Ken Cuccinelli

Article V Debate: Battle Of Conservative Heavyweights!

If you love constitutional legal scholarship, you will not want to miss this: This Thursday, at 7:00 p.m., at the Colgan Theater on the Manassas campus of Northern Virginia Community College, conservative constitutionalists Delegate Bob Marshall and Patrick Henry College President Mike Farris will debate Article V of the U.S. Constitution. If that's not enough, former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will moderate the debate. Article V of the U.S. Constitution prescribes two methods for amending the constitution. Only one has ever been used — a proposed amendment passed by Congress and ratified by the states, and that hasn't been used in decades. Some believe that with the gridlock in Congress and the increasingly polarized political and ideological strains of the country, that proposed amendments will never escape Congress, even for the most necessary reforms, such as a requirement for a balanced federal budget.

The other method allows for the states to convene a convention to adopt an amendment . . . or amendments. That's where the controversy begins and only accelerates. There may be nothing more divisive among conservatives than this question because some believe, like Delegate Marshall, that if a convention is convened, those delegates, once locked into a room, could not only vote to adopt a specific amendment, but also add and delete to the constitution as they please. Mr. Farris and others believe that it is constitutionally legal to bind the delegates to one specific topic, and that the solvency of the United States (and perhaps another issue or two) demands this approach.

Delegate Marshall describes the event this way:

Mike Farris and I will debate whether or not we should hold a national convention (with delegates from every state), under Article V of the U.S. Constitution, to propose amendments that will make changes to our United States Constitution.

Both of us have researched this issue in depth and have reached opposite conclusions. I will argue that states should not petition Congress to call such a Convention for the purpose of amending (changing) the Constitution. Mike Farris will argue that we should.

Marshall-Farris

Battle of conservative heavyweights: Marshall vs. Farris with referee Cuccinelli!

For the last several years, resolutions have been proposed in the General Assembly for Virginia to add its name to the list of states that have called for an Article V convention. Other than the exhilaration of the intellectual exercise and ramped up lobbying efforts of both sides, they have made no splash, much less passed. But one can never predict the event that will spark a turning point in a movement.

With these two profound and intellectual men debating, and the former attorney general moderating, this will be an enlightening event, and a welcome one given the shrillness of so many issues in our modern political and philosophical discourse. The event, which include questions from the audience, is sponsored by the Manassas Tea Party, is open to the public. "Free will donations" will be accepted to cover the  costs. Colgan Theater is located at 6901 Sudley Road in Manassas.

Defend Your Vote: Contact Attorney General Mark Herring!

In an unprecedented decision with long-reaching consequences for the rule of law, and within days of swearing to defend the constitution and laws of Virginia, Attorney General Mark Herring has broken his oath by not just refusing to defend Virginia's marriage amendment, but joining the case in opposition to the constitution. He won't even appoint outside counsel to defend the commonwealth as is the procedure when an attorney general cites some type of conflict.

Please click here to contact Attorney General Herring and ask him to defend the Virginia Constitution and if he is unwilling to do so that he appoint outside counsel to defend the law.

As attorney general, Mark Herring's primary duty is to defend the laws of the commonwealth. Courts have long ruled that laws of the commonwealth are presumed constitutional until determined otherwise through a judicial proceeding. That means the burden is on the person challenging the law to demonstrate that it is unconstitutional. Attorney General Herring is flipping that long-settled legal precedent on its head by not only refusing to defend the marriage amendment, which is presumed by courts to be constitutional, but to affirmatively challenge its constitutionality.

Attorney General Herring points to his predecessor's decision not to defend the constitutionality of a state law passed last year as precedent for his action. But there are significant differences between the cases. Former Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli did not affirmatively challenge the constitutionality of the law and second, he appointed outside counsel to defend the law on behalf of Virginia, as is customary when an attorney general either objects to the law, has a conflict, or the Office of Attorney General lacks expertise in the matter under review. Virginia law takes into account that there may be times where it is not practical or economical for the attorney general to defend the laws of the commonwealth. In those circumstances, Virginia Code §2.2-510 authorizes the attorney general to appoint outside counsel.

Instead, Attorney General Herring unilaterally decided — "after conversations with friends and family" — that Virginia's constitutional amendment defining marriage is unconstitutional. He said he also based his decision on last summer's Supreme Court rulings regarding marriage, but neither of those rulings invalidated state marriage amendments. Simply put, the attorney general of Virginia has no constitutional authority to determine for himself that a law or amendment is unconstitutional. That is for the courts to decide.

His decision today disenfranchised more than one million Virginians who legally voted for the Marriage Amendment in 2006, and left them unable to defend themselves in court.

The decision by the Attorney General Herring is not surprising, but it is disappointing and frightening. It's disappointing that he wouldn't be clear about his intentions on this issue while campaigning for the office. More importantly, it's frightening that politicians such as Attorney General Herring feel that they can pick and choose which aspects of the constitution they deem worthy to defend and apply. Whether one agrees with the Marriage Amendment or not, the idea that more than a million Virginia citizens can be left defenseless by the attorney general after legally voting for an amendment that he himself supported is chilling.

ACTION: Contact Attorney General Herring and ask him to defend the Virginia Constitution or, if he is unwilling to do so, that he appoint outside counsel to defend the law.

