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Virginia News Stand: May 24, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations Aloha!

Over the weekend, in a special election in a district that has not voted for a Republican in 20 years, in a state that has only sent three people to Washington, D.C., (and one of those was when it first became a state), that went for Barack Obama with 70 percent of the vote, and the district in which he was born and raised, a Republican won with 40 percent of the vote in a 12-candidate field. Two big name Democrats split the vote, to be sure, but one says enough of his supporters will vote GOP in November because the party is too far to the left — even by Hawaii's standards! What does that tell you? Coincidentally, if you haven't, check out this post from last week, where a reader from Hawaii left a couple of comments about the situation there. Aloha!

News

Bob McDonnell in Va.: From Conservative to Pragmatist (Time)

Prayer at state police service mentions Jesus, other faiths (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Chaplain invokes Christ at ceremony for fallen troopers (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Hundreds of area faithful celebrate power of prayer (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

Va. attorney general off to rocky start with state colleges (Washington Post)

Too many candidates may spoil tea-party impact (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Governor’s Cabinet earns less than local deputies (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Va. state Sen. Hurt bolsters position in GOP race to oust Rep. Perriello (Washington Post)

Griffith nominated in 9th District to run against Boucher (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Griffith picked to run in 9th (Roanoke Times)

He's now a she and wants to serve the VFW as a woman (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

National News

Obama seeks to force votes on spending cuts (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Blumenthal apologizes for claims that he served in Vietnam (AP/GOPUSA.com)

New Hawaii congressman hopes for quick swearing-in (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Obama says US must shape new world order (AP/GOPUSA.com)

New financial rules might not prevent next crisis (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Analysis

The Gathering Revolt Against Government Spending (Michael Barone/GOPUSA.com)

Obama's big wins on bills may not help Democrats (Tom Raum/AP/GOPUSA.com)

Commentary

Global Governance is Here! (Henry Lamb/GOPUSA.com)

More Beautiful Intolerance (Doug Patton/GOPUSA.com)

Rand Paul's Libertarian Achilles' Heel (Cliff Kincaid/GOPUSA.com)

Blacks Must Solve Their Own Problems (Star Parker/GOPUSA.com)

Hey, San Fran! How about boycotting California first! (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

Virginia News Stand: May 10, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations And They Say Nothing Happens On Monday

Virginia news is pretty slack today, but we are mentioned yet again in the media, this time by Washington Jewish Week, about the state police chaplain prayer policy. People can't seem to stop writing about us. It's because we are making an impact and — to the shock of a startled elite — social conservatism is not out of favor with Americans.

Except for those here watching over the impending European implosion, the major news nationally deals with a Supreme Court nominee and one who will vote to confirm her. President Barack Obama selected Solicitor General Elena Kagan to fill the spot of retiring Justice John Paul Stevens. Meanwhile, one who will vote to confirm her, U.S. Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah), didn't even qualify for his party's primary ballot, the first Tea Party scalp this year. Infiltrating a Republican nomination process may sound predictable, and cheered by liberals who think GOP divisions may stave their pending November doom, but you may be surprised at the next incumbent Tea Party scalp in the queue: Democrat Representative Allan Mollohan (D-W.Va.), a senior appropriator, who has a primary challenge from a state senator gaining traction because of Rep. Mollohan's pork barrelling ear marks and questionable ethics. 

Finally, the health care law has come up short. Already. Again! According to the AP, that guaranteed "kid" coverage (up to age 26!) has run into a snag. Government efficiency and liberal utopia at its best.

News

*Virginia prayer reversal blasted (Washington Jewish Week)

Police chaplains wary of Va. program (Washington Post)

Effort to shrink Virginia government isn't new (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

McDonnell reform commission chairman pick sparks protest (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

1st District GOP candidate: Lawmakers guilty of treason (Woodbridge/Manassas News & Messenger)

McDonnell backs O'Brien in Northern Virginia Senate primary (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

Saxman now a lobbyist (Staunton News Leader)

National News

Obama Nominates Kagan to Seat on Supreme Court (Wall Street Journal)

Conservatives Note Kagan’s Anti-Military Views, Lack of Judicial Experience (CNSNews.com)

Federal Reserve opens credit line to Europe (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Premiums may undermine coverage guarantee for kids (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Anti-incumbent mood challenge to veteran Democrat (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Conservatives focus on KY following Bennett defeat in Utah (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Analysis

Supreme Court Nominee Elena Kagan (Ed Whelan/National Review's The Corner Blog)

The Great Disentangling Has Begun: What Bob Bennett’s Defeat Means and Does Not (Erick Erickson/RedState.com)

Commentary

Will America Follow Greece? (Star Parker/GOPUSA.com)

Arizona Law Also Happens To Be Good Politics (Debra Saunders/GOPUSA.com)

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: April 26, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations 100 Day Review

Much of the state news today is about the "first 100 days" and how the new Gov did during them. He even grades himself in a Richmond Times-Dispatch op-ed yesterday. Also in News, if you didn't see it in a previous post, is an interview with Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb on Richmond's WTVR-TV/CBS6 about the General Assembly's approval of the landmark budget amendment restricting taxpayer funded elective abortions.

