Commonwealth Of Opportunity? Virginia Falls In Freedom Rankings . . . Again

The Fraser Institute released its annual study of economic freedom among the 50 U.S. states and 10 Canadian provinces last week and our neighbors to the north seem to be learning lessons that used to be ingrained American principles that we recently, seemingly, have eschewed. That includes the Old Dominion which dropped in the rankings, again. This time from 19 to 21 out of the 60 jurisdictions. According to a Fraser Institute statement, released in conjunction with the study:

The average score for U.S. states has fallen to 7.3 (out of 10) in 2011 from 8.2 in 2000 at the all-government level. While the Canadian provinces have also seen a decline (down to 7.4 in 2011), on average they are now freer than U.S. states.

"The freest economies operate with minimal government interference, relying on personal choice and markets to decide what's produced, how it's produced and how much is produced. As government imposes restrictions on these choices, there's less economic freedom," said Dean Stansel, study co-author and economics professor at Florida Gulf Coast University.

The top of the freedom pecking order of freedom reads like this: The Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan, with Delaware third followed by Texas and Nevada. After that, the highest states are Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado, Nebraska, Georgia, Utah and Illinois, which rank eight through 14, respectively.

Andrew Young, an associate professor of economics at West Virginia University, said the rankings were based on size of government, level of discriminatory taxation and amount of labor market freedom. Virginia's liabilities are the fact that government spending is a large part of the commonwealth's economy and its indirect tax burden on its citizens and businesses. Indirect taxes are property taxes, fees and such that are not spelled out directly, such as income or sales taxes.

Dr. Young told WRVA's Richmond Morning News yesterday (listen to the complete, and brief, interview below):

This is important because if you look at study after study . . . they consistently find that economic freedom — having smaller government, less regulation — this is linked to higher incomes and more job creation, just basically a more vibrant economy. ...

Virginia has been slipping over the years . . . and bloated government and onerous tax burden discourages businesses from investing in Virginia and creating jobs.

His solutions? Pretty basic and common sense, which many politicians in Virginia seem to have forgotten in recent years: 1. Reign in the amount of government spending. 2. Create less burden on businesses. You think that will happen in Virginia during the next four years if it didn't happen the last four? So much for the Commonwealth of Opportunity. Remember that? (Governor Bob McDonnell's outgoing budget, released yesterday, increases spending by $10 billion. See Norfolk Virginian-Pilot.)

Separately, a new study ranking the 50 states on opportunity also was released recently. Virginia ranked 15th. Vermont ranked first. Vermont? Virginia, first in freedom, now is easily outranked by states such as Vermont (home to the only publicly proclaimed socialist U.S. Senator, Bernie Sanders) and Canadian provinces in economic freedom and opportunity.

But there is good news: We're ranked higher than West Virginia, which is dead last in economic freedom, according to Fraser. In this day and age, take your wins where yo can get them.

Dr. Young's solution? 1. Reign in the amount of government spending. 2. Create less burden on businesses. You think that will happen in Virginia in the next four years if it didn't happen the last four?

Candidates In Crowded GOP Lt. Gov. Field Face Potential Game Changing Debate Tuesday Night

It may be unique in the long history of Virginia politics: Seven candidates standing for a party nomination for a statewide office. But that's the situation this year as seven Republicans seek to win the second spot on the GOP ticket at the party's May 18 convention. There hasn't been anything like this since 1985, when five ran for the number two spot at the GOP convention at Norfolk's Scope. But seven? There are similarities to the two campaigns aside from the large number, though not enough to draw many parallels. The one major common denominator is that both nominations were decided by convention instead of primary, drawing a lot of interest from people who would not have otherwise run.

Precisely because of that, the candidates are by and large unknown to many GOP activists going into the convention at the Richmond Coliseum. Not one has been able to cut through the clutter of an already hot gubernatorial general election campaign between Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe, as well as a more easy to sort through GOP campaign for attorney general between Delegate Rob Bell of Albemarle County and Senator Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg. Throwing seven candidates into the mix for a part-time position that has two official duties — preside over the Virginia Senate and fill the office in case of vacancy — makes deciding who is best a difficult task.

