The Family Foundation of Virginia and the Alliance Defense Fund will host a discussion Tuesday, April 13, on the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court Case Christian Legal Society vs. Martinez. The Court will determine whether a public university can require recognized campus Christian student organizations to have nonbelievers and persons engaged in activities contrary to the beliefs of the organizations as voting members and officers if the club receives money from the school (see more from OneNewsNow.com). Sort of like forcing someone who favors a neighborhood development into a group that opposes it. Doesn't make a lot of sense. As for the money question, it comes from student fees, so it's not really "money from the school." We'll have more after the event concludes on Tuesday. For more information, call 804-343-0010. We look forward to our continued alliance with ADF, a legal team dedicated to preserving religious liberty.
Annotations & Elucidations Virginia's own, Republican Whip Eric Cantor, makes the national headlines, again, with his rebuttal of the administration's analysis of its "stimulus" program. He says it ain't working. Speaking of money, the commonwealth is going to report more bad news tomorrow on revenue projections on which to fund the budget, which means more cuts are on the way by the DNC Chairman, Governor Tim Kaine.
As Chris wrote in the previous post, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds has yet another position on abortion. First, it wasn't going to be an issue. Then it became an issue for everyone. Now, it's one only for the poor. See the analysis by J.R. Hoeft at BearingDrift.com.
There's a lot else going on. Of course, health care, which is all consuming, it seems. But there's a new angle — the White House invasion of your e-mail. Bobby Eberle and others discuss it, as well as the thought-cop in chief, the new "Diversity Czar." Then, there's the AARP, deservedly losing members for flirting with siding with socialized medicine and rationed care for its own constituency! Plus, don't miss the always great Thomas Sowell's take on it. We also have more on the Obama Justice Department trying its best to undermine the Defense of Marriage Act in a underhanded way.
For those who think only the left knows how to generate engaged communities of activists via the new media, 600 conservative bloggers and online activists gathered in Philly last weekend at the Right Online conference. Rachel Alexander has the exciting details. We have several commentaries on the old school activism — town hall style.
Finally, our thoughts and prayers go out to American Family Association Founder Don Wildmon, who is in the hospital suffering from meningitis. He was in intensive care, but his son reports improvement.
Assembly hears the bad news tomorrow (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
Virginians Divided On Obama's Actions (Washington Post)
McDonnell pays visit to UVa, touts affordable tuition plan (Charlottesville Daily Progress)
Va. Northern Neck GOP Embraces Crabill — Again (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
2 more Republicans say they will challenge Perriello (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Obama disses marriage law as Justice defends it (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Cantor: Stimulus not working as advertised (AP/GOPUSA.com)
White House says it did not send unwanted e-mails (AP/GOPUSA.com)
AARP loses members over health care stance (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Christian leader hospitalized with meningitis (AP/OneNewsNow.com)
Deeds supports abortion for only the poor? (J.R. Hoeft/BearingDrift.com)
Say Hello to the Diversity Czar (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)
600 Pack out Right Online conference last weekend (Rachel Alexander/GOPUSA.com)
Whose Medical Decisions? (Thomas Sowell/GOPUSA.com)
From Tea Parties To The 9/12 Project, Americans Are Challenging The Government (Thomas D. Segel/GOPUSA.com)
Obama's Thought Police Invading Your Inbox (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)
Towhall Power! Americans Making A Difference (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)
Today's news leads off with what will increasingly lead the news — the gubernatorial campaign. In this case, a Public Policy Poll, which tracked the Democrat primary, has all three GOP candidates ahead: Gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell and Lt. Governor Bill Bolling both are up by six points, while Attorney General candidate, Senator Ken Cuccinelli is up by seven. The Richmond Times-Dispatch and Washington Times both report. Elsewhere, somehow Sarah Palin has become an issue for McDonnell. Is Rod Blagojevich an issue for Creigh Deeds? Today is another day where national issues and commentary are more plentiful than the state news. One report we'd like to draw your attention to has to do with the new NIH standards for embryonic stem cell research. OneNewsNow.com reports that the NIH ignored the 30,000 anti-stem cell public comments it received — out of 49,000 total — as it opened up the flood gates of embryo harvesting and sacrifice.
In Britain, meanwhile, in an attempt to reduce Europe's highest teenage pregnancy rate, the government went about teaching students how to use condoms, spending millions of pounds. Guess what? The rate doubled.
