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  • Helicopter stunt creates buzz at Patriot High School

    09/18/2012 9:16:52 AM PDT · by mikey_hates_everything · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 9/17/12 | Jenna Johnson
    A black helicopter hovering overhead can lead those below to become worried, scared or suspicious. But when a large aircraft positioned itself over a Prince William County high school’s football field last Wednesday afternoon, students who had just been released for the day excitedly watched as a stuffed bulldog with a red-bandanna parachute emerged. The big-eyed pup drifted to the turf, delivering a message from a junior boy to a senior girl: “Fall Fest?” As students look to one-up their classmates for the most outrageous way to ask a girl on a date — in this case Patriot High School’s...
  • VP candidate Paul Ryan in Danville, VA on Wed Sept. 19, 7 am

    09/18/2012 5:47:19 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 3 replies
    email from campaign
    You are invited to a Victory Rally with Paul Ryan and the Republican Team! Wed. Sept 19 Doors open at 7 am, Event begins at 9 am Piedmont Precision Machine Company 150 Airside Dr. Danville, VA 24540 All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids or signs allowed. Cameras are permitted To RSVP and get your ticket, please visit Direct questions to or 757-279-8253
  • PPP Virginia: 0bama 51% / Romney 46% (D: 35%/R: 32%/ I: 33%)

    09/16/2012 10:06:31 PM PDT · by GR_Jr. · 57 replies
    PPP ^ | 9-16-12 | PPP
    PPP's newest Virginia poll finds Barack Obama leading by 5 points, 51- 46. Obama's lead is unchanged from a month ago when we found him leading 50-45 in the state. He may not be seeing a bump from the convention in the state at this point, but he was in a pretty good position to begin with. Virginia continues to look like it may be something of a firewall state for Obama. PPP has now polled it 9 times this cycle, and President Obama has led by at least 4 points on all 9 of the polls. He's been ahead...

    09/15/2012 2:19:36 PM PDT · by lasereye · 58 replies
    Powerline ^ | SEPTEMBER 15, 2012 | PAUL MIRENGOFF
    Here in the Northern Virginia ad market, Team Obama continues its merciless pounding of Mitt Romney. Although Team Romney says it is blitzing the airwaves in certain key areas, most of the ads in this market still come from Obama. And, as has been the case all season, the Obama ads are troublesome for Romney. The latest I’ve seen (which apparently has been running for some time) quotes Romney to the effect that class size doesn’t matter in education. The ad also says that Romney supports the Ryan budget that “could cut education by 20 percent.” It concludes that Romney...
  • Virginia Elementary School Rejects Michelle Obama Request To Speak

    A Chesterfield County elementary school in Virginia rejected First Lady Michelle Obama’s request to speak on Thursday, citing school policy. Tim Bullis, the school division’s community relations director, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that School Board policy 6100 prohibits “the use of school facilities during the school day for political purposes.” Jim Holland, the only Democrat on the school board, said the school board’s denial would be appropriate if the Obama campaign’s request was for a political event, but the board could have allowed Michelle Obama to speak if the request had been for an event designated as “non-political” or “official.”
  • Obama Holds Lead In 3 Key States

    09/14/2012 6:04:49 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 64 replies
    Wall St. J ^ | September 14, 2012 | NEIL KING JR. And DANNY YADRON
    BY NEIL KING JR. With few voters still on the fence, President Barack Obama holds leads over Mitt Romney in new polls of Ohio, Florida and Virginia, three of the states likely to determine who wins the White House in November. Mr. Obama has fought Mr. Romney to a draw on the question of which candidate is best equipped to grapple with the economy, the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News/Marist Poll surveys suggest. Mr. Romney's campaign is built largely on an argument that he can best reinvigorate the economy. Among likely voters, Mr. Obama leads Mr. Romney by seven percentage...
  • NBC releases new oversampled Democrat polls: Ohio D+10, Virginia D+5 Florida D+2