However, there may be a game changer in the LG race in the form of a late-in-the-process-debate Tuesday night in Richmond at Benedictine College Prep at 6:30. The Central Virginia GOP Lieutenant Governor Candidates Forum is sponsored by several of that area's GOP committees, including the Richmond City and Henrico County units. They selected the location in the middle of the city as a way to bring the conservative message to areas that don't always hear it, and reach young people and Catholic voters as well.

All seven candidates have agreed to attend and a buzz (see Norm Leahy at Bearing Drift) is building up over it primarily because its proximity to the convention could create a breakthrough wave for a candidate that impresses or sink one who doesn't. In addition, the host committee and moderator Scott Lee, a conservative talk show host on Richmond radio station WRVA and the host of the syndicated Score Radio Show (which previewed the debate with its organizers last weekend), have promised questions that won't lend themselves to campaign brochure blather. We'll see and we'll be there to report.

The event is free and, while elected convention delegates may take special interest to attend, is open to the public as well. Doors at the Benedictine College Prep gym open at 6:00. The school is located at 304 North Sheppard Street (23221). Click here for more information. The candidates are: former Senator Jeannemarie Davis, E.W. Jackson, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, Senator Steve Martin, Pete Snyder, Prince WIlliam County Board Chairman Corey Stewart, Stafford County Board Chairman Susan Stimpson.

Heritage Foundation, FRC Lead National Values Bus Tour Into Virginia!

With the lousy economy the primary issue being addressed by the presidential candidates right now, where do values issues fit in this campaign? What about the so-called "War on Women"? Will women vote one way based on perceived "restrictions" on their "rights" or do a majority know demagoguery when they hear it? Two high profile, highly respected conservative policy organizations are shedding some light on these questions on a bus tour throughout Virginia. The Values Bus Tour —  driven by two leading public policy organizations, Family Research Council and The Heritage Foundation — started traveling through Virginia yesterday in Pearisburg and was in Harrisonburg and Woodstock today. It will be in Roanoke and Lynchburg Sunday and in Richmond Tuesday. This is part of a nationwide to advance the cause of fiscal and moral responsibility (see Laura Vozzella at the Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog).

Earlier today, Connie Mackey of the Virginia Values PAC, explained the tour on Richmond's Morning News with Jimmy Barrett on WRVA-AM/1140, with guest host Andy Jenks of WWBT-NBC12. Follow this link to hear the 4:47 interview.

The tour is bringing Americans around the nation together to voice support for fiscal responsibility, religious liberty, life and marriage. We encourage you to take time in the coming days to attend one of the Bus Tour events or rallies in a city or town near you. Click here for more information on the Values Bus Tour website and try to make your way to an event closest to you. Here's the tour's itinerary, including highlights of its previous stops in Virginia:

Thursday, July 5: Pearisburg

Rally at Giles High School

Pastor Shahn Wilburn of Riverview Baptist Church and experts from FRC and The Heritage Foundation discussed religious freedom and how we can save the American dream.

Friday, July 6: Harrisonburg

Lunch with supporters at the Wood Grill Buffet and press conference at First Presbyterian Church on Court Square.

Friday, July 6: Woodstock

Rally at the Old Shenandoah County Courthouse

Sunday, July 8: Roanoke

Meet and greet, hear from Heritage and Family Research Council experts on how you can help save the American Dream and restore traditional family valuesFirst Baptist Church, 8:00 a.m. – Noon

Sunday, July 8: Lynchburg

Meet and greet, hear from Heritage and Family Research Council experts on how you can help save the American Dream and restore traditional family values. Heritage Baptist Church, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, July 10: Richmond

Conservative Coalition Meeting with Virginia Institute for Public Policy

Bull & Bear Club, 901 East Cary Street, 10:00 – 11:45 a.m.

Tuesday, July 10: Richmond

Myth of the War on Women Press Conference

James Center, 901 East Cary Street, 12:15 – 1:00 p.m.

Media Frenzy Just Getting Started On "Flag-Gate"!

