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Historic Elections: But Why?

The results of yesterday's elections are historic in many obvious ways. Unlike 1994, Virginians participated in making that history by turning over three liberal incumbent members of the House of Representatives (see Washington Post), including a 28-year veteran previoulsy thought unbeatable, someone who hadn't had a competitive race in years. So we congratulate three friends of The Family Foundation who won their races yesterday and are on their way to Congress:

» Congressman-elect Morgan Griffith (Newsweek's The Gaggle blog), a 100 percent TFF voter as a member of the House of Delegates;

» Congressman-elect Robert Hurt (Danville Register & Bee), a 91 percent TFF voter as a member of the Virginia Senate; and

» Congressman-elect Scott Rigell (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot), a donor to our organization.

In the 11th district, liberal incumbent Gerry Connolly has a narrow lead over conservative challenger Keith Fimian, a vote likely to be recounted (Wall Street Journal Washington Wire blog). Pending that outcome, eight of Virginia's 11 Representatives are Republican. We were pleased to participate in the voter education and get-out-the-vote efforts in these districts. Some of you may have received our GOTV phone calls over the weekend.

In some ways, though, the elections went beyond politics. While the national and state media focus on Congressional outcomes, something happened a bit below the surface that is even more historic — and perhaps longer term.

For example, at least 19 state legislative bodies, including those in Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Iowa, North Carolina and Ohio flipped partisan control to Republicans (John Hood at National Review's The Corner blog and Ryan Beckwith at CQ Politics' The Eye blog). In fact, the North Carolina Legislature is Republican for the first time since 1870. The Alabama legislature is Republican for the first time since 1876.

I don't tell you that to trumpet Republicans, but because our sister family policy council organizations inform us that many of those elected yesterday support pro-family policies. These organizations ran campaigns similar to our Winning Matters 2009 program and saw pro-life, pro-family candidates win across the board. More important than simply electing people of one particular party, citizens in these states elected pro-family conservatives.

Possibly more telling, voters in Iowa defeated three Supreme Court judges instrumental in imposing homosexual marriage on that state against the will of the people via judicial fiat (New York Times). It is the first time since judges have been on the ballot in Iowa (1962) that they have been defeated on Election Day. Once again, when the issue of marriage is put to the people, traditional marriage wins.

Now, the question is, will the message sent by the voters yesterday carry over into next year's crucial Virginia Senate elections? Will party leaders get the message that motivates voters and give us candidates that are unapologetically pro-life and pro-family? Will Virginia follow the lead of other states that brought wholesale change to their legislatures? Will party leaders endorse incumbents for the sake of "party unity" or listen to the voters? Time will tell if they truly got the message.

Virginia News Stand: May 4, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations Ashcroft Envy?

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has reminded us of a move by then-U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft in 2002, who had the topless female Spirit of Justice statue covered in the Great Hall of the Department of Justice. In Mr. Cuccinelli's case, he wanted to issue a new lapel pin with a modified Seal of the Commonwealth, which features an exposed breast of the Roman goddess Virtus, that would be fully clothed. He said it is a replica of an old version of the seal. Knowing the AG's love of history, that must be true. Yet, the ensuing media racket persuaded him to revert to the standard issue. Unsurprisingly, the same people who have created this disproportionate distraction over this incredibly minor deal are the same ones hammering him for "distracting and frivolous" actions fighting the EPA and ObamaCare, though that is what he is sworn to do — uphold Virginia law. But blowing up minutia to cover for a lack of substance is never a consideration for the left.

In the News: The prayer State Police Chaplain prayer policy continues to make news, even nationally, and we're along for the ride in the three of the first four links below. The AG makes headlines for other reasons, as well. He has a 100-day review in the Richmond Times-Dispatch (where you'll find more Family Foundation quotes) and he's made more national headlines requesting — under Virginia law — documents from a former U.Va. professor who may have been involved in deceptive "science" and defrauded the commonwealth out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grant money.

In Analysis, Erica Werner of the AP may not have a job tomorrow after the White House reads her piece documenting what it says about its actions on the Gulf oil spill aren't exactly the truth. Also, according to the AP, as many as 80 Dem Congressional seats now are in play; and Marc Thiessen reports that Senator Jim Demint (R-S.C.) is leading a conservative revolution in GOP Senate primaries. In Commentary, it's Larry Kudlow on money and Star Parker on Life. If that doesn't sum it up, nothing does.