In other news worth your read, new documents link Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor to a radical leftist agenda; a well-know black pastor says President Barack Obama has no "black experience to speak of;" and, thanks to a new ministry, military chaplains are able to get audio Gospels to our troops in the field.
We've also included three Elijah Friedeman blog posts. None are long, but if you read only one, see the new television advertisemnt by Americans For Prosperity explaining the dangers of socialized medicine.
Poll: McDonnell at 49% and Deeds at 43% (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Poll: McDonnell takes lead in Va. Race (Washington Times)
Va.'s McDonnell ducks questions on Palin aid (Washington Times)
Obama's grass-roots network builds Va. staff to promote agenda (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Grogan will run against Loupassi (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Public ignored; full steam ahead for embryonic sacrifice (OneNewsNow.com)
New documents connect Sotomayor to leftist agenda (AP/OneNewsNow.com)
Soldiers getting an earful of Jesus (OneNewsNow.com)
Pastor: Obama has no 'black experience' to speak of (OneNewsNow.com)
Britain Doubles Pregnancy Rates By Teaching Girls to Have Sex (American Family Association Blog)
Anti-nationalized health care ads released (Elijah Friedeman/American Family Association Blog)
The case against government run health care (Elijah Friedeman/American Family Association Blog)
Is the media starting to turn on Obama? (Elijah Friedeman/American Family Association Blog)
Leading the news today is the LG campaign as Jody Wagner attempts to counter the obvious — that she underestimated state tax revenue when times were good (laying the pretense for Virginia's largest tax increase) and overestimated them when times were bad, necessitating budget cuts. She's not having much luck so far. Thus, as The Daily Press reports, the commonwealth prepares for yet another round of budget cuts.
A lot of the news today is national: The Alliance Defense Fund is engaged in legal battle with the FDA over the "morning after pill," state budgets have gaping holes (wasn't the "stimulus" supposed to solve that?), D.C.'s recognition of out of state homosexual-marriage now is in effect, the Obama's remain churchless months after leaving Jerry Wright's flock, and there's another push for a personhood amendment in Colorado.
We have a number of commentaries and some analysis today, as well. David Limbaugh looks at the hypocrisy of liberals who thought George W. Bush was "seizing" power, but remain silent on the absolute power grabs and usurpations of freedom by Barack Obama. Meanwhile, Matt Barber notes that Mr. Obama's massive fiscal deficit pales to his moral clarity deficit. We also have an AFA blog post about the censoring of a seventh-grader's pro-life t-shirt. Finally, in analysis, Cliff Kincaid explores the philosophical relationship between the president and Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez, while Rebecca Grace and Elizabeth Delaney (of the Norfolk Examiner, which makes its News Stand debut) each debunk a myth — on homosexuality and "global warming," respectively.
Bolling, Wagner spar on finances (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
State agencies told to prepare for more cuts (Daily Press)
Hmmm. So You Say That How? (Washington Post)
Roanoke political parties ponder futures (Roanoke Times)
Christian legal group battles FDA over 'morning after pill' (OneNewsNow.com)
States Straining To Repair Budgets (Washington Post)
Married gays see progress in D.C. (Washington Times)
'Gay marriage' law takes effect in nation's capital (AP/OneNewsNow.com)
Obama's still church homeless halfway through 2009 (AP/OneNewsNow.com)
'Personhood' pushers at it again in Colorado (OneNewsNow.com)
King Barack? (David Limbaugh/GOPUSA.com)
Obama's moral clarity deficit (Matt Barber/OneNewsNow.com)
Seventh-Grader's Pro-Life T-Shirt Censored in California (American Family Association Blog)
Leading 'Progressive' Describes Obama-Chavez Axis (Cliff Kincaid/GOPUSA.com)
Countering the lie of same-sex attractions (Rebecca Grace/OneNewsNow.com)
One world controversy (Norfolk Examiner)
Yesterday we commented on the Family Life Education reforms passed by the General Assembly last winter and signed into law by Governor Tim Kaine. Of course, there are some out there who, undoubtedly, don't think these new laws are necessary. To those, I provide this: The National Education Association, at its national convention in San Diego this week, is considering a resolution offering its full support of homosexual "marriage."
Educator and conservative activist Jeralee Smith, co-founder of the National Education Association Conservative Educators Caucus, told OneNewsNow.com today:
. . . that the executive council has approved language that will throw the full support of the NEA behind same-gender marriage, homosexual adoption, and other issues surrounding the homosexual agenda.
