Here's today's News Stand. Pretty straight forward stuff. However, of particular interest is the opinion piece we've included from Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review. It is one of the best analyses regarding the relationship between social conservatives and the Republican Party. Though it is more from the negative perspective (why those who criticize social conservatism are wrong) rather than from the positive (concrete evidence of how social conservatism wins) it is still a valuable piece. We particularly appreciate the statement made by nationally recognized policy leader and author Maggie Gallagher that appears toward the end of the column. Many of you will recall that she was our keynote speaker at the 2006 Annual Gala; she also is a member of our marriage commission.

News:

Kaine in the running for U.S. education secretary? (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Republicans Must Determine Whether Democrats Have Hit Their Ceiling in N.Va. (Washington Post)

AG Eyes Election Reforms (Harrisonburg Daily News-Record)

Gridlock (The Daily Press

Democrats choose political newcomer for 81st District (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)

Opinion:

Scapegoating the Social Right (National Review