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Gala Update: Previewing Herman Cain, Sponsorships Available

The Family Foundation is thrilled to announce that sponsorships and program ads for our 2011 Gala with Herman Cain now are available. Find event details and sign up for sponsorships for this much-anticipated event or reserve a program ad by visiting www.familyfoundation.org/gala. This year’s Gala, featuring keynote speaker Herman Cain, is Saturday, October 8 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. A private sponsors' reception and photo line will begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:00. The suggested dress for the evening is business attire. Sponsorship benefits for the various levels include seats at Mr. Cain's table, a private reception and photograph with Mr. Cain, and a signed copy of his soon-to-be-released book, Who Is Herman Cain?

Seating placement in the ballroom is influenced by response date, so with a capacity crowd of 1,000-plus people anticipated again this year, please don't delay becoming a sponsor. To be listed as a sponsor in the printed invitation mailed to several thousand Family Foundation households, your sponsor commitment must be made by Friday, August 12.

Herman Cain is the American story. The son of a chauffeur and house cleaner, through hard work and perseverance, Mr. Cain rose to the highest levels of corporate management and is now a prominent, well-respected conservative leader and commentator. After earning a Master's degree from Purdue University, he served in the U.S. Navy, shared the pastorate of a Baptist church, beat stage IV cancer and finished second in a three-way bid for a U.S. Senate seat. His life as the celebrated CEO of Godfather's Pizza and corporate turnaround expert, chairman of the Kansas City Federal Reserve, president of the National Restaurant Association, and popular radio talk show host has provided Herman Cain an unparalleled national platform (see John Stossel at FoxNews.com). His love for our country, respect for the principles it was founded on and zeal for seeing a return to that foundation make him an important ally.

He's also a passionate and spirited orator whom you won't want to miss. Here's a sample of what to expect from Herman Cain. It's a brief speech at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition last winter:

"Our Founding Fathers did their job. We must be the defending fathers. We must defend the life of the unborn."

What: The Family Foundation Gala featuring keynote speaker Herman Cain

Where: Greater Richmond Convention Center, Grand Ballroom

When: October 8, 2011, private sponsors reception at 4:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:00.

Dress: Business Attire

Register Online: www.familyfoundation.org/gala

Register by Phone or Questions: Please call The Family Foundation at (804) 343-0010 to speak with Dan Thompson or John Downer

Email: Gala@FamilyFoundation.org

Deadline for Sponsor Listing in Invitation: Friday, August 12

Merry Christmas From Planned Parenthood!

It's the Christmas season. A time for merriment, joy, sharing and generosity, and, most importantly, celebrating a birth — the birth of the Word made flesh, the Christ child, the King of Kings. Of course, there is the other side of the Biblical story, that of King Herod murdering every boy of two years or younger. That's where Planned Parenthood comes in. This year it has reprised its sick fundraising ploy of selling gift certificate "stocking stuffers" as presents that can be used for, among other things, abortion services. It started this at least two years ago in certain localities as we reported at the time (see commentary and video). No matter how old, it is no less appalling. Now, it has taken it nationwide to, as Americans United for Lifesays, "evangelize for the unholy gospel of taxpayer-funded abortion." It calls the campaign, "Choice on Earth," a despicable twist on what people pray for this time of year — Peace on Earth. Planned Parenthood has no shame in flaunting a horrendous act in the face of a Holy time of year.

According to Dr. Charmaine Yoest of AUL (see FoxNews.com), Planned Parenthood is seeking more than just a few sales to supporters or, worse yet, unsuspecting women, to fill its coffers. It has a bigger fish in mind:

Clearly, Planned Parenthood isn't interested in peace. They are interested in only one thing: using your tax dollars to expand access to abortion services. Now, more than ever, it's time to cut off their financial lifeline.

Here are the facts: Planned Parenthood receives over $350 million of your tax dollars each year. ... Indeed, tax dollars are the lifeblood of the Planned Parenthood empire.

The one bright spot is that a new Congress takes office in about a week. It's time the federal government stops funding Planned Parenthood. The nation's largest abortion provider may claim it needs the money, but just because no one wants its sick gift certificates is no reason for Congress to take Americans' hard-earned earnings and "spread it around" to nefarious groups such as Planned Parenthood.

