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  • How Puckett resignation could break the budget impasse (VA Senate)

    06/09/2014 8:57:38 AM PDT · by csvset · 10 replies
    Daily Press ^ | June 9, 2014 | Dave Ress
    How could Democratic state Sen. Phil Puckett's resignation move the budget and Medicaid impasse? Counting noses, it means what was a 23-17 Senate majority (20 Democrats, three Republicans) for a budget that includes a provision for tapping Affordable Care Act dollars to extend health insurance for low income Virginians now stands at 22-17. But it also means what was a 20-20 split, with Democratic Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam a tie-breaker on everything except the budget, is now a 20-19 GOP majority. So, look for movement this week to bring the state Senate back into session (it takes nine to call...
  • Virginia State Senator Resigns After Cutting Shocking Deal With Republicans

    06/09/2014 7:43:16 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 37 replies
    finance.yahoo.com ^ | 6/8/14 | Phillip Puckett
    A Virginia state senator is set to resign on Monday after cutting a deal with Republicans, a stunning move that gives the state GOP the upper hand in an ongoing fight over the state's budget and an expansion of the Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act. Democratic state Sen. Phillip Puckett will step down on Monday, news first reported by The Washington Post. According to the report, Puckett's resignation leads the way for him to get a job as deputy director of the state tobacco commission and for his daughter to be confirmed for a state judgeship. It also...
  • Democratic senator Puckett resigns, adding to state budget turmoil

    06/08/2014 4:42:32 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 52 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 6-8-14 | Bob Brown
    State Sen. Phillip P. Puckett- D-Russell has resigned his seat, leaving Democrats one vote shy of the majority they need to control the chamber. Puckett's stunning resignation throws Democratic budget strategy into chaos and opening the way for Republicans to seize control of the chamber and reorganize its committees with GOP majorities. “I am deeply disappointed by this news and the uncertainty it creates at a time when 400,000 Virginians are waiting for access to quality health care, especially those in Southwest Virginia,” Gov. Terry McAuliffe said in a statement.
  • Virginia Republicans aren’t blinking in showdown over [McAuliffe] Medicaid expansion

    04/14/2014 2:19:30 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 12 replies
    WP ^ | 4-13-14 | AP
    RICHMOND — Virginia Republicans were supposed to be squirming by now. For months, their opposition to expanding Medi­caid under the Affordable Care Act has put them at odds with some traditional allies in the business world. Hospitals, the state chamber of commerce and corporate leaders have been calling, writing, visiting and buttonholing, pushing what they call “the business case” for expanding coverage to thousands of uninsured under the health-care law, with the federal government promising to pay most of the cost. Gov. Terry McAuliffe and other Democrats who favor expansion have been betting on that pressure to sway Republicans, particularly...
  • Gov. Terry McAuliffe's First Veto Is Against Gun Owners

    03/19/2014 7:55:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/19/14 | AWR Hawkins
    On March 19th Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) used his first veto to strike down a bill "meant to clarify state law" regarding how gun owners without a concealed carry permit may store firearms in a vehicle. The bill, HB 962, was sponsored by Delegate Benjamin L. Cline (R-Rockbridge). According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the bill said "the weapon would be considered secured if it was in a container or compartment – such as console or glove compartment – that was closed but not necessarily locked."
  • What is going on in the Virginia state legislature?

    03/18/2014 7:56:51 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 7 replies
    ACT! for America ^ | 18 March 14 | Brigitte Gabriel
    Something is terribly wrong with the Virginia state legislature. On Wednesday, March 5th, in House Joint Resolution 484, the elected representatives of the people of Virginia commended the notorious, terror-tied Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church. Dar al Hijrah has a history of ties to multiple known and convicted terrorists, led by its former Imam, Anwar al-Awlaki, who became head of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, before he was killed in a US air strike in 2011. It was this institution that the Virginia House and Senate agreed to commend by voice vote. This amounts to an...
  • Special Election last night: Dem gets crushed in district Obama won by 10 points (Virginia)

    02/26/2014 7:11:38 AM PST · by The Old Hoosier · 19 replies
    Conservative Intel ^ | 2/26/14 | David Freddoso
    ...This result nullifies the Democrats’ one-seat gain in the House of Delegates in Virginia’s 2013 general election...
  • Virginia: Republican Delegate Rob Bloxom wins special election for HOD seat

