The VA Governors Race is starting to heat up! There are several highlights this race with some fascinating commentary.
First: The Washington Post has some new poll numbers out
“But the state’s apparent ideological shift has clearer consequences for Republicans, who must strike a balance between catering to their core supporters and broadening their appeal to remain relevant in a rapidly changing state.”
Next: Planned Parenthood has a new ad against Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli:
Then: To promote his new tax plan, Cuccinelli also has an ad:
Jennifer Rubin (conservative blogger) writes about the ad:
The difficulty going forward for Cuccinelli is twofold, however. First, it’s not clear where the money for tax cuts is going to come from. Given the balanced-budget requirements, he’ll have to be a whole lot more specific about how he’s going to cut taxes without unbalancing the budget. (And frankly his predecessor has already cut out most of the waste, duplication and inefficiency.) Second, I’m not sure Virginians feel overtaxed. Taxes are lower in Virginia than in neighboring states, such as Maryland. Average voters’ concerns in the commonwealth focus on transportation, education and the middle-class squeeze (i.e. rising health care and college tuition with flat salaries). Cuccinelli will need to show that he’s going to address those issues.
Finally: Democratic Candidate Terry McAuliffe wants to expand the VA governors term stating:
“My preference would be one six-year term,” he said while talking to the owner of a stain glass shop. “One six-year term, you should be able to get a lot done.”