governor in 2013 that he is sinking to levels usually reserved for the most radical Democrat. Hypocrisy, and dishonesty, is of no concern when you want to win an election.
Bolling, who has previously been nominated for the Virginia Senate and for Lt. Governor by convention, now argues that conventions are evil. Because active duty military personnel serving abroad cannot attend a convention, Bolling is NOW crying foul.
Three years ago we had troops serving in Europe, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan, and at other locations throughout the world; just as we do today. Naval personnel are deployed all over the globe. Virginia has a proud tradition of military service, so of course many of those soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines are Virginians. Yet, I don’t recall any such shirt tearing by Bolling when he accepted his party’s nomination for LG in 2009. So why now?
Today the State Central Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV) meets in Richmond. Among the items on their agenda is to change the method of nomination for Governor, Lt. Governor, and Attorney General in 2013 from primary to convention. Last October the State Central Committee opted for a primary. However, the make-up of the committee has changed during this year’s round of District Conventions.
OK, so why does Bolling oppose a convention now?
The conventional wisdom, and one to which Bolling obviously subscribes, is that Bolling will lose a convention to AG Ken Cuccinelli. Yep, he probably will. Cuccinelli is, justifiably, very popular with the party’s conservative faithful – the same people who tend to turn out for mass meetings and conventions.
Bolling has served Virginia well in the legislature and as Lt. Governor. He simply faces tough opposition. Does that mean he should stoop to hypocrisy?
I am reminded of a past Lt. Governor, John Hager. Hager served as Lt. Governor and was sorely abused by his opponent, former Attorney General Mark Earley, while seeking the party’s nomination for governor. While Hager, always a gentleman of the first order, lost the nomination, he exited that stage with his head held high and continued to serve the Commonwealth and his country.
I expect that, regardless of the State Central Committee’s decision today, Cuccinelli will wage a tough, honorable, and conservative campaign. The Attorney General has not been pushing for the State Central Committee to change its method of nomination. Recent polls show that Cuccinelli holds a commanding lead over Bolling if a primary was held. Bolling’s recent behavior indicates that regardless of the nominating method Virginia Republicans can look forward to Bolling doing anything to become governor of the Old Dominion.
RICHMOND, VA – As Virginia begins to charge $1 / month for using an EZ-Pass, Delaware is the last state in the region that doesn’t charge a monthly fee. The Virginia Department of Transportation has been taking comments on the proposed fee and acknowledge that most of the nearly 25,000 comments received have been in opposition to the fee.
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – One way to know that a state is seriously in play in a presidential election is when the President or Vice President delivers a HIGH SCHOOL commencement address. Today VP Joe Biden will be delivering a commencement speech at Tallwood High School in Virginia Beach.
Biden is also delivered a commencement address earler this month at Central Bay High School in Weston, FL. Coincidentally, Florida is another “in-play” state.
Source – Virginian-Pilot
RICHMOND, VA – Former governor and U.S. senator George Allen easily won his party’s nomination to reclaim the seat Allen lost to retiring Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA). Despite light turnout, which should have favored Tea Party activist Jamie Radtke, Allen won 65% of the vote. Radtke earned 23%, followed by Del. Bob Marshall with 7% and Chesapeake minister E. W. Jackson with 5%. Allen will face former governor and DNC chairman Tim Kaine in the November’s general election.
Incumbent congressmen Eric Cantor, Randy Forbes, and Bob Goodlatte all sailed to victory over primary opponents.
RICHMOND, VA – While much has been made of Virginia’s recently enacted Voter ID law, the new law does not apply to today’s primary.
The State Board of Elections issued a reminder in response to a news item, posted on a Richmond-area television station’s Web site, that reported incorrectly that the law would apply to the primary.
“Rumor Buster,” read the title on the board’s news release, which noted that the news item also stated incorrectly that the new law requires voters to provide a photo identification. A photo ID will not be required even when the law takes effect.