    02/25/2014 8:33:02 PM PST · by Gopher Broke · 10 replies
    From an email
    Statement from RPV Chairman Pat Mullins: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Garren Shipley (540) 686-1138 Statement of RPV Chairman Pat Mullins on Delegate-elect Rob Bloxom's Win RPV Chairman Pat Mullins gave the following statement: "Let me be among the first to congratulate Delegate-elect Rob Bloxom on his overwhelming win tonight in House District 100. Rob is going to make a great addition to Speaker Howell's growing caucus, and I look forward to working with him to advance our shared conservative values in the General Assembly." "But tonight's win is about so much more than just who holds this House of Delegates...
  • Recount turns control of Va. Senate to Democrats

    01/28/2014 10:08:07 AM PST · by LonelyCon · 57 replies
    WTOP ^ | 1/27/2014 | Max Smith
    Democrats will take control of the Virginia Senate now that a recount in Hampton Roads has found Lynwood Lewis the winner of a special election. Lewis, who until now has served in the House of Delegates, beat Republican Wayne Coleman by 11 votes out of 23,000 votes cast. The State Board of Elections says the final totals are 10,203 votes for Lewis to 10,192 votes for Coleman in the district that covers Accomack, Mathews and Northampton counties and the cities of Norfolk and Virginia Beach. Coleman has called Lewis to concede the race. Lewis had been initially declared the winner...
  • VA:Lobby Day sees Pro and Anti second Amendment Groups at the Capitol

    01/24/2014 4:33:03 PM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 25 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    I have read through a number of accounts of Lobby Day at the Virginia Capitol at Richmond on 20 January.  I was drawn to study the event because of an account on wvtf public radio.   The account on wvtf said that competing crowds of people were lobbying in favor of second amendment rights and those who wish to restrict those rights, occurred on Tuesday.  I think the reporter simply got the day wrong, because all of the other coverage that I could find indicated the events occurred on Monday, 20 January, 2014. The orientation of the reporter for...
  • Bipartisanship Didn't Help Bob McDonnell

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

    01/21/2014 8:57:28 PM PST · by Coronal · 64 replies
    LoudounTimes ^ | Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 | Trevor Baratko
    Democrat Jennifer Wexton bested two veteran Loudoun County politicians Tuesday night to earn a seat in the Senate of Virginia and almost assuredly give Virginia Democrats majority power in Richmond for the first time since 2009. Ms. Wexton's victory over Republican John Whitbeck and former Republican state Del. Joe May, running his Senate race as an independent, caps a momentous two months for Democrats in Virginia, whom last November swept the top three offices in the commonwealth – the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general posts – for the first time in two decades.
  • Va. Senate balance at stake in 33rd District special election[Today election DAY! for some]

    .... as Mr. Whitbeck was quick to point out, he is the only aspirant who resided in the district as recently as four months ago. (First reported by the Times-Mirror, both Mr. May and Ms. Wexton took up residences in the 33rd District boundaries in the second half of 2013.)
  • Bevy of gun-control bills shot down in Virginia House

    01/18/2014 1:17:17 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 34 replies
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 1-17-14 | Bill Sizemore
    The House of Delegates panel widely known as the graveyard of gun-control bills consigned a slew of them to oblivion Thursday. The Republican-controlled subcommittee of the Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee tabled a series of gun-control measures, meaning they are unlikely to be revived. The hours-long session delighted pro-gun forces, arrayed on one side of the room wearing "Guns Save Lives" stickers, and infuriated gun-control advocates on the opposite side wearing "Background Checks Save Lives" stickers. Rejected by the panel were these measures, all proposed by Democrats: -- HB812, to required universal criminal background checks for firearm purchases. --...
  • Call Now to Thwart Attack on Faith-Based Homeschooling (in VA)

    01/14/2014 8:13:57 AM PST · by MiddleEarth · 35 replies
    E-mail from HSLDA ^ | 1/13/2014 | Scott Woodruff
    For nearly 40 years, faith-based families have been able to homeschool under Virginia’s religious exemption statute with the quiet peace and security of knowing that their right to teach their children that God is the beginning of wisdom in every subject was unquestioned. Last week, however, Delegate Thomas Rust (R-Fairfax, 86th District) filed a legislative measure (HJ 92) that throws your rights into question and confusion by urging the Virginia General Assembly to ask the Department of Education to “study” the religious exemption statute. Asking to conduct a study is a back-door way of saying that something should be questioned....
  • Republican Del. Villanueva sponsors gay-rights bill

