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Jennifer Rubin: ‘Obama is no George W. Bush’

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I so enjoy Jennifer Rubin’s column in the Washington Post and her insightful, pragmatic observations in political matters that find me often on the same page politically with her.

Sunday in her “Distinguished pol of the week” column (see Distinguished pol of the week), she chose George W. Bush for his work in Africa, his genuine sincerity about the people of those countries and what the diseases they face, his humor, and his willingness to make himself the butt of a joke.

Classic George W. Bush.

Typically observant Jennifer Rubin.

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Bill Bolling says Mitt Romney was right

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Mitt Romney was right.

That’s the assessment of former Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling in an op-ed published in Sunday’s Richmond Times-Dispatch (see Bolling: Mitt Romney was right).  Bolling was Romney’s Virginia coordinator for his 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns.

Lt. Gov. Bolling noted in his op-ed:

A recent CNN poll indicated that if the 2012 presidential election were held today, Mitt Romney would defeat President Barack Obama by a comfortable margin of 53 percent to 44 percent.

That’s a dramatic turnaround from the 2012 election, which Obama won 51 percent to 47 percent. What accounts for this 13 percent swing in American attitudes toward the man they elected president, and the man they wish they had elected?

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Congressman Cantor to resign from Congress August 18

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Thursday was Congressman Eric Cantor’s last day as majority leader and on Friday he announced his resignation from Congress effective August 18. He explained why he had asked the governor for a special election (see Cantor to resign from Congress on Aug. 18 by Markus Schmidt):

Cantor said he has asked Gov. Terry McAuliffe to call a special election for his district that coincides with the general election on Nov. 4.

By having a special election in November, the winner would take office immediately, rather than in January with the next Congress.

“That way he will also have seniority, and that will help the interests of my constituents (because) he can be there in that consequential lame-duck session,” Cantor said.

Cantor’s resignation marks the end of a successful 14-year congressional run that included his role as House majority leader for more than three years and the prospect of becoming the next speaker of the House.

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It’s ‘American Idol’ day in RVA

American Idol 1 By Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s “American Idol” day in Richmond — the first time this iconic television show has held auditions in River City — and it sounds like the place is hopping. Meredith Newman wrote this morning in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (see About 1,000 turn out for ‘American Idol’ auditions:

About 1,000 people lined up in front of the state Capitol this morning in advance of the 9 a.m. start of the “IDOL Bus Tour Auditions” of the “American Idol” show.

The line doubled in size since about 4:15 a.m., snaking east on Bank Street and then wrapping around 14th Street.

The street is blocked off until 7 p.m. The auditions are taking place at Bank and 10th.

Good luck to all!

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Ben Tribbett, Redskins part company

Ben Tribbett 1By Lynn R. Mitchell

Virginia liberal blogger Ben Tribbett’s name is a little like Monica Lewinsky’s: both will forever be connected to politicians. Perhaps that’s why eyebrows were raised when Ben was hired by the Washington Redskins two weeks ago to run their online PR operation in the quest to keep their embattled team name.

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Bill Bolling: ‘It’s time for party registration in Virginia’

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What do Republicans in Virginia and Mississippi have in common?

No, this is not a joke, it’s a serious question.

The answer?

Both states recently had high-visibility Republican primaries, but the outcome was not determined by Republicans. Instead, the outcome was determined by independents and Democrats, and these elections vividly demonstrate why we need party registration in Virginia, and why primary elections should be limited to self-identified Republicans and Democrats.

So begins Bill Bolling’s column, “It’s time for party registration in Virginia,” in Sunday’s Richmond Times-Dispatch. He goes on to cite the reasons why voter registration by party is needed in Virginia. I agree. Good read.

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RVA’s Martin Agency … still cool after all these years

Martin Agency logoBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Richmond’s iconic Martin Agency, the ad agency that has been on the cutting edge for almost 50 years — hard to believe it’s been that long — proved Thursday that they still get it after all these years. When Team USA hit the field at noon in the World Cup tournament against Germany, employees gathered around a giant television set up in the atrium and munched on pizza ordered in by the company.