Click here to e-mail him

Or

Call his office at (804) 786-2071

Will "Old Terry" Or "New Terry" Govern Virginia?

There are two versions of Terry McAuliffe, old and new. Old Terry McAuliffe is a wheeler and dealer, fundraiser extraordinaire, political operative whose ability to capitalize on political connections for economic gain skirted close to the legal line. The new Terry McAuliffe we are supposed to believe is seeking "common ground for Virginia." He is no longer a partisan hack, but a statesman who will work with Republicans to achieve his policy goals. And let's not forget that ethics reform was one of the policy foundations of his campaign.

Which is why his appointment of Boyd Marcus to the ABC Board is so surprising. Not because a governor is seeking to reward a political supporter, but by doing so he is publicly highlighting that Old Terry is alive and kicking. Boyd Marcus is a longtime Republican operative who defected to Terry McAuliffe's campaign after his client, Bill Bolling, dropped out of the GOP gubernatorial nomination campaign and Ken Cuccinelli wouldn't pay Boyd's ransom to work for his campaign.

Appointing Marcus to the ABC Board has precedent. Governors of both parties have long appointed political allies to the ABC Board. And, as former chief of staff to Governor Jim Gilmore, Marcus has the experience to serve in the role. However, it is precisely because of the reputation of "Old Terry" that this appointment reeks of political patronage and everything that is wrong with politics. The citizens of Virginia have a right to know what promises were made when Marcus joined the governor's campaign.

There is no dispute that appointing Boyd Marcus raises the specter of a quid pro quo. He abandoned the party for which he long toiled for a $40,000 paycheck during the campaign and a plum position in the McAuliffe administration that will pay between $124,000-$136,000, or a cool $500,000 for four years. Good work if you can find it. Governor McAuliffe rejected the concerns of a quid pro quo by calling it "a little petty political whatever." That's exactly what it appears to be. A little petty political appointment that unfortunately signals business as usual for "Old Terry."

Less than 30 days into the office, our new governor is already showing remarkably poor judgment and partisan political stripes. It is already raising questions about his business as usual approach to governing. Such political patronage may be legal, but is certainly unseemly. The governor needs to be careful of creating the appearance of a quid pro quo, because if there is one thing we have learned in politics, it is that even the appearance of a quid pro quo is dangerous and can launch civil and criminal investigations. But then again, such investigations are not new to "Old Terry."

Because of "Old Terry's" history and "New Terry's" vocal championship of ethics reform, Governor McAuliffe should expect to be held to a higher ethical standard. He should go above and beyond ethical minimums to prove that his stripes have truly changed. To do anything less will require that every gubernatorial action be viewed through the lens of Old Terry.

Breaking News: Glenn Beck's The Blaze Reports Obama Money Man Funding "Libertarian" Sarvis!

Earlier today, Meredith Jessup of TheBlaze.com, conservative talk show host Glenn Beck's news and online television web site, reported that the source behind Robert Sarvis' "Libertarian" gubernatorial candidacy is Austin, Texas, software billionaire Joe Liemandt, a major fundraising "bundler" for President Barack Obama. According to Jessup:

Campaign finance records show the Libertarian Booster PAC has made the largest independent contribution to Sarvis’ campaign, helping to pay for professional petition circulators who collected signatures necessary to get Sarvis’ name on Tuesday’s statewide ballot.

Austin, Texas, software billionaire Joe Liemandt is the Libertarian Booster PAC’s major benefactor. He’s also a top bundler for President Barack Obama. This revelation comes as Virginia voters head to the polls Tuesday in an election where some observers say the third-party gubernatorial candidate could be a spoiler for Republican Ken Cuccinelli.

This confirms rumors circulating on the campaign trail that Sarvis had been put up to the task by Democrat operatives to thwart Cuccinelli's bid, especially given the major legal challenges he filed against the Obama administration, from Obamacare to EPA regulations. The connection would make sense since Democrat gubernatorial nominee Terry McAuliffe is one of the most prodigious fundraisers in national Democrat Party circles.

Jessup also reported that:

According to Virginia election filings posted by the Virginia Public Access Project, Liemandt contributed $150,000 of the Texas-based Libertarian Booster PAC’s $229,000 revenue. The Libertarian Booster PAC reported providing $11,454 to pay for signature collection, yard signs and campaign materials for Sarvis and another $4,690 for four Libertarian candidates running for the Virginia state legislature. 

It also makes sense in that Sarvis' platform decidedly not libertarian, ranging from pro-abortion, to a mandatory GPS box in every car to track mileage to be taxed, opposition to tax cuts, and endorsing the Left's "climate change" hysteria, to favoring the expansion of Medicaid in Virginia as part of Obamacare. Some online publications have gone so far as to call him a "fraud," including RedState.com, driving speculation as to what his motivations really are. He once ran as a liberal Republican for the Virginia Senate against Democrat Senate Leader Dick Saslaw of Springfield, but has never been active in any liberty movement. With Cuccinelli's principled leadership in limited government and rights, it seemed odd that there would be "libertarian" dissatisfaction for his candidacy. In fact, Sarvis has launched his ammo at Cuccinelli from the left, calling him "intolerant," a Secular Left echo.

Beck himself commented on his radio show:

you got this libertarian . . . but he’s not really a libertarian. ... Do not be fooled… Libertarians, if you indeed are voting for this guy, you need to know who he is, at least what he's saying because he doesn't sound like any libertarian I have ever met.

