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  • Former McDonnell staffers lobbying on Medicaid

    03/22/2014 6:45:55 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    Virginian Pilot Online ^ | March 13, 2014 | Julian Walker
    Three high-level veterans of former governor Bob McDonnell's administration, two with South Hampton Roads ties, have newly registered as lobbyists for the pro-Medicaid expansion Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. They are Janet Vestal Kelly, a past secretary of the commonwealth who attended Regent University, and her husband, Ryan; former U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake of Norfolk, who was McDonnell's public transit director; and Matt Cobb, a deputy health secretary under McDonnell.(snip) The hospitals are leading a push to expand Medicaid, a government subsidized health care program, to as many as 400,000 uninsured low-income, Virginians newly eligible under the federal Affordable Care...
  • 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.
  • Bipartisanship Didn't Help Bob McDonnell

    01/22/2014 11:40:57 AM PST · by servo1969 · 12 replies
    RushLimbaugh.com ^ | 1-22-2014 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: Quick. How many of you have heard the name Bob McDonnell? Quick. If you haven't heard of him, he was the governor of Virginia for a few years. I have to tell you, I had no idea he was a threat to Hillary Clinton. I didn't even know that McDonnell was planning on running for president. But he must be doing something because the Democrats, after he's left office, have indicted him out there. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I'm gonna tell you what's really going on with this. And I don't mean to make light of charges. I mean, here's...
  • 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>
  • Former Va. Gov. McDonnell and wife charged in gifts case

    01/22/2014 9:47:18 AM PST · by libstripper · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Jan. 22, 2014 | Rosalind S. Helderman, Carol D. Leonnig and Sari Horwitz
    Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were charged Tuesday with illegally accepting gifts, luxury vacations and large loans from a wealthy Richmond area businessman who sought special treatment from state government. Authorities allege that for nearly two years, the McDonnells repeatedly asked executive Jonnie R. Williams Sr. for loans and gifts of money, clothes, golf fees and equipment, trips, and private plane rides. The gifts and loans totaled at least $165,000.
  • Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, wife indicted

    01/21/2014 2:10:49 PM PST · by don-o · 35 replies
    AP via ABC ^ | January 21, 2014 | LARRY O'DELL
    Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife were indicted Tuesday on corruption charges after a monthslong federal investigation into gifts the Republican received from a political donor. The 14-count indictment against McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, includes one count of conspiracy to commit honest-services wire fraud; three counts of honest-services wire fraud; one count of conspiracy to obtain property under color of official right; six counts of obtaining property under color of official right; and one count of making false statements to a federal credit union.
  • Former Va. Gov. McDonnell and wife charged in gifts case

    01/21/2014 12:54:12 PM PST · by Theoria · 52 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 21 Jan 2014 | Rosalind S. Helderman, Carol D. Leonnig and Sari Horwitz
    Former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife Maureen were charged Tuesday with illegally accepting gifts, luxury vacations and large loans from a wealthy Richmond-area businessman who sought special treatment from state government. Authorities alleged that McDonnell and his wife received gifts from executive Jonnie R. Williams again and again, lodging near constant requests for money, clothes, trips, golf accessories and private plane rides. In exchange, authorities alleged that the McDonnells worked in concert to lend the prestige of the governorship to Williams’s struggling company, a small former cigarette manufacturer that now sells dietary supplements. The two were charged...
  • The Failure of the GOP’s Class of 2009: Reviewing Chris Christie and Bob McDonnell 50 Months later

    01/10/2014 7:38:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/10/2014 | Jim Geraghty
    Election night 2009 was one Republicans could savor. A year after Barack Obama had won the presidency, and Democrats had expanded their majorities in the House and Senate, the GOP roared back with two big, hard-fought gubernatorial wins in two key states, with Chris Christie knocking off incumbent Jon Corzine in New Jersey and Bob McDonnell rolling to a landslide victory in Virginia. Both were considered potential future presidential candidates. Fifty months later, the night appears to have been a false dawn, as both men face accusations, and mounting evidence, of betraying the public trust. Christie campaigned as the...
  • 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...
  • RNC: Hey, don’t blame us for Cuccinelli’s loss

