The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up

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VA 2011 Archives

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Virginia Gubernatorial Headlines, 2010-2011 Archives

DECEMBER 2011
Ken Cuccinelli continues to politicize Virginia’s AG office (Blue Virginia, 12/31/11)
New hope for Republicans left off Virginia ballot (New York Times, 12/31/11)
AG Cuccinelli may intervene in ballot flap (CBS News, 12/31/11)
Bizarre bills line up for hearing in VA General Assembly (Washington Post, 12/31/11)
Republican candidates may get another shot at VA ballot for Super Tuesday (Washington Post, 12/31/11)
Virginia AG to intervene in primary ballot dispute (Washington Post, 12/31/11)
Virginia’s ballot-access laws turn tables on GOP (Washington Post, 12/29/11)
Gov. McDonnell signs stricter abortion clinic rules (Washington Post, 12/29/11)
Virginia Republicans to require loyalty oath for primary voters (Washington Post, 12/29/11)
Virginia GOP will require voters to sign ‘loyalty oath’ (ABC News, 12/29/11)
Virginia unlikely to change law to allow Gingrich write-in (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/27/11)
Perry sues to get on Virginia ballot (Washington Post, 12/27/11)
Cuccinelli urges ballot change after GOP presidential primary issue (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/26/11)
Gingrich faces long odds to compete in Virginia presidential primary (Washington Post, 12/25/11)
2011 Independent candidate for VA Legislature has big impact on 2012 presidential primary (Ballot Access News, 12/25/11)
Gingrich failure to get on primary ballot raises questions (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/24/11)
Gingrich, Parry disqualified from VA primary ballot (Washington Post, 12/24/11)
Cuccinelli: ‘I didn’t get in a line.’ (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/19/11)
McDonnell’s proposed budget steers money to jobs, transportation, higher ed (Washington Post, 12/19/11)
McDonnell’s expected $78B budget to define his legacy (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/18/11)
Judge rules against Democrats’ bid to block Bolling vote (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/17/11)
McDonnell proposes phasing out accelerated sales tax policy (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/17/11)
Judge shoots down state Senate Dems’ lawsuit (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/16/11)
Poll shows voters support Senate power sharing (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/16/11)
Virginia OKs same-sex adoption hurdle (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/15/11)
Virginia groups may sue over state adoption decision (Reuters, 12/15/11)
VA board allows adoption agencies to discriminate based on sexual orientation, other factors (Washington Post, 12/14/11)
Analyst: Cuccinelli lead in GOP race no surprise (Augusta Free Press, 12/14/11)
McDonnell wants $200 million more for higher education in two-year budget (Daily Press, 12/14/12)
Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli opposes Phase 2 of Dulles rail and more toll road debt (Toll Road News, 12/13/11)
McDonnell favors consecutive terms (Governors Journal, 12/13/11)
Opinion: Virginia transportation – pay to pave (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/13/11)
Cuccinelli ‘optimistic’ about 2012 passage of property-rights amendment (Examiner, 12/13/11)
Poll: Cuccinelli with big early lead in ’13 GOP gubernatorial race (Augusta Free Press, 12/13/11)
Gingrich, Allena, Cuccinelli up in Virginia (Public Policy Polling, 12/13/11)
Virgnia’s gubernatorial race just got interesting (C-Ville, 12/13/11)
Commentary: Guess what? Government’s grown, not shrunk (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/13/11)
Huntsman to campaign in Virginia, meet with McDonnell (Washington Post, 12/13/11)
Democrats call on McDonnell to fund transportation without taking money from other core services (Washington Post, 12/13/11)
Cuccinelli goes splat (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/12/11)
Cuccinelli: Not a single penny for Phase 2 (Bacon’s Rebellion, 12/12/11)
Virginia’s public pension fund short $20 billion (Washington Examiner, 12/12/11)
Report: VA would not save with proposed pension plan (Washington Times, 12/12/11)
Virginia court to rule on scope of Lt. Gov. Bolling’s authority (Washington Times, 12/9/11)
McDonnell wants to increase portion of sales tax going to roads (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/9/11)
Measure aims to help port maximize growth potential (The Virginian-Pilot, 12/9/11)
McDonnell aims to steer more cash to transportation (The Virginian-Pilot, 12/9/11)
Gov. Bob McDonnell outlines Virginia transportation funding proposals (Daily Press, 12/8/11)
Cuccinelli, a future gubernatorial rival, defends Bolling in lawsuit (Washington Post, 12/8/11)
McDonnell proposes spending more money on transportation, but without raising taxes (Washington Post, 12/8/11)
McDonnell says K-12 funding will increase (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/8/11)
McDonnell: If health insurance mandate stands, VA should run exchange (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/8/11)
Gov. McDonnell skips high-dollar Romney fundraiser because of VA Tech shooting (ABC News, 12/8/11)
McDonnell wants to increase portion of sales tax going to roads (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/8/11)
McDonnell proposes using more surpluses, sales tax for transportation (Virginia Business, 12/8/11)
Landes touts school choice, McDonnell suggests school funding will increase (News Leader, 12/8/11)
Gov. McDonnell outlines Virginia transportation funding proposals (Daily Press, 12/8/11)
McDonnell says VA school funding will rise (Washington Post, 12/7/11)
Cuccinelli says he has no plans to weigh in on US senate, presidential primaries (Washington Post, 12/7/11)
The Davis-Cuccinelli axis (Washington Post, 12/7/11)
McDonnell wants insurance exchange, if one is required (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/7/11)
Commentary: Bolling, politician as victim (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/7/11)
Democrats ponder whether Cuccinelli or Bolling is more beatable (Sun Gazette, 12/7/11)