    09/14/2012 11:44:00 AM PDT · by yoe · 59 replies
    News Busters ^ | September 14, 2012
    NBC is at it again, releasing heavily Democrat oversampled polls in three key battleground states to try and make Obama look good. Problem for them is that not only where these polls taken right after the DNC convention, but the last few days have eroded any bounce Obama got from the convention. In fact, Obama trails Romney nationally according to the latest Rasmussen poll. After his bumbling and stumbling over the middle east crisis, his numbers are likely to sink even more. But for the time being, lets take a look at the three new polls released by NBC to...
  • We Came; We Cooked; We Fed

    09/14/2012 8:45:36 AM PDT · by concretebob · 1 replies
    Cooking with the Troops ^ | 11 September 2012 | concretebob
    Ft Belvoir in Northern Virginia is home to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) specializing in the treatment of TBI and PTS. They have some of the most incredible individuals working there. The level of committment to our Warriors is unparalleled. We knew we had to make Ft Belvoir the nexis of our Homefront Support program for our wounded, their families and the dedicated men and women who care for them.
  • Romney Supporter Rips Media (MUST SEE!)

    09/14/2012 4:47:55 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 27 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | September 13, 2012 | Michael Warren
    At Thursday's Mitt Romney rally in Fairfax, Virginia, one Romney supporter lambasted the media in its coverage of the election. "I think you guys are suck-ups," the woman said. "I think you guys got your embroidered kneepads from the White House, buddy. That's what I think." Watch the video below:
  • "Winning for America" national bus tour (Tea Party Express)

    09/14/2012 7:44:35 AM PDT · by Syncro · 27 replies
    Tea Party Express | Sept 11, 2012 | Staff
    Dear Friends, Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest Tea Party political action committee, announced the “Winning for America” national bus tour today. The tour will travel through 25 battleground states that are key to conservatives’ victories in November.For the complete tour schedule, click here. This week the President and his party will be bragging about their legislative success, and rightfully so. After an $825 billion dollar stimulus, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and the Auto Bailout, President Obama and the Democratic Congress got everything they wanted. The unfortunate truth is that these policies have failed to yield the results that were promised...
  • Hot Trailer: Spielberg’s ‘Lincoln’

    09/14/2012 6:19:08 AM PDT · by brwnsuga · 27 replies
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | Thursday, September 13, 2012
    DreamWorks and 20th Century Fox this afternoon premiered the trailer for Lincoln, which opens November 9:
  • The states to watch this presidential election

    09/11/2012 5:44:30 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 30 replies
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | September 11, 2012 | Charles Mahtesian
    The presidential race has narrowed to a core of nine states, a collection of margin-of-error battlegrounds spread across nearly every region. From New Hampshire in the Northeast to Nevada in the Rocky Mountain West, there is little disagreement between the two campaigns about the places where the election will be won and lost. Aside from those two swing states, there are seven others: Colorado, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin. Some of them are familiar presidential battlegrounds, accustomed to playing a pivotal role every four years. Others are relative newcomers to the swing state roster. Every one of...
  • Rabid beaver chases children in Fairfax; 2nd attack in a week

    09/12/2012 2:54:42 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies ^ | 09-12-2012 | Meridith Somers
    A rabid beaver leaped from a pond and chased a group of children who had gathered for a fishing competition in a Fairfax County park on Saturday — the second beaver attack in the county in a week. Judy Pedersen, spokeswoman for the Fairfax County Park Authority, said the beaver attacked the children around 11:30 a.m. at the Hidden Pond Nature Center in Springfield.
  • (VA)Paul Ryan will be in Harrisonburg this Friday at the Rockingham Fairgrounds