    01/14/2014 7:38:21 AM PST · by csvset · 14 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | January 14, 2014 | Bill Sizemore
    RICHMOND For years, gay rights has been one of the hot-button social issues that serve as fodder for partisan warfare in the General Assembly, with Democrats favoring gay-friendly measures and Republicans opposing them. But the partisan lines are starting to blur a bit. This year, several lawmakers have introduced legislation to prohibit discrimination in state employment based on sexual orientation, and one of them is a Republican: Del. Ron Villanueva of Virginia Beach. The 43-year-old delegate, who is beginning his third two-year term in the House, said Monday his decision to try to help protect Virginia's gay minority was rooted...
  • Virginia Is Now One Step Closer to Being an Official Blue State

    11/07/2013 12:06:02 PM PST · by C19fan · 36 replies
    The New Republic ^ | November 7, 2013 | Ruy Teixeira
    With Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial victory over Ken Cuccinelli, Democrats have now won seven of Virginia’s eight high-profile, statewide races since 2005 (three Senate races, two Presidential contests, and two of three gubernatorial elections). The lone exception, Bob McDonnell’s gubernatorial victory in 2009, provides an instructive contrast with the current contest. In 2009, Virginia voters were 78 percent white and 22 percent minority. In 2013, they were just 72 percent white and 28 percent minority—not far off the 70/30 split in the 2012 presidential election. There you have the key to McAuliffe’s victory: Despite performing much better among white voters than...
  • Terry McAuliffe Faces Uphill Climb With GOP-Controlled House of Delegates

    11/06/2013 5:33:47 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 23 replies
    NBC 4, Washington DC ^ | 6 November 2013 | Carissa DiMargo
    A long and contentious campaign ended late Tuesday with a narrow victory by Terry McAuliffe. But as Wednesday dawned, many Virginians may still not know what to expect from the next governor, since negative ads during the campaign seemed to crowd out both candidates' platforms. McAuliffe likely has some challenges ahead. He's never held public office, and many Virginia lawmakers perceive him as an outsider. What's more, Republicans maintained their strong majority in Virginia's House of Delegates, which means McAuliffe will have to figure out how to cooperate with the GOP if he has any hope of success. We talked...
  • GOP Retains Solid Va. House Majority

    11/06/2013 3:44:43 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 91 replies
    NBC Washington ^ | Tuesday, Nov 5, 2013 | Larry O'Dell
    Republicans turned back several challenges by Democrats as the GOP retained a solid majority in the Virginia House of Delegates. Democrat Jeremy McPike narrowly defeated Republican incumbent Scott Lingamfelter in unofficial returns Tuesday, but several other Republicans survived and the GOP kept 10 seats vacated by Republicans.
  • Could Virginia Start Forcing MD's to Accept Medicare & Medicaid Patients?

    11/03/2013 1:54:28 PM PST · by markomalley · 95 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/3/2013 | Kerry Picket
    Kathleen Murphy, a Democrat who is running for the House of Delegates against Republican incumbent Barbara Comstock, told a forum in Great Falls on Saturday that doctors should be forced to accept Medicare and Medicaid patients: FYI last night at the Great Falls Grange debate, Democrat delegate candidate Kathleen Murphy said that since many doctors are not accepting medicaid and medicare patients, she advocates making it a legal requirement for those people to be accepted.  She did not recognize that the payments are inadequate to cover the doctors' costs.  She also did not recognize there is a shortage of over 45,000 physicians...
  • Virginia Gun Crime Drops as Firearm Sales Soar

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

    07/15/2013 5:35:28 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 15, 2013 6:00 PM EDT | Steve Szkotak
    The door opened Monday for tens of thousands of nonviolent felons in Virginia to regain the right to vote, with state officials outlining steps each will have to take to recapture their basic civil rights. Gov. Bob McDonnell has said up to 100,000 disenfranchised felons ultimately could be added to the voter rolls, serve on a jury or hold political office.“For past offenders, our goal is to grant civil rights back to as many as possible,” McDonnell said in a statement. “This is the right thing to do for all Virginians to help make the commonwealth a safer and better...
  • ‘Busiest’ Abortion Clinic in Virginia Closes Up Shop

