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  • Virginia's 1-Gun-Per-Month Repeal Faces Tough Vote Monday

    02/06/2012 6:31:35 AM PST · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 5 February, 2012 | NRA
    This Monday, February 6, the Virginia Senate is expected to cast its final vote on Senate Bill 323, legislation which would repeal the archaic prohibition of purchasing more than one handgun per month. This vote is expected to be very close so it is important that you continue to contact your state Senator and urge him or her to vote for this legislation on Monday. Originally expected to be voted on Friday, this legislation was passed by for the day and will take place on Monday. To locate your state Senator and their contact information, please click here. Drafted by...
  • 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...
  • VA Gov. Bob McDonnell, A G Ken Cuccinelli to speak at CPAC

    02/02/2012 11:20:23 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 25 replies
    Bob McDonnell, Ken Cuccinelli to speak at CPAC By Anita Kumar Gov. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli both will be speaking at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference next month— a gathering that often provides a stage for presidential hopefuls. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown) Cuccinelli will be getting the “Defender of the Constitution Award” on Feb. 9. McDonnell will be speaking Feb. 10. Former governor James Gilmore (R) will be speaking on a panel about whether the Arab Spring is good or bad for the United States. McDonnell and Cuccinelli have been...
  • Virginia House Passes Repeal of 1-Gun-Per-Month Law

    02/02/2012 10:10:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 1 February, 2012 | Mark Berman
    A law that limits Virginians to one gun purchase per month is one step closer to being repealed. On Wednesday the Virginia House voted 66-32 to toss out the 18-year-old law. A similar Senate bill passed a voice vote -- a formal vote was delayed until Thursday. The vote in the House was along party lines; just two Democrats went along with the Republican majority. Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell vowed to sign the bill. The law was passed nearly two decades ago in an attempt to stop the flow of illegal guns from Virginia to the Northeast. New York City,...
  • House approves bill to repeal one-gun-a-month(VA)

    02/01/2012 12:42:37 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies · 1+ views
    timesdispatch.com ^ | 1 February, 2012 | Wesley P. Hester
    A repeal of the state's one-handgun-a-month law and a bill to require voters without identification to cast provisional ballots have passed the state's House of Delegates and are on to the Senate. Both bills were the topic of substantial debate Tuesday, and Democrats again lashed out at the legislation today. The voter ID measure -- House Bill 9, introduced by Del. Mark L. Cole, R-Spotsylvania -- passed on a 69-30 vote. The vote came a day after a rally in opposition to the bill drew more than 300 people to the Capitol. Those opposed claim the legislation is designed to...
  • Va. House, Senate pass ban on mandatory labor pacts for construction projects

    01/31/2012 1:26:33 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 2 replies
    The Virginia House and Senate on Tuesday voted to ban mandatory project labor agreements on state-funded construction projects, a move proponents argue will help protect the state's right-to-work laws and create a level playing field in contract bidding. Opponents say the ban is an unnecessary red herring. The Republican-led House approved its version of the bill on a 69-27 vote, and the Senate deadlocked on the measure 20-20.
  • email from VA Planned Parenthood opposing SB 484 (BARF ALERT)

    01/29/2012 7:46:14 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 6 replies
    PP email
    Yesterday, the Senate Education & Health Committee passed Senate Bill 484, which would force women to have an ultrasound 24 hours prior to having an abortion for political—not medical—reasons. Your Senator is expected to vote on this bill early next week. Tell Your Senator: VOTE NO ON SENATE BILL 484! This bill is an intrusion into private, personal medical decisions that women should make in consultation with their physician. It and others like it are being pushed this year by opponents of women’s health in states all across the country. Mandatory ultrasounds and waiting periods are simply delay tactics that...
  • Virginia Senate Passes Bill to Allow Sunday Hunting

    01/28/2012 6:17:16 AM PST · by marktwain · 22 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 27 January, 2012 | NSSF
    RICHMOND, VA -- The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) – the trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry – is applauding the passage of legislation (SB 464) to end the ban on Sunday hunting in the Old Dominion. Yesterday, the Virginia State Senate overwhelming voted (29-11) to allow Sunday hunting on private lands. Companion legislation will now move to the House of Delegates for a vote. “Yesterday’s vote was a great step forward in our campaign to allow Sunday hunting in Virginia,” said National Shooting Sports Foundation Senior Vice President and General Counsel Lawrence G. Keane....
  • Liberal reaction to repeal of guns on campus law(VA barf alert)

