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Dems "Vandalize" E.W. Jackson's Home With McAuliffe Signs

Yesterday, Republican candidate for lieutenant governor E.W. Jackson released a statement and picture (below) documenting the removal of yard signs from his own property and replaced with numerous signs for Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. Wrote Jackson:

Imagine my surprise when I woke up yesterday morning to find every sign removed from my front yard and replaced with this: (Picture of McAuliffe yard signs).

I'm not alone. We're getting reports from across Virginia of yard signs and banners being stolen or defaced. Some people are going so far as to carve my face out of posters.

This isn't free speech. This is trespassing and vandalism. Ultimately, this is intimidation. And the Democratic Party of Virginia needs to put a stop to it today . . . .

We need to be able to work together if we're going to continue to make Virginia a place where people want to live and work. That starts by stopping these antics and by respecting the views of our neighbors. I would hope that the Democratic Party of Virginia would stand up for civil discourse.

As I've traveled the Commonwealth, people are sick of politics as usual. This toxic environment stifles conversations that need to happen to find common ground on the issues that matter the most.

This seems to be a par-for-the-course leftist tactic. Four years ago, liberal activists undertook a large scale steal-and-replace operation in Buena Vista in the run-up to that year's annual Labor Day Parade. Earlier this campaign, pro-abortion activists did this to pro-life Delegate Kathy Byron's yard. It's as if the Left has nothing better to do than to show up at conservative and Christian events to scream their point, as they did during our Gala.

If this type of activity is any type of sign — and it usually is — then we can expect a dizzying last 10 days to the campaign. Whether perceived to be behind or ahead, in campaigns, the legislative process, the courts, the media or culture in general, the Left's tactics remain the same: bully, intimidate, harass, menace, strong arm until they get what they want, no matter what they want, and then some, no matter how they get it.

Buena Vista revisited. Democrat activists invade E.W. Jackson's front yard and conduct a steal-and-replace-yard-sign operation. 

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Democrat Ticket Runs Smear Campaign, But GOP Seen As "Mean" . . . Cue Twilight Zone Theme

With unprecedented millions coming in from out of state left-wing groups and billionaires plowed into a non-stop, constant onslaught of vicious television attack ads, Terry McAuliffe has outdone any of the mischief he engineered for the Clintons as Bill's money man and Hillary's campaign chairman; more than any reputation he ruined directing Democrat campaigns as the DNC chairman; and even more than he's ever done in so many of his unethical business practices. Now his protege, Ralph Northam, the Democrat candidate for lieutenant governor is following in his lead. But unlike T-Mac, who at least dodges questions and avoids saying anything for fear of his unserious candidacy being found out, Northam actually brags about being brutish. Celebrating a huge influx of cash from the Democrat National Committee and other sources to put his negativity on the air across VIrginia, he telegraphed his upcoming television blitzkrieg with this comment:

Next week is going to be the worst week of E.W. Jackson's life.

Classy! Just what we like from our left wing friends. Meanwhile, the Mainstream Media has soured much of the public into labeling the Republicans as the party of mean. Go figure . . . .the whole world is turned upside down . . . I can hear the Twilight Zone music now.

Photo: We knew it was going to get nasty, but Northam declaring that next week would be "the worst week" of my life goes too far. Ethics in government starts by electing ethical people, and rejecting the politics of personal destruction. Help fight back with a contribution of just $5 today! http://bit.ly/17RvGYU

If you have nothing to say about yourself . . .

But would the state's troopers, police, deputies and first responders, who belong to the Fraternal Order of Police, back someone as bad as Northam is making him out to be? Not likely. Both candidates had to be interviewed by the organization and the brave professionals who are entrusted with the duty to protect us don't suffer fools gladly. They don't suffer them at all. They're conclusion, at the same time Northam was giddy about his impending destruction of a man's reputation, was to endorse his Republican opponent, E.W. Jackson.