The law, which takes effect on July 1, will apply for those voting in Virginia’s general election on November 6th:
voters will be required to show one of the following: a state voter registration card; a Social Security card; a valid Virginia driver’s license; other state, local or federal identification; a valid student identification card issued by a Virginia institution of higher learning; a valid employee identification card; a current utility bill; a current bank statement; a current government check; a paycheck that shows the name and address of the voter; or a concealed-handgun permit.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – After less than two years on the job, University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan is stepping down, citing “philosophical differences” between herself and the school’s Board of Visitors. Sullivan’s resignation is effective August 15th. Sullivan will vacate her position after only two years and two weeks, the shortest tenure of any president in the University’s history.
Larry Hogan, chairman of Change Maryland and possible 2014 gubernatorial candidate, has an interesting article over at Reason.com. Hogan outlines the steady exodus of Maryland-based businesses from the Once Free State to points north, south, and west – particularly to Virginia. Thanks to the policies of O’Malley administration, along with increases in the state’s income tax rates, this exodus includes small businesses as well as large.
RICHMOND, VA – Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli was going to run a tough campaign for the GOP gubernatorial nomination – no matter what method was used for choosing the party’s nominee. Now Cuccinelli has been given a leg up; Cuccinelli supporters want to re-visit the party’s nomination method in 2013.
Last October the Republican Party of Virginia’s (RPV) state central committee decided to nominate by primary in 2013. This was the method preferred by incumbent Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling. Cuccinelli supporters would prefer a convention. The Attorney General has great support among conservative activists, a group that tends to dominate conventions. Thanks to several state central seats changing hands this year, it appears that supporters of a convention may now have the votes to change the nominating method.
Cuccinelli insists that he is not behind the move to change nominating methods:
“Ken is prepared to run, and win, in whatever method of nomination the State Central Committee decides is best for the party,’’ Cuccinelli political director Noah Wall said. “We’ve been anticipating running in a primary, but we’d obviously rather use the two to three million dollars we’d save in a convention to use against Democrats in a general election.’’
Bolling, as expected, is crying foul:
“The Republican Party voted to hold a primary in 2013,’’ Bolling spokeswoman Ibbie Hedrick said. “At least six candidates have made a decision to run for statewide office in the primary and taken significant steps to launch their primary campaigns. The question has clearly already been resolved. You can’t change the rules in the middle of an election. Any effort to change would be a clear violation of the commitment to the rule of law.”
DOSWELL, VA – Virginia will have a state fair this year. Universal Fairs of Cordova, TN has purchased the fair site and intellectual property, including the fair’s trademark, website, and social media accounts for $5.67 million. State Fair of Virginia, Inc. was forced into bankruptcy last year after failing to contain costs.
NEWPORT NEWS, VA – Priest and penitent, doctor and patient, lawyer and client, husband and wife – communications between these parties have always been considered inviolate in America’s courts. Or are they, in our new digital age?
This is the basis for an appeal filed by convicted former Virginia delegate Phil Hamilton. During Hamilton’s trial last year for trading legislative favors for a consulting contract, Federal district court judge Henry Hudson allowed into evidence e-mails between Hamilton and his wife Kim. The emails were sent from Hamilton’s work computer.
WASHINGTON – A new ad attacking President Barack Obama’s record will launch in Virginia. Crossroads GPS will spend $9.7 million airing the ad in Virginia this month. Virginia is considered a “must win” state for presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney if he is to defeat Obama.
The following schools and businesses will be closed or delayed today due to weather. This will be updated throughout the morning.
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CHESAPEAKE, VA – Contrary to what President Obama, Maryland governor Martin O’Malley, and far too many other government officials believe, government does not exist to provide jobs. Government – federal, state, or local – exists to perform certain functions or provide certain services. Yesterday’s action by the Chesapeake City Council provided an example that state and local governments should consider:
The City Council has passed an $895.5 million budget that leaves the property tax rate unchanged.