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

    07/10/2013 10:58:32 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 7 replies
    From an email
    Dear Supporter, We have a unique opportunity in Virginia. Governor Bob McDonnell is currently considering which felonies should be categorized as “non-violent” for the purpose of the new, more streamlined restoration of civil rights process that will go into effect as early as next week. Right now, there are several felonies arbitrarily classified as “violent,” like breaking and entering or drug possession with intent to distribute. Those particular felonies disproportionately affect people of color and communities in poverty. We need your help. Will you take the time to email Governor Bob McDonnell and ask that he take the broadest approach...
  • New Virginia laws that take effect July 1

    07/01/2013 7:05:49 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 15 replies
    WVEC ^ | Posted on June 29, 2013 at 8:06 PM
    Some of the new laws that take effect in Virginia on Monday, July 1. Each new law is listed by its legislative bill numbers, a short summary and the chapter where it will be found in Virginia's laws for 2013.
  • 2 GOP incumbents (tax hikers)lose primaries (Sherwood, May)

    06/12/2013 8:01:23 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 5 replies
    Sherwood, May lose; Gilbert remains By Alex Bridges Political newcomers defeated two of the region's veteran Republican Party delegates in primaries Tuesday, according to unofficial results. Mark J. Berg defeated Del. Beverly J. Sherwood for the 29th District. Dave LaRock defeated Senior Republican Joe May for the 33rd District, according to unofficial results from the Virginia State Board of Elections. Both May and Sherwood lost their bids to run for their 11th terms. The outcomes mean Berg and LaRock will represent the party on the ballot along with Del. C. Todd Gilbert in the regular election Nov. 5. Gilbert fended...
  • Virginia Abortion Clinic Owner: 'I Can Stick Needles in Babies' Lungs. I Can Put Tubes Up P...'

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

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

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

    03/26/2013 1:46:49 PM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Mar. 26, 2013 | Robert Laurie
    Whether you believe voter fraud is a huge problem or just a minor annoyance, there’s no way you can argue that it doesn’t happen. Virtually every recent election has been marred by reports of people voting under fake names, voting multiple times, or casting fraudulent ballots. Supporters of Voter ID laws have long argued that there’s a simple way to stop most of these problems from occurring: require a photo ID from each registered voter in order to cast a ballot. It’s simple, quick, and prevents “disenfranchisement” by securing the process. In short, it’s a no-brainer. So, obviously, Democrats hate...
  • E-Edition

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

    02/22/2013 12:53:51 PM PST · by Perdogg · 18 replies
    Virginia's House of Delegates has voted to approve what would become the first major reform in a generation of the state's system for financing its highway network. Friday's vote was 60-40.
  • Pope’s Possible Successor Promotes Marxist for Sainthood

    02/11/2013 8:25:30 PM PST · by ubipetrusest · 36 replies
    Accuracy in Media ^ | February 11, 2013 | Cliff Kincaid
    ...Cardinal Timothy Dolan, reported to be in the running to replace Pope Benedict XVI as the head of the Roman Catholic Church, is usually described as a “conservative” because he has strongly criticized President Obama’s attacks on religious liberty and federal intrusions into church affairs. But Dolan is also the leader of the campaign to promote Marxist Dorothy Day for Sainthood. One report asks, “Could Timothy Dolan Become The First American Pope?” Dolan, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB,) is considered the voice of U.S. Catholicism. But Carol Byrne, author of "The Catholic Worker Movement (1933-1980):...
  • Bill to allow NoVa counties to impose one percent income tax without public vote passes Va. Senate

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

    02/06/2013 7:53:14 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 6, 2013 10:29 PM EST | Bob Lewis
    The Republican speaker of the Virginia House has ruled against a GOP-backed redistricting plan that was muscled through a divided Virginia Senate while a veteran black Democratic lawmaker was attending President Barack Obama’s inauguration. … The move set off a firestorm among Senate Democrats, who’d threatened to deny the Senate’s 20 Republicans the necessary 21st vote to advance key initiatives. …
  • Bob McDonnell’s “Road for Nobody” near Hampton Roads insults Northern Virginia

