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McAuliffe Opposes Abortion Center Safety Measures Supported By Gosnell's Lawyer!

Hand it to Terry McAuliffe. He won't back down. Not to the abortion industry. Not even to the point of being more pro-abortion than convicted baby murder Kermit Gosnell's lawyer. Even former President Bill Clinton, of whom McAuliffe is one of the biggest of FOBs (Friends of Bill) wants abortion "Safe, legal and rare." But McAuliffe has drawn a stark contrast between himself and a super majority of Virginians and Americans at large — even those who support abortion, but recognize the abomination it has become in abortion centers, such as the "Houses of Horrors" run by Gosnell and others. Last week, the Susan B. Anthony List released a statement describing the extreme position McAuliffe has taken on abortion center safety standards and how even Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for the recently convicted Gosnell, who said his client suffered from the "baby factor," supports oversight of abortion centers and certain restrictions on their procedures. Here is the entire news release:

Terry McAuliffe Opposes Abortion Clinic Regulations Supported by Gosnell Attorney

Jack McMahon Says He Supports Increased Regulation of Clinics, Late-Term Abortion Limit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week Jack McMahon, defense attorney for convicted murderer and late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, told FOX News' Megyn Kelly that he supports increased regulation of abortion clinics as well as a ban on abortion past 16-17 weeks in order to forestall crimes like those Gosnell committed. In light of McMahon's statements, Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) President Marjorie Dannenfelser blasted Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's opposition to increased health and safety standards for the Commonwealth's abortion facilities.

"Weeks of graphic testimony detailing the horrors and conditions inside Kermit Gosnell's Philadelphia abortion clinic was enough to sway even Gosnell's own attorney,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “If McMahon can agree that women going into abortion facilities must be treated with basic dignity and respect, why can't Terry McAuliffe? Virginia women are increasingly disturbed that a politician who seeks to represent women would oppose such elementary efforts to protect our health and safety.

“Kermit Gosnell isn't alone. More than 80 violations were discovered inside Virginia abortion facilities last year. Unsafe, unsanitary conditions — not to mention barbaric abortion practices — continue to be exposed nationwide. Shame on McAuliffe for refusing to join the General Assembly and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in standing up for Virginia women. Women deserve better than his extreme abortion ideology.”

Last month, McAuliffe's campaign was asked by the Washington Post to confirm or deny that he supports “a platform of abortion on-demand at any time, for any reason, paid for by Virginia taxpayers,” including “sex-selective abortion, late-term abortion, partial-birth abortion, and abortions on teenage girls without parental consent — all paid for by Virginia taxpayers.” McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin declined to comment to the Post.

The SBA List has compiled an ever-expanding fact sheet on abortion industry negligence and brutality toward women and children occurring nationwide.

Terry McAuliffe: Too extreme for Bill Clinton; too extreme even for convicted killer Kermit Gosnell's attorney!

General Assembly Votes to Ensure Judicial Integrity

Tuesday morning with the clock approaching 2:00, the House of Delegates voted to not appoint to a judgeship Tracy Thorne-Begland (see roll call vote). After spending more than twelve hours debating and voting on budget amendments and discussing issues in their respective caucuses, retired military members of the House led the charge during debate over Mr. Thorne-Begland, expressing serious concerns over his actions while a member of the U.S. Military. As we posted late last week, Mr. Thorne-Begland has a long history of political activism and received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Navy after going on national television to announce that he had violated federal law, the so-called "don’t ask, don’t tell" policy enthusiastically signed into law by former President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, in the early 1990s. More recently, he has made public statements that reveal a personal political agenda that runs contrary to the Virginia Constitution and statute. Many of these concerns did not come to light until after he had been deemed qualified to be a judge by the General Assembly's Courts of Justice Committees.

Today, Virginia Democrats and Equality Virginia lashed out at General Assembly members and The Family Foundation for last night’s votes. Unable to answer the concerns about Mr. Thorne-Begland’s statements, they have predictably resorted to name-calling. Democrat Party of Virginia Chairman Brian Moran said:

It is difficult to consider last night's vote without using the word "bigoted," just as it's difficult to consider this period of unified Republican government without using the word "disaster.”

Senator Donald McEachin (D-8, Richmond), who put forth Mr. Thorne-Begland's name to be a judge in the first place, said:

The GOP took Virginia back to the bigotry and mean-spirited prejudice of the 1960s.