Bolling on Cuccinelli: ‘Nothing he does surprises me’ (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/6/11)
Virginia official reach tentative deal for I-95 HOT lanes (Washington Post, 12/6/11)
Cuccinelli refuses to respond to Bolling’s ‘personal attacks’ (Washington Post, 12/6/11)
Is Tom Davis backing Ken Cuccinelli for governor? (Washington Post, 12/6/11)
McDonnell won’t push for exchange in session (Roanoke Times, 12/6/11)
Delegate seeks bill for health insurance exchange (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/6/11)
Romney raises money this week in Virginia (Washington Post, 12/6/11)
Bob McDonnell to drop by Mitt Romney event in Richmond (Politico, 12/5/11)
US House lines in limbo as 2012 nears (News Leader, 12/5/11)
Parties in legal tussle over control of Virginia state Senate (Reuters, 12/5/11)
Cuccinelli: ‘I don’t see a lot of distance’ between Romney, Obama health plans (Huffington Post, 12/4/11)
Cuccinelli says now is the time to run for governor (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/4/11)
Commentary: Ken, a Republican doll (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/4/11)
Cuccinelli’s plans: Will he or won’t he? (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/4/11)
Commentary: Cuccinelli’s challenge forces VA GOP to choose (Washington Post, 12/3/11)
Maryland’s O’Malley, Virginia’s McDonnell take rivalry national (Washington Examiner, 12/3/11)
‘Monkey wrench’ upsets GOP plans (News Leader, 12/3/11)
Opinion: Merging of two departments will not help clients of either (News Leader, 12/3/11)
Cuccinelli dings Gingrich, wins praise (Politico, 12/3/11)
Will Virginia Democrats answer Cuccinelli’s challenge? (Washington Post, 12/2/11)
Cuccinelli upsets GOP apple cart (Daily Press, 12/2/11)
Bolling goes after Cuccinelli (National Journal, 12/2/11)
McDonnell calls on Virginians to get involved, support organization that provide aid to needy (Washington Post, 12/2/11)
Panel mulls health care exchange options in Virginia (The Virginian-Pilot, 12/2/11)
The season of brotherly love and intraparty intrigue (Washington Post, 12/2/11)
Cuccinelli sets up 2013 battle vs. Bolling for GOP gubernatorial nomination (Roanoke Times, 12/2/11)
Stage is set for spat in GOP (Fredericksburg Free Lance Star, 12/2/11)
Mullins to run for another term as Virginia state GOP chairman (Washington Post, 12/2/11)
With bid for governor in ’13, Cuccinelli forces hand of McDonnell, who will side with Bolling (Washington Post, 12/1/11)
McDonnell still strongly supports Bolling for governor in 2013 (Washington Post, 12/1/11)
Cuccinelli: ‘I have decided to run for governor’ (Politico, 12/1/11)
Democrats unleash attacks on Cuccinelli (Washington Post, 12/1/11)
McDonnell promises to take sides in potential GOP showdown (CNN, 12/1/11)
Cuccinelli’s move forces Republicans to take sides (News Leader, 12/1/11)
Virginia’s tea party true believer aims higher (TIME, 12/1/11)
Why Cuccinelli will be formidable in 2013 (National Journal, 12/1/11)
Cuccinelli confirmation invites strong reactions from Bolling, others (The Virginian-Pilot, 12/1/11)
Cuccinelli set to get involved in GOP presidential race (Washington Examiner, 12/1/11)
Cuccinelli confirms run for governor (Washington Post, 12/1/11)
Video: The politicians are always complaining about the size, cost and scope of govt (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/1/11)
Editorial: Streamlining government (Daily Press, 12/1/11)
NOVEMBER 2011
GOP governors group re-elects McDonnell chairman (Washington Post, 11/30/11)
Commentary: Some Republicans urge power-sharing (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11/30/11)
Cuccinelli will announce governor’s run within days, GOP sources say (Washington Post, 11/30/11)
Gov. McDonnell to end 2 Virginia agencies (News Leader, 11/29/11)
Democrats dominate Virginia map lawsuit (Washington Times, 11/28/11)
O’Malley-McDonnell business duel moves offshore (Washington Times, 11/27/11)
India latest stop as Md and Va. governors compete abroad for economic boost (Washington Post, 11/25/11)
Governor to get long list of reforms (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11/20/11)
Commentary: Virginia Democratic Party – a Southern Gothic (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11/20/11)
State Sen. Northam spurns GOP offer to switch sides (The Virginian-Pilot, 11/19/11)
Suit filed to have courts draw state’s congressional districts (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11/19/11)
Democrats object to GOP ‘power grab’ in Virginia Senate (Washington Post, 11/18/11)
Democrats in VA Senate challenge GOP to share power (Washington Post, 11/18/11)
Senate Democrats question scope of Bolling’s tie-breaking power (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11/18/11)
McDonnell, in India, salutes GOP legislative leaders (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11/17/11)
Virginia one year out: Up for grabs (MSNBC, 11/17/11)
Though deadlocked with Dems, Senate Republicans name Norment leader of a GOP majority for 2012 (Washington Post, 11/17/11)
Virginia GOP decides Senate leadership (Washington Post, 11/17/11)
McDonnell, O’Malley job hunt in India (WTOP, 11/17/11)
Gov. McDonnell hopes to bring Bollywood to Virginia (WTVR, 11/17/11)
Virginia governor sees business — and traffic — in India (Washington Post, 11/17/11)
Virginia hires two India-based trade reps (Washington Post, 11/16/11)
VA Senate Republicans set their course (Washington Post, 11/16/11)
Bolling now has political muscle (News Leader, 11/15/11)
Government efficiency measures backed (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11/15/11)
Inside the boiler room: McDonnell in the Veepstakes (MSNBC, 11/14/11)
McDonnell upbeat on trade mission to Israel and India (Fredericksburg Free Lance Star, 11/14/11)
McDonnell praises high court action on health care lawsuits (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11/14/11)
McDonnell to govern in a new landscape (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11/14/11)
McDonnell touts Virginia jobs in Israel (WTVR, 11/14/11)
McDonnell hopes to announce deals from Israel trade mission within two months (Washington Post, 11/14/11)

