the shad planking

Virginia News Stand: April 22, 2010

Annotations & Elucidations The Landmark Edition

A short edition today, which gives you no excuse for not reading every article. Leading the news is the landmark pro-life budget amendment passed last night by both chambers of the General Assembly. We're quoted and mentioned prominently in the lead link below. This may only be the start. Nationally, states are moving toward using a provision in the government health care takeover law that allows them to opt out of paying for abortion in health care. Ashley Horne of has an in-depth analysis of the hows and whys of federal government funding of abortion in this new law, despite the so-called prohibitive language in the legislation and President Obama's executive order supposedly prohibiting it. Speaking of executive orders, Peter Sprigg of FRCBlog explains the impact of the president's order allowing "same-sex partners" hospital visitation rights and such.  

While most of the ink is about yesterday's "Veto Session," the Richmond Times-Dispatch highlights yesterday's "Virginia Annual Political Rite of Spring," The Shad Planking in Wakefield. Former governor and senator George Allen was the keynote speaker and about 1,200 attended, less the 138 (two House seats are vacant) from the General Assembly. You'd think they could schedule it on a day when Virginia's princes and princesses could attend. On the other hand . . . maybe that's the point?


*Va. legislature votes to restrict abortion funding (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)

McDonnell bid to restrict abortion funding upheld (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Virginia legislature restricts abortion funding (Washington Post)

McDonnell cuts for broadcasting, at-risk children rebuffed (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

House rejects at-risk youth cuts, others by gov (The Daily Press)

Session finalizes budget matters (Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star)

General Assembly veto session a mixed bag (Roanoke Times)

Former McDonnell brother-in-law addresses gay-rights rally (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Allen and about 1,200 turn out for Shad Planking (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Rep. Scott questions police procedures after hotel visit (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

National News

States Opt Out of Paying for Abortion in Health Care (


Hospital Visit Horrors? Here’s the Rest of the Story (Peter Sprigg/

How Exactly Will the Government Fund Abortion Under the New Health Care Law? (Ashley Horne/

Virginia News Stand: April 15, 2009

It's here. Tax Day. Have you filed yet? It's here. Tea Party Day. Are you going to one? Today also is Virginia's political spring rite: The Shad Planking. Normally, one would expect a large turnout with so much interest in the statewide campaigns and so many candidates. But the weather is anything but spring-like, tickets cost money and that there are 19 free Tea Parties which promise to be more fun . . . hmmm. We'll see. Some, doubtless, will do both. There are enough parties with staggered times that double or triple dipping is possible. (Probable?) In fact, according to the Lynchburg News & Advance, there are two in that city, with a new one organized by some businessmen at 3:00 at Monument Terrace in downtown. That makes an unofficial 20th Tea Party.

If you haven't guessed by now, the News Stand is all about tea and shad today, for the most part. Enjoy each, virtually, here, and in person, where ever and whichever you attend.


Richmond Tax Day Tea Party is on, rain or shine (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Protesters Plan to Dump Tea Is Prohibited (Washington Post)

Tax protesters plan tea party for two (Lynchburg News & Advance)

Politicians gather today for annual spring rite — the Shad Planking (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Shad Planking: Virginia governor's race hits annual political festival (The Daily Press)

Moran pledges state support to create biotechnology jobs (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

National News:

How Gays Won a Marriage Victory (Washington Post)

Anti-Tax 'Tea Party' Protests Expected Across U.S. (