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  •  Kaine's a good man (1+ / 0-)
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    and a good Democrat. It's a shame such a great blog continues a jihad against him for endorsing the more electable candidate in VA-11.

    •  There's no "jihad" against Tim Kaine on RK (2+ / 0-)
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      missreporter, boofdah

      To the contrary, we've been very measured in our tone, but have disagreed with Gov. Kaine on policy grounds.  Let me just list a few areas where Kaine has not been progressive, and where our disappointment with his governorship has grown since 2006.

      1. Kaine signed the estate tax repeal into law.
      1. Kaine said he opposed state funding of stem cell research.
      1. Kaine flipped on the Tysons Tunnel (and smart growth in northern Virginia) under pressure from "Big Dig" Bechtel.

      3a. Kaine continues to support a NO-BID contract on the Metro to Dulles project to "Big Dig" Bechtel, instead of insisting that it be opened up for true competitive bidding. That's outrageous.

      1. Kaine signed the reregulation bill written by Dominion Virginia Power lobbyists for the benefit of that company.
      1. Kaine has supported building a new coal-fired power plant in Wise County, also under pressure from Dominion (and Big Coal).
      1. Kaine signed the transportation "monstrosity" into law.  That included the hated "abuser fees," ultimately repealed following a huge grassroots rebellion and a petition that gathered around 150,000 signatures in a matter of weeks.  It also included regional tax authorities that threatened to balkanize Virginia and were later thrown out as unconstitutional by the State Supreme Court. Brilliant!
      1. Kaine has, on several occasions when he had the chance, failed to support the more progressive candidate in a Democratic primary.  Actually, the ones that really bugged me were when Kaine refused to endorse Henry Light over corrupt DINO Johnny Joannou, and when he refused to endorse Donald McEachin over Benny "Benedict" Lambert, a DINO who had endorsed and campaigned for GEORGE ALLEN!  This is a pattern, and not a good one.
      1. Kaine is reportedly ready to cave to tobacco industries on smoke-free restaurants and bars.  This has actually been an area where Kaine's been progressive and shown leadership, so let's hope that isn't the case.

      By the way, not many elected Democrats will speak out publicly regarding Tim Kaine as we do at RK, but believe me, I hear from them all the time how disappointed they are in Kaine's record as governor. Also, there are a LOT of things I hear and have personally experienced that I'm not going to talk about publicly, but that are not good at all. And no, they have nothing to do with your boy Gerry Connolly.

      Thank you for visiting Raising Kaine, the voice of Progressive Virginia.

      by lowkell on Sat Oct 11, 2008 at 03:14:20 AM PDT

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