Lacking votes, Democrats could fight GOP with the law (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 11/13/11)
Quake-rattled nuclear plant in Virginia powers back up (LA Times, 11/12/11)
After elections, Lt. Gov. Bolling poised for more powerful role (Washington Post, 11/12/11)
VA economic outlook uncertain ahead of budget presentation (Washington Times, 11/12/11)
McDonnell endorses Allen for senate (The Hill, 11/11/11)
Israel, India are focuses of McDonnell’s trade trip (The Virginian-Pilot, 11/11/11)
Elephants squeak by (Bacon’s Rebellion, 11/11/11)
Critics wary of Virginia’s new time-saving road construction (Washington Examiner, 11/11/11)
VA October revenues climb 3.1% despite slow economy, uncertainty of fed spending (Washington Post, 11/11/11)
VA Republicans misreading the election results (Washington Post, 11/11/11)
Israeli prime minister cancels meeting with McDonnell (Washington Post, 11/11/11)
Virginia’s election results add guesswork to 2012 campaigns (Virginian Pilot, 11/10/11)
McDonnell’s early record at RGA: An unsurprising draw (Washington Post, 11/10/11)
Houck concedes defeat, ensuring GOP control of VA Senate (Washington Post, 11/10/11)
Houck concedes Senate race (Fredericksburg Free Lance Star, 11/10/11)
GOP poised to take over Virginia Senate (Washington Post, 11/9/11)
Virginia GOP celebrates big gains in state Legislature (LA Times, 11/9/11)
Virginia goes after Maryland jobs (Washington Examiner, 11/9/11)
Commentary: No matter who gains control of Virginia Senate, neither party won a mandate (Washington Post, 11/9/11)
Analysis: What a Republican win means for VA (Washington Post, 11/9/11)
Offshore drilling plan excludes Virginia (Washington Post, 11/8/11)
Virginia elections may be a warning sign for Obama (Washington Post, 11/8/11)
In N.Va, incumbents on path to victory (Washington Post, 11/8/11)
State of Virginia employing PR firm used by Middle East regimes accused of human rights abuses (American Independent, 11/8/11)
In Loudoun County, GOP appears poised to make gains (Washington Post, 11/8/11)
Obama campaign encourages Virginians to vote (Washington Post, 11/7/11)
Direction of Virginia Legislature likely to hinge on N.Va (Washington Times, 11/6/11)
Virginia election forecast: High stakes, low turnout (Washington Post, 11/6/11)
Republicans work to take control of Virginia’s Senate (Washington Post, 11/5/11)
Colgan faces unexpectedly strong challenge in Prince William Senate race (Washington Post, 11/5/11)
No good news for Obama in 2011 Virginia races (Washington Post, 11/1/11)
OCTOBER 2011
Virginia GOP says Halloween-themed email over the top (LA Times, 10/31/11)
VA elections could redefine McDonnell’s image (Washington Post, 10/30/11)
McDonnell won’t rule out state layoffs (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/28/11)
Democrats train sights on gun issues in Northern Virginia races (Washington Post, 10/27/11)
McDonnell stumps for gay candidate, claims to have record of ‘equal opportunity for all’ (Think Progress, 10/27/11)
Virginia: Purple Haze (Bloomberg Businessweek, 10/27/11)
GOP believes 32nd Senate District could be coming into play (Sun Gazette, 10/27/11)
Gov. McDonnell weighs in on disaster funding, state politics in radio address (WTVR, 10/27/11)
Dems allege Republicans are sending unsolicited attack texts ahead of elections (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/27/11)
Tea party group says city favors Occupy Richmond protesters (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/27/11)
McDonnell flirts with Lockheed-Martin (Washington Post, 10/27/11)
McDonnell: State layoffs can’t be ruled out (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/27/11)
McDonnell, pursuing Lockheed Martin, says Maryland is less friendly to business (Washington Post, 10/27/11)
Audio: McDonnell: VA wants the defense jobs if MD doesn’t (WFIR, 10/26/11)
Mitt Romney, Bob McDonnell dodge endorsement question (Politico, 10/26/11)
Gov. McDonnell says GOP stands for ‘equal opportunity for all’ (Examiner, 10/26/11)
Cost of Medicaid in Virginia swells (Washington Times, 10/26/11)
Memo to Gov. McDonnell: Clean energy is the future in VA (Examiner.com, 10/26/11)
Fast times in Trenton and Richmond (National Review Online, 10/26/11)
McDonnell interested in Lockheed Martin (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/26/11)
McDonnell discusses occupy crowds in radio interview (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/25/11)
DNC, McDonnell throwing six-figure sums into VA elections (Washington Examiner, 10/25/11)
McDonnell: Proposed MontCo resolution a ‘stunning statement’ to defense contractors (Washington Times, 10/25/11)
On transportation, Bob McDonnell turns Virginia ‘back toward the 1950s’ (Blue Virginia, 10/25/11)
Editorial: Two-party system on the ropes in Virginia races (Washington Post, 10/25/11)
Democrats mock Bolling’s government doesn’t create jobs comment (Washington Post, 10/25/11)
Virginia GOP backs Bolling’s jobs stance (Washington Post, 10/25/11)
Romney, McDonnell attend Fairfax fundraiser (New York Times, 10/25/11)
DNC donates $100K to Virginia Senate races (Washington Post, 10/25/11)
Tea party targets Northern VA Democrats in TV ad (Huffington Post, 10/24/11)
Big-name politicians visit Virginia to help legislative candidates (Washington Post, 10/24/11)
Tea party airs TV ad in Northern VA targeting Senate Democrats (Washington Post, 10/24/11)
McDonnell again seeks federal aid for quake damage (Virginian-Pilot, 10/24/11)
VA House Republicans, business group kiss and make up — not (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/23/11)
Powell sworn in as first African-American woman on Virg. Supreme Court (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/22/11)
Cuccinelli sees ‘good chance’ he’ll run (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/22/11)