Not exactly what most parents expect from teachers. Most expect them to educate their children. Not indoctrinate them. If, in fact, the NEA goes on record supporting this nonsense, we will watch with a very interested eye as to how its Virginia members treat the new FLE marriage curriculum and whether the administration enforces its implementation as the law now says.
The NEA and its Virginia affiliate, the VEA, are among the biggest roadblocks to public education reform. They and their educrat allies would rather public education completely fail than change; indoctrinate rather than teach. Remember what we wrote yesterday — these FLE improvements are more reforms than laws. Now you know why they were needed.
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)
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)
Here's the get-you-ready-for-the-weekend version of the News Stand. The Times, the Times and the Times-Dispatch explore the strategies in the waning days of the Democrat gubernatorial primary: The Virginia Dems are going after each other real hard, but hard enough to create hard, stay-at-home feelings among the supporters of the eventual two losers? At the same time, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell comes out for state commissioning of charter schools. Right now, only school districts can do it, which is why there only are four in the entire Commonwealth! Norm Leahy at Tertium Quids offers a look. We also bring you Michelle Malkin's take on the media's coverage of two recent murders and, in national news, one expert discusses why former Vice President Dick Cheney is wrong in supporting same-sex marriage.
Moran goes after Democratic rivals; McDonnell backs charter schools (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Moran takes 'path to victory' in N. Va. (Washington Times)
Voters will decide if campaign attacks were effective (Roanoke Times)
Lesinski Proposes Tax Credits For Small Businesses (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)
Rutherford Institute co-founder dead at 60 (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Carol Whitehead recalled fondly (Charlottesville Daily-Progress)
Cheney's judgment 'clouded' on same-gender unions (OneNewsNow.com)
Even Darwinists doubt latest 'missing link' (OneNewsNow.com)
Did Someone Say "Charter Schools"? (Norman Leahy/Tertium Quids Blog)
Climate of hate, world of double standards (Michelle Malkin/ OneNewsNow.com)
Religious Right Not Responsible for Tiller's Death (OneNewsNowBlog.com)
Lots of campaign news today, as one might expect, as Brian Moran racks up more endorsements, and Virginia Republicans gear up for their nominating convention this weekend. But most of the big stuff concerns yesterday's California Supreme Court decision upholding that state's recently ratified constitutional amendment defining marriage as a between one man and one woman, and President Barack Obama's selection of U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court. There are several good articles and commentaries on these subjects in the National News and Commentary sections below. Also, please read Bobby Eberle's rejoinder to retired General Colin Powell regarding his campaign to minimize conservatism in the Republican Party. Finally, be sure to read about a bill one congressman has introduced that would make 2010 "The Year of the Bible" — and his co-sponsors include members of both parties, as well as Christian and Jewish members.
Virginians critique nominee (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Moran picking up local support (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
Democrats' Inside Man Steps Into Spotlight (Washington Post)
GOP hopefuls for Fralin's House seat hold forum (Roanoke Times)
McDonnell backs Mullins for chairman of state GOP (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
GOP will choose slate of state candidates this weekend (Winchester Star)
LU Democrats club to meet with Falwell today (Lynchburg News & Advance)
Calif. Ruling Shows Hurdles Remain for Gay Marriage (Washington Post)
Don't expect smooth sailing for Sotomayor (OneNewsNow.com)
For Sotomayor, discrimination case likely issue (AP/GOPUSA.com)
2010: The year of the Bible? (OneNewsNow.com)
'Empathy' in Action (Thomas Sowell/GOPUSA.com)
Sotomayor: Racial Politics and Making Policy (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)
To Gen. Powell . . . Just Where Have We Gone Too Far To The Right? (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)
Last week the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that a group of school childrenhad addressed the Henrico County School Board, saying that the state needs to change the guidelines for its sex education curriculum from abstinence-based to the model promoted by Planned Parenthood, so-called "comprehensive sex ed." Planned Parenthood Federation of America has as one of its top legislative priorities ending abstinence education in the United States. Late in 2007, it successfully convinced Governor Tim Kaine to stop accepting federal money for abstinence education, effectively ending many abstinence-centered programs in the Commonwealth.
While we would hope the idea that we should base our public policy and what is taught in sex education classes on what school age children think would be immediately dismissed by any reasonable adult, several of the Henrico school board members seemed to agree with the children — teach more sex to decrease the number of kids having sex.