    01/26/2012 1:14:06 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    thecollegianur.com ^ | 26 January, 2012 | Ben Panko
    Before I say anything else, let me make it clear: any liberal (or person) who calls himself an American should believe in the Constitution. I see, too often, in blogs and on television people who selectively promote their favorite parts of our governing document. Conservatives seem as if they want to tattoo the 10th Amendment (states’ rights) on their chest, but often questionably cut corners around the Fourth Amendment (protection against unwarranted searches) for the sake of “national security.” Liberals talk endlessly of First Amendment rights to free speech, while trying to ignore the Second Amendment. I try not to...
  • Frederick 'Open for Business' signs denied by state

    01/25/2012 7:27:22 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 25, 2012 | WTOP and David Burd
    WASHINGTON - Frederick County wants to make visitors feel right at home with welcome signs highlighting some of its best aspects, but Maryland is blocking efforts to put the signs on state highways. The signs say, "Welcome to Frederick County. Open for business." Board of County Commissioners President Blaine Young said he believes politics is to blame for the state's rejection. "The state feels that government creates jobs. We feel that businesses create jobs and that's why they reject putting our signs on state-operated highways," he said. "If the State of Virginia can have 'open for business' on their welcome...
  • Homosexual lobby day in VA is today (list of their targeted bills)BARF ALERT

    01/24/2012 7:07:41 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 5 replies
    Please take a minute today to support the more than 100 fellow Equality Virginia supporters at Lobby Day. We know many of you couldn't make it today due to busy schedules, work or the distance to Richmond but you can still make a difference at the General Assembly. Contact your delegate and senator by phone or email today and ask them to look out for members of Equality Virginia. Better yet, voice your support for and against bills concerning Virginia's GLBT community this week. Find out who your representatives are here. Ask your senator to: OPPOSE SB 349 (MCWATERS) This...
  • 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....
  • Virginia Delegate Mark Cole moves to repeal concealed carry permit requirement

    01/20/2012 7:47:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gaithersburg Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 January, 2012 | Gary Roehm
    Delegate Mark Cole of Virginia is seeking to end the requirement that individuals who carry concealed weapons obtain a permit to do so. Currently there are four states that allow a person to carry a concealed weapon without a permit: Vermont, Wyoming, Arizona and Alaska. Concealed Carry laws vary among the states, with only a few not allowing for the practice in any circumstances. The trend has been for ever more liberal concealed carry laws in the United States and with recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings upholding an individual right to keep and bear arms under Second Amendment the trend...
  • 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...
  • Bills would allow deadly force against intruders (VA)

    01/19/2012 7:09:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    loudountimes.com ^ | 18 January, 2012 | Mechelle Hankerson
    RICHMOND – Del. Dickie Bell, (R-Staunton), is sponsoring two bills that would empower Virginians to use lethal force against an intruder in their home. House Bill 47 would grant civil immunity to anyone who injures or kills someone while defending their home from another person who has posed a threat of injury to the other or has entered the home unlawfully. House Bill 48 would enshrine in Virginia law the “Castle Doctrine” that about 30 other states have. The bill would allow the use of physical or deadly force in someone’s home if an intruder has committed an “overt act...
  • Will VA’s McDonnell be an acceptable candidate for gun owners?

    01/13/2012 7:43:51 AM PST · by marktwain
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 12 January, 2012 | David Codrea
    “For Bob McDonnell, VP Talk Won’t Go Away,” a November Roll Call headline declares. “GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney…may choose Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell…as his running mate if he secures the nomination next year,” the accompanying photo caption reads. But why settle for Number Two? There’s a “Draft McConnell” website (the site owner behind the move is masked by proxy domain registration) claiming: We Don't Have to Settle A recent report by Rhodes Cook, Senior Columnist at the Center for Politics, shows that it's not too late for a Republican to enter the 2012 Presidential race. Bob McDonnell has a...
  • 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....
  • Virginia Republicans to Push Pro-Gun Laws

