Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Jim Webb; "4 for Nov. 4"

From Jim Webb's "Born Fighting" PAC.
We have a chance to achieve a significant victory this Fall in Virginia. There are four House seats currently held by Republicans where the Democrats have a chance to win on November 4.

Facing today's economic crisis, we need new leaders who will fight for the people of Virginia to secure our future and economic fairness. Two years ago, you helped step up for me in the final weeks to carry us to victory. Today, I'm asking you to do the same for Gerry Connolly, Judy Feder, Glenn Nye, and Tom Perriello before tonight's September 30th fundraising deadline.


In Virginia's 11th Congressional District, Democrat Gerry Connolly is in a close race in a district for a seat currently held by a Republican. Gerry Connolly is Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Gerry is a dedicated community leader, and his common-sense approach to community issues has earned him countless awards for his work on the environment, improving public safety, and transportation.

This November, Gerry faces a tough battle against a well-funded and wealthy businessman. Help make sure Gerry has the resources to stay competitive in this critical House race.


Judy Feder is running in Virginia's 10th Congressional District against a 14-term incumbent Republican. At the Department of Health and Human Services, Judy worked to expand health insurance coverage, manage Medicare and Medicaid effectively, and assure the safety of food and drugs. One of the nation's leading experts on health policy, Judy is respected for her work as a scholar, public servant, educator, and independent advocate for America's families.

Two years ago, Judy came just short of winning this Seat, but with your help she'll win this November. Please donate to Judy's campaign before the deadline at midnight tonight.


Glenn Nye, running in Virginia's 2nd Congressional District, is a former Foreign Service officer who volunteered to serve in conflict zones in Afghanistan, Kosovo and Iraq. He received the State Department's Superior Honor Award for leading a rescue of 26 American citizens and negotiating the release of an American hostage. Glenn and I share the belief that the Bush Administration has led our country into a misguided war in Iraq while neglecting priorities at home, and that we must change the direction of our nation.

Glenn's opponent has already started to launch false personal attacks against Glenn. We can't let the right-wing smear Glenn's record.

Please help Glenn Nye fight back against the attacks. Contribute before the midnight deadline!


Tom Perriello, running in Virginia's 5th Congressional District, has spent his entire adult life fighting for human rights. Tom worked to end atrocities in Liberia and Sierra Leone, which had suffered long civil wars fueled by blood diamonds. Tom also helped found FaithfulAmerica.org and Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, which bring together faith communities to fight for health care, supporting a higher minimum wage, environmental stewardship, and responsible solutions in Iraq.

With tonight's FEC filing deadline just a few hours away, Tom needs us to help him end the quarter strong. Click here to donate to Tom's campaign before midnight!


Since 2001, the Democratic Party has enjoyed great success in Virginia. This November, we have a chance to continue to build upon this and elect 4 new members to the U.S. House. This is a critical time for candidates, and I hope you'll be able to help Gerry, Judy, Glenn, and Tom in these final hours before the midnight deadline.


Senator Jim Webb
U.S. Senator

Monday, September 29, 2008

Bailout Fiasco Demonstrates Why We Need Change More Than Ever

Yes, I realize that Frank Wolf voted for the bailout legislation today. The problem is, for the past 20 years Frank Wolf has been voting for the policies that GOT US INTO THIS MESS in the first place. Now, all of a sudden, he votes to bail out his buddies on Wall Street, after voting in lockstep with an Administration that has favored the wealthy, powerful and well-connected every step of the way leading up to this meltdown? Wonderful! Such leadership! Brilliant! (note: snarky blogger sarcasm alert)

Friday, September 26, 2008

Jim Hock, Steve Shannon and Jim Moran for Judy

Please Join Jim Hock, Delegate Steve Shannon, U.S. Representative Jim Moran for a Fundraiser in Honor of

Judy Feder
Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives
From Virginia's Tenth District

Monday October 6, 2008
From 6:30 to 8:30 PM
at the Home of Jim Hock and Kellie Meiman Hock
2622 North Upshur Street, Arlington VA 22207

Contribution Levels:
$500 Host
$250 Sponsor
$100 Friend
$50 Supporter

Judy Feder for Congress
6818 Tennyson Dr. McLean, VA 22101

Please RSVP to Julia Druhan at 703-388-2813 or Julia@judyfeder.com

Contributions are not tax deductible. Corporate contributions are not accepted. Federal law requires us to use best efforts to collect the name, address, occupation, and name of employer of individuals who contribution exceeds $200 in a calendar year.

