It's not too late to vote in the 37th Senate district special election! Polls close at 7:00 p.m. Winning Matters, our voter education campaign, produced a robo call message by former Attorney General Mark Earley, and current head of Prison Fellowship Ministries, about the importance of exercising your constitutional right and duty as an informed Christian to vote.
Video became available over the weekend of Thursday night's Fairfax Family Forum candidate forum, held at Fair Oaks Church, for the candidates in the 37th Senate district special election. But an peculiar thing happened on the way to the forum. Only one candidate showed up — Republican Stephen Hunt. Democrat Dave Marsden apparently had another agenda and couldn't find time to talk to voters about family and traditional values. An interesting tactic coming from any candidate who wants to represent "all the people." It's one thing to respectfully disagree, and at least hear where certain constituents come from on their views. It's another to blow them off entirely. Even Barack Obama took questions from Pastor Rick Warren at his Saddleback Church. We'll see if this serves to further motivate values voters to turn out to the polls.
The election is tomorrow, January 12. The district is in Fairfax County and polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
The election is necessary because of the vacancy in the seat due to the election of Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli. Here is a portion of the forum as provided by the Fairfax Family Forum via Viemo:
Republican Steve Hunt attended the Fairfax Family Forum candidate forum for the candidates in the 37th Senate district special election. His opponent, Democrat Dave Marsden, must have had something else to do, rather than discuss with voters issues regarding family and traditional values.
Annotations & Elucidations Brit And Tiger, Lisa And Isabella
The News Stand had an unexpected return to hiatus the last two days because of a sudden illness. The News is dominated by Governor-elect Bob McDonnell's cabinet — who he picked, how much salary they'll make (his as well), and what they'll be allowed to do in their off-time.
In political news, the Washington Post looks at the issue of Delegate Dave Marsden's residency in the 37th Senate district special election (January 12). Delegate Marsden, who is running against Republican Stephen Hunt, moved into the district only a few weeks ago and lives in a room in a friend's house. Hunt, meanwhile, is hoping to hold the seat vacated by Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli, and is expected to be the only candidate to appear tonight at the Fairfax Family Forum candidate forum. Meanwhile, values and faith issues occupy the National News and Commentary sections: The Isabella Miller custody case has the attention of Richmond Times-Dispatch columnist Michael Paul Williams, who quotes our president, Victoria Cobb, and Fox News Channel's Brit Hume has raised the hackles of some with his comments on Tiger Woods . . . specifically, how he can save his spiritual life through Jesus.
Va. state Senate candidate Marsden faces residency issue (Washington Post)
McDonnell announces three more Cabinet choices (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
McDonnell picks N.Va. executive for technology post (Washington Post)
McDonnell, Cabinet to take unspecified pay cuts (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
McDonnell will reduce salaries (The Daily Press)
McDonnell vows to cut his own pay (Roanoke Times)
McDonnell OK with secretary on boards (Roanoke Times/Norfolk Virginian-Pliot)
Sledd defends keeping corporate board seats (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
McDonnell to let Va. Cabinet heads serve on corporate boards (Washington Post)
Public can weigh in on state budget today (The Daily Press)
Two GOP lobbyists switching firms (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Loudoun County's nondiscrimination policy expanded to protect gays (Washington Post)
Businessman Scott Rigell launches congressional campaign (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Contempt citation sought in same-sex custody case (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Comments on Buddhism, Tiger Woods upset faithful (AP/Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Gay-marriage foes slam plans to televise Prop 8 trial (Washington Times)
*Custody case defies ideology in some ways (Michael Paul Williams/Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Persecution for the Brit Hume Witness (Peter Sprigg/FRC Blog)
The January 12 special election to fill Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli’s Fairfax County seat in the Virginia Senate is hot as it is important. As such, we are redoubling our efforts to alert and educate voters in the 37th Senate district. Our Winning Matters campaign, which distributed nearly 1,000,000 voter guides statewide during the recent election, now is focused solely on this important Senate race in Fairfax County. In addition, our grassroots chapter, the Fairfax Family Forum, is hosting a candidate forum tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Fair Oaks Church, 4601 West Ox Road. Democrat nominee, Delegate Dave Marsden, and Republican nominee, former Fairfax County School Board Member Steve Hunt, have been invited to discuss their positions on issues of concern to the faith community. They will also take questions from the audience. Please plan to attend this important event.
We have two Winning Matters area coordinators working in the county, as well as a project manager. The Family Foundation has produced a special voter guide for this election, available in English, Spanish and, for the first time ever, Korean. Our area coordinators are contacting hundreds of churches, pastors and volunteers, and have distributed 20,000 voter guides across the district.