News

*McDonnell strikes a balance, conservatives rethink support (Washington Post)

*Virginia's new policy on prayer policy (Newsweek/Washington Post)

*Va. governor lifts ban on police chaplains’ sectarian prayers (Associated Baptist Press)

*Cuccinelli draws praise, derision (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

State attorney general demands ex-professor's files from University of Virginia (Washington Post)

Cuccinelli goes for a more modest version of the state seal (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

AG Cuccinelli drops new lapel pin to get away from distractions . . . (The Shad Plank Blog)

Cuccinelli ditches lapel pin with altered Virginia seal (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Cuccinelli yanks lapel pin with breast-plate-covered goddess (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Franklin County activist to head 5th District GOP (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Independent says he would run if Hurt on ballot in 5th District (Lynchburg News & Advance)

National News

Attorneys agree to block on Oklahoma abortion law (Washington Post)

Union: Va. Firm's Ads chiding Ark. Senate candidate 'racist' (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Report: Congress makes too many vague laws (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Dobson changes mind, endorses Paul for Ky. Senate (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Analysis

Virginia Attorney General goes after Mann and UVA (Anthony Watts/Watts Up With That? Blog)

Leading the charge for GOP insurgents (Marc A. Thiessen/Washington Post)

SPIN METER: There since Day One? Maybe not (Erica Werner/AP/GOPUSA.com)

GOP expands political playing field; Dems slipping (Liz Sidoti/AP/GOPUSA.com)

Commentary

The Left Loses Its Way by Abandoning 'Third Way' (Michael Barone/GOPUSA.com)

The NAACP and Abortion Politics (Star Parker/TownHall.com)

Race and Resentment (Thomas Sowell/GOPUSA.com)

Obamacon Doves vs. Hard-Money Heartland Hawks (Larry Kudlow/GOPUSA.com)

'Government is Us' (Richard Olivastro/GOPUSA.com)

Virginia News Stand: October 1, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations  It's Almost Too Sad — Too Much News, Not Enough Time

There is so much news out there . . . of course, it's campaign season, so one would expect that. But this year seems different. Different types of news, different angles. Wish I could cover it all. Looking for something you come across something even more interesting. Can I get to it all? No, and that's the one frustrating aspect of blogging. Oh well. I've bookmarked some articles I hope to get to tomorrow, particularly about how the Dems now are trashing former Governor Doug Wilder (see Washington Post) over his non-endorsement of Democrat gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds. But why trash him when, rumor has it, the DNC is already dumping Deeds? That was one thing I picked up on when searching something else (see here).

The one national story that's getting traction is a Democrat Congressman who said the GOP health care plan is to tell people to not to get sick and if they do, die quickly. Oh, yeah, the liberals are so pure, innocent and nice to play with. Please see the AP article and Bobby Eberle's commentary. Maybe we need to pray for liberals, which is what Newsweek looks at (remember, it's Newseek!). On a more uplifting note, there was a rally for school choice at the U.S. Capitol yesterday as the Washington Times documents.

News:

Race for governor: McDonnell takes swipe at Kaine (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Election 2009: Virginia Governor Election McDonnell 51% Deeds 42% (RassmussenReports.com)

Poll: Bob McDonnell pads lead over Creigh Deeds in Virginia (Politico.com)

News7 SurveyUSA poll shows frontrunners in November elections (WDBJ-TV/WDBJ7.com)

Kaine sees tougher fight, more negative tone in governor's race (Lynchburg News & Advance)

On the Wilder Side of Politics, Picking None of the Above (Washington Post)

National News:

Democrat says GOP wants sick to just 'die quickly (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Vote on health care expected mid-month (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Rallying for school vouchers (Washington Times)

Obama admin. defends official for gay advice (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Essay in military journal urges end to policy on gays (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Obama's 'Safe Schools' Czar Admits He Poorly Handled Underage Sex Case (FoxNews.com)

Commentary:

You Lie vs. You Die . . . Where's the Real Apology? (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com

Praying for Liberals (David Waters/Newsweek)

Analysis:

Democrats Win Lobbyists But Lose Basic Reforms (Michael Barone/GOPUSA.com)

SurveyUSA's Results in Virginia Will Please Republicans, But . . . (Jim Geraghty/National Review Online's the campaign spot blog)

Newsweek Endorses Adult Stem Cells Only?

That's the way it sounds. The lefty news mag has gone off the liberal reservation this week with its cover story blasting liberal TV queen Oprah Winfrey for the guests she puts on her show that spout off about medicine, health and fitness, usually without an opposing view, no matter how "crazy" (Newsweek's word) the advice given by said guests. However, there's always a however, and we're pleased to report that Newsweek did make an exception:

"Two of her longest-serving resident experts, Dr. Mehmet Oz and trainer Bob Greene, routinely offer sound, high-quality advice to Oprah and her audience on how to lose weight and improve overall health. ..." 