Paid for and Authorized by Feder for Congress.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Georgetown Hoya Profiles Judy Feder

The Georgetown Hoya profiles Judy Feder. Here's an excerpt (bolding added by me for emphasis):
Looking back to 2006, Feder says a lot of things have changed.

“Warner had lost our district by nine points in ’01, Kaine won it by four points in ’05,” she says of the previous two gubernatorial races in the state that both went to the Democrats.

Virginia’s diverse 10th congressional district, home of the sprawling D.C. suburbs of McLean as well as the historic Civil War town of Manassas, known for the Battle of Bull Run, has seen a demographic shift that has largely benefited the Democratic Party.

And the changing demographics have Democrats betting that they grab an upset.

“She’s on the short list for the democrats for likely winning races,” [former Congressional Budget Office director Alice] Rivlin said. “She stands a better chance than she did two years ago.”

Feder says she has learned a lot over the last two years and insists that while she “got in to win” in 2006, she knew it wasn’t going to be an easy task.

“It’s a district where voters like to know their candidates, and I got in late,” she says. “But I gave Mr. Wolf the toughest race he’s had in 24 years. It takes a while.”

Read the entire article here, and go Judy! :)

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wolf Votes Against Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act

Ah, Frank Wolf. One thing you can always count on from him is to vote in party lockstep. Yesterday, he did so again this time against HR 5244, the "Credit Cardholders’ Bill of Rights Act of 2008." This bill would "amend the Truth in Lending Act to establish fair and transparent practices relating to the extension of credit under an open end consumer credit plan." So...Frank Wolf is AGAINST "fair and transparent practices" in lending? Or is he simply unwilling to buck the Republican Party line on anything? Either way, it's not good, which is exactly why it's time to say "Farewell Frank!" :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Upcoming Coordinated Canvasses

If you'd like to help Judy Feder, Mark Warner and Barack Obama, please come to one of the canvasses listed here on Saturday, September 27 at 9 am (Winchester, Ashburn, Leesburg) or 10 am (the other ones listed). Thanks!

Winchester: Daily Grind Coffee Shop, 166 Costello Dr
Ashburn: Coordinated Office, 44340 Premier Plaza Suite 130
Leesburg: LCDC HQ, 10 S. King St
Springfield: Franklin Farm Shopping Center, Intersection of 7100 and Franklin Farm Road
Hunter Mill (Herndon): Baja Fresh, 2405 Centreville Rd.
Manassas: Harris Pavillion - at the corner of West St. and Center St., 9116 Center St
Dranesville (McLean): NoVa Coordinated Office, 7600 Colshire Drive

Monday, September 22, 2008

Feder Blasts McCain on Plan to Let Health Insurance Companies "Run Wild"

From the Democratic National Committee, this event was held Sunday afternoon:
In Front of McCain's HQ, Judy Feder, Barbara Favola, and Concerned Virginians Blast McCain's New Call to Let Health Insurance Companies Run Wild

While markets reel from disastrous Bush-McCain economic policies, Republican nominee now wants to put Americans' health care at risk with the same approach Republicans took with banking

Arlington, VA--In light of this week's Wall Street upheaval, today Judy Feder, Democratic nominee for US Representative from Virginia's 10th Congressional District, Barbara Favola, Vice Chair of the Arlington County Board and a member of Virginia's State Health Board, and concerned Virginians held a press conference outside of John McCain's campaign headquarters in Arlington, VA to challenge McCain's new magazine article calling for the deregulation of the health insurance companies "just as we have done over the last decade in banking." McCain's article was just published in the September/October issue of Contingencies, the magazine of the American Academy of Actuaries. In spite of the unprecedented crisis created by Bush-McCain deregulatory policies, McCain wants to put Americans' health care at risk with the same approach.

So where does Frank Wolf stand on this? In lockstep with McBush as always, or what?

Friday, September 19, 2008

Judy Feder Speaks at Women for Obama rally

7,021 views and counting!

From the Feder campaign:
On Tuesday we gave our supporters the chance for a special sneak preview of our new ad, “History.” Hundreds of you chipped in $25 to help us put it on the air and get an early look at the new ad.

