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Virginia News Stand: July 1, 2009

Happy New Year! You're asking, "What?" Today, my friends, is Virginia's New Year's Day, when the budget for the fiscal year and new laws take effect. Many headlines, predictably, are about the news laws. Not only are many of the 800-plus new laws mundane, but they overshadow what might be a huge campaign issue: What to do with VITA and Northrop Grumman? The Richmond Times-Dispatch today reports that state government has reversed itself and is calling for NG to do some 'splainin' and demanded answers and remedies for serious breakdowns in its delivery of IT services to the commonwealth, and threatened legal action. This is becoming a bigger mess by the day, and will only morph from big to gigantic. The reader comments below the article are telling. One wonders if Governor Tim Kaine is aware or is he's in Miami or Kansas City or Los Angeles working on his night job. 

Other than that, most of the news is out of state: Our neighbors to the north are giving homosexual couples a tax break, while our neighbors to the south are mum on a homosexual rape of a minor black boy by a male Duke professor. It is in stark contrast to the presumption of guilt by its administration toward four lacrosse players a few years ago when they were accused of raping a black woman. Another example of politically correct intolerance and corruption infesting our campuses.

Meanwhile, a black minister and former NFL star says there is "no truth" at all in the pandering speech President Barack Obama gave earlier this week to homosexual activists. Throwing yet another bone to the homosexual lobby, the president is not appealing a $500,000 discrimination ruling in favor of a transsexual against the Library of Congress. After all, it's only tax money. More of that everywhere. As for the principle of it all. ... What?


State accuses Northrop Grumman of breach (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Many new state laws are in effect today (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

New Laws Tackle Land, Gun Rights (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)

Prohibition On Texting By Drivers Starts in Va. (Washington Post)

National News:

New Md. tax law gives gay couples a break (Washington Times)

Term Saw High Court Move to The Right (Washington Post)

Duke's homosexual rape case elicits silence (OneNewsNow.com)

'No truth' in Obama's speech before homosexuals (OneNewsNow.com)

Obama White House not appealing transgender ruling (AP/OneNewsNow.com)

Five City "How Would Jesus Vote?" Tour In Richmond Saturday

The five city national "How Would Jesus Vote Tour" will kick off in Richmond this Saturday, June 14. We hope you will think about registering and attending.

Inaugurated by Advance Church during the 2004 presidential election, and in partnership with Wellington Boone Ministries, the HWJV Tour is a series of public discussion forums designed to give Christians across the theological and political spectrum an opportunity to weigh in together on which facts should guide their voting process during the upcoming elections. 

HWJV Richmond will take place from 6:45-9:00 p.m. at Virginia Commonwealth University Commons Theater, 907 Floyd Avenue. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. The forums are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Click here, at www.hwjvtour.com, to register. 

Confirmed speakers for HWJV Richmond include Bishop Wellington Boone of Wellington Boone Ministries, Reverend Ben Campbell of Richmond Hill, Stephen McDowell of the Providence Foundation, and Star Parker of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education.

HWJV Richmond is presented by the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education, Manna Christian Fellowship, and Brooks Financial Services.

After Richmond, the HWJV Tour will continue in Atlanta on July 26, Dallas on August 30, and Los Angeles on September 27. The HWJV Tour will wrap up on October 18 with a final forum in the nation's capital. For further information about the HWJV Tour, including event details, panelist biographies, and registration information, please visit www.hwjvtour.com, or click here.