See the complete article and video of Beck's discussion of the Virginia gubernatorial race, here.

Cuccinelli Working Hard, T-Mac Hardly Working

One of the many bipartisan knocks on Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe — aside from his many scandals — is that being a non-Virginian, he doesn't know Virginia, its traditions, its history or how its government works. Apparently, he doesn't know what Virginians expect from candidates, either. Despite the closing in the polls, McAuliffe has cooled off his campaign schedule — no media interviews, a canceled press conference, a skipped event with college students and no campaign events the last few days except for his Obamacare celebration rally with President Barack Obama. Meanwhile, Republican Ken Cuccinelli has round-the-clock events up to election day on Tuesday with national conservative stars such as Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, capped by a Monday night rally with former Congressman from Texas and libertarian Republican icon Ron Paul, the former presidential candidate at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Here's Ben Pershing from The Washington Post:

Ken Cuccinelli II is planning a frenetic schedule with a handful of big-name Republican surrogates as the race for Virginia governor draws to a close. Terry McAuliffe, by contrast, is mostly staying out of sight aside from a pair of high-profile events.

The differing strategies illustrate the pecking order as the hard-fought contest nears its end. Cuccinelli (R) is consistently trailing in the polls and can’t afford much of an advertising presence on the airwaves, so he’s counting on word-of-mouth and media coverage from live appearances to stay afloat.

McAuliffe (D) is nursing a lead and has the cash to keep up a steady drumbeat of ads, giving him little incentive to expose himself to the press more than necessary. Cuccinelli is planning to do multiple daily events around the state from Friday through Tuesday. His itinerary includes events Saturday in Spotsylvania and Prince William counties with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) and appearances in Warrenton and Culpeper Monday with Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). And former representative Ron Paul (R-Tex.) will join Cuccinelli in Richmond on Monday evening.

McAuliffe’s campaign has said that he will appear at a rally with President Obama on Sunday afternoon at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, and he will join forces with Vice President Biden on Monday morning in Annandale to kick off a day of canvassing.

McAuliffe has announced no public events for Thursday, Friday or Saturday. His campaign has not responded to requests for comment about his schedule.

On Wednesday, McAuliffe wrapped up a four-day campaign swing with former president Bill Clinton, but he did not take questions from the media at those appearances. McAuliffe has done a handful of individual interviews, but aside from a brief gaggle following last Thursday’s debate in Blacksburg, he has done no other media availabilities in the past three weeks.

Is McAuliffe taking Virginians for granted? Has he started measuring the Governor's Mansion's drapes and called the moving trucks? Virginians don't appreciate that, something McAuliffe would know if he knew Virginia.

 

The Ad Responsible For Tightening The Governor's Race? See It Here!

When Sean Hannity is impressed with a television ad in a gubernatorial campaign, the ad gets notoriety. When Rush Limbaugh talks about it, it skyrockets. That's the case with an ad by Fight For Tomorrow that absolutely nails it when explaining the destructive policies of liberalism. The two most listened to radio talk show hosts recently praised a particular ad running in the Virginia governor's race, "Don't Detroit Virginia," (see below) that illustrates what liberal policies have done to once great cities and states, such as Detroit and California. (Detroit, as abundantly documented, looks like a war zone, with high crime, gutted buildings, schools in name only, destroyed families, high welfare and double digit unemployment; and has filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in history. California, which recently passed a law to allow for more than two parents, has chronic high unemployment, out of control regulations, unaccountable public employee unions, and a debt larger than many countries.) It documents how everything from economic policy, excessive regulations, cronyism, social policies that fracture families, and failing and politically correct education, has led to rotting and bankrupt cities, dysfunctional schools, valueless culture, closed businesses and lost jobs, and high state debt from misguided and discredited programs, and the resulting family financial strain of higher taxes. In each case, these policies were enacted by liberal politicians who were elected and enabled by a "Gang of Five" — extremely liberal politicians, elitist media, smear groups and PACs, Wall Street liberals and Hollywood partisans.

If it sounds familiar, it's because these same groups are actively involved in Democrat Terry McAuliffe's campaign for governor and they all have weighed in by attacking Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli, as well as the GOP candidates for lieutenant governor and attorney general, E.W. Jackson and Mark Obenshain, respectively. The ad exposes this by showing the ties they have to McAuliffe and in focus groups it produces as much as an 8-point swing in voters' candidate preferences.

It ran early on in the campaign but Fight For Tomorrow does not have pockets as deep as the wealth liberal groups, and was pulled. The gap between the candidates grew. After the nationwide PR (both hosts talked it up heavily and played the audio, and Hannity combined it with an interview of Cuccinelli, click here), donations picked up and it went back on the air. Alex Pappas at The Daily Caller also featured a story on an another Fight For Tomorrow ad that features McAuliffe's gaffes and newspaper accounts that label him "deeply unserious" (see here).

The polls are now closing. Coincidence? It's amazing what the truth can do when told boldly. Fight For Tomorrow, comprised of five people who pooled some limited resources to get involved in this crucial race, can't compete financially with the rich liberal elite who are pounding Virginia's airwaves. However, along with its recent surge in donations and online presence, the ads are reaching thousands. They are below for you to view and forward to friends, family and church members, and to share on your social media sites.