    12/27/2011 6:27:07 AM PST · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 December, 2011 | NRA News
    Fairfax, VA --(Ammoland.com)- NRA-News is a valued partner that continues to cover breaking gun rights news with a new and improved short video format in the “NRA News Minute” videos. To view the current firearms or gun rights news video, please click above: Cam Edwards talks to Dave Adams from the Virginia Shooting Sports Association on the positive pro gun make up of the coming Virginia legislature and the chances of killing Virginia’s One Gun a Month Law. Read More on these topics: * One-Gun-A-Month Bill Passed in NJ * New One Gun A Months Law Ends Handgun Sales *...
  • Amazon to open two local distribution centers, creating 1,350 jobs (Chesterfield, VA)

    12/22/2011 7:09:27 AM PST · by Portcall24 · 18 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 22 Dec 11 | John Reid Blackwell
    Online giant Amazon.com Inc. is planning to open two distribution centers in the Richmond area next fall that would employ a total of 1,350 people, state and local officials said Wednesday. The $135 million investment in Chesterfield and Dinwiddie counties is Virginia's largest single economic development deal since 2004 in terms of jobs created. The official announcement by Amazon and Gov. Bob McDonnell is expected this morning.
  • Virginia background checks for gun sales challenged

    11/21/2011 11:17:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    hamptonroads.com ^ | 21 November, 2011 | Julian Walker
    Virginia's criminal background check system for firearm purchases, the first of its kind in the nation, is being targeted for elimination. Gun-rights advocates have lobbied Gov. Bob McDonnell to scrap the program, arguing that it is redundant because a federal background check system can replace it. Gun-control groups say doing so would take a valuable law enforcement tool away from Virginia State Police and undermine state gun laws. Efforts to cancel the state's 22-year-old background check system, known as the Virginia Firearms Transaction Program, could be debated in the upcoming General Assembly session. Republicans will control state government for the...
  • Election 2011: What it means

    11/10/2011 11:25:25 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies · 1+ views
    For Immediate Release Contact: Garren Shipley (540) 686-1138 Election 2011: What it Means -- GOP Supermajority in House, Majority in Senate, Solid Start for 2012 -- The votes are counted. The canvass is done, and the dust has settled. What does it all mean? First, let's look at the lay of the land. House of Delegates * Republicans picked up 7 seats in the House of Delegates. * Republicans now have a 68 seat caucus in the House, the most in history. * Republicans won 13 of 14 open seats in the House. * Republicans defeated 2 Democrat incumbents in...
  • Washington Post: Virginia elections may be a warning sign for Obama

    11/09/2011 10:22:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 11/09/2011 | By Karen Tumulty
    Tuesday’s legislative elections in Virginia appeared likely to add more evidence — as if national Democrats needed it — that the terrain of the political map will be significantly more rugged for President Obama next year. It is difficult to draw a bright trend line from an election in which fewer than one-third of those registered voted. When turnout is as light as it was on Tuesday, those who do show up tend to be the most dogged partisans. But analysts and political strategists of both parties said the expected Republican gains — even if less than was expected —...
  • VA Gov. McDonnell calls wins a repudiation of Obama policies

    11/09/2011 7:31:36 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 17 replies
    Gov. Bob McDonnell this morning cast Republican gains in the House of Delegates and Virginia Senate as partly a repudiation of President Barack Obama’s policies and said the pick-ups will give the GOP momentum going into 2012. Appearing on Morning Joe on MSNBC, McDonnell said Republicans picked up at least six seats in the House of Delegates — “the highest number total of Republican seats in the Virginia House that we’ve ever had.” He also claimed a two-seat pick up in the Senate for a 20-20 split, with Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling as the tie breaker, “giving Republicans effective...
  • Gov. McDonnell will join Romney at Virginia event next week (Lt. Gov. Bolling loves Romney)

    10/22/2011 6:30:25 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 16 replies
    The Hill, Washington, DC ^ | 2011-10-21 | Alicia M. Cohn
    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) plans to join Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney at an event in Virginia next week, according to the governor's office. Virginia's Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling will also attend what the governor's weekly schedule called a "grassroots event" at the Fairfax County Republican Committee Headquarters in Northern Virginia. Romney's campaign will swing through Virginia next week, starting with a fundraising event in McLean on Tuesday evening. Virginia is a likely swing state in 2012. Bolling has already indicated his support of Romney, but McDonnell said earlier this week that he won't endorse a Republican candidate until...
  • Virginia Reveals Challenges Ahead for Obama