McDonnell will join Romney at Virginia event this week (The Hill, 10/21/11)
McDonnell pursues Maryland-based Lockheed Martin (Washington Post, 10/21/11)
VRS certifies pension contribution increases (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/20/11)
Editorial: The Post’s Virginia House endorsements (Washington Post, 10/20/11)
Democrats hard to find on Obama’s Virginia swing (LA Times, 10/19/11)
NC and Virginia loom large for Obama’s reelection campaign (Washington Post, 10/17/11)
In Fairfax Senate race, partisan politics just below the surface (Washington Post, 10/15/11)
Eyes on Northern Virginia’s swing districts (Washington Post, 10/8/11)
Virginia loses tech jobs but maintains highest concentration in US (Washington Post, 10/5/11)
McDonnell warns agencies to prepare for stern budget (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/4/11)
Republican looks for an upset in Northern Virginia Senate contest (Washington Pot, 10/4/11)
SEPTEMBER 2011
Opinion: Gov. McDonnell’s transportation blunders (Washington Post, 9/30/11)
Gov. McDonnell blasts Obama in NH speech (Washington Post, 9/26/11)
Big crowd turns out for McDonnell, NH GOP (NH Journal, 9/26/11)
McDonnell cautions Board of Education on budget (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/23/11)
Tea party group targets 7 VA Senate candidates (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/23/11)
McDonnell: Education a priority in hard times (Roanoke Times, 9/23/11)
Gov. McDonnell discusses K-12 priorities with Board of Education, warns of tight state funding (Washington Post, 9/22/11)
McAuliffe reaches out to McDonnell on GOP attacks (Washington Post, 9/22/11)
McDonnell, Google unveil program to help Virginia businesses launch websites (Washington Post, 9/21/11)
Commentary: In Virginia, it’s good to be the governor (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/21/11)
GOP gets nearly $1M from McDonnell, Howell PACs (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/21/11)
Where are key Virginia races in 2011? (WAVY, 9/21/11)
McDonnell ramps up fundraising as Republicans look to take over Senate (Washington Post, 9/21/11)
McDonnell seeks federal disaster aid for earthquake damage (Washington Post, 9/20/11)
Commentary: Before ‘tolling’ Southern Virginia, give it a try up North (WTVR, 9/20/11)
McDonnell’s tax by another name (Washington Post, 9/20/11)
The I-95 tolls caucus (Washington Post, 9/20/11)
Virginia may be allowed to put tollbooths on I-95 (Roanoke Times, 9/20/11)
I-95 tolls in VA get initial approval from feds (Washington Post, 9/19/11)
Commentary: The Virginia GOP’s deafening silence (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/18/11)
Editorial: Virginia’s abortion end run (Washington Post, 9/18/11)
Even as Gov. McDonnell rides high, tests loom (Washington Post, 9/17/11)
Virginia Board of Health votes to adopt new regulations for abortion clinics (Washington Post, 9/15/11)
Cuccinelli declines to investigate whether McDonnell violated open-meetings law (Washington Post, 9/9/11)
Opinion: Economic development begs for regional approach (Staunton News Leader, 9/9/11)
Judges dismiss Virginia’s challenge to health-care law (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/9/11)
Judge puts Cuccinelli’s quest for global warming records on hold (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/9/11)
Opinion: Government reform: Public affairs (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/9/11)
Editorial: Closed work groups are just a bad idea (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/8/11)
Appeals court dismisses Virginia challenge to Obama health care law (Daily Press, 9/8/11)
Moody’s praises Virginia planning for US budget cuts (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 9/8/11)
Gov. McDonnell to host 2nd energy conference (Daily Press, 9/8/11)
Virginia delegate asks Cuccinelli to investigate Gov. McDonnell (WDBJ, 9/7/11)
McDonnell’s office says it will enforce public-notice law on committee meetings (Washington Post, 9/7/11)
VA legislator wants probe of McDonnell reform commission’s non-public meetings (Washington Post, 9/7/11)
Opinion: Want to reform govt? Keep meetings open (Staunton News Leader, 9/7/11)
MD, VA retiree systems seen as unsustainable (Washington Examiner, 9/7/11)
VA pension managers among highest paid state workers (Washington Examiner, 9/7/11)
Virginia bid to offset federal funding cuts aids AAA rank, Moody’s says (Bloomberg, 9/6/11)
For McDonnell, ‘jobs created’ is elastic (Watchdog, 9/6/11)
VA Democrats, facing conservative GOP candidates, hope to hold on to Senate (Washington Post, 9/4/11)
Virginia GOP sets sights on retaking Senate majority (Virginian-Pilot, 9/4/11)
Disasters put Gov. McDonnell on national stage (Virginian-Pilot, 9/4/11)
For a governor in the national spotlight, earth, wind and fire disasters provide time to shine (Washington Post, 9/4/11)
Bob McDonnell issues statement praising the American worker while his party’s policies screw them (Blue Virginia, 9/4/11)
McDonnell creates commission to examine VA’s economic competitiveness, versatility (Washington Post, 9/2/11)
McDonnell task force to analyze VA economy (Washington Times, 9/2/11)
VA reform commission work groups meet in private (Washington Post, 9/2/11)
With budget surpluses, it’s MD vs. VA (Washington Post, 9/1/11)
AUGUST 2011
Catholic groups duel over abortion rules (Virginian-Pilot, 8/31/11)
Maryland’s public workforce grows while Virginia axes govt jobs (Washington Examiner, 8/30/11)
O’Malley, McDonnell omnipresent before, after Irene (Washington Post, 8/30/11)
Draft regulations for VA abortion clinics could lead some to close, operators say (Washington Post, 8/26/11)
Fewer Virginia legislative seats will be contested (Virginian-Pilot, 8/25/11)

