Virginia News Stand: November 18, 2009Nov 18, 2009
Annotations & Elucidations Who's Controversial Now?
Our top story's headline is misleading and is an excellent example of media bias. The abstinence-only speaker invited to a Henrico County high school is not causing controversy. She was invited and people may or may not attend. No student or parent said a word. It is 10 teachers and two outside groups — radical pro-abortion and homosexual advocacy organizations — who got wind of it and raised a stink. So, who's being controversial?
On another front, Governor Tim Kaine now is staking his legacy to pre-K. It will be anything but that, but what's amazing is that even as he shuns the liberal tag, he takes credit for a large expansion of government in the face of a backlash to that philosophy. Accordingly, Delegate Kirk Cox (R-66, Colonial Heights), the majority whip and senior member of the Appropriations Committee, broached eliminating it today on a Richmond radio station. Good for him.
Nationally, James Pethokoukis of Reuters uncovers a backdoor method Congressional Democrats and President Obama hope to raise taxes by three trillion dollars! It's a very short, but revealing, read. Also of note, the Washington Post published a lengthy feature on Family Foundation friend Bishop Harry Jackson, who has become, perhaps, the nation's leading defender of traditional marriage. Very much worth the read.
Finally, in news that must horrify liberals (other than an abstinence-only speaker at a high school) a CNN poll has found that 61 percent of Americans oppose taxpayer funded abortion, 51 percent oppose allowing insurance policies to cover abortions, and — sit down for this liberals — between 63 and 73 percent oppose legal abortions under any circumstance except for the 2 percent of abortions done each year in the cases of rape, incest and when the mother's life is endangered. No wonder they're reduced to protesting abstinence speakers.
Abstinence-only speaker stirs controversy (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Virginia budget outlook poor; shortfall could grow (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Va. might have to cut $2.9 billion more by '12 (Washington Post)
Kaine cites pre-K success during his term (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Hamilton case ignites calls to overhaul ethics rules (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Allen tax plan backed by Crusade (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Is Obama planning a $3 trillion income tax increase? (James Pethokoukis/Political Risk Blog Reuters.com)
Internal Results of CNN/Opinion Research Poll on Abortion, Health Care (CNN/Opinion Research)
Seeking to put asunder (Washington Post)
D.C. vote on gay marriage denied (Washington Times)