Delegate Mark D. Sickles, (D-43, Fairfax) said in a statement:

And, it shows that legislators are more concerned about the Family Foundation scorecard than Richmond's District Court.

Equality Virginia also took aim at The Family Foundation, saying:

(The legislature) allowed fear mongering and shrill personal attacks by the Family Foundation … to derail Richmond lawyer Tracy Thorne-Begland’s election to the bench simply because he is an out gay man.

Of course, our position since this was first brought to our attention last week has been concern about public statements and political activity, and a violation of the military oath, that demonstrate a willingness to put a personal political agenda above all else. That was our concern. On Friday, Delegate Bob Marshall (R-13, Manassas) also announced public concerns over the nomination and spoke in opposition to it during last night's debate.

Former military members of the House of Delegates, led by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (R-31, Woodbridge), Rich Anderson (R-51, Woodbridge) and Mark Dudenhefer (R-2, Stafford), spoke passionately during the House floor debate about their concern over Thorne-Begland’s violation of his military oath. Each made the case that the real issues here concerned integrity, truth, duty and an oath of office. The integrity of the courts was at stake with this vote, they argued.

Several legislators worked for several days to bring to light the concerns over this nomination. We thank each of those legislators who worked both behind the scenes and took strong public stands in the face of vile attacks by liberals.

As has been the case almost since the day after conservatives won majorities in the House of Delegates and Virginia Senate in November, Virginia liberals have been on the rhetorical attack. Regardless of the issue, they resort to mean-spirited name-calling, misinformation and bullying. They redefine issues and assert false motivations to their opponents. After losing election after election, you would think Virginia's Left would finally figure out that they are on the wrong side of these issues, but with the help of some in the Mainstream Media and the editorial pages, they continue to attack pro-family legislators simply for standing up for the truth. Their hope is, of course, that Virginians will be bullied into silence on these important issues.

The General Assembly is tasked with reviewing and certifying judges. If that is little more than a rubber stamp, it means nothing. It has a duty to block judges deemed unqualified or unfit for the bench. Last night, legislators simply did their job.

Our Gala Speaker On October 8th Is . . .

Herman Cain!

Pastor, radio host, business mastermind, CEO, non-politician, and a champion for pro-life, pro-family policies, Herman Cain is a rising star within the conservative movement and a favorite amongst the Tea Party. While likely best known for his role as former chairman and CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, Mr. Cain also is remembered as the one who articulately challenged former President Bill Clinton on the negative effects of HillaryCare on small businesses during a widely publicized nationally televised town hall forum in 1994.

Not one to mince words, Mr. Cain recently spoke at The Heritage Foundation (see Heritage.org) and blasted Planned Parenthood. Referring to Planned Parenthood's founding purpose of killing black babies, Mr. Cain said, "It's not Planned Parenthood. No, it's planned genocide. You can quote me on that." (See Talking Points Memo.) He supports fully defunding Planned Parenthood.

A real life rags-to-riches story, he is the son of a chauffeur and a cleaner who has not always had life easy. However, he has accomplished much in his 66 years: a Masters degree from Purdue University, service in the U.S. Navy, associate pastor at a Baptist church, beating stage IV cancer, several executive positions at major corporations, president of the National Restaurant Association, chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City and senior advisor for the 1996 Dole-Kemp presidential campaign to name only a few of his significant accomplishments. A Georgia native, he is married to his wife, Gloria, and his a father and grandfather.

You won't want to miss hearing Herman Cain address the annual Family Foundation Galaon Saturday evening, October 8, in Richmond (see today's Richmond Times-Dispatch). As with the last two years when former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Congressman Mike Pence inspired crowds of 1,000, Herman Cain's personal story will encourage, motivate and energize you for the future. Join other like-minded folks at this one-of-a-kind event that has become a "must attend" for conservative Virginians and a "who’s who" for politicians and elected officials.

The Gala will again be held at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Details, including information on sponsorship packages, tickets and program advertisements, will be forthcoming in the coming weeks. But in the meantime, we hope you'll reserve this date on your calendar.

Additional information also will be provided via e-mail and online at our Gala page (click here). To receive the information by mail, please call us at (804) 343-0010 or e-mail Gala@FamilyFoundation.org.

