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Perriello adds to Transition Team

Today's press release from the Perriello office shows the 34-year old Ivy native is moving in the right direction. An idealogical and geographically diverse group of highly motivated individuals.

Perriello's Communications director Jessica Barba, told me this evening that he intends to add a union representative to the team as well. That name will be announced in the very near future.

Here is the press release from Perriello's office.

December 20, 2008—Ivy, VA—Congressman-elect Tom Perriello today announced more members of his transition advisory committee, local leaders who will advise Perriello as he transitions into his new role in representing the fifth district of Virginia. The committee members have held numerous meetings with the Congressman-elect over the past few weeks, and on Thursday, the entire group met for the first time on a district-wide conference call.

"Through working with this diverse group of local leaders, and on my recent listening tour in which I covered 3,000 miles and had over 70 meetings, I am preparing to fight for the Fifth District's needs in Washington as soon as I'm sworn into office," said Congressman-elect Perriello. "Clearly, getting our economy back on track will be my number one priority, specifically in the areas of infrastructure and workforce development. With the scope of challenges facing our district, I need to be ready to hit the ground running from day one, and I feel confident with the help of this advisory committee that I will be ready."

(Below the fold is Perriello's Transition Team)

Right To Work, or Right To be a Slave?

Yesterdays Martinsville/Henry County Chamber of Commerce Pre-Legislative Luncheon was filled with enemies of Virginia's working families. Of course the Chamber officials such as president Amanda Witt and chairman Jay Edelen, but also Delegate Danny Marshall.

Delegates Ward Armstrong and Don Merricks, along with state Sen. Roscoe Reynolds and Congressman-elect Tom Perriello were there, but I want to focus on the enemies.

Know thy Enemy.

Hunger Comes Home

Sometimes the human cost of this economy gets lost in the background; coverage of bailouts and blame-placing often trumps what is happening to those who were "the least of these" among us even before the bottom fell out. Recently, however, Roanoke's WDBJ7 reported on a story that will rip your heart out, and one that is indicative of just how bad things have gotten.

Details of VA-05 Recount Emerge

Cross posted to What IS Right for Virginia

The ups and downs of the two-day recount have been slowly emerging since yesterday's announcement that Ivy native Tom Perriello, will represent Virginia's 5th District in Washington.

The final margin of victory at 727 votes, with 158,810 for Perriello and 158,083 for Republican incumbent Virgil Goode Jr. The recount found 250 vote changes, with Goode having a net gain of 18 votes.

Recount officials found 63 absentee ballots from Halifax County that had not previously been counted — 20 votes for Perriello and 43 for Goode. The campaigns agreed after considerable discussion that the votes should be counted, and the judges accepted their recommendation.

Goode told reporters in a conference call that he, "had sent Perriello a congratulatory email."

A New Era for Virginia's 5th District

Tom told me on the phone shortly after the Albemarle Co. 3 judge panel certified his win, that this moment had been "too long in coming". I could not agree more.

After the 5th CD has suffered an economic depression that is uncomparable throughout the rest of the Commonwealth, it is time we elected a Representative that will actually work for us.

Now it is time to say good(e)-bye to 12 years of Virgil Goode and hello to a new era for the 5th district. I cannot say I expect Perriello to make an immediate impact in Washington, but I do believe we will see a new focus on the plight of rural families in todays economy. I do expect Tom to be a voice for our area, not making foolish speeches against those that differ from him or promoting wasteful spending of tax-payer dollars.

Read the press release from the Perriello office below:

Perriello is Officially Declared Winner

This afternoon, a three-judge panel in Charlottesville rendered a decision on the recount in the fifth congressional race between soon-to-be-ex Representative Virgil H. Goode, and Rep-Elect Tom Perriello , upholding the results certified on November 24th. Despite a last-ditch PR attempt by Goode to cast Perriello as attempting to disenfranchise service men and women, Perriello rode above Virgil’s rancorous politicking, with the final recount coming in at +727 votes for Periello. Congratulations Rep-Elect Perriello!

Del. Merricks: Tough Decisions Ahead


Republican Don Merricks tells the Martinsville Bulletin he isn't looking forward to his second session in the General Assembly.

Appomattox, Boones Mill lose 200 jobs

From WDBJ7's newscast tonight: More bad news for Southside's job market today, as North American Homes laid off about 40 people in Boones Mill. Appomattox lost about 160 jobs total when Thomasville Furniture cut production.

Tim Kaine - The BlueCommonwealth.com Interview - Part 2

The second part of the BlueCommonwealth.com interview with Tim Kaine. In this portion of the interview we discuss Energy Policy and the Governor's Renew Virginia initiative for the 2009 legislature.

Significantly, Tim Kaine here gives his rationale for supporting the Wise county coal-fired power plant.

"I viewed Wise as a situation where we were investing in cleaner technology and taking a dirty plant out of the system."

Recount Rhetoric Continues in VA-05

(Cross posted at What IS Right for Virginia)

Santa Claus is coming to town, at least Martinsville's City Council Hopes!

It will be a bit like a small child crawling up on Santa's lap tomorrow night when the Martinsville City Council presents it's 2009 "Legislative Wish List" to area lawmakers.

The council invited 5th District Congressman-elect Tom Perriello, Delegates Ward Armstrong, Don Merricks, Danny Marshall and state Senator Roscoe Reynolds. No word on whether all four will attend or not.

According to city Manager Clarence Monday,the list is being given to area lawmakers “so they’ll know what our interests are” as a city.