Don't Detroit Virginia! Stop McAuliffe and the Gang of Five from ruining the Commonwealth. 

The Great One, Rush Limbaugh, delves into the ad, its content and its campaign implications. 

Terry McAuliffe: This ad documents that even his media friends think he is "deeply unserious."

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.

The Family Foundation Action is a non-partisan, non-profit 501(c)(4) organization and paid for this informational communication. Not authorized by any candidate or candidate’s committee.

 

 

 

 

Four Days To Go!

In four days, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz will address the largest political gathering of conservatives in Virginia, The Family Foundation's 2013 Annual Gala. Do you have your tickets, yet?  On the day he speaks — this Saturday evening, October 5, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center — it will be exactly one month to the election of a new governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general, as well as the entire House of Delegates for the Commonwealth of Virginia, and we're building momentum! You will hear Senator Cruz speak of his inspiring life story and of the challenges facing America today.

We invite you to come and listen to Ted Cruz; his father Rafael, a pastor; and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, and to be among the more than 1,000 politically-active conservative Virginians. Come be inspired and meet like minded Virginians who share your traditional values, and hear one of the conservative movement's most significant national leaders, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.

Please click here or on the image below and follow the link to purchase your tickets before they're sold-out!

A Little About U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, Our 2013 Gala Speaker

Now that we've announced our 2013 Annual Gala keynote speaker, here's what people are saying and writing about him:

(He is) someone conservatives can count on to fight for the principles of freedom. ...

- Former Senator Jim DeMint, President of Heritage Foundation

A great Reaganite hope

- National Review

But those are from conservatives. Based on this quote from the Mainstream Media, we know he's our kind of guy:

(He) is too extreme, too uncompromising and too unlikable to mount a national following.

- USA Today

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz burst onto the national stage by overcoming great odds and winning the 2012 Republican U.S. Senate primary in Texas — first, overcoming a multi-millionaire, self-financed "moderate" to finish second, then defeating the hand-picked establishment choice in the run-off, and finally winning the general election handily against a Democrat who tired to portray him as "extreme."

Taking that path, you wouldn't think he's an ordinary freshman senator. He's not. He quickly become a target of the media and secular left for his principled stands and for speaking out, not only against members of the opposition party and leadership, but against members of his own party and its leadership.

A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, he served as Solicitor General of Texas, fighting for and defending constitutional principles in court, and earning a name for himself as a passionate and articulate fighter for our liberties. He is the son of a Cuban immigrant who fought in the revolution, was imprisoned and tortured, then came to the U.S. with next to nothing. With a family history and experience with the evils of an absolute government, Senator Cruz understands the value of liberty and the principles of faith that make it possible.

Ted Cruz

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas stands on principle, no matter if it upsets

Democrats or Republicans, the Senate leadership or all of the above.

In addition to Senator Cruz' keynote speech, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will make special remarks. So we hope you are able to join us at our Annual Gala Saturday, October 5, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. Dinner starts at 6:45. A special reception for sponsors starts 5:45. For more information, including tickets, sponsorships, overnight accommodations and more, click here.

So that's a little about Senator Ted Cruz — for now. But we will continue to provide updates on the Gala, reveal our emcee and entertainment, and share more highlights from Senator Cruz' outstanding career. Be sure to look for these updates here and our Facebook and Twitter platforms.

An Outside Angle View Of The Gubernatorial Campaign

Often we can gain a perspective of something by taking a look at it from that of someone else's non-interested or, at least, limited-angle perspective. Michael Voris offers us that today in his daily video commentary, "The Vortex," about Virginia's gubernatorial candidates. Voris lives in Michigan and his interest here has nothing to do with campaigns, but rather a case study in how candidates who profess faith actually live up to what they say they believe.

A traditional Catholic, Voris draws the stark contrast between how Ken Cuccinelli and Terry McAuliffe, both of whom are Catholic, practice their faith and how they realize it in the public square. (Along the way, he skewers some prominent, national liberal Catholic politicians for their distorted public practice of the Faith.) To some degree, the same contrast Voris draws between Cuccinelli and McAuliffe can be made between current Governor Bob McDonnell and his predecessor, Tim Kaine, both of whom also are Catholic.

What's interesting is that, even for non-Catholics who may view some of this as intramural squabbling, from the parameters of one aspect of their lives — granted, a significant one at that — parallels to their public policy objectives and even their deportment and manner  of execution of official duties become clear. In a broader context some would call it their "worldview." But it's more than that. Pun or not, it gets to their souls — one who upholds his faith and one who conveniently bends and breaks it, and if one breaks his faith with God, it's a rather minor step to break faith with mere mortals.

Virginia campaign for governor is being watched around the country — and from many different angles.

McAuliffe Opposes Abortion Center Safety Measures Supported By Gosnell's Lawyer!