Photo: I am honored to receive the endorsement of the Virginia Fraternal Order of Police. It's humbling to have the support of so many who sacrifice so much to keep Virginia safe and I look forward to being their champion as Lieutenant Governor.

While Northam brags about destroying Jackson't reputation, the state's law enforcement community saw things in a much more serious light and endorsed the Republican.


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Duggar Family Brings Reality To Values Bus Virginia Campaign Tour

If the statewide campaign this year has seemed to you like a reality show then the FRC Action Values Bus tour might just validate that perception. In a good way. The Duggar family of TLC's hit reality series 19 Kids and Counting has boarded the bus — just about all of them, too — traveling across the commonwealth for FRC Action endorsed candidates Ken Cuccinelli and E.W. Jackson, the Republican nominees for governor and lieutenant governor, respectively. In fact, the oldest Duggar, Joshua, is the executive director of FRC Action. He wrote this in an e-mail today:

The Virginia gubernatorial election next month is critical — not only for the people of the Old Dominion, but for the entire United States as well. That's why my family wants to help support FRC Action PAC-endorsed candidate for governor Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and candidate for lieutenant governor Bishop E.W. Jackson. We're touring Virginia this week with our #ValuesBus, and we'd love for you to come and join us on our stops!

Mother Michelle added this statement:

We are so excited to be here in Virginia to endorse Ken Cuccuneli and E.W. Jackson.

There is such a stark contrast between Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and his opponent, who has never held public office. Serving in the state senate and as the current State Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli has shown he has a backbone of steel and a heart of gold.

Ken Cuccinelli consistently stands up for women and their unborn children, fights for lower taxes and less government. As governor, Ken Cuccinelli will continue to be a voice for senior citizens, families and veterans.

The Values Bus tour started earlier today at Liberty University. It will be at the capitol in Richmond on Tuesday, then travel east on 64 to Regent University later that day. The complete schedule is below. If the tour stops in a location near you, feel free to stop by and join in and meet the Duggars. You may even pick up some TFF Action Voter Guides as the father, Jim Bob, did (see below) which gave the guides a bit of an online viral push. To order the guides to distribute at your church or to other organizations, click the link above or call 804-354-9557.

Tuesday, October 15

* Richmond

12:30 p.m.

State Capitol, 9th and Bank Streets 

* Virginia Beach  

5:00 p.m.

Regent University, 1000 Regent University Drive

Wednesday, October 16

* Fredericksburg

10:00 a.m. 

Calvary Christian Church, 2222 Jefferson Davis Highway

* Woodbridge

1:30 p.m.

Heritage Baptist Church and School, 14510 Spriggs Road

The Duggars tour Virginia

Keeping it real: Reality show stars the Duggar family hopped on the bus — the Values Bus — touring Virginia in support of Ken Cuccinelli and E.W. Jackson.

He's committed — to family and the cause: Jim Bob Duggar displays TFF Action's "I'm Committed" Voter Guide in front of the #ValuesBus. The photo is weaving its way through social media.

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Tuesday Is Primary Day In Virginia

Tuesday is primary day in Virginia and several intraparty races will be decided in preparation for November's elections. Democrats will decide on their candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general. Senator Ralph Northam (D-6, Norfolk) is facing off against former Obama administration appointee Aneesh Chopra for the nomination for lieutenant governor. Northam, who received a 25 on The Family Foundation Action's 2013 General Assembly Report Card, has the endorsement of Planned Parenthood and has been one of the abortion industry's most vocal apologists. Chopra, who served as Secretary of Technology for then-Governor Tim Kaine, has made public statements that are supportive of the abortion industry and abortion on demand, is supportive of elevating sexual behavior to a protected class, and opposes the "Tebow Bill" (see Blue Virginia). The winner of the nomination will face Republican E.W. Jackson in November.

