Northern Virginia

Stop HB1788 & Say NO MORE to Bob Hull

I just found out that my own Delegate, Bob Hull is backing HB1788 / SB1276. This bill will deny localities the ability to prohibit alternative on-site sewage systems that have been approved by the Virginia Department of Public Health and will further deny localities the ability to require maintenance of such systems.

Stop HB1788 to protect the health, safety, and public welfare.

Details can be found HERE

Why I switched from Deeds to Moran

I started getting involved in Virginia politics in 2005, campaigning for Tim Kaine. I know that's fairly recent compared to many of the veterans here, but I met Creigh Deeds several times when he ran for AG and later during the Jim Webb campaign. When he announced his intention to run for Governor, I signed up early and donated.

Brian Moran handily wins the Mount Vernon Straw Poll, & Terry McAuliffe is a no-show

Tonight was a real demonstration of grassroots retail politicking, and every single statewide candidate in the running for Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and Attorney General on the Democratic side, with the exception of one, was present. Almost a few hundred people packed the Stone Mansion house in Alexandria for good retail politics, Mardi Gras beading, and cajun goodies.

The Mount Vernon Democratic Committee sponsored its second annual Mardi Gras Party & Straw Poll, and for the second year in a row, it was standing room only. There was great food, a terrific line-up of silent auction items that political people loved, and the secret hit of the night: Jeff Myhre's amazing Shenandoah-home-brewed beer! The lines for his beer were the biggest story of the night!

But actually, all the candidates who came gave some excellent speeches, some of the best I've heard this year from both Creigh Deeds and Brian Moran. On the Lt. Governor side, Pat Edmonson probably made the biggest strides in terms of identifying herself as the most unabashedly progressive candidate, but it was Secretary of Finance Jody Wagner who brought home the big win, with Jon Bowerbank's cavalcade of signage taking a fairly close second.

Results are after the fold, and as soon as I can get them uploaded, I'll put some photos behind the fold too.

Primary Update at Fairfax City

City of Fairfax Democratic Committee heard from several candidates for elective office at their monthly breakfast at Old Country Buffet in the City of Fairfax on Saturday, February 21st at 9 AM. Senator Creigh Deeds, candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Virginia spoke first, explaining his vision for a progressive Virginia moving into the 21t century with programs to develop incentives for a research triangle for alternative energy based on what is already underway in our state universities.

Moran Addresses Housing Issues While In Loudoun

During a press conference in front of a home under foreclosure in Loudoun County, Brian Moran announced his “Homeowners’ Bill of Rights” which would help homeowners stay in their homes, stop deceptive loan practices, and help protect neighborhood home values. This announcement comes as President Barack Obama has announced an initiative to address housing issues and the number of foreclosures in Virginia has been greatly accelerating in recent months.

To give a brief glimpse into the growing problem, Brian pointed out that Virginia jumped from 25th in the country in foreclosures in 2007 to 11th in 2008; there were 5,000 foreclosure fillings in Virginia in January 2009 alone; and the second biggest surge of foreclosures nationally was in Woodbridge which spiked 414%. Norfolk has also seen a large increase as its number of foreclosures has spiked 155%. What is also very disturbing is how foreclosures in towns where members of our armed forces live are increasing at a rate 4 times faster than the national average. At a time when our soldiers are risking their lives in service of our country, it is simply unacceptable that so many of their families are at risk of losing their home.

More below the fold. Also note, this is crossposted at Left of the Hill.

The Green Dogs of Capitol Connolly

What are Green Dogs? A gene-modified pack of Irish wolfhounds, perhaps? Not quite, but hopefully the pack of Green Dogs, as described by new Congressman Gerry Connolly of the 11th District, Virginia, will be an effective caucus of environmentalist Representatives in the House on the Hill in Washington, D.C. to go with Blue Dogs and Yellow Dogs among the Democrats. Congressman Connolly made his pitch Wednesday the 18th of February in the Fairfax Regional Library in the City of Fairfax at the meeting, “Warming Up: Why Fairfax Needs Congress to Address Global Warming.” The convocation, sponsored by Environment Virginia, Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCN), and the Sierra Club, pulled an SRO crowd of over 100 activists to hear Congressman Connolly, Sharon Bulova the new Chairman. of the Fairfax Board of Supervisors, Mike Tidwell, Eric Dumont, Kent Baake, and Dale Medearis provide updates on the green revolution.

Roy Baldwin Running to Succeed Steve Shannon in 35th District

Roy Baldwin Announces Campaign to Succeed Shannon in Fairfax County’s 35th District

(OAKTON, Virginia) -- Roy Baldwin – a Vienna resident, Oakton attorney, area business leader and civic volunteer – announced on January 7th that he is running as a Democrat for State Delegate in Virginia’s 35th District to strengthen our local economy, tackle our transportation challenges, enhance Fairfax County’s fine schools and address the health care priorities of the 21st century.

Gerry Connolly Already At Work On Committees

With the House of Representatives having 435 members, the committee and subcommittee assignments that a Member of Congress receives are extremely important because they represent the best opportunity a Member has to impact legislation. It also means that Congressional leaders should make an effort to match members with committees that relate to their personal backgrounds and deal with issues important to their home districts. With that in mind, Rep. Gerry Connolly is serving on three House committees (Foreign Affairs, Oversight and Government Reform, and Budget) and four subcommittees that deal with issues affecting Northern Virginia, the local and national economy, and world affairs.

more below the fold. Also note, this was crossposted on Left of the Hill

It's Official - Another Open House Seat!

Today on the floor of the House of Delegates, Jeff Frederick made official his plans not to seek re-election to the House of Delegates this year.

