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  • Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell Gets 2 Years In Prison

    01/06/2015 12:27:10 PM PST · by iowamark · 27 replies
    NPR ^ | January 06, 2015 | Krishnadev Calamur
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was sentenced today to two years in prison for public corruption. U.S. District Judge James R. Spencer said McDonnell must report to prison on Feb. 9. Spencer said he was moved by the support for the former governor, but "a price must be paid. Unlike Pontius Pilate, I can't wash my hands of it all. A meaningful sentence must be imposed." Earlier, McDonnell addressed the court, asking that Spencer show him and his wife, Maureen, mercy. "I stand before you a heartbroken and humbled man," he said. The sentence could be seen as a victory...
  • Bad Week: Obama; Worst Week: McDonnell

    09/08/2014 9:50:56 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 8, 2014 | Rich Galen
    President Barack Obama had another very bad week. It was only because former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was convicted on eleven of fourteen counts of corruption that Mr. Obama didn't walk away with the Worst Week honors. President announced during his pre-taped interview with Chuck Todd (to help mark the beginning of the Todd era on Meet the Press) that he would be addressing the nation on Wednesday night on his strategy for dealing with ISIS/ISIL/IS. Remember, a couple of weeks ago he told a presser that he had no strategy to do that which was about as dumb a...
  • Former Virginia governor found guilty in influence-peddling case (Bob McDonnell

    09/04/2014 3:26:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cable News Network ^ | 5:51 PM EDT, Thu September 4, 2014 | Tom Cohen
    A former rising star in the Republican Party, former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was red-faced and sobbing Thursday after a jury convicted him and his wife on multiple counts related to influence-peddling while he was in office. After more than a month of sometimes soul-baring testimony, the federal jury issued guilty verdicts on 11 counts against McDonnell, while clearing him on two others. His wife, Maureen, was convicted on nine while cleared on four. The charges involved gifts the couple received from a businessman, including a Rolex watch, a $15,000 check for their daughter’s wedding and other items that are...
  • [Vanity] Please list recent governors who have done worse than abuse $120,00 worth of power

    09/04/2014 1:00:33 PM PDT · by mbarker12474 · 20 replies
    [Vanity] Please list recent governors and members of the U.S. House and Seante who have done worse than abuse $120,00 worth of power. Please provide one or two lines on their unprosecuted criminal conduct.
  • Rick Perry And The Democrats’ Pattern Of “Lawfare” Against Rising Republicans

    08/17/2014 2:10:27 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 22 replies
    Powerline ^ | April 16, 2013 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    John and Scott have commented on the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry. As they note, it fits a pattern of politically motivated indictments of prominent Texas Republicans. The Perry indictment also fits a pattern of harassment via the legal process of prominent Republican governors: Sarah Palin, Scott Walker, Chris Christie, and now Perry. What do these four have in common? Why, they all are (or were) potentially viable candidates for the national office. Invocation of the legal process against Christie may well be warranted. (So too with Bob McDonnell, whom I didn’t include in my list because, although once vaguely...
  • Former Virginia governor and his wife plead NOT guilty, reject plea deal

    01/26/2014 10:14:26 AM PST · by iowamark · 3 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 1/24/2014 | David Marosko
    Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen are facing a slew of federal corruption charges, but as they appeared in court for the first time today, reports emerged that the Republican politician once rejected a plea deal that would have spared his wife entirely... The plea agreement Mr McDonnell rejected last year, according to the Washington Post, would have required him to acknowledge only that he filed an incomplete mortgage application when he failed to list money he had borrowed from Mr Williams. For Mr McDonnell, once considered a possible presidential running mate in 2012, a political future...
  • Bob McDonnell, and the perils of being famous but not rich

    01/22/2014 2:27:54 PM PST · by libstripper · 8 replies
    The Week ^ | Jn. 22, 2014 | Matt K. Lewis
    "We are broke," confessed former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's wife Maureen in an email to his staff, and "have an unconscionable amount in credit card debt." Let's assume for the sake of argument that this is true. Does it exonerate the McDonnells from the very-serous allegations of accepting gifts in return for using the governor's office to dish out special treatment? Of course not. And yet... it might serve as at least a partial explanation as to why someone who seemed to be a rising star in politics would risk throwing it all away.
  • The 8 Juiciest Revelations From The Bob McDonnell Indictment Read more:

