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Looking back: ‘The passing of Tucker Watkins … Virginia Republicans have lost a friend’

By Lynn R. Mitchell

[Mike Thomas reminded us on Monday that it was two years ago that we lost Tucker Watkins (see Passings: Remembering the unforgettable Tucker Watkins). It was the day of Congressman Eric Cantor’s Republican Roundup and the sad news quickly circulated through the crowd that in years past had included Tucker. At the time I wrote the following collection of remembrances from many whose lives were touched by this man.]

  Tucker Watkins and George Allen, September 2012.
(Photo from Allen campaign)
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”
2 Timothy 4:7

Boy oh boy, did Tucker Watkins fight the good fight. Full of life and mischief — that grin and the twinkle in his eye always made you wonder what he had been up to — this lifelong Republican and Virginia gentleman left a legacy that will live beyond him. A VMI graduate and Vietnam veteran, he fought hard and lived large, enjoying every drop of joy on his life’s journey through his native, beloved Commonwealth.

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Ed Gillespie, the sleeper

??????????By Lynn R. Mitchell

Dana Perino has said for weeks that Ed Gillespie is the sleeper in the U.S. Senate race in Virginia. With polls tightening, the Mark Warner campaign is becoming even more negative as Gillespie exposes Warner’s 97 percent voting record with Democratic President Barack Obama. As someone who convinced Virginians he was moderate, Waner’s record hasn’t backed that up, much to the surprise of many who had supported him in the past. Will they support him again?

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Medicaid expansion … looking for solutions instead of just saying no

StethescopeBy Lynn R. Mitchell

It’s an interesting stand-off in Augusta County with the discussion (or lack of for some) about Medicaid expansion and what to do about those who fall through the cracks of coverage. If I listen to those to the political right of me, the solution is that we should do nothing, shut down, just say no.

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