Yesterday, “History” went live on television screens across the 10th District and on YouTube. Since then we’ve had more than 7,000 YouTube views, our best total ever!

If you haven’t seen “History” yet you can watch it now by clicking below:


With only 46 days left your support matters more than ever.

Make a donation today to help us increase increase our already strong ad buy and let everyone in the 10th District know that after 28 years Frank Wolf isn't going to bring us the change we need.


Thanks for everything you’re doing,

Luke McFarland
Campaign Manager

Thursday, September 18, 2008

What Do John McCain and Frank Wolf Have Against American Jobs?

You might be saying to yourself, "wait, this video's about John McCain not Frank Wolf." Except for one thing: McCain and Wolf aren't that far apart on these issues. Here's a good example: Frank Wolf was one of just 16 Republicans to vote against HR 4520, the "American Jobs Creation Act." The bill, which "[amended] the Internal Revenue Code to repeal the tax exclusion for extraterritorial income," passed 280-141, but not with Frank Wolf's. Instead words, Frank Wolf voted to continue giving tax incentives for corporations to locate overseas, not here in America. Sound familiar? Right, I thought so...

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Judy Feder's New TV Ad Hits Wolf on Health Care

Wolf Votes Against Comprehensive Energy Bill...Again

What else is new? That's right, I know this is a shocker but Frank Wolf has voted "nay" yet again to a comprehensive energy bill, even though this one even had offshore oil drilling in it AND a provision for oil shale development. But nooooo...even THAT wasn't good enough for Frank Wolf, who apparently has morphed into a hard-core anti-environmentalist and pro-Big Oil shill in his third decade in Congress. The bill passed 236-189, by the way, with 15 Republicans and 221 Democrats voting "aye." Aside from the not-so-good stuff from an environmental perspective, here's the good stuff Frank Wolf voted against last night:

*Extend tax credits for renewable energy sources
*Establish a national renewable electricity standard
*Repeal subsidies to oil companies
*Increase investment in public transit
*Encourage greater energy efficiency

So, why did Frank Wolf vote against this bill? Apparently, he's totally in the pocket of Big Oil and will vote for nothing less than EVERYTHING ExxonMobil et al. tell him to vote for. Pathetic.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

New TV Ad for Judy Feder

From the Feder for Congress campaign...go Judy!
Exciting news -- our new ad hits the airwaves at the end of the week!

This new ad drives home the point that after 28 years Frank Wolf is not going to bring us the change we need in Washington.

Wolf hasn't written or sponsored a single bill in 28 years to address the rising cost of health care, and after three decades that's just not acceptable.

Make a contribution of $25 or more today and we'll email you a link to the new ad. You can watch it today --before anyone else sees it!

Contribute today to see our new ad!

With less than 50 days left, Judy's running stronger than ever. We know that Virginia's tenth district is hungry for change, and you've helped us get this far, but we need your continued support to finish the job!

If you make a contribution today you'll see our new ad first and help us increase our buy, allowing even more voters to hear Judy's message.

Contribute today to see our new ad!

With your help, we can change Washington and get quality, affordable health care for every American.

Thanks for your support,

Luke McFarland
Campaign Manager

Monday, September 15, 2008

This is Frank Wolf's "economic philosophy" too

The following remarks by Barack Obama earlier today, in response to the meltdown on Wall Street, were aimed at John McCain and "conservative" economics more broadly. Just remember, this is Frank Wolf's "economic philosophy" as well, no different than George W. Bush's, Dick Cheney's, or John McCain's. You might want to keep that in mind as you consider who would be better - Frank Wolf or Judy Feder - at helping get us out the economic mess we're in now.
This morning we woke up to some very serious and troubling news from Wall Street.

The situation with Lehman Brothers and other financial institutions is the latest in a wave of crises that are generating enormous uncertainty about the future of our financial markets. This turmoil is a major threat to our economy and its ability to create good-paying jobs and help working Americans pay their bills, save for their future, and make their mortgage payments.

The challenges facing our financial system today are more evidence that too many folks in Washington and on Wall Street weren't minding the store. Eight years of policies that have shredded consumer protections, loosened oversight and regulation, and encouraged outsized bonuses to CEOs while ignoring middle-class Americans have brought us to the most serious financial crisis since the Great Depression.