There's been more hot talk and debate over the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond's unprecedented decision to fly the homosexual "pride" flag underneath its U.S. flag for the entire month of June. Just call it "Flag-Gate." Local, state and national media are all over the story. Richmond talker Doc Thompson made it a priority topic today on WRVA (he's against it, too) and tomorrow morning the Lee Brothers will discuss it on the same station. Below, is how WTVR/CBS6 treated it last night, with sound bytes from our very own, Victoria Cobb, and Bishop Gerald Glenn, former chaplain of Pastors For Family Values.

So much for this being all about "inclusivity." Treading where it doesn't belong, the Richmond Fed has alienated a large segment of the community.

Mr. Schapiro's Problem Is That Governor McDonnell Has No Problem

The Richmond Times-Dispatch's very opinionated chief political reporter, Jeff Schapiro (who doubles as a columnist and online pundit), must have had a writer's block problem recently. How else to explain his pulling out the tried-and-true "anti-gay" attack on a social conservative? But seemingly out of nowhere, Mr. Schapiro's latest video commentary at timesdispatch.com goes after Governor Bob McDonnell for his alleged "gay problem," reciting votes and actions thoroughly vetted by the voters themselves who have never rejected Mr. McDonnell at the polls. Mr. Schapiro even dredges up the "thesis" and a crude question once asked to the governor when he was a candidate. The spark that ignited Mr. Schapiro was the recent vote by the Social Services Board that rejected proposed regulations to allow homosexual couples to adopt children, which would have forced private and religious affiliated charitable services to comply with a rule that compromises their consciences and beliefs, or close down. The problem with Mr. Schapiro's problem with Governor McDonnell is that the governor has no problem. He may want him to have a problem so much that he manufactured one, but no one is paying attention. It's a right and just policy, popularly supported and, by the way, the law.

In fact, although the board retains a majority appointed to it by liberal former Governor Tim Kaine, it approved standards that omitted the original same-sex couple requirement by a lopsided 7-2 vote. No matter how often certain media (ahem, WRVA* in Richmond) misreported the issue as taking away a right (they never had), it's no problem for officeholders to defend the sanctity of the traditional family. It may be a problem for Mr. Schapiro to understand that, but a gratuitous attack over a contrived problem on Governor McDonnell is only a problem for Mr. Schapiro to resolve.

* Not only did the station misreport the issue over a 2-day period, a producer chimed in on a locally produced show to call pro-family supporters "bigots."

Why Property Rights Are Important And An Inside Look At The Senate: Interview With Senator Mark Obenshain

If you are wondering why we have emphasized the importance of property rights this session and the procedural games played by the Virginia Senate, then listen to an outstanding interview (below) given Saturday by Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26, Harrisonburg) to Scott and Richard Lee on Richmond radio station WRVA's Saturday Morning With The Lee Brothers. In it, the senator gives the inside scoop on what has gone down in the Senate regarding the on-going rules fights between Republicans and majority Democrats, and handicaps tomorrow's vote in a Senate Privileges and Elections sub-committee on HJ 693, a property rights amendment to the Virginia Constitution. It's very much worth the listen.

Click here to listen to the Lee Brothers interview Senator Mark Obenshain (9:30).

Now that you've listened, don't you want to do something about it? It's not too late and it's not just us saying so (see our friends at Disrupt The Narrative). Contact members of the sub-committee listed here and ask them to vote to report HJ 693, patroned by Delegate Johnny Joannou (D-79, Portsmouth).

WRVA Interview With Victoria Cobb, Washington Post Coverage Of Education Choice Rally

Speaking of education choice, yesterday was our annual lobby day. This year's theme was education choice and we added a rally in Capitol Square as well. The media attention was excellent. Starting the day was an interview on WRVA's Richmond's Morning News With Jimmy Barrett, but with an adversarial guest host, Juan Conde of WRIC-TV, sitting in for the decidedly conservative Mr. Barrett. Victoria Cobb, our president, took it all in stride, even when Mr. Conde misunderstood, shall we say, the issue, and claimed HB 2314, if passed, would give "our" money to businessesThe Washington Post also covered the rally on its Virginia Politics Blog, and a Google search reveals publications from The India Times to Forbes picked up the Post's post, as well as various state television and print media.

