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Virginia Notebook: Responding to Critics, Kaine Travels Less

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By Virginia Notebook
Thursday, September 3, 2009

This week's Notebook is a compilation of items from The Washington Post's Virginia Politics blog. To get your fix throughout the week, check out http://blog.washingtonpost.com/virginiapolitics or http://www.washingtonpost.com/vablog.

Kaine Cuts Back on Travel

Facing another budget shortfall and continued criticism for his trips on behalf of the Democratic National Committee, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine significantly limited his out-of-state travel last month.

Kaine's office released his August travels in keeping with his pledge to do so at the end of each month, which was made after pressure by the media and others to disclose his whereabouts.

His out-of-state travel included trips to Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket (Aug. 1 and 2), New Jersey (Aug. 20) and Louisville, Nashville and Birmingham (Aug. 27 to 29). He reported spending part of one day in Washington.

By comparison, Kaine traveled for the DNC half of the days in June. He reported traveling to eight other states in July while spending part of four days in Washington that month.

Much of last month's out-of-state travel was probably for DNC business but might have been in his role as governor, or for both jobs. The travel log does not indicate the purpose of the trips.

-- ANITA KUMAR


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