    09/12/2012 8:44:51 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 2 replies
    from an email
    Friend, I wanted to let you know that Paul Ryan will be in Harrisonburg this Friday at the Rockingham Fairgrounds! Doors will be open at 12:30 pm. To RSVP and get your ticket, please visit: Event begins at 2 pm. Address of fairground is 4808 South Valley Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 28801
  • VA POLL. Romney leads Obama, Allen (R) leads Kaine (D) --9/8-9, LVs

    09/11/2012 4:17:09 PM PDT · by tellw · 22 replies
    LurayPage Free Press ^ | 9/11/2012 | anonymous
    A poll from Gravis Marketing and Capitol Correspondent released on Tuesday gives Republican Mitt Romney a five-point lead over Democrat Barack Obama in the Virginia presidential race, and also gives GOP Senate candidate George Allen a five-point lead over Democrat Tim Kaine. The poll differs significantly from recent polling in both races that had consistently given Obama a small lead over Romney for president and had the Kaine-Allen race a virtual deadlock. Gravis Marketing, in a press release on its poll, reported that it had polled Virginia in August and had measured a 44 percent-to-40 percent lead for Obama in...
  • RCP Poll: Virginia Poll: R 49%, 0 44%

    09/11/2012 12:56:41 PM PDT · by Arthurio · 167 replies
    RCP ^ | 9-11-12
    On the days of September 8th and 9th, Gravis Marketing, a non-partisan research company, and Capitol Correspondent conducted a survey of 2,238 likely voters in the state of Virginia. The survey covered the same questions as the August survey, which comprised questions regarding the presidential election, Virginia’s senate race, the direction of the United States, and the effect of a libertarian candidate on Romney and Obama. Overall, from August to the most recent survey, Obama’s 44% to 40% lead has turned into a Romney lead of 49% to 44% in the most recent poll. Interestingly, Obama didn’t lose votes, rather...
  • How Mitt Romney May Lose the Election [News from Virginia]

    09/11/2012 9:47:46 AM PDT · by Moseley · 70 replies
    Tea Party Tribune ^ | September 11, 2012 | Jonathon Moseley
    On September 4, 2012, Mitt Romney may have lost Virginia and the Presidential election. But Republicans could still win easily. This election will turn on two questions Bill Clinton is pounding on: Who caused the disastrous economic collapse in 2007 and 2008? Will putting a Republican back in the White House give us another economic crash? Republican strategists and consultants have been running away from these questions. Bill Clinton passionately blamed Republicans at the Democrat National Convention. Republicans are aiming for “just enough to squeak by.” But “good enough” is almost never good enough. Now on September 4, Virgil Goode...
  • Defense Firms Warn Of Tens Of Thousands Of Job Cuts

    09/11/2012 7:43:59 AM PDT · by Qbert · 11 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sep. 10, 2012 | Geoffrey Ingersoll
    Whether it's political gamesmanship, or a serious warning, McCain has released letters from three major defense firms that confirm they are sending warnings to their personnel about massive layoffs prior to the Nov. 4 election date. Philip Ewing of Politico reports that the specific defense firms are Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and EADS North America. Along with them, ten other defense firms—including Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and General Dynamics—have written McCain letters stating that they are "leaving open the possibility" of sending lay-off letters out to their employees. [Snip] The companies all sent letters to McCain stating their worries over "sequestration"—the...
  • VA AG Cuccinelli is right: Eminent domain should not hurt public

    09/10/2012 10:59:00 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 3 replies
    By Roger Chesley The Virginian-Pilot © September 8, 2012 Ken Cuccinelli rarely misses a chance to pontificate in front of cameras, microphones and reporters' notebooks. So it was no surprise that the state attorney general traveled to Norfolk this week, where he assailed proposed seizures of property around Old Dominion University. Eminent domain has been one of Cuccinelli's signature issues - when he's not railing about Obamacare or global warming. This time, at least, I agree with Cuccinelli's stance. Eminent domain is one of the most powerful tools that governments wield over citizens. Most people understand the need to seize...
  • Is Bill Bolling running in 2012 or 2013??