It was just the latest in this laid-back, go-with-the-flow business that has remained true to downtown Richmond even after opening other locations and consistently remaining as one of the Top 5 advertising agencies nationally with phenomenally successful ad campaigns such as “Virginia Is For Lovers,” UPS “What can Brown do for you?”, and probably one of the best currently known ads — the Geico “Hump Day” camel (“Know what day it is?”).

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McAuliffe and Howell: Showdown in Richmond

Richmond capitolIt was a showdown Monday evening in Richmond between Governor Terry McAuliffe and House Speaker Bill Howell over Medicaid. From Michael Martz and the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

House Speaker William J. Howell, R-Stafford, refused on Monday to allow the House to consider McAuliffe’s veto of budget restrictions on his ability to use federal funds for health coverage without the approval of the General Assembly.

Howell ruled the governor’s veto unconstitutional and out of order. That prevented a vote by either the House or Senate on whether to override the veto of budget amendments Republicans rammed through June 12 to prevent McAuliffe from unilaterally expanding health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

“I cannot idly allow unconstitutional actions to be considered by this body,” the speaker said in a statement. “To do otherwise would be an unacceptable acquiescence of legislative branch authority.”

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Eric Cantor strongly endorsed by Richmond Times-Dispatch

By Lynn R. Mitchell

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Not only did the Richmond Times-Dispatch endorse Congressman Eric Cantor for Tuesday’s Republican Primary, they did so solidly, enthusiastically, and with conviction:

The initial impression proved accurate and enduring. In 1991, Eric Cantor first ran for a seat in the House of Delegates. He dropped by our offices to introduce himself to the Editorial Board. The meeting impressed the participants, as Cantor projected a maturity seldom seen in politicians with far more experience. We anticipated great things. In 2000, Cantor won election to the House of Representatives. The Times-Dispatch subsequently called him “indispensable.” The Almanac of American Politics cited the description.

Cantor remains indispensable. He has risen to a congressional position — House majority leader — more elevated than any held by a Virginian in modern times. His responsibilities rely on his skills and must tax his patience. The congressional caucuses for both parties seldom resemble garden clubs. Floor leaders not only lead but also serve at the pleasure of their members. And they have an obligation to govern. Cantor presides over a kindergarten; Democrats, who seemingly have not graduated from preschool, control the Senate and the presidency. House Republicans cannot always get what they want.

Cantor effectively has encouraged them to make their case. As whip he rallied his Republican colleagues to unanimous opposition to Obamacare. The House has passed numerous bills that offer alternatives to the Obama administration’s agenda. Harry Reid labels most of the GOP initiatives dead on arrival when they have reached the Senate.

One line especially stood out to me:

Cantor reflects Reagan’s optimism and shuns the politics of resentment that pollute today’s climate.

And there’s plenty of the politics of resentment in the 7th Congressional District as proven by the vitriolic writings of those who are for Cantor’s opponent.

The endorsement ended with this:

This is not the moment for the U.S. to diminish its presence on the global stage. Cantor is situated to reset the reset.

A curse says: May you live in interesting times. The times are interesting indeed. Republicans tempted to dismiss Cantor as a lackey ought to ask: Would Nancy Pelosi consider Eric Cantor an insufficiently zealous supporter of the conservative cause? Would Harry Reid? Would Barack Obama? It is preposterous to suggest he is. Cantor leads from conviction.

Citizens in the 7th House District should vote for him on Tuesday, June 10.

Voting on Tuesday, June 10, is from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the regular polling places. Please vote for reasonable, rational leadership. Please vote for Congressman Eric Cantor.

