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  • Va. governor eliminates criminal history questions on state job applications

    04/03/2015 4:54:54 PM PDT · by don-o · 62 replies
    WJHL-TV ^ | pril 3, 2015 | Jordan Moore
    BRISTOL, VA (WJHL) - Applications for state jobs in Virginia will no longer will include questions regarding a person's criminal history. Governor Terry McAuliffe signed an executive order removing criminal history questions from state employment applications Friday. Under the order, employment decisions won't be based on an applicant's criminal history unless it's specifically related to the job they are being considered for. While it only applies to state employment applications, the order also encourages similar hiring practices for private employers throughout the Commonwealth. Some business owners we spoke to in Bristol, Virginia are not on board with the idea.
  • Email: Gov. McAuliffe rebuffed interviews by federal agents [Virginia]

    04/02/2015 12:12:56 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 15 replies
    WDBJ7.com ^ | April 2, 2015 | AP
    An email obtained by The Associated Press shows that Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe's office rebuffed interview requests with a federal agent investigating the U.S. government's investor-visa program. The Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General twice asked McAuliffe for an interview in the summer of 2014 but said in a recent report that the efforts were "unsuccessful." McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy told The AP the governor was too busy "running the commonwealth" to sit down with investigators but offered to provide any specific information agents needed.
  • Scandals force Hillary Clinton to delay 2016 bid announcement

    03/25/2015 7:45:37 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 03/25/2015 | S.A. Miller
    Many of the key figures cited in a scathing inspector general’s report this week are allies of Hillary Rodham Clinton, marking the latest in a series of stumbles for the former first lady and secretary of state that likely forced her to delay her planned presidential campaign announcement.A Democratic strategist familiar with her team’s thinking said they are scrambling to limit the damage and readjust the campaign rollout schedule after the Homeland Security Department’s inspector general revealed an apparent cronyism scandal that ensnared Mrs. Clinton’s brother, Anthony Rodham, and two of her political confidants, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and former...
  • Report: Homeland Security Official Used Improper Influence

    03/24/2015 11:21:00 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03/24/2015 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department improperly intervened on behalf of foreign investors in three cases involving the U.S. government soliciting investments in exchange for American visas, the agency's inspector general said Tuesday. Investigators said he helped secure the visas, and created the appearance of favoritism and special access. The investigation could not suggest a motive for the official's involvement.
  • Report: Va. governor received special treatment from Homeland Security

    03/25/2015 5:27:27 AM PDT · by ConservativeInPA · 6 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | March 24, 2015 | Tom Hamburger and Rachel Weiner
    Not long before he became governor of Virginia, Democrat Terry McAuliffe received special treatment on behalf of his electric-car company from a top official at the Department of Homeland Security, according to a new report from the department’s inspector general. McAuliffe was among several politically powerful individuals from both parties, including Sen. Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.), seeking special visas for foreign investors through a program administered by the department. But intervention on behalf of McAuliffe’s GreenTech Automotive company by Alejandro Mayorkas, now the department’s No. 2 official, “was unprecedented,” according to the report. The long-anticipated report found no evidence of...
  • Top DHS official shows ‘favoritism’ to wealthy, Dem-connected immigrants: report

    03/24/2015 11:58:00 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 24, 2015 | Stephen Dinan
    The No. 2 official at the Homeland Security Department meddled in three high-profile immigration cases, giving special treatment to applications from wealthy and well-connected immigrants after calls from major Democrats despite the objections of career employees, the department’s inspector general concluded in a report Tuesday. Alejandro Mayorkas, who was elevated from head of the department’s legal immigration agency to be deputy secretary while the investigation was ongoing, also angered many of his colleagues by getting involved in the cases, and “created an appearance of favoritism and special access” for the wealthy immigrants, the inspector general concluded. Inspector General John Roth...
  • U.Va. Student From Chicago Brutally Beaten During Arrest

