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Did He Or She Pass Or Fail? The 2012-13 Family Foundation General Assembly Report Card

The Family Foundation Action today released the 12th edition of its non-partisan General Assembly Report Card. The educational document informs citizens on key votes taken by the General Assembly during the 2012 and 2013 sessions. You can view the Report Card by clicking here.

It is our hope that the Report Card, along with Voter Guides TFF Action will distribute in the fall, will motivate citizens to vote, and help them make informed choices when they go to the voting booth. All 100 seats in the House of Delegates are up for election this year, as well as the offices of Governor, Lt. Governor and Attorney General. Depending on outcomes of the Republican convention and Democrat primary, as many as four members from the House of Delegates or Virginia Senate with scores on this Report Card could be on the ballot for those statewide offices in November.

2013 Report Card

How well did your delegate and senator vote? Click on the image to access the 2012-13 Family Foundation General Assembly Report Card

As with each Report Card distributed over the years, hundreds of votes taken by the legislature during the past two years were reviewed. The first page of the Report Card explains the criteria used in determining which votes to include. Non-partisan and broad-based, the Report Card seeks not to benefit one party or one candidate over another, but to arm voting Virginians with the information they need to make an informed choice when they go to the ballot box.

This year's Report Card has 13 "100 percenters" in the House o Delegates and nine in the Senate.

The Family Foundation Action distributed 100,000 copies of the last edition, not including those that were downloaded from the Action website. Our goal this year is to distribute more than 120,000.

To order additional copies of the Report Card to distribute in your church, community group and to like-minded friends and neighbors, click here, or contact Roger Pogge at The Family Foundation Action at 804-343-0010 or at roger@tffaction.org. A suggested donation of $.25 per copy is encouraged to help defray costs of printing and distribution. Please also consider sponsoring the distribution of 100, 500 or even 1,000 Report Cards with a donation of $25, $125 or $250. Checks should be written to "TFF Action" and sent to 919 East Main Street, Suite 1110, Richmond, VA 23219;,or you may pay by credit card here. Thank you for your support.

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Is Sheila Johnson This Year's Patricia Cornwell?

Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell received a huge boost yesterday in the form of an endorsement from billionaire Sheila Johnson, a lifelong Democrat and media mogul (see Washington Times). She is the co-founder of BET and other cable networks, among other businesses, and a big financial backer of Governor Tim Kaine's 2005 campaign. At first, this surprise and enthusiastic endorsement truly gives cover to McDonnell's umbrella group of supporters, Virginians For McDonnell. When he announced its formation in June, many Mainstream Media types scrutinized it as only a shelter for prodigal Republicans who've danced with Senator Mark Warner, but not welcome back as full partners by GOP regulars, and a few legit independents. But without visible support from true Dems, analysts said, this was a gimmick, and no proof of McDonnell's success in gaining a cross-section of support and/or middle-of-the-road and independent voters. 

Boy, does this change that. This modern-day Maggie Walker said she "did her homework" and interviewed all the candidates for governor, going back to the Democrat primary. Further, she said, she's not changing parties. It remains to be seen if the McDonnell campaign maximizes this endorsement or if she will carry enough juice to have an impact at all. But one would think she will star for him in television ads at least — pretty ironic if she doesn't, eh? — not to mention her potential financial support. 

In 1993, Virginians saw something similar when mystery novelist Patricia Cornwell, another very wealthy Virginia celebrity, who typically endorsed Democrats and who had endorsed Mary Sue Terry for governor, flipped to George Allen. Her reasons never were nearly as well explained as Ms. Johnson's, but she made a famous television ad announcing her newfound enthusiasm for Allen. It perhaps was the turning point in the campaign, and there was no going back for Allen, who stormed past a 17-point polling deficit to win by about the same margin. 

At the least, this is a momentum builder for McDonnell. A big-time businesswoman, she must recognize how desparate the economy is now, and her credibilty there is huge. But will it have the impact and result of the Cornwell endorsement of George Allen in 1993?

This year's Patricia Cornwell? Sheila Johnson stars at a news conference yesterday for Bob McDonnell. But will she star for him in campaign ads? Is this a campaign turning point or a momentum builder for McDonnell?

Great Question!

For some reason, former Governor Jim Gilmore's administration of Virginia's finances remains a preoccupation among Virginia's liberals. More than 10 years later, they can't stop whining about the car tax cut and continue to fabricate its supposed harm to Virginia's fiscal health. Recently, the Washington Post went out of its way to hammer at the former governor again for his tax cut in its endorsement of Jody Wagner for lieutenant governor in the recent Democrat primary. It called the largest tax cut in Virginia history "risky fiscal policy." (Funny how liberals think keeping more of your earned income is "risky" while they laud as responsible tax increases, which stifle economic activity.)

The former governor fired back in a letter to the Post that he added $1 billion to the Rainy Day Fund (which Governor Tim Kaine has all but depleted thanks in large part to the faulty revenue projections of Ms. Wagner when she was finance secretary); that since he's left office, under his two successors, state spending has increased from $51 billion to $77 billion; and that under Ms. Wagner and Governor Kaine we have seen a deficit of $3.7 billion, while he left his budget in balance. He quotes Business Week as listing Virginia now as one of "twenty states that can't pay for themselves."