In National News, President Obama pays a visit to Pastor Billy Graham even as his Pentagon revokes an invitation to his son Franklin Graham to speak at a National Day of Prayer event there. Meanwhile, Sarah Palin raises money behind enemy lines, but the wind may have already dissipated from the GOP's sails in Massachusetts. In Analysis and Commentary, Michael Barone examines the VAT, Paul A. Ibbetson looks at Barack Obama as King George III, and Debra Saunders details the extreme left-wing views of judicial nominee Goodwin Liu who, during his confirmation hearing, attempted to pull an Obama — What me? An extremist? Oh, my past, that little thing. He's young and a minority and the parallels are remarkable.

News

*Abortion amendment passes (Video 2:36) (CBS6/WTVR.com)

Mixed reviews for McDonnell’s first 100 days (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

McDonnell's first 100 days: Trip-ups, but more triumphs (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

McDonnell reflects on early days in office (Roanoke Times)

Secretary chases goals of governor (Roanoke Times)

Summing up the state budget: what amendments mean (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

McDonnell urges respect for civil liberties in enforcement of immigration laws (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Family Research Council and Republican Liberty Caucus endorse in the 5th (BearingDrift.com)

National News

Climate bill placed on hold over Senate dispute (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Shelby: No deal on financial overhaul before vote (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Health care law's unfinished business: cost curbs (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Obama visits Pastor Billy Graham (AP/GOPUSA.com

Palin raises money for GOP in liberal Oregon town (AP/GOPUSA.com

Despite Kennedy loss, Coakley has no GOP opponent (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Analysis

Hold the VAT (Michael Barone/GOPUSA.com)

Commentary

Significant Accomplishments in 100 Days (Bob McDonnell/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Defining the Political Divide (Star Parker/GOPUSA.com)

Barack Obama: Another Grasp at the Crown? (Paul A. Ibbetson/GOPUSA.com)

My Last Goodwin Liu Column — I Really Hope (Debra Saunders/GOPUSA.com)

Philip Dru Obama (Henry Lamb/GOPUSA.com)

Virginia News Stand: April 20, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations Travel Plans, Conservative Media And Scary Sonia

The buzz around Capitol Square today is all about Europe — as in stranded travellers there trying to get back here. Among them, one Lt. Governor Bill Bolling, who is to preside over the Virginia Senate in tomorrow's reconvened General Assembly session (aka, "Veto Session"). There may very well be several tie votes and, at this point, it looks like he won't be there to break them. Ties kill bills or amendments. It's always something when it comes to the General Assembly, although no one seems to remember anything like this.

Nationally, a new conservative television network is about to launch and there are implications for NBC and its propaganda News Division and its whining, scratching ugly step child MSNBC. See Carl Franzen of AOLNews in Analysis. However, the big news was yesterday's hearing at the Supreme Court in the Christian Legal Society case. I especially point that out to you because, if reading is believing, maybe you can see why Justice Sonia Sotomayor is every bit the unqualified jurist her critics portrayed her. It's more than just a little bit scary. Of course, never miss our all-stars: Among them today, Thomas Sowell, Michael Barone and Debra Saunders.

News

Fight brewing over McDonnell health care cuts (Washington Post)

Bolling grounded in Italy by volcano ash (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Bolling stranded in Italy, likely to miss Wednesday's reconvene legislative session (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

Virginia State Police told to back governor's plans (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Chesterfield optometrist to run for Nixon’s seat in House of Delegates (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Analysis

Right-Wing RightNetwork Already Causing a Stir (Carl Franzen/AOLNews.com)

National

Court splits sharply on campus Christian argument (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Divorce dilemma: Texas says gays can’t get divorce (AP/Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Obama says Boxer could lose if Dems don't work (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Palin set to take stand in Tenn. hacking trial (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Ignoring DC pressure, Crist mulls independent run (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Commentary

Using the Oklahoma City Bombing (Debra Saunders/GOPUSA.com)

The Limits of Power (Thomas Sowell/GOPUSA.com)

Tea Partiers Fight Obama's Culture of Dependence (Michael Barone/GOPUSA.com)

Two Views in Conflict (Star Parker/GOPUSA.com)

Virginia News Stand: March 22, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations Day One Of Amerika? Or The First Day Of Revolution Two?