Remember Dr. Oz? He's the one who shocked Oprah and Michael J. Fox (see here!) with the good news that Parkinson's Disease, from which Fox suffers, will be cured in 10 years or less — but with adult stem cells, not embryonic stem cells. Fox has so adamantly campaigned for embryonic stem cell research and public funding — as the only way to cure a myriad of perplexing diseases and ailments — in Congress, in various states and for candidates who support such funding. His and Oprah's reactions that day to Dr. Oz's presentation were priceless.

It's nice to know, however unwittingly, that Newsweek has jumped on the pro-life bandwagon. Of course, while probably it would go to great lengths to protest otherwise, it can't offer Dr. Oz its stamp of approval, then say he's lost the plot on perhaps the seminal medical science issue of the day.

First Prostitutes And Porn Stars, Now W&M Hosts Child Porn Photographer

College students on spring break notoriously scram from campus this time of year to places warm in temperature and hot in activity. Televised scenes from Florida, Texas and Mexican resorts and beaches aren't always the most wholesome. The "Girls Gone Wild" videos come to mind. But if you're looking for the good times on the cheap, our very own College of William and Mary is doing its part to keep your costs down in this sour economic climate — and using parents' tuition money to do so. After all, why spend $1,275 in the classroom, for legitimate co-curricular or extra-curricular and fulfilling activities, or scholarly exhibits, when you can bring in child porn?

Naive to think tuition money should actually go to academics? What do they expect at W&M? After all, it has made the news for all the wrong reasons in recent years, as host of the infamous "Sex Workers' Art Show" (here), an exhibition that includes performances by strippers and prostitutes.

That show is about to make a return campus engagement. But now the College is complementing that smut with something called "The Century Project" which may sound academic or historic, but don't be misled.

Starting today, "The Century Project" will be on display for one week in W&M's Muscarelle Art Museum, although "art" would be a generous term. Created by a former Newsweek and Life photographer, Frank Cordelle, and invited to the College this year by a senior who herself posed nude for Mr. Cordelle when she was 17, "The Century Project" displays photographs of naked women from birth to age 94 (hence "century"). 

Many of the photographed women have been through traumatic situations including breast cancer, rape, abuse and anorexia, and pose naked for this project to somehow mentally "conquer" their past and to promote a "healthy alternative to the way in which women are represented in the media."  

Now that's an ironic touch. The media is dominated by colleagues of Mr. Cordelle who share his liberal mindset, whether news media or entertainment media. So who exactly is he blaming? Besides, it's people like Mr. Cordelle who ridicule as "backward" media and entertainment that portray women as wholesome and in traditional roles.

But Mr. Cordelle has a dual agenda, because the most disturbing aspect of "The Centruy Project" are the photographs of girls from birth to age 17, which are blatant child pornography. He rationalizes that the pictures of naked minors are not overtly sexual and thus are legal, claiming, "the entire female life cycle . . . doesn't begin at age 18" and admits that his photographs are "a valuable tool for sociopolitical purposes." 

Huh? Here's another irony: Aren't liberals supposed to be "for the children"? How is this anything but exploitative and damaging to children? Which is the brazen side here and why should parents unknowingly have their money used for an admitted political purpose? Of course it's difficult to attack such a cryptic political purpose, no matter how bizarre or exploitative. So we'd like to know what exactly about female minors imparts a political statement that he needs to display naked photos of them? What is W&M and its administration trying to say — or sanction?

First, removing the Cross from Wrenn Chapel and whitewashing history and faith, then turning the campus over to the porn industry, and now to child porn. Maybe Key West isn't the worst option this spring break after all.

Virginia News Stand: February 24, 2009

We, and our chaplain's prayer bill, are all the rage — the first four articles below report on its defeat and our reaction. There's also some breaking news in that Delegate Kenneth Melvin (D-80, Portsmouth), a 24-year House veteran, and member of the House Democrat leadership, announced he will not run for re-election. Finally, in the aftermath of the Oscars, what do people want in their movies? Newsweek has a shocking answer. Senate panel kills troopers' prayer bill (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Chaplain prayer bill killed in Virginia Senate committee (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Police prayer bill defeated in committee (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

Senate panel kills bill on prayers at state police events (Roanoke Times)

Virginia panel kills police chaplain prayer measure (Washington Times)

Web users full of money-spending ideas (Roanoke Times)

Dear Gov. Kaine: Spare Some Stimulus Cash? (Washington Post

La. Governor Took Fast Track to National Prominence (Washington Post)