    10/18/2011 10:39:55 AM PDT · by mandaladon · 5 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 18 Oct 2011 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    President Obama arrives in Virginia on his bus tour today, just as some Democratic candidates for the state legislature are running away from him. Ward Armstrong, the top Democrat in the House of Delegates, is one of several incumbents up for re-election in the state’s off-year elections three weeks from now. And he’s one of several who have been tied to Mr. Obama by Republican rivals. “Now Charles Poindexter is comparing me to Barack Obama,” Mr. Armstrong says in a television ad this month. “That’s a stretch, Charles. I’m pro-life, pro-gun and I always put Virginia first. That’s why I...
  • VA Gov. McDonnell Declares 'Unapologetic' Support for Right-To-Work Laws

    10/13/2011 9:46:46 AM PDT · by DFG · 3 replies
    Big Government ^ | 10/13/11 | Don Loos
    Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell is holding little back as he compares his state’s model for success to Washington’s big government corporate socialism and big labor cronyism. In a recent letter, Gov. McDonnell writes, “we are unapologetic supporters of Virginia’s Right To Work laws.” But, McDonnell doesn’t stop there. He pulls no punches when he compares Richmond to Washington, DC and boasts about Virginia’s success. From Gov. McDonnell’s letter: There’s much more separating Richmond and Washington than just 100 miles of interstate. It’s a Tale of Two Cities.
  • I-95 tolls in Va. get initial approval from feds

    09/20/2011 2:11:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 39 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 09/19/2011 | Ashley Halsey III
    Virginia received preliminary approval from the Federal Highway Administration last week to implement tolls on Interstate 95. FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez granted the conditional approval in a letter dated Sept. 14, but the commonwealth announced the news Monday morning. Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) has sought the approval to toll on the southern reaches of I-95 to raise revenue to improve the congested corridor. “I-95 is one of the most important and heavily traveled highway corridors in the country, linking population and commercial centers up and down the East Coast,” McDonnell said in a statement. “Limited funds and growing capital...
  • In Richmond, Perry vows to 'wipe out' health care overhaul (obamacare)

    09/16/2011 10:23:06 PM PDT · by Clairity · 24 replies
    Hampton Roads ^ | Sept. 15, 2011 | Julian Walker
    Speaking to a crowd of cheering Virginia Republicans Wednesday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said signing an executive order to "wipe out" as much as he can of President Barack Obama's federal health care law would be his first priority in the Oval Office. The Republican presidential front-runner made an early Virginia visit, speaking at a state GOP fundraiser in the capital. Perry blamed Obama's governing style for creating uncertainty that has paralyzed businesses that otherwise would invest, hampering job growth and economic recovery.
  • Virginia approves strict new rules for abortion clinics

    09/15/2011 8:22:09 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9.15.11 | Steve Contorno
    After hearing from more than 30 speakers during hours of debate, the Virginia Board of Health on Thursday approved sweeping changes to abortion-clinic regulations that abortion-rights groups say will close many of the state's 22 clinics. Acting under a mandate from the Legislature, the board passed the new rules on a 12-1 vote. The emergency regulations, favored by pro-life advocates, give the state more control over facilities that provide five or more first-trimester abortions per month and requires those facilities to abide by regulations normally reserved for hospitals. By the start of 2012, clinics would be required to renovate their...
  • Perry Draws Big Crowd, Hammers Obama at Virginia Luncheon

    09/15/2011 3:51:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | September 4, 2011 | Guy Benson
    RICHMOND, VA – More than 1,000 Republican activists and donors crowded into the Richmond Convention Center’s grand ballroom for a state GOP fundraiser and barbeque lunch Wednesday afternoon. The event’s primary draw wasn’t its host, popular Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, or even the generous portions of pulled pork and chicken. No, most of the buzz surrounded the afternoon’s featured speaker: Texas Governor and presidential candidate, Rick Perry. Perry took the stage to an enthusiastic standing ovation from the 2012 battleground state’s party faithful. In his fairly brief remarks (he was “very tightly scheduled” today, according to a party handler), the...
  • Va. Dems Attack Palin on Criticism of D.C. Suburbs (Struck dogs yelp)

