Category Archives: Politics

What did McAuliffe know?

What did McAuliffe know?

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, catching hell from both Republicans and Democrats for the blatant “access for cash” fundraising effort by his new political action committee aimed at high-dollar donors, is now claiming he knew nothing about a recent email sent out by the committee selling access at various levels of contributions up to 100 grand. “They put out a piece of paper I had never seen or approved,” McAuliffe told radio listeners on WRVA radio Thursday when asked about the solicitations by his Common Good Virginia PAC. That solicitation sold a private dinner with the governor and his wife, plus…Continue Reading

Love ’till debt does us part?

Love ’till debt does us part?

If one reads between the lines of the latest mountain of motions filed by the legal defense team for former and disgraced Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, it seems the best way for the governor to get off is to reveal just what his former pro football cheerleader wife was doing to him rather than gettingContinue Reading

McAuliffe sells ‘special access’ to big donors

McAuliffe sells ‘special access’ to big donors

Access to new Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe is for sale and he doesn’t come cheap. The governor’s Political Action Committee is pitching “insider access” which includes a private dinner with he and his wife, participate in roundtable discussions with Virginia’s top politician and meet once a month with the Old Dominion’s “policy experts.” While itContinue Reading

Candidate credit check

Candidate credit check

As more and more details emerge about the acceptance of gifts, loans and more by former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen during their fours years in Executive Mansion in Richmond, a picture of a chief executive up to his butt in debts and scrambling to pay bills emerges. McDonnell and his wifeContinue Reading

Will a new governor bring real change to Virginia?

Will a new governor bring real change to Virginia?

Virginia inaugurated a new governor over the weekend, a Democrat after four years of Republican leadership by the scandal-scarred Bob McDonnell. Democrats now occupy the top three positions in Virginia:  Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General.  Four years of hysteria from now deposed Republican attorney general Ken Cuccinelli are over. As a political agnostic andContinue Reading

Obenshain concedes to Herrin in AG race

Obenshain concedes to Herrin in AG race

State Sen. Mark Obenshain, the Republican candidate for Attorney General, gave up on his effort to reverse his loss through a recount and conceded defeat to Democrat Mark Herring Wednesday afternoon. “It is apparent that our campaign is going to come up a few votes short,” Obenshain said to reporters in a late afternoon pressContinue Reading

Obenshain set to concede race for Attorney General

Obenshain set to concede race for Attorney General

The Washington Post is reporting that Republican Attorney General candidate Mark Obenshain will concede the Virginia Attorney General’s race to Democrat Mark Herring before final results of a recount are announced. Obenshain, the paper says in a report attributed to two sources, will conceded Wednesday afternoon even though the recount is scheduled to continue throughContinue Reading

Uranium company suspends efforts to legalize mining in Virginia

Uranium company suspends efforts to legalize mining in Virginia

The company trying to persuade the Virginia General Assembly to eliminate the ban on uranium mining in Virginia is suspending its lobbying efforts for the time being because Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe opposes lifting the ban and they admit trying to get the ban repealed in the 2014 legislative agenda would be a waste of money.Continue Reading

Yes, Virginia, there will be a recount in the state AG race

Yes, Virginia, there will be a recount in the state AG race

In the least surprising news out of a statewide election of surprises this year, Republican Attorney General Candidate Mark Obenshain is requesting a recount after the official canvass of this month’s election shows him trailing Democrat Mark Herring by 165 votes out of the 2.2 million cast. Recounts are virtually automatic in such races andContinue Reading

Creigh Deeds and son campaigned in Floyd

Creigh Deeds and son campaigned in Floyd

The Millboro area of Bath County remains in shock today after what appears to be a suicide by the 24 year old son of State Sen. Creigh Deeds, who is hospitalized at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville with multiple stab wounds of his upper torso and face. Deeds was airlifted to theContinue Reading

Political party?  I don’t need no stinkin’ political party

Political party? I don’t need no stinkin’ political party

Always happens.  Whenever I write something that raises the question of misdeeds or dishonesty of an elected official I get accused of being a member of the “other party.” Thursday’s piece about the many problems and failures of Obamacare brought several shraply worded replies that claimed I was a “right winger” or “part of theContinue Reading

Mark Herring says Virginia voters have spoken:  Have they?