Listen to Victoria Cobb's WRVA interview on school choice from Thursday, February 10 (5:30) on Richmond's Morning News With Jimmy Barrett.

The Mind Of Modern Liberalism: Why Was Bobby Scott So Defensive On WRVA?

One of the most left-wing members of Congress is Democrat Bobby Scott from Virginia's third district. His district was drawn up for him about 20 years ago. It is the model of gerrymandering, so he rarely has opposition. Yet, this morning on WRVA-AM with host Jimmy Barrett, he was a bit defensive. (Is Republican Chuck Smith closer than many think?) But the real issue here is Rep. Scott's non-germane answers to Barrett's questions: It's out of control liberalism at its finest. If you want to know the mind of a modern day leftist-statist, listen to this interview. To Mr. Scott, there is nothing government can't do for you. It's the first, second and third option. His answers were so out of control, factually challenged and knee-jerk radical-liberal pap, that Barrett uncharacteristically ended the interview early. And liberals think they are inherently smarter than the rest of us?

Click here to listen to the mind of a liberal (7:30).

Lee Brothers Interview With Victoria Cobb On WRVA

Here is an interview just made available online that Family Foundation President Victoria Cobb did with Scott and Richard Lee last Saturday on their WRVA-AM/1140 Saturday morning show in Richmond. It is 6:10 long and covers the upcoming 25th Anniversary Celebration Gala this Saturday as well as some of the organizations we butt heads with at the General Assembly, such as Planned Parenthood, the Virginia Education Association and the ACLU. We hope you take some time to listen. 

Click this link to hear Victoria Cobb and The Lee Brothers (6:10) on WRVA-AM/1140. 

Virginia News Stand: April 29, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations The Comeback Continues

The last 48 hours have been good ones for the culture and religious freedom in America and Virginia. Pro-life laws in Oklahoma, a Cross allowed to stay at a memorial and, now, the reversal of a horrible and discriminatory policy in Virginia: the gag on State Police chaplains to pray in Jesus' name. Add that to the elimination of taxpayer funding of abortions in the commonwealth and tighter abortion restrictions in Nebraska, and it's been a reassuring spring in America at the state level, proving there is a movement (that gets results) looking to make its first strike back at a national government governing opposite the will of the people.

We are featured prominently in the lead, as one might expect, with four articles seeking Family Foundation response on Governor Bob McDonnell's reinstatement of the policy allowing state police chaplains to pray in public as they deem. That executive order dominates the news, but there is a curious item that slipped in the news cycle amidst all the chaplain coverage: The governor's reappointment of several Kaine administration officials, including State Police Superintendent Steven Flaherty (who needlessly started the chaplain mess, and boy musn't that been a fun conversation: Colonel Flaherty, if you want to stay, you will let them pray); Daniel Timberlake as director-Department of Planning and Budget; Richard Sliwoski as director-Department of General Services; and Patricia Wright as state superintendent of public instruction. He previously kept Secretary of Finance Ric Brown.

While they may be good folks, at first glance it seems odd to holdover people after getting elected with such a large mandate to make change in economic and education policy. One appointment we do like for certain is that of former colleague Mark Early, Jr. — his Family Foundation connection omitted from the Richmond Times-Dispatch article notwithstanding.

Among the other features in today's News Stand: Governor McDonnell's Rest of Virginia Ask The Governor from earlier today on WRVA-AM in Richmond (yesterday we had the N.Va. version), more reports on the Mojave Desert Cross decision by the U.S. Supreme Court and, speaking of the court, another case it heard regarding the privacy rights of those who signed a petition to initiate the repeal of Washington State's homosexual unions law. 


