Tuesday, August 25, 2009

NOVA Voters See Little in Deeds

What Can Deeds Offer NOVA?

Creigh Deeds is running behind Bob McDonnell Washington Post poll in large part because he has yet to win over voters in populous, Democratic-leaning Northern Virginia.

Voters across the region say they know little about the state senator, who grew up in sparsely populated Bath County near the West Virginia border, despite his run for attorney general in 2005 and a high-profile party primary in the spring. Much of what they do know about Deeds -- his rural roots, his embrace of gun rights -- doesn't quite click with many people in the affluent, diverse suburbs of Washington.
"Where is he? What is he waiting for?" asked Tari Kovacs, 59, of Manassas, who supports Deeds but is not enthusiastic about him.
"A lot of these candidates have been around. I don't see him around here, I just don't. And I am concerned, because here's a guy who's from southern Virginia with very conservative values even though he's a Democrat."

Deeds is scheduled to make a major campaign speech Friday at George Mason University, touching on the economy, abortion and education and drawing sharp distinctions between his record and that of McDonnell. His campaign expects that the remarks will have particular resonance among Northern Virginians who might be skeptical about his candidacy.
Deeds said he's balancing the attention he gives to Northern Virginia with demands from elsewhere. "Everywhere I go, people say I'm not spending enough time in their area," he said. "There's only one of me. I'm doing the best I can."
But former congressman Tom Davis (R), who is supporting McDonnell, said Deeds's background would be a problem for voters in the region. "He's very rural in terms of his lifestyle and his culture and his roots," Davis said. "People here don't get up in the morning and ask if I can go hunting and fishing."

For the full article

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Virginia Association of Realtors Backs McDonnell

At the General Assembly Building in Richmond, representatives of the 33,000-member organization, the state's largest trade association, said McDonnell has a better record than Democrat R. Creigh Deeds on property rights and on promoting business.

"Virginia's Realtors work in every county and every city to help Virginians achieve the American Dream of home ownership," McDonnell said.

"They create good jobs. They are involved members of their local communities. To receive the endorsement of Virginia's Realtors, in an election focused on jobs and the economy, is a great honor."-- Tyler Whitley


Thursday, August 13, 2009

Bobby Mathieson...One of the Most Ineffective Legislators in Virginia

Bobby Mathieson, delegate from Hampton Roads, is up for election this coming November against Ron Villanueva who has shown to be a strong candidate. The question simply is who in Hampton Roads gains anything from Mathieson when his bills have a 16% passage rate in the General Assembly. Though I am glad he finally had someone spell his name correctly on his campaign website. Hopefully Villanueva will beat out Mathieson and the 21st district will have a chance to have their voices heard! People in Hampton Roads deserve a better delegate!

Young Democrats Too Busy Drinking to Campaign

Arlington Young Democrats Sadden By Cancellation of Flip Cup Tournament

Bluevirginia.us reports that the Arlington Young Democrats canceled their All or Nothing Flip Cup Tournament, which was to be held on Saturday, August 15, 2009.

“As many people are vacationing this month, we were unable to generate enough interest in the event. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

-Jen Amore Finance Director

It appears that the Arlington Young Democrats are very saddened by the cancellation of this team based drinking game rather then teaming up and campaigning. Have all Virginia Democrats given up in general? For full story bluevirginia.us

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Do I Smell...Desperation?

Creigh Deeds this week has come out with his new campaign strategy that will focus on pointing out both McDonnell and his own views on abortion. This is a risky move for Deeds since most voters are worried about the economy this election. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported, "The voters who decide elections expect candidates to propose reasonable answers to questions regarding the economy, transportation, education, and other day-to-day concerns." 
That is why he is losing ground in the polls. This is a pathetic attempt by Deeds to regroup his base. If Deeds want to gain headway with voter he has to have solutions and answers of his own. Jerry Kilgore tried this tactic against Tim Kaine with the death penalty just four years ago and...it didn't work.