Del. Kenneth Melvin of Portsmouth won't run for re-election (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Americans want movies with morals (Newsweek)

Virginia News Stand: December 8, 2008

Virginia News Stand: December 3, 2008

We had this posted a while ago, but then our host went down and the post disappeared. So, sorry for the technical problems, but that's why this is so late. Here I go, trying this again. It probably means any post of substance is delayed until tomorrow. The News Stand today is a great cross section of papers heavy with articles on the already-in-progress 2009 gubernatorial campaign that kicked off with a forum last night that included all four candidates. The rest of the articles pertain to the ever increasing state budget deficit. We also include an opinion piece concerning the Pledge of Allegiance. There's lots to mull over and consider, but unlike more conventional corner news stands, here there's never a charge. Enjoy your reading.

Va. gubernatorial hopefuls appear at Times-Dispatch (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Va. Gubernatorial Hopefuls Throw Out Their First Pitches (Washington Post)

Transportation still priority (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star

Governor's race off to early start in Richmond (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

Gubernatorial hopefuls meet for forum (Roanoke Times)

Virginia governor candidates preview race (Washington Times)

Education cuts called possible (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Virginia's budget shortfall forecast approaching $2.8B (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

Budget's shortfall expected to worsen (Roanoke Times)

Revenue losses may rise, Kaine says (Washington Times)

Grim State Budget Forecast Ups Anxiety (Washington Post)

Opinion:

It's Time to Update the Pledge (Newsweek/Washington Post)

"Pope" Pelosi Scandal Escalating

The scandal surrounding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's attempt to re-define Catholic teaching on the beginning of life and abortion continues to escalate. Today, Pelosi stuck to her guns, despite universal condemnation from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. That's right: Nancy Pelosi knows more about Church teaching than the more than 100 Catholic bishops in the United States. That makes her one thing, and one thing only: A blow hard. In a move that only cements that definition, the indelicate Madame, uh, Speaker, fired back at protesters chanting, "Drill here! Drill now!" at her energy policy news conference in Denver yesterday. Pelosi, doubtless pleased at her sense of humor, retorted:

"Drill here? Drill now? Right here? You want to drill right here? Can we drill your brain?"  

Also, doubtless, she could give a flip that many unborn babies are killed by abortionists drilling into their skulls. Madame Tone Deaf? Or Madam Heartless?

But that's not the only unwelcome greeting Pelosi has received since landing in Denver for the Democratic National Convention. Bishop Michael Sheridan of Catholic Diocese of Colorado Springs vehemently corrected her distortion of Catholic teaching on life in this statement (click here) as did Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Catholic Archdiocese of Denver and his Auxiliary Bishop, James Conley in this statement (click here). It reads in part:

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is a gifted public servant of strong convictions and many professional skills. Regrettably, knowledge of Catholic history and teaching does not seem to be one of them. ...

Of course, we now know with biological certainty exactly when human life begins. Thus, today's religious alibis for abortion and a so-called "right to choose" are nothing more than that — alibis that break radically with historic Christian and Catholic belief.

Abortion kills an unborn, developing human life. It is always gravely evil, and so are the evasions employed to justify it. Catholics who make excuses for it — whether they're famous or not — fool only themselves and abuse the fidelity of those Catholics who do sincerely seek to follow the Gospel and live their Catholic faith. (Emphasis added.)

Pelosi's own Archbishop, George Niederauer, is rumored to write on her fallacy Friday. But this, by Rick DelVecchio, was posted today at Catholic San Francisco, the archdiocese's weekly publication. Already, the archdiocese has posted the rebuke from the USCCB.

Combine this with the very visible (see Rosslyn Smith at The American Thinker) pro-life march in Denver to a Planned Parenthood facility (that the mainstream media ignored), and which included Alveda King, the niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and one must wonder if Pelosi has converted more to the pro-life cause than any judicial decision. That Newsweek published a column on the issue by George Weigel, the authoritative biographer of John Paul II, proves miracles do happen, especially during adversity. In fact, Denver is alive with pro-life activism as Larry Anderson reports here, at The American Thinker.

No matter what one believes about abortion, the purposeful misstatement of a revered institution's position has no other explanation other than to mislead out of lust for political power. If Pelosi has an honest disagreement, state it, and leave the Church. Faith is about Truth and The Truth cannot be compromised as can a political issue. Faith is dogma. Religions don't change to meet transient notions.

On the other hand, no one forces anyone to remain in a church with which they cannot agree. Pelosi owes Catholic Americans an apology, now.