The Big Myth About Democrats Not Mentioning Health Care In Campaign Ads

There's been a lot of noise about the silence of Congressional Democrats running for re-election this year not mentioning their votes on the infamous health care bill in their campaign ads (see LifeNews.com). It's been documented, despite what the propaganda hacks in the White House and DNC have said, and what Bill Clinton proclaimed, that not one Democrat anywhere has run an ad promoting his or her vote on the health care bill. WRONG! In fact, some Democrat incumbents are advertising their votes on the health care bill — and the "stimulus," too (see Raw Story). They are the few, the proud . . . the ones who voted NO!

Even Bill Didn't Read The Bill

Never before this year has the Congress passed such a mammoth intervention in the marketplace, such as the infamous health care bill, with so many outstanding questions. The reason for the unanswered — and unknowable — is, of course, that very few members read it. Remember madam speaker's clownish remark? "We have to pass the bill so we can know what's in it." That boomerang has come back to bite Bill Clinton as well. A vociferous proponent of the bill because of the Utopia it would bring us, it turns out those well wishes were vacuous by the nature of his ignorance of the legislation's own mechanisms. He as much admitted it on Meet The Press on Sunday (see Jonah Goldberg at AEI's Enterprise Blog). When asked by host David Gregory why the public has a distaste for the bill despite Mr. Clinton's prognostication in 2009 that they would love it once it was signed into law, he responded:

Well, I was wrong about that for two reasons. First of all, the benefits of the bill are spread out over three or four years. It takes a long time to implement it. And secondly, there was — there’s been an enormous and highly effective attack on it.

Hmmm. He didn't know it would take several years, huh? Even I knew that. So, Bill didn't read the bill. Guess what Mr. Former President? The people you disparage as "attacking" it are doing nothing more than providing the truth of the facts; facts found in the bill, because, unlike you, they've read it and know what's in it. (In fact, the only "attacking" was by the bill's supporters who demonized opponents as, ironically, "extremists.") It wasn't popular then and it's not now precisely because people have done what you apparently did not — they read it, they understand it and they know it's not good for them or the country. That's why it's not popular. 

The only wait that has people antsy is the wait to repeal it. Only then, there will be true joy.

Sign The Petition: Defense Of Marriage Act Needs An Appropriate Defense By The Obama Justice Department

Even as the fallout from the Prop 8 ruling is still getting sorted, another legal proceeding dealing with a major marriage protection law is ongoing. But barely. Whereas the defenders of California's Marriage Amendment filed a prompt appeal and yesterday won a stay on San Francisco Federal District Judge Vaughn Walker's deplorable decision at least until the end of the year (San Francisco Chronicle), the Obama Justice Department's weak and meek defense of the federal Defense of Marriage Act appears to have "thrown the match" and it says it is not certain whether it will appeal a recent Massachusetts Federal District Court's decision that ruled DOMA unconstitutional. As Chuck Donovan writes at The Heritage Foundation's The Foundry blog:

Echoing some of the most notorious boxing matches in the history of the ring, the Obama-Kagan Justice Department engaged in what even one supporter of same-sex marriage, the distinguished constitutional law scholar Richard Epstein, labeled "almost like collusive litigation," where the adversaries in a case are secretly on the same side.

The collusion boils down to this: attorneys in the Obama Justice Department, who have sworn that they will "well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office" in which they serve, abandoned not one but all four of the bases for DOMA asserted by Congress. "Congress" in this instance was no small minority cobbled together at the last instant for legislation it scarcely debated, but a bipartisan majority that encompassed 85 percent of both houses of Congress, joined by a Democratic president (Bill Clinton) who had access to comprehensive reports that amplified the many grounds for DOMA.

The Justice Department’s concessions were crucial to the outcome in the case. As Judge Joseph Tauro noted, he felt bound to address the detailed justifications Congress provided for DOMA only briefly, because, "For the purposes of this litigation, the government has disavowed Congress’s stated justifications for the statute[.]"

As Family Research Council President Tony Perkins (see FRC Blog) wrote yesterday: 

The Defense of Marriage Act merely defines marriage — for federal purposes — as being between one man and one woman, and protects states from having to change their state definitions. Not surprisingly, a liberal court in Massachusetts — after a weak defense from the Obama Justice Department — ruled DOMA unconstitutional. Amazingly, the federal government appears to be dragging its feet as they contemplate whether or not to EVEN APPEAL the decision! If the Department of Justice does not appeal, it is unlikely outside defenders of marriage will even be allowed to defend marriage in court.