The spending plan for the 2012-13 fiscal year restores 10 police and fire department jobs that were on the chopping block.
Still, 45 full-time jobs will be cut, and nearly every department was trimmed, to deal with a shortfall estimated at $22.4 million when the budget process began months ago. Most of those positions were already vacant.
ACCOMAC, VA – Residents of incorporated towns in Accomack County are reminded that town elections will be held Tuesday, May 1st. Elections will be held in Accomac, Belle Haven, Bloxom, Chincoteague, Hallwood, Keller, Melfa, Onancock, Onley, Painter, Parksley, Saxis, Tangier, and Wachapreague. Candidates for office are:
RICHMOND, VA – Virginia governor Bob McDonnell is taking the unusual step of running a self-promoting ad in a non-election year. While still popular in the Old Dominion, McDonnell has seen his popularity fall due a contentious General Assembly session. The purpose of the ad, paid for by McDonnell’s Opportunity Virginia PAC, appears to be an attempt to bolster McDonnell’s political capital and his chances at being presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney’s VP pick.
NASHVILLE, TN – Former Rep. Virgil Goode is on to his third political party and running for President. The Democrat, turned Republican, will be the presidential nominee for the Constitution Party according to the Roanoke Times and Bearing Drift. Goode was nominated at the party’s convention, held this weekend in Nashville.
“Romney’s and Obama’s positions are not all that different. There’s not much distinction,” Goode said. “My position would be significantly different from either of them.”
Illegal immigration is a core part of the Constitution Party’s platform.
NORFOLK, VA – Old Dominion University student Christopher Cummings, nephew of Maryland congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), was murdered last June. His killing remains unsolved.
Yesterday, James and Rosa Cummings (Christopher’s parents) and Rep. Cummings held a press conference in Norfolk. They asked for the community’s help in helping to solve the murder.
"There is a person – or persons – who brutally killed my nephew and James and Rosa’s son," Rep. Cummings said. "We cannot begin to express the pain we still feel."
Rep. Cummings and Norfolk police Sgt. Wayne Handley asked that anyone with information, no matter how small, contact the police. Callers can leave tips at Crime Line, 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.
Investigators "follow every lead that comes in, without fail," Handley said, adding that some have been working almost exclusively on the Cummings case.
Despite their early endorsement of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney, Bearing Drift remains my favorite Virginia blog. You can’t agree with your friends all of the time; family less so. In fact, disagreement (if done in a civil manner) can be quite healthy. It is in this spirit that I must publicly disagree with Bearing Drift’s Brian Schoeneman and the reasoning behind his “McDonnell for Veep” campaign.
Let’s start by agreeing with Schoeneman that Virginia governor Bob McDonnell would make a good running mate for Romney (who I sadly acknowledge will be the GOP nominee). Here is Schoeneman’s conclusion, a well written accolade for McDonnell:
That leaves Bob McDonnell. As the very popular governor of a swing, southern state, he balances out a Romney ticket very well. Virginia is a must win state in November, and adding him helps Romney here. As a southern Governor, he isn’t tainted by Washington and he plays into Romney’s anti-Washington theme. As a Catholic who graduated from Regent, he can appeal to both evangelicals and Catholic voters who may be concerned about Romney’s religion. Virginia’s record of job creation and business climate plays into Romney’s theme of relying on the private sector, rather than government, to push the economy. He’s smart, he’s articulate, and he can do the job. As Governor of one of the largest and most prosperous states in the union, no one can argue that he isn’t ready to be President. He’s also a veteran, with a daughter who served in Iraq. He’s the safe, thoughtful, smart choice. He is the perfect compliment to Romney’s biography.
I, for one, am looking forward to a Romney/McDonnell ticket. It represents out best chance of beating the President. We don’t need gimmicks or identity politics to make this decision. We need competence and integrity, and that’s Bob McDonnell.