    09/06/2011 3:17:38 PM PDT · by kristinn · 45 replies
    The Hill ^ | Tuesday, September 6, 2011 | Justin Sink
    Virginia Democrats are using part of Sarah Palin's weekend speech — in which the former governor of Alaska criticized the D.C. area and its "permanent political class" as unsympathetic to the country's economic woes — to attack Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and GOP Senate candidate George Allen. “Her ridiculous comments about Northern Virginia are just further proof of what people already know: Sarah Palin doesn't understand what Virginia families are going through, and she doesn't care," said Virginia Democratic spokesman Brian Coy. "It shouldn't be difficult for any Virginian to condemn her absurd rhetoric, particularly for people like George Allen...
  • The rivalry heats up: Md. Democrats fire back at Va. Republicans (and miss)

    08/24/2011 9:21:52 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 08/24/11 | Hayley Peterson
    Virginia's surplus announcement has lit a match under the longtime rivalry between the commonwealth's Republican Party and Maryland Democrats. "[Virginia Gov.] Bob McDonnell and Virginia Republicans tout their accomplishments but — as often with the GOP — the facts tell another story," Maryland Democratic Party Director David Sloan said Wednesday. "McDonnell’s illusionary 'surplus' is the result of deferred bills, dismantled programs important to the middle class, budgetary obfuscation and federal stimulus spending." Sloan released the statement after McDonnell announced a $544 million surplus for the fiscal year ending in June. Maryland is also expecting a surplus of at least $300...
  • Yes, Virginia, there is a surplus!

    08/23/2011 8:03:44 AM PDT · by ZGuy · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 8/22/11 | Cal Thomas
    While the federal government continues to drown in a sea of debt, several states are reporting surpluses, thanks to policies Washington would do well to emulate. Nowhere has the economic turnaround been more immediate than in Virginia. When Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell took office in January 2010, he was faced with a $2.2 billion shortfall bequeathed to him by outgoing Democratic Gov. (and now Senate candidate) Tim Kaine. In less than two years, McDonnell has delivered two budget surpluses without raising taxes or causing harm to the "most vulnerable." Instead, he has judiciously cut spending. Last week, the governor's office...
  • Virginia earmarks $500M to rebuild U.S. 460

    07/29/2011 5:30:19 AM PDT · by wolfman23601 · 6 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 7/29/2011 | Debbie Messina
    State officials moved a step closer to a new U.S. 460 on Thursday by announcing that Virginia will put as much as $500 million toward a public-private partnership to rebuild the road to interstate quality between Suffolk and Petersburg, a $1.44 billion to $1.8 billion project. The four-lane divided highway is Gov. Bob McDonnell's top transportation priority, one he hopes will serve as a public-private model for building roads in Virginia. The Virginia Department of Transportation has already received three private proposals, which would require tolls from $5.50 to $11 for cars and as much as $75 for tandem tractor-trailers.
  • McDonnell Speaks Out on Federal Debt Standoff (Thinks both sides will need to give a little)

    07/21/2011 10:59:59 PM PDT · by Colonel Kangaroo · 21 replies
    WVIR-TV ^ | WVIR
    Governor Bob McDonnell says he's fed up with the partisan bickering in Washington over an increase to the federal debt limit. He says politicians of all stripes are to blame, including members of his own party. McDonnell has grown increasingly vocal about the debt standoff and what it could mean for Virginia. He says his message to the White House and Congress could not be any more direct: "Washington needs to get the message and get something done now." With less than two weeks to go before the United States defaults on its debts, McDonnell says an impasse between Republicans...
  • Virginia posts [$311M] surplus, but federal deficit threatens bond rating (Kudos to McDonnell)

    07/19/2011 8:51:25 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 7-19-11 | David Sherfinski
    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday the commonwealth finished fiscal 2011 with a revenue surplus of $311 million but could still have its bond rating downgraded unless the federal government resolves an ongoing dispute over the debt ceiling. Mr. McDonnell, a Republican, said Virginia finished fiscal 2011 with $15.45 billion in general fund revenues, including transfers — the second straight year the commonwealth has finished with a surplus. But the good news was tempered by the credit rating agency Moody's saying it has put Virginia’s highly prized AAA bond rating under review, as negotiations on the federal deficit stall in...
  • Webb, Warner push to start offshore [Virginia] oil and gas exploration

