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.


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 (

UPDATE: Last Chance To Ask Lt. Governor Bolling Questions, Interview Begins Today At 5:00!

If you want to leave a question for Lt. Governor Bill Bolling about the recently completed General Assembly session or the upcoming veto session you have until about 4:30. Click here to leave your question. The interview starts at 5:00. He will take as many questions in an hour as he can. Look for a new thread at 5:00 on which to follow the interview. We look forward to all of your questions and the Lt. Governor's responses, and we thank him and his staff for making time out of his busy schedule to afford us this excellent opportunity to discuss the issues confronting Virginia.

Report Card

The Virginia Catholic Conference has produced an excellent report card for the 2008 General Assembly session. (The card does include two issues The Family Foundation does not take a position on, the death penalty and immigration.) Especially interesting is the section dedicated to the Senate Education and Health committee. 

Check out how your delegate and senator voted on key issues during the 2008 General Assembly. Now is a great time to try to meet with them to let them know your support or opposition to their votes.

The Great Divide, Part II

Yesterday I posted about the divide between citizens and their elected officials. Today I want to talk about the divide between citizens and, well, themselves. Two recent Gallop polls reveal a strange contradiction in American thinking. A January 2008 poll about the "State of the Union" found that only 39 percent of Americans are satisfied with the "moral and ethical climate of the nation." 

A few weeks later another Gallop poll about moral issues found that Americans now find divorce, gambling, sex outside marriage, out of wedlock births and the destruction of human embroys for research "morally acceptable." Each had increased in their support since 2001, some substantially.

So, lets get this straight. The more "tolerant" we become of what used to be considered "immoral," the more "unsatisfied" we are with the moral climate of our nation. One would think the opposite would be true. Yet, it appears that the "tolerance" of what were once considered immoral behaviors hasn't brought the promised utiopia. Instead of making us happier, we're more disatisfied than ever.

Which brings us back to the divide between politicians and people. Politicans are poll driven. For the most part their driving ambition is reelection. Thus, they try to find out what people are thinking and act/vote accordingly. But when people are completely contradictory in their opinions, it makes it tough for these poor poll driven politicans.  How is one to know what to vote for when people are so confusing?

Feel their pain.