    01/22/2014 11:04:31 AM PST · by iowamark · 32 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 1/21/2014 | Eric Lach
    Earlier this month, Bob McDonnell became former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. On Tuesday, he became indicted former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. Just days after he left office, the Republican and and his wife, Maureen McDonnell, were charged in federal court with more than a dozen counts related to the tens of thousands of dollars in gifts and loans they accepted from a wealthy Virginia businessman. (The ex-governor maintained on Tuesday that he had done nothing illegal.) The fact that the McDonnells were under scrutiny from prosecutors was no secret. Stories about the investigation, and the relationship between the McDonnells and...
  • We Told You So: McDonnell, Christie Dumped Tea Party Long Ago

    01/22/2014 10:05:50 AM PST · by SoConPubbie · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 22 Jan 2014, 7:54 AM PDT | Joel B. Pollak
    <p>New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell were the first victors in the Tea Party wave, riding fresh conservative enthusiasm--and outrage over Obamacare--to victory in November 2009. The left, predictably, is trying to link Christie's bullying scandal and McDonnell's corruption indictment to that Tea Party support. The truth, however, is that they dumped their Tea Party principles and supporters long ago.</p>
  • The ugly, sordid, damning details in the Bob McDonnell indictment

    01/22/2014 4:48:06 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 47 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | January 22, 2014 | Byron York
    If the prosecutors' case in United States v. Robert F. McDonnell and Maureen G. McDonnell is correct, the corrupt acts of the 71st governor of Virginia and his wife had their beginning even before Bob McDonnell took the oath of office. Virginia's new First Couple allegedly hoped to start cashing in before they officially became the First Couple. News reports give readers the basic outline of the prosecution, but one has to read the indictment itself -- it's just 43 pages -- to grasp the full extent of the McDonnells' alleged corruption. The gist of the case is that the...
  • Ed Gillespie Announces U.S. Senate Run in Virginia

    01/16/2014 4:33:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Republican political consultant and former White House aide Ed Gillespie announced his plan to run for U.S. Senate in Virginia Thursday morning. He will run against incumbent Mark Warner, a Democrat. Gillespie previously served as chairman of former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's 2009 campaign and as a Republican National Committee chairman. He also co-founded government relations firm Quinn Gillespie and Associates. However, he faces a challenge of name recognition -- or lack thereof. "I don't think anybody in Virginia knows who Ed Gillespie is," said Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Democrat representing Fairfax County. "I'll bet you if you check name...
  • Report: Bid to indict Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell delayed

    12/19/2013 12:44:48 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 12-19-13 | James Hohmann
    The Justice Department has reportedly delayed until next year a decision on whether to indict outgoing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife in connection with a gifts scandal — a decision that came after a face-to-face appeal by the couple’s lawyers. A report by The Washington Post late Wednesday night said U.S. Attorney Dana Boente told lawyers for the governor and first lady Maureen McDonnell a week ago that he planned to ask a grand jury to return an indictment by this past Monday over allegedly inappropriate help they gave dietary supplement maker Star Scientific after receiving gifts from...
  • Off-year Elections Will Turn on Personal Factors, Not Issues

    08/16/2013 3:44:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 16, 2013 | Michael Barone
    Sometimes off-year elections provide insight into national political trends and voters' views on issues. That was true in 2009, when the issues in the governor elections in New Jersey and Virginia were congruent with the issues facing Congress and the president. In both states the Republicans campaigned for lower spending and taxes, in contrast to the Obama Democrats' policies. Heavily Democratic New Jersey voted narrowly for Republican Chris Christie, and in Virginia, the state voting closest to the national average in 2008 and 2012, Republican Bob McDonnell won a landslide victory. This turned out to be a good predictor of...
  • McDonnell apologizes, repays loans

