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We Beat the Post!

December 7, 2009 2 comments

Let the word go forth that I beat the Washington Post by more than an hour in reporting that the previously removed Dirty Deeds resurfaced at the RPV Advance Luncheon–and that I wasn’t nearly as uppity about it.

What?? I have a hat, and I need something to hang it on.

Wagner: Not the Details Candidate

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t been paying a whole lot of attention to the Democratic race for the LG nomination. Wagner appears to be winning that race in both those few polls that have been done and in terms of money. However, candidate Mike Signer has turned up an interesting issue in the race. It appears that Madame Wagner did not vote in the 2004, 2005 and 2008 Democratic primaries. While this is rather curious coming from someone who is seeking a major party’s nomination for the second highest office in the state, what is even more curious is how she chooses to explain it away. From Not Larry Sabato:

As Jody said, she tried to get back to her home in Virginia Beach from her job in Richmond as a member of the Kaine Administration in time to vote, but traffic prevented her. It demonstrates the need for Virginia to pass early voting, which Republicans in the General Assembly once again killed.

Really? You’re going to blame this on the Republicans?

Anyone who has voted absentee in Virginia even once knows that the acceptable excuses for doing so are rather varied. They include if you will be away from your precinct for more than 12 hours during Election Day due to work obligations. So this means one of two things: either Mrs. Wagner just absolutely loves the thrill of feeding her ballot into the machine and just can’t vote absentee, or she doesn’t know the rules for voting absentee in the very Commonwealth that employed her for seven years. I could understand if we still used real voting machines (I just love that little bell!), but c’mon.

So there you have it folks. Not only is the Dem frontrunner for LG bad at math, but she’s not very good with details either.

The Elephant Stays in the Picture

January 15, 2009 1 comment

Much ink (and even more bytes) has been used to toll the death bell for Republicans in Northern Virginia. Indeed, the picture looks relatively grim if you just compare results from 2004 to 2008. In the 8th District, which consists mostly of the inner beltway around Arlington, Alexandria and Fairfax the top of the ticket went from 35.16% to 29.65% (-5.5%). Not too surprising given the level of Obamamania in and around Washington, plus those cities have long been a weak point for Republicans. Further west, though, the picture gets even bleaker: in the 11th, which contains Fairfax and Prince William, the GOP went from 49.92% to 42.06% (-7%). In the 10th, which contains parts of Fairfax, Loudoun, and the Republican strongholds of Frederick and Warren Counties, the damage the worst, sliding from 55.10% to 46.06% (-9%). With voter turnout up by about 4% across all of the districts, it’s clear that Democrats were extremely effective in turning out their message and taking advantage of voter disgust with Republican leadership. By any quantitative measure, the future looks bleak for NOVA Republicans. 

However, there are some surprising trends appearing in northern Virginia. Read more…