    07/07/2011 6:18:16 PM PDT · by GunMage · 18 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | July 7, 2011 | Bill Bartel
    U.S. Sens. Jim Webb and Mark Warner introduced legislation Wednesday that would speed up the timetable for natural gas and oil exploration off Virginia's coast and expand the state's share of offshore territory. The bill also would require that half of future government revenues from offshore drilling be allocated directly to the state government or spent by federal officials on conservation efforts, transportation improvements and alternative energy projects in Virginia. The two Democrats' proposal goes further in seeking a larger share for Virginia from offshore resources than a House measure co-sponsored by two Hampton Roads congressmen. However, the plan will...
  • email from VA democrats, bashing Gov. McDonnell and AG Ken Cuccinelli

    06/30/2011 9:56:00 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Subject: McDonnell and Cuccinelli have the Koch Brothers - We have you Dear friend, Last weekend while you were enjoying the weather or catching up with chores around the house, do you know where your Governor and Attorney General were? If you guessed in Richmond creating jobs and making life better for Virginians I’m sorry to disappoint you. They were in Vail at a conference hosted by Charles and David Koch, the billionaire CEO’s who help bankroll the Tea Party and a score of other right-wing, anti-environment, anti-middle class causes. That’s right. While Virginia families struggle to find work and...
  • In Virginia, McDonnell Endures the Burden of a 55% Approval Rating

    06/29/2011 5:50:56 PM PDT · by randita · 13 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 6/29/11 | Jim Geraghty
    From Quinnipiac this morning, news that my governor ranks among the most popular in the nation: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has a strong 55 – 26 percent job approval rating, as many more voters like him personally than back his policies, according to the inaugural Quinnipiac University Virginia poll released today. “Gov. Bob McDonnell’s overall support levels are among the highest when compared to other governors around the country,” said Peter A. Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute. “And they are far better than those of his GOP counterparts in Florida, Ohio, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Even...
  • McDonnell presses feds for state immigration-enforcement authority

    06/13/2011 9:49:40 AM PDT · by Qbert · 3 replies
    Washington Times ^ | June 10, 2011 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    Gov. Bob McDonnell said Friday the federal government is taking too long to decide whether some Virginia police officers should be authorized to deport illegal immigrants. Last August, the governor asked the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to allow a group of 28 select officers to deport illegal immigrants who have engaged in terrorism, committed major drug and gang offenses, committed violent crimes like murder, manslaughter, rape, robbery and kidnapping, or found driving while intoxicated. On Friday, he released a letter he sent last month to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano last month,...
  • Email from VA Homosexual group, pushing to re-open decision (BARF ALERT)

    05/17/2011 5:21:27 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 15 replies · 1+ views
    EV Leads Effort to Reopen Rules Governing Adoption and Foster Care Agencies; Asks State Board to Suspend Rules Until Additional Comments Received At a press conference today, Equality Virginia released its letter written to the chair of the Virginia State Board of Social Services and the Commissioner of the Department asking that the recently adopted rules governing licensed child placing agencies be suspended pending further public comment. James Parrish, Equality Virginia's Executive Director, made the following statement about EV's action: Children in the child welfare system and prospective foster and adoptive parents have the right to be protected against discrimination....
  • Decision on killer now haunts Kaine

    05/16/2011 4:07:56 AM PDT · by Scanian · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 15, 2011 | Paige Winfield Cunningham
    Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine’s last-minute attempt to return an imprisoned murderer to his native Germany, where he likely would have been freed in two years, is threatening to emerge as a key early issue in one of the most anticipated U.S. Senate races next year. National Republicans are in hot pursuit of records from Mr. Kaine’s last year as governor that they say could shed light on why he tried to return Jens Soering to Germany instead of allowing him to serve a life sentence in a U.S. prison. The former University of Virginia student is serving two life...
  • FEMA Denies Assistance For Virginia Tornadoes

    05/09/2011 8:24:30 AM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 69 replies
    WCYB.com ^ | May 7, 2011 | Preston Ayres
    FEMA says no to Virginia. The Federal Emergency Management Agency denies Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's request for federal assistance with the tornado destruction.(snip) The storm facts for April show the state was slammed by more than two dozen tornadoes. Killing 10 people, four of those were in Glade Spring. 212 homes were destroyed statewide and more than 1,000 were damaged.
  • Gov. McDonnell "slashes" PBS budget - 16%