    07/23/2013 4:52:31 PM PDT · by iowamark · 9 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 23 2013 | Laura Vozzella and Rosalind S. Helderman
    RICHMOND — Gov. Robert F. McDonnell announced Tuesday that he and his wife have repaid more than $120,000 to Star Scientific chief executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. and apologized for the first time for the controversy involving the prominent donor. “I am deeply sorry for the embarrassment certain members of my family and I brought upon my beloved Virginia and her citizens,” McDonnell said in a statement announced via Twitter. “I want you to know that I broke no laws and that I am committed to regaining your sacred trust and confidence. I hope today’s action is another step toward...
  • In Va., bid to restore rights to nonviolent felons

    07/15/2013 5:35:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 15, 2013 6:00 PM EDT | Steve Szkotak
    The door opened Monday for tens of thousands of nonviolent felons in Virginia to regain the right to vote, with state officials outlining steps each will have to take to recapture their basic civil rights. Gov. Bob McDonnell has said up to 100,000 disenfranchised felons ultimately could be added to the voter rolls, serve on a jury or hold political office.“For past offenders, our goal is to grant civil rights back to as many as possible,” McDonnell said in a statement. “This is the right thing to do for all Virginians to help make the commonwealth a safer and better...
  • Leftist Virginia Organizing in VA pushes for more felons voting (BARF ALERT)

    07/10/2013 10:58:32 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 7 replies
    From an email
    Dear Supporter, We have a unique opportunity in Virginia. Governor Bob McDonnell is currently considering which felonies should be categorized as “non-violent” for the purpose of the new, more streamlined restoration of civil rights process that will go into effect as early as next week. Right now, there are several felonies arbitrarily classified as “violent,” like breaking and entering or drug possession with intent to distribute. Those particular felonies disproportionately affect people of color and communities in poverty. We need your help. Will you take the time to email Governor Bob McDonnell and ask that he take the broadest approach...
  • Sources: McDonnell to Resign as Virginia Governor

    Update: Here are the denials. It’s unclear to me whether my sources know something Deutsch doesn’t or were basing their opinion on his reporting. I will update for accuracy as it goes on. Sources close to JHPolitics are confirming what was broken by Willie Deutsch of Bearing Drift. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is, if reports are to be believed, resigning from office over pending corruption charges. Willie’s take: The man who pushed out the RPV chairman over trumped up corruption charges while running for governor is currently in the middle of finalizing a plea agreement which includes his resignation as...
  • There’s No Such Thing as a Slight Sense of Entitlement

    07/07/2013 5:32:34 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 9 replies
    Conservative Daily News ^ | June 24, 2013 | Michael R Shannon
    We’ve all seen photos of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. Particularly last year when he was being mentioned as a possible vice presidential pick on the Romney ticket. He would be beaming, with a large, toothy smile, looking well groomed and squeaky clean. And no wonder, this wholesome image was the product of a group effort, since the governor relies on Virginia taxpayers to keep him smelling fresh. According to Laura Vozzella in the Washington Post, the McDonnell family has used its government–supplied credit card much like the GSA uses its card. Billing the taxpayers for “body wash, sunscreen, dog vitamins...
  • Rise of the Republican Governors - A new liberal era? Not according to these reformers.

    05/11/2013 7:04:44 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2013 | Steven Malanga
    Shortly after Barack Obama won reelection in November, New Jersey governor Chris Christie pointed out that Republicans’ cloudy political prospects had a bright silver lining. “One of the reasons you have 30 Republican governors in America, and why we’re the only organization to add Republican strength,” Christie said, “is because people see us getting things done.” Christie’s stance countered most of the elite postelection commentary, which gleefully pronounced the Republican Party’s political irrelevance. But the governor was right. Since Obama first took office in 2008, Republicans have picked up a net nine governorships, bringing their total to 30 states,...
  • Low Blow: Daily Beast's Tomasky Attacks GOP Governor As ‘Sleazy Christian’

