Virginia News Stand: March 25, 2010Mar. 25, 2010
Annotations & Elucidations Living La VITA
Congratulations to Delegate Sam Nixon, named yesterday as the chief at VITA. We don't envy the job he has sorting out that mess, (ahem, Mark Warner and Tim Kaine), but if anyone can do it, we know it's Delegate Nixon. We'll miss him in the House, where he twice earned The Family Foundation's Legislator of the Year Award and where he chaired the Conservative Caucus before getting elected to chair the House Republican Caucus.
Most everything else is about health care. It won't go away and for good reason. One sign it has legs, especially in Virginia, is the national attention placed on Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's law suit on the government takeover's constitutionality. Today, the New York Times chimes in, twice. One article covers the AG, himself; one on the preposterous allegation that the lawsuit is reminiscent of the fight for desegregated schools. Typical. At least we have a number of great editorial comics for you enjoyment.
McDonnell touts new Va. law in health-care challenge (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
Health care fight spreads through Virginia (The Daily Press)
Dems liken health care suit to desegregation fight (The Daily Press)
Va. Democrats demand info on health care challenge (Norfolk Virginian-Pilot)
Chesterfield delegate named new head of VITA (Richmond Times-Dispatch)
George Mason board adopts resolution to "reaffirm" gay policy (Washington Post Virginia Politics Blog)
Dems Liken Health Care Suit to Desegregation Fight (New York Times)
Opponents continue to stand against health care (AP/GOPUSA.com)
GOP forces return of health bill th House (AP/GOPUSA.com)
Petraeus denies political side to NH trip (AP/GOPUSA.com)
The Real Issue That Can Turn Congress Upside Down in November (Matt Towery/GOPUSA.com)
Bond Markets Reflect the True Cost of Obamacare (Michael Barrone/GOPUSA.com)
Tainting the Tea Party (Brent Bozell/GOPUSA.com)
Are McCain Republicans Finally 'Seeing The Light'? (Christopher Adamo/GOPUSA.com)
Whatever Happened To The Tenth Amendment? (Harris Sherline/GOPUSA.com)
Vive La Differance (Lisa Fabrizio/GOPUSA.com)
Military Express Health Care Concerns (Thomas Segal/GOPUSA.com)
Constitutional Toliet Paper (Mike Lester/Rome News-Tribune)
Who said blue dogs can't be trained? (Gary Varvel/TownHall.com)
Health-Care Reform (IRS) (Gary Varvel/TownHall.com)
Family Foundation Virtual Lobby Day: De-Fund Planned Parenthood!Feb. 10, 2010
Tomorrow is The Family Foundation’s Annual Virtual Lobby Day and we have a great way for you to participate! You may have heard of "Money Bombs," the latest technique for candidates to raise money quickly — they send an e-mail solicitation asking for a small donation from thousands of people to raise a substantial amount of cash to make a difference in their campaigns. We saw how Senator Scott Brown did this to counter all of the big liberal money raised against him in the special U.S. Senate election in Massachusetts a few weeks ago. What a difference that made — it put the brakes on government-run health care! We’re not asking your for money. But we are asking you to make a difference by e-mailing your senators and delegates tomorrow (Thursday) with a simple message:
DE-FUND PLANNED PARENTHOOD in the Commonwealth’s new budget!
Tomorrow also happens to be Planned Parenthood’s lobby day. Imagine the difference we can make if thousands of values voters e-mailed their legislators tomorrow with the same message about de-funding Planned Parenthood before the pro-abortion lobbyists even stepped foot in the lawmakers’ offices!
If you attended Family Foundation Day At The Capitol in January, following up with an e-mail tomorrow with your delegates and senators is a great way to leverage the relationship you established with them. If you did not attend, now you have the opportunity, simultaneously, with likeminded, concerned citizens across Virginia, to have an impact with the ease of a few keystrokes.
Planned Parenthood is a billion dollar partisan behemoth that masquerades as a health organization. Inside its abortion center doors over a quarter of all abortions in the United States take place. Over the years it has received tens of thousands of taxpayer dollars from Virginia. Virginia’s taxpayers should never be forced to bail out this radical organization, especially while the Commonwealth faces a spending surplus of billions of dollars. It is time for this funding to stop!
In addition, look for several other very special features we have lined up in the next several days, including interviews with noted political commentator Dr. Bob Holsworth and House Republican Caucus Chairman, Delegate Sam Nixon (R-27, Chesterfield).
Remember, tomorrow, Thursday, February 11, please e-mail your senators (click here for contact list) and delegates (click here for contact list) and urge them to end the taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood! If you don't know your delegate and senator, click here.
Breaking: Delegate Sam Nixon To Interview Here To Preview Special Tax Session!May. 29, 2008
House Republican Caucus Chairman Delegate Sam Nixon (R-27, Chesterfield) agreed today to a blog interview here to preview the special tax session of the General Assembly ready to convene June 23 (contact your delegate and senator here). We will submit to him between six to eight questions about the special tax session, our real transportation situation and some other issues and post them here most likely over two days. The date of the interview still needs to be worked out in accordance with Delegate Nixon's schedule, but should take place within two weeks or so. We will let you know when we finalize the date, but he has committed to us.
We thank Delegate Nixon for agreeing to take our questions, we look forward to his responses and hope you will read and discuss them here.