*Governor Lets Va. Troopers Refer to Jesus (Washington Times)

*McDonnell Rescinds State Police Prayer Policy (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

*Va. reinstates prayer policy for state police chaplains (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

*Va. Reinstates Prayer Policy for Police Chaplains (AP/WJZ.com)

McDonnell Reverses State Police Prayer Policy (Roanoke Times)

McDonnell reappoints several Kaine administration officials (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

McDonnell promises a statewide housing policy (Richmond Times-Dispatch)


Ask The Governor (38:59) (WRVA/WRVA.com)

National News

Court skeptical on keeping petitioner IDs private (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Mojave Cross Case: A Signal on Religious Symbols (AP/FoxNews.com)

Supreme Court Allows Mojave War Memorial Cross (Los Angeles Times)

Illegal immigrants plan to leave over Ariz. law (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Democrat senators developing immigration bill (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Fla. gov. on cusp of independent bid for US Senate (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Obama warns of a 'conservative' judicial activism (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Census mail results could be trouble for 5 states (AP/GOPUSA.com)

In financial regs debate, senators look to details (AP/GOPUSA.com)


After Policy Stumbles, Obama Turns to Politics (Michael Barone/GOPUSA.com)

Democrat Cabal Dangles Bait For Unwitting Republicans (Christopher G. Adamo/GOPUSA.com)

The National Day of Prayer: The Value of Offending (Paul A. Ibbetson/GOPUSA.com)

America's Political Grand Canyon (Debra Saunders/GOPUSA.com)

Another RINO Punch to the Conservative Gut (Bobby Eberle/GOPUSA.com)

Virginia News Stand: March 26, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations Week's End

An eventful week winds down to a slumberish end. We all can use the respite. However, there is some news: Despite his "Executive Directive," Governor Bob McDonnell said on his monthly "Ask The Governor" show that there is no need for an anti-homosexual bias law. The Richmond Times-Dispatch has the details, but you can hear it for yourself on the link to WRVA's podcast (a first for the the News Stand). The Washington Post has mention of it as well, on it s Virginia Politics Blog. Have a listen and a read . . . and a good weekend.


McDonnell doubts need for bias law (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

No 'rampant discrimination' against gay employees to argue for law, McDonnell says (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog

Senate bill proposes no more bailouts (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Saying ‘I do’: Black marriage campaign is growing (Richmond Times-Dispatch)


Ask The Governor (60:00) (WRVA.com)

National News

Democrats send Obama final health measure (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Obama dares GOP to repeal health care bill (AP/GOPUSA.com)

GOP warns Obama about labor board appointment (AP/GOPUSA.com)

NPR, PBS stations get $10M infusion for local news (AP/GOPUSA.com)

Would partners of gay troops get benefits, too? (AP/GOPUSA.com)


How the Left Fakes the Hate: A Primer (Michele Malkin/GOPUSA.com)

Game On! (Michael Reagan/GOPUSA.com)

Kansas-Nebraska Act 1854, Redux (Tony Blankley/GOPUSA.com)

Sabato's Crystal Ball In The Poll Vault

Over the last 24 hours two more polls were released, one by Democrat pollsters Public Policy Polling and the other by SurveyUSA for Roanoke television station WDBJ. Neither typically are considered top tier polls — not necessarily in the same league as Mason-Dixon and Rasmussen. But they have shown interesting, sometimes contradictory, results this campaign season. But now both show Republican gubernatorial candidate Bob McDonnell with commanding double digit leads (14 and 19 points, respectively). Each also has the other two Republican candidates, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling and attorney general nominee Senator Ken Cuccinelli (Fairfax), up by healthy double digit margins. Does the fact that these two newer polls to Virginia politics both show the same trend (though different margins) verify a trend? One who pretty much said so today was U.Va. political soothsayer Larry Sabato. On WRVA radio's Richmond's Morning News With Jimmy Barrett, he wouldn't go that far — yet. But he crept up to to the line, which, for Dr. Sabato, is saying a great deal. He said he would release his Crystal Ball's predictions next week.

Listen to Larry Sabato's interview (6:55) with Jimmy Barrett by clicking here.

Here is the analysis (including methodology) and internal numbers from the two polls, including from the polling organizations themselves:

Public Policy Polling 

McDonnell starting to pull away (PublicPolicyPolling.com)

Another Poll Suggests McDonnell Pulling Away From Deeds (CQPolitics Blog)

McDonnell up 12 pts. in new poll (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)


McDonnell Opens Double-Digit Lead Over Deeds in Virginia (Politics Daily Poll Watch Blog)


Results of SurveyUSA Election Poll #15927 (SurveyUSA.com)

SurveyUSA Shows McDonnell Clinging to a 59–40 Lead (National Review Online's The Campaign Spot Blog)

News7 Poll: Republicans hold comfortable leads in statewide contests (WDBJ7.com)

Did Forbes Magazine, CNBC Do Their Homework In Naming Virginia Best State For Business?

