Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Second in a series on campaign spending in November 2011 races affecting McLean
McLean is divided into two Virginia Senate districts and both races this past November cost more than $1 million each. The 31st District race between Democrat Barbara Favola and Republican Caren Merrick and the 32nd District race pitting incumbent Democrat Janet Howell against Republican challenger Patrick Forest were among about 15 Senate races that broke the $1 million mark, according to the nonpartisan and nonprofit Virginia Public Access Project. The all-out partisan war between state Republicans and Democrats for control of the Senate drove up the cost of the races, VPAP said. There were 10 million-dollar Senate races in 2007, the last time all 40 seats were on the ballot, VPAP reported. The election resulted in an evenly split …
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Happy Hanukkah, Million-Dollar Senate Races. Both of McLean's Virginia senate races topped $1 million in spending. Long-time McLean Resident, Lawyer Dies. Washington attorney Carl J. Morano died last month. McLean Crime. Weekly list of crimes committed in McLean's two zip codes 22101 and 22102. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late November-late December on the secular calendar. In Hebrew, the word "hanukkah" means “dedication.” This holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple in Jerusalem following the Jewish victory over the Syrian-Greeks in 165 B.C.E.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Gov. Bob McDonnell joins Republican state Senate candidate at Arlington fundraiser.
Gov. Bob McDonnell joined fellow Republican and state Senate candidate Patrick Forrest at an Arlington fundraiser Wednesday and said winning seats in Northern Virginia was key to turning the entire General Assembly over to the GOP. Forrest, a former Homeland Security official, is seeking to oust incumbent Democratic state Sen. Janet Howell in the left-leaning 32nd Senate District. “We’ve been making traction on her,” Forrest said. “And I know we’ve been making traction, because she’s been freaking out. She’s started to engage in some pretty unsavory, underhanded, old school political tactics. And we’re just not going to let her do it.” Forrest’s campaign manager, Buck Cram, said it more plainly. Cram accused Howell of spearheading a …
Friday, October 14, 2011
Candidates discuss transportation, the Dillon Rule, right-to-work at 32nd Senate District debate
Sen. Janet Howell (D) and her challenger Patrick Forrest (R) met for a debate forum Monday morning, in which no topic became more a point of contention than the Dulles Toll Road. At a taping of Reston Impact on Monday morning, the candidates answered questions from a panel of journalists, composed of reporters from the Sun-Gazette, Connection Newspapers and Patch. The show broadcast Wednesday on Channel 28 in Reston. Click here to watch video of the forum. Here are some highlights from the debate: Dulles Toll Road Howell: "My opponent has been claiming there are going to be $17 tolls, but of course that's nonsense. Nobody, nobody would tolerate $17 tolls, especially not me. So I've been working to make sure the tolls stay low." She said …
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Good Morning McLean, Another Teacher Endorsement. School board challenger Louise Epstein wins second major teacher endorsement. Candidate Profile: Patrick Forrest. The Republican challenger running against state Sen. Janet Howell. McLean Crime. Recap of McLean home invasion and robbery. IPhones stolen. Reminder: Emergency food appeal from Share. Noon. Real Housewife of McLean. 2 p.m. Update on Towlston Road closing.
Forrest makes first run for office
At a Glance Patrick Forrest may be running as a Republican in his campaign to unseat state Sen. Janet Howell (D-32nd District), but he wants to make clear he will represent Northern Virginians if he is elected. Not party leadership. "I consider myself someone who is fiscally conservative, but socially compassionate," the 34-year-old said. "Am I going to break from the party on certain positions? I imagine so if it's not a pro-Northern Virginia position they're taking. And that's kind of my big beef right now. It's become so hyper partisan, and my opponent is a leader in that hyper partisan environment. I want people in the General Assembly who are willing to break party lines and are willing to stand up for things even if their leadership …
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Howell says she is in a better position than ever to represent her constituents in the state Senate.
First of several candidate profiles that will appear in McLean Patch this election year. The election is Tuesday Nov. 8. At a Glance When Democrat Janet Howell first ran for state Senate in 1992, she had her doubters. People were skeptical whether a woman could fundraise, appeal to voters and maintain a Senate seat. As a community activist for more than a decade leading up to her first election, she found herself having to approach politicians over and over again to get what she wanted done. Then Del. Ken Plum (D-36th District) hired her as a legislative assistant, which took her to Richmond to see the process up close. "It was just a natural outlet for all of my interests and I could really make a difference. There was an open seat and I…
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Forrest starts petition on toll increases, while Howell calls for action for Gov. McDonnell
With one debate under their belts, the Patrick Forrest-Janet Howell race is in full swing with a clear focus heading into the last two months before Election Day: the Dulles Toll Road. Before last week's debate, 32nd Senate District challenger Forrest (R) had been raising awareness on a study from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority that predicted fees on the Dulles Toll Road could exceed $17 roundtrip within the next five years, and $17 each way by 2040. He also has been pointing his finger at Sen. Janet Howell (D) for being "silent" on the issue, which he asserted in a Letter to the Editor to the Fairfax County Times and at last week's debate hosted by the Arlington County Civic Federation. But Howell said she has seen the …