The issue of what our children are taught in sex education classes ("Family Life Education"), has been controversial since the concept was introduced to public education decades ago. Adding to the controversy is the misinformation about the effectiveness of abstinence education as well as the propaganda about the ineffectiveness of "comprehensive sex ed."
Don't be fooled by what you read in the article. Where one student is quoted as saying 5 percent of parents want abstinence-based curriculum, the actual number is closer to 80 percent.
The fact is, abstinence education works. A recent study in Virginia showed that children who were taught abstinence were far more likely to postpone sexual activity than those who were not. Several national studies agree (see OneNewsNow.com, here).
It would be interesting to find out exactly what motivated students to begin carrying the sex ed banner of Planned Parenthood. While the organization is not mentioned in the article, one has to wonder if this isn't Planned Parenthood once again using our children to accomplish its agenda. After all, every time a teenage girl listens to the "safe sex" message of comprehensive sex ed and ends up pregnant, Planned Parenthood has another potential "client" knocking on its door asking about an abortion. Coincidentally, May just happens to be "Teenage Pregnancy Prevention Month" as advocated by — guess who — Planned Parenthood.
We doubt that Henrico County is the only place in Virginia where this is happening. Planned Parenthood is a well-organized, $1 billion political behemoth. Its entire purpose is more abortion more of the time and, we guess, this is a very planned, very coordinated effort. If you are the parent of a public school child, we urge you to contact your local school board representative and make sure he or she knows that you support the Commonwealth's emphasis on abstinence education.
Planned Parenthood always looks for business: "We don't need to see an ID."
Whadaya know? We lead off the news with two articles and a radio interview about TFF Action's General Assembly Report Card (click here to order, download or print). The WRVA interview marks the News Stand's first radio audio. The Charlottesville Daily Progress article is via the AP and is a little misleading when it says banning funding for embryonic stem cell research failed. It was not banned in a budget amendment, which is the vote recorded for the Report Card. But separate language, as part of another bill, did ban it. (To see more about the Report Card, click the following links for TFF Action's news release, statement and video.) In national news, California's Marriage Amendment ("Prop. 8") is under attack while a study shows abstinence education does better than so-called "comprehensive sex education," contrary to the liberal spin. Medical professionals conscience protections remain under assault by those who claim to promote "choice" and David Limbaugh offers his insights on the importance of understanding the role of abortion semantics in the public debate (we had our own take yesterday).
Finally, check out an interesting cultural item from OneNewsNow.com: Christianity may have a role in American Idol voting.
*Victoria Cobb Interview: Saturday Morning With The Lee Brothers (4:52)(WRVA-AM/LeeBrothers.com)
*Va. GOP fares best in Family Foundation scorecard (Charlottesville Daily Progress)
*Conservative group ranks regional legislators (Roanoke Times)
McAuliffe, Moran spar over support for Obama (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Moran rolls out "aging czar"; Deeds pushes energy plan (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Democratic primary: Voters won't have to wait this time (The Daily Press)
DOMA, Prop. 8 under attack in Calif. (OneNewsNow.com)
Abstinence ed 'outperforms' comprehensive sex ed (OneNewsNow.com)
The fight to preserve conscious laws (OneNewsNow.com)
Abortion Doublespeak Part Of Pattern (David Limbaugh/GOPUSA.com)
Is Christianity a factor in 'American Idol' voting? (OneNewsNow.com Blog)
The News Stand isn't the only one returning today: Looks like the missing Musketeer, Senator Creigh Deeds of Bath has finally poked his nose out in the Democrat gubernatorial primary campaign. He garners two headlines around the state today and prominent mentions elsewhere. Perhaps he's been there all along and we just didn't know it, as the Washington Post and Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star attest to the lackluster campaign thus far. But maybe Terry McAuliffe's comment on a Richmond radio station will perk things up. Dems also tell The Post they think dreariness and fatigue are what led to some Republican wins in their NoVa bastion as of late. In national news, the current governor's boss, the president, appears poised to take a page from Tim Kaine's policy book and eliminate abstinence education funding. Then there are the tales of two states and approaches to education: A California Senate committee passed what's being called "Gay Day" legislation for schools' curriculum where parents, according to one report, can't opt out their children. By contrast, Texas officials chose a prominent historian to restore basic and traditional lessons, that have slowly evaporated over the years, to its public school curriculum.