    05/02/2013 10:17:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | May 2, 2013 | Jeffrey Meyer
    Hard-left Daily Beast writer Michael Tomasky has a nasty habit of smearing conservatives every chance he gets, and it seems he has found his newest target, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.).  Writing in a May 1 piece for the online publication Tomasky used the FBI investigation over gifts McDonnell received for his daughter’s wedding to slam the Virginia governor's Christian faith.  Tomasky started off his rant by throwing harsh language at the governor, calling his actions, “sleazy and cowardly.”  At issue is the controversial relationship McDonnell has with businessman Jonnie Williams and whether or not the governor accepted money for political...
  • Virginia Governor, Republican Bob McDonnell, signs Voter ID into law

    03/26/2013 1:46:49 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Mar. 26, 2013 | Robert Laurie
    Whether you believe voter fraud is a huge problem or just a minor annoyance, there’s no way you can argue that it doesn’t happen. Virtually every recent election has been marred by reports of people voting under fake names, voting multiple times, or casting fraudulent ballots. Supporters of Voter ID laws have long argued that there’s a simple way to stop most of these problems from occurring: require a photo ID from each registered voter in order to cast a ballot. It’s simple, quick, and prevents “disenfranchisement” by securing the process. In short, it’s a no-brainer. So, obviously, Democrats hate...
  • Also not invited to CPAC: Bob McDonnell

    03/05/2013 1:04:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/05/2015 | AllahPundit
    Remember how Bob McDonnell's and Chris Christie's gubernatorial wins in 2009 gave conservatives a jolt of optimism after the catastrophe of 2008? Good times, good times.No surprise here after he broke his promise not to raise taxes in order to fund Virginia’s new transportation bill, but still newsworthy: Chris Christie isn’t the only Republican governor getting snubbed by the Conservative Political Action Conference. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell was not invited, according to someone close to CPAC who was not authorized to speak publicly.McDonnell, a potential 2016 candidate, spoke at the conference for the past two years. Like Christie, McDonnell is...
  • Va. governor restores Scooter Libby’s vote rights

    03/03/2013 11:59:16 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 28, 2013 10:46 PM EST
    Former vice presidential adviser I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby is among more than 1,000 felons whose voting rights were restored in the past year by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, according to a report to the General Assembly. Libby’s name is listed in the Feb. 23 report on pardons, commutations, reprieves and other forms of clemency the Republican governor is required to submit annually. Without elaboration, the report says Libby’s civil rights were restored Nov. 1, 2012. … In Virginia, only the governor can restore felons’ civil rights. McDonnell has streamlined the process and, consequently, has restored the rights of more than...
  • Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell sides with business over conservatives

    02/28/2013 9:20:22 PM PST · by Mozilla · 4 replies
    http://www.aei.org ^ | February 27, 2013 | Timothy P. Carney
    "Conservative" does not mean the same thing as "pro-business," as Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has demonstrated. McDonnell -- whose three-year record is mostly characterized by conservative policies -- this week won the largest tax hike in state history and a package of new spending on transportation. Cheering him on was Virginia's business lobby. The tax-hike-and-roads package fits well into a pattern of McDonnell veering from his conservative principles when the business lobby wants more government. McDonnell, for instance, has subsidized favored businesses and industries through tax credits and special incentives. Also, Virginia's dependence on the military-industrial complex and the "Beltway...
  • Under Fire: Gov McDonnell Uses Reagan To Defend His Transportation Tax Bill (RINO reeling)

    02/28/2013 6:29:02 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | February 27, 2013 | Larry O'Connor
    This morning on "Mornings on the Mall" on WMAL-FM in Washington DC, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) used the memory of Ronald Reagan to give himself cover for a tax increase he helped engineer. Once considered a strong contender for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, McDonnell has found himself under increasing scrutiny from allies on the right for a tax-laden transportation bill that was approved by Virginia's legislature this weekend, despite opposition from many Republicans, including the presumptive GOP nominee to succeed McDonnell, tea-party favorite Ken Cuccinelli.
  • Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell Thinks You’re an Idiot

