Kaine to stay put

Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine may have been crying tears of joy on Election Night, but his impassioned work on behalf of Barack Obama is not likely to move him away from Richmond before his term expires in January 2010. Kaine spokesman Gordon Hickey reiterated today the Virginia Democrat is not seeking any job with the …

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They Run For Office And Lose—Again And Again

WASHINGTON — “Grandma” Carol Castagnero’s name has been on a ballot more times than she can remember. And she’s never won.  The 69-year-old retired teacher and Lakeland, Fla., resident has run for Florida governor, state senator and school board member. “One, two, three,” she begins to count during a telephone interview. “I think it’s been …

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S.C. lawmakers seek special treatment on global warming

WASHINGTON – Pending global warming legislation could create serious problems for South Carolina because of the state’s dependence on coal-fired power plants, a report released Wednesday warned.  State lawmakers who ordered the report came to Washington to tell South Carolina’s congressional delegation Wednesday that harsh restrictions could cause regular brownouts by 2016 and make electricity …

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Cantor’s Mortgage Background Figured into Bailout Bill

WASHINGTON-Rep. Eric I. Cantor’s personal ties to the mortgage industry helped him play a leading role in this month’s congressional debate over the $700 billion bailout of Wall Street.  Cantor, who handled real estate law at his family’s Richmond law firm before running for Congress, still has a $250,000 to $500,000 stake in TrustMor Mortgage, …

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Va. Justice Agee Clears Hurdle for Federal Post

WASHINGTON-Virginia Supreme Court Justice G. Steven Agee won unanimous approval from the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday on his way to becoming a federal appeals judge.  Agee, 55, now awaits approval from the Senate before joining the Richmond-based Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.  Republican Sen. John Warner and Democratic Sen. Jim Webb recommended Agee to President …

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Once a Powerful Lawmaker, Bob Dole Transitions into Top Lobby

WASHINGTON — Dennis Morgan had a problem with Washington. His company needed Environmental Protection Agency approval to sell a controversial lumber treatment chemical, but the EPA had delayed acting on his request. Then he hired Bob Dole. Suddenly, the EPA started moving. “They were ignoring us,” Morgan, president of Oregon-based Forest Products Research Laboratory, said …

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