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Archive for the '2009 Governor's Race' Category

Bob McDonnell: A Borrow-And-Spend Republican

by @ Sunday, January 9th, 2011. Filed under Bob McDonnell, Virginia, Virginia Politics

Bob McDonnell continues to trouble me. Last year, he balanced the state budget by engaging in an accounting trick that merely pushed the state’s liability to the employee pension fund to the following fiscal year. Now, he seems intent on spending money that the Commonwealth doesn’t have:
RICHMOND – Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell plans a [...]

Bob McDonnell: No More “Confederate History Month”

by @ Saturday, September 25th, 2010. Filed under Bob McDonnell, History, Virginia, Virginia Politics

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell took a lot of (well-justified) heat back in March when he stepped into the long-running controversy over Virginia’s Confederate History month by not only officially marking the event, but also initially signing a resolution that completely ignored the role of slavery in the Civil War or the Confederacy itself. He got [...]

Virginia Is For Liquor Lovers: The Case For Privatizing Virginia’s Liquor Industry

by @ Tuesday, August 10th, 2010. Filed under Bob McDonnell, Economics, Individual Liberty, Virginia, Virginia Politics

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Remember Bob McDonnell’s Budget Surplus ? Yea, It Doesn’t Really Exist

by @ Wednesday, August 4th, 2010. Filed under Bob McDonnell, Virginia, Virginia Politics

A few weeks ago, I noted that Governor McDonnell had reported that the state ended the fiscal year with a budget surplus one year after having a massive budget deficit. Well, Bill Wilson at Americans for Limited Government takes a look behind the numbers and discovers it ain’t necessarily so:
Two weeks ago there were cheers [...]

Bob McDonnell Turns A $ 1.8 Billion Deficit Into A $ 220 Million Surplus

by @ Wednesday, July 14th, 2010. Filed under Bob McDonnell, Virginia, Virginia Politics

Finally some good news in the Old Dominion:
RICHMOND- Governor Bob McDonnell announced today that the Commonwealth of Virginia has posted a preliminary revenue surplus at the conclusion of the 2010 fiscal year on June 30th. The Governor estimated the surplus, after miscellaneous interest payments are distributed, will be at least $220 million. The primary source [...]

Is This Bob McDonnell’s Charlie Crist Moment ?

Rosalind Helderman at The Washington Post seems to think that this photo will come back to haunt Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell:
How’s this for a Virginia image?
President Obama shaking hands with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) on the tarmac at Langley Air Force Base on Sunday before delivering a commencement address at nearby [...]

Gov. McDonnell Proposes Tolls On I-95 In Virginia

by @ Tuesday, May 11th, 2010. Filed under Bob McDonnell, Virginia, Virginia Politics

Bob McDonnell is apparently considering putting a toll plaza at the North Carolina border:
Faced with crumbling roads and lacking the money to repair them, Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has asked for federal permission to impose tolls on the southern reaches of Interstate 95.
In an appeal to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, McDonnell (R) estimated [...]

Stephen Colbert On Confederate History Month

by @ Wednesday, April 14th, 2010. Filed under Bob McDonnell, History, Humor, Virginia, Virginia Politics

Stephen Colbert weighs in on the absurdity that is Confederate History Month:

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An Open Letter To Governor Bob McDonnell On Virginia’s Confederate History Month

by @ Friday, April 9th, 2010. Filed under Bob McDonnell, History, Virginia, Virginia Politics

Dear Governor McDonnell:
I am writing to express my profound disappointment your decision earlier this month to issue a proclamation designating April to be Confederate History Month in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Speaking as someone who voted for you last year based on the campaign you ran, this is not the image of the Old Dominion [...]

Has Bob McDonnell Ruined His Political Future ?

by @ Thursday, April 8th, 2010. Filed under 2012 Election, Bob McDonnell, Elections, Political Parties, Politics, Republicans

Chris Cillizza takes a  look at the extent to which the Confederate History Month controversy may have hurt Bob McDonnell’s future political prospects:
[D]oes the controversy have any lasting resonance — particularly in regards to McDonnell’s future on a national party ticket?
We spoke with a handful of senior Republican strategists about that question and, while all [...]

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