The News Stand has returned. Forgive us for its absence, but a little thing called General Assembly session kind of got in the way. Our Communications Department was kind of preoccupied. Today, of course, is quite the time to return. There's not much to add to the major news story of our time — the federal government's takeover of our health care system. We have some excellent commentary below. But I do want to add one ironic historical note, a reminder from our friend Norman Leahy at Tertium Quids: Today is the day in 1765 that the British Parliament passed The Stamp Act. We all know what that precipitated. Started here in Virginia, too. Parallels?

News

McDonnell to soon name panels on jobs, government reform, higher education (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Danville debate draws 7 who hope to challenge Perriello (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Democrats to gather in Richmond for low-key Jefferson-Jackson dinner (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

Cuccinelli says Va. will sue over health-care bill (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

National News

Abortion compromise doesn't satisfy critics (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Insurers, doctor-owned hospitals get late help (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Commentary

American People Say 'No' While Democrats Say 'Yes We Can' (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

Health Plan Means Bigger Deficits and Higher Taxes (Michael Barrone/GOPUSA.com)

The Goal is Control (Henry Lamb/GOPUSA.com)

Doctors and Health Care Reform (Harris Sherline/GOPUSA.com)

'Don't Tread On Me' Was More Than A Slogan (Thomas D. Segel/GOPUSA.com)

The 'Historic' Health Care Bill that Americans Don't Want (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

Ok . . . Let's Get Serious About Cutting Spending (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

Unions, Public Schools and Minority Kids (Star Parker/GOPUSA.com)

Virginia News Stand: November 30, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations Back From Break

The four day Thanksgiving break is universally good for everyone. With so many events converging in November, it's good to hit the breaks, take a rest, then gear up for the non-stop onslaught that is December (Christmas season and preparing for the General Assembly) and January and February (which is all General Assembly all the time).

One wouldn't think there'd be much news over the break, but there is. The Richmond Times-Dispatch profiles Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli, who is ready and eager for his new job (to the horrors of liberals). Virginia's financial woes continue to make news as the commonwealth borrows more to meet its unemployment insurance obligations, but it may just yet reap a windfall (see the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot and Washington Post, respectively). Speaking of the GA, ethics reform will be big this year, per The Daily Press. Speaking of ethics, the State Board of Elections is demanding some answers this week from a group that wanted to mail you information about your neighbors voting habits. Only certain people can obtain Voter Vault lists, such as elected officials, so the supplier (or willing supplier) to the Know Campaign is a case for the curious. The Virginian-Pilot has the details. In some good news, because we believe the more people can understand that the Founding Fathers intended America as a land of limited government and religious liberty, it's now easier than ever to read their words as they wrote them (see the T-D).

Nationally, more fallout from the leaked e-mails documenting the "global warming" hoax, the GOP looks for more orthodoxy, a boycott of Gap and Old Navy ends, a Hollywood superstar calls President Obama a "socialist," while said POTUS leaves out God in his Thanksgiving proclamation. Finally, speaking of Hollywood, the latest "feel good movie of the year," Blind Side, has some troubling aspects about public education and government influence on families that shouldn't go unnoticed, as writes Star Parker. Whoa! Told you it's full steam ahead. Hope the break got you ready for what's coming at us.

News:

Cuccinelli digs in to set course for AG's office (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

GOP to hold firehouse primaries for both open Senate seats (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

Va. to borrow $1.26 billion for depleted unemployment funds (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

U.S. sitting on $17 billion in unclaimed war bonds (Washington Post)

Lawmakers expect focus on ethics reform in wake of Phil Hamilton (The Daily Press)

Officials tell nonprofit to reveal voter history data source (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Founding Fathers' papers go online (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

National News:

Global-warming data sets 'simply made up' (OneNewsNow.com)

Divided Senate opens health care debate (AP/OneNewsNow.com)

GOP purity test proposed (OneNewsNow.com)

AFA ends boycott of Gap, Old Navy: Best Buy and Dick's Sporting Goods make AFA's "Naughty" list (American Family Association)

Commentary:

Obama Doesn't Use 'God' in Thanksgiving Proclamation (Bryan Fischer/Focal Point Right, Rightly Concerned Blog

Angelina Jolie Thinks Obama Is A Socialist (Elijah Friedeman/The Millennial Perspective, Rightly Concerned Blog)

Obama invites a nightmare (Peter Heck/OneNewsNow.com)

'The Blide Side' should trouble as well as inspire (Star Parker/OneNewsNow.com)

So Much For Obama's Pledge to Remove the Influence of Lobbyists (Bryan Fischer/Focal Point Right, Rightly Concerned Blog

Virginia News Stand: November 23, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations Will Dave Marsden's Quick Move Move Him To The Senate Or Backfire?