    11/06/2013 10:48:58 AM PST · by smoothsailing · 69 replies
    HotAir ^ | 11-6-2013 | AllahPundit
    November 6, 2013 RNC: Hey, don’t blame us for Cuccinelli’s loss ALLAHPUNDIT ... Fun fact: The RNC spent $9 million to help Bob McDonnell win the governor’s seat four years ago. This year, in a much tougher election, they spent $3 million on Ken Cuccinelli, with Cooch so strapped for cash at the end that he had to abandon the D.C. media market the last two weeks. Not all of his money problems were the RNC’s fault — McAuliffe dominated Cuccinelli in fundraising (as expected) and centrist outside groups like the Chamber of Commerce ignored him — but the big...
  • McDonnell says Virginia National Guard will provide benefits to gay couples

    09/09/2013 3:27:05 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 36 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 5, 2013 | Laura Vozzella
    Virginia’s National Guard will provide health insurance and other benefits to same-sex couples, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell said Thursday, one day after a state delegate urged him to defy a new Pentagon directive to treat all marriages equally. In a letter to McDonnell this week, Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William) warned that providing the benefits would violate the state constitutional ban on gay marriage. “As Commander of the Virginia National Guard[,] what will you do to secure that the spirit and letter of the [state] Constitution regarding marriage will be upheld?” Marshall wrote. McDonnell, a social conservative who has...
  • VIRGINIA GUN CRIME DROPS AGAIN AS FIREARM SALES SOAR

    08/05/2013 5:32:51 PM PDT · by epow · 17 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 8/5/13 | MARK BOWES
    Gun-related violent crime continues to drop in Virginia as the sales of firearms continue to soar, a pattern that one local criminologist finds interesting “given the current rhetoric about strengthening gun laws.” Major gun crime collectively dropped for a fourth consecutive year statewide, while firearms sales climbed to a new record in 2012 with 490,119 guns purchased in 444,844 transactions — a 16 percent rise over 2011, according to federally licensed gun dealer sales estimates obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The proliferation of guns occurred as the total number of major reported crimes committed with all types of firearms in...
  • Virginia Gun Crime Drops as Firearm Sales Soar

    08/04/2013 7:51:36 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 10 replies
    Officer.com ^ | 08/04/2013 | Mark Bowes
    Gun-related violent crime continues to drop in Virginia as the sales of firearms continue to soar, a pattern that one local criminologist finds interesting "given the current rhetoric about strengthening gun laws." Major gun crime collectively dropped for a fourth consecutive year statewide, while firearms sales climbed to a new record in 2012 with 490,119 guns purchased in 444,844 transactions -- a 16 percent rise over 2011, according to federally licensed gun dealer sales estimates obtained by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
  • 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...
  • ‘Busiest’ Abortion Clinic in Virginia Closes Up Shop

    07/15/2013 6:49:55 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 32 replies
    Town Hall ^ | July 15, 2013 | Cortney O'Brien
    NOVA Women’s Healthcare of Fairfax County was one of the largest and most frequented abortion clinics in the state of Virginia. It performed more abortions than any other provider in the Old Dominion in the last few years, including 3,066 in 2012 alone. But, thanks to new abortion regulations in the state and a denied permit, it has seen its last patient. It’s speculated that new Virginia regulations which require clinics to meet new hospital-grade standards had forced NOVA to find a new location. The clinic never got the chance though, for the city denied its permit for being one...
  • 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...
  • New Virginia laws that take effect July 1

    07/01/2013 7:05:49 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    WVEC ^ | Posted on June 29, 2013 at 8:06 PM
    Some of the new laws that take effect in Virginia on Monday, July 1. Each new law is listed by its legislative bill numbers, a short summary and the chapter where it will be found in Virginia's laws for 2013.
  • Tides Foundation behind push to restore felon voting rights in Virginia