Virginia ballots skimp on party affiliation (Washington Post, 8/25/11)
Governor promotes VA disaster fund, seeks donations (Virginian-Pilot, 8/25/11)
Virginia officials prepare to release draft abortion regulations (Washington Post, 8/25/11)
Interest group receives UVa climate records (Virginian-Pilot, 8/25/11)
Maryland Democrats attack Virginia’s McDonnell (Washington Post, 8/24/11)
Virginia primaries set stage for battle for control of VA legislature (Washington Post, 8/23/11)
Virginia Dems dominate top 10 Senate campaign treasuries in latest pre-primary finance reports (Washington Post, 8/15/11)
Bob McDonnell highlights ascendance of US governors (Daily Press, 8/15/11)
Groups that lobby Virginia assembly have donated millions to candidates (Washington Post, 8/6/11)
Bob McDonnell set to step into national spotlight (again) (Washington Post, 8/3/11)
JULY 2011
VA Assembly fills longtime judicial vacancies (Washington Post, 7/29/11)
Advocacy groups endorse VA Senate Dem congressional map (The Virginian-Pilot, 7/26/11)
McDonnell swipes at Obama over credit rating (Politico, 7/26/11)
McDonnell overhauls Virginia Port Authority board (Daily Press, 7/22/11)
Impatient McDonnell tells legislative leaders to finish redistricting, appoint judges, go home (Washington Post, 7/21/11)
McDonnell flip-flops on debt ceiling after learning his state’s credit rating is at risk (Think Progress, 7/21/11)
McDonnell urges compromise to preserve VA’s credit rating (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/21/11)
McDonnell tells legislature to finish remap, name judges (The Virginian-Pilot, 7/21/11)
Gov. McDonnell announces $311 million state revenue surplus (Roanoke Times, 7/20/11)
‘Furious’ McDonnell pens fiery letter to Obama over potential downgrade (Washington Times, 7/20/11)
Top GOP Senate candidates criticize McDonnell on debt ceiling (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/20/11)
‘Exasperated’ McDonnell urges debt-limit compromise (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/20/11)
Looking for support from Right, 2 GOP hopefuls attack McDonnell for urging compromise (Washington Post, 7/20/11)
It’s time for McDonnell to call Cantor (Washington Post, 7/20/11)
Allen firm on call for balanced budget amendment, despite Moody’s bond rating warning (Washington Post, 7/20/11)
Republican senate candidates criticize McDonnell over debt talk (Washington Post, 7/20/11)
State ends year in black; extra cash to pay for tornado response, pension debt (Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, 7/20/11)
VA has $311 million surplus, bond rating on watch list (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/20/11)
Budget surplus to aid communities damaged in spring tornadoes (Roanoke Times, 7/19/11)
Why Moody’s has Virginia on credit watch (Roanoke Times, 7/19/11)
Virginia approach resonated on Hill (Daily Press, 7/19/11)
State GOP enjoys healthy advantage for midterms (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/19/11)
Opinion: Sooner or later new revenue will be needed for road funding (News Leader, 7/19/11)
Credit rating threat rains on budget parade (Daily Press, 7/19/11)
VA GOP raking in the cash (The Virginian-Pilot, 7/19/11)
Coal industry tops McDonnell backers (Daily Press, 7/19/11)
Individual tax collections drive VA’s $311 million surplus (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/19/11)
Virginia generates surplus of $311 million (Washington Post, 7/19/11)
Kaine, Warner disappointed about possible downgrade of VA’s bond rating (Washington Post, 7/19/11)
Virginia Republicans enjoy advantage in cash (Washington Post, 7/18/11)
McDonnell has twice the cash Kaine did as governor at mid-term (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/18/11)
McDonnell ready to lead GOP group if Perry runs (CNN, 7/17/11)
Virginia Democrats hoping cash edge saves state Senate (Washington Times, 7/17/11)
McDonnell and Rick Perry talk 2012 (Politico, 7/16/11)
McDonnell: Federal budget cuts won’t slow transportation plan (Loudoun Times, 7/16/11)
McDonnell appoints supporters to Norfolk State board of visitors (Washington Post, 7/15/11)
Editorial: Cleaning the Bay – Words to live by (The Virginian-Pilot, 7/15/11)
Virginia’s options in default unclear (Richmond times-Dispatch, 7/13/11)
Virginia makes state vehicles green (UPI, 7/13/11)
McDonnell supports proposed federal cuts to transportation (Washington Post, 7/13/11)
McDonnell: Safe uranium mining would benefit Virginia (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/13/11)
Dulles rail fight escalates over role of unions (Washington Examiner, 7/13/11)
Sound and fury on rail to Dulles (Washington Post, 7/13/11)
Governors increase pressure to lower Dulles Rail Project costs (WTOP, 7/12/11)
Bob McDonnell’s campaign at home (Politico, 7/12/11)
McDonnell signs order requiring state vehicles to use alternative fuels (Washington Post, 7/12/11)
McDonnell’s PAC raises $1.53M, has $3M in the bank (Washington Post, 7/12/11)
Virginia shifting to alternative fuel vehicles (Bloomberg Businessweek, 7/12/11)
Big donors give bulk of VA Governor’s $1.5M in fundraising (Virginian-Pilot, 7/12/11)
McDonnell PAC raked in $1.5M during last quarter (Virginian-Pilot, 7/12/11)
McDonnell: Virginia will not contribute more money to rail to Dulles (Washington Post, 7/11/11)
McDonnell donors named to college boards (The News & Advance, 7/10/11)
Commentary: Limits to McDonnell’s popularity (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 7/6/11)
$10K+ checks fatten McDonnell’s PAC by $1.4M for GOP’s fall bid to retake VA Senate (Washington Post, 7/6/11)
Virginia Dems target McDonnell over GOP road funding plan (The Virginian-Pilot, 7/6/11)
Poll: Virginia still against same-sex marriage (Stafford County Sun, 7/6/11)
McDonnell mostly a stay-at-home governor (Washington Times, 7/4/11)

