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  • Va. GOP defends ballot, Gingrich cries foul

    12/29/2011 4:33:17 AM PST · by markomalley · 62 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/29/11 | Steve Contorno
    The fight to place all seven Republican presidential candidates on Virginia's primary ballot is moving toward the courts while one candidate bumped from the ballot, Newt Gingrich, insisted Wednesday that he was the victim of fraud. The conservative Citizens for the Republic and former Democratic Party of Virginia Chairman Paul Goldman said Wednesday that Virginia failed to follow its own laws in determining which candidates should make the ballot. The state delegated its duties to the political parties without double-checking their work, Goldman said. Virginia requires candidates to submit signatures from 10,000 registered voters, including 400 from each of the...
  • 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 --( 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 *...
  • Va. unlikely to change law to allow Gingrich write-in

    12/26/2011 9:57:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 47 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 12/27/11 | Andrew Cain
    Newt Gingrich wants Virginia legislators to change the law in time for him to start a write-in campaign for the March 6 presidential primary. But that appears virtually impossible, for practical as well as political reasons.
  • Virginia 2011 Candidate for Legislature has Impact on Pres. Primary (Newt & Perry have a case?)

    12/25/2011 4:41:06 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 243 replies · 4+ views
    Ballot Access News ^ | 12-25-2011 | Richard Winger
    Virginia 2011 Independent Candidate for Legislature has Big Impact on 2012 Presidential Primary December 25th, 2011 There are currently many news stories and blog discussions about the Virginia presidential primary ballot access law. Some large blogs, such as Red State, have over 300 comments about the story. Some defend the current Virginia ballot access laws on the grounds that in past presidential elections, a fairly large number of Republican presidential primary candidates managed to qualify. But what has not been reported is that in the only other presidential primaries in which Virginia required 10,000 signatures (2000, 2004, and 2008) the...
  • DEL. MARSHALL SAYS Tim Kaine Misrepresents HIS Personhood Bill

    12/13/2011 1:49:25 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 1 replies · 1+ views
    FOR RELEASE: On Receipt (December 7, 2011) CONTACT: Del Bob Marshall, (703) 853-4213 Kaine 'Is Very Confused' DEL. MARSHALL SAYS Tim Kaine Misrepresents HIS Personhood Bill 'We already have enough people in Washington who vote on bills without ever reading them.' Del. Bob Marshall tonight (Wednesday, Dec. 7) accused Tim Kaine, the Democrats' presumptive 2012 candidate for the U.S. Senate, of mounting a "skewed attack on my personhood bill" in tonight's early-bird Senate debate in Richmond. "After seeing Tim Kaine's skewed attack on my personhood bill (HB1), it is obvious he is very confused," Marshall (R., 13th District) said. "First...
  • Virginia Democrats say they will sue to share control of the state Senate

    11/21/2011 8:07:57 PM PST · by writer33 · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/21/2011 | Laura Vozella and Anita Kumar
    RICHMOND — There are those who question the wisdom of Virginia Democrats, who on Monday vowed to sue Republicans for the right to share control of the state Senate. Howard is the University of Virginia law professor who in 1996 wrote a legal opinion saying the lieutenant governor has the power to cast a tie-breaking vote on anything before the Senate. Because this month’s elections left the Senate evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, the GOP has relied on Howard’s analysis to assert that Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R) will be able to vote on organizational matters — giving the...
  • Virginia background checks for gun sales challenged

    11/21/2011 11:17:33 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies ^ | 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...
  • Commission to Release Va Civil Commitment Review

    11/14/2011 4:49:03 AM PST · by markomalley · 1 replies
    AP/WKRG ^ | November 14, 2011 | DENA POTTER
    The General Assembly's investigative arm is set to release its months-long review of Virginia's costly program to indefinitely detain sex offenders considered likely to offend again. Legislators ordered the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission to review Virginia's civil commitment program for those deemed sexually violent predators when the program experienced budget shortfalls due to the dramatic increase in offenders committed for treatment after their release from prison
  • Lead widens in Virginia Senate race [Houck vs Reeves, District 17]

    11/09/2011 4:45:34 PM PST · by freespirited · 10 replies
    Wapo ^ | 10/09/11 | Laura Vozzella
    Democrats still held out hope that Sen. R. Edward Houck (D-Spotsylvania) could win his race against Republican Bryce Reeves, as local elections officials met Wednesday to count provisional ballots and review calculations and tapes from voting machines and other records for errors. But after such an initial canvas, Reeves’s lead actually grew — from an 86-vote margin to 224 votes. “The race for this seat remains too close to call,” said Craig Bieber, Houck’s campaign manager. “There were several significant discrepancies during Tuesday night’s tabulation that deserve further attention during the canvassing and certification process.” At one point, the state...
  • 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...
  • Virginia House Minority Leader Armstrong(D) defeated

    11/08/2011 7:38:16 PM PST · by 11th_VA · 44 replies ^ | Nov 8, 2011 | AP
    <p>House Democratic Minority Leader Ward Armstrong has lost the seat he's held for nearly 20 years.</p> <p>In a race symbolically important to the Republicans, Del. Charles Poindexter won 53 percent of the vote over Armstrong, whom the GOP targeted both in redistricting and in heavy financial support for Poindexter.</p>
  • Breaking: Volunteers Join Grassroots Move To Unseat Liberal Don McEachin