    06/26/2013 3:56:19 AM PDT · by mgist · 19 replies
    Washington times ^ | 6/24/13 | Bre Payton
    Who is funding the efforts to get ex-felons registered to vote in Virginia? Apparently it’s the George Soros-funded Tides Foundation. The foundation has long supported felony rights restoration by writing large checks to groups that work with states to register former felons. In the past, the foundation set up the Civic Participation Fund, which was aimed at aiding social-change organizations focused in new-majority communities that “need money, and need it fast,” the Tides website says. The fund, formerly known as the Voter Action Fund, granted more than $8 million to advocacy groups “working to address the legal, procedural, and technological...
  • Va. yet to see money from Abbott fraud case, Cuccinelli says (IRS)

    06/05/2013 9:58:43 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 4 replies
    Times Dispach.com ^ | June 5, 2013 | JIM NOLAN
    But the delay, which state officials say is unprecedented, has Cuccinelli wondering whether the problem is more about politics than completing paperwork. "For a long time we thought it was glaring incompetence," Cuccinelli said in an interview. "But in light of the last month or two, we're now beginning to wonder whether maybe there are more deliberate motives." It was a reference to the recent scandal and congressional testimony stemming from reports of the IRS targeting conservative non-profit groups for investigation. Cuccinelli, a conservative Republican and Tea Party darling running for governor this year, has been a chief antagonist of...
  • NBC/Marist poll: Dead heat in Virginia, but Cuccinelli still winning the “intensity advantage”

    05/08/2013 9:47:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/08/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    A new NBC/Marist poll on Virginia’s gubernatorial race — a.k.a., the only competitive governor’s race in the country in 2013 — released this morning has some slightly different findings than the WaPo poll from last weekend, which had Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli edging Democrat Terry McAuliffe with a five-point lead among Virginia voters; the NBC poll has McAuliffe beating Cuccinelli by a within-the-margin-of-error 43 to 41 percent among registered voters. Cuccinelli, however, has some very distinct advantages going for him — Virginia voters are more familiar with the state attorney general than they are the former DNC chairman, as well...
  • AP sources: FBI looks into Va. gov's link to donor [Team Obama Targets Republican Governor]

    04/30/2013 5:25:28 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 16 replies
    newstimes ^ | 4/30/13 | Bob Lewis
    The FBI has begun examining the relationship between Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen and the chief executive of a nutritional supplements manufacturer that is the subject of a federal investigation, two people with knowledge of the review said Monday. Federal authorities began questioning people close to the McDonnells as an outgrowth of a securities probe of Virginia-based Star Scientific Inc., said the two people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because their roles in the case preclude them from speaking publicly.
  • Virginia Abortion Clinic Owner: 'I Can Stick Needles in Babies' Lungs. I Can Put Tubes Up P...'

    04/28/2013 3:14:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 4/28/2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In an editorial lamenting a new Virginia state regulation requiring abortion clinics to comply with higher licensing standards, the Washington Post quoted one abortion-clinic owner who noted that he can do such things as "stick needles in babies' lungs" and "put tubes up penises," but now he is going to have to deal with the "nonsensical" demands of Virginia's regulation. "Some of the clinics, including those operated by Planned Parenthood, which has a national fundraising network, will survive," said the Post. "Many others, which are run as small businesses, probably will not."The Post pointed to a quote from Dr. David...
  • Voter ID Laws: Why Democrats Are Scared

    04/22/2013 3:25:51 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 33 replies
    http://www.policymic.com ^ | 2013-04-02 | Darcy Kempa
    States are implementing laws requiring voters to produce photo identification (ID). Democrats are fighting these initiatives claiming voter disenfranchisement. Are Democrats supporting voter fraud? Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, a Republican, signed into law a requirement for voters to provide a photo ID in order to vote. The law provides free photo ID cards to registered voters and requires notifying voters of the requirement prior to the next election. The law takes into account the need to prevent voter fraud and provides state voters with free photo IDs if they do not already possess one. While the law seems to be...
  • No Abortion Funding in 'Obamacare' Health Exchanges, Virginia Decides

    04/04/2013 10:45:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/04/2013 | By Napp Nazworth
    The Virginia House and Senate voted Wednesday to ban abortion coverage in insurance plans sold through the health care exchange that will be set up in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare." The amendment was proposed by the state's governor, Bob McDonnell. Senate Democrats were hoping to block the measure, but failed when two Democrats joined Republicans to move the amendment forward, according to NBC Washington. The state had already passed a similar amendment in 2011 but a new amendment was necessary because Virginia opted to let the federal government set up the exchange rather than set up...
  • 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...
  • E-Edition