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‘The tea party is after Cantor. Seriously.’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The headline says it all. People are scratching their heads at the challenge by a frenzied anti-Cantor group in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District. Reporter Matt Bai is baffled (see The tea party is after Cantor. Seriously.):

In a lot of ways, Dave Brat is your typical tea party-style insurgent running in a Republican primary this year. He’s an economics professor at a tiny college, a striped-tie, free market enthusiast who decries debt and immigration. He has the backing of the crankiest conservative bloggers and radio hosts, one of whom, Laura Ingraham, appeared with him at a rally this week.

But Brat isn’t running to unseat some mush-ball moderate or no-name state legislator backed by the local chamber of commerce. No, Brat’s opponent in next Tuesday’s primary is Eric Cantor, the congressman from Virginia’s 7th District and the second most powerful Republican in the House. Which highlights a question that’s becoming more germane as this season of Republican disunion drags on:

Just how conservative do you have to be before these conservative activists will leave you alone?

 

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LTE: ‘Cantor is principled and experienced’

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By Lynn R. Mitchell

The letters keep rolling in to newspapers in support of Congressman Eric Cantor including this one that appeared in the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Thursday urging 7th Congressional District Republicans to vote for Cantor in the June 10 primary:

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2014 USA Softball National College Player of the Year … FSU’s Richmond native Lacey Waldrop

All Sports Photo Day 3: Lacey Waldrop: SoftballBy Lynn R. Mitchell

Florida State University’s Lacey Waldrop, pitcher for the Seminoles’ ladies softball team, had already won 2014 ACC Pitcher of the Year. She had led her FSU Seminoles as they won the ACC Championship. However, when it was announced Thursday that she had won the award as  2014 USA Softball National College Player of the Year, she was shocked and humbled, never expecting to be the winner. She and her team were in Oklahoma City for the NCAA Women’s College World Series (see Florida State pitcher named national player of the year).

In Sunday’s “4 Up” section of the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s sports section, the first name listed is the Richmond area native who also happens to be my cousin’s daughter:

1. Lacey Waldrop

The Florida State softball player and Thomas Dale alumna was named the 2014 USA Softball National College Player of the Year. When she was in high school, she set state records for strikeouts and earned run average.

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Earthquake confirmed in Powhatan, Virginia

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The Richmond Times-Dispatch is confirming a 3.2 earthquake Wednesday evening in Powhatan County located outside Richmond. The quake was centered near the Powhatan-Amelia county line around 10:00 p.m. This is breaking news. Stay tuned for additional details.

 

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Judge denies McDonnell request for dismissal and separate trials, his lawyers prepare defense against the highly questionable charges

By Lynn R. Mitchell

From the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Motions denied: A federal court judge today denied a motion by former Gov. Bob McDonnell to separate his trial from that of his wife, Maureen. He also refused to throw out corruption charges against the McDonnells. That means the joint trial will go on on July 28.

It’s sad to see that this witch hunt has been allow to progress so far. To help with the governor’s defense, go to The Restoration Fund to donate. You will be joining other high-profile names like former Massachusetts Governor and U.S. President candidate Mitt Romney who gave $10,000. Every little bit helps.

Also check out these articles about the federal government and its pursuit of Republican governors in Virginia and New Jersey. While ignoring the bungling of Benghazi where Americans actually died, DoJ pursues high-ranking Republicans:

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McDonnells ask for dismissal

By Lynn R. Mitchell

Former Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen were in court Monday to ask that a judge dismiss corruption charges that have been brought by the federal government.  Chances of that happening may not be good, according to reporter Jim Nolan with the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

Dismissals are rare in complex criminal cases, and U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer gave every indication toward the close of Monday’s 90-minute hearing in Richmond that the case would go to trial.

Many have questioned the validity of the charges and the federal government’s reach into a state issue. Five former attorneys general announced publicly earlier this year that charges should be dropped.

A good man who served Virginia well is being persecuted. Prayers and thoughts go to him and his family as they wait for the judge’s decision.

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