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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
  • 2011 VA General Assembly wrap up from Planned Parenthood (BARF ALERT)

    04/26/2011 7:32:33 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 2 replies
    email from PP
    In all, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Virginia worked to defeat ten anti-choice bills and four budget amendments that threatened access to reproductive health care, prevention services and the perennial attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. This was an especially challenging General Assembly session. For the past several years, Planned Parenthood has been able to prevent anti-choice measures from passing. However, because anti-choice members of the General Assembly thwarted the democratic process they were able to pass two bills that were part of their anti-choice, anti-women’s agenda. The first bill that passed was SB 924, which included an amendment to unfairly target...
  • VA Gov. Bob McDonnell announces VETO of redistricting bill

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

    04/13/2011 6:34:07 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke
    Blacksburg, VA, April 11 – Long time New River Valley native Joseph Yost announces his candidacy for the Republican nomination to Virginia‟s 12th District House of Delegates seat. Yost is a dedicated Republican and has been an active member of the Montgomery County Republican Party since 2009. During that time, he has served in various leadership positions including secretary of the Party, precinct captain during the last two election cycles, and Parliamentarian. He also serves as Chair of the Roanoke/New River Valley Young Republicans. When asked what issues he sees as the forefront of his campaign, Yost said, “the needs...
  • Virginia black caucus pushes for second minority district (Can you find the racism?)

    03/23/2011 7:26:42 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/22/11 | David Sherfinski
    Va. black caucus pushes for second minority districtBy: David Sherfinski 03/22/11 8:05 PM The Virginia Legislative Black Caucus wants the state to draw a second high-percentage minority congressional district -- a move that could throw a proposal to protect all 11 House incumbents into chaos. There is currently one majority-black congressional district in Virginia -- the 3rd District, held by Democratic Rep. Bobby Scott -- that encompasses part of Richmond and runs down into Hampton Roads. For a state with a 20 percent black population to have one black member of Congress is "not representative," said state Sen. Mamie Locke,...
  • VA Planned Parenthood to Governor: Veto bill to regulate abortion clinics (BARF ALERT)

    03/11/2011 10:46:55 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies
    Email from VA Planned Parenthood
    Take Action! Ask Gov. McDonnell to VETO SB 924, Targeted Regulations for Abortion Providers As you know, the Senate passed historic legislation several weeks ago that is more vague and egregious than any other legislation of its type in the country. SB 924 will have a drastic impact on access to first trimester abortion across the Commonwealth. This dangerous legislation is the result of members of the legislature playing politics with people's lives. TAKE ACTION NOW! Ask Gov. McDonnell to veto SB 924.
  • FRC Action PAC endorses Bryce Reeves for VA Senate dist. 17

    03/10/2011 6:22:26 AM PST · by Gopher Broke
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 9, 2011 CONTACT: J.P. Duffy or Darin Miller, (866) FRC-NEWS FRC Action PAC Endorses Bryce Reeves for State Senate March 09, 2011 WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today FRC Action PAC, the political action committee connected to Family Research Council Action, the legislative advocacy arm of the Family Research Council, endorses Bryce Reeves for Virginia State Senate District 17. Bryce Reeves is taking on Sen. Edward Houck, a 26-year incumbent who is out of touch with the values of Virginia State Senate District 17. Last year Senator Houck voted against a measure that prevented taxpayer funds from being...
  • EDITORIAL: Stopping the government land grab--Virginia moves to limit eminent domain

    02/28/2011 5:08:02 PM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 28, 2011 | Editorial
    The Virginia General Assembly last week gave its first approval to a constitutional amendment restoring the sanctity of private property in the commonwealth. The measure was made necessary by the reckless 2005 Supreme Court decision Kelo v. New London, which gave towns and cities free rein to grab land for the use and benefit of well-connected developers. At issue is the power of eminent domain, under which landowners are forced to sell property to the government for public use. Over the years, the Supreme Court has expanded the scope of government takings by redefining “public use.” Originally, the term was...
  • Statement of VA AG Ken Cuccinelli on passage of Clinic Safety Bill

    02/24/2011 4:45:10 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies
    Dear Friends, Today, a long, hard-fought battle for women's health and dignity has finally been won in the State Senate! Just this afternoon, the Democrat controlled Virginia State Senate passed a bill which will require abortion clinics to meet hospital-style safety standards. This will mean that any abortion clinic which performs more than 5 abortions in a month will need to meet safety standards comparable to any other clinic which performs out-patient procedures. For over 25 years, Virginia abortion clinics have not been held to minimal health and safety standards. As a result, women who walk into these clinics are...
  • Abortion Clinic Safety bill passes VA Senate!!!