Mark Herring says Virginia voters have spoken: Have they?

Democrat Mark Herring is claiming victory in the seesaw race for Virginia Attorney General that currently gives him a 163-vote margin over Republican Mark Obenshain after local officials “finalized” their numbers and turned in the results before the deadline for doing so at midnight Tuesday. Previously uncounted returns from Fairfax County increased Herring’s slight leadContinue Reading

Herring now leading undecided AG race by 117 votes

Herring now leading undecided AG race by 117 votes

In the topsy-turvy and still undecided Virginia Attorney General’s race where a recount is almost certain, Democrat Mark Herring is now leading by 117 votes, wiping out a 17-vote lead by Republican Mark Obenshain after the Virginia Board of Elections published new figures. The turnaround is just the latest tally as checks and rechecks continueContinue Reading

Virginia women don’t care much for tea party extremes

Virginia women don’t care much for tea party extremes

A close look at last Tuesday’s defining governor’s election in Virginia leaves both the ultra right-wing tea party and soon to be ex-Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli with a clear message — don’t piss off women in the Old Dominion. Women in general — and particularly single women — told Cuccinelli and the tea party toContinue Reading

Ken Cuccinelli: Blaming everyone but himself for loss

Ken Cuccinelli: Blaming everyone but himself for loss

Sadly, three days after a game-changing statewide election in Virginia, attorney general and failed Republican governor candidate Ken Cuccinelli is showing his true tea party colors by refusing even to talk to Democrat Terry McAuliffe — the man who beat him at the polls — and blaming everyone for his loss except for the oneContinue Reading

Voters to the tea party: ‘Take a hike’

Voters to the tea party: ‘Take a hike’

Probably the most important news out of Tuesday’s election is the message voters sent to the tea party:  ‘Take a hike,” That message was delivered strongly in Alabama where in a GOP Congressional primary runoff, business-backed Republican moderate Bradley Byrne convincingly defeated tea party candidate Dean Young, a hardcore right-wing ideologue. The same message cameContinue Reading

Democrats McAuliffe, Northam take governor, lt. governor races

Democrats McAuliffe, Northam take governor, lt. governor races

After going into election day with a comfortable lead in most polls, Democrat Terry McAuliffe eeked out a thin victory Tuesday over Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli while Ralph Northam won a more decisive victory over right winger E. W. Jackson for Lt. Governor. In the attorney general’s race, Republican Mark Obenshain finished the nightContinue Reading

Virginia governor’s race: Tea party extremism vs. Obamacare

Virginia governor’s race: Tea party extremism vs. Obamacare

Ethics-challenged Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli — out of money and running out of time — turned over the weekend to the only thing left for a rabid-right candidate to do in a desperate try to win a governor’s race that many think he has already lost. He is stepped  up his rants to attackContinue Reading

National Rifle Association endorsement:  Kiss of death?

National Rifle Association endorsement: Kiss of death?

A local politician who claims to “really know what brings Virginians to the polls,” cornered me today and said “Ken Cuccinelli will beat Terry McAuliffe because he has an “A” rating from the National Rifle Association” and McAullife has an “F.” “The NRA endorsement assures election,” he said. Really? The NRA endorsed former governor andContinue Reading

A long, and overdue, end near for Virginia’s bitter governor race

A long, and overdue, end near for Virginia’s bitter governor race

As the bitter and rancid Virginia governor’s race sputters to a welcome and overdue end on Tuesday, the endless wave of propaganda engulfing voters from the campaigns of both Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli has, thankfully, slowed. Part of the reason is strategic.  Candidates tend to go positive in the final days ofContinue Reading

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