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Video Voter Guide, Right Here! Plus, TFF Action's New YouTube Channel!

TFF Action, our sister organization, has published its 2009 Voter Guides, which list the positions of the candidates for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general on crucial issues facing all Virginians, as well as those running for certain seats in the House of Delegates. You can read them online here, as well as print and distribute or forward them electronically. You can also get hard copies by calling John Smith at 804-343-0010 or by e-mailing him at john@familyfoundation.org. While it compiled the Voter Guides, TFF Action also launched our latest Internet site — its own YouTube channel — and its first hit is this video voter guide:

The candidates and the issues: Who supports and opposes what?

The issues facing Virginia this year are monumental. The election may be a turning point not only for Virginia, but the nation. The eyes of the country are on us — and the message Virginia sends in two weeks will either validate the efforts of those in power in Washington, D.C., or send them a message and prepare the way for a reversal of trends in 2010. Inform yourself. Inform others. Share this information and this link with those on your e-mail lists, post it on social networking sites, and consider ordering the Voter Guides for distribution to your church.

Virginia News Stand: April 2, 2009

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!

News:

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)

Ex-Lobbyist, Kaine Brother-in-Law, Among 4 Proposed For U.S. Attorney(Washington Post)

Analysis:

Web 2.0 and the New Conservative Revolution (GOPUSA.com)

National News:

Obama's 'war against churches and charities' (OneNewsNow.com)

When the American Tax Payer Becomes a Nuissance (GetLiberty.org)

Video:

Taxpayers Kicked Out Of Capitol During Tax Debate — Iowa (YouTube.com/KCCI-TV)

Social Networks And TFF

Social networking was one of the absolute strengths of Barack Obama's campaign for president. Understanding the new ways that the next generation communicates was key to his ability to reach and mobilize younger voters like no candidate in history. Using tools like Facebook (register for TFF page), MySpace, YouTube (see TFF page) and Twitter (see TFF page) is critical to getting a message out and, frankly, bypassing some in the Mainstream Media who can be antagonistic to our efforts.

The Family Foundation is joining this new media revolution once again. In 2007 we launched familyfoundation.org, which quickly became one of the most read political blogs in Virginia. 

Now, we are pleased to announce we are accelerating our move into the New Media. We have started Facebook and YouTube pages and are offering Twitter updates during the 2009 General Assembly Session (click on the links above to register).

Twitter is an opportunity for you to receive short, concise minute-by-minute updates of what is happening in the General Assembly. You won't have to wait for the "News at Six," or even for a more detailed blog update (which, by the way, we will also provide — faster than any other blog in Virginia).

You will hear the latest Dick Saslaw "foot-in-mouth" incident while the words are still hanging in the air! You will know the votes before they are recorded by the committee staff. You will hear the inside of the inside of the debate, political maneuvering and policymaking.

All in 140 words or less (wow, that is a big challenge).

To sign up for our "Tweets," simply click here.

Also, join the Friends of The Family Foundation Facebook Page. This is another place where you can network with other like-minded citizens. If you don't have your own Facebook page, you must register first (click here or above).

Perhpaps the most fun, especially for those who thrive on information and news, especially that which isn't covered by the Mainstream Media, is YouTube. There's no registeration involved. Simply click here (or above) to go to our new YouTube page and see videos by and about The Family Foundation and issues we work hard to advance. We already have several more to add, which we will do soon. We guarantee this will be a robust page, augmented by this blog. (If you haven't noticed, we like posting videos here, so the two sites are natural complements.)

We also plan to videotape 2009 General Assembly committee debates and then make relevant portions available here and on our YouTube page (we have our own videotaping capabilities now). This way you can watch, listen and see for yourself some of the things our opposition says and does, but which rarely gets reported. As they say, "If only more people knew." We aim to make sure more people will.

All of this effort is to ensure that you are a more informed citizen, and thus better prepared when you contact your legislators and when you vote. We hope you will be part of our new media and social networking efforts. A more connected grassroots via networking gets the word on events and news faster from blogs and YouTube, and soon, the public at large knows and the MSM can't ignore the story anymore.

We look forward to providing more opportunities like these to keep you instantly informed and active in your government and its policies that affect you and your families.