News in the two Virginia Senate special elections is heating up. In the 37th district, which is open due to the election of Attorney General-elect Ken Cuccinelli, Democrat Delegate Dave Marsden is being pressured to resign his House seat now that he is officially campaigning for the Senate. The reason: If elected, he will leave the 41 district delegate-less in the House for a good portion of the 2010 General Assembly while yet another special election is called. Marsden refuses, but there is another twist: Marsden doesn't live in the Senate district, so he is taking a room in the home of a supporter who lives in an overlapping  precinct. It gives new meaning to carpetbagging. It may solve (cheesily) the technical residency requirement, but it's brazenness may alienate voters.

In Commentary, Thomas D. Segel looks at a doctor shortage that will get worse under Obamacare, Star Parker writes about D.C.'s new homosexual friendly city council, and Henry Lamb weighs in on property rights. Meanwhile, the AP's Tom Raum analyzes the Federal Reserve's massive liquidity policies that are cheapening the dollar and sinking the economy further, faster.

News:

Kaine: 'Not out of the woods yet' on economy (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Officials seek ways to deal with budget shortfall (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

GOP asks Marsden to resign House seat (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

Health care divides Senate hopefuls at GOP forum (Norfolk Virginian-Pliot)

8th Senate District GOP primary may go nasty — and quick (BearingDrift.com)

National News:

FBI: More anti-religious, anti-gay hate crimes reported (AP/Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Schumer: Dems ready to go-it-alone on health care (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Senate Democrats at odds over health care bill (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Mammogram guidelines spark debate over health bill (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Palin dines, prays with Rev. Billy Graham in NC (AP/GOPUSA.com)

RI bishop asked Kennedy in 2007 to avoid Communion (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Analysis:

Fed under fire as public anger mounts (Tom Raum/AP/GOPUSA.com

Commentary:

Where Have All The Doctors Gone? (Thomas D. Segel/GOPUSA.com)

U.S. Capital Going The Way Of Sodom (Star Parker/GOPUSA.com)

They're Still After Your Water (Henry Lamb/GOPUSA.com)

Give Me Character Over IQ Any Day (Doug Patton/GOPUSA.com)

Watch The Values Voter Summit Live On The Web!

If you cannot be in Washington today or tomorrow (maybe you were there last weekend) for the annual Values Voter Summit, the American Family Association and FRC Action have made it possible to view all the great speakers live via Webcast! Don't miss a litany of great conservative, pro-life, pro-family leaders speak, including Gary Bauer, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee (our Gala speaker), Phyllis Schlafly, Star Parker, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Bill O'Reilly, Ken Blackwell, Bishop Harry Jackson (who has spoken at several of our events) and many more.

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The summit also will feature a health care town hall meeting with members of U.S. House of Representatives that you will not want to miss. The Values Voter Summit is the largest meeting of social conservatives this year and doesn't end until Saturday evening. So, please, register and log on to the (virtual) Values Voter Summit and forward this link to family and friends.

Virginia News Stand: August 31, 2009

Annotations & Elucidations Close Of Business Summer 2009

It's the close of business for the summer, politically speaking anyway, as this week the statewide campaigns hit full gear, shifting from organizational mode and pin pricking for ideas and issues that will stick, and go into full bore general election speed, with ads flying and campaign visits multiplying. No one can ever predict the twists and turns that inevitably happen when the pace gets fast. It's like running full speed while balancing dishes — something's bound to fall, you just don't know when. If nothing falls, that's a surprise as well. One thing is for sure. It won't be boring.  

Nationally, the AP reports that a "health care compromise" is losing steam at the same time it says that the Congressional Budget Office again is shows that the legislation is not what it says it is. Meanwhile, Thomas D. Segel wonders where we'll find the medical professionals if this "reform" passes. If that isn't enough to scare you, Bobby Eberle takes a look at how the Obama administration wants to look in your inbox with its proposed "supervision of the Internet" — in crisis situations, of course. But isn't everything a crisis with the Obama administration?

