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Virginia News Stand: April 28, 2009

The Washington Post today picks up on something we wrote about quite extensively last week — namely, former Delegate Brian Moran's all out adoption of the homosexual lobby's agenda in his bid for the Democrat gubernatorial  nomination. It may work for the short term (the primary) but surely will blow up on him in the general election, if he gets that far. But the big campaign news — as usual, wherever he goes he sucks up all the attention — was former President Bill Clinton's swing through Virginia yesterday in support of Terry "T-Mac" McAuliffe's candidacy for the Democrat gubernatorial nomination. By the way, isn't there a third Dem candidate?

Also, there are two commentaries below. One, by David Limbaugh, is especially timely given how Congressional liberals are trying to rush through and cram down our throats "hate crimes" legislation. Now, who is it that legislates morality? Who limits freedom? Does this remind anyone of the Sedition Act? The other, a OneNewsNow blog comment, reviews how super model Kathy Ireland came to be pro-life and what Planned Parenthood told her.

News:

Brian Moran Gambles on Same-Sex Union Issue (Washington Post)

Bill Clinton campaigns for McAuliffe in gubernatorial primary (Richmond Times-Dispatch

McAuliffe Will Create Jobs, Bill Clinton Says (Washington Post

Clinton lends political clout to McAuliffe's bid for governor (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Del. Tom Gear: 91st District voters will have three choices (The Daily Press)

Commentary:

Beware Abhorrent Hate Crime Legislation (David Limbaugh/GOPUSA.com)

Supermodel Kathy Ireland Lashes Out Against 'Pro Choice' (OneNewsNow.com blog)

McAuliffe's Response

It was quite interesting to hear Democrat gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe basically tell the far left, homosexual lobby to get over the Marriage Amendment in his answer to a question in Saturday's Democrat debate. Ironically, his tone is reminiscent of what conservatives find irritatingly familiar from many quarters —that no one cares about social issues, they drive away voters and let's unite around fiscal issues (never mind many of these people advocate higher taxes and spending anyway). He basically said that it takes three years to get a constitutional amendment on the ballot and passed — which is what is needed to repeal the Marriage Amendment. A governor has four years to make a difference, so why take up three years (75 percent) of your one term trying to fight something Virginians passed overwhelmingly two-and-a-half-years ago? Instead, let's worry about jobs.

Finally! A Democrat tells the liberal base to cool it on the social issues in favor of "kitchen table" issues, because you're driving away voters. Conservatives, on the other hand, don't find that call rare at all. But T-Mac ain't dumb. He realizes the difference — which is, of course, that it is electorally proven that social conservatism wins. 

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)

Virginia News Stand: April 9, 2009

As it turned out, veto session was somewhat eventful. Read all about it here, as that's pretty much what dominates the News Stand today. There's also a couple of pieces about T-Mac's money bags, but is that really new? News:

Kaine criticizes House GOP for spurning jobless benefits (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Virginia likely forfeits $125 million for unemployed (The Daily Press)

Va. lawmakers reject federal jobless help (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Assembly Rejects $125 Million for Expanded Jobless Benefits (Washington Post)

Most of Kaine's vetoes upheld (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Legislators being work on gaming (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Legislators back Kaine on quicker crackdown on payday lendors (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Fairfax delegate says he's stepping down to run for A.G. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Carlos Brown running for 69th House of Delegates District seat (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

McAuliffe, Moran report first-quarter fundraising (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

McAuliffe Reports Sizable Money Lead Over Moran (Washington Post)

Are Va. Republicans Making a Primary Error? (Washington Post)

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)

UPDATE: Facebook And The Governor's Race (McDonnell's Lead Increases)

As we mentioned Friday, it's unusual for conservatives or Republicans to run ahead of the other side in the social marketing/technology aspects of campaigning. So, when the March issue of Richmond Magazine ran a blurb called "Facebook And The Governor's Race" that graphically illustrated Republican Bob McDonnell's commanding lead in Facebook supporters over all three of his potential Democrat opponents (see his blog here), it was a bit of a shock. I guess Terry McAuliffe's tech experience was limited to making money on Global Crossing while it went bankrupt (see Judicial Watch here). As we promised Friday, since there's no link to the RM site for this story, here's a scanned version of the hard copy. The totals were of February 13.

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The graphic is entitled, "The Oracle of Facebook: Who's winning the gubernatorial race so far? We asked the online social-networking hub."

More shocking is that even with the Democrat candidates duly warned, McDonnell's lead increased. He now has 2,115 supporters (up from 1,713). T-Mac only inched up from 1,104 to 1,252, while the other Democrats, former Delegate Brian Moran and Senator Creigh Deeds, are neck and neck at 679 (from 585) and 678 (from 629), respectively.