Hand it to Terry McAuliffe. He won't back down. Not to the abortion industry. Not even to the point of being more pro-abortion than convicted baby murder Kermit Gosnell's lawyer. Even former President Bill Clinton, of whom McAuliffe is one of the biggest of FOBs (Friends of Bill) wants abortion "Safe, legal and rare." But McAuliffe has drawn a stark contrast between himself and a super majority of Virginians and Americans at large — even those who support abortion, but recognize the abomination it has become in abortion centers, such as the "Houses of Horrors" run by Gosnell and others. Last week, the Susan B. Anthony List released a statement describing the extreme position McAuliffe has taken on abortion center safety standards and how even Jack McMahon, the defense attorney for the recently convicted Gosnell, who said his client suffered from the "baby factor," supports oversight of abortion centers and certain restrictions on their procedures. Here is the entire news release:

Terry McAuliffe Opposes Abortion Clinic Regulations Supported by Gosnell Attorney

Jack McMahon Says He Supports Increased Regulation of Clinics, Late-Term Abortion Limit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week Jack McMahon, defense attorney for convicted murderer and late-term abortionist Kermit Gosnell, told FOX News' Megyn Kelly that he supports increased regulation of abortion clinics as well as a ban on abortion past 16-17 weeks in order to forestall crimes like those Gosnell committed. In light of McMahon's statements, Susan B. Anthony List (SBA List) President Marjorie Dannenfelser blasted Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe's opposition to increased health and safety standards for the Commonwealth's abortion facilities.

"Weeks of graphic testimony detailing the horrors and conditions inside Kermit Gosnell's Philadelphia abortion clinic was enough to sway even Gosnell's own attorney,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “If McMahon can agree that women going into abortion facilities must be treated with basic dignity and respect, why can't Terry McAuliffe? Virginia women are increasingly disturbed that a politician who seeks to represent women would oppose such elementary efforts to protect our health and safety.

“Kermit Gosnell isn't alone. More than 80 violations were discovered inside Virginia abortion facilities last year. Unsafe, unsanitary conditions — not to mention barbaric abortion practices — continue to be exposed nationwide. Shame on McAuliffe for refusing to join the General Assembly and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in standing up for Virginia women. Women deserve better than his extreme abortion ideology.”

Last month, McAuliffe's campaign was asked by the Washington Post to confirm or deny that he supports “a platform of abortion on-demand at any time, for any reason, paid for by Virginia taxpayers,” including “sex-selective abortion, late-term abortion, partial-birth abortion, and abortions on teenage girls without parental consent — all paid for by Virginia taxpayers.” McAuliffe spokesman Josh Schwerin declined to comment to the Post.

The SBA List has compiled an ever-expanding fact sheet on abortion industry negligence and brutality toward women and children occurring nationwide.

Terry McAuliffe: Too extreme for Bill Clinton; too extreme even for convicted killer Kermit Gosnell's attorney!

Cuccinelli Campaign: McAuliffe's Program Is "A Show About Nothing"

You can tell when summer begins. No, not the Memorial Day weekend's picnics, fireworks, a long weekend (or longer) trip to the beach, graduations, festivals — not even an autoswitch-like activation to Virginia's notorious heat and humidity. None of that. It's when candidates trot out themes from classic television, movies, commercials, music and other entertainment to caricature their opponents. This week's installment comes from Republican Ken Cuccinelli's gubernatorial campaign. In order to break through the media noise (or make news during a slow cycle) or perhaps to grab voters' awareness when they are paying more attention to picnics, beach trips, graduations and festivals, it has diverted its approach to draw the public's scrutiny to Democrat Terry McAuliffe's lack of substantive policy proposals. From a release distributed today by Cuccinelli press secretary Anna Nix:

The Cuccinelli For Governor Campaign today uncovered brand new, top-secret video of senior McAuliffe campaign officials deliberating campaign strategy. The never-before seen video can be seen in its entirety here:

“After weeks of scratching our heads attempting to understand why Terry McAuliffe has been unwilling to discuss anything of substance or announce actual policy proposals, we finally got some clarity today,” said Chris LaCivita, Senior Strategist for the Cuccinelli for Governor Campaign. “Ken Cuccinelli has been busy traveling the state, talking about his economic plan that will ease tax burdens on families and job creators and his comprehensive energy plan for capitalizing on all of Virginia's resources. Instead of accepting Ken's debate challenge or laying out detailed policies of his own, McAuliffe appears content to run a campaign about nothing.”

Ah, yes. The famous Seinfeld "show about nothing" episode. It won't be long be long before the two campaigns take to the airwaves, digital media and who knows what else to make more serious charges and counter charges. Then we'll know it's fall.

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.

Planned Parenthood Targets Ken Cuccinelli

A Politico article today revealed that Planned Parenthood, the nation's largest and richest abortion business, is coordinating with Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe to target Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, said in the article that

Cuccinelli's ongoing attacks on women's health and economic security should be a warning to us all: women's health will be on the Virginia ballot in 2013.

A website created by the coordinated campaign targets the Attorney General's positions on abortion, forced taxpayer subsidizing of contraception, abortion-causing drugs and President Obama's taxpayer-funded health insurance scheme. According to Politico, the website includes "a disclaimer at the bottom of the site [that] says it was authorized by the campaign of Terry McAuliffe."

Of course, it should come as no surprise that Planned Parenthood would coordinate with a liberal Democrat campaign. Its political entities have spent tens of millions of dollars on partisan activities while whining consistently that it doesn't have enough money to bring its abortion centers up to basic health and safety standards. It is, however, committed to forcing you, the taxpayer, to fund its operations to the tune of more than half a billion dollars annually!

I guess it's all about priorities.

The partisan political activity of Planned Parenthood and its targeting of Virginia should come as no surprise. But it should serve as a reminder of just how important this year's elections in Virginia are going to be. Because only Virginia has a potentially competitive statewide race, national interest groups are going to spend millions of dollars to influence the outcome.