I certainly don't fault Senator McCain for these problems, but I do fault the economic philosophy he subscribes to. It's a philosophy we've had for the last eight years – one that says we should give more and more to those with the most and hope that prosperity trickles down to everyone else. It's a philosophy that says even common-sense regulations are unnecessary and unwise, and one that says we should just stick our heads in the sand and ignore economic problems until they spiral into crises.

Well now, instead of prosperity trickling down, the pain has trickled up – from the struggles of hardworking Americans on Main Street to the largest firms of Wall Street.

This country can't afford another four years of this failed philosophy. For years, I have consistently called for modernizing the rules of the road to suit a 21st century market – rules that would protect American investors and consumers. And I've called for policies that grow our economy and our middle-class together. That is the change I am calling for in this campaign, and that is the change I will bring as President.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Wolf and the Wolf Killer

Since Frank Wolf obviously is such a big fan of Sarah Palin, I presume he also supports this barbarous aerial hunting of his namesake - the wolf?

Thursday, September 11, 2008


Let's just take a second and review a few of Palin's positions on the issues:

*"Opposes stem cell research."
*"Only exception for abortion is if mother's life would end."
*"No special hate-crime laws; all heinous crime is hate-based."
*"Teach creationism alongside evolution in schools."
*"Supports teaching intelligent design in public schools."
*"Global warming affects Alaska, but is not man-made."
*"Sue US government to stop listing polar bear as endangered."
*"Opposes explicit sex-education programs."

Also, Palin said that the Iraq war is "a task that is from God."

That's the candidate - along with John McCain, who brags about voting 90% of the time with George W. Bush - who Frank Wolf the "moderated" shared the stage with yesterday in Fairfax. Is this what the 10th CD really wants?

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Yeah, Right, Frank!

From Frank Wolf's latest electronic newsletter:
Congress is back in session this week after its traditional August recess. I returned to Capitol Hill several times during the recess to call upon the House majority leadership to take action on the nation’s energy crisis. It’s imperative that Congress have a fair and open debate on energy policy. We need a comprehensive plan with everything on the table -- alternative and renewable energy sources, conservation and development of our own energy resources onshore and offshore. I believe there is a bipartisan consensus to get something done.
Well, that's just wonderful, except for one problem: Frank Wolf has been NOWHERE on these issues over most of his career, unless you count "in opposition." That's right, as we've documented ad nauseum on this blog, Frank Wolf has consistently voted against renewable energy, energy efficiency, measures to reduce the nation's dependence on oil, etc. Now he's all about bipartisanship?!? Whatever, Frank, it's time for you to go!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Wolf the "Moderate" [Hearts] Palin the Extremist

Anyone who, despite all evidence to the contrary, STILL believes that Frank Wolf is a "moderate," I encourage you to check this out:
...Palin will join Republican presidential nominee John McCain in Northern Virginia on Wednesday for an event.

The event will be held in Fairfax in retiring Rep. Tom Davis’s (R) district, and another potentially competitive race is nearby, in Rep. Frank Wolf’s (R) district. Wolf and the GOP nominee for Davis’s seat are both planning to attend.

That nominee, businessman Keith Fimian, is planning a “huge presence” at the event, campaign manager Zack Condry said.

He said he would love to get his boss a speaking role alongside Palin, adding that they are both fresh faces.

Just a short review of Sarah Palin's positions on the issues:

*"Opposes stem cell research."
*"Only exception for abortion is if mother's life would end."
*"No special hate-crime laws; all heinous crime is hate-based."
*"Teach creationism alongside evolution in schools."
*"Supports teaching intelligent design in public schools."
*"Global warming affects Alaska, but is not man-made."
*"Sue US government to stop listing polar bear as endangered."
*"Opposes explicit sex-education programs."

Also, Palin said that the Iraq war is "a task that is from God."

That's the candidate who Frank Wolf wants to share the stage with. Case closed, Frank Wolf is no "moderate." Any other questions? :)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Friday, September 5, 2008

Wolf on Energy: Say One Thing, Do Another

According to the Connection Newspapers:
[Frank] Wolf has been a co-sponsor of the "New Manhattan Project for Energy Independence" legislation. The original Manhattan Project was set up to recruit scientists to produce an atomic bomb during World War II. The "New Manhattan Project" would award competitive prizes to the first individual or group who reach the bill's seven energy goals.