    03/18/2015 7:49:44 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 31 replies
    nbc 5 chicago ^ | 3-18-2015
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is calling for an investigation into the arrest of a college student with Chicago ties who was shown in a photo with a bloody face as he was held down by an officer. Charlottesville General District Court records show that Martese Johnson is charged on two counts: obstruction of justice without force, and public swearing or intoxication. The Alcoholic Beverage Control agent who made the arrest Wednesday morning, listed in court records as J. Miller, said in the arrest report that Johnson "was very agitated and belligerent." A statement from a group calling itself "Concerned Black...
  • Terry McAuliffe: Grand Marshall of the Norfolk St. Patrick's Day Parade

    03/08/2015 5:03:43 AM PDT · by verga · 20 replies
    General e-mail notification | 3/8/15 | Verga
    I received this e-mail from our Faithful Navigator this morning. Dear Knights and friends of the Knights of Columbus, It was recently announced that Gov. Terry McAuliffe was selected as the Grand Marshall for this year's Norfolk St. Patrick's Day Parade (March 14th) which is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 3548. http://norfolkparade.com This was against the directive of Holy Trinity Pastor, Fr. Dan Beeman. Please read Fr. Beeman's letter below. It appears that the KofC State Deputy, Steve Burnley, first agreed to immediately replace Terry McAuliffe, but later he reversed his decision. It is totally unacceptable that Terry...
  • Virginia still deciding if women are equal

    02/17/2015 10:05:41 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 21 replies
    Henrico Citizen ^ | 2-17-2015 | Ali Mislowsky
    Virginia is still deciding whether to ratify the ERA. The ERA would put in the U.S. Constitution a guarantee that “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” The proposed amendment was never added because it was not ratified by the requisite 38 states. Virginia is one of the states that haven’t ratified the amendment. It may be too late to make a constitutional difference, but women’s rights activists continue to push for ratification in the Old Dominion. That is the goal of Senate...
  • Virginia Democrats Flee Chamber Twice Rather Than Vote on Resolution in Support of Israel

    02/17/2015 12:03:37 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 14 replies
    Youtube, via VAGOPTV ^ | February 6, 2015 | VAGOPTV
    Democrats in the Virginia House of Delegates flee the chamber TWICE rather than cast a vote on a resolution expressing support for the State of Israel. There are 100 members of the House, with 32 Democrats.
  • VA Senate Committee Kills Gun Control Initiatives…Again

    01/27/2015 6:19:26 AM PST · by rktman · 9 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 1/26/2015 | Matt Vespa
    Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s (D-VA) gun control package has righteously gone down in flames (again) when a Virginia State Senate committee decided to vote them down. One of them sought to institute the one-a-month handgun law, which former Gov. Bob McDonnell (R-VA) repealed in 2012. Up until that point, it was state law since 1993 (via WaPo):
  • Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe hospitalized after he was thrown from horse in Africa

    01/19/2015 1:58:05 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 94 replies
    The Washington Post's Virginia Politics Blog ^ | January 19, 2015 | Laura Vozzella
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe has been hospitalized following a horse-riding accident over the Christmas holidays in Africa that left him with seven broken ribs and fluid around his lungs, a spokesman said Monday. Spokesman Brian Coy said doctors had expected the weeks-old injury to heal on its own, but after identifying increased fluid around the governor’s lungs, they admitted him around noon Monday for a procedure. McAuliffe (D), who attended a Martin Luther King Jr. event in Norfolk on Monday morning and was interviewed by local media there, was admitted hours later to Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond....
  • Virginia governor: I was 'disappointed' that Cantor lost

    10/18/2014 2:48:58 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 12, 2014 | Rachel Huggins
    Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) said he was "disappointed" after former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary and resigned because it was a loss for the state's congressional leadership. "As governor, I had the Majority Leader and, potentially, the Speaker of the United States of America as a member of my congressional delegation," McAuliffe told radio host John Catsimatidis in an interview to air Sunday on New York's 970 AM. "Personally, I was disappointed that Eric lost." SNIP When Catsimatidis told the governor that some people blamed him for Cantor's stunning defeat, McAuliffe said he's not at fault.
  • Same-sex marriages begin in Virginia

