NJ, VA Guv Races Tightening

On a DGA (Democratic Governor’s Association) conference call Monday John Brougher said polls in both New Jersey and Virginia show tossups five weeks before election day.  The GOP has targeted both races for crucial wins going into next year’s Congressional and state races.  2010 sees 37 Governerships up for grabs and the DGA has targeted quite a few for pick up.  They will not favor any of the Pennsylvanians running in the five way Democratic primary.  The DGA does intend to be active here in the general election however.

Election polls in New Jersey are famously inaccurate and always seem to undercount Democratic voters and turnout.  If that holds Jon Corzine should win re-election.  Chris Christie’s negatives now are larger than his favorable ratings as Jerseans learn more about his ethical lapses as U.S. Attorney.  In Virginia Bob McDonnell’s infamous comments from his master’s thesis are haunting him with women voters.  Though he continues trying to claim the extremist views about working women and contraception are part of his past he tried to enact them into law while serving as a state legislator.

Governorships are particularly important going into the 2010 census and redistricting.  One advantage for Pennsylvania and the Northeast is that fewer residents are moving south and southwest due to the Republican economic meltdown so we may lose fewer Congressional seats.  Still, state legislatures will redraw districts and the Governors can have a significant influence on the outcomes.  State Supreme Courts will have the final answers on whether gerrymandered districts are legal so do NOT forget to vote for Jack Panella November 3rd.

VA Gov: Candidate’s Views on Women Medieval

The Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia is caught in the Dark Ages according to a graduate thesis he wrote.  Being he was 34 at the time and consequently tried to legislate 10 of the 14 key points while in the state legislature this exposure of his extreme, fringe views on sexuality and women’s rights is exploding this race open.  Bob McDonnell says contraception should not be permitted for unmarried women (he says nothing about unmarried men) because he thinks working Moms are a detriment to society.

McDonnell wishes to legislate people’s sex lives and wishes to impose a theocratic imposition of Biblical laws on Virginia.  This means he does not believe in democracy and wishes to have a theocracy.  This is a huge issue.  Rick Santorum holds the same beliefs for example.  McDonnell thinks women should NOT get equal pay for equal work, women’s reproductive rights would be criminalized, victims of rape and incest would have no right to abortions and favors covenant marriages.  McDonnell went to evangelical Regent College, Pat Robertson’s school for extremists.  Though trying to dismiss the thesis as ancient history this man needs to wake up from the Dark Ages himself.  He was 34 years old and used his time in the House of Delegates trying to turn these beliefs into law.

“Leaders must correct the conventional folklore about the separation of church and state,” he wrote. “Historically, the religious liberty guarantees of the First Amendment were intended to prevent government encroachment upon the free church, not eliminate the impact of religion on society.”

He argued for covenant marriage, a legally distinct type of marriage intended to make it more difficult to obtain a divorce. He advocated character education programs in public schools to teach “traditional Judeo-Christian values” and other principles that he thought many youths were not learning in their homes. He called for less government encroachment on parental authority, for example, redefining child abuse to “exclude parental spanking.” He lamented the “purging of religious influence” from public schools. And he criticized federal tax credits for child care expenditures because they encouraged women to enter the workforce.

“Further expenditures would be used to subsidize a dynamic new trend of working women and feminists that is ultimately detrimental to the family by entrenching status-quo of nonparental primary nurture of children,” he wrote.

It is time Virginians rejected as history these Medieval beliefs and delegate McDonnell to the Dark Ages cave in which he should reside.

Social Networking with the 2009 Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates

( – promoted by John Morgan)

{First, a cheap plug for my blog Senate Guru.}

While 2010 will be chock-full of exciting races at all levels of government.  In 2009, though, there will be two marquee races across the country: the gubernatorial races in Virginia and New Jersey.  Republicans are favored in both races, but both races should come down to the wire, and Democrats can hold both seats – with your help.

In Virginia, Democratic State Senator Creigh Deeds won an impressive, come-from-behind victory for the nomination this past Tuesday, demonstrating a strong ground game.  The Republican nominee will be far-right-winger Bob McDonnell.  The best description for McDonnell’s brand of Republicanism is that he is a Pat Robertson disciple.  You can learn more about McDonnell at TheRealBobMcDonnell.com.  Deeds and McDonnell have tangled before, in the 2005 Virginia Attorney General race, where McDonnell barely edged Deeds by 323 votes (yes, just 323 votes – that’s not a typo with zeroes missing) out of over 1.94 million votes counted.  This race will be exceptionally close, so every single dollar contributed and every single hour spent volunteering will make a real difference.  A bit of good news is that the first poll taken after Tuesday’s primary, by Rasmussen Reports, shows Deeds with a 47-41 lead over McDonnell, but this could just be due to a primary bump.  Rasmussen’s last poll showed McDonnell leading Deeds 45-30.  Your support will help Deeds sustain his new lead.

In New Jersey, Democratic incumbent Governor Jon Corzine will square off against Republican former U.S. Attorney Chris Christie.  Christie is very much at home in the Republican Culture of Corruption.  Republican Christie has faced scandals involving no-bid contracts, abuse of the state pension system, pay-to-play, and even allegedly cutting a deal to get his younger brother’s sentence reduced after being implicated for fraudulent trading practices on Wall Street.  Despite Christie’s mountain of scandal, New Jersey’s lagging economy has hurt Governor Corzine’s poll numbers.  Recent polling gives Christie a 7 to 13 point lead over Corzine.  Research 2000, May 25-27: Christie 46, Corzine 39; Rasmussen Reports, June 4: Christie 51, Corzine 38; and, Quinnipiac, June 10: Christie 50, Corzine 40.  In other words, Christie has an edge, but the fundamentals of the race moving forward favor Governor Corzine.  As the economy gradually picks up over the coming months and voters learn more about Christie’s corrupt background, New Jersey’s blue state status will shine through and Governor Corzine should tighten the race back up.  Your support will help Governor Corzine tighten the race up even faster.

Below are the links to how you can connect with the gubernatorial campaigns (and – please – contribute anything you can to these campaigns, and spread the word!).  Republicans are expecting (and expected) to win both of these races.  However, after being upset in the NY-20 special U.S. House election and losing a U.S. Senator to a Party switch, the GOP is reeling.  Losing either (or both!) VA-Gov or/and NJ-Gov would be a major body blow and simply crush Republicans heading into the 2010 calendar year.  If Democrats across the country are able to support these Democratic campaigns, we can flush the conventional wisdom down the toilet and deliver two more embarrassments to the Rush-Newt-Cheney Republican Party and two more losses to the Michael Steele RNC.


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