The goals are doubling Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFÉ) standards to 70 miles per gallon while keeping vehicles affordable; cutting home and business energy usage in half; making solar power work at the same cost of coal; making the production of biofuels cost-competitive with gasoline; safely and cheaply storing carbon emissions from coal-powered plants; safely store or neutralize nuclear waste; produce useable electricity from nuclear fusion reaction.

Well, that sounds great, except for one problem: Wolf has voted consistently voted against energy efficiency, against renewable energy, and against measures to reduce our nation’s dependency on foreign oil. Is Wolf's memory failing him, or is he simply willing to tell his constituents anything in order to appear "moderate" and get re-elected?

Thursday, September 4, 2008

No Fairfax County Debate for Frank Wolf

This is certainly interesting.
...Wolf – who represents McLean, Great Falls, Herndon, Centreville and Chantilly in Fairfax County – has turned down the opportunity to participate in a Fairfax County debate. The local chapter of the League of Women voters had initially scheduled an appearance between Wolf and Feder Sept. 8.

"They have sort of backed out. His staff had called and said they would not be participating," said Luke McFarland, Feder’s campaign manager.

McFarland added the Wolf and Feder – who challenged Wolf in 2006 – had participated in a League of Women Voters debate two years ago.

"There was a League debate the last time they ran against each other and I don’t think he enjoyed having his feet held to the fire," said McFarland.
Wolf has agreed to two debates with Judy Feder, one in Prince William County and another in Loudoun County. For whatever reason, though, he's avoiding Fairfax...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

How Democrats Will Win Virginia

This is exactly how we're going to win Virginia this November, and in years to come. Great work by the coordinated campaign!
Democrats Barnstorm Virginia Over Labor Day Weekend

Thousands of Volunteers for Campaign for Change, Virginia Coordinated Campaign Knock 125,000 Doors Across the Commonwealth

RICHMOND, Va. – Labor Day weekend is long considered the official opening of the political season, and this Labor Day, Democrats across the state -- in conjunction with U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's Campaign for Change and the Democratic Party of Virginia's Coordinated Campaign – celebrated the holiday weekend by knocking more than 125,000 doors in cities and towns across the commonwealth.

This impressive number was achieved with the help of several thousand volunteers visiting their neighbors and urging support for Obama, former Gov. Mark Warner for Senate and Democratic congressional candidates.

"We're excited about the enthusiasm we're seeing from volunteers in every corner of Virginia and proud of the efforts of our supporters this weekend," Mitch Stewart, the Obama Campaign's Virginia State Director, said. "Virginians are energized to make a break from the past and deliver real change in Washington, and they know that is what they will get with Senator Obama and Mark Warner."

In addition to the campaign's Labor Day efforts, more than 13,000 Virginians attended watch parties Thursday night when Obama delivered his acceptance speech in Denver. Nationally, some 40 million Americans tuned in – more than watched the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics.

"2008 is shaping up to be a record year for Virginia Democrats," said Levar Stoney, executive director of the Democratic Party of Virginia. "As a former field organizer, I can tell you that most campaigners would be thrilled with 125,000 doors on Election Weekend. With this level of enthusiasm on Labor Day, Virginia Democrats are well on their way to a first-class, record-breaking field campaign."

Anyone interested in helping Judy Feder, please sign up here or click here for upcoming events. Thanks!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

What Does Frank Wolf Have Against Poker?

This is more amusing than anything else (of course, I don't play poker...for those who do, it's probably not amusing at all), but still it's kind of interesting.
Wolf, Frank [R-VA]
Rep. Wolf is F rated in my Congressional guide, as he voted for HR 4411 and cosponsored HR 4777. The Democratic nominee is Professor of Public Policy at Georgetown University and Dean of their Georgetown Public Policy Institute Judy Feder.
According to the Congress and Internet Poker Rights website, here are the rankings for the Virginia delegation on "freedom and liberty regarding playing poker on the Internet."

Bobby Scott (D): A+
Jim Moran (D): A
Rick Boucher (D): F

Eric Cantor (R): F
Thelma Drake (R): F
Randy Forbes (R): F
Virgil Goode (R): F
Tom Davis (R): F
Frank Wolf (R): F
Bob Goodlatte (R): F-
Rob Wittman (R): ?