In fact, if Mr. Schoeneman limited his argument to his last two paragraphs I would gladly applaud Schoeneman’s piece as a superb and persuasive endorsement for the Commonwealth’s favorite son. Unfortunately, it’s what precedes this conclusion that I must take issue with.
Schoeneman seems to believe that in order to promote McDonnell he must tear down the other folks on the short list. While I certainly have no problem with criticizing fellow Republicans (within reason) Schoeneman’s approach leads one to infer that this is necessary to compensate for McDonnell’s weaknesses.
Yes, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) lacks experience in Washington (and at the same time Washington experience is bad?). However, Schoeneman chooses to overlook his experience as Speaker of the Florida House (no mean feat). Arguing that everyone who serves (or has served) in Congress is also a foolish argument. That, and some vague “Bush fatigue” argument seems to be the reason Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) is unfit.
Dismissing New Jersey governor Chris Christie because he would be “another moderate northeasterner” (like Romney) helps to promote further discussion of Romney as the “Etch-A-Sketch” candidate (the big reason Romney still can’t close the deal with movement conservatives). Schoeneman is correct that Christie probably isn’t “willing to play second fiddle to Romney” and should have left it at that.
Former governor “Etch-A-Sketch” also comes to mind when Schoeneman attempts to dismiss Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI). Dismissing him because his budget plan has been “vilified” by Democrats really doesn’t work when Romney has endorsed Ryan’s budget plan. Trying to make a vague equivalence between a Romney-Ryan ticket and Goldwater-Miller (1964) is ridiculous. Schoeneman would probably argue that this wasn’t what he was doing. If not, why bring it up?
Schoeneman’s approach against New Mexico governor Susana Martinez is the one I find disturbing:
Martinez is, in my opinion, a non-starter. While she’s a fresh face and a rising star in Republican circles, she has many of the same problems Sarah Palin has. Namely, she’s got very little experience in office. Before being elected Governor of New Mexico, she was an elected prosecutor. She’s been on the job for a little over a year, which raises questions as to whether she’s ready to be President. She also has a vetting problem on illegal immigration, given the questions raised about her grandparents immigration status that plagued her during her campaign. You can rest assured that the Romney campaign is going to want to steer away from choosing a candidate that brings any potential negatives like that to the campaign, and especially given the Palin experience in 2008. Finally, she’s said in no uncertain terms that she wouldn’t accept the job if offered to her, so that takes her out of the running.
However, we shouldn’t be surprised because IF Gov. Martinez were willing to be Vice President (she has stated many times, in no uncertain terms, that she will complete her term as governor) it would be game over. Martinez is Hispanic. She’s an Hispanic WOMAN. She has shown that she can win Democrat voters. She is not only fiscally conservative, but a social conservative – and doesn’t feel the need to pander on those issues (can we say “Ronald Reagan”?). While she has only been in office for one year, McDonnell has just over a year’s more experience as governor. However, it is Schoeneman’s comment about the immigration status of Martinez’s grandparents that I find distasteful. Did Martinez’s grandparents enter this country legally? Who knows? More importantly, who cares? Martinez was born in El Paso and is as American as Tex-Mex cuisine (and apple pie). That tactic against Martinez worked so well that she was elected governor in an overwhelmingly Democrat state.
Why would Schoeneman, who writes well thought out op-ed, take this tack? I hope (believe) that it is motivated by the excitement of a Virginian possibly joining a national ticket. I can appreciate a little regional jingoism. McDonnell has been a superb governor. While I don’t believe that he has been as great a governor as George Allen was, he’s better than Jim Gilmore was and far, far better than any recent Democrat. McDonnell would be an excellent choice as Romney’s running mate. So would each one of the individuals which Schoeneman dismisses out of hand.
I would hope that Schoeneman goes back to using the pages of Bearing Drift for other purposes than a tryout for the staff of “Romney-O’Donnell ‘12”.
“The Commonwealth” provides a glimpse into issues affecting the Old Dominion.