    01/31/2013 1:04:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 30, 2013 | Robert McCartney
    A few years ago, Alaska’s proposed “Bridge to Nowhere” became a national symbol of wasteful government spending on little-needed projects. Now Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) has pushed through his own version of this embarrassment, a $1.4 billion highway outside Hampton Roads that qualifies as a “Road for Nobody.” McDonnell has perplexed people across the state by his insistence on adding a tolled, four-lane highway parallel to U.S. 460. It will stretch for 55 miles from Petersburg, a Richmond suburb, southeast to Suffolk. The deal signed in December to build the road is especially insulting to traffic-jammed Northern Virginia, where...
  • Sudden Redistricting Vote Surprises Virginia Democrats

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

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

    01/19/2013 11:42:31 PM PST · by kathsua · 2 replies
    Life News ^ | 1/18/13 | John Jansen
    Are abortion clinics in Virginia “beautiful, immaculate, clean facilities” that pass inspections “with flying colors”? According to NARAL Virginia Executive Director Tarina Keene and her Huffington Post water carrier, the answer is yes. But are they right? In March 2011, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell signed into law regulations that required the State’s Board of Health to write new rules for regulating abortion facilities, which had not been largely unregulated for more than 20 years. Late last month, McDonnell signed into law permanent regulations that will now hold the state’s abortion facilities to the same health and safety standards as hospitals....
  • VCDL VA-ALERT: IMPORTANT: Gun bills moving on Thursday! (1/17/2013 in VA General Assembly)

    01/16/2013 10:07:48 AM PST · by Perseverando
    Virginia Citizens Defense League ^ | January 16, 2013 | Philip VanCleave
    From: VCDL President [mailto:president@vcdl.org] Sent: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 1:41 AM To: xxxxxxxx Subject: VA-ALERT: IMPORTANT: Gun bills moving on Thursday! ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Not yet a VCDL member? Join VCDL at: http://www.vcdl.org/join.html ---------------------------------------------------------------------- VCDL's meeting schedule: http://www.vcdl.org/meetings.html ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Abbreviations used in VA-ALERT: http://www.vcdl.org/help/abbr.html ---------------------------------------------------------------------- MARK YOUR CALENDARS Some important pro-gun and anti-gun bills are being heard in subcommittee THURSDAY, January 17th at 5 PM! The most important pro-gun bill of the session (Delegate Marshall's bill to allow teachers and others to be armed - HB 1557) will be heard, as will some anti-gun bills. Let's get a big turnout to support...
  • Democratic lawmakers unveil gun proposals in Richmond

    01/15/2013 11:09:10 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    wdbj7.com ^ | January 15, 2013 | Joe Dashiell
    RICHMOND, Va.— A month after the school shootings in Connecticut, President Obama is preparing to unveil a major gun control proposal Wednesday morning. And Virginia lawmakers are promoting legislation they say will make an immediate impact on gun safety in the state. Arlington Delegate Patrick Hope says he was stunned by how easy it was to purchase a handgun, when he and Alexandria Senator Adam Ebbin visited a gun show in northern Virginia recently. He showed the weapon to reporters at a State Capitol news conference Tuesday morning. "I bought this gun with nothing more than a request to see...
  • Governor proposes to eliminate gasoline tax (Virginia)

    01/12/2013 3:31:23 PM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    Independent Messenger ^ | 1/10/13 | DON KORALEWSKI
    Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell delivered his state of the Commonwealth address on Wednesday, marking his vision for the state as the General Assembly opens the 2013 session. One of the most striking parts of his presentation is a proposal to eliminate Virginia’s 17.5-cent per gallon gasoline tax, and replace this portion of state roads funding with an increase in the state’s sales tax.
  • Northern Virginia Democrat Takes Aim at the Gun Show Loophole

    01/12/2013 6:35:16 AM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 3 replies
    connectionnewspapers.com ^ | January 10, 2013 | Michael Lee Pope
    Legislators will be dueling over guns this year at the Capitol, with gun-rights advocates set to oppose efforts to close Virginia’s gun-show loophole. Alexandria state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-30) and Arlington Del. Patrick Hope (D-47) have introduced legislation that would require a background check for every gun purchase. That includes the 40 percent of current gun sales that take place in a private transaction, which do not require any kind of background check to be conducted on the individual purchasing the weapon. “The current laws are like Swiss cheese,” said Hope, who sits on the Militia, Police and Public Safety...
  • VA-ALERT: VCDL GOING ON OFFENSIVE / VCDL MEETING IN NOVA ON THURSDAY

