Thursday, August 27, 2015

Is McCollum's Report Missing Something?

Should Gary McCollum be reporting some in-kind donations?

It seems Mr. McCollum’s campaign has found a sympathetic ear in his employer, Cox Communications. Gary has taken a leave of absence as the Vice President and General Manager of Cox in Virginia (a pretty big pair of shoes to fill) to focus on his campaign. Is Gary still being paid by Cox?

Seems like paying someone to campaign full-time should be reported, right?



Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Where Do They Go From Here?

Barack Obama will leave the Democrats in a very poor position...now. Apparently, presiding over the most gridlocked and partisan administrations since the Great Depression is not what builds long-term political success...

Even Jeff Greenfield, a liberal Politico writer, and a former Robert Kennedy staffer, realizes the damage being done to the Dems. A few quotations from Mr. Greenfield's excellent piece in Politico: Democratic Blues. 

'When Obama came into the White House, it seemed like the Democrats had turned a corner generationally; at just 47, he was one of the youngest men to be elected as president. But the party has struggled to build a new generation of leaders around him. Eight years later, when he leaves office in 2017 at 55,he’ll actually be one of the party’s only leaders not eligible for Social Security. 
“It’s almost a crime,” Democratic Party Vice Chair Donna Brazile says. “We have been absolutely decimated at the state and local level.” 
The party’s record over the past six years has made clear that when Barack Obama leaves office in January 2017 the Democratic Party will have ceded vast sections of the country to Republicans, and will be left with a weak bench of high-level elected officials. It is, in fact, so bleak a record that even if the Democrats hold the White House and retake the Senate in 2016, the party’s wounds will remain deep and enduring, threatening the enactment of anything like a “progressive” agenda across much of the nation.'

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Monday, August 24, 2015

ICYMI

Delegate Michael Futrell: 

"Instead of just expressing my support for or against the candidates, I need to also address an elephant in the room that has exposed itself in the midst of this strife. How is it that we are able to simplify the credentials of such an outstanding jurist down to “The Republicans only chose him because he was black?” or dehumanize and address him as I saw one blog site post “this Right-Wing Nut Job.” How is it that we can only see race and ignore all that he has accomplished? How is it that Judge Alston was recommended by all major Bar Associations and even the top choice of the Old Dominion Bar, sitting on the second highest court in the Commonwealth, but was never “in our top 5”?"

Terone Green, Former President of the Richmond Crusade for Voters:

"To the Republicans’ credit, this controversy has shone a spotlight on what it looks like to judge someone, as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. put it, “on the content of their character” rather than the color of their skin. McAuliffe has constantly pushed Roush because of her gender, saying how it would look bad if the Republicans rejected her. The Republicans, on the other hand, had not brought up race or gender in their support of Alston — only his stellar character and qualifications. That is a refreshing turnabout that is well worth noting."

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