After GOP Wins, Democrats Are Worried About Fatigue (Washington Post)
Delegates urged to attend meeting (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
In the Race for Governor, a Drizzle of Ads Portends a Deluge (Washington Post)
Dems' primary appears lackluster (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
Ousted GOP chairman takes aim at 'insiders' (The Daily Press)
Deeds: Education, technology key (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
Facing uphill battle in governor's race, Deeds still presses ahead (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
McAuliffe touts green energy (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
Democrat to challenge incumbent in 6th District (Roanoke Times)
Obama would ax abstinence-only funding (OneNewsNow.com)
History scholar hopes to revamp Texas curriculum (OneNewsNow.com)
'Gay Day' Bill Passes California Senate Committee (CNSNews.com)
Looks like the the governor got a little jealous of his boss in Washington and issued his own threat assessment, which demonized several groups, as did the federal manifesto. A college professor often told us, "Never generalize. It'll get you in trouble some day." Some never learn from even the most basic of life lessons. The report knocked the gubernatorial campaign off the radar a bit, which probably didn't win Governor Kaine any thanks from his would-be Democrat successors. But below we have some reports on the increasing acrimony of the Dem candidates toward each other. Are they a threat to anyone (other than the taxpayer)? But the Kaine administration report is very appropriately timed as people increasingly are concerned about the total takeover and make over of the country by the Obama administration, and you dare note complain. For example, read about how the very 1984 so-called "hate crimes" bill looks destined to get ram-rodded through the House, and possibly into law. Sandy Rios writes in detail about the totality of the liberals' grand scheme.
The Miss USA debacle continues to be discussed. Andrew Breitbart has a blunt commentary about the viciousness of homosexual activists who are anything but the tolerant they say they are, or who want anything but the tolerance they say they seek. Meanwhile, a pro-life leader, herself a former Miss Delaware, says she's proud of Miss California, Carrie Prejean (who attends a Christian college). We also have an article and video of D.C. ministers rallying in favor of traditional marriage and against same-sex marriage, which the D.C. government is contemplating.
Lastly, the much publicized polling that says evangelical Christians are all of a sudden tree-hugging-greenies has been debunked. A study of the phrasing of the questions proves they were designed to provoke answers to fit the pre-conceived template of the organization sponsoring the poll.
Admin's note: The News Stand may be intermittent the next 10 days or so as the Communications Department, who compiles the articles that make up much of the News Stand, takes a well-deserved vacation.
Kaine orders investigation of report on terrorism threats (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
State terrorism report concerns university officials, rights watchdogs (The Daily Press)
Va. Democrats debate words vs. actions (Washington Times)
Democrats' Digs Deepen as Forums Continue (Washington Post)
Major Front in Va. Race Is Online (Washington Post)
'Hate crimes' bill likely to pass House, thanks to Dems (OneNewsNow.com)
Climate-change report on evangelicals debunked (OneNewsNow.com)
Pro-life leader proud of Miss California (OneNewsNow.com)
We're here, we're queer and we're hypocrites (Andrew Breitbart/Washington Times)
American Left attempts a bloodless coup (Sandy Rios/OneNewsNow.com)
Ministers Lead Protest of D.C. Legislation (Washington Post)
What's great about the Internet is even when it's a slow news day, you can always find something. We even have two News Stand firsts: A double feature video section and we cite ourselves. Today's state news is thin in number but meaty in content. On a subject we will comment on soon enough, Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell takes a public stand on his Alma Mater conferring an honorary doctorate to the nation's most ardent pro-abortion on demand president, ever. As it turns out, his most pro-abortion-ever HHS secretary nominee was confirmed today in the midst of still more alleged impropriety. Meanwhile, Brian Moran's Democrat primary campaign got a boost from homosexual activists, Creigh Deeds' relationship with defense firms is reviewed, the Dems lose a N.Va. House challenger, and home-schooled college students make a film about Roe v. Wade.
If that's not enough, when things even look slow, we can rely on OneNewsNow for a supply of national news the MSM gladly overlooks. For example, we have a must-see video of Planned Parenthood getting busted — again! — hiding a potential statutory rape, so as to procure an abortion "client." This is the fifth time a PP abortion center has been caught on tape doing this. Read about it and see it for yourself. It's all below.