McDonnell Rolls Along With Statewide RV Tour

- McDonnell Visits Communities from Tangier Island to Alexandria to Bristol-

RICHMOND - Bob McDonnell announced his “New Jobs, More Opportunities” month-long statewide RV tour of Virginia. The tour kicked off on Saturday, August 8th at the Patrick County Peach Festival in Stuart and ends on Labor Day, Monday, September 7th when the RV tour concludes with an appearance in the Buena Vista Labor Day Parade. Within the first week of the tour alone Bob will visit five major regions of the Commonwealth, traveling over 1500 miles.

Over the next month Bob will continue to roll out major policy proposals, building on the initiatives he has already rolled out. Since his campaign kicked-off in February, Bob has unveiled comprehensive plans to fix Virginia’s transportation issues, improve education through the awarding of 100,000 more degrees and dramatically expand the number of quality charter schools, bring new energy technology to the state to make Virginia the “Energy Capital of the East Coast, and make Virginia the best state in America in which to open a small business.

Friday, August 7, 2009

On Education: The Two Faces of Creigh Deeds

It appears that Creigh Deeds has once again followed the lead of Bob McDonnell on an issue. Just 48 hours after agreeing with the head of the VEA, as she made clear the group's determination to water down and impede the President's effort to expand charter schools in America, the "Me Too" candidate Creigh Deeds stated, ""There's still a lot of room for reform. I strongly support the President's initiatives to expand charter schools-there's no reason Virginia should lag behind on this."

Two days prior to this statement Deeds said, in response to the head of the VEA's rejection of the expansion of charter schools, "What Kitty [Boitnott] is talking about - you have to always look for innovations in education. We gotta keep an open mind about a lot of things. But there's some places we just have to draw lines in the sand" I guess that line in the sand was washed away by the tide two days later.

Bob McDonnell has repeatedly and vocally supported this bipartisan education reform effort. Creigh Deeds, on the other hand, had continually voted against bills that would help open more chartered schools. For example, in 2004 Deeds was one of only seven senators to vote against the Charter School Excellence and Accountability Act.

Virginia cannot trust this "two-faced" candidate for Governor. Deeds has been reluctant and tepid on this issue, and many others. Bob McDonnell, on the other hand, has shown strong support on all of his issues, and he approaches them with enthusium and without hesitation. Bob McDonnell is the leader Virginia needs!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Big Government is Watching YOU!

This sounds like something out of an Orwell novel. The White House has recently put together a new project that asks members of the public to flag down their fellow citizens if they say something in a conversation or email criticizing Obama's Health Plan. White House director of new media Macon Phillips urged the public in a blog posting to help the government track people who have put out "disinformation" or have criticisized Obama's Health Plan.
Phillips posted:

There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.
Senator John Cornyn of Texas is calling for the White House to suspend the new projects on the grounds that it encroaches on the both people's privacy and freedom of speech.
Senator Cornyn writes:

I am not aware of any precedent for a President asking American citizens to report their fellow citizens to the White House for pure political speech that is deemed ‘fishy’ or otherwise inimical to the White House’s political interests

I can only imagine the level of justifiable outrage had your predecessor asked Americans to forward emails critical of his policies to the White House. I suspect that you would have been leading the charge in condemning such a program -- and I would have been at your side denouncing such heavy-handed government action.

Tactics like these are not new to politics in fact they have been used worldwide for many years. This is textbook Marxism, first silence your enemies, create class warfare, and make everyone dependent on the government. Are Americans blind or are they just sticking their heads in the sand. This is what Obama must mean by creating peace:

The meaning of peace is the absence of opposition to socialism.
-Karl Marx

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Leadership Is Not In Deeds' Vocabulary

Deeds has been copying McDonnell's leadership skills every step of the campaign, instead of leading himself. Virginia needs a leader not a follower.

Monday, August 3, 2009

ABC's John Stossel Crushes Obama's Anti-American Health Care Plan

Interesting video from ABC's John Stossel. He compares Obama's new health care plan to Canada's, and shows the many cons of his plan. America obviously has the best health care, and many government run health care plans do not measure up to America's. The video points out the many achievements that the American health care plan has allowed us to attain. When will Obama learn?