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  • IG: VA files exposed to fire and water damage (structural integrity of federal building at risk)

    09/02/2012 4:05:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Yes Weekly ^ | 8/29/12 | JORDAN GREEN
    IG: VA files exposed to fire and water damageBY JORDAN GREEN Wednesday, August 29,2012 The Winston-Salem Veterans Administration regional office is looking for warehouse space to store tens of thousands of benefit claims files on the heels of a visit by the office of inspector general in May in which the oversight agency raised concerns about improper file storage. **SNIP** The Winston-Salem Regional Office indicated in a written response that the majority of the files are inactive, although some are active, meaning that they have a pending claim. The agency said if a veteran files a supplemental claim staff would...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • AG Ken Cuccinelli: US DOJ clears new Virginia voter ID law

    08/21/2012 6:19:47 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 12 replies
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Brian Gottstein, Director of Communication (best contact method) 804-786-5874 U.S. Department of Justice clears new Virginia voter ID law - Statement of Attorney General Cuccinelli RICHMOND (August 21, 2012)- Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli issued the following statement after the U.S. Department of Justice granted preclearance (had no objection) to Virginia's new voter identification law. The new law will not only introduce additional forms of acceptable identification when voting, but also will change the procedure for those who vote and do not present identification. The law requires those people to vote provisionally and later present approved...
  • Paul Ryan to appear at Roanoke hardware store (8-22-12)

    08/20/2012 9:59:16 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | August 20, 2012 | Mason Adams
    Paul Ryan will be at Northwest Hardware on Wednesday morning, according to an email sent out by Virginia state Sen. Ralph Smith, R-Roanoke County. Doors open at Northwest Hardware, at 3647 Brambleton Ave., at 7 a.m. Ryan is scheduled to appear at 8:30 a.m., according to the e-mail. ____________________________ Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan will visit the Roanoke Valley on Wednesday, according to an official with Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. There are no details yet on when and where Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin, will visit. The news comes on the heels of a swing by Vice President Joe...
  • Line-cutting fight prompted fatal Rite Aid shooting(VA)

    08/18/2012 3:01:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 98 replies ^ | 18 August, 2012 | Patrick Wilson
    Bernell Benn said he was simply in line at a Rite Aid pharmacy Thursday afternoon to pick up his medicine. He was chatting on the phone with his mother when he noticed that a man had cut in front of him. What happened next at the store in the 3600 block of Tidewater Drive is in dispute. Benn, in a jailhouse interview, said he was defending himself when he fatally shot that man in a gunfight. "I came to the store just to get my medicine," said Benn, who was crying as he was led into the interview at Norfolk...
  • VP Candidate Paul Ryan in Springfield, VA TODAY at 1:15 PM with AG Ken Cuccinelli

    08/17/2012 5:38:26 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 9 replies
    From Cuccinelli email
    Dear Friends, You and I both agree that now is the most critical election in our history. We simply can't afford to continue President Obama's policies of unchecked spending and borrowing against our children's future. That's why I hope you'll join me tomorrow afternoon for a Victory Rally with Vice Presidential Candidate Paul Ryan. We want a team in the White House which will stand up to big government policies. We want a team which will stand up to the policies that have wrecked this economy and jeopardized our great country. Please RSVP right now to attend the Victory Rally...
  • VA Dem Doug Wilder at Romney Fundraiser

    08/16/2012 6:35:37 PM PDT · by therightliveswithus · 22 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 8/16/2012 | Matthew
    A potentially large change of events as former Virginia Governor Doug Wilder appeared at a Romney fundraiser today. This came after his criticism of Joe Biden for his "chains" comments the other day. According to Pajamas Media, Wilder (D-VA) was a surprise guest and was introduced by current Governor Bob McDonnell at the fundraiser in Richmond, VA. Wilder had said that slavery was not something for Biden to joke about:
  • Former Obama ally to headline Roanoke County (VA) GOP dinner, Sat. 8/18

    08/16/2012 7:06:30 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 8 replies
    A former Democratic congressman who supported President Barack Obama’s 2008 election is becoming a popular figure in the Republican Party, and he’s coming to the Roanoke Valley this weekend. Former Alabama congressman Artur Davis is scheduled to speak at the inaugural Roanoke Republican Victory Dinner Saturday night at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood. The dinner is a fundraiser for the Roanoke County Republican Committee. Davis served four terms in Congress and made a failed bid for Alabama’s Democratic gubernatorial nomination in 2010. He gained national attention by seconding Obama’s nomination at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and served as a co-chairman...
  • Gun supporters protest Richmond library rule with "open-carry" read-in(VA)

    08/16/2012 5:59:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies ^ | 15 August, 2012 | Kelly Avellino
    RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Richmond Public Library was inundated with guests carrying guns Wednesday evening. You could call it a silent protest (in a library, it'd have to be). The read-in protest was against one of the rules recently changed on the library's website. The rule reads, "Carrying concealed weapons is prohibited, except as permitted by law." In the Richmond Public Library, it is legal to openly carry a gun without a permit, or to carry one concealed with a permit. Gun supporters say that the wording of the rule is confusing and discourages people from exercising their 2nd...
  • VCDL Read N' Carry - Richmond Public Library, Main Branch 8/15/12 5PM-7PM

