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Virginia News Stand: April 29, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations The Comeback Continues

The last 48 hours have been good ones for the culture and religious freedom in America and Virginia. Pro-life laws in Oklahoma, a Cross allowed to stay at a memorial and, now, the reversal of a horrible and discriminatory policy in Virginia: the gag on State Police chaplains to pray in Jesus' name. Add that to the elimination of taxpayer funding of abortions in the commonwealth and tighter abortion restrictions in Nebraska, and it's been a reassuring spring in America at the state level, proving there is a movement (that gets results) looking to make its first strike back at a national government governing opposite the will of the people.

We are featured prominently in the lead, as one might expect, with four articles seeking Family Foundation response on Governor Bob McDonnell's reinstatement of the policy allowing state police chaplains to pray in public as they deem. That executive order dominates the news, but there is a curious item that slipped in the news cycle amidst all the chaplain coverage: The governor's reappointment of several Kaine administration officials, including State Police Superintendent Steven Flaherty (who needlessly started the chaplain mess, and boy musn't that been a fun conversation: Colonel Flaherty, if you want to stay, you will let them pray); Daniel Timberlake as director-Department of Planning and Budget; Richard Sliwoski as director-Department of General Services; and Patricia Wright as state superintendent of public instruction. He previously kept Secretary of Finance Ric Brown.

While they may be good folks, at first glance it seems odd to holdover people after getting elected with such a large mandate to make change in economic and education policy. One appointment we do like for certain is that of former colleague Mark Early, Jr. — his Family Foundation connection omitted from the Richmond Times-Dispatch article notwithstanding.

Among the other features in today's News Stand: Governor McDonnell's Rest of Virginia Ask The Governor from earlier today on WRVA-AM in Richmond (yesterday we had the N.Va. version), more reports on the Mojave Desert Cross decision by the U.S. Supreme Court and, speaking of the court, another case it heard regarding the privacy rights of those who signed a petition to initiate the repeal of Washington State's homosexual unions law. 

News

*Governor Lets Va. Troopers Refer to Jesus (Washington Times)

*McDonnell Rescinds State Police Prayer Policy (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

*Va. reinstates prayer policy for state police chaplains (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

*Va. Reinstates Prayer Policy for Police Chaplains (AP/WJZ.com)

McDonnell Reverses State Police Prayer Policy (Roanoke Times)

McDonnell reappoints several Kaine administration officials (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

McDonnell promises a statewide housing policy (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Audio

Ask The Governor (38:59) (WRVA/WRVA.com)

National News

Court skeptical on keeping petitioner IDs private (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Mojave Cross Case: A Signal on Religious Symbols (AP/FoxNews.com)

Supreme Court Allows Mojave War Memorial Cross (Los Angeles Times)

Illegal immigrants plan to leave over Ariz. law (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Democrat senators developing immigration bill (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Fla. gov. on cusp of independent bid for US Senate (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Obama warns of a 'conservative' judicial activism (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Census mail results could be trouble for 5 states (AP/GOPUSA.com)

In financial regs debate, senators look to details (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Commentary

After Policy Stumbles, Obama Turns to Politics (Michael Barone/GOPUSA.com)

Democrat Cabal Dangles Bait For Unwitting Republicans (Christopher G. Adamo/GOPUSA.com)

The National Day of Prayer: The Value of Offending (Paul A. Ibbetson/GOPUSA.com)

America's Political Grand Canyon (Debra Saunders/GOPUSA.com)

Another RINO Punch to the Conservative Gut (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

Virginia News Stand: March 26, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations Week's End

An eventful week winds down to a slumberish end. We all can use the respite. However, there is some news: Despite his "Executive Directive," Governor Bob McDonnell said on his monthly "Ask The Governor" show that there is no need for an anti-homosexual bias law. The Richmond Times-Dispatch has the details, but you can hear it for yourself on the link to WRVA's podcast (a first for the the News Stand). The Washington Post has mention of it as well, on it s Virginia Politics Blog. Have a listen and a read . . . and a good weekend.

News

McDonnell doubts need for bias law (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

No 'rampant discrimination' against gay employees to argue for law, McDonnell says (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog

Senate bill proposes no more bailouts (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Saying ‘I do’: Black marriage campaign is growing (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Audio

Ask The Governor (60:00) (WRVA.com)

National News

Democrats send Obama final health measure (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Obama dares GOP to repeal health care bill (AP/GOPUSA.com)

GOP warns Obama about labor board appointment (AP/GOPUSA.com)

NPR, PBS stations get $10M infusion for local news (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Would partners of gay troops get benefits, too? (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Commentary

How the Left Fakes the Hate: A Primer (Michele Malkin/GOPUSA.com)

Game On! (Michael Reagan/GOPUSA.com)

Kansas-Nebraska Act 1854, Redux (Tony Blankley/GOPUSA.com)

BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Kaine Makes Headlines In Last 'Ask The Governor' Show

About an hour ago, Governor Tim Kaine created quite the stir on his last Ask The Governor show on WRVA radio in Richmond. When host Jimmy Barrett mentioned that this was, in fact, listeners' last chance to ask Governor Kaine a question, the governor rejoined that it wasn't so.

"They can come to the Christmas Tree lighting and open house tonight."

Barrett did what had to be a double take, noting that First Lady Anne Holton called it a "holiday tree."

"No, it's a Christmas Tree," the governor stated emphatically, which must have puzzled Barrett and his listeners since the PC crowd at the governor's mansion has called it a "holiday tree" the previous three years. Barrett rejoined that the governor needs to set his wife straight. (Sure enough, the governor's schedule gives conflicting statements, calling it a "Capitol Tree" and "Christmas Tree" in the same line.)

So, as his term draws to a close, Governor Kaine tries to give away benefits to "domestic partners" one day and the next he offers a moment of clarity. We'll take what we can get . . . with 44 days left.