    09/07/2012 8:22:39 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 3 replies
    Eight days ago in the RTD: "This is the most important election of our lifetime and we have to keep our focus firmly on 2012," Bolling said, "and on Nov. 7 we'll start talking about 2013 — but not until." ********************************** Today on Facebook from a Bolling staffer: Ashley Dawn Myers Come to a free BBQ in Waynesboro tomorrow with Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling! He will be giving an update on the 2012 campaigns and his 2013 campaign for Governor. If you're interested, RSVP by clicking the link below! Grassroots BBQ Tailgate in Waynesboro : Bill Bolling Official web...
  • NASCAR Sprint Cup - The Federated Auto Parts 400 - Richmond Sat. Nite - 09|08|12 - 7pm ET ABC

    09/06/2012 5:28:42 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 174 replies ^ | 9/6/12
    Blow off a little steam Saturday night under the lights at Richmond as we see who makes the Chase.. 8 drivers have a shot to fill out the field for the last open Chase slots, as long as they can keep it on the track and out da bushes.
  • AG Ken Cuccinelli to receive Humane Law Enforcement Award from Humane Society today

    09/05/2012 10:32:25 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 3 replies
    Press release
    Contact: Brian Gottstein, Director of Communication (best contact method) 804-786-5874 ***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Cuccinelli to receive Humane Law Enforcement Award from The Humane Society of the United States today RICHMOND (September 5, 2012) - Today, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will receive a 2012 Humane Law Enforcement Award from The Humane Society of the United States. This award recognizes the attorney general's work to ensure enforcement of laws created to protect animals in the commonwealth, from routinely and rapidly responding to requests from animal control officers and attorneys, pursuing animal cruelty charges across the state, and developing animal cruelty and fighting...
  • The Nader Effect In Play After Virginia's Decision [Obama Godsend?]

    09/04/2012 9:37:06 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 63 replies
    YahooNews ^ | September 04, 2012
    The Nader Effect In Play After Virginia's Decision By Scott Bomboy A decision in Virginia to allow Virgil Goode on the presidential ballot could shake up the national election. And Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson has now come into the spoiler picture. For the past few weeks, Goode, the Constitutional party presidential candidate, and Johnson have been afterthoughts in the national presidential campaign involving President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. But Goode won the right on Tuesday to appear on the Virginia ballot, in a move that could hurt Romney’s chances of taking the key swing state in November. And now...
  • Virgil Goode to remain on Va. presidential ballot

    09/04/2012 7:33:15 PM PDT · by CaptainKrunch · 187 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/04/2012 | Jill Gregorie
    AP photoVirginia’s Board of Elections will allow Virgil Goode to appear as a presidential candidate on state ballots in November, despite Republican efforts to block his candidacy, the Washington Post reports.Goode is the Constitution Party’s presidential nominee. He represented Virginia’s 5th Congressional District from 1997 to 2009. He was initially elected as a Democrat before becoming an independent and then a Republican. Goode lost his seat to Democrat Tom Perriello in 2008.<snip> Goode’s presidential candidacy has the potential to impact the outcome in Virginia, a swing state where Republican candidate Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama are locked in a...
  • Tea Party Express Announces “Winning for America” National Bus Tour [Sept 12-Oct 1](Update # 31)

    09/04/2012 3:58:06 PM PDT · by Syncro · 39 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | Sept 4, 2012 | Staff
    Tea Party Express Announces :"Winning for America" National Bus Tour 25 Battleground States in 21 Days Starting September 12thSacramento, CA – Tea Party Express, the nation’s largest tea party political action committee, announced the “Winning for America” national bus tour today. The tour will travel through 25 battleground states that are key to conservatives’ victories in November. Tea Party Express Chairman Amy Kremer said, “This week the President and his party will be bragging about their legislative success, and rightfully so. After an $825 billion dollar stimulus, Obamacare, Dodd-Frank, and the Auto Bailout, President Obama and the Democratic Congress got...
  • Black Pastors Meet in Virginia to Discuss Support for Obama