    05/03/2011 1:29:22 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 8 replies
    RICHMOND – Gov. Bob McDonnell is clipping Big Bird's wings. McDonnell has used his line-item veto authority to cut state funding for public broadcasting, calling it “a smart, practical budgeting decision to make Virginia government smaller and more efficient and save taxpayer dollars.” McDonnell’s veto will reduce the funding that lawmakers had approved for educational programming and radio reading services by $424,000, or about 16 percent, in the fiscal year that begins July 1.
  • McDonnell Says Trump Brings "Straight Talk" (Virginia Governor)

    04/25/2011 10:47:21 AM PDT · by SvenMagnussen · 19 replies
    WFVA Newstalk ^ | April 25, 2011 | Ted Schubel
    Governor McDonnell praises Donald Trump for injecting "straight talk" into campaign dialogue. McDonnell tells MSNBC the billionaire has contributed much-needed, quote, "straight talk on business, jobs, taxes and on spending" into the campaign.
  • VA Gov. Bob McDonnell announces VETO of redistricting bill

    04/15/2011 11:36:16 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 41 replies
    RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Bob McDonnell has vetoed the legislative redistricting plan passed by the Virginia General Assembly. The bill outlines new district boundaries for both the Senate and the House of Delegates. The Republican governor said Friday he has concerns about the Senate plan, which he said failed to receive bipartisan support. The Democrat-controlled Senate passed the measure on a party-line vote. The governor also said the proposed Senate districts are not compact as required by law, and that they do not properly preserve locality boundaries and communities of interest. He said he's concerned the Senate plan may also...
  • Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.): Healthcare law an unconstitutional budget buster

    03/26/2011 12:04:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/26/11 | Gautham Nagesh
    McDonnell: Healthcare law an unconstitutional budget busterBy Gautham Nagesh - 03/26/11 06:00 AM ET The sooner the Supreme Court weighs in on the legality of the Obama administration’s healthcare law the better, Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-Va.) said in Saturday’s GOP address. McDonnell said the law “shifts billions in unfunded mandates onto state governments” and pointed out a federal court in Virginia has ruled against the law’s mandate that individuals must purchase health insurance. “Everyone agrees that the case will ultimately be decided by the United States Supreme Court,” McDonnell said. “But now the very same Administration that was in such...
  • VA Planned Parenthood to Governor: Veto bill to regulate abortion clinics (BARF ALERT)

    03/11/2011 10:46:55 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies
    Email from VA Planned Parenthood
    Take Action! Ask Gov. McDonnell to VETO SB 924, Targeted Regulations for Abortion Providers As you know, the Senate passed historic legislation several weeks ago that is more vague and egregious than any other legislation of its type in the country. SB 924 will have a drastic impact on access to first trimester abortion across the Commonwealth. This dangerous legislation is the result of members of the legislature playing politics with people's lives. TAKE ACTION NOW! Ask Gov. McDonnell to veto SB 924.
  • Vehicle Registration Decal Fee Rising by $2 July 1 (Va. raises taxes) (Big Government at Work)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, June 30, 2010 Media Contact: Melanie Stokes Department of Motor Vehicles (804) 367-6623 Vehicle Registration Decal Fee Rising by $2 July 1 Other New Laws Impact Auto Dealers, Taxis RICHMOND - The vehicle registration fee that Virginians pay for their license plate decals is increasing by $2 annually beginning July 1 when the Commonwealth's new budget takes effect. The funds will be used to support Virginia State Police med-flight operations and other General Fund activities. Med-flight provides rapid response and transport to trauma centers for critically injured patients. The annual vehicle registration fee will increase from...
  • Virginia Gov. McDonnell walks tightrope in first year on job

    03/01/2011 9:11:22 AM PST · by Hawk720 · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 1, 2011 | Anita Kumar
    RICHMOND - Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has spent his first year in office on a political tightrope of sorts, trying to satisfy his conservative base while appealing to the moderate swing voters who helped elect him in a landslide victory. For conservatives, he points to cutting $4 billion from the state budget in his first legislative session last year, paring back spending to 2006 levels and not raising taxes. And he directs moderates to the billions of dollars he secured in transportation and education funding during his second legislative session, which ended Sunday. "The electorate is more than ever...