Choose Life license plate bill

Update: Okay, So We Have Spending Transparency After All

Lost in my curiousness over Governor Tim Kaine's proposed substitute for HB 2285, Delegate Ben Cline's (R-25, Amherst) spending transparency bill, which passed both chambers of the General Assembly unanimously, is that the same day he signed SB 936, patroned by Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37, Fairfax). Both bills are written exactly the same. (I blame the Legislative Information System, which sent notice only on HB 2285. A manual check of matters legislative today shows that the governor signed SB 936.) So, there you go. Kind of anti-climatic. Spending transparency will be law as of July 1. 

But why did the governor sign one but amend the other? If he had done this today, we'd think it was a prank. Does he really want more thorough transparency and reform? Was SB 936 only a hedge, securing a baseline while trying to get more? If so, we gladly welcome him to the club. We're not sure yet that his HB 2285 substitute does that, although it sure looks good. We're in the process of trying to learn more. 

There are other theories out there. One we're not counting on is that he was trying to make Senator Cuccinelli look good for his run for attorney general. On the other hand, the governor did sign his Choose Life license plate bill. Hmmm.

Virginia News Stand: March 31, 2009

The last day of March brings us great news, literally: The governor signed the Choose Life license plate bill and its all over the news, with the Planned Parenthood types all in a snit. Interestingly, they're steamed at Governor Tim Kaine, so much so that he was compelled to say if they want their own plate, they can have it. Exactly! As the author of the Choose Life amendment, Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37, Fairfax), has said, "If pro-abortion groups want a 'Choose Death' plate, fine." So the first five articles today are about "Choose Life" and The Family Foundation is featured in four of them (see articles with *). In other news, the RPV chairman saga drags on, while Delegate Joe Morrissey (D-74, Henrico) has found a unique way to raise campaign cash.

News:

*Kaine Signs Bill Creating 'Choose Life' License Plate (Washington Post)

*DNC chair infuriates abortion backers (Politico.com)

*Kaine elaborates on allowing 'Choose Life' license plates (Richmond Times-Dispatch

*Governor signs bill to create 'Choose Life' license plate (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

Kaine signs off on 'Choose Life' license plates (Washington Times)

Republican Party chairman hires attorneys to fight ouster (Richmond Times-Dispatch

Huckabee campaigns with McDonnell in Roanoke (Richmond Times-Dispatch

Kaine proposes using stimulus money for jobless benefits (Richmond Times-Dispatch

Del. Morrissey sues Style Weekly for $10.35 million (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Virginia News Stand: February 25, 2009

The News Stand is up and ready for a morning read. The first article, from the Post, quotes us on the Choose Life License Plate bill. It also quotes "pro-choicers" who are against choice. Go figure. Does that mean they give lie to their mantra when they can't support choice? 'Choose Life' Plate Advances (Washington Post

Fairfax Senator's Unlikely Stand (Washington Post)

State lawmakers' budget talks will continue (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

Democrats' Slim Victories In Va. Build GOP's Hopes (Washington Post)

Bobby Jindal's Big Night and the Future of Religious Conservatives in the GOP (U.S. News & World Report)

The Frog In Hot Water

Far be it from me to toot my boss' horn (there's absolutely nothing in that for me), but Chris' post and video yesterday on the Choose Life license plate bill merited a mention on a blog of national scope: FRC's The Frog in Hot Water (click here). We're proud our work is recognized state wide and nationally. Speaking of that, we constantly update our Online Newsroom (click here) with links to Virginia and national blogs that mention us (the good, bad and ugly) as well as radio audio and Internet and television video.