Del/Chairman Frederick is the gift that keeps on giving. We should all thank him for not only totally devastating the RPV, but now vacating a House of Delegates seat in Eastern Prince William County that went 63% for Obama. I would venture to call this pickup number 1 for the House Democratic Caucus.

Global Warming Town Hall with Congressman Connolly, Chairwoman Bulova - February 18, 6:30

Warming Up: Why Northern Virginia Needs Congress to Address Global Warming

Come to hear from Northern Virginia’s newest member of Congress, Fairfax County’s own Congressman Gerry Connolly, about how Congress will address global warming.

What: Town Hall with Congressman Gerry Connolly, Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Sharon Bulova, and local business leaders in a question-and-answer town hall forum for Northern Virginia residents to hear directly about ongoing efforts and opportunities in to stop global warming.

Moon Wins Braddock Supervisor Primary

Final tallies in the Braddock firehouse primary

Moon: 1528

Hedetniemi: 1073

Christian: 92

8 votes disqualified

Way to go: Ilryong Moon

Braddock Primary Begins Today!

This morning I spent several hours working the phones for Jan Hedetniemi's primary bid for Braddock District Supervisor.

We are reminding strong democrats that the firehouse primary is TOMORROW between 3PM and 9PM at the Kings Park library at 9000 Burke Lake Road, with early voting TODAY at that location between 6PM and 9PM

It was particularly striking how many likely voters are still undecided on the eve of this election.

A Fresh Face in the 38th?


Fairfax County School Board member Kaye Kory is running to unseat fellow Democrat Bob Hull as House Delegate for the 38th District. This is good news, folks.

Bob Hull seems by all accounts to be among the least popular and least respected members of the General Assembly. He’s my Delegate and I have voted to elect him because I’d rather have him there than be represented by a Repub. But it’s rare that I hear anything of substance either from or about him.

Sorry, Bob, but it’s not enough just to keep the seat warm. I want my elected representatives to work their hearts out every day for my state and for my country.

While I need to learn more about Kaye, she radiates energy, enthusiasm and intelligence.

Gerry Connolly Keeps Campaign Promises To Engage Constituents

During his Congressional campaign, Rep. Gerry Connolly often spoke about how he wanted to bring his passion for local civic engagement to the Federal Government. There have been several occasions when I have heard Gerry take it a step further and speak about how he believed that local officials were extremely accountable to their constituents. The purpose of expressing this sentiment, he told potential voters, was to let them know that he would work to ensure that his Congressional office would also share a strong level of openness and accountability. Since becoming a Member of the House of Representatives Gerry has remained true to his word and has provided his constituents with many opportunities to let him know what they think about the important issues facing our community. In addition to attending community events such as an open house hosted by Supervisor Jeff McKay, for instance, Connolly also took part in a teleconference with upwards of 3,700 of his constituents who live in Prince William County.

Michael Barone: Fairfax election means that the "Republican Party Is Coming Back in Virginia"

You have got to see this hilarious article by Michael Barone at U.S. News & World Report, "Warning to Obama and Democrats: Republican Party Is Coming Back in Virginia."
http://www.usnews.com/blogs/barone/2009/2/4/warning-to-obama-and-democra...

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair - Bulova Wins!

Polls have closed in Fairfax for the Board of Supervisors Chair special election today, Feb. 3, 2009.

This is an open thread / results thread. So stay tuned.

Update, 9:45 pm, Final

Bulova: 51,949 (48.2%)
Herrity: 50,732 (47.1%)

228 / 228 Precincts Reporting & Absentees - 107,713 Total Votes

Bulova Wins!
Editor's Note, 10:20 pm: After confirming that the results do include absentees, it appears that Sharon Bulova has won by 1,217 votes. Congratulations to Ms. Bulova!

WHO WILL FOLLOW BULOVA?

Tomorrow, if Fairfax democrats continue their hard work, Sharon Bulova will be elected Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, leaving her seat as Braddock’s representative on the Board open.

A firehouse primary will follow next week on Tuesday February 10, with early voting on February 9.

Thus far, three excellent democratic candidates have stepped up to run in the primary for the Braddock seat.

Here are their bios:

Jan Hedetniemi. Lifelong Democrat. Braddock Leader.

A Braddock District resident since 1985, Jan Hedetniemi has been active in Braddock and Fairfax County organizations for nearly 10 years. The following

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Video of Tim Kaine Speaking About Sharon Bulova





I wrote a piece earlier today about Gov. Tim Kaine and Rep. Gerry Connolly speaking at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College. As Gov. Kaine has now taken upon the role as the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee, I thought posting this video would allow people a unique opportunity to see the DNC Chairman speak about local politics in front of a crowd of people who know him well.

Gov. Kaine and Rep. Connolly Speak At Event for Sharon Bulova

Gov. Tim Kaine, Rep. Gerry Connolly, and a large number of local and state level elected officials made an appearance at the Annandale campus of Northern Virginia Community College in support of Sharon Bulova's candidacy for Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The simple fact that there were elected officials from all levels of government up on stage reinforced that we need strong leaders at all levels who can help make the difficult decisions. Perhaps most importantly, the crowd was filled with people who had spent hours upon hours making phone calls and knocking on doors to remind people to vote on Tuesday (February 3). This is extremely important because it shows how people believe so strongly in Sharon's candidacy that they are willing to brave the cold (and on some days snow) and work hard to ensure that we elect the best candidate to lead Fairfax County while important decisions must be made.

Follow me below the fold for a write up of what was said during the speeches. Also note that this is crossposted on Left of the Hill.