    02/24/2011 12:16:17 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 51 replies
    Victoria Cobb, President Thursday, February 24, 2011 Victory Alert: Abortion Clinic Safety Passes Senate!! In a historic vote, the state Senate today approved legislation that requires the Board of Health to create regulation for abortion centers in Virginia! After over two decades of hiding behind a veil of political secrecy, abortion centers in Virginia will now face greater scrutiny and better health standards. After a long and passionate debate on the Senate floor, the vote was 20-20 with Lt. Governor Bill Bolling casting the deciding vote in favor of the bill! We will provide more information on this tremendous victory...
  • VA Senate democrats kill prolife bills in Ed. & Health committee

    02/18/2011 7:13:06 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 5 replies
    Victoria Cobb, President Thursday, February 17, 2011 Information Alert: Life Bills Killed Despite Overwhelming Evidence In the Virginia Senate Education and Health committee this morning, The Family Foundation was reminded that we can have logic and reason, statistics, public polling, the US Supreme Court, and science on our side, but that has no influence with members of that committee committed to the abortion industry. Four important bills (HB1419, HB1428, HB1440, and HB2147) died at the hands of the committee this morning. Stay tuned to The Family Foundation’s YouTube site for videos of the debate. The first bill heard was HB...
  • Va. State Sen. Ticer Calling It Quits

    02/18/2011 3:53:52 AM PST · by csvset · 24 replies
    NBC ^ | 17 Feb 2011 | JULIE CAREY
    A longtime northern Virginia political figure has decided to calls it quits. In an emotional speech on the Virginia Senate floor, Alexandria Democrat Patsy Ticer told her colleagues, "I have finally come to the end of the line." Ticer's 30th senate district covers Alexandria and parts of Arlington and Fairfax counties. She's been a fixture in local politics since 1982 when she was first elected to Alexandria's City Council. She became the city's first female mayor in 1991 and held that position until she was elected to the state Senate in 1995. As Alexandria mayor, Ticer helped lead the high...
  • Virginia House Makes Rolling Right Turn Reckless Driving

    02/15/2011 6:56:54 AM PST · by Ken H · 70 replies ^ | 02/15/2011 | n/a
    Virginia passes bill imposing up to $2500 fine and possible jail time for boulevard stops. The Virginia House of Delegates and a state Senate committee approved legislation that would make a rolling right-hand turn on a red light a reckless driving offense. On Thursday the Senate Transportation Committee unanimously approved a bill introduced by Delegate Bill Janis (R-Glen Allen) which the lower chamber had approved by a 67 to 31 margin on February 4. "Any person who drives a motor vehicle in violation of Section 46.2-833 is guilty of reckless driving," House Bill 1993 states. Under current law, Section 46.2-833,...
  • VA Planned Parenthood lists bills they support/oppose (BARF ALERT)

    02/14/2011 8:45:03 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 2 replies
    Check out this website listing of bills they support and oppose......
  • Va. House OKs use of deadly force against home intruders

    02/09/2011 3:16:39 PM PST · by Angelus · 19 replies ^ | February 8, 2011 | Bill Sizemore
    The House of Delegates gave preliminary approval Monday to a bill authorizing the use of deadly force against an intruder who enters a home and threatens to injure the occupant. The bill, HB1573, introduced by Del. Bill Cleaveland, R-Botetourt County, would put the so-called "castle doctrine" into state law. It would allow a home's occupant to use "any degree of physical force, including deadly physical force," if an intruder commits an overt act toward the occupant that he reasonably believes would put him in imminent danger of bodily injury. The bill makes the occupant immune from a lawsuit for any...
  • email alert from VA Homosexual group about 3 bills (BARF ALERT)

    01/31/2011 8:42:08 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 2 replies
    There are three bills pending in the Virginia Senate that are on Equality Virginia's positive legislative agenda for this year that are scheduled for a vote in the full Senate this week. Please take a minute right now to let your Virginia Senator know that you support this important legislation: SB 747 (McEachin) would codify protections against discrimination for all state employees (including college faculty), including protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. SB 1121 (Herring, McEachin) would change state law to allow local governments the freedom to establish personnel policies and procedures and to offer benefits...
  • Virginia AG: State would have to self-fund militia if it wants to ban gays from national guard

    01/29/2011 9:28:18 PM PST · by tportem · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 1/29/2011 | LARRY O'DELL
    <p>RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia would have to establish and fully fund its own independent militia if it wanted to ban gays from its National Guard force, Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli says.</p> <p>Cuccinelli issued an advisory opinion earlier this week at the request of Del. Bill Janis, R-Henrico, who asked whether the legislature can order the Virginia National Guard to continue the"don't ask, don't tell" policy recently repealed by Congress.</p>
  • Va. Guard faces funding loss if it sticks with 'don't ask