We're as thrilled as the next guy that Virginia continues to rack up victories in prestigious national rankings for business and management. The PR can't hurt, especially in these times. Governor Tim Kaine certainly couldn't contain his enthusiasm this morning on his monthly call-in show on Richmond radio station WRVA when he announced Forbes again named Virginia the best state in the nation in for business. (Never mind the fact that, by Forbes' own admission, Georgia, which moved from 15th to fifth, is the real story this year). This adds to the Old Dominion's CNBC Number 1 ranking, announced last month.   Virginia has won so many "Best State For Business" and "Best Managed State" awards over the last 10 years (all without major league sports franchises and new stadiums, by the way) that one has to wonder how much of it is earned and how much is based on reputation. It makes one question whether CNBC and Forbes have even heard of VITA and Northrop Grumman (see Daily Press). How can either one claim the current administration has managed the state well with a massive agency/private sector partnership in meltdown (see Charlottesville Daily Progress)? What about the constantly missed budget revenue forecasts despite repeated warnings from outside sources and the General Assembly? Not to mention four years without a transportation plan. We don't hear the governor championing those aspects of his government.

If Only Wagner's Revenue Projections Were As "Clear," Or, A Campaign Without Communication . . . Yet!

If you haven't heard it by now, and you want a good laugh, listen to Democrat lieutenant governor candidate Jody Wagner's interview this morning with WRVA's Richmond's Morning News host Jimmy Barrett (click here). Barrett gets right to the point and asks the former Kaine administration finance secretary about her missed revenue projections, which have resulted in consecutive budget deficits and multiple budget cuts. I'll give her some credit for her answer — she's at least learned something from the Obama administration, and that's the one thing it's good at: blame, blame and pass the buck, with a litany of boilerplate liberal excuses:

» It was the Bush administration's fault (at least twice);

» At least Virginia isn't as bad off as some other states (that'll make people feel secure);

» Passed the buck to economic forecasting agencies, business leaders and groups, and General Assembly leaders (how about that, Dick Saslaw?);

» But the 6.6 percent revenue growth projection in a slowing economy never gave her pause, even as many in the General Assembly warned the Kaine administration it was too high (she emphatically was "not overly optimistic"); and 

» Repeatedly said, "Let's be clear," (to the point where Barrett mockingly repeated it himself).

Not to mention her defensiveness when Barrett tried to loft her a softball about her campaign — she thought he was trying to blame her for the recession, for which she blamed George W. Bush (again).

All these excuses inevitably led to contradictions. Follow this bit of illogic: If it's the federal government's fault when things are bad, she must then credit it when things are good; if so, we have no reason for state government. So why is she running? She also got defensive when Barrett mentioned the recession came into focus a year ago, and rudely interrupted him to say she wasn't in office then, as well as when he simply asked how forecasts might be improved in the future.

But we still haven't heard the classics from her! Here goes:

On the grossly inaccurate revenue forecasts: 

"If I'm powerful enough to be personally responsible for that, then you want me to be your lieutenant governor."

Then, the absolute best for last: On the Public Policy Poll (a liberal pollster) that shows all three Democrats behind by double digits:

"The Democratic candidates have not yet begun communicating with the public yet and we will be doing that as the campaign moves along." 

So, that entire primary thing back in June was a what? Those television ads she ran . . . ? Those campaign appearances and interviews . . . ?

There you have it. It has nothing to do with her previous job performance, but that she and her ticket mates haven't yet communicated with the public. Don't worry, though. They plan on it. But with interviews like this, Ms. Wagner may want to delay that communication as long as possible.


I was interviewed this morning on WRVA-AM's popular Richmond's Morning News with Jimmy Barrett about the murder of abortionist Dr. George Tiller in Kansas (click here to listen). Jimmy is a very good-natured host and I always enjoy his show.  He started out by saying about the alleged killer, Scott Roeder: "He's probably the poster child for what a lot of liberals think pro life people are . . . there are gonna be people out there who are going to take a look at Scott Roeder and say, 'Well, this is what the pro-life movement is all about.'"