It's also notice to pro-life Virginians that we have to communicate with everyone that we know the truth about the Attorney General's record, the truth about the fact that Virginia's abortion centers are the real threat to women's health and, speaking of threats to women, that the current federal administration's debt-ridden agenda is a horrendous threat to women's "economic security."

We are not going to have the resources of a billion dollar industry such as Planned Parenthood and we certainly aren't going to be able to rely on the "mainstream" media. But we will have the truth.

My Life Is Worth Living

I write this with mixed emotions. On one hand, I am pleased to announce that efforts to repeal the updated informed consent law that allows a mother to view the image of her unborn child prior to deciding to have an abortion; to overturn abortion center safety standards; and to redefine "birth control" to include abortifacients, were thwarted on 8-7 party line votes this morning in the Senate Education and Health Committee. Even earlier in the morning, a House sub-committee defeated an attempt to repeal the safety standards  on a unanimous, bipartisan vote. However, the Senate committee also killed SB 826, which would have eliminated state funding for abortions of children with disabilities, 8-7 as well. My heart grieves that the policy of the commonwealth will remain a policy that denies the intrinsic worth of every life, no matter the challenges they may or may not face.

First and foremost, The Family Foundation would like to extend its utmost gratitude to Senator Tom Garrett (R-22, Louisa) for his bravery and impeccable defense of life through his willingness to patron and actively advocate on behalf of SB 826. Make sure his courage and sacrifice do not go unnoticed. Please contact Senator Garrett (district22@senate.virginia.gov) to express your thanks for his principled stand despite dissuasion from those both outside and within his party.

Parents of children with disabilities, a perinatal nurse, representatives from pro-life organizations (including The Family Foundation), and a lobbyist for the Virginia Catholic Conference who, although diagnosed with cerebral palsy, defied all predictions and now lives life to the fullest, testified on behalf of SB 826. The Catholic Conference lobbyist boldly challenged members of the committee to tell him that his life is one not worth living! One father, who attended with his adopted daughter who was born without limbs, testified about his adopted son, George. Born without arms, George has become an accomplished guitar, cello and piano player, and has played for bands with national acclaim, including the Goo Goo Dolls.

George, who would qualify under current law to be aborted with taxpayer funds, proves that he is not "incompatible with life." Click here to view a moving video of George's family — many of whom would qualify to be aborted with taxpayer money under the current law. The perinatal nurse spoke to her experience of providing palliative care to the unborn and newly born, and the healing that even a few hours of life of a severely disabled newborn brings to a hurting family.

The opposition then stood up and made claims that abortion is the "compassionate choice." It was unconscionable on the heels of such moving, emotional testimony from disabled children, adoptive parents, and a perinatal nurse. In an unfortunate end to the debate, Senator Harry Blevins (R-14, Chesapeake), bowing to political pressure, joined all seven Democrats to defeat the bill.

The  committee then considered the bill to repeal the updated informed consent law. This legislation was passed last year to allow women the opportunity to see a picture of their unborn child prior to making a life-altering decision. While ultrasounds were protocol prior to the legislation (the abortion industry even admits it), abortionists were hiding the picture from women to prevent the possibility of women changing their minds, reducing profit. This window into the womb is powerful and, no matter the choice of a woman, it allows her a more informed choice and reduces regret. Ultimately, the ultrasound addition to informed consent is about requiring an abortionist to turn the screen. The Family Foundation testified to the importance of this law. Abortion activists, Planned Parenthood, the Virginia chapter of NOW, NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia, the ACLU, and the Medical Society of Virginia testified in favor of repealing the ultrasound law. However, the committee was not convinced and defeated it.

During the abortion center safety debate, the abortion industry lined up speakers praising abortion centers and the "good work" they do. One man, an OB-GYN, testified on behalf of the abortion industry and praised the safety of the abortion procedure and stated that he was unaware of any abortion complications — a fascinating proclamation since emergency responders have arrived to at least two abortion centers in Virginia in the very recent past, and abortion center licensure inspections report at least four complications during abortion procedures.

A woman who testified is an employee at A Capital Women's Health Clinic (an abortion center in Richmond). She wore a t-shirt that read, "Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has been keeping an eye on your vagina, so we're keeping an eye on him." After she pleaded for repeal of the regulations (based on false claims), Senator Garrett questioned her about the specific deficiencies found at her center and whether or not she believed those deficiencies constituted "safety and health" for women. The deficiencies included that the sponge used to clean instruments is only changed once per week; and three of nine employees have access to controlled substances, yet are not licensed by the Board of Pharmacy.

The woman did not provide sufficient explanations , but instead diverted to another portion of the bill in an attempt to distract from the truth — abortion facilities are not focused on the health and safety of women. Chris Freund testified for The Family Foundation, reporting the results of the Virginia abortion center inspections: bloody procedure tables, unsterilized and blood splattered equipment, untrained staff and more — more than 100 violations in only 20 abortion centers, even though the inspections were announced in advance! He also noted that the same year the bill enabling the regulations passed, this same committee defeated a bill that only required an inspection, a license and emergency life saving equipment. He also noted the lack of credibility of pro-abortion advocates who now claim to support inspections when they so vigorously opposed them for years.