JUNE 2011

Gov. Robert McDonnell regroups after policy staff turnover (Washington Post, 6/25/11)
Opinion: Gov. McDonnell: GOP Governors are showing the way (Wall Street Journal, 6/25/11)
McDonnell to join other governors to talk about creating jobs (Washington Post, 6/20/11)
Only 15% of VA House of Delegates seats being contested? (Blue Virginia, 6/19/11)
Virginia Senate adopts Dems’ congressional map, setting up clash with GOP House (Washington Post, 6/9/11)
Virginia legislative houses approve conflicting redistricting plans (Washington Post, 6/9/11)
ACLU proposes congressional redistricting plan (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6/8/11)
VA juvenile justice board votes to protect gay youth from discrimination over AG’s objection (Washington Post, 6/8/11)
Virginia launches new economic-development program (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6/8/11)
McDonnell teams with Jeff Bridges to help hungry kids (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6/8/11)
Competing proposals for remapping Virginia districts may affect influence of black voters (Washington Post, 6/7/11)
‘Virtual schools’ approved (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6/7/11)
Virginia launches new program to create, sustain economic development opportunities (Washington Post, 6/7/11)
State begins program to boost regions economically (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6/7/11)
Virginia commuters waiting for the promise of high-speed rail (Washington Post, 6/4/11)
POLITIFACT: McDonnell says VA is among few states heading toward budget surplus MOSTLY TRUE (Washington Post, 6/4/11)
Editorial: On immigration, a new state push (The Virginian-Pilot, 6/3/11)
Off-shore wind advocates to gather in Richmond (Washington Post, 6/3/11)
McDonnell announces incentive to save state funds (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 6/2/11)
McDonnell administration policy staff departures (The Virginian-Pilot, 6/2/11)
McDonnell daughter to hold wedding reception at mansion (Washington Post, 6/2/11)