    12/19/2012 11:37:10 AM PST · by Cheeks · 21 replies
    vcdl.org ^ | 12-19-12 | VCDL
    VCDL IS PREPARING FOR ALL OUT CAMPAIGN TO PROTECT OUR RIGHTS AND TO PROTECT SCHOOLS VCDL's thoughts & prayers are with the families, friends, and all who were affected by the atrocity committed at the Sandy Hook Elementary School by a criminal monster on Friday. Words cannot adequately express our deepest sympathy to the victims and the revulsion we feel for the vile act of a lunatic. Although some gun organizations have dropped off the radar screen, VCDL has been active and on the offensive - from newspapers to television, from local news to national shows. From the Washington Post...
  • Virginians to show gun permits as voter ID, no photo required

    10/08/2012 12:14:18 PM PDT · by open carry · 12 replies
    examiner.com ^ | October 8, 2012 | Mike Stollenwerk
    Based on the chatter on gun blogs and Internet forums, it looks like a groundswell is underway in Virginia to borrow a page from Napoléon’s playbook and vote ‘to the sound of the guns.’ Thanks to a new law passed by the Virginia General Assembly and signed by Governor Bob McDonnell (R), all that it will take to vote in Virginia this year is a concealed handgun permit. This means no photo is required to vote . . .
  • The Race Card Cometh Yet Again

    07/29/2012 4:34:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 29, 2012 | Derek Hunter
    Political pundits often refer to the time we’re in now – a few weeks out from an election – as the “silly season.” It’s a time for obsessing over gaffes real and perceived, faux outrage over harmless statements and a general sense of desperation on the part of one candidate or perhaps both. This cycle’s silly season started early, which is to be expected when the challenging party picks its nominee early and the incumbent party has no record of success to promote. But that early start means we sometimes run out of “silly” early and head straight to desperate...
  • 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:...
  • New Virginia Gun Laws Taking Effect July 1st, 2012

    06/26/2012 3:31:15 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    monachuslex.com ^ | 25 June, 2012 | John Pierce
    Once again, the Virginia Citizens Defense League has delivered for Virginia gun owners. Thanks to the tireless efforts of VCDL activists, the 2012 Legislative Session was even more of a rousing success than the 2011 Session. Not only was every single anti-gun bill opposed by VCDL defeated but the session ended with almost a dozen VCDL supported bills passed by the Legislature and signed by Governor McDonnell. These important changes will take effect on July 1st … Better Protection For Gun Owners During Declared Emergencies I have written before about the dangers of emergency declarations stripping citizens of their right...
  • VA (D) Delegate David Englin steps down, endorses Lesbian replacement

    06/21/2012 7:37:40 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 8 replies
    From email
    Dear In April, I announced that I would not seek another term in elected office in order to focus on rebuilding my marriage and my family. That remains my highest priority, and I have concluded that the time has come for my family and me to leave public life. Therefore, earlier today, I submitted to the House Clerk, the Speaker, and Governor McDonnell my resignation from the House of Delegates, effective August 31. To ensure the best possible stewardship of taxpayer resources, I also conveyed my hope that Governor McDonnell will schedule the special election to coincide with the general...
  • Marshall [R-Va] says 'sodomy is not a civil right'

    05/17/2012 7:08:16 PM PDT · by kevcol · 24 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | May 17, 2012 | Wesley Hester
    RICHMOND Va. -- In a testy interview today with CNN's Brooke Baldwin on the Virginia legislature's recent refusal to appoint openly gay Richmond prosecutor Tracy Thorne-Begland to a judgeship, Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, declared that "sodomy is not a civil right." . . Marshall, a U.S. Senate candidate and one of the General Assembly's most conservative members, denied that he had lobbied against Thorne-Begland because he is gay, but instead termed him an "activist." . . "He can be a prosecutor if he wants to," Marshall said, "but we don't want advocates as judges." . . Marshall rejected...