    09/04/2012 3:41:07 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 38 replies
    Christian Post ^ | September 4, 2012 | Michael Gryboski
    A group of black pastors in Virginia held a meeting to discuss how to encourage their congregations to vote for President Barack Obama. Around two dozen clergy from various churches in the area met for two hours on Saturday in Chesapeake, discussing possible ideas for motivating support for Obama among their congregations. "We are concerned that many of our congregants are developing an aversion to supporting the president at the polls," read the invite email, which was sent out last month. The major concern among the clergy was that Obama's support for same-sex marriage would prompt many African Americans to...
  • Virgil Goode makes presidential ballot in Virginia

    09/04/2012 2:13:59 PM PDT · by Eagle Forgotten · 186 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 4, 2012 | Ben Pershing
    Former congressman Virgil Goode Jr. has qualified for the presidential ballot in Virginia, the State Board of Elections ruled Tuesday, adding a potential obstacle to Republican Mitt Romney’s hopes of winning the pivotal state. The state Republican party has already challenged the eligibility of Goode, who is the Constitution Party’s nominee, and could still get him knocked off the ballot.
  • Congressman Morgan Griffith Statement on Closure of Buchanan Mine (in Virginia)

    09/04/2012 12:11:46 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 9 replies
    Office of Congressman Morgan Griffith ^ | September 4, 2012 | Congressman Morgan Griffith
    Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA) issued the following statement after learning that CONSOL Energy will temporarily idle, effective today, its Buchanan Mine in Southwest Virginia: “With this Administration’s ongoing war on coal, unfortunately, today’s extremely disappointing news doesn’t come as a surprise. Our economy is struggling. With current policies, the down economy is not going to improve soon. Obviously, this means that construction, including items built with steel, have been put on hold. This Administration has been clear about one thing, it is not serious about using our own energy resources, thus inviting other countries to increase their production of coal....
  • Senate 2012 Outlook (Prospect for GOP gains is solid. But Republican control looks less likely)

    04/02/2012 6:51:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/02/2012 | Jim Geraghty
    A Republican-controlled Senate in 2012 looks less likely than it did a few weeks ago, but the prospect for GOP gains is still quite solid. Of the 33 Senate seats up for grabs this cycle, seven are occupied by Democrats or Democrat-leaning independents who are not seeking reelection, three are occupied by Republicans who are not seeking reelection, 16 are occupied by Democrats seeking reelection, and seven are occupied by Republicans seeking reelection. This is the class of senators last elected in 2006, a midterm election that almost could not have gone worse for the GOP. A few recent developments...
  • Virginia Moves Toward Romney

    09/02/2012 3:23:35 PM PDT · by kingattax · 45 replies
    Wanda Snead wants the same thing for her family, her community and her country: “Someone who will take charge of this mess that is happening in our economy and get the country moving again.” Snead, 56, and her husband, Sam, 64, run a real estate company in this charming Northern Virginia town at the base of Shenandoah National Park, where majestic Skyline Drive meanders down to North Carolina. They have owned the company for more than 30 years. In 2009 they had ten agents and two offices; today they have three agents and one office. “We are very fortunate and...
  • Controversy Over New RNC Rules (Boehner: "rules unanimously adopted". Entire VA delegation NO!)

