2012 Elections / Local / Norfolk / Politics / Virginia

Let’s get ready to rumble!

Lots of eyes have turned northward as the New Hampshire primary is today. The fight appears to be over the number two spot, as Mitt Romney seems to be on track for the win. Will Jon Huntsman’s late surge be enough to catapult him into second place? I don’t know – seems to me he really shouldn’t have had to rely on a “surge” to get him there, given that he pretty much had NH all to himself for a while. We’ll know in just a few hours.

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The General Assembly opens tomorrow. This AP story says a fight might break out for control of the Senate. Um, no. One need only read the words of the Democratic leadership to know that no such fight is coming. The Republicans will get their committee chairmanships and control of the committees. And the Democrats will end up going along. Honestly, I doubt there will be many 20-20 ties. There are a couple of Dems who are all too willing to vote with the Republicans on certain issues.

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The congressional races in Virginia have been rather quiet so far. But not for long. Paul Hirschbiel, who is challenging Scott Rigell in the 2nd CD, is having his campaign kickoff in a couple of weeks. The special guest will be none other than Sen. Mark Warner. This is going to be an interesting race to watch – and an expensive one.

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On the local level, don’t forget that the first organizational meeting of the Norfolk Citizens for An Elected School Board is this coming Saturday. While not a fight, it’s going to be a battle to get the nearly 12,000 signatures needed by July 18. I suspect this article about the $20 million shortfall may prod some to get involved. Sure would be nice if the legislature would reduce the number of signatures required to a more manageable level.

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