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April 14, 2005

Jerry Kilgore at Professor Sabato's class

I'm back again. Amazing how the work load keeps me from putting even five minutes up to post a link, but it should not be getting in the way for a while. Among the things I've been busy with was attending my normal American politics course taught by Larry Sabato, which yesterday featured gubenatiorial candidate Jerry Kilgore.

Again, I felt he gave a great speech. He specifically focused on public education, with his plan for Better Pay for Better Teachers. I specifically asked him about this subject (much as I had asked Tim Kaine about his position on abortion, which he, of course, dodged), and he stated the importance of a good education for all the students of Virginia. Kilgore believes that better teachers can be more easily attracted and maintained if they have some incentive to teach well. An excellent idea, one that will most certainly pay off in the future.

Mr. Kilgore also spoke briefly of taxes (only increased under vote by Virginia citizens) and domestic abuse (stronger penalties are needed), as well as the recent improvements in fighting crime in the Commonwealth of Virginia. With many Wahoos only a few years away from working and the current concerns of crime and the serial rapist in Charlottesville, he was able to communicate very well about issues that greatly concern many in my age group, specifically young adults. Of course, I thanked Mr. Kilgore for speaking to us and told him how much I had enjoyed this speech (and the last one I heard during his campaign announcement tour).

While he didn't speak of it, Commonwealth Conservative reports Jerry Kilgore is doing very well right now in terms getting his name out. Tim Kaine pledged to get 30,000 signatures to get on the ballot; he will be on it, but far short of his goal (by more than 11,000 signatures to be exact). Meanwhile, Jerry Kilgore got more than 34,000 signatures. The Democrats may have to work harder to push Tim Kaine as a moderate Democrat if they want him to win come November.