    03/12/2013 11:36:02 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 1 replies
    EDITORIAL: Governor Disappointment The failed leadership of Virginia’s Bob McDonnell The surest and quickest way for a Republican officeholder to kill his future is to dream up a tax increase. Once a rising star in the Grand Old Party, a shortlist contender as Mitt Romney’s running mate and a twinkle in the eye of the Great Mentioner for 2016, Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia has disappeared from the speakers’ lists at key conservative events, such as the Conservative Political Action Conference, which begins Thursday in Washington. There’s good reason for the snub. As a candidate in 2009, Mr. McDonnell promised...
  • Cuccinelli to open CPAC conference

    03/12/2013 10:32:19 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 6 replies
    http://articles.washingtonpost.com ^ | March 2013 | By Errin Haines
    RICHMOND — Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Ken Cuccinelli II is scheduled to be the opening speaker at the annual CPAC conference next week, as the man he hopes to replace was not invited this year. The conservative attorney general, who has grabbed headlines and drawn support for challenging the federal health care law, climate change and pushing for tougher laws for abortion clinics, is among nearly 40 people listed on the Conservative Political Action Conference Web site as featured speakers. Cuccinelli is set to speak at 9 a.m. on the first day of the three-day conference that begins on March 14...
  • List of Virginia’s 2013 Transportation Tax Hikes

    03/07/2013 5:54:26 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 3 replies
    Thanks, Governor Bob McDonnell (R) and Speaker Bill Howell (R) Virginia’s 2013 state legislative session will be remembered for a lot of reasons. It was the year Republicans redistricted state senate districts to win more seats and then said just kidding, the year Republicans agreed to expand Medicaid in exchange for higher taxes (confused? Me too.), and most significantly, it was the year a Republican Governor worked with Democrats to raise taxes on Virginia families by $1.23 billion per year. Congratulations, Virginia. In honor of a precedent set forth by Nancy Pelosi in Washington, the state legislature decided that they...
  • 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 11:01:10 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 15 replies
    "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.
  • Bob McDonnell’s Bad Transportation Deal (A terrible legacy for the State of Virginia)

    02/26/2013 6:38:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/26/2013 | The Editors
    What is it with Republicans and transportation bills? The pork-packed 2005 highway bill, which included the infamous Alaskan “Bridge to Nowhere,” was the fiscal low point of the Bush-Hastert years, and now Virginia governor Bob McDonnell has decided that his legacy to the commonwealth will be a gigantic tax increase to fund billions of dollars’ worth of dubious transportation projects. Politics is about tradeoffs and compromise, inevitably, but this is a bad deal on most counts. There are two ways to judge the deal Governor McDonnell has cut. For those who take the inerrantist Norquistian view that any tax increase...
  • 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.
  • Mark Levin goes after Bob McDonnell [over massive tax hike, title shortened for length]

    02/26/2013 5:05:40 AM PST · by Timber Rattler · 3 replies
    Mofo Politics.com ^ | February 25, 2013 | MofoPolitics.com
    “I am going to fight every single Republican politician that participated in this disgraceful disaster…” Mark Levin Show February 25.Audio
  • Bob McDonnell Risks Tarnishing His Legacy (The Virginia Tax Fiasco)

    02/25/2013 6:48:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 02/25/2013 | John fund
    Some Republican governors — all of them elected with strong tea-party support — have moved left since the November election by agreeing to participate in Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid. The lure of “free money” from Washington has proven too much for governors Jan Brewer of Arizona, Rick Scott of Florida, and John Kasich of Ohio to resist. Obamacare promises to pay 100 percent of the cost of new Medicaid patients, lowering that to 90 percent in later years. Never mind that Uncle Sugar has a notorious reputation for reneging on promises and that history shows that expanding Medicaid only increases...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 24 February 2013