Democrats also will decide their candidate for attorney general between Senator Mark Herring (D-33, Fairfax) and former federal prosecutor Justin Fairfax. Herring, who received an 18 on TFF Action’s Report Card, also is an ally of the abortion industry in Virginia. Fairfax has made comments in opposition to Virginia's abortion center health and safety standards. The winner will face Republican Mark Obenshain (R-26, Harrisonburg) in November’s general election.

In addition to these two statewide nomination campaigns, there are several House of Delegates primaries in both parties. Follow this link to see if there is a primary in your district for either or both parties. In November, all 100 seats in the House are up for election.

As you know, The Family Foundation is restricted by federal law from endorsing any candidates for office and we do not participate in primaries for either party. Our goal is simply to keep you up to date on the elections that are happening and to ensure that you have the best information available on the candidates' stances on important values issues so that you can make an informed decision.


The Lieutenant Governor Jumble And The Silent, But Crucial, Issue

It's a jumble out there. Maybe a jungle, too, with about 10,000 delegates crammed in the Richmond Coliseum tomorrow at the Republican Party of Virginia Convention (not to mention circulating tonight through the city's downtown at no less than 12 parties by candidates and GOP and public interest organizations). Never has there been a less predictable campaign for a party's nomination for the commonwealth's number two spot. But never has there been so much at stake with the Virginia Senate split at 20-20. (There was one somewhat similar in 1985, as I commented on here.) What to make of it all and the seven candidate jumble? A lot of organizations and web sites, who otherwise wouldn't be considered too important, have either made themselves so, or have been granted such status because in a crowded and unpredictable field, where no one can accurately gauge delegate preferences until people actually show up — and who knows who will or even can show up for an entire day and at least some evening? — candidates have to find a way to gain traction. Thus, what has been a generally clean campaign (nothing like the rear-end exam the Left will launch at the nominee starting Sunday) has become something of a He lied, She lied, They're all playing dirty affair.

The crossfire has been amusing. Candidate 1 criticizes Candidates 4 and 5 through robocalls, and maybe Candidate 3 via mail. Candidate 2 attacks Candidate 1 for that, but goes after Candidate 7. Candidate 6 claims Candidate 4 is attacking him through a front group, while Candidate 5 says certain web sites and blogs are in Candidate 2's back pocket. But in person, they all seem to get along. That was the case two weeks ago at their last debate, at Benedictine College Prep in Richmond, sponsored by the Richmond City Republican Committee and other Central Virginia GOP units. (It drew, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, 250 people. A Democrat debate several days later, at the completely contrasting Richmond Gay Center, only drew about 150 according to the same source.) In the holding room where they were briefed by the host committee and moderator Scott Lee (of WRVA-AM and Bearing Drift/Score Radio Network), they joked with each other and exchanged campaign anecdotes. The potential fireworks during the debate itself were limited, with each touting him- or herself. Perhaps the "offenses" being felt are coming from over zealous supporters instead?

News was made at the debate, though. For the first time ever, an obscure process issue which punches well above its weight in importance, was addressed. After a warm up question about recently read books, they were asked what reform to bring accountability to the office would they work for. After all, so many of their campaign promises are really desires, because so much of what they want to do has almost nothing to do within the powers of the office of lieutenant governor. It's a question I've put to a few of them individually, though phrased differently. Some had no clue. They all seem to know about it now.

Call it the crucial, but silent, issue, because not many are talking about it and the media isn't reporting it. It's about the power of the LG to assign bills to committee, similar to the House Speaker's power. What good is it to be the presiding officer of a legislative chamber if your have little clout? Decades ago, during the day of one party (i.e., Democrat) rule, the lieutenant governor was a liberal populist named Henry Howell. The majority thought even he was too liberal to have that authority, and stripped it away, giving it to the unelected, unaccountable senate clerk, in cooperation with the majority leader. It's one of the reasons the Senate has been the graveyard of many good bills and reforms, especially pro-life bills, where Democrat and Republican majorities have sent them to unfavorable committees that do not have a natural connection to the bills. (For example, coercive abortion is always referred to the "Committee of Death," the Education and Health Committee, rather than the Courts of Justice Committee as it is in the House.) Restoring that power to the Senate's presiding officer will make for a more responsive and accountable process. After all, what LG isnt' already running for the top job?

