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by ARLnow.com March 28, 2012 at 9:11 am 3,177 16 Comments

GOP May Skip November Board Race — With a presidential election likely to bring Democrats out to the polls in droves, Republicans are saying, privately, that it’s likely they will not be running a candidate for County Board in November. Republican Mark Kelly received 43.5 percent of the vote to Democrat Libby Garvey’s 49.2 percent in yesterday’s historically low turnout special election. [Sun Gazette]

D.C. Premiere of H-B Grad’s Film Planned — Fresh off a big win at the Sundance Film Festival, “Fishing Without Nets” will be holding its Washington, D.C. premiere next month. The short film, created by H-B Woodlawn grad Cutter Hodierne, will be premiering at a “surprise location” on Saturday, April 21. Tickets are $15. [Eventbrite]

Sun Gazette Sold to Texas Company — The weekly Sun Gazette newspaper has been sold to HPR Hemlock LLC, a newspaper investment firm out of Fort Worth, Texas. A company executive says the Sun Gazette and its sister publication, Leesburg Today, will retain autonomy at the local level. The Sun Gazette had previously been owned by another Texas company, American Community Newspapers LLC, which declared bankruptcy in 2009. [Sun Gazette]

  • novasteve

    That’s kind of stupid. You can get republicans out to vote to just vote against Jim Moran. That’s enough reason to get out to vote.

    • Car-Free Diet

      Steve, if you feel so strongly about this, why don’t you run for the GOP nomination for the Arlington County Board?

      Apparently, Mark Kelly has a life and wants to take a break from running unsuccessful campaigns to be elected to the county board. Why don’t you pick up the baton?

      If you are not willing, then stop complaining that no one else wants to either.

  • jackson

    GOP, it’s like they say in the DC lottery, “You can’t win if you don’t play.”

    • Washington Post

      “If you don’t get it, you don’t get it.”

      • Car-Free Diet

        I think the GOP gets it. They are not popular in Arlington.

    • JamesE

      If you ain’t first, you’re last”

      • Reese

        That doesn’t make any sense at all, you can be second, third, fourth… hell you can even be fifth.

        • drax

          If there are only five and you’re fifth, then he’s right. Just sayin’.

    • Yogi Berra

      You should always go to other people’s funerals; otherwise, they won’t come to yours.

  • Bluemontsince1961
  • Garden City

    Dear Arlington GOP.
    If you want to compete in Arlington, you really cannot field a candidate backed by executives of the Eagle Forum, who has credentials from Regent University, and who works for a right-wing Congressman. Remember Nelson Rockefeller and Gerald Ford? The GOP candidate who can successfully run in Arlington will be a fiscal conservative who has verifiable laissez-faire social positions. Now, do any of those still exist in the Virginia GOP or have they all been chased out?

    • Arlingtoon

      Back in the day that description applied to an awful lot of Virginia Democrats too.

      • Bluemontsince1961

        Yep, I remember that as well.

    • MC

      Actually, the Republican doesn’t need to be fiscally conservative, which now means cutting taxes and reducing spending drastically. Republicans just need to promise to control spending, which isn’t being done. Republicans who want to slash and burn government wont success here. Arlingtonians want government that works, but doesn’t waste money. Republicans need to drop the “government is the problem” ‘tude, and own delivering outcomes and delivering results that matter to the people who pay for them.

      • Car-Free Diet

        MC, there is a tremendous difference between the Federal Government and Arlington County. Everyone acknowledges that Federal Governmet deficits are unsustainable, the only argument is over priorities.

        Arlington County has a very high, if not AAA credit rating. While Arlingtonians love to complain about their government, and there is certainly a case that can be made against one-party government in Arlington, the County’s finances are strong.

        When you complain about Republicans wanted to cut spending drastically at the Federal level, but want a Republican to control Arlington County’s spending you have the facts backwards.

  • jim

    There is a reason that Arlington is known as the People’s Republic of Arlington.


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