    01/29/2011 9:23:27 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 10 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | January 29, 2011 | By JIM NOLAN
    The Virginia National Guard could still exclude gays from service once federal regulations repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy are issued, but it would likely lose its lifeline of federal funding, according to an opinion issued by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. The opinion, released Friday, came in response to a request by Del. William R. Janis, R-Henrico, and on the heels of House Bill 2474, submitted by Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, that would keep in force the current "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the Virginia National Guard. Cuccinelli issued another opinion Friday advising that two...
  • Virginia Lawmaker Wants To Castrate Sex Offenders

    01/29/2011 5:30:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | January 27, 2011 | Brandon Benavides
    Virginia state Sen. Emmett Hanger is pushing a measure that would allow for the castration of sex offenders. The controversial proposal passed the Virginia General Assembly four years ago, but then-Governor Tim Kaine vetoed it. The bill would require the state to study the use of physical castration as an alternative to civil commitment for those deemed sexually violent predators. Now, the Commonwealth pays to detain and treat sex offenders after they served their prison sentence. Hanger acknowledged that castration isn't the answer for all offenders, but said studies have shown it to work on many. He said Virginia must...
  • Adam Light to challenge Dem. VA Senator Puckett in November

    01/27/2011 6:08:52 AM PST · by Gopher Broke
    Hello All, I just wanted to drop you all a note to let you know that we will be having our official announcement entering the race for the 38th District State Senate seat at 10:30am on 7 Feb 11 at SVCC. Congressman Griffith will be there for the announcement, and it would mean a lot to me if all you could be there as well. Please be discrete with this info, since we want plenty of media coverage. Please take note of this new email address, and feel free to contact me on it with regard to political matters. Of...
  • Taking Back the Commerce Clause in Virginia [Virginia House Rejects Federal Commerce Power, 65-33]

    01/26/2011 11:55:38 AM PST · by RepublicnotaDemocracy · 104 replies
    Tenth Amendment Center ^ | 01-26-11 | Michael Boldin
    Today, the Virginia House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed House Bill 1438 (HB1438), the Intrastate Commerce Act. The bill, “Provides that all goods produced or manufactured within the Commonwealth, when such goods are held, retained, or maintained in the Commonwealth, shall not be subject to federal law, federal regulation, or the constitutional power of the United States Congress to regulate interstate commerce.” The vote was 65-33. For decades, using a tortured definition of “interstate commerce,” Congress has claimed the authority to regulate, control, ban, or mandate virtually everything – from wheat grown on one’s own land for personal consumption, to weed...
  • Helpful website for tracking bills in VA General Assembly

    01/26/2011 5:56:28 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 4 replies
    I have found this to be a very usesful website each Jan - Mar when the Virginia General Assembly is in session. See Here, you can look up VA bills by bill number, by delegate/senator, by date submitted and by subject. Also, it lists all emails for members and lists the committees.
  • Conservative measures advance in Virginia House

    01/25/2011 8:02:44 PM PST · by HokieMom · 3 replies
    WTOP ^ | 1-25-2011 | BOB LEWIS
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Conservatives advanced measures through Virginia's House on Tuesday that defy Washington by exempting Virginia-made goods from federal oversight, allow states to repeal federal law and blunt federal energy policy. The votes, largely on party lines, were victories for tea party groups and Republicans eager to please them in a legislative election year. They came during 3 1/2 hours of sometimes charged rhetoric that invoked state sovereignty and even the Civil War in the former Confederate Capitol. "Our federal government has become too big and too powerful and we're not going to take it any more," said...
  • McDonnell lifts ban on open-carry in Va. parks(VA)

    01/24/2011 4:08:32 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 20 January, 2011 | Fredrick Kunkle
    RICHMOND - Gov. Robert F. McDonnell has quietly lifted the ban on people carrying firearms openly in Virginia's state parks, reversing a policy put in place by his predecessor. Gun-control advocates decried the move, saying the decision could hurt the state's tourism business, while gun-rights advocates said the directive was overdue. It also was not unexpected, as McDonnell (R) had opined as attorney general three years ago that the Department of Conservation and Recreation's guns-in-parks ban exceeded its authority when it enacted the rule under then-Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D).
  • Virginia State Senate kills “Castle Doctrine" bill (again)