McDonnell opposes Notre Dame degree for Obama (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Gay and lesbian Democratic group backs Moran's bid for governor(Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Deeds Solicited Defense Firms (Washington Post)
Democrat Drops Out of Delegate Race (Washington Post)
Homeschoolers release 'Roe v. Wade' movie (OneNewsNow.com)
Sebelius has 'integrity issue' (OneNewsNow.com)
'Poor science' undergirds new stem cell regs (OneNewsNow.com)
Memphis abortion center exposed for hiding statutory rape (OneNewsNow.com)
Latest Planned Parenthood Cover-Up (OneNewsNowBlog.com/YouTube.com)
On Same-Sex Marriage: Deeds Flip-Flops, Moran Just Flops, And T-Mac Sounds Vaguely Sensible (Familyfoundationblog.com/YouTube)
Tomorrow is the big day across Virginia and America. Hundreds of Tax Day Tea Parties are going on and millions are expected to attend. Kind of makes today's news tame by comparison. That does raise a question, though: How will the Mainstream Media cover these Tea Parties, if at all? Look for the angry, right-wing wacko slant, especially from the national media. As for today, Democrat gubernatorial candidate T-Mac offers the quadrennial liberal bow and scrape to the teachers' union, while one of his primary opponents, Senator Creigh Deeds of Bath, outlines a plan to make higher ed more affordable. Meanwhile, House races are heating up in Hampton Roads and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell reports on his fundraising as a new ad is launched targeting him.
Nationally, the Kansas abortionist George Tiller may have walked in his trial, but his legal troubles aren't over; a new "hate crimes" bill in Congress would stifle pastors' free speech; and if you think Virginia Republicans have chairman trouble, wait to you read what the Massachusetts chair told a homosexual publication. (Hint: She's not into the culture wars.)
Finally, please read why Star Parker thinks Christian conservatism, contrary to its proclaimed demise by national pundits, is only getting started. Stay dry today and we'll see you tomorrow. Bring the tea.
McAuliffe wants to give teachers a raise, help with loans (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Deeds unveils plan to make college more affordable (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
NBC's Andrea Mitchell to moderate Va. Democrats' debate (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
McDonnell reports fundraising for gubernatorial race (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
TV Ad Evokes Va. Tech to Challenge McDonnell on Gun Sales (Washington Post)
House of Delegates campaigns shaping up in Hampton Roads (The Daily Press)
Kaine takes up for Virginia's jobless (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Va. Lawmakers Split on What's Best for Workers, Employers (Washington Post)
Mass. GOP leader 'insults' conservative Republicans (OneNewsNow.com)
Clergy in the crosshairs (OneNewsNow.com)
Tiller's legal troubles not over yet (OneNewsNow.com)
Christian conservatism just getting started (OneNewsNow.com)
It's April so that means three things in Virgilankingnia politics: Veto Session, Shad Planking and campaigns in full swing. They usually coincide to some (or large) degree. But there's something different this year: Gubernatorial candidate Senator Creigh Deeds (D-25, Bath) is avoiding the Shad Planking. That's almost unheard of for a statewide candidate. Who knows? If he wins the governorship, maybe it'll start a trend. Meanwhile, Governor Tim Kaine faces veto override threats on several bills, including those dealing with the death penalty and accepting strings-attached "stimulus" money for extended unemployment insurance — paid for by tax increases on business, since the fees it pays into that program fund it.
In another state's news that may have national implications, Iowans are fighting back against the edict by its supreme court inventing a "right" to same-sex "marriage." Also, Newt Gingrich talks, albeit briefly, about his conversion to Catholicism. Finally, check out one legal organization's unique avenue to challenge the federal bailout to AIG.
Kaine's vetoes facing his foes (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
Deeds Will Not Speak At Shad Planking (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
Big money flows to Virginia race for governor (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Deeds files petitions for Virginia governor's race (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
McDonnell calls for unity after leading ouster of party chairman (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Rejected GOP Chief To Run Again in Va. (Washington Post)
Battle over bingo laws in Va. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Conservative Iowans fight to preserve traditional (OneNewsNow.com)
Does AIG Bailout Violate Establishment Cause? (OneNewsNow.com)
Gingrich tight-lipped on Catholic conversion (OneNewsNow.com)
Topping the news today is the Iowa Supreme Court's decision to void that state's same-sex marriage ban. We'll have a little more to say in a subsequent post. Topping the political news is the confirmation by Senator Ken Stolle (R-8, Virginia Beach) of the speculation that he will run for Virginia Beach sheriff this year. What came as a surprise was his announcement that he suffers from Parkinson's Disease. We'll also comment on his political decision in a subsequent post. We can't go too far without tooting our horn: Two national news organizations mention us and our role in the successful effort to get the benefits of marriage taught as part of Virginia public schools' Family Life Education curriculum (see here). Those stories top the news section.