The Department of Justice is supposed to vigorously defend statutes passed by Congress, not to roll over to appease President Obama's political base.

So, FRC Action has started a nationwide petition to hold the Justice Department accountable and to do its job — appeal and aggressively defend the law of the land. Please take time to sign the petition (click here to sign) and send a clear message to the Obama administration. He has said he believes marriage is between one man and one woman (ABCNews.com). It's time he proves it with a vigorous defense of federal law he is sworn to uphold.

Augusta State, Illinois Church Cases Show Religious Liberty Remains In Jeopardy

About three months ago, we told you about the debate regarding the potential removal of a Mojave Desert memorial cross on public property. Later, we gave you an update on the Joyner v. Forsyth County case in which the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State filed suit against the Forsyth County, N.C., Board of Supervisors because it did not prohibit prayers in Jesus' name. Last month, we told you about the federal judge who declared the National Day of Prayer to be unconstitutional. Our religious liberty is in jeopardy. This month, we regret to report that the attacks on our religious liberty have not let up. This past Tuesday, the Alliance Defense Fund filed suit against Augusta State University, in Georgia, on behalf of counseling graduate student Jennifer Keeton, on the basis of religious viewpoint discrimination (see news release).

Augusta State has threatened to expel Keeton if she does not keep silent and, furthermore, renounce her Christian beliefs regarding human sexuality and gender identity (see Shane Vander Hart at Caffeinated Thoughts blog). In something akin to yet another campus case we reported, Christian Legal Society v. Martinez, the university has told Keeton that she must enroll in diversity and sensitivity training, read suggested material on the topic, and write papers about how her diversity training and reading have influenced her. If she does not conform, she will be expelled, despite her upstanding academic record and clinical performance. Keeton has, in effect, been told that she must deny her faith in order to continue her education. So much for freedom of thought academia is supposed to endorse and encourage.

Religious discrimination is not contained to college campuses. River of Life Kingdom Ministries in Illinois bought a building with the intent of holding Sunday church services. However, city regulations, while allowing facilities such as day care centers, community centers, taverns and live entertainment venues, specifically prohibit churches.

River of Life filed suit and the Seventh U.S Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the discriminatory city regulations stating, "Commerce and industry must be recognized for what they are, necessary and desirable elements of the community." The court, in essence, stated that churches are not necessary and are undesirable to the community (see ADF's Joel Olster at Speak Up blog). Moral and religious teaching aside, churches provide entire communities benefits that city-allowed facilities provide — day care, community activities, and entertainment — often at no charge to taxpayers. Not only that, but the decision guts the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Person's Act, a bipartisan law signed by then-President Bill Clinton (see RLUIPA.com).

Religious discrimination is a pervasive force throughout our culture. The Family Foundation is keenly aware of the danger facing our religious freedoms. This summer, we have been hard at work tracking the wave of religious discrimination moving across the county and determining how best to protect and advance your freedoms. Join us today as we persist in this struggle to defend and value our faith.

T-Mac McAuliffe Jinxes U.S. Soccer Team?

Whoa! Is that defeated Democrat governor wannabe Terry McAuliffe with Bill Clinton and Mick Jagger at the U.S. game at the World Cup? It is! Forget the game. There really must be a party going on in South Africa! I'm as hardcore a soccer fan as you will find, yet even my mind was temporarily derailed from the intensity of the U.S. soccer team's second round World Cup match against Ghana Saturday when I saw the obligatory shot of the VIP box. I knew Bill Clinton was there — he was there at the Algeria game a a few days before. Seeing Jagger next to him was only a mild surprise. (Hillary, do you know where your husband is — and who he is hangin' with?) Bill is the honorary chairman of U.S. Soccer's bid committee to host either the 2018 or 2022 World Cup, so it was actually expected of him to attend.

But McAuliffe? Why is T-Mac there? Other than in his longtime role as Clinton consigliere, why is the wannabe governor in South Africa? Is he a big soccer fan? Just wanted to party with Bill and Mick? That's not too gubernatorial looking. In fact, why be governor of Virginia when you can jet off with the international swank set at the drop of a taxpayer dollar (as being in the company of a former president entails security)?