Then Governor Gilmore caps some compelling statistics with a stinging question:

In contrast, my administration delivered a car tax cut, with bipartisan support, that has helped millions of Virginians. But this tax cut has been a burr under the saddle of liberals for 11 years.

It's time for liberals to put up or shut up. Why don't they just reimpose the car tax if they truly believe it was "risky fiscal policy"?

Great question. If the car tax cut has been such a disaster, we welcome liberal candidates for any office anywhere in the Commonwealth to make its reinstatement a top priority.

Open Questions To Senator Deeds

On the day after his blowout Democrat primary victory, Senator Creigh Deeds (D-25, Bath) said one of the differences between himself and Republican opponent, former Attorney General Bob McDonnell, is embryonic stem cell research: Deeds is for it, McDonnell is against it. Fair enough, senator. If you are for it, we invite you to reply, here, to this question:

If embryonic stem cell research is worthy of state funding, or any funding, it should produce results: Can you name just one successful medical/scientific breakthrough from embryonic stem cell research?

Furthermore, can you give a ballpark number on the actual, successful number of such breakthroughs from adult stem cell research?

Can you name two of the biggest, most prominent diseases that have perplexed scientists that now have been broken through because of adult stem cell research?

Finally, if you are going to "invest" our hard-earned tax money into something, shouldn't it be proven to work? And if it has proven not to work, how does that make you a good steward of our Commonwealth?

(Answers here.)

Virginia News Stand: April 30, 2009

We are back with the News Stand sooner than we thought, here at the close of business for April, where we learn, from the Wall Street Journal, that despite hundreds of billions of tax dollars spent since 1971, high school test scores have barely budged! How does that make you feel? Yet, the Commonwealth and the VEA seek more of your hard-earned money. In other news, one has to wonder that if the gubernatorial campaign is like this now, what will it be like come September? October? We've seen the Dem candidates try to out-pander themselves to the teachers union and to homosexual activists. Now, according the Washington Post, it's really getting nasty. On another burgeoning campaign issue, House Speaker Bill Howell and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell have whacked the ball back in Governor Kaine's court, requesting the governor's boss take the federal strings off before we accept it.

Meanwhile, the Democrat infighting is all to McDonnell's early advantage, as a news SurveyUSA poll has him leading all three Dems. However, looking at the survey's universe, it doesn't look to be the best indicator. Contrary to some other polling, it has Terry McAuliffe way out in front in the Democrat primary. Still, it confirms what the more reputable Rasmussen poll a few weeks ago suggests: That McDonnell is making inroads among the general electorate.

Finally, in a commentary, Bobby Eberle documents a disturbing aspect of the Obama administration, something of which we've commented upon: Namely, his disdain for anyone — politicians, media or now, what with the Tea Parties, common folk — who disagree with him. More than disdain, it's demonization . . . or worse. Now that the "hate crimes" bill has passed the House, we're one step closer to being arrested for expressing our opinions.

News:

McDonnell, Howell say Congress should remove strings from stimulus money (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Democrats vying for governor debate over gun issues, energy (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Tone Toughens in Race for Governor (Washington Post)

New poll puts McDonnell ahead of 3 Democratic candidates for governor (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Teachers Offer Lessons in Race for Governor (Washington Post)

Surrogates Sling Mud in Va. Race (Washington Post)

Democrat seeking Bedford House seat (Lynchburg News & Advance

Virginia seeks education funding (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

National News:

House bill offers gays greater protection (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Few Gains Are Seen in High School Test (Wall Street Journal)

Commentary:

Obama Marks 100 Days in Office . . . By Mocking Concerned Americans!(Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

Virginia News Stand: April 20, 2009

Welcome back to the work week where the top story seems to be the Dem gab fest. Funny how different media see the same story. One reports the news out of the debate is the economy, two others say it's the claims and counter claims about fundraising, another says no issues were discussed. Apart from the gubernatorial campaign, the House elections are getting a fair amount of coverage. Liberal activists already are out knocking on doors, making the rejection of federal "stimulus" money an issue. (Maybe they didn't notice last week's Tea Parties.) There is an interesting Democrat primary taking shape in Norfolk, while a Republican is leaving the primary field to run as an indie in the general election in another district. Meanwhile, House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith (R-8, Salem) and House Democrat Leader Ward Armstrong (D-10, Henry) debate each side's chances through a Roanoke Times article. Finally, as in the last article included, not that the issue is settled by any means, the state GOP may have a new leadership team in place.

News:

Issues shortchanged in Democratic candidates' debate (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Gubernatorial candidates trade jabs on donations (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Deeds Criticizes Rivals' Funding (Washington Post)

Democratic gubernatorial candidates debate economy (The Daily Press)

Democrats spar in gubernatorial debate (Washington Times)

Va. Democrats target GOP delegates over stimulus vote (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Va. Democrats set sights on House of Delegates (Roanoke Times)

Poquoson mayor will run as independent for House seat (The Daily Press)

Lionell Spruill Jr. to take on Chesapeake's Del. Howell (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Mullins declares candidacy; Liddy to serve as "Victory" chair (BearingDrift.com)