Pete Snyder, Senator Steve Martin, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter and Corey Stewart all brought up bill referral power as a critical reform to governing the split chamber and to advance conservative legislation that many Republican senators would just as soon see fail. Martin, Lingamfelter and Stewart even expounded on the idea and expanded upon it.

Snyder was assertive, while Stewart was assertive and passionate about ending the Senate's "graveyard" reputation by assigning bills to their rightful committees. Even though the LG has never had the power to assign members to committees as does the Speaker, Stewart went so far as to say he would use his clout as the tie-breaking vote to influence who sits on what committees (a power left to the party leaders in the Senate). Former Senator Jeanmarie Davis gave a lukewarm "I don't disagree with it" answer. Susan Stimpson and E.W. Jackson never mentioned it.

There's an old expression in Virginia politics: If you want to change Virginia, then change the Virginia Senate. Sometimes, it's not the headline grabbing issues that make the difference, just as it can be a little thing no one suspects that wins a campaign. In this case, the two may have merged. While this just reform may not happen over night, it now is part of the conversation, whereas previously, no one had ever heard of it From now on, Republicans candidates will feel the necessity  to campaign on it until it finally happens.

Candidates In Crowded GOP Lt. Gov. Field Face Potential Game Changing Debate Tuesday Night

It may be unique in the long history of Virginia politics: Seven candidates standing for a party nomination for a statewide office. But that's the situation this year as seven Republicans seek to win the second spot on the GOP ticket at the party's May 18 convention. There hasn't been anything like this since 1985, when five ran for the number two spot at the GOP convention at Norfolk's Scope. But seven? There are similarities to the two campaigns aside from the large number, though not enough to draw many parallels. The one major common denominator is that both nominations were decided by convention instead of primary, drawing a lot of interest from people who would not have otherwise run.

Precisely because of that, the candidates are by and large unknown to many GOP activists going into the convention at the Richmond Coliseum. Not one has been able to cut through the clutter of an already hot gubernatorial general election campaign between Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, as well as a more easy to sort through GOP campaign for attorney general between Delegate Rob Bell of Albemarle County and Senator Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg. Throwing seven candidates into the mix for a part-time position that has two official duties — preside over the Virginia Senate and fill the office in case of vacancy — makes deciding who is best a difficult task.

However, there may be a game changer in the LG race in the form of a late-in-the-process-debate Tuesday night in Richmond at Benedictine College Prep at 6:30. The Central Virginia GOP Lieutenant Governor Candidates Forum is sponsored by several of that area's GOP committees, including the Richmond City and Henrico County units. They selected the location in the middle of the city as a way to bring the conservative message to areas that don't always hear it, and reach young people and Catholic voters as well.

All seven candidates have agreed to attend and a buzz (see Norm Leahy at Bearing Drift) is building up over it primarily because its proximity to the convention could create a breakthrough wave for a candidate that impresses or sink one who doesn't. In addition, the host committee and moderator Scott Lee, a conservative talk show host on Richmond radio station WRVA and the host of the syndicated Score Radio Show (which previewed the debate with its organizers last weekend), have promised questions that won't lend themselves to campaign brochure blather. We'll see and we'll be there to report.

The event is free and, while elected convention delegates may take special interest to attend, is open to the public as well. Doors at the Benedictine College Prep gym open at 6:00. The school is located at 304 North Sheppard Street (23221). Click here for more information. The candidates are: former Senator Jeannemarie Davis, E.W. Jackson, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, Senator Steve Martin, Pete Snyder, Prince WIlliam County Board Chairman Corey Stewart, Stafford County Board Chairman Susan Stimpson.