    08/28/2012 4:34:50 PM PDT · by Clint N. Suhks · 72 replies
    GPB News ^ | 8/28/12 | Parker Wallace
    At a crucial time for GOP unity, there has been some dissent at the Republican National convention over new rules for delegate selection. The controversial rules were challenged by grass roots factions of the Republican Party, ultimately resulting in a last minute compromise. A new RNC rule would have allowed presidential candidates to vet and choose their own delegates, leaving state parties out of the selection process. This angered many grass root party activists, like Ron Paul supporters, because it would limit their ability to gain delegates at future conventions. Columbus State University political scientist Greg Domin says it cuts...
  • RNC Bus Driver “Gets Lost” Forcing VA Delegates to Miss Crucial Rules Change Vote

    08/29/2012 11:29:35 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 47 replies
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 8-29-2012 | Joel Griffith
    August 29, 2012 RNC Bus Driver “Gets Lost” Forcing VA Delegates to Miss Crucial Rules Change Vote Joel Griffith An RNC bus driver transporting the Virginia delegation to the convention seemed to have lost his way to the destination yesterday. The delegation, led by long time conservative activist Morton Blackwell, was prepared to vote against the proposed rules change. However, the delay meant the Rules Committee meeting had adjourned prior to their arrival. Delegates remaining on board the bus were unable to participate in the proceedings. In an age of GPS, cell phones, and other forms of instant information access,...
  • Ex-Marine to sue over detention for Facebook posts

    08/29/2012 8:29:41 AM PDT · by lward99 · 16 replies
    Times247 ^ | 08/29/12 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The former Marine who was forcibly placed in a psychiatric ward by government officials who didn’t like his Facebook postings will sue for unlawful arrest, according to his attorneys. “We are definitely going to move forward with a lawsuit,” said Nisha Whitehead, assistant to the president at the Rutherford Institute, the nonprofit civil rights firm defending Brandon Raub.

    08/28/2012 9:30:10 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 25 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 8/22/12
    Bishop E.W. Jackson is making a war cry: “Let God’s people go!” Jackson, a Marine Corps veteran, graduate of Harvard Law School and adjunct professor of law, is echoing the words of Moses in a campaign to persuade Christians of all races that the time has come for a wholesale exodus of Christians from the Democrat Party. The former candidate for U.S. Senate in Virginia points to what he calls the Democrat party’s “cult-like devotion” to abortion; the rejection of the traditional biblical model of family; the hostility hurled at those who express a Christian viewpoint such as Chick-fil-A president...
  • An Economic Border War Right Under Washington's Nose (Maryland vs Virginia)

    08/28/2012 7:51:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 08/27/2012 | Stephen Moore
    What's the fiercest rivalry in American politics today? There's Obama-Romney, of course, but try O'Malley-McDonnell—neighboring governors battling across the Potomac River over how best to resuscitate a moribund economy. Martin O'Malley, Maryland's liberal Democratic governor, is competing for jobs, businesses and tax dollars with Bob McDonnell, Virginia's conservative Republican chief executive. Both are rising stars considered potential presidential hopefuls in 2016. Both are Irish Catholics—Mr. McDonnell playfully calls Mr. O'Malley "the big Irishman to our north"—and each leads his party's association of governors. The two regularly spar on the Sunday talk shows, on the pages of Washington-area newspapers, and over...
  • Virginia Senate: Allen (R) 45%, Kaine (D) 45%

    08/27/2012 5:49:20 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 21 replies
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | August 24, 2012
    The race for Virginia’s open U.S. Senate seat remains one of the tightest of the year. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Virginia shows Republican George Allen and Democrat Tim Kaine each drawing 45% of the vote. Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) are undecided.
  • Voter affiliation not polling points to a Romney win in November

    08/26/2012 10:53:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Examiner ^ | August 26, 2012 | Josh Bernstein
    All the polls show that the election of 2012 is very close. Most polls show Barack Obama and Mitt Romney tied. Others show slight leads within the margin of error for Barack Obama. Yet still others show a slight lead within the margin of error for Mitt Romney. One thing is for sure. This is the most important election in the history of the United States. It seems that for the past ten years or so every election we have is a little more important then the last. Every election we hear the same thing. This election is the most...
  • UVA Declines Obama Campaign Request