    02/24/2013 5:02:08 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 92 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 24 February 2013 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows February 24th, 2013 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Govs. Jack Markell, D-Del., and Scott Walker, R-Wis.; Sens. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., and Tom Coburn, R-Okla.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood; Govs. Deval Patrick, D-Mass., and Bobby Jindal, R-La.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Education Secretary Arne Duncan; Govs. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., Bob McDonnell, R-Va., Jan Brewer, R-Ariz., and John Chickenpooper, D-Colo.; Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa.; Sens. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Tim Kaine, D-Va,THIS WEEK (ABC): Reps. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and Eliot Engel, D-N.Y.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): LaHood;...
  • Historic

    02/23/2013 1:15:43 PM PST · by Perdogg · 21 replies
    Hon Gov Robert Francis "Bob" McDonnell (VA-R)
    Dear Friend, Today, Republicans and Democrats joined together to pass the first new significant sustainable transportation funding and reform bill in Virginia in 27 years. Crafted and led by Republicans, the bill received the votes of over 60% of legislators in both houses. Virginians worked together across party and regional lines to find common ground to solve one of our Commonwealth’s most intractable problems. We got results. And the result is $3.5 billion in new transportation funding over the next 5 years, an estimated 35% reduction in the tax on gas at the pump, a shorter commute for you, and...
  • LISTEN: Virginia House Approves Transportation Funding

    02/22/2013 12:53:51 PM PST · by Perdogg · 18 replies
    Virginia's House of Delegates has voted to approve what would become the first major reform in a generation of the state's system for financing its highway network. Friday's vote was 60-40.
  • Bill to allow NoVa counties to impose one percent income tax without public vote passes Va. Senate

    02/12/2013 8:01:01 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 21 replies
    By Tom Jackman Hey Northern Virginians! How would you like to pay another one percent of your income directly to your county or city, in addition to the federal and state income tax you already pay? This new income tax would be used strictly to remedy our wide and varied transportation problems. Sound good? Virginia state Sen. Walter A. Stosch (R-Henrico) wants to give Northern Va. counties and cities the ability to impose a one percent income tax to fund transportation. The counties say they don’t want it. (Robert A. Reeder - For The Washington Post) Before you answer, know...
  • 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...
  • Sudden Redistricting Vote Surprises Virginia Democrats

    01/22/2013 6:56:55 PM PST · by Libloather · 31 replies
    Newsplex ^ | 1/22/13
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - A day after Virginia Senate Republicans staged a surprise reapportionment of all 40 Senate districts, it was met by ominous warnings from Democrats and nervous dismay by the state's Republican governor and House Republicans. On a party-line power play Monday, the Senate's 20 Republicans struck with one of the 20 Senate Democrats absent and abruptly amended a House bill that previously made minor technical adjustments to House districts. Sen. John Watkins' amendment - never vetted by a committee - adds a sixth majority-black district but substantially strengthens the number of GOP districts.
  • More Anti-Gun Bills Shot Down in Virginia Committees

    01/21/2013 4:47:39 PM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 19 January, 2012 | VCDL
    Covington VA --(Ammoland.com)- The Senate Courts of Justice committee this week killed or neutralized all but one anti-gun bill. The one bad bill that passed out of committee initially, did so because Senator Edwards was away from the General Assembly due to weather and normally pro-gun Senator Stanley voted to support the bill. :-( Senator Marsh’s “gun show loophole” bill was heavily modified and ended up requiring that only gun dealers could sell guns at a gun show. After the meeting Senator Stanley indicated that he had misunderstood the full ramifications of the modified bill. The committee reconvened on the...
  • “Beautiful, Immaculate, Clean” Abortion Clinics? Hardly

    01/19/2013 11:42:31 PM PST · by kathsua · 2 replies
    Life News ^ | 1/18/13 | John Jansen
    Are abortion clinics in Virginia “beautiful, immaculate, clean facilities” that pass inspections “with flying colors”? According to NARAL Virginia Executive Director Tarina Keene and her Huffington Post water carrier, the answer is yes. But are they right? In March 2011, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell signed into law regulations that required the State’s Board of Health to write new rules for regulating abortion facilities, which had not been largely unregulated for more than 20 years. Late last month, McDonnell signed into law permanent regulations that will now hold the state’s abortion facilities to the same health and safety standards as hospitals....