    02/26/2013 5:12:02 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 21 replies
    Red State ^ | February 25, 2013 | Erick Erickson
    On Friday, March 15, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. Bob McDonnell will go to CPAC and address the Faith & Freedom Coalition Prayer Breakfast. For those of you who attend this event, you will be sitting staring at a liar. If you are a conservative, remember Bob McDonnell thinks you’re an idiot. That’s the only explanation I can think of for what just happened in Virginia this week. That, and that McDonnell is an unprincipled fake conservative whose promises are without value, an exemplar of the kind of big government pro-tax Republican who ruined the party’s stature with fiscal conservatives.
  • Virginia’s Gun Ban Bob McDonnell Strikes Again

    02/18/2013 9:50:37 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 13 replies
    Ammo Land ^ | Feb 18, 2013 | AmmoLand Staff
    Virginia --(Ammoland.com)- This VGOC action alert contains: 1. An urgent call to Action to Stop Gun Ban Governor Bob McDonnell’s last minute legislative plan to sneak new gun bans past gun owners. Please use the message below to call the Governor as soon as possible. 2. A cut, copy and paste email to be sent to key legislators who can stop Bob McDonnell’s SB 1377 and SB 1378. Both bills are designed to entrap and severely punish innocent, unsuspecting gun owners in brand new gun crime traps. 3. An urgent request for a donation to your VGOC to help fund...
  • McDonnell transportation plan hits Democrat wall in Senate (Dems Kill McDonnell Tax Hike)

    02/06/2013 6:59:09 AM PST · by fractionated · 2 replies
    Hampton Roads Daily Press ^ | February 5, 2013 | Todd Allen Wilson
    Senate Democrats killed Gov. Bob McDonnell's comprehensive transportation funding plan that eliminates the state's gasoline tax in exchange for raising the sales tax to 5.8 percent Tuesday, just hours after the House of Delegates passed an amended version of the package. Senate Republicans offered two new versions of the plan that would have taxed gasoline at the wholesale level without increasing the sales tax, to no avail. The original measure's sponsor, Sen. Stephen Newman, introduced a new version of the bill that would have done away with the gas tax at the pump, and instead offer a wholesale gas tax...
  • Bob McDonnell’s “Road for Nobody” near Hampton Roads insults Northern Virginia

    01/31/2013 1:04:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2013 | Robert McCartney
    A few years ago, Alaska’s proposed “Bridge to Nowhere” became a national symbol of wasteful government spending on little-needed projects. Now Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has pushed through his own version of this embarrassment, a $1.4 billion highway outside Hampton Roads that qualifies as a “Road for Nobody.” McDonnell has perplexed people across the state by his insistence on adding a tolled, four-lane highway parallel to U.S. 460. It will stretch for 55 miles from Petersburg, a Richmond suburb, southeast to Suffolk. The deal signed in December to build the road is especially insulting to traffic-jammed Northern Virginia, where...
  • Governor proposes to eliminate gasoline tax (Virginia)

    01/12/2013 3:31:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Independent Messenger ^ | 1/10/13 | DON KORALEWSKI
    Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell delivered his state of the Commonwealth address on Wednesday, marking his vision for the state as the General Assembly opens the 2013 session. One of the most striking parts of his presentation is a proposal to eliminate Virginia’s 17.5-cent per gallon gasoline tax, and replace this portion of state roads funding with an increase in the state’s sales tax.
  • Giuliani: Rubio would be best VP choice for Romney

    07/27/2012 9:13:54 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 17 replies
    TBO ^ | 07/26/2012 | By LAUREN MAYK
    Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani says U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio would be the best choice of a running mate for Mitt Romney. In an interview in Tampa with News Channel 8, the one-time presidential candidate said he was comfortable with all the potential vice presidential candidates he's heard being talked about, but thinks Rubio is "the most exciting." Giuliani said the Florida senator could help the campaign attract young people.
  • Romney bus – with two possible VP picks aboard – will be in Iowa this week

