Tuesday, August 23, 2011
News and notes from throughout the day.
We're trying something new today with the primary elections in Virginia. We'll be posting news and notes throughout the day using Cover It Live. And we'll be depending on you to let us know whether you like this, whether you find any value in it. We'll also proceed with traditional stories as planned. For our primary roundup, including links to past stories and candidate info for the 31st Senate District and the Arlington/Falls Church commonwealth's attorney race, along with Arlington County polling places, click here.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Areizaga-Soto, Favola launch opposing "truth" websites.
Barbara Favola will not resign from the Arlington County Board over campaign contributions. Jaime Areizaga-Soto will not release his client list from when he was practicing law in the private sector. Those responses, provided by the candidates’ respective campaign managers, illustrate the kind of race that’s devolved in the state’s 31st Senate District. They cap a week that saw each camp launch a “truth” site about their opponent: The Truth About Jaime Areizaga-Soto and The Truth About Barbara Favola. Areizaga-Soto paints Favola as someone whose vote is for sale, whose ambition eclipses an informal policy among county board members. Favola labels her opponent as someone who has helped lay oil pipelines to destroy the environment, someone …
Monday, July 18, 2011
Law, named after 2-year-old in high-profile murder case, expected to be introduced in numerous states.
Both Democrats seeking outgoing state Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple’s seat told Patch on Monday that they would support efforts to implement “Caylee’s Law” in Virginia if such a law is proposed. Numerous state legislatures – as many as 20 – are in line to consider Caylee’s Law legislation following this month’s high-profile acquittal of Casey Anthony on accusations of murdering her 2-year-old daughter, Caylee. Caylee’s Law would generally require a parent or guardian to report the death of a child within an hour or to report a missing child within 24 hours. There are slight differences on the time limits in the various pieces of potential legislation. Arlington County Board Member Barbara Favola, who is running for state Senate, said she …
Friday, July 15, 2011
Absentee ballots can be cast through 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20.
Absentee voting for the Aug. 23 primary is now under way at the Arlington County Office of Voter Registration on the third floor of the county office complex at 2100 Clarendon Blvd. So far, the office mailed out 265 ballots, mostly overseas, and about 30 people have voted in person. Two voting machines are set up. Absentee voting requires a person give a reason for voting early – which can be as general as “business” or “pregnancy” – and can be done at the county office through 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20. That is the only Saturday between now and the election that the office will be open. It will be open regular hours Mondays through Fridays. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Aug. 23 to count. They can be hand-delivered through 7 p.m. …
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Phone calls labeled opponent Areizaga-Soto a 'Republican.'
A telephone poll conducted this week for Arlington County Board Member Barbara Favola's state Senate campaign incorrectly identified her opponent, Jaime Areizaga-Soto, as a Republican. Both are Democrats, and will square off Aug. 23 for their party's nomination in the race to succeed Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple, who is retiring. The Favola camp issued an apology late Wednesday for what it called "a clerical error." Her campaign released the text of the erroneous question: "If the election in the Democratic Primary were held today, would you vote for Jaime Areizaga-Soto, the Republican, or Barbara Favola, the Democrat?" Her campaign also made the following statement: "The wording of this question is obviously incorrect, and it was caused by …
Friday, July 8, 2011
Senate District 31 seat being vacated by Mary Margaret Whipple.
The race to replace outgoing state Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple heated up this week thanks to a new attack piece to hit mailboxes. Arlington County Board Member Barbara Favola and Army National Guard Lt. Col. Jaime Areizaga-Soto are seeking the seat. Areizaga-Soto has criticized Favola for accepting certain campaign contributions before -- particularly, those from real estate developers, given that the Arlington County Board often has a say in development projects. This week, his campaign hit her again: This time, for accepting a donation from a developer who usually contributes to Republicans. BlueVirginia has the mailer posted with links to background on the donor in question. Earlier this week, the two squared off in what seems to have …