The Sorensen Report for Friday July 7
Jul 7 2006 - 11:12am

The Sorensen Report for Friday, July 7 is attached to this post.

This Week: The 2006 U.S. Senate Race Heats Up

MEDIA ALERT: Washington Week Tonight
Jul 7 2006 - 11:08am

Sorensen Blog readers may be interested in watching a special edition of Washington Week tonight. Host Gwen Ifill will pose the question "Is Politics Broken?" to a select panel of journalists. Washington Week is the longest running public affairs program on PBS.

Click here for more information on tonight's program

Click here to find out exactly when and where the program will be broadcast in your area.

If you happen to miss the program, you can catch a podcast of the audio here.

Alumna Pryor Spells Out Platform in Bid Against Goodlatte
Jul 7 2006 - 8:32am

Barbara J. Pryor, a graduate of Sorensen's very first Political Leaders Program (Class of Spring 1994) is the subject of an article in today's Staunton News Leader. Pryor is one of three candidates that will take on Representative Bob Goodlatte in his reelection bid this to represent the 6th District in the U.S. House.

Click here to read the article about Barbara.

Click here to read another article from today's Waynesboro's News Virginian that takes a broader view of the 6th District race this year.

Political Leaders 2006 Profile: Norman Leahy
Jul 6 2006 - 1:04pm

Name: Norman Leahy
Age: 40
Born: I was born in Augusta, GA and raised in Denver, CO.
Current digs: Henrico County
Occupation: Senior Copywriter and general creative menace
Favorite part about the job: Putting words in someone else's mouth
First job ever? Mowing lawns
Favorite book? The Brothers Karamazov
Favorite movie? The Life of Brian
Must See TV? The Simpsons
Comfort food? 7-11 nachos
What's in your car CD player right now? No CD player in the 'Disco, it wasn't standard equipment.
Next journey? London, England
One thing people might be surprised to learn about you? I was a radio DJ in high school. Sinatra and The Who...the perfect double play.
Last gift you received? A pen with a big sunflower taped on its end from my son.
Best advice you ever got? Don't leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight.
Whom do you admire and why? I admire anyone who can navigate their way through the supermarket. It's beyond me.
If you could have dinner with any one currently living, whom would it be and why? I'd sit down with Governor Mark Sanford again and discuss things you'll never find in a candidate's briefing book.  He's one of the smartest and most frank politicians I've ever met.
Ambition, political or otherwise? I have no political ambitions.  But I do want to go to Antarctica.
Describe a perfect day. Each day has it's own perfection.  To single out one would be an injustice to them all.

Alumnus Connaughton Interviewed on Charlottesville Radio
Jul 5 2006 - 1:17pm

Sorensen alumnus Sean Connaughton (Political Leaders Program Class of Fall 1995), Chairman of the Prince William County Board of Supervisors, was recently named by President Bush to serve as the director of the U.S. Maritime Administration. Sean spoke with Coy Barefoot on the June 29th edition of Charlottesville--Right Now.

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Alumnus Eagle to Soar Again in Harrisonburg
Jul 5 2006 - 11:27am

Political Leaders Program Class of 1999 graduate Rodney Eagle was just re-elected Mayor of Harrisonburg on July 1.

"I'm just tickled to death," Eagle told the Daily News Record. "I think we have a great group of people here and we have a lot of good opportunities and challenges ahead of us."

Click here for TV news coverage of the election.

Congratulations Rodney!

BREAKING NEWS: Alumnus Heaphy Celebrates Baby Girl
Jul 5 2006 - 10:54am


Tim Heaphy, a graduate of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2005, and his wife Lori celebrated the arrival of their third child during this past holiday weekend.

Margaret Fudeko Heaphy ("Maggie") arrived safe and sound, healthy and happy on July 2, weighing in at an impressive 8 lbs, 10 oz. Both mommy and baby are doing well.

Tim is a Partner with McGuire Woods.

Congratulations to Tim and Lori and the entire Heaphy family! And welcome Maggie!

PLP's Haskins in RTD
Jul 2 2006 - 1:39pm

Conaway Haskins, a member of the Political Leaders Program Class of 2006, was one of the political bloggers showcased in an article in today's Richmond Times Dispatch-- an article that explores the rapidly growing blogosphere here in Virginia.

Click here to read the article.

Arulgnanendran Accepts New Position
Jun 29 2006 - 10:32am


Congratulations to Noeline Arulgnanendran, a graduate of the College Leaders Program Class of 2005. Noeline has just accepted the position of Associate Political Consultant with Dresner, Wickers, and Associates.

Based in San Francisco, Dresner and Wickers is a national Republican consulting firm specializing in strategic communication, survey and focus group research, and media production and placement. Their clients include Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and numerous other Governors, Senators, and elected officials across the country.

Blog Summit 2006: Photos Are Posted
Jun 28 2006 - 1:50pm

Photos from the 2006 Summit on Blogging and Democracy in the Commonwealth have been posted to the Sorensen Blog.

Click here to view the photos.

Thanks again to everyone who attended, helped to organize, and spoke at the Summit. Your contributions made it a great success.

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    Andy Block

    Political Leaders Program

    Class of 2006

    Andy is the director of the U.Va. Law School's Child Advocacy Clinic.

    From 1998 to the spring of 2010 he was the founder and legal director of the JustChildren Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center, a program that represents low-income children across the Commonwealth of Virginia.