    01/19/2011 10:10:53 PM PST · by Angelus · 14 replies ^ | January 19th, 2011 | Dave Gibson
    On Wednesday, the Virginia Senate Courts of Justice Committee voted 12-3 to defeat SB 876, known as the “Castle Doctrine.” The measure would have allowed “a lawful occupant use of physical force, including deadly force, against an intruder in his dwelling who has committed an overt act against him, without civil liability.” For the last several years, the same bill has been defeated in the Democratically-controlled Senate, while the same version has passed in the Republican-controlled House. The committee voted as follows: Against: Sen. Janet D. Howell (D-Reston) Sen. Louise L. Lucas (D-Portsmouth) Sen. Henry L. Marsh (D-Richmond) Sen. Thomas...
  • Va. Gov. Bob Mcdonnell moves to enforce universal right to open carry

    01/18/2011 8:38:49 PM PST · by majstoll · 24 replies ^ | January 18, 2011 | Mike Stollenwerk
    According to a National Rifle Association (NRA) email alert sent to its Virginia members today, "[o]n January 14, Governor McDonnell issued a directive to the [Virginia] Department of Conservation and Recreation to cease enforcement of § 4VAC5-30-200 which prohibits open carrying of firearms in State Parks and has immediate effect." This action follows though on a legal opinion McDonnell issued as state Attorney General regarding the state regulation banning open carry in state parks in which he declared that "[a] person’s right to carry a firearm openly is considered universal within the Commonwealth." . . .
  • Va. lawmakers look to stop climate change probe

    01/19/2011 6:51:49 AM PST · by outinyellowdogcountry · 10 replies ^ | 1-18-11 | AP
    <p>RICHMOND, Va. - A power struggle is unfolding in Virginia over climate change research. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has been taking the University of Virginia to court to get information on a climate change researcher who once worked at the school.</p>
  • VA Senate Democrats kill 4 important bills, in less than 1 hour

    01/19/2011 8:34:01 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 13 replies
    For Immediate Release Contact: Garren Shipley (540) 686-1138 Senate Democrats Kill Transportation 'Lockbox', Right-to-Work, Other Common-Sense Bills in Less Than an Hour -- Also vote to kill Repeal Amendment resolution -- It might be some sort of record. Legislators have spent entire careers in Richmond and been in the position to kill common-sense, conservative legislation only once or twice. And then they would think long and hard before following through. But on Tuesday, the current crop of Senate Democrats managed to wipe out no fewer than FOUR such pieces of legislation IN LESS THAN AN HOUR. During Tuesday morning's meeting...
  • Foreclosures attract attention from both parties in Virginia Assembly

    01/18/2011 7:28:05 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 8 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Tuesday, January 18, 2011 8:47 am | By WESLEY P. HESTER
    A bipartisan coalition of legislators seeks sweeping changes to state foreclosure laws aimed at protecting homeowners and tightening record-keeping practices. Perhaps the highest profile is Bob Marshall's, which would require that mortgage transfers be recorded in local land records and that investors and lenders file documents there before foreclosing. "Failure to act by this General Assembly will, in fact, be a big bank bailout by the lawmakers of Virginia," Marshall said. Currently, banks have their own system of records known as the Mortgage Electronic Registration System, in which 60 percent of the nation's residential mortgages are recorded. That nongovernmental database,...
  • Virginia House backs constitutional amendment to limit unions

    01/18/2011 6:24:19 PM PST · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/18/11 | Fredrick Kunkle
    Virginia House backs constitutional amendment to limit unionsBy Fredrick Kunkle Posted at 6:18 PM ET, 01/18/2011 The House of Delegates on Tuesday approved a resolution that would enshrine Virginia's "right-to-work" law in its constitution, thereby making permanent the state's traditional wariness toward the influence of labor unions. Republicans argued that Virginia's laws against compulsory union membership are key to its reputation as a business-friendly state, and that a state constitutional amendment reiterating those principles would strengthen its ability to counter recent pro-labor actions from Washington. The resolution, HJ500, sponsored by Del. Richard Bell (R-Franklin), passed 61-36. But it seems less...
  • VA Senate Democrats kill "Castle Doctrine" bill

    01/18/2011 1:22:26 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 27 replies
    For Immediate Release Contact: Garren Shipley (540) 686-1138 Democrat Roscoe Reynolds Lets 'Castle Doctrine' Bill Die Without So Much as a Word -- Legislation that would protect homeowners who use deadly force to protect themselves during a home-break in - RPV Chairman Pat Mullins issued the following statement on Reynolds' inaction: "When I was told that Roscoe Reynolds let SB 876 die in his committee, I simply couldn't believe what I was hearing. The last thing a homeowner in Virginia needs to be worried about when they're facing down an armed intruder is 'Will he be able to sue me...