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By John R. Bolton
The president fiddles at his domestic altar while the world burns
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Topic - Robert Creigh Deeds
Terry McAuliffe eased into the Virginia governor's race Wednesday by branding himself as a pro-business pragmatist and his Republican foe as an apostle of "socially divisive issues," after a potential rival for the Democratic nomination decided not to run.
Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II, other law enforcement officials and state lawmakers pushed Tuesday to find additional money to combat child pornography and child exploitation in Virginia.
The Virgina Senate passed a measure Thursday to allow state-wide hunting on private property on Sundays.
Five of the six plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to throw control of Virginia's congressional redistricting process to the courts have either contributed to or worked for Democrats in the past decade, despite claims that the legal action is not linked to the party.
With a sputtering national economy looming over the state and an increasingly unpopular president, some campaigns in Northern Virginia are turning away from fiscal issues and toward social issues, such as abortion and gun rights, ahead of the Nov. 8 statewide elections.
Halfway through the D.C. Council's heated debate last week on a tax hike for the city's highest earners, council member Jack Evans said, "You feel like you're in 'Alice in Wonderland' sometimes listening to people up here."
Two years since Terry McAuliffe's quest for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination was thwarted by voters who viewed him as a carpetbagger out of touch with grass-roots Virginia, the multimillionaire entrepreneur is quietly mounting a second bid for the Democratic nomination for Virginia governor.
RICHMOND (AP) — The heartbroken families of the Virginia Tech shooting victims suffered a second and probably final legislative defeat yesterday in their bid to prevent criminals and the mentally ill from buying firearms at gun shows.
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"This creates another battleground for us," said state Sen. Robert Creigh Deeds, Bath County Democrat. "Miss Stall is a person who, at least from what she has said publicly, seems to be a pretty extreme candidate. It throws that district into play."
"It's important that we respond in some fashion to the tragedy at Virginia Tech and the focus the families have put on this," Mr. Deeds said.