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Coy Barefoot took a journey into the blogosphere this past week on "Charlottesville--Right Now" when he interviewed two of the Commonwealth's most well-read and respected political bloggers: Republican Shaun Kenney of ShaunKenney.com and Democrat Lowell Feld of RaisingKaine. Both interviews focused on the Senate race between George Allen and Jim Webb--including a discussion of the impact, if any, of Allen's "macaca" remark.
Governor Kaine recently announced additional appointments including two Sorensen leaders.
The Governor reappointed Judith L. Rosenblatt to the Board of Visitors of Norfolk State University. Judith is a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 1995. She is a partner with Brydges, Geroe, Rosenblatt & Oâ€™Brien, PPLC and is a former member of the Virginia Beach Chesapeake Bay
Preservation Board Commission.
Governor Kaine also appointed Sorensen Institute co-founder and State Board member Leigh B. Middleditch to the Secure Commonwealth Panel. Middleditch is a partner at McGuire Woods, and has been a member of the
Virginia State Bar and the Virginia Bar Association for almost 50 years.
The University of Virginia's Miller Center for Public Affairs and WVPT-Virginia's Public Television announced today that they are teaming up to broadcast the "Milller Center Forums" in markets throughout the Commonwealth. The press release reads in part:
Beginning Friday, Sept. 15, at 9:00 p.m. ET, WVPT will broadcast the Forums, held in the Miller Center's Newman Pavilion, to audiences throughout the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia region, and offer them to public
television stations throughout Virginia.
"Working with WVPT provides an important opportunity to bring even more people into the kind of thoughtful conversations that the Forums are known for," said George Gilliam, assistant director for public programs at the
Miller Center. "It allows us to expand what we've accomplished with our live audiences and webcasts to provide a genuine give-and-take on the most critical questions that we face as a nation."
"The Miller Center provides a venue for some of our greatest thinkers," said Bert Schmidt, president and general manger of WVPT-Virginia's Public Television. "It's an important asset for the entire country and WVPT is proud to bring these Forums to a larger viewing audience."
The Sorensen Institute congratulates the Miller Center and WVPT on this exciting endeavor.
The Sorensen Institute's Executive Director Sean O'Brien appeared last week on Charlottesville's CBS 19 to comment on Senator George Allen's "macaca remark" and its impact on the race between he and Jim Webb.
O'Brien made clear his position that this controversy has the potential to crowd out other important discussions about issues facing Virginia and the nation such as stem cell research, immigration, and certainly the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Delegate William J. Howell, Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, recently joined the Sorensen Institute's Coy Barefoot on "Charlottesville--Right Now," an afternoon radio program that Barefoot hosts and produces. Speaker Howell discussed in some detail the upcoming special session on transportation, the recent $137 million accounting error in the state budget, and his vision for the 2007 General Assembly session.
Laura Harris, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2005, has been accepted to the Political Leadership Training Program of the Young Women Leaders Board of the Women & Politics Institute at American University.
Laura is a graduate student in Public Policy at George Mason University. She also worked as a Program Manager during the Sorensen Institute's Youth Programs this past summer.
THIS JUST IN: Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, William J. Howell and Virginia Senate Floor Leader Thomas K. Norment have just announced the dates for the Special Session to discuss transportation issues. According to their statement:
"By agreement, the Special Session now underway will conclude no later than Saturday, September 30, 2006. To ensure appropriate consideration, legislators are expected to file all transportation-related legislation no later than Friday, September 15, 2006. The full House and Senate are expected to convene on Wednesday, September 27. Respective committees are anticipated to meet earlier that week to consider legislation."
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