McAuliffe World Cup

T-Mac (on the left, of course) jinxes the U.S. soccer team (along with Bill Clinton and Mick Jagger). Have you ever seen three completely different facial expressions of people watching the same thing?

But that's not the point. The point is T-Mac jinxed us! Four years of hard work, an exhilarating win over Algeria, winning our group and for what? So T-Mac, who wore Carolina blue to a U.Va. game during his 2009 Democrat primary campaign, could rub off his sports neophyte negative karma on us? (See the tweets about the T-Mac curse his sighting set off.) No doubt, this will be a big issue when he ramps up again in 2013. Not that Clinton and Jagger get off the hook either. Here is what former Germany superstar and national team coach (and possible future U.S. coach) Jurgen Klinsmann said on ESPN about Clinton and his coterie:

 

Clinton and company: A distraction for the U.S. team! Hey, if the libs can blame everything on George W, why not blame our loss on Clinton and McAuliffe?

So one of the game's greats says the U.S. team was distracted by its sudden fame and bandwaggon climbing by Clinton and McAuliffe! We won't forget Terry! We won't forget! Here is the evidence of the Clinton corruption of the U.S. team:

Fans want to use "video evidence" in soccer. We got it right here — Clinton breaking training with team captain Carlos Bocanegra.

Virginia News Stand: October 21, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations  The Final — Debate — Edition

The final gubernatorial debate took place last night at Roanoke College and almost all the coverage in today's News Stand is about it. Perhaps the biggest news coming from it, though, is that Democrat Creigh Deeds pulled another one — a post Fairfax debate-like meander to a reporter's question, which makes one wonder if he can say decisively anything about what he believes (see the video here). But the worst of it is that "friends" Bill Clinton and Terry (T-Mac) McAuliffe (remember him?) came to the upper and friendly reaches of the commonwealth yesterday, only to be met by a 100 or so people, and had to hear both the former president and the former rival repeatedly remind the faithful of Deeds' dismal poll numbers. (See the Politico, below.) So much for picking your friends.

News:

No clear winner, loser in final governor debate (The Daily Press)

Hopefuls hammer each other (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

In final debate, Deeds and McDonnell discuss health care (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Deeds, McDonnell sharpen attacks in final debate (Washington Post)

Gubernatorial candidates stick to scripts in final debate (Roanoke Times)

Deeds, McDonnell battle in final debate (Washington Times)

Clinton helps Deeds -- sort of (Politico.com)

Control of House will come down to few races (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Republican serving in Kaine's cabinet endorses Valentine (Lynchburg News & Advance)

Live From The GAB: TFF Asks Governor Kaine To Re-Look The Causes Of Poverty

We're live from the GAB's House Briefing Room where Delegate Bill Janis, The Family Foundation of Virginia, First Things of Greater Richmond and others are addressing the media and calling on Governor Kaine to add members to his poverty commission and look at different angles as to the cause of poverty, i.e., the governor thinks poverty is reduced by increased unemployment insurance. Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb is addressing the news conference: Solutions include more choice in education to give individuals a better chance. But the major factor is marriage! U.Va. sociology professor Brad Wilcox sent statistics that show clearly the major reason for poverty is lack of intact families. Childhood poverty could drop as much as 20 percent if we increased the marriage rate in Virginia. Each Virginia tax payers are on the hook for millions of dollars because of the results of family fragmentation.

Increasing the number of marriages and strengthening existing marriages is essential to decreasing poverty. Governor Kaine did not mention these at all when creating his commission. The Family Foundation sent the governor a letter yesterday asking him to make marriage a priority of his commission in its efforts to reduce poverty in Virginia.

The great thing about marriage is that it works and costs tax payers nothing! But divorce and illegitimacy does in crime, poverty and lack of education.

Now, Delegate Bill Janis is on: He starts by quoting then-candidate Barack Obama about the importance of fathers in children's lives. Hillary Clinton says, "It takes a village to raise a child." But it takes a dad!

The governor has set the table. We want a seat at the table and a responsible discussion. He now repeats stats from here. Two-thirds of poor children live in collapsed homes and results in higher proportions of poverty, teen pregnancy and crime. We spend a trillion dollars in means tested poverty programs every year. This doesn't count K-12 education, either.

This is not a Republican or Democrat issue. Forget about the Swine Flu, broken families are the real epidemic.