Despite this success, because of the extremely short time frame, we have been unable to contact anyone in several of the churches. If you attend one of these churches, or know the pastor or a parishioner at one of these churches, please help us make a connection there. E-Mail Mark Earley, Jr., at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marlon-David Sias at email@example.com and let them know how you can help. The voter guides need to be in these churches for distribution this Sunday, January 10:
Abundant Life Family Church, Fairfax
Annandale Calvary Church Of The Nazarene, 8220 Little River Turnpike
Annandale Church Of Christ, 4709 Ravensworth Road
Annandale Wash. Good Shepherd Nazarene, 8220 Little River Turnpike
Antioch Baptist Church, 6531 Little Ox Road, Fairfax Station
Braddock Missionary Baptist Church, 12326 Braddock Road, Fairfax
Calvary Church Of The Nazarene, 8220 Little River Turnpike, Annandale
Calvary Hill Baptist Church, 9301 Little River Turnpike, Fairfax
Centerpointe Church At Fair Oaks, 4104 Legato Road, Fairfax
Centreville Assembly Of God, 14821 Lee Highway
Centreville Church Of Christ, 13919 Braddock Road
Centreville Community Bible Church, 15109 Carlbern Drive
Centreville Community Church, 15301 Lee Highway
Centro Evangelistico El Refugio, 25207 Elk Lick Road, Chantilly
Chantilly Baptist Church, 14312 Chantilly Baptist Lane
Christ Church, 8285 Glen Eagles Lane, Fairfax Station
Christian Fellowship Church, 10237 Leesburg Pike, Burke
Church At Northern Virginia, 10922 Vale Road, Oakton
Church Of Love And Truth, 209 Oak Street Southwest, Vienna
Church Of The Apostles, 3500 Pickett Road, Fairfax
Clifton Baptist Church, 7152 Main Street
Community Baptist Church, 10112 Community Lane, Fairfax Station
Community Bible Church, 4400 Fair Lake Court, Suite 60, Fairfax
Diaspora Fellowship Church, 9304 Nester Road, Fairfax
Dulles Family Life Church Nazarene, 14740-H Flint Lee Road, Chantilly
Fairfax Baptist Church, 10830 Main Street
Fairfax Church Of Christ, 3901 Rugby Road
Fairfax Community Church, 11451 Braddock Road
Fairfax-Lee Highway Church Of God, 14740-H Flint Lee Road, Chantilly
Faith Baptist Church, 301 Center Street South, Burke
Faith For Living Church Of God, 12901 Lee Side Court
First Baptist Church Of Vienna, 450 Orchard Street
Grace Fellowship Church, 25350 Poland Road, Chantilly
Grace Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 2381 Cedar Lane, Vienna
Immanuel Korean Baptist Church, 5020 Marshall Crown Road, Centreville
International Baptist Alexandria, Annandale
Knollwood Community Church, 10000 Coffer Woods Road, Burke
Koinos Fellowship Church, 43844 Churchill Glen Drive, Chantilly
Korean Presbyterian Church Of Centreville, 25454 Gum Spring Road, Chantilly
Living Covenant Church, 14637 Lee Highway, Suite 102, Oakton
Living Savior Lutheran, 5500 Ox Road, Fairfax Station
Maranatha Baptist Church, 3511 Annandale Road, Annandale
Mok Yang Presbyterian Church Mission, 6608 Little Ox Road, Fairfax
New Creation Mission, Centreville
New Hope Presbyterian Church, Fairfax City
Nova Worship Center, 14740 Flint Lee Road-Unit H, Chantilly
Ox Hill Baptist Church, 4101 Elmwood Street, Chantilly
Parkwood Baptist Church 8726 Braddock Road, Annandale
Pleasant Valley Assembly Of God, 25207 Elk Lick Road, Chantilly
Prince Of Peace Lutheran Church, 8304 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield
Prosperity Baptist, 42962 Braddock Road, Chantilly
Springfield Church Of Christ, 7512 Old Keene Mill Road
Truro Church, 10520 Main Street, Fairfax
Washington Bible Baptist Church, 14701 Lee Highway, Centreville
Washington Grace, Fairfax
Annotations & Elucidations Like Deeds, Like Marsden; Like Kaine, Like Marsden; Like Deeds, Like Kaine
We're keeping the news to a minimum today: the snow is melting and people are less captive and not as inclined to be in front of the computer as they get back to last minute shopping and other Christmas preparations. Most of the news around the state concerns Governor Tim Kaine's outlandish income tax increase proposal. Easy for him to do — he leaves office in three weeks. Governor-elect Bob McDonnell and the majority House Republicans already say it's a non-starter. So perhaps the big story, or at least the most intriguing, is the turn taken in the special election in the 37th Senate district (in Fairfax County) to replace Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli, between Republican Steve Hunt and Democrat Dave Marsden, currently a delegate. Democrats think, because of recent trends in Fairfax, they can win the seat; the GOP, with its reverberating rebound last month, sense the tide has turned back their way, even in Northern Virginia, where its candidates did exceedingly well in the recent election.