A few interesting others to point out: The commentary on "spineless" pastors who won't speak out on the major cultural issues of the day; and articles about a bill in Congress that would prohibit abortion based on sex and race; how churches are doing more charitable work now than ever — for non-parishioners; and how financial supporters to the California Marriage Amendment campaign are getting targeted . . . ah, yes . . . yet more tolerance in the Age of Obama.
*Virginia Gov. Approves Law Requiring Schools to Teach Benefits of Marriage (The Christian Post.com)
*Virginia To Teach Students Benefits of Marriage (OneNewsNow.com Blog)
Stolle confirms he'll run for sheriff, says he has Parkinson's (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
VDOT bonuses, salary increases assailed, defended (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
'More toll roads,' says Va. House speaker (Washington Times)
State's Economic Problems Emerge as Major Force in Campaign(Washington Post)
Huckabee and McAuliffe in war of words (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Gubernatorial hopeful McAuliffe calls for a payday-lending ban; other Democrats follow suit (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
State GOP chairman faces crucial party showdown (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Iowa court: Ban on same-sex 'marriage' unconstitutional(OneNewsNow.com)
Prop. 8 supporters persecuted for donations (OneNewsNow.com)
Abortion based on race, gender labeled 'barbaric' (OneNewsNow.com)
Churches Do More Good Now Than Ever (OneNewsNow.com Blog)
Bill Lets Moms-To-Be Kill To Save Baby (KOCO-TV)
The silent, spineless clergy (OneNewsNow.com)
The News Stand doesn't have a large inventory today, but what we have is interesting as usual. The gubernatorial campaign is rolling along with Bob McDonnell and Terry McAuliffe continuing to get the headlines. Where are Creigh Deeds and Brian Moran? It's enough to prompt House Republican Whip Eric Cantor to call it for T-Mac already. Meanwhile, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich sounds the warning on President Obama's war on churches and charities, squeezing them out in favor of a care-for-all, omnipresent government. Speaking of McDonnell, he's promised to run the most technologically savvy campaign in Virginia history. It's a hard lesson Republicans have learned from Democrats who have outpaced them by far in use of the Internet via social networking and the like. But according to Rachel Alexander, there is a conservative tech revolution going on.
Speaking of revolutions, do they have tea or corn parties in Iowa? For all those gearing up for the various Virginia tea parties on April 15, you might want to read and view what went on in Iowa's legislature recently, where the Democrat House Speaker, Pat Murphy, tossed out taxpayers opposed to his tax increase plan. Ah, yes. Freedom of speech in the Age of Obama!
McDonnell pledges support for business during campaign stop (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)
McDonnell's gubernatorial campaign makes local stop (Winchester Star)
McAuliffe's Fundraising: High-Dollar, High-Mileage (Washington Post)
Does Cantor Really Think McAuliffe Wins? (TertiumQuids.com)
Web 2.0 and the New Conservative Revolution (GOPUSA.com)
Obama's 'war against churches and charities' (OneNewsNow.com)
When the American Tax Payer Becomes a Nuissance (GetLiberty.org)
Taxpayers Kicked Out Of Capitol During Tax Debate — Iowa (YouTube.com/KCCI-TV)
This isn't an April fools joke. Governor Time Kaine is getting something horrible from NARAL and Planned Parenthood for signing the Choose Life license plate bill. That's making news all over the place, especially since he's DNC chairman. The OneNewsNow Blog has some reporting on it. Funny how the bill got its moniker and how the Mainstream Media is all agog over it. It's an omnibus bill, with provisions for dozens of specialty license plates. Speaking of the pro-Life debate, the Wall Street Journal reports that it's moved online. Funny, the reporter didn't contact me. Also of keen interest, the Alliance Defense Fund is looking into tax harrassment of churches. Enjoy your news.
Frederick revises House campaign finance report (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
McDonnell Bid Comes To 'Burg (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)
Candidates for governor traveling through state (Winchester Star)
Home-schoolers happy to grow and learn together (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Facing Tough Washington Climate, Abortion Foes Move Debate Online (Wall Street Journal)
Churches being targeted by tax collectors (OneNewsNow.com)
Virginia Governor Approves Choose Life Plates (OneNewsNow.com Blog)