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  •  While I usually lean against career prosecutors (3+ / 0-)

    becoming Attorneys General, in this case I'm willing tio make an exception.



    When did Vietnam become Nixon's War?

    by ben masel on Sat Oct 31, 2009 at 05:57:00 AM PDT

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    •  Steve's not a career prosecutor (9+ / 0-)

      he graduated from UVa law in 1999

      in 2001 he and his wife founded the local Amber Alert.  It was just after that he went into the office of the District Attorney.

      I quote from the Wiki page about him:

      Shannon served as Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney for Fairfax County where he worked with the state’s chief felony prosecutor. Shannon devoted much of his time to consumer protection and child safety issues, frequently prosecuting criminals charged with assault, child molestation, rape and domestic violence. Additionally, Shannon prosecuted one of the state’s largest embezzlement cases in an effort to combat institutional corruption.

      From 2002-2003 Shannon served as Vice-Chairman of the Fairfax County Consumer Protection Commission, where he was responsible for protecting citizens from illegal, fraudulent or deceptive consumer practices.

      In 2003 he was elected to the House of Delegates, and was reelected twice.  I believe he served on the Courts of Justice Committee.  Besides his bachelor's (Fairfield) and law degrees, he has a Masters in Public Policy from Georgetown.

      do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

      by teacherken on Sat Oct 31, 2009 at 06:03:33 AM PDT

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      •  Do you know where these guys are on drug policy? (2+ / 0-)
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        Orinoco, Liberalindependent28

        Google's giving me lots of false hits.



        When did Vietnam become Nixon's War?

        by ben masel on Sat Oct 31, 2009 at 06:07:45 AM PDT

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        •  I presume Cooch wants to lock them up (6+ / 0-)

          and throw away the key.  You can read Shannon's position here (you will have to go to the PDF to see the entire plan.

          He wants to focus on trafficking.  He also includes prescription drug abuse -  which might have given Limbaugh some problems.  He is a strong supporter of drug courts, treatment, etc.

          Virginia is very much a law and order state, although it does also have a strong libertarian tradition.

          do we still have a Republic and a Constitution if our elected officials will not stand up for them on our behalf?

          by teacherken on Sat Oct 31, 2009 at 06:25:06 AM PDT

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          •  I have a little expertise on the matter :) (2+ / 0-)
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            I work in the field and can tell you straight about policies and what works and what doesn't but there is one simple fact that so many people forgot.  You cannot be tough on crime without be SMART on crime.  People can say they are tough on crime all day long until they are blue in the fact but if they are not doing things that are smart on crime then they are simply blowing smoke.  

            Being smart includes policies that go after the true criminals who put our law abiding citizens in danger.  Smart is ensuring the we have stiff laws against drunk drivers, those who break the public trust, those who traffic drugs and engage in gang activity.  Also, most importantly it is ensuring that our first responders have the resources (Training and equipment) they need to do their jobs in the manner that we expect.  

            Steve's experience as a prosecutor gives him a very powerful insight into understanding what our men and women in uniform go through in the course of their duties.  This is where a key distinction is made because Ken Cuccinelli does not have it.  He can say he does but I'm sorry, until you've been in the courtroom with us fighting our cases on our behalf you just don't know what it's like

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