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Chris Graham: Handicapping the Virginia governor race, other state races

It’s hard, really hard, to imagine Democrat Terry McAuliffe not winning the 2013 Virginia governor’s race, and by a relatively safe margin. McAuliffe, the former Democratic National Committee chair, has a lead of at least six points in every legitimate poll taken of the race in the past week, with two polls putting his lead in the low- to mid-double digits.


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Analysis: Any fireworks in the final Virginia governor’s debate?

Might Ken Cuccinelli have an October surprise for Terry McAuliffe? Can McAuliffe stay on-script and avoid being off-the-cuff this one last time?


McDonnell: Lack of access to health care is ‘just not the case’

Democrats are jumping on a comment made by Gov. Bob McDonnell on “Fox News Sunday” defending Ken Cuccinelli’s effort to challenge the constitutionality of the federal health-care reform signed into law in March. “The fact is a lot of people that don’t have insurance are getting it right now. They’re not denied in the emergency […]


WhenVirginiaWasBlue.com: The Silence of the Brow

Watching another recitation of the doofus that Michael Steele has allowed himself to become as head of the Republican National Committee, something occurred to me. Tim Kaine is still the chair of the Democratic National Committee. Not that you’d know that by the headlines, or lack thereof. The good news is that Kaine isn’t out […]


State of the Union: A Virginia perspective

  Edited by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Everything you wanted to know about the State of the Union, but were afraid to ask. We have the full texts and videos of President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address and Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell’s Republican response. We also have reactions from Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner, congressmen […]


The Rant | Kaine, and McDonnell

   Video Essay by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net Tim Kaine did a decent job playing the cards he was dealt as governor of Virginia, maybe until the very end. Chris Graham offers insight into the missteps at the end of Kaine’s term, wihether or not they were missteps, in particular, and muses on how Bob McDonnell […]


No surprise – House rejects proposed Kaine tax increase

   Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net A move by House Republican leaders to get outgoing Gov. Tim Kaine’s politically tone-deaf state income-tax increase up for an early vote on the House floor did what it was supposed to do. The House voted 97-0 on Thursday to reject the proposed 1 percent state income-tax hike that […]


The Rant | Nice legacy, there, Tim-may

     Video Essay by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net The buzz in Richmond – Tim Kaine’s 2010-2012 budget is going to include a tax increase. Seriously, Tim-may? Because you know this is going to be your legacy. Some legacy, Chris Graham says today in his Rant. You’re the governor who proposed raising taxes in the middle […]


Kaine statement on GOP efforts on financial industry

  Staff Report News Tips: freepress2@ntelos.net Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine issued the following statement after Roll Call reported that House Republican leaders, including Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.), met with more than 100 Wall Street lobbyists yesterday to strategize a plan to kill financial regulatory reform:


The Rant | Why Was Kaine in Arkansas?

OK, so he had a fundraiser for the DNC on the schedule. Easy to get that. And it’s not like he needed to be in Virginia to monitor the situation with flooding associated with the remnants of Hurricane Ida. But … appearances still matter in these kinds of situations, don’t they? AFP editor Chris Graham […]


The Pulse | ‘Interesting’ week for Kaine, DNC

The media and Republicans are howling about the gubernatorial-election trainwrecks in Virginia and New Jersey spelling early doom for the agenda of President Barack Obama not even a year into his term. It’s Tim Kaine’s job as Democratic National Committee chairman to put a silver lining in the smoke clouds. I asked Kaine after a […]


Kaine takes part-time teaching job at UR

Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine will return to the University of Richmond to resume his teaching career in law and leadership studies after his term in office ends in January. Kaine, a Harvard law graduate who also has served as mayor of Richmond and lieutenant governor, has accepted a joint appointment in the university’s School […]


The Pulse | What about Tim?

It can’t be a good day for Tim Kaine. The governor-by-day, partisan-by-chief by night and weekend lost, and lost big, big, big, and in his home state, in his first election as the chair of the Democratic National Committee. Might it be his last?


Tim Kaine | Build on successes

Virginia has come a long way in the past eight years. Last night’s results may have been a disappointment but we can continue to expand upon the successes of Democratic leaders in Virginia. As we begin to rebuild we start with a remarkable advantage that we did not have eight years ago. Virginians have elected […]


What about that DNC commitment to Deeds?

Is the Democratic National Committee holding on to the $5 million it has committed to the Creigh Deeds gubernatorial campaign out of concern for the campaign’s direction? The short answer to that is no, looking at campaign-finance records. The DNC has contributed $1.225 million toward the $5 million it committed to the Deeds campaign last […]