    08/13/2012 7:06:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies ^ | 10 August, 2012 | Philip Van Cleave
    THE ISSUE (from Philip Van Cleave) As I reported a few days ago, the Richmond City libraries had a policy on their web site claiming that all concealed weapons were illegal under state law. (That, of course, has never been true.) Upon contacting the person in charge, I was told the policy on the web was wrong and had mistakenly not been updated to match their current policy. She said they were going to fix the wording. I explained that the entire item about guns should simply be removed, since the library has absolutely no control over whether a person...
  • Roanoke store clerk fends off would be robber with gun(VA)

    08/11/2012 8:01:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies ^ | 9 August, 2012 | Staff
    ROANOKE, VA -- Roanoke City Police are searching for a would be robber, who was scared off by an armed clerk. According to police department spokeswoman Aisha Johnson, a man walked into Anwill Grocery in the 200 block of 24th Street on Tuesday, August 7th, just before midnight. The clerk said the man took out gun. Johnson said the clerk told officers that he took out a gun himself, and fired a shot. That scared off the would be robber, who ran out of the store. The clerk told officers that he followed the man outside, saw him get into...
  • Why Not Paul Ryan? (WSJ Editorial 2 days ago)

    08/10/2012 10:21:35 PM PDT · by jb729 · 18 replies
    The whispering over Mitt Romney's choice of a running mate is getting louder, and along with it we are being treated to the sotto voce angst of the GOP establishment: Whatever else Mitt does, he wouldn't dare pick Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, would he? Too risky, goes the Beltway chorus. His selection would make Medicare and the House budget the issue, not the economy. The 42-year-old is too young, too wonky, too, you know, serious. Beneath it all you can hear the murmurs of the ultimate Washington insult—that Mr. Ryan is too dangerous because he thinks politics is about things...
  • AG Ken Cuccinelli files court brief supporting Second Amendment

    08/08/2012 10:25:21 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 3 replies
    For media inquiries only, contact: Brian J. Gottstein Email: (best contact method) Phone: 804-786-5874 Cuccinelli files friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of Virginia and 13 other states to protect Second Amendment rights RICHMOND (August 7, 2012) - Today, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli announced that on August 6, 2012, the commonwealth filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of Virginia and 13 other states in Woollard v. Gallagher. This case is an appeal by Maryland from the decision of a federal district court overturning a law that grants handgun carry permits only to persons who can prove a specific, imminent threat greater...
  • Norfolk neighbor says woman shot and killed intruder (VA)

    07/30/2012 7:32:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies ^ | 29 July, 2012 | NA
    NORFOLK-- Police say a man was killed in broad daylight Sunday afternoon. Around 2:30 p.m., Officers responded to the 1300 block of Kingston Avenue in the Oceanview area of Norfolk. When police arrived, they found a man suffering from being shot. Soon after, medics pronounced the man dead. Stephen Shifflett lives near the scene. He says he was mowing his lawn, when a neighbor ran over to him. "She told me she needed to use my phone because she just shot a man." Shifflett says his neighbor explained she was home alone, when she heard some noise in another room....
  • Romney camp asks Va. to probe voter forms

    07/25/2012 10:05:03 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 2 replies
    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign is asking Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to launch an investigation into voter-registration forms that are being sent to Virginia residents and addressed to deceased relatives, children, family pets and others ineligible to vote. The errant mailings from the Washington-based nonprofit group Voter Participation Center have befuddled many Virginia residents, leading to hundreds of complaints. The organization has been mass-mailing the forms — pre-populated with key information such as names and addresses — to primarily Democratic-leaning voting blocs such as young adults, unmarried women, African-Americans and Latinos. In a letter to Cuccinelli's office and the...
  • Bottom feeder Barack Obama: Romney won’t take care of veterans (As if he has?)

    07/21/2012 1:34:05 PM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 14 replies ^ | JULY 21ST, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    At this point there is less and less pretense about Barack Obama. Who Obama is and what he wants to do to our country are no longer mysteries. He mocks achievers because “You didn’t do that by yourself!” and he is taking an increasingly “in your face” attitude toward his arch enemy Christianity. Pushing aside the facts once again, Obama recently tried to grab credit for taking good care of America’s veterans while implying Mitt Romney would not deliver a proper level of support and care to these great men and women. After patting himself on the back for the...
  • Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli Won’t Certify Weakened Abortion Center Regulations

    07/18/2012 5:51:58 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 8 replies
    Virginia AG Won’t Certify Weakened Abortion Center Regulations by Karla Dial Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli III on Monday said his office can’t certify new regulations for abortion centers that exempt existing facilities. Earlier this year, the Legislature adopted new regulations considered to be among the strictest in the nation for abortion sellers, making the standards for them the same as those for outpatient surgery clinics — including specifics for the size of exam rooms, the width of hallways, and best practices for keeping records. But last month, the state Board of Health said existing facilities would be grandfathered in:...
  • VCDL’s Roanoke County picnic was a rousing success(open carry, VA)

    07/17/2012 5:14:18 AM PDT · by marktwain ^ | 16 July, 2012 | John Pierce
    On Saturday last, VCDL held a picnic in Green Hill Park in Salem, VA. The event, billed as the “Oh yes we can!” picnic garnered quite a bit of media attention. The picnic, which was attended by over 150 people despite the at-times torrential rain, was held to protest a badly worded Roanoke County ordinance concerning guns in parks. The ordinance which I wrote about when it was first brought to my attention by well known gun rights activists Ed Levine and Brian Reynolds is the most convoluted ordinance I have ever read, including I might add those we studied...