What can be done? First thing the government should do is do no harm. In 1996, the last time this country had a serious discussion on poverty was 1996 when President Bill Clinton signed the welfare reform act. The bill's language included as goals the stablization of families, promote marriage, encourage the maintenance of two-parent families and prevent and reduce out of wedlock families. We need to get back to addressing the goals.

We have $16 million in TANF funds in Virginia that was supposed to be earmarked for these goals, but are not being used for them. Why study the problem further when we know what the problem is? Even the Brookings Institute, a liberal think tank, says that a significant percentage of single moms and their families would be instantly lifted out of poverty if they were married to the fathers of their children.

We want to take this out of the realm of partisanship and politics. The governor has led. That's good. But if he wants to try to score political points, that's a shame. If not, we want to help him, those in this room. We started this in 1996, let's finish it now. There are federal funds available now, let's go get them.

Will Moran's Next Attack Recall McAuliffe's Teamsters Role?

Now that Brian Moran has launched his first television advertising attack on Terry McAuliffe, on the issue of McAuliffe's role in the bankruptcy of Global Crossing and his subsequent profiting of it by the millions of dollars (see Washington Post via Staunton News Leader), will the Democrat gubernatorial candidate follow-up with an attack ad on T-Mac's equally suspicious role in a sleazy Teamsters union money laundering scandal? It's a truly sordid affair, resulting in the conviction of the Teamsters president and other union officials. The cynic might say it was in keeping with Teamsters tradition, but it resulted in a "do-over" election that led to current Teamsters boss James P. Hoffa, son of the mysteriously done-in, and presumably late, former Teamsters boss of Giants Stadium lore.

It's a tale that amazingly has been largely laid quiet by Moran and the other Democrat in the primary field, Senator Creigh Deeds (although we've mentioned it prominently before). As someone who, at the time, worked for a company targeted by the Teamsters, this is where I first heard the name Terry McAuliffe. Suffice it to say, he was implicated in a fundraising scheme where the Teamsters doled out cash to organizations in return for individual contributions back to then-Teamsters President, Ron Carey, for whom McAuliffe was a rainmaker. While the union officials were sent packing, McAuliffe was never charged with anything, although, again, the cynic may cite that it was Bill Clinton's Justice Department doing the investigating. McAuliffe was then, and remains today, a Clinton confidante (see Forbes).

However, the memories of T-Mac's high-flying days of the good ol' '90s came sweeping back to at least one media member: Rosalind Helderman, of the Post's Virginia Politics Blog, writes that T-Mac rekindled the fire himself with a recent fundraiser with another player from the episode. He brought it up. Will Moran, or Deeds (who today garnered the Post's coveted N.Va./liberal endorsement), follow through?

Moran, McAuliffe Explode At Each Other Via New TV Ads Today

Two of the three Democrat candidates for governor, Brian Moran and Terry McAuliffe, couldn't hold back, and weeks of bitterness have exploded on to television screens and the Internet. (Okay, the Moran ad only had 10 YouTube views as of a few minutes ago, so it has typically received more attention from the media than from grassroots. See Richmond Times-Dispatch, here.) But Moran came out swinging at the perceived frontrunner, McAuliffe, first on radio yesterday, and now, today, in his first television ad. Nothing like making your first shot count. Moran, who bills himself as a fighter (though it's his Congressman brother, Jim, who's actually slugged folks) didn't wait on custom, which is to make one's first ad a glossy, warm and fuzzy, biographical or issues ad. Nothing subtle about this, hitting T-Mac for his belly-up businesses.

Not to be outdone, McAuliffe fired back with an ad reminiscent of his old boss, Bill Clinton, who, when in the midst of a crippling scandal, blubberbusted something about attacks having never fed one person or paid a college tuition. McAuliffe's version says attacks don't create jobs. Sure they do — for the hack consultants who produce the ads!

Enjoy the fight!

McAuliffe Slams Warner And Kaine As Partisan? Hear It Here!

This morning on Richmond's Morning News With Jimmy Barrett (WRVA-AM in Richmond), Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe made a comment that may have slipped through the cracks to most, but here's my take on it: He slammed the two men whom he hopes to succeed — fellow Democrats Mark Warner and Tim Kaine. That can't go over too well with Democrat primary voters.