Delegate Marsden, who moved into a friend's house to establish residency in the district, now has pro-abortion allies railing against some old literature a crisis pregnancy center stopped distributing some time ago. Hunt used to serve on the center's board.
Two things are absolutely peculiar about this: First, Delegate Marsden, must not have paid much attention to the top of his own ticket last month as Democrat standard bearer Creigh Deeds (remember him?) clamored about abortion and social issues while the rest of Virginia concerned itself with jobs. Marsden, himself, considered to be in a safe House district, barely escaped to re-election. Now, Governor Kaine wants to repeal the car tax cut and raise the income tax, and Delegate Marsden, given his record, is most likely right there with him. Again, just like Senator Deeds, who recommended raising taxes during a recession (see Jeff Schaprio's analysis in the Richmond Times-Dispatch, below).
The second oddity is that while the pregnancy center has ceased distributing the information, those attacking it and Mr. Hunt are providing this type of sick information (see video of Planned Parenthood abortionist and counselor talking to prospective patient),where "patients" are advised that abortions are safer than giving birth. So, it's mini-campaign redux featuring residency, raising taxes in a recession and old flyers versus jobs and sticking up for the unborn.
Antiabortion pregnancy center figures in state Senate race (Washington Post)
McDonnell, GOP lawmakers assail Kaine’s budget plan (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Kaine proposes 1% rise in state income tax (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
From deep in the red, Gov. Kaine proposes a brutal state budget (The Daily Press)
'Painful cuts' part of Kaine's Virginia budget proposal (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Kaine proposes replacing car tax with income one (Washington Times)
Virginia governor proposes an income tax increase (Washington Post)
At least 7 GOP candidates eager to take on Perriello (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
With budget, Kaine leaves tough task for both parties (Jeff Schapiro/Richmond Times-Dispatch)
It may be December, and it may be a one month campaign, but it's already a hot one in the 37th Senate District special election (to be held January 12) to fill the seat of Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli. It was guaranteed to be so from the beginning: The Dems think the seat belongs to them because of they way Fairfax County has trended recently. As the number one targeted Republican in 2007, they thought they had Cuccinelli dead in their sights, but he escaped with a victory of less than 100 votes. (Now, he's attorney general, surely to endless liberal heartburn, mental anguish, knashing of teeth and sleepless nights.) But a Democrat victory now would be a welcome buttress to its current one seat firewall against GOP policy initiatives.
However, the climate is much different now. The GOP did very well in Fairfax in November and has momentum and the weight of landslide victors Governor-elect Bob McDonnell and re-elected Lt. Governor Bill Bolling as well as Cuccinelli behind its nominee, Stephen Hunt. Hunt has been elected county wide before (to the Fairfax County School Board), while the best the Demscould come up with is Delegate Dave Marsden (D-41, Fairfax), who barely won re-election in November to his House seat, which partially overlaps the Senate district.
But it's not only a matter of a changed political atmosphere, but also Marsden's residency, at least for now. He doesn't live in the district, but a couple of weeks ago took up in a room in a friend's house that is in the district (see Washington Times).
But political climate and residency aren't the only things that have changed. Now, Delegate Marsden claims to be a low-tax guy. Talk about reading political tea leaves, or at least election results. In a recent direct mail piece, Delegate Marsden stakes out the low-tax mantle, claiming he will "Hold the line on taxes," although he has consistently voted for numerous tax increases in the House of Delegates, including this $2 billion increase (click here) in 2008. It would have raised taxes on car and home purchases (just what we need in a recession) and encouraged a Northern Virginia sales tax increase.
When voters ask for change, residency and glossing over voting records isn't what they have in mind. Virginia Democrats won several elections in Virginia prior to November by basically saying, "We're not Republicans." Now, facing a statewide catastrophe, they have to say who they are, for once. According to the mailer released by Delegate Marsden, they still aren't.