    07/25/2012 2:30:13 AM PDT · by iowamark · 20 replies
    Des Moines Register | July 24, 2012 | Jennifer Jacobs
    Gannett paper, link only: http://blogs.desmoinesregister.com/dmr/index.php/2012/07/24/romney-bus-with-two-possible-vp-picks-aboard-will-be-in-iowa-this-week/
  • Fourth day of storm recovery brings more power customers online

    07/04/2012 5:13:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 3, 2012 | Shannon Odell
    Utility crews made significant progress Tuesday restoring power to homes without electricity since Friday night’s storm, but officials in several jurisdictions announced they were canceling Independence Day celebrations as the recovery continues. Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said Tuesday morning that 75 percent of outages in Maryland had been restored, while Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell reported that power outages in Virginia had been reduced to a fraction of the 1.2 million customers left without lights and air conditioning in the wake of the storm. As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, about 13,000 of 257,000 Pepco customers in the District were still without...
  • Outages put Pepco on multiple hot seats

    07/03/2012 7:20:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 2, 2012 | Tom Howell Jr.
    D.C. Council members planned to meet face-to-face with officials from Pepco as soon as Tuesday to address the “unacceptable” pace of the utility’s recovery efforts after Friday night’s fierce storm swept through the region and left hundreds of thousands without power in stifling heat. Their stern response to a third day of widespread outages builds on years of skepticism aimed at the utility that serves nearly 800,000 customers in the District and Maryland. Several city lawmakers could empathize with their constituents’ plight, because they, too, lacked power in their homes. They wondered aloud whether Pepco gave “short shrift” to the...
  • Is Bobby Jindal being vetted by the Romney camp? He won’t say he is, won’t say he isn’t

    06/08/2012 8:12:04 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 64 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | June 8, 2012 | Chris Moody
    Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has enjoyed endorsements from influential conservatives who want to see him on the ballot with Mitt Romney in November, but he won't divulge if he's being considered. After a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Chicago Friday, Jindal declined to answer when asked specifically if Romney's campaign is vetting him for the job. "When it comes to the whole VP question, look, I've got the job that I want. I'm not going to speculate on what Gov. Romney's going to do," Jindal told reporters. "I'm not going to comment on his process the same...
  • Virginia detainee law is dangerously unconstitutional

    04/27/2012 9:43:38 AM PDT · by american_steve · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 27, 2012 | David B. Rivkin Jr. and Charles Stimson
    Virginia’s new law sends mixed messages to state employees, especially law enforcement officials. Imagine a state trooper pulling over a speeder and finding out through an ID check that the FBI has an alert for the driver as a suspected al-Qaeda operative. What should the trooper do if he knows or suspects the driver is a U.S. citizen? Do his duty and detain the suspect, which violates Virginia law? Or simply write the speeding ticket and send the driver on his way, not telling the FBI or the military, consequences be damned? Although the federal government has no inherent constitutional...
  • Va Gov. Bob McDonnell has been called out to perform his mandatory duty.

    03/29/2012 9:16:35 AM PDT · by VaConstitution · 5 replies
    Journal of Constitutional Reset from Virginia ^ | 03-29-2012 | Constitutional.Reset@gmail.com
    Va Gov. Bob McDonnell has been called out to perform his mandatory duty.  http://www.facebook.com/groups/53783122419/  Republican Party of Virginia BeachVirginia has the laws to civilly and criminally nail BHO on eligibility grounds. Does it have the patriots to do so?   http://www.facebook.com/groups/259834004101186/268642163220370/ All citizens have both duties and rights."Section 15. Qualities necessary to preservation of free government.That no free government, nor the blessings of liberty, can be preserved to any people, but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles; and by the recognition by all citizens that they have duties as well as rights, and...
  • Chris Matthews predicts Romney-Portman

    03/21/2012 11:44:42 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | Wed, 2012-03-21 | Paul Bedard
    Talk of a Mitt Romney-Rob Portman GOP presidential ticket, a leading pick among Republican insiders, picked up a flashy endorsement Wednesday from long-time political pundit and MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews. “Portman’s probably the best bet,” Matthews told the American Bankers Association convention of the Ohio senator. The former Carter speechwriter and top aide to legendary House Speaker Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill, suggested that the second best pick for Romney would be Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell. “I think he’s looking at Virginia and Ohio” as states Romney must carry to beat President Obama, added Matthews. It's an assessment GOP officials...
  • OUTRAGE: Virginia Community Center Holds Job Fair for ILLEGAL ALIENS