    08/25/2012 9:36:50 PM PDT · by jb729 · 9 replies
    WVIR-TV ^ | 8/26/12 | WVIR-TV
    A University of Virginia spokeswoman says President Barack Obama will not be at the university when he comes to Charlottesville on Wednesday. In a statement released Friday, it was confirmed that the university declined the president's request to speak at UVA. UVA says the Obama campaign requested the use of one of two outdoor venues - the Amphitheater or the Harrison-Small Library plaza. The university declined the request for a number of reasons including class cancellations, which UVA estimates could be more than 186 classes on the second day of school. The other main reason is they would have to...
  • Embarrassment for Obama as Univ. of VA DECLINES request to host President's campaign speech

    08/25/2012 9:19:19 AM PDT · by Justaham · 25 replies
    . President Barack Obama was forced to find another venue for a Virginia campaign event next week after the University of Virginia declined a request to use the campus. University officials had said Friday that they had met with the campaign about using one of its outdoor venues on Wednesday. But school officials determined that holding the event there would cancel or disrupt classes on the semester’s second day and would shut down adjacent buildings for the entire day.
  • Employees get firearm training after multiple robberies(VA)

    08/25/2012 6:55:30 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 22 August, 2012 | Angela Pellerano
    RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – The owner of Cary Street Mini Mart, located at the corner of Randolph Street and West Cary Street, says he’s had enough. He’s had two robberies in three and a half years. The latest one occurred Sunday, around 8:30 p.m., when an unarmed man wearing a paper bag over his head demanded money from the store clerk. “We got to put a stop to it,” Elias Haddad, store owner, said. Haddad is taking matters into his own hands and having his two employees trained to fire a gun. “We have that right to carry guns so,...
  • Law Change Makes Concealed Weapon Permit Easier to Obtain in Clarke County(VA)

    08/25/2012 6:06:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 24 August, 2012 | Edward Leonard
    Concealed weapons are now a little easier to carry in Clarke County and Virginia thanks to a change made the Commonwealth’s General Assembly during its latest legislative session. The law change, which removes fingerprint print submission as part of the concealed weapon permit process, means that local sheriff and police departments now can only require applicants to submit documents when applying for a license to carry a concealed handgun. “This is an example of the Dillon Rule in action,” said Supervisor Chairman Michael Hobert. “As a Dillon Rule state, localities only have the authority to enact rules expressly authorized by...
  • Local governments keep growing in Maryland

    08/25/2012 3:09:47 AM PDT · by kevcol · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 23, 2012 | Liz Farmer
    Local governments in Maryland are growing thanks to higher taxes banking their payrolls, a trend that bucks the rest of the nation and stands starkly in contrast with downsizing in Virginia, new U.S. census survey data show. The number of people on local government payrolls in Maryland grew by nearly 3 percent -- or about 6,000 people -- to 220,314 during the year that ended in March 2012, the data released Thursday show . . The two states took vastly different approaches to closing budget gaps this year, with the Old Dominion relying almost entirely on spending cuts and Maryland...
  • Obama campaign forced to find new venue for visit

    08/24/2012 7:32:21 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August. 24, 2012
    CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - President Barack Obama was forced to find another venue for a Virginia campaign event next week after the University of Virginia declined a request to use the campus. University officials had said Friday that they had met with the campaign about using one of its outdoor venues on Wednesday.
  • NSA Whistleblower Details How The NSA Has Spied On All US Citizens Since 9/11

    08/24/2012 10:02:21 PM PDT · by george76 · 183 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Aug. 24, 2012 | Michael Kelley
    National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney explains how the secretive agency run its pervasive domestic spying apparatus... Binney—one of the best mathematicians and code breakers in NSA history—worked for the Defense Department's foreign signals intelligence agency for 32 years before resigning in late 2001 because he "could not stay after the NSA began purposefully violating the Constitution." In a short video called "The Program," Binney explains how the agency took part of one of the programs he built and started using it to spy on virtually every U.S. citizen without warrants under the code-name Stellar Wind.
  • UVA Declines Obama Campaign Request