Post: Griffith And Hurt Land Key Committee Assignments, Rigell Awaits Armed Services

According to Ben Pershing a little while ago at the Washington Post's Virginia Politics blog, Virginia freshmen GOP Representatives Morgan Griffith (VA-09) and Robert Hurt (VA-05) will land on two key committees: Energy and Commerce and Financial Services, respectively. While liberal soon-to-be former Representative Rick Boucher, whom Griffith defeated, served on Energy and Commerce, no Virginia member currently sits on the equally powerful Financial Services committee, making that a huge score for Hurt. On the downside, he'll have to put up with Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who will assume the position of ranking member (see Housing Wire) after four disastrous years as its chairman. Freshmen appointments to both committees is unusual (even Boucher had to wait a few terms before his gig started). The news especially was welcome for Hurt who made national headlines last month at the every-two-year-ritual House office lottery for freshman, where he had the misfortune of drawing the highest number and, therefore, the least desirable office space (see Jake Gibson at FoxNews.com). He needed the office karma of Kirk Cox. As for Virginia's other freshman GOP House member, Scott Rigell (VA-02) is awaiting, but expected to get, a spot on the Armed Services Committee, an assignment Virginians from either party from that district almost always get because of the large military presence in Hampton Roads.

Update: HUD Backs Off Michigan Woman Seeking Christian Roommate

It's okay to seek a Christian roommate after all! This big sigh of relief comes from news reports that the Department of Housing and Urban Development will not pursue any type of anti-discrimination complaint against a Michigan woman who advertised in her church bulletin for a Christian roommate. Alleluia! In America, you can still choose to live with whom you want! According to FoxNews.com:

The complaint filed by the Fair Housing Center of West Michigan had accused the unidentified 31-year-old woman of posting an ad that "expresses an illegal preference for a Christian roommate, thus excluding people of other faiths."

HUD acknowledged that statements suggesting a preference for one religion are prohibited, but it concluded that the woman in this case didn't violate the law.

"In light of the facts provided and after assessing the unique context of the advertisement and the roommate relationship involved in this particular situation potentially involving the sharing of personal religious beliefs, the Department defers to Constitutional considerations in reaching its conclusion. Accordingly, the Department finds that there is no reasonable cause to believe that the Act was violated in this matter," HUD said.

How charitable of Big Brother HUD. The language of the ad is "prohibited" but she was within her constitutional rights. Liberal bureaucratic doublespeak.

Joel Oster, an Alliance Defense Fund attorney, said:

Clearly this woman has a right to pick and choose who she wants to live with. Christians shouldn't live in fear of being punished by the government for being Christians. It is completely absurd to try to penalize a single Christian woman for privately seeking a Christian roommate at church — an obviously legal and constitutionally protected activity.

All of which is so clearly obvious except to those extreme few — in and out of government — who believe in government control and that government knows best. However few, it is a determined few, and worthy of remaining diligent against. The fact that this was even an issue shows that freedom and values are still on the defensive and a rollback of the Leviathan is in much need.

Congressman Weiner's Meltdown A Sign Of The Stress That Comes With Knowing The Jig Is Up?

If you haven't seen it, or not seen it in its entirety, it is worth the view: U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) melted down (FoxNews.com) on the House floor last week. His rant, ostensibly, was over Republican opposition to a spending bill for New York City's 9/11 first responders. Actually, Republicans were not against the bill so much as the procedure — the liberal leadership of the House brought the bill up under a suspension of the rules, which requires a two-thirds majority. Under a suspension, amendments are not allowed, and the GOP wanted to offer amendments. According to CNN, the bill likely will come up again under the normal procedure, in which a simple majority is needed.   So, it seems as if Congressman Weiner's outburst is all about nothing. If the Dems don't want any amendments, they have the votes to kill them. That simple. (See Michael McAuliff at New York Daily News' Mouth of the Potomac blog.) Which begs the question: Why get so hyper over a simple procedural vote?

The answer may be that the congressman knows that the liberal House (of cards) was found out long ago and that in about three months the American public will take a collective huff and puff and blow it all down. That would cause a lot of stress and the need to concoct a procedure to frame the opposition party into looking as if it's against the principle of the bill (and 9/11 heroes) when it, in fact, had different ideas on how to implement it (see PostChronicle.com). No one is falling for it.

Like a con man getting found out, a very telling reaction from Congressman Anthony Weiner.

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)