Here's what happened: Barrett asked T-Mac about charges he's carpetbagging. As usual for a rookie candidate, he went on too long. He listed a line of successful Virginia politicians who were not born here. Instead of stopping there, couldn't contain himself and continued:

"I think you want the next governor . . . who hasn't been part of these partisan battles down in Richmond. If you're happy with the way things have gone I'm probably not your guy." (Hear it for yourself by clicking here for a interview menu page or here for the podcast download.)

What's immediately hysterical is that this comes from Bill Clinton's DNC chairman, where McAuliffe was one of the most partisan figures in recent American history. So he's going to be the one to end partisanship? (Wasn't Barack Obama supposed to have ended that by now, anyway?)

But here's where T-Mac slams Virginia's latter day Democrat icons: They've been running the show the last eight years! Partisan and not getting things done? Warner, another self-proclaimed non-partisan, can't be happy with that. Is T-Mac blowing his cover? Is he criticizing Kaine, the new DNC chairman (by definition, the Democrat partisan-in-chief), for trying to do both jobs at once? 

Maybe he has a point. He's either brutally honest and candid or he's slamming them for his short-term political gain. Either way, Virginia's two most prominent Democrats, as well as the rank-and-file, won't like that, whether true statements or not, whether he meant them like that or not. 

He may backtrack, but at the least, he's admitted it takes two to tango — a governor and a legislature. But media, pundits and liberal interest groups have told the public the last eight years that the roadblock to Nirvana in Virginia has been House Republicans. So, however he spins it, Terry McAuliffe has laid at least some blame on the last two governors. Not quite what we're used to hearing, is it? 

Virginia News Stand: April 23, 2009

Sorry for the late arriving delivery of the News Stand. But there's lots to ponder today. The gubernatorial campaign is red hot now, make no mistake: Dems going after GOP nominee-to-be Bob McDonnell, House Republicans and each other; national figures weighing in; and, it wouldn't be a Terry McAuliffe moment if some financial investigation into an associate isn't involved — and it's not the Clintons, either, even though Bill announced he'd come campaign for him. That only prompted a reply from former Delegate Brian Moran. (He's had contributions questioned, as well, as many come from people with business in front of his brother, U.S. Representative Jim Moran). It's nothing but back and forth and side to side right now. Imagine what it will be like October. But, you know . . . hmmmmmm. Something . . . some one seems missing. Just can't think of who that might be.

In other campaign news, the House's longest serving member, and one of only two independents in the entire General Assembly, Lacey Putney of Bedford, says he wants another two years. Doubtless, he'll get them. 

Aside from all that, there's some serious news today. A federal court judge is imposing his will on the FDA and requiring the morning after pill to be made available to 17-year-olds. Amazing! So, we have another first (see Tuesday) at the News Stand: We're leading off with a video, because our very own Victoria Cobb is featured in it. She was interviewed by the Richmond CBS affiliate about the court decision. (See, hear and read all video and audio interviews, and blog references to us at our Online News Room.)

There's a lot of links below, but several are of the brief variety from the very informative Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog. We hope you enjoy it all.

Video:

*Morning After Pill Debate (WTVR-TV/CBS6, Richmond)

 

News:

In the Governor's Race, Chasing the Political Punching Bag (Washington Post)

Campaign Contributions: Virginia Democrats clash over cash (The Daily Press)

Fact Checker: Democrats at Candidates' Forum (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

Moran releases his schools plan (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

McDonnell Begins Online Ad Campaign (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

McAuliffe's Top Donor Touched by AIPAC Investigation (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

Virginia Partisans Back Moran (Washington Post Virginia Politcs Blog)

Bill Clinton to campaign for McAuliffe (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Moran Responds to Clinton Visit (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

National GOP Getting Involved in AG's Race (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

Republicans Fight Back on Unemployment Dollars (Washington Post Virginia Politcs Blog)

Va.'s longest-serving delegate to seek another term (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Va. Democratic party leads in cash (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Major Payday lender is leaving Virginia (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

National News:

17-Year-Olds to Gain Access to Plan B Pill (Washington Post)

Clintons Creep Into Virginia

The Clintons are looking to expand their political empire into Virginia. While most thought the 2009 Democrat nomination for governor would be between two established Virginia pols, Delegate Brian Moran (D-46, Alexandria) and Senator Creigh Deeds (D-25, Bath), it looks like a complete outsider to Old Dominion politics, Terry McAuliffe, the very top Clinton lieutenant — he was handpicked by Bill to run the DNC and was Hillary's presidential campaign chairman — wants to usurp the nomination from both Moran and Deeds. McAuliffe, a native New Yorker, while never active in Virginia politics, doubtless is familiar to many, showing up on any and all political television shows, even on Fox News (to the chagrin of The Angry Left). While he's floated the idea for some time, he pretty much gave away his intentions last night to a Richmond Times-Dispatch reporter:

McAuliffe, 51, who lives in McLean, is considering seeking the Democratic nomination for governor in 2009. He said he will make a decision after the Nov. 4 election, but he indicated he likely would run.