    03/21/2012 8:43:02 AM PDT · by montag813 · 12 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 03-21-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona The U.S. economy is suffering its worst bout of sustained unemployment since the Great Depression. Millions of Americans are out of work and hurting. They struggle to pay their bills, pay their rent or mortgage, and find work to feed their families. Meanwhile, millions of illegal aliens take jobs that Americans need , undercut wages, steal identities of Americans to sustain their employment fraud, and illegally collect welfare and social services to which they have no right. As American incomes decline, the amount of cash illegals send back to their home countries is at a...
  • Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell signs Virginia ultrasound bill

    03/08/2012 5:52:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    CBS News ^ | 03/08/2012 | Lucy Madison
    Amid continued protests from Democrats, Republican Governor Bob McDonnell on Wednesday signed into law a controversial bill requiring Virginia women to undergo an ultrasound procedure prior to having an abortion. The bill sparked national debate this month over a provision that would have required many women to undergo transvaginal ultrasounds, which opponents decried as medically unnecessary and physically invasive. McDonnell, a conservative who opposes abortion rights, ultimately requested that mandate be stripped. The Virginia House of Delegates passed a revised version last week that allows women to "reject" a transvaginal ultrasound and instead opt for an abdominal ultrasound, which generally...
  • The Demagoguery of the Virginia Abortion Battles

    02/27/2012 6:16:48 AM PST · by alan8228 · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Moore Common Sense ^ | 2/25/12 | Alan Moore
    As I perused Governor Bob McDonnell's Facebook page the other day I couldn't help but notice the nastiness posted from left-wing radicals regarding the recent ultrasound abortion bill. Compounded with the attacks from liberal shills like the Daily Kos, Saturday Night Live, and MSNBC I'd say the battle is raging. Clearly the liberal hate squad is working their groupthink attacks in full force. As usual, they have taken a legitimate bill designed to save lives and attacked it with the demagogic, fear-based, shock-valued ridiculousness that we have come to expect from the far left. At issue is the Virginia bill...
  • GOP Presidential Candidates Address CPAC [Santorum, Romney, Gingrich]

    02/10/2012 3:56:22 PM PST · by thouworm · 22 replies · 1+ views
    C-Span ^ | February 10, 2012 | Santorum, Romney, Gingrich
    C-SPAN's coverage of the 39th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) continues Friday with speeches by the leading presidential candidates and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. The three top GOP candidates for the Republican nomination -- former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum -- are taking a break from the campaign trial to address attendees. Rep. Ron Paul was invited to speak but will instead continue campaigning.
  • McDonnell: No gas tax during recession

    02/02/2012 1:59:27 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 31, 2012 | WTOP
    WASHINGTON - A day after the governor of Maryland said he would like to institute a percentage tax on gasoline, the chief executive of Virginia said he would not seek any additional taxes during a recession, particularly on gas, despite a significant demand for more transit projects. Both states have looked to sales tax to resolve their transportation funding woes. On Monday, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley said he would like to do away with a ban on sales tax for gasoline, to add to its existing 23-cent flat tax. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has a different approach. "I will not...
  • Gov. Bob McDonnell Endorses Mitt Romney

    01/20/2012 6:03:47 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 48 replies · 1+ views
    NBC Washington ^ | January 20, 2011
    Virginia's governor has thrown his support behind Mitt Romney. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced on Friday morning that he's endorsing the former Massachusetts governor. "As I have said throughout this primary process, we need a governor to serve as our next president,” Governor McDonnell said in a release. “America needs leadership and that's what governors do: they lead. Governors actually have to find solutions and bring all parties together in order to get results for their citizens – they can't just sit back and cast votes." Although pressed for months to offer an endorsement, McDonnell has steadfastly withheld commitment until now....
  • McDonnell endorsing Romney ahead of S.C. primary