Events become crises when you can't get to the truth. Supervision of the Internet would further "crisis" claims by stifling the free flow of information, creating the crises liberals thrive on to create more government — government being the answer, always, of solving emergencies. However, fortunately for us, Star Parker isn't afraid of the truth, and she says it's time to discuss it about abortion. So, that's where we stand, at the close of business, summer 2009.

News:

At Richmond fundraiser, GOP upbeat about statewide ticket (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Labor gears up for key governors races (Politico.com)

'89 Thesis A Different Side of McDonnell (Washington Post)

McDonnell's graduate thesis adds new twist to campaign (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Deeds Talks Health Care (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)

Deeds vows to tame state's computer agency (Washington Times)

Shannon reports plan to combat gangs (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Local GOP activists still standing by their man (The Daily Press)

Required HPV vaccine for 6th-grade girls is optional (The Daily Press)

GOP interest runs high in 5th District (Lynchburg News & Advance)

State Board of Elections OKs registration changes for college students(Roanoke Times)

Board of Elections OKs new voter residency rules (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

National News:

Chances of health compromise continue to fade (AP/GOPUSA.com)

CBO: House bill could raise drug costs for some (AP/GOPUSA.com)

57% Would Like to Replace Entire Congress (RasmussenReports.com)

New GOP tactic: The counter-town hall (Politico.com/Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Commentary:

What's next . . . Obama to control your inbox? (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

A Time For Truth On Abortion (Star Parker/GOPUSA.com)

Where Will We Find Healthcare Professionals? (Thomas D. Segel/GOPUSA.com)

Virginia News Stand: April 14, 2009

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. 

News:

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)

National News:

Mass. GOP leader 'insults' conservative Republicans (OneNewsNow.com)

Clergy in the crosshairs (OneNewsNow.com)

Tiller's legal troubles not over yet (OneNewsNow.com)

Opinion:

Christian conservatism just getting started (OneNewsNow.com)

If Value Voters Vote

Today in Washington, D.C., there is a meeting of the vast right wing conspiracy. Big surprise, The Family Foundation is in the midst. Although the left might prefer we were the only ones in the room, we are not. The Values Voter Summit hosted by the Family Research Council Action has drawn more than 2,000 people to the historic Washington Hilton. Speaking to this energized crowd is quite a line up of thinkers and doers including CNN host Lou Dobbs, Joe Gibbs, Newt Gingrich, Michael Medved, Stephen Baldwin, Alveda King, Michael Steele, Star Parker, Dr. Bill Bennett, Laura Ingram, Ben Stein, Chuck Colson and many more. 

Casual conversations with folks indicate that they really wish Governor Sarah Palin was joining us but they respect the fact that she is in Alaska deploying her son and since she just drew 23,000 people in Farfax this week, they'll cut her some slack. Michael Steele told us what he has told the media this past week, "I know Sarah Palin and you don't want to mess with Sarah Palin. She shoots moose, what do you think she is going to do to a donkey?" 

The leadership of all of the family policy councils around the country have been here much of the week pow-wowing about marriage amendments on the ballots in Ariz., Calif., and Fla., and much more. A smaller segment of the group is discussing not just issues, but tactics. In particular, a conclusion has been reached by those of us that aren't 50+ year old white men (no offense to those that are) that our movement has not yet grabbed the tools and terminology needed to reach the ever important 18-29 year old voting block. While we don't have all the solutions, I've heard that the first step is acknolwledging the problem. 

Lou Dobbs encouraged conservatives in the room to diversity our issues. Although his comments were aimed at the fiscal issues, closed door meetings have discussed not allowing the left to claim the issues of poverty and social justice. Indeed the greatest efforts toward giving every citizen a shot at the American dream are those that go straight to the root problem — solutions that secure and stablize a nuclear family. A bunch of brainiacs shared some embargoed research with a small group of us yesterday and it continues to be clear that if we want men, women and children to succeed in any way (financial, education, etc.), we must stop the out of wedlock births, cohabitation and divorce. If we want our young men to grow up and not end up on the street or in our prison system, they need their dads! That's not a moral opinion, its a social science fact. Clearly, we need to be a part of making sure we love our neighbor by making sure they know where their next meal comes from, but working to solve poverty runs so much deeper than a bunch of government programs. 

Interestingly, Dobbs acknowledged that FRC President Tony Perkins has been instrumental in his "conversation" to believing that values voters matter and need to have a voice in the public square. Dobbs hasn't always believed that way and said he was used to pursuading people to his point of view, but Tony turned the tables on him.

One thing is for sure, the energy level among values voters has received a monumental shot of adreneline with Sarah Palin joining the Republican ticket. These people are ready to go home across the nation and go to work. That impact will no doubt be felt election day.