MAY 2011

Audio: Gov. McDonnell signs human trafficking legislation (WAMU, 5/31/11)
McDonnell says police info sharing could prevent violence, but could unfairly stain students (Washington Post, 5/31/11)
Cantor backs McDonnell’s push for disaster aid (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/28/11)
State puts up disaster funds (The Virginia Gazette, 5/27/11)
Virginia will end fiscal year with surplus, governor says (Washington Post, 5/26/11)
McDonnell signs bills to increase tourism and attract businesses (WHSV, 5/25/11)
U-VA to release climate change papers to interest group (Virginia Pilot, 5/25/11)
DOJ requests interviews with redistricting legislators (Washington Post, 5/24/11)
McDonnell, Democrats release competing ‘by the numbers’ videos (Washington Post, 5/23/11)
Cuccinelli continues challenge of feds over greenhouse gas (The Virginian-Pilot, 5/23/11)
Cuccinelli legal position may end Virginia funds for cultural, historical groups (Washington Post, 5/20/11)
McDonnell appeals FEMA’s decision to deny tornado aid (Roanoke Times, 5/18/11)
Opinion: On energy, McDonnell’s got wrong answers (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/18/11)
Environmental groups oppose McDonnell’s support of a western bypass in NoVa (Washington Post, 5/18/11)
McDonnell: Trade shows promise (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/17/11)
Advocacy groups seek delay of Virginia adoption rules (The Virginian-Pilot, 5/17/11)
McDonnell says Asian trip has netted 6 business deals (Virginian Pilot, 5/16/11)
Virginia trade delegation to return home with some pending trade deals (Washington Post, 5/16/11)
Welcome to the age of Bob (McDonnell) (Washington Examiner, 5/13/11)
Virginia’s George Allen typifies GOP’s 2012 recruiting problems (US News, 5/13/11)
Denied federal aid, McDonnell asks private sector, citizens to help tornado victims (Washington Post, 5/12/11)
Virginia is for lovers, China is for matchmaking (Wall Street Journal, 5/12/11)
McDonnell opens Virginia marketing in Shanghai (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/12/11)
McDonnell’s trip to Asia aims to lure businesses to VA (Virginian Pilot, 5/11/11)
Opinion: Bob McDonnell is doing even better than you think (Washington Post, 5/11/11)
McDonnell scores well in separate polls, Allen and Kaine in close contest (Virginian Pilot, 5/11/11)
WaPo poll gives McDonnell a 62% approval rating, tops among VA politicians (Washington Post, 5/10/11)
McDonnell says Virginia’s economic development mission in Asia going well (Washington Post, 5/10/11)
WaPo Virginia poll: gay marriage vs. gay adoption (Washington Post, 5/10/11)
Greenbrier owners donaate $100K to McDonnell’s PAC (Washington Post, 5/10/11)
McDonnell: Gay marriage ban was ‘the right decision’ (Washington Post, 5/10/11)
Most Virginians approve of McDonnell, new poll shows (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/10/11)
Obama still strong in Virginia (Public Policy Polling, 5/10/11)
Judges in Virginia appear skeptical about health overhaul arguments (Washington Post, 5/10/11)
Virginia suits over federal health-care law go before appellate panel (Washington Post, 5/9/11)
Virginians optimistic about direction of state, WaPo poll finds (Washington Post, 5/9/11)
WaPo poll finds Virginians evenly split on gay marriage (Washington Post, 5/9/11)
McDonnell cuts public broadcasting further (Roanoke Times, 5/4/11)
McDonnell cuts $424K in funds for public TV, radio (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/4/11)
Commentary: A proxy debate for 2012 (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/4/11)
McDonnell singles out public broadcasting with line veto, signs rest of budget (Washington Post, 5/3/11)
A redistricting brawl? Virginia pols finally take the gloves off (C-Ville.com, 5/3/11)
McDonnell signs Virginia state redistricting plans (Ballot News, 5/2/11)
Republicans looking for a capable candidate might try Virginia (Washington Post, 5/2/11)
McDonnell, Axelrod spar over Virginia budget (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/1/11)
McDonnell and Axelrod clash over Obama policies on ‘Meet the Press’ (Washington Post, 5/1/11)
Next up is congressional redistricting, but not soon (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 5/1/11)
APRIL 2011
State redistricting process nearly complete (Williamsburg Yorktown Daily, 4/30/11)
McDonnell says a governor should replace Obama (New York Times, 4/29/11)
Senate redistricting plan wins favor (Roanoke Times, 4/29/11)
McDonnell signs redistricting bill (Roanoke Times, 4/29/11)
McDonnell gives thumbs-up to new redistricting plan (Augusta Free Press, 4/28/11)
Senate OKs revised redistricting plan with bipartisan support (Roanoke Times, 4/28/11)
Senate negotiators reach tentative deal on redistricting (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 4/28/11)
VA assembly reaches deal on new legislative map (Washington Post, 4/28/11)
Redistricting action slow going as Republican senators debate plan (Washington Post, 4/28/11)
McDonnell reports ‘progress’ on redistricting bill (Washington Post, 4/28/11)
Senators reach tentative deal on new legislative map (Washington Post, 4/27/11)
McDonnell reiterates his stance on gay adoptions (Richmond Times Dispatch, 4/27/11)
General Assembly delays work to accommodate fundraiser (Washington Post, 4/27/11)
Virginia’s Impressive Governor (Commentary, 4/27/11)
Gov. McDonnell: Federal government can learn from Republican governors (Talk Radio News Service, 4/26/11)
McDonnell: send the same redistricting bill, get the same veto (Washington Post, 4/26/11)
Virginia’s state universities are raising rates — again (Virginian Pilot, 4/25/11)
Supreme Court turns down Virginia’s request to expedite health care law challenge (Washington Post, 4/25/11)
Virginia Republicans vent about McDonnell’s redistricting veto (Washington Post, 4/23/11)
Virginia board rejects proposal that would have allowed gay adoptions (Washington Post, 4/20/11)
Cuccinelli: Some state payments to nonprofits were unconstitutional (Washington Post, 4/15/11)
McDonnell vetoes legislative redistricting plan (Washington Post, 4/15/11)
Study shows Virginia prisoners with lower than average recidivism rates (Washington Post, 4/13/11)
Citizens decry gerrymandering in redistricting (Falls Church Patch, 4/10/11)
Senate, House likely to propose differing congressional maps (Washington Post, 4/7/11)
McDonnell opposes allowing same-sex couples to adopt children in Virginia (Washington Post, 4/5/11)
General Assembly hears from public on redistricting; kicks off special session (Washington Post, 4/4/11)
Virginia General Assembly to convene legislative redistricting session (Washington Post, 4/3/11)
Virginia redistricting deal protects incumbents and punishes challengers, critics say (Washington Post, 4/2/11)
Citizens/Voters guide to the upcoming redistricting of Virginia (Falls Church Patch, 4/1/11)
MARCH 2011
McDonnell adds abortion restriction to insurance-exchange legislation (Washington Post, 3/31/11)
Black voters key in debate over new Virginia map (Roll Call, 3/31/11)
McDonnell signs bill regulating abortion clinics as hospitals (Washington Post, 3/28/11)
McDonnell delivers GOP weekly remarks: ‘Obama cuts Medicare’ (LA Times, 3/26/11)
Virginia tea partiers ‘disappointed’ with Cantor (Washington Post, 3/14/11)
Redistricting likely to shift congressional power to Northern Virginia (Washington Post, 3/13/11)
FEBRUARY 2011
Virginia General Assembly agrees to regulate abortion clinics as hospitals (Washington Post, 2/24/11)
Cuccinelli compliments ruling supporting heal care reform (LA Times, 2/23/11)
McDonnell opens door to VP run (NBC12, 2/21/11)
Virginia assembly hand McDonnell defeat by dropping liquor privatization bill (Washington Post, 2/9/11)
Virginia’s numbers of Hispanics and Asians skyrockets as white population dwindles (Washington Post, 2/4/11)

McDonnell’s plan to privatize ABC stores going nowhere fast (Virginian-Pilot, 2/3/11)
Cuccinelli seeks expedited high court health-care ruling (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2/3/11)
Senate panel backs borrowing for roads (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2/2/11)
Virginia legislators approve higher ed legislation (Bloomberg, 2/2/11)
General Assembly splits on bills giving state workers 401(k) option (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2/2/11)
Fanning the flames – Cuccinelli’s crusade against climate science is heating up (C-Ville Weekly, 2/1/11)
Opinion: The journey to better roads must start somewhere (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2/1/11)
McDonnell addresses first meeting of redistricting panel (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2/1/11)
Key Democratic panel approves McDonnell’s transportation plan (Washington Post, 2/1/11)
Senate finance panel spurns general fund money for roads (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2/1/11)
Cuccinelli praises Florida health-care ruling (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 2/1/11)

