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VaNews - September 22, 2014
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Compiled by Bernadette Kinlaw
Vincent F. Callahan Jr., an influential Republican legislator who represented Fairfax County in the Virginia House of Delegates for 40 years and was a leading proponent of the interests of Northern Virginia in the state capitol, died Sept. 20 at Virginia Hospital Center in Arlington. He was 82. The cause was meningitis and paralysis caused by the West Nile virus, according to a statement released by his wife, Yvonne Weight Callahan.
Former Del. Vincent F. Callahan Jr., R-Fairfax, has died, according to several officials, who spoke highly of his character and longtime service as a Virginia legislator. Callahan, 82, was a former chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
He’s at the bottom of the barrel, seniority-wise, but the good news for Del. Rip Sullivan is that there’s nowhere to go but up – and he’ll be on his way shortly. Sullivan (D-48th) entered the General Assembly special session as 99th and dead last in seniority in the House of Delegates. While he was elected in an Aug. 19 special election the same day as new Del. Joseph Lindsey (D-Norfolk), Lindsey was sworn in a week earlier and gained a leg up on seniority.
Leesburg town attorney Jeanette A. Irby was confirmed Thursday as a judge by the Virginia General Assembly to fill a vacancy left by the Hon. Thomas Horne's retirement last year, according to an email from Del. Randy Minchew (R-10th). Her term begins Dec. 1, according to Minchew, making her the second female judge to take the bench in the 20th Circuit Court ever, and the first in 14 years. The first judge was Jean Harrison Clements, who served from 1998-2000. Clements retired in 2008 after serving eight years as a state appellate court judge.
The General Assembly approved the appointment of Jeanette Irby as the third Loudoun County Circuit Court judge late last night. Irby will replace Judge Thomas D. Horne, who faced mandatory retirement on his 70th birthday last December.
Former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, have filed motions asking Judge James R. Spencer for acquittal or a new trial. A federal jury convicted the McDonnells of multiple corruption counts on Sept. 4. Spencer will sentence them Jan. 6.
Cuccinelli sues ‘scam PAC’ for allegedly misleading his supporters Former Virginia attorney general Ken Cuccinelli (R) is accusing a conservative group of misleading supporters of his 2013 gubernatorial campaign through a “malicious ‘Scam PAC’ operation.” Conservative StrikeForce PAC sent out solicitations promising that donations would be given to or used to help Cuccinelli’s campaign against the election’s eventual winner, Terry McAuliffe (D), according to a lawsuit filed recently by Cuccinelli in federal court in Alexandria and first reported by Courthouse News Service.
Sen. Mark Warner and his Republican opponent Ed Gillespie touched on familiar themes of their campaigns during Friday’s “Battleground Forum” co-sponsored by the Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce. Warner, a Democrat and former Virginia governor, cast himself as a bipartisan senator who has “taken arrows” from colleagues on both sides of the aisle. Meanwhile, Gillespie, a lobbyist and former chair of the Republican National Committee, repeatedly noted that Warner has voted with President Barack Obama 97 percent of the time. The candidates did not interact during the forum at the Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon.
Sharp contrasts were on display Sept. 8 at a Northern Virginia Technology Council forum featuring incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D) and his Republican challenger, Ed Gillespie, but agreements also surfaced on several business-related topics, including sequestration, continuing the Research and Experimentation Tax Credit, reforming federal tax policy and striking an appropriate balance when it comes to cybersecurity and civil liberties.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner and Republican challenger Ed Gillespie traded accusations Friday that the other candidate is too partisan. "He's not the senator he said he would be," Gillespie said at Senate campaign business forum, referring to Warner's self-description as bipartisan Democrat. "Truth is, if Mark Warner had been a senator like he's been a governor, I might not be standing here today," Gillespie added. "But Governor Warner wouldn't recognize Senator Warner."
Republican Ed Gillespie sought to gain ground with Virginia voters Friday by intensifying his attacks on U.S. Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) characterizing the former state governor as a pawn of the Obama administration. “If Mark Warner had been a senator like he’d been a governor, I might not be standing here today,” Gillespie said during a candidates forum in Herndon. “But Governor Warner wouldn’t recognize Senator Warner.”
Republican Ed Gillespie’s bid to unseat incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., rests largely on an economic reform plan. Gillespie, 53, who is also facing Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis, has a five-point agenda for economic growth known as the Ed Gillespie Agenda for Economic Growth, or EG2 for short. In his economic plan, he outlines what he feels needs to be done in order to improve the economy and well being for those in Virginia.
The 100 or so Republican Party faithful who turned out Sunday to christen a “victory center” in the city’s Central Park heard U.S. Senate candidate Ed Gillespie speak passionately about the political overhaul he said is necessary to save the country. The lobbyist and former chair of the Republican National Committee was joined at the rally by Dave Brat, the Republican candidate for the 7th Congressional District seat, and a handful of local and regional elected officials.
More than 200 people came out Saturday for the Frederick County Republican Committee’s Rally in the Valley. Barbara Comstock, who’s running on the GOP ticket in the November election for Virginia’s 10th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, was one of the featured guests.
James Carr believes the stars have finally aligned for the Libertarian Party to prove that it can win elections in Virginia. He thinks that’s especially true in the 7th Congressional District, where he is running for the seat held until recently by former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. “We are very serious that this could be the year that we put a Libertarian in office, in this district in particular,” Carr, 37, said during an interview on the back porch of his home in rural Louisa County.