    01/20/2012 5:00:49 AM PST · by wolfman23601 · 69 replies
    The Virginian Pilot ^ | 1/20/12 | Julian Walker
    Gov. Bob McDonnell said this morning that he's endorsing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney today before heading to South Carolina to campaign for the Republican presidential candidate ahead of the Palmetto State's primary Saturday. Virginia's governor discussed his endorsement of Romney on CNBC's show, "Squawk Box," and planned additional interviews with CNN and FOX News. Those interviews coincide with McDonnell's travel to New York City for a economic development meeting this morning. The governor will head to South Carolina this afternoon for a rally in Charleston and remain in the state into Saturday for other Romney campaign events tonight and...
  • Virginia Governor Signs Stricter Rules to Regulate Abortion Clinics

    12/30/2011 3:40:18 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/30/2011 | By Michael Gryboski
    Virginia abortion clinics that perform first-trimester abortions will have to submit to stricter regulations, which could result in most of them being shut down by next year. Gov. Bob McDonnell signed the new rules into law Thursday after they received approval from Virginia’s departments of Planning and Budget and Health and Human Resources. Taylor Thornley, deputy director of communications for Gov. McDonnell, said that the new regulations had strong support from both parties in the General Assembly. “These regulations are a product of an amendment that passed both the House and Senate with bipartisan support,” said Thornley in a statement....
  • Goldman helps Gingrich with Virginia ballot

    12/26/2011 6:18:32 PM PST · by Nachum · 79 replies · 1+ views
    Politico ^ | 12/26/11 | MIKE ALLEN |
    Paul Goldman, a Richmond lawyer who is a former Virginia Democratic party chairman, is helping represent a conservative group in challenging Newt Gingrich's disqualification from the Old Dominion ballot on March 6, Super Tuesday. Bill Pascoe, executive vice president of Citizens for the Republic, said: “We are teaming up with former Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Paul Goldman to make sure the voters of the Commonwealth have a fair and transparent presidential primary process. ...
  • May, 2010 poll: Texans want to end in-state tuition benefits for illegal aliens

    10/06/2011 9:04:37 AM PDT · by dangus · 47 replies
    Texas Tribune ^ | Ross Ramsey
    Texas allows the children of undocumented immigrants to attend state colleges and universities at the in-state rate — a lower tuition rate than that paid by out-of-state and documented foreign students. Asked if illegal and undocumented immigrants should be treated as in-state students, 77 percent say no (67 percent strongly approve of ending that deal) and only 17 percent say it should continue... More than half (58 percent) say they would support an end to bilingual education in Texas public schools. Attempts to put an "English-only" amendment into the Texas Constitution have failed for years, getting bogged down in the...
  • What about Bob? (Why not consider Virginia Governor McDonnell for President)

    09/28/2011 7:37:27 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/28/2011 | Noemie Emery
    Our friend Bill Kristol seemed distraught after the GOP debate Thursday evening, about to break into Chris Christie's office, open the window and threaten to jump from it if the Big One did not run for president. But we who share his emotions and love for the governor may still wonder why so many Republicans unhappy with their options are fixed upon Christie alone. Why not his classmate here in Virginia, who was elected governor on the same day that he was, and has proven just as successful, if quieter? While confrontational Chris has gone viral with dozens of videos,...
  • McDonnell announces $544.8 million budget surplus [Virginia]

    08/18/2011 1:18:00 PM PDT · by freespirited · 27 replies
    Wapo ^ | 08/18/11 | Anita Kumar
      Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) announced Thursday that Virginia has finished its fiscal year with a surplus of $544.8 million through higher-than-expected tax revenue and savings.Last month, McDonnell announced that the state had a surplus of $311 million on June 30, the close of the year, but Thursday told legislators his administration has been able to save an additional $234.1 million. Virginia law calls for the bulk of the money to be put into the state’s rainy day fund and spent on K-12 education, transportation and Chesapeake Bay cleanup.McDonnell has proposed giving some of the unspent balance to sheriff’s offices...