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Governor-elect Bob McDonnell faces tough issues

Tuesday, with Governor-elect Bob McDonnell at the head of the ticket, Virginia Republicans scored an overwhelming victory in the 2009 statewide election. It represents a dramatic reversal of fortune. Republicans, who had been losing ground in every statewide election since 2001, turned the tide. Now, after eight years of Democratic administrations, it’s the Republicans who will be in charge in Richmond.

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Election Day 2009: The Choice on Tuesday

Campaign 2009 hasn’t been one of the highlights of Virginia political history. The rhetoric has been negative and there has been very little discussion of the issues or the real problems facing Virginia. It’s no wonder that many expect the turnout on Nov. 3 to be unusually low. However, there is still an important choice to be made. The candidates offer two distinctly different views of the future, and all the campaigning aside, that’s really what this election is about. Which one do you want?

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Taking a closer look at the ‘down ticket’ races

They’re sometimes called the down ticket races and refer to the often forgotten, or at the very least sidelined, campaigns for lieutenant governor and attorney general.  If asked, most Virginians would be hard pressed to name all the contenders.  Some would have a tough time naming any.  Sometimes, as much as I watch these contests with considerable interest, there are times, try as I might, that I get their names mixed up.  But that’s not necessarily the case this year.  It could even be argued, that some of the best talent of this campaign is running for those down ticket slots.

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Is this year’s governor’s race already over?

 There are still nearly three weeks until the election. The candidates have turned up the volume and are working frantic schedules. Indeed, the campaign has reached that critical stage just before the big push. That’s when most of the money, mostly on TV advertising is going to be spent.

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Our greener future may be just off shore

This is a statistic that will take most people by surprise.  During the past five years, the number of new kilowatt hours added to our national power generation capability through the application of wind technology has dramatically exceeded that of coal.
Really, it’s not surprising.

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The Wilder Factor - Will it make or break the Dems’ chances?

Former Governor Doug Wilder is, to apply an overused term, an original. He is a Democrat. He was elected a state senator, lieutenant governor and governor as a Democrat. And yet, throughout his long and accomplished career, he has often been at odds with his own party. This year he has done it again. The former governor, the first African American elected to the job, has once again bucked the Democratic Party and chosen not to endorse a candidate for governor. What’s more, he did so in a very public way.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Doug Wilder has played this game. In fact, it started as far back as 1982. That year, with the retirement of Harry F. Byrd Jr., a U.S. Senate seat was coming open and Chuck Robb, along with other prominent Democrats, were supporting Delegate Owen Pickett as their candidate. Doug Wilder was incensed. No one knows quite why exactly, but it didn’t matter, then-State Senator Wilder said he would run as an independent if Pickett were the Democratic nominee. That was all it took. Shortly after that Pickett withdrew his candidacy.

 

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