While we are disappointed by the failure of the committee to acknowledge the value of life and pass SB 826, The Family Foundation is encouraged by the common sense of the committee to block the repeal of the update to the informed consent law and abortion center safety regulations. The Family Foundation will continue to support life, no matter the worth others may place on that life. Again, please contact Senator Tom Garrett (district22@senate.virginia.gov) and express your sincere thanks for his courage today.

Proposed Constitutional Amendments Killed Quickly In House Sub-Committee

In a kind odd of legislative twin-killing, the House Privileges and Elections Sub-Committee on Constitutional Amendments offed two proposed state constitutional amendments this morning. Governor Bob McDonnell's proposal to restore voting rights to certain felons, HJ 539, carried by Delegate Greg Habeeb (R-8, Salem), took the first hit, even with Ken Cuccinelli, making a rare Attorney General witness appearance before a sub-committee, in favor. The first hint that the resolution was going down, before a packed General Assembly Building Fourth Floor West Conference Room, with interested persons spilling well out into the hallway, was when the sub-committee rolled all proposed resolutions on the subject, including Delegate Habeeb's, into HJ 535, patroned by Democrat Delegate Charniele Herring of Alexandria — saving the large Republican majority from killing a Republican governor's legislation. ("Rolling" is a consolidation of similar bills into another existing bill to streamline a committee's meeting agenda.)

In this case, Delegate Herring's version became the resolution of record and, therefore, as the third ranking House Democrat, much more favorable to the sword. It died on a 6-1 vote to "pass by indefinitely" with one of the two sub-committee Democrats (Delegate Johnny Joannou of Portsmouth) voting with the GOP members. Sources indicate that many Republicans not only had serious policy questions about the content of the proposal, but took exception to a lack of notification by the governor — they heard about it for the first time Wednesday night during his State of the Commonwealth Address.

HJ 665, meant to repeal Virginia's Marriage Amendment, and patroned by Delegate Scott Surovell (D-44, Fairfax), met a similar fate, but for different reasons. On policy, the conservative sub-committee completely disagreed with Delegate Surovell's rationale, no amount of time for discussion would've mattered, and there was no need for parliamentary disguises. The people have spoken on this one and at least three-quarters of the states are in agreement — trying to portray maintaining the definition of traditional marriage as "extreme" is disingenuous at best. The sword fell swiftly via voice vote with only Democrat Algie Howell of Norfolk opposing the motion to pass by indefinitely.

BREAKING NEWS: Politico Reports Bolling To Drop Out Of Race For Governor!

Politico is reporting that Lt. Governor Bill Bolling will announce later this morning that he will end his campaign for the 2013 Republican gubernatorial nomination, virtually assuring Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli the nomination and, most likely, a face off with Democrat Terry McAuliffe in the general election. The article cites two Virginia Republican sources who say the move is recognition that Bolling cannot win the nomination in a convention process, which is determined by the party's conservative grassroots activists, rather than a primary, which is open to any Virginia voter. Rather than showing up to vote as in a primary, conventions require a filing process and attending an all day event in Richmond in the spring, something in which only hardcore activists participate. Originally, the nomination was to be determined in a primary, but the GOP State Central Committee earlier this year switched to a convention after Cuccinelli supporters won a majority of seats on the party's governing body. Many observers, though, thought Cuccinelli was the favorite to win the nomination  in a primary as well.

This development changes the dynamics of the convention, which expected a huge draw of delegates (10,000-plus, rather than a few hundred thousand in a primary) to the Richmond Colisseum this coming May for the battle at the top of the card. Now, most likely, fewer delegates will attend, and the several candidates for lieutennent governor, and thee two for attorney general, who would've been campaigning amongst the delegates attending for either Bolling or Cuccinelli, must be able to mobilize delegates for their specific campaigns. Some of the seven candidates for lieutennent governor likely got into the race because of the relative cost effectiveness of such a campaign and multiple ballot dynamics at play which would make the nomination a crap shoot. Now, they must get their own people to the convention, which will favor the best organized candidate over the one who can make a pitch to a defined and limited universe of voters. The coalitions among LG and AG candidates also will be fascinating to watch. (Updated at 6:00 a.m. from original 5:20 a.m. post.)

Hands Off My Home, My Church, My Business: Be A Founder And End Eminent Domain Abuse, Vote YES On Question 1!

The proposed state constitutional amendment to protect Virginians from the abuse of eminent domain is the most important Virginia Constitutional amendment to limit government power before the voters in years. Ratifying it with a YES vote tomorrow will limit the size, power and scope of state and local government. A government that knows no bounds in taking property can take anything, including  the freedom to worship, to work and to live. Opponents of the amendment have made so many absurd accusations about the amendment's affects, if passed, it's hardly worth dignifying them. One, in a Washington Post editorial recently, said it would be "corporate welfare." Wrong! Corporate welfare is what we have now, with local governments taking private property on the cheap and giving it to developers to build big box stores and malls.

In the same breath, we're told by local governments that the amendment will stifle economic development, for the very reason it won't be able to provide the real corporate welfare (i.e., it won't be able to take land and turn it over cheaply to rich corporations). Isn't government supposed to be the guardian of the little guy? In fact, the best way to spur economic development is to ensure that risk takers and job creators will be able to develop and build their own businesses on their own land without the fear that one day the government will seize it for something it determines will be of better use.