So, the Clintons want to creep into Virginia? Arkansas and New York aren't enough. There is a method to the madness here: Hillary lost the Virginia primary, huge. But suppose the Democrat presidential nomination is open again in 2012? Having a friendly governor here to swing Virginia's Democrat delegates her way would be significant. All of a sudden, Delegate Moran and Senator Deeds have a lot more to be concerned about than only each other.

McAuliffe has his baggage, though. He's never been fully vetted by the Mainstream Media for a get-rich-quick scheme in the Global Crossing bankruptcy scandal; and the media, for all his thousands of appearances on their networks, have never questioned him about the widely known Teamsters money laundering scheme he hatched; nor have authorities fully investigated him for it, even though several Teamster bosses went down for their participation. (Maybe because it was during Bill's presidency?) Other McAuliffe money scandals, where he enriched himself, are well documented here, at Counter Punch. He's escaped scrutiny thus far. Charmed? Or just well protected?

But does he want to risk all of it coming out in a gubernatorial campaign to a state he has little connection? For Clinton creep, apparently yes.

More On Life From Nat Hentoff

As we posted last week, liberal and pro-life columnist Nat Hentoff wrote an insightful column about liberal politicians' pro-abortion views. That column ("Democrats and abortion") is very well worth the read (click here). This week, he's followed up with another brilliant piece ("Abortion wars crescendo")  which we cannot  recommend highly enough for you to read as well (click here). In it, Hentoff highlights some astounding — and very unfortunate — shifts in the Democrats' national platform. In a telling sign of just how far left those who controlled the levers of power at its convention are, the party even eliminated the Bill Clinton abortion platform plank of "safe, legal and rare." (Wonder if Hillary would've left that in?)

It also is "strongly and unequivocally" supportive of Roe v. Wade and opposes  any attempts to "weaken or undermine it." (Which shows more than a sad policy position. It shows weakness and hypocrisy at best, and ignorance at worst. Most liberals think an overturn of Roe would ban abortions. It would not. It would return the decisions to the states. If the country is so supportive of abortion on demand, what are pro-aborts afraid of? A little democracy? Why so afraid of a little voting here and there?)

Here are some other jaw droppers from Hentoff: 

» Barack Obama is a co-sponsor of the "Freedom of Choice Act" that would make partial-birth abortion legal, contrary to a Supreme Court decision. (Why is it okay for pro-aborts to try to change a Supreme Court decision, but not for pro-lifers?)

» For you libertarians who don't think abortion is an issue, Obama is leading the way repeal the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion. (Joe Biden also supports taxpayer funding of abortion despite what he said to Tom Brokow per his September 7 Meet The Press interview. Click here for the record. In fact, Hentoff notes from The Nation, that Biden has a perfect 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood.)

» Obama voted in the Illinois Senate to block a bill requiring the notification of at least one parent of a minor from another state seeking an abortion in Illinois.

» The well know fact, by now, that Obama voted to deny life-saving treatment to babies born despite surviving an abortion.

» Hentoff cites from an August 24 Washington Times editorial, "Planned Parenthood Targets Blacks," (read here) that one-third of all its abortions in 2007 were performed on blacks and a majority of its facilities are in minority neighborhoods.

Speaking of Planned Parenthood's apparent racial profiling, Hentoff ends by citing a black leader, a prominent Democrat, who once was fiercely eloquent in his defense of life. Until he, too, ran for president. Said this man several years ago:

"Don't let the pro-choicers convince you that a fetus isn't a human being. That's how the whites dehumanized us. ... The first step was to distort the image of us as human beings in order to justify that which they wanted to do and not even feel like they had done anything wrong."

That man is the Reverend Jesse Jackson.