Jimmy then went on and described Scott Roeder's profile like this:

"Called himself a citizen of the Republic of Kansas; didn't believe in income taxes, social security taxes; refused to register his car car; has a history of mental illness issues, etc. So this guy is a nutjob."      

Jimmy then said that this is obviously not what most pro-lifer's look like, but liberals are going to try to make it seem that way, and he's right.

As I pointed out with Jimmy on his show, there are "nutjobs" that claim all types of causes. There will always be people to take things to unimaginable extremes and frankly shame the rest of the movement.

Sadly, a perfect example of a leftist "nutjob" surfaced just one day after the murder of Dr. Tiller. In a case that has not received as much Mainstream Media coverage, a man named Carlos Bledsoe, who converted to Islam and now goes by Abdul Hakim Mujahid Muhammad, shot two people at an Army recruitment center in Arkansas (see RedState.com, here). 

So far, the profile of this shooter reads:

"Peace activist;" "One who had a 'disagreement over the military operations;'" "Opened fire 'with the specific purpose of targeting military personnel;'" and, "Held 'political and religious motives.'" 

My point is: the left best be very careful accusing all pro-lifers as being like Scott Roeder and the right better be careful not to claim all Muslims or peaceniks are like Carlos Bledsoe. Both sides need not exploit the tragedies to push extreme agendas.  

These are both incidents of extreme hatred perpetrated by cowards.  Hopefully, justice will prevail in both cases. In the meantime, it will be interesting to see if the profiling by the left continues.

WRVA Interview With Victoria Cobb On TFF Action General Assembly Report Card

This past Saturday, TFF Action President Victoria Cobb was a guest on Richmond radio station WRVA's Saturday Morning With The Lee Brothers to discuss the organization's 2008-09 General Assembly Report Card (click here to order, print or download). Scott and Richard Lee discuss with her various lawmakers' scores and how Report Card votes were determined. The Report Card has received a fair amount of media coverage, which you can access in today's News Stand. To hear the interview, which went up today on the hosts' Web site, click on the link below. It lasts about almost five minutes.

Family Foundation Action Report Card Interview With Victoria Cobb, Saturday Morning With The Lee Brothers, May 16, WRVA/1140-AM (4:52)

Audio: Victoria Cobb Interview On Governor's Spending On New Pre-K Program

On August 8, 2007, Family Foundation of Virginia President Victoria Cobb was interviewed by Scott and Richard Lee on their highly rated talk show "Saturday Mornings With The Lee Brothers" on WRVA-AM/1140 in Richmond about Governor Tim Kaine's government expansion into Pre-K education. Although it was conducted about 10 months ago, this interview is very timely today as Governor Kaine (contact him here) reflexively seeks a massive tax increase on Virginia families, obstensibly to finance transportation improvements. The topic presciently was brought up even in this August interview . . . . Why begin new state programs that don't work and no one wants? Why not use that money for transportation instead of jacking up our tax burden yet more?

Scott Lee coins a great new phrase in this interview which we may unashamedly appropriate for ourselves. Even more presciently, he claims rightly:

The best government is the one not in session.

Are you listening General Assembly (contact here) and Governor Kaine? You meet in the winter, not June.

The interview lasts about five minutes. You can listen to it by clicking here.

More print, video and audio interviews with Family Foundation spokesmen, as well as other interactive features, are at our new Online Newsroom and Online Library. 

Audio: Victoria Cobb Interviewed About The California Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

On Saturday, May 17, Family Foundation of Virginia President Victoria Cobb was interviewed by Scott and Richard Lee on their highly rated Richmond talk show, "Saturday Mornings With The Lee Brothers" on WRVA about the California Supreme Court decision striking down that state's law banning same-sex marriage.

Click here to listen to the interview. It lasts about six minutes.

If you like listening to or reading interviews with Family Foundation spokesmen, please check out more interactive features at our new Online Newsroom and Online Library. A separate video interview is at the first highlighted link above.