Perhaps the most incredible charge is that the amendment will force higher taxes. Huh? That's a rich argument coming from local governments, which can't wait to hit its citizens with every new fee and tax it can conjure up. All of sudden, these governing bodies, which use our tax dollars as is to lobby against our interests and rights at the General Assembly, are concerned with our tax burden. They claim the amendment's just compensation clause will drive up the costs of acquiring land when a taking truly is necessary. So, what local governments are admitting is that have been cheating their citizens all these years by not paying them the true worth of their lands! In truth, this amendment will make governments choose their projects wisely, prioritize and hold down costs.

The amendment will do four things, only one of which is in the current statute — which itself can be watered down by a future General Assembly if not protected by the strength of the constitutional amendment:

1. It elevates owning property a "fundamental right" which is an elevated status of law in court. It gives the citizen more protection and the condemning authority a higher standard of proof.

2. It offers just compensation, not only for the land taken (barely covered in current Virginia law), but also compensation for lost business expenses and profit, as well as for lost access to a business in the cases where the government alters a property's entrance which causes the loss of business.

3. It allows only for the taking of such land that is needed. This prevents local governments and state agencies from taking excess land for a project and sitting on it then selling it later for a profit, leaving the landowner in the cold.

4. Most importantly, the amendment will prohibit the taking of land for anything other than a true public use — a school or a road, for example — something that the entire public needs and can use, and prohibits the taking of land to give to a private entity. It protects farmers, suburban land owners, small and family business owners, churches (which don't pay taxes and whose properties are jealously eyed by economic development departments always looking to increase tax revenue to grow government), to the inner city home owners, who too often have been victimized by displacement by redevelopment and housing authorities that think they know better what to do with the homes than the owners.

This amendment is important and fundamental to our rights. Virginia's Founders — Madison, Jefferson, Henry, Mason, Washington — enshrined property rights as a basic right of liberty to own property without fear of its confiscation by a despotic government. Unfortunately, over the decades, it's been stripped out. Here is a rare opportunity to restore our liberties and for generations to come, a chance to be a Founder of sorts.

Here are two short videos. In one, Bob Wilson, President of Central Radio in Norfolk, who is being hounded by the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority to give up his business for an Old Dominion University commercial plaza, explains the injustice of eminent domain. In the second, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, explains his support of the amendment, what it does and why its ratification Election Day is important (see Virginia Social Conservative Blog).

The Official Word

By the way, speaking of Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli certifying the new abortion center regulations earlier today, here's an interesting note: Readers may notice that we refer to the places where abortions take place as "abortion centers." The abortion industry and their supporters in the Mainstream Media for decades have softened up the image of these grisly places by referring to them as "clinics." So much so, unfortunately, that the phrase has seeped into the every day lexicon of the general public. We long ago tried to change the terminology because "clinics" are places people go to get well. Many pro-life organizations and individuals have picked up on this and now also refer to them as "centers." More and more people and new media outlets also have changed their phrasing. Anything but "clinics." It was gratifying, then, to see that the State Board of Health agrees. In its official terminology, on materials distributed to media and board members, it refers to such places as "facilities," just as it was reflected in the attorney general's memo and news release in the previous post.

At the well publicized Board of Health meeting two weeks ago, a spokesperson for the department said it another way when I asked her about it, but the premise was the same: Since these places do not treat people for sickness or injury, they are not referred to as "clinics," but rather as "facilities." Still, the Mainstream Media, which proclaims no bias or agenda, but objective reporting, swallows the abortion industry language in order to provide a false impression of what goes on at these centers — and not the official medical branding of these facilities.

What has been the refrain from the pro-abortion side throughout this entire debate? "Stick with the medicine"? Thank you. We are.

Breaking: Attorney General Cuccinelli Certifies Abortion Center Regulations

The Office of Attorney General just released this news release:

Attorney general certifies abortion facilities regulations 

RICHMOND (September 26, 2012) - Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's office sent notice today to Dr. Karen Remley, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Health, that it has certified that the Board of Health had the statutory authority under Virginia law to adopt the abortion facilities regulations it adopted at its September 14 meeting. The office also certified that the proposed regulations are constitutional and do not conflict with existing federal or state laws or regulations. A copy of the letter is here.

After executive branch review, if the governor approves the regulations, they will be published by registrar of regulations for a 60-day comment period, then they will return to the Board of Health for final consideration.

The referenced letter, dubbed a "Memorandum," on the AG's letterhead, reads as such in its entirety:

MEMORANDUM

TO: Dr. Karen Remley

Commissioner

Virginia Department of Health

FROM: Allyson K. Tysinger

Senior Assistant Attorney General/Chief

Health Services Section

DATE: September 25, 2012

SUBJECT: Regulations for Licensure of Hospitals in Virginia

12 VAC 5-410-10 et seq.

Regulations for Licensure of

12 VAC 5-412-10 et seq.

I have reviewed the proposed amendments to the Regulations for Licensure of Hospitals in Virginia, 12 VAC 5-410-10 et seq., and the proposed Regulations for Licensure of Abortion Facilities, 12 VAC 5-412-10 et seq., that were adopted by the State Board of Health on September 14, 2012. The Board has the statutory authority to adopt these Regulations under Virginia Code § 32.1-12 and § 32.1-127. The proposed Regulations are constitutional and do not conflict with existing federal or state laws or regulations.