Saturday, November 15, 2008

Red Virginia - Drill, Baby Drill with Bob McDonnell

Recent article:

Friday, Nov 14, 2008

- Republican candidate Bob McDonnell wants to Drill Baby, Drill.

- Democratic contenders R. Creigh Deeds and Terry McAuliffe want to poke around.
- And Democratic candidate Brian Moran is reluctant to dig into the deep "at this time."

No matter who wins in 2009, Virginia's next governor likely will confront the prospect of drilling for oil and gas off the coast of the commonwealth.

On Wednesday, the U.S. Department of the Interior opened a 45-day public-comment period on offshore drilling, part of the process to consider leasing land off the Virginia coast in 2011 for oil and gas exploration.

See MMS Press Release below:

The area considered for drilling is a 2.9 million-acre slice of the ocean floor more than 50 miles east of Virginia Beach and the state's Eastern Shore. The Interior Department estimates it could contain 130 million barrels of oil and 1.1 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.

Interior's announcement comes less than six weeks after Congress let a moratorium on offshore drilling expire and two months before a change of presidential administrations.

So yesterday, the four men expected to compete for the governor's job outlined their positions on the politically combustible issue. It rose to prominence this year as gasoline prices topped $4 a gallon and energy independence took center stage in the presidential race.

"The attorney general strongly supports offshore drilling for oil and natural gas," said Phil Cox, campaign strategist for McDonnell, Virginia's attorney general and a former member of the House of Delegates from Virginia Beach.

"He believes that advances in technology over the past two decades give us the ability to drill offshore in an environmentally friendly way and believes offshore drilling will help to create new American jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign sources of energy," Cox added.

State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath, favors "environmentally safe offshore drilling." He said such drilling would need to generate royalties and not interfere with the military, tourism and fishing industries. He said it should be explored as part of a broad proposal to develop new energy technology and alternative fuel production in the commonwealth.

"By linking our world-class research institutions with a statewide energy initiative, we will create new jobs and solve the biggest issue of our generation," he said.

Terry McAuliffe, an unannounced candidate for the Democratic nomination, is staking out a position that recalls that of current Gov. Timothy M. Kaine.

Like the governor, McAuliffe favors exploration offshore for natural gas but not oil.

McAuliffe, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said the federal push for drilling along the Virginia coast is a last gasp for the departing Bush administration.

"This is Bush trying to get some stuff done at the end," he said.

President-elect Barack Obama has said he is open to offshore energy exploration, but he has the option not to proceed with the sale of leases.

McAuliffe noted the concerns of the military, which worries that drilling platforms could be a hazard to U.S. warships and aircraft.

Another Democratic prospect, Del. Brian J. Moran of Alexandria, opposes exploration for oil and gas "at this time," according to his spokesman, Jesse Ferguson.

"Our first priority should be alternative and renewable energy sources, not drilling for more of a 19th-century energy source," Ferguson said.

Ferguson also said it has not been proved that Virginia oil and gas reserves are a "long-term solution" to energy needs.

He said Moran believes offshore exploration is a potential threat to the environment and to the appeal of Virginia Beach, among other shore points, as a tourist destination.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

2010 Republican Virginia Hopefuls

Bob McDonnell (Current Attorney General) - for Governor

As your 44th Attorney General of Virginia, I'm focused on keeping Virginia safe and strong by getting results for the people of Virginia.

I hope you enjoy our website -- including the latest news in my fight against sex predators who prey on children, gang violence, and identity theft.

Together, we're keeping Virginia safe and strong.

Visit the McDonnell Hompage:

Sign up for Bob's email news!

Bill Bolling (Current Lt. Governor) - for Lt. Governor

What a tremendous honor it is to serve as the 40th Lieutenant Governor of Virginia. I thank the people of Virginia for the confidence they have placed in me, and I promise to do my best to work with Governor Kaine and the members of the General Assembly to build an even better Virginia.

We have a lot to be proud of as Virginians. Some of our recent accolades include:
Being named the best managed state in the nation by Governing Magazine Being named the most pro-business state in the nation by Forbes Magazine Providing the best educational opportunities and chance for success in life according to Education Week Magazine We obviously enjoy a very high quality of life in Virginia. My promise to you – the people of Virginia – is that I will do my best to make certain that Virginia remains a great place to live, work and raise a family. We will do that putting partisanship and politics aside, and focusing on issues and ideas that will help us find solutions to the challenges we face. If my office can ever be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to let us know. We are here to serve you.

Very Truly Yours,
Bill Bolling Lieutenant Governor Commonwealth of Virginia

Visit the Bolling Hompage:

Sign up for Bill's email news!

Ken Cuccinelli - for Attorney General

Thank you for visiting our website. And thanks for your interest in my campaign for Attorney General of Virginia.

As your Attorney General, I will continue to promote a prosperous and secure Commonwealth by combating crime, defending constitutional rights, promoting open government and accountability, enforcing immigration laws, protecting life and families, and keeping Virginia a low-tax, low-regulation and pro-business state.

I invite you to join me in this mission.

Will you help me spread our positive, effective conservative message across Virginia? To win this race and build a winning Republican team, I need your help.

Will you commit now to be a Delegate to the Republican Convention in 2009? Please Donate today and Volunteer, sign up for The Cuccinelli Compass, and, as always, let me know if you have any questions.

Sincerely yours
Ken Cuccinelli

Visit the Cuccinelli Hompage!

Sign up for the Cuccinelli Compass!

It is the Veteran

It is the Veteran

It is the VETERAN, not the preacher,

who has given us freedom of religion

It is the VETERAN, not the reporter,

who has given us freedom of the press

It is the VETERAN, not the poet,

who has given us freedom of speech

It is the VETERAN, not the campus organizer,

who has given us freedom to assemble

It is the VETERAN, not the politician,

who has given us the right to vote

It is the VETERAN Who salutes the flag

Who serves under the flag

Whose coffin is draped by the flag.

Thank you Veterans.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Prince William County 2008 Results Tracker - Feeling A Little Blue?

Prince William County 2008 Results Tracker - Click Above Image to View Larger Image

- The estimated population in 2007 of the county was 383,644, a 36.6% increase since 2000.
- Estimated number of poling stations = 73

Prince William County
Obama - 75,666
McCain - 57,414
PWC Difference - 18,252

405 - STONEWALL (District 10)
2008 Registered Voters - 2,871
Total 2008 Votes - 1,886
Obama - 997 McCain - 862 Other - 27
McCain vs. Obama Difference - 135
Number not voted - 985

Feeling a Little Blue Today Virginia?

Let us be realistic, the tide is not in our favor, we have a Democratic Governor, both our Senators are Democratic, and we lost three of our House of Representatives (Tom Davis, Virgil H. Goode, Thelma Drake) seats. This is going to be hard to overcome unless something turns around real soon. I am very concerned about the federal decisions being made and you know they will not be in concert with "We The People" of Virginia! In the future we need to hold these politicians accountable to our core values and beliefs.

Seriously Virginia, where are you headed? What will your Virginia look like when you retire or your sons and daughters graduate from high school or college?

What are your plans for the next two years? Let another two or three House of Representatives seats fall by the wayside?

Let not your determination, resolution, or persistence in God and Jesus not falter as we go forward into this abyss.