I am a big fan of Politico and of the work of their reporter, Jonathan Martin. But I do question the decision of Politico’s editors to require (or continue to allow) Martin to write about the Virginia Governor’s race. Politico should disclose to its readers Martin’s history in Republican politics and in Virginia and Connecticut politics.
Since they won’t, I will.
Okay, okay. You don’t believe this headline, do you? (I don’t either.) But this is what Newt Gingrich, the discredited former GOP House Speaker, wants you to believe.
Yesterday, Gingrich’s American Solutions for Winning the Future sent a letter to Virginia gubernatorial candidates Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds seeking their support for Gingrich’s effort to defeat the American Clean Energy & Security Act of 2009, better know as the Cap and Trade bill. The bill, which was authored by Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee and may come to the full House floor as early as next week.
In this letter, American Solutions describes the bill as a “new and complex national energy tax system” which would “dramatically raise taxes on every single citizen of Virginia and kill Virginia jobs.”
Cue the scary music please. Continue reading
Last night, I was one of 100,000 people gathered at the Prince William County Fairgrounds in Manassas, Va. to see Sen. Barack Obama wind up his general election campaign in the same state where he started it — Virginia. I’ve never been so happy to spend so much time in a Northern Virginia traffic.
One of the 100,000 gathered with me was a young man who was a former Marine helicopter pilot and Naval Academy graduate from Warren, Pa., a small town in the state’s northwestern corner near Erie. I didn’t catch his name, but I got his story. Continue reading
Your hard work to build a campaign for change right here in Virginia is getting noticed. Check out these stories about the Obama campaign in the Commonweath.
PBS’s Newshour, Investor’s Business Daily, Sky News, The Guardian,
In other news, the Obama campaign said Tuesday Sen. Obama will hold a rally at the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater on Thursday.
It will be Obama’s 10th trip to Virginia since he secured the nomination.
History was made in Harrisonburg, Va. today when Barack Obama became the first Democratic nominee for president to campaign there since Sen. Stephen Douglas lost to Abraham Lincoln in 1860.
Obama spoke to about 1,000 8,000 people at James Madison University. *
“There are a lot of important decisions to be made and no state is gonna be more important in this election than this state right here. The great state of Virginia.”
Obama leads McCain 54% to 44% in Virginia according to the last Washington Post poll.
In his remarks, Obama focused on healthcare.
* Revised and corrected crowd numbers from The Hotline and National Journal: “The campaign, citing university police, estimated some 8,000 people packed the gymnasium of this university in teh Shenandoah Valley, with another 12,000 reportedly outside the venue.”
The Richmond Times-Dispatch just posted a story on new Virginia polls entitled “3 Polls Show Obama Keeping Virginia Lead”. While these are encouraging numbers, don’t let up. Keep calling your friends and family, keep volunteering, keep talking about this election. It’s only a 8 more days.
“We cannot let this moment pass.”