JANUARY 2011

Another day, another ‘states’ rights measure… (Washington Examiner, 1/31/11)
Tea Party groups endorse liquor privatization (Washington Pot, 1/31/11)
Could GOP grab control of redistricting in Virginia? (Washington Post, 1/31/11)
Census data delivery this week means VA redistricting battle near (Washington Post, 1/31/11)
Virginia hands out millions to big business (The Virginian-Pilot, 1/30/11)
McDonnell remakes Virginia Board of Elections (Washington Post, 1/28/11)
Cuccinelli says state grants to charities are unconstitutional (Washington Post, 1/28/11)
McDonnell names Florida official to head Board of Elections (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1/28/11)
Opinion: McDonnell blames the wrong culprit on tuition costs (Virginia Business, 1/27/11)
Virginia Redistricting: Protecting incumbents again? (Rose Institute, 1/26/11)
Dems pitch their own jobs plan (The Virginian-Pilot, 1/26/11)
Conservation groups oppose McDonnell’s transportation plan (Washington Post, 1/26/11)
Announcing sponsors, governor pushes transportation plan (The Virginian-Pilot, 1/25/11)
McDonnell to testify on Capitol Hill about job creation (Washington Post, 1/25/11)
5 Democrats sign on to sponsor McDonnell’s transportation bill (Washington Post, 1/24/11)
Lawmakers target Cuccinelli’s investigative powers (The Virginian-Pilot, 1/19/11)
McDonnell, Bolling, Cuccinelli all report hefty 2010 fundraising (Washington Post, 1/19/11)
Democrats try to curb Cuccinelli’s powers (Washington Post, 1/19/11)
McDonnell pushes for spending on roads and businesses (Virginian-Pilot, 1/13/11)
Debating the booze biz in Virginia (Washington Post, 1/13/11)
Virginia’s own brand of vitriol (Richmond Times Dispatch, 1/12/11)
Democrats respond to McDonnell’s State of the Commonwealth address (Washington Post, 1/12/11)
Will the real Bob McDonnell please stand up? (Washington Post, 1/12/11)
Liquor and roads on the minds of Virg. lawmakers (NBC Washington, 1/12/11)
McDonnell backs consecutive terms for Virgina governors (Vienna Patch, 1/11/11)
McDonnell says he can’t back Virginia currency bill (Bloomberg, 1/11/11)
Editorial: Real elections in Virginia (Washington Post, 1/11/11)
Some sit out anti-abortion rally to avoid confronting McDonnell (Washington Post, 1/11/11)
McDonnell forms redistricting panel (Roanoke Times, 1/11/11)
Democrats face McDonnell’s agenda (Washington Post, 1/11/11)
GOP rolls out unified agenda (Charlottesville Daily Progress, 1/11/11)
Borrowing for budget, redistricting on 2011 agenda (NECN, 1/11/11)
Virginia panel to review redistricting proposals (Washington Post, 1/11/11)
McDonnell plans to involve public in redistricting (Annandale Patch, 1/10/11)
Editorial: Mr. McDonnell’s toothless commission (Washington Post, 1/10/11)
McDonnell creates bipartisan redistricting commission (Washington Post, 1/10/11)
Virginia pension reforms fuel debate (Richmond Times Dispatch, 1/9/11)
McDonnell to roll out massive spending campaign for roads, colleges, jobs (Washington Post, 1/9/11)
McDonnell flies to NYC to make pitch to bond agencies (Washington Post, 1/4/11)
McDonnell still quietly working on new liquor plan (Washington Post, 1/4/11)
GOP Delegate: McDonnell wrong about gays in National Guard (Virginian Pilot, 1/4/11)
McDonnell, legislators to meet with bond agencies in NY (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1/4/11)
Governor’s pension proposal faces questions (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1/4/11)
Local Sheriffs speak out against governor’s budget (WSET, 1/3/11)
Perriello hints at working for Obama (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 1/2/11)

DECEMBER 2010

McDonnell looks back over his first year, calls it ‘fair’ (Virginian-Pilot, 12/30/10)
Tough choices for Virginia’s governor (Roanoke Times, 12/30/10)
Immigration dispute erupts in VA courts (Washington Post, 12/30/10)
Virginia business groups back $4B transportation plan (Bloomberg, 12/29/10)
McDonnell proposes debt for roads (Daily Press, 12/28/10)
McDonnell plans a bolder second year (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/26/10)
ACLU threatens to sue over bill banning gays from VA national guard (Washington Post, 12/21/10)
New poll shows solid approval rating for McDonnell but not Obama (Washington Post, 12/21/10)
Governor calls claim that Forbes fraud was ignored ‘troubling’ (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 12/21/10)
McDonnell: VA National Guard shouldn’t follow ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ repeal (Washington Post, 12/20/10)
In wake of DADT repeal, VA delegate seeks to ban LGBT from VA National Guard (Washington Post, 12/20/10)
Governor’s list: More funding than cuts (Washington Post, 12/18/10)
School advocates wary of McDonnell’s budget plan (The Virginian-Pilot, 12/18/10)
McDonnell raises VA forecast by $238M, proposes $191M in cuts (Washington Post, 12/17/10)
McDonnell proposes public pension reform (Washington Post, 12/17/10)
Cuccinelli: The next step in the health-care fight (Washington Post, & 200 OK

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