    11/07/2011 9:41:27 AM PST · by american_steve · 3 replies
    OfficialWire ^ | 11/7/2011 | Staff
    Virginia businessman Floyd Mays has announced that he is running as a write-in candidate to unseat incumbent Don McEachin in Virginia’s Senate race on Tuesday, November 8. Mays has a history of civic, business, and political involvement in the Richmond area and believes that the voters in Senate District 9 deserve a choice in candidates. McEachin is well known for liberal policies and unwillingness to work with conservative colleagues. The recent state senate redistricting changed the political landscape. Certain areas in the Richmond metro area that were formerly represented by conservative Sen. John Watkins will soon be represented by liberal...
  • VA homosexual group announces endorsements in VA Senate and House races (BARF ALERT)

    10/20/2011 12:14:42 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 12 replies
    First and foremost, you can plan now to vote on November 8th or take appropriate steps to submit an absentee ballot if you aren’t going to be in your election precinct on Election Day. Turnout is expected to be low, so every vote is even more important this election year. You can find out about absentee voting and the location of your precinct on the State Board of Election’s website. Second, you can make a contribution to EVPAC today to help us support and fund get out the vote activities for EVPAC supported equality minded candidates. We need your help...
  • Planned Parenthood announces MORE phonebanking to save VA pro-abortion/liberal Senators (BARF ALERT)

    09/19/2011 11:12:06 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 5 replies
    Hi xxxxx, Last week the Virginia Board of Health approved the most restrictive regulations on abortion providers in the nation. They wouldn't have had the ability to do so if we had a pro-choice majority in our legislature. We MUST Save the Senate this election. That's the only way we can ensure that women will have continued access to comprehensive reproductive health care. HOW CAN YOU HELP? We're talking to voters and spreading the word to re-elect state Senator Edd Houck. Senator Houck has a 28-year voting record that demonstrates his commitment to reproductive health care. He can help ensure...
  • Battle for Northern Virginia Senate seats opens at Arlington debate (State Senate)

    09/07/2011 8:10:46 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 09/07/11 | Liz Essley
    A Republican underdog snapped hard at a Democratic incumbent’s heels at the opening debate of the Arlington campaign season Tuesday night. The debate kicked off the battle for Northern Virginia’s Senate seats in a year Republicans are hoping to snatch control of the state Senate, putting both houses of the General Assembly and the governor's office in Republican hands. Patrick Forrest accused Virginia state Sen. Janet Howell of using her 19 years in the Senate’s 32nd district seat to increase spending and hand out favors to lobbyists while remaining silent on the issue of funding for the Dulles Metro rail...
  • 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...
  • Virginia Attorney General says UVA cannot ban gun carry

    07/05/2011 1:17:55 PM PDT · by majstoll · 10 replies ^ | July 5, 2011 | Mike Stollenwerk
    On the heels of his recent opinion holding that "self-defense" is "good and sufficient reason" to carry a gun to church, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli now says that state colleges like the University of Virginia cannot ban the carriage of concealed handguns by proper license holders. The opinion was written in response to a question by Senator Emmett Hanger (R-Mount Solon). . . . According to's campus carry map, most states are just like Virginia and do not generally prohibit by law gun carry on college campuses by visitors or students. . . .
  • VA Homosexual group endorses Gay Democrat for Senate

    06/28/2011 11:08:01 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 9 replies
    From EV email
    Equality Virginia PAC Endorses Adam Ebbin for Senate James Parrish, Executive Director of Equality Virginia, announced today that the Board of Directors of Equality Virginia PAC voted unanimously at its meeting on June 26, 2011 to endorse Delegate Adam Ebbin for election to the Virginia Senate from the 30th Senate District. Delegate Ebbin currently is seeking the nomination in a three-way Democratic primary to be held August 23, 2011. The Democratic nomination in this heavily Democratic district is seen as setting a clear path to election in the fall. “Although both of the other candidates running in the primary are...
  • New state air-gun law worries Fairfax(VA)

    06/06/2011 5:01:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies · 1+ views ^ | 6 June, 2011 | Leah Fabel
    The use of BB guns and other air-powered weapons will soon be legal on private property throughout Virginia, angering Northern Virginia officials whose constituents live in heavily populated areas. "For our area, it is insane," said state Sen. Dave Marsden, D-Fairfax. "It's one thing to do this in any rural area, but to allow it in a suburban or urban area like much of Northern Virginia?" "Pneumatic weapons" - from paintball guns to pellet guns that shoot at 1,000 feet per second -- have long been treated as regular firearms under Fairfax County's code. Their use is generally prohibited in...
  • Bill Stanley to run for 20th District State Senate seat

    05/20/2011 9:15:18 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies
    Current 19th District State Senator Bill Stanley (R-Franklin Co.) announced Thursday afternoon that he will challenge incumbent State Senator Roscoe Reynolds (D-Henry Co.) for the redrawn 20th District State Senate seat. The redistricting process dramatically altered Sen. Stanley's current district, moving much of the 19th District west of where it currently lies. The plan splits: Franklin Co. between the 19th and 20th Districts Danville and Pittsylvania Co.between the 15th and 20th Districts Current 19th District portion of Campbell Co. into the 15th and 23rd Districts