    08/24/2012 5:48:58 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 39 replies ^ | 24 Aug 2012
    A University of Virginia spokeswoman says President Barack Obama will not be at the university when he comes to Charlottesville on Wednesday. In a statement released Friday, it was confirmed that the university declined the president's request to speak at UVA. UVA says the Obama campaign requested the use of one of two outdoor venues - the Amphitheater or the Harrison-Small Library plaza. The university declined the request for a number of reasons including class cancellations, which UVA estimates could be more than 186 classes on the second day of school. The other main reason is they would have to...
  • Tea Party Express Launches Mobile Phone Bank Bus For 81-Day 'Get-Out-The-Vote' Campaign (Update #29)

    08/17/2012 4:20:43 PM PDT · by Syncro · 28 replies
    Tea Party Express ^ | 08/17/2012 | Staff
    Tea Party Express Launches Our Mobile Phone Bank Bus For 81-Day 'Get-Out-The-Vote' Campaign . State Tea Party Express is launching its newly debuted 'Mobile Phone Bank Bus' on an 81-Day Get-Out-the-Vote Campaign that aims at engaging and educating conservative voters in the November 6th election. . . The tour will stop in 23 states that are the key battleground states for the 2012 election. . Today’s kickoff will be held at the Victory Field House in Valley Park, MO at 7:30 PM. . 7:30 PM – Victory Field House 932-A Meramec Station Rd Valley Park, MO . This is...
  • Prosecutor: Man with military gear near W.Va. school was ‘highly intoxicated’

    08/23/2012 7:48:30 PM PDT · by ClayinVA · 18 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/23/2012 | Associated Press
    MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A prosecutor says a Virginia National Guard member was “highly intoxicated,” more than double the legal limit for drivers, when police arrested him for running near two Martinsburg schools in desert camouflage and toting an AR-15 training rifle. William Everett Alemar’s blood-alcohol content was more than 0.20 percent, Berkeley County Prosecutor Pamela Games-Neely said Thursday. West Virginia’s threshold for drivers is 0.08 percent. Games-Neely also said the terrorism charge filed against Alemar is the right one for the circumstances.
  • Judge orders release of detained Marine veteran

    08/23/2012 9:59:10 AM PDT · by iceskater · 37 replies
    WTVR Channel 6 ^ | 12:43 pm, August 23, 2012 | Nick Dutton and Catie Beck
    A Hopewell circuit court judge has ordered that a Marine veteran detained over anti-government Facebook posts be released from a state psychiatric hospital.
  • Obama surrogates opposed mandatory sentences for child rapists

    08/23/2012 9:18:29 AM PDT · by kevcol · 12 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 23, 2012 | Bill McMorris
    Several Obama surrogates in Virginia opposed a popular law that ensures lengthy prison sentences for child rapists. In March, the Virginia state legislature overwhelmingly passed a law that imposed automatic life sentences for any adult convicted of raping a child under the age of 13. The issue received scant attention and even less debate, according to Delegate Rob Bell (R.,Charlottesville), the bill’s sponsor. . . Opponents of the law visited the White House on at least 17 occasions, according to White House logs. Many are organizing for Obama in the highly charged race to capture Virginia’s 13 electoral votes. Sen....
  • VA AG Ken Cuccinelli Defends Federal Marriage Law

    08/23/2012 6:14:43 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 8 replies
    email from the Family Foundation
    Victoria Cobb, President Wednesday, August 22, 2012 Information Alert: AG Defends Federal Marriage Law The attack on the definition of marriage is never ceasing, so neither is our work. In late May, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, covering Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire and Puerto Rico, ruled that the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), legislation protecting the definition of marriage that was signed into law by President Bill Clinton, was unconstitutional. The decision by that court threatens not only the federal DOMA, but the definition of marriage, both constitutional and by statute, in 42...