    10/06/2014 12:50:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Washington Post's Virginia Politics ^ | October 6, 2014 | Jenna Portnoy, John Woodrow Cox and Justin Jouvenal
    RICHMOND — The Supreme Court on Monday effectively allowed same-sex marriage to go forward in Virginia, deciding not to take up a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that overturned the commonwealth’s ban on same-sex marriages. The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a mandate to remove the last barrier to same-sex marriage in Virginia. The first same-sex marriages were performed in Charlottesville and Richmond shortly after 1 p.m. At the same time, the commonwealth recognized marriages already performed in states as legal. ---snip--- Virginia state Del. Bob Marshall (R-Prince William), co-author of the state’s marriage ban, decried the move...
  • McAuliffe aide suggested job for senator’s daughter if he remained in his seat

    10/03/2014 3:36:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/2/2014 | Laura Vozzella
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s chief of staff left a voice-mail message for a Democrat who was on the verge of quitting the General Assembly in June, saying that the senator’s daughter might get a top state job if he stayed to support the governor’s push to expand Medicaid, according to descriptions from three people who heard the recording. Then-Sen. Phillip P. Puckett wound up resigning, flipping control of the chamber to Republicans and thwarting McAuliffe’s signature goal of expanding health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Puckett’s abrupt exit came amid accusations that Republicans had enticed him to leave with...
  • New committees in the VA Senate under Republican control

    09/19/2014 1:07:34 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 3 replies
    Where in the World is Russ Potts? By Chris Freund September 19, 2014 The new Republican majority in the state Senate quickly went to work reorganizing committees while in town for the special session on the budget and Medicaid. Of course, those who’ve been paying attention may remember the battles over committee makeup when Republicans took over the Senate with then LG Bill Bolling casting the tie breaking vote, only to see a reversal of fortune in January when Democrats took control with LG Ralph Northam. Bad blood has been flowing between the two caucuses ever since, so the changes...
  • Shuttered Virginia Intermont could possibly house immigrant children

    06/20/2014 9:15:46 AM PDT · by don-o · 16 replies
    WJHL TV ^ | June 20, 2014
    BRISTOL, VA (WJHL) - A Virginia newspaper reports a possible use for the vacant Virginia Intermont facility. As the country is faced with a surge in minors arriving on their own from Central America, federal Department of Health and Human Service officials are scrambling to find places to house the children. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that U.S officials are in talks of temporarily sheltering unaccompanied immigrant children on the campus of shuttered Saint Paul’s College in Lawrenceville. Among the discussions, is the possibility of housing the children at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol. According to Richmond Times-Dispatch, federal Department of...
  • Gov McAuliffe declares June as Homosexual Pride month in VA (BARF ALERT)

    06/18/2014 10:55:47 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 44 replies
    From an email
    Yesterday Equality Virginia was honored to receive a proclamation from Governor Terry McAuliffe that recognizes June 2014 as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender pride month. The proclamation noted that the Commonwealth celebrates its diverse LGBT community, is dedicated to fostering acceptance and preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and that LGBT Virginians contribute to a stronger Commonwealth. We couldn't agree more; and will continue to work towards that ideal. The support we have received from the Governor has been invaluable. He understands that fairness and inclusion are important to Virginia's families and to the commonwealth as a...
  • 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...
  • Gillespie wins Republican U.S. Senate nomination (Virginia)

    06/08/2014 7:04:33 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 47 replies
    Roanoke.com ^ | June 7, 2014 | Markus Schmidt
    ERICA YOON | The Roanoke Times Delegates cheer candidate Ed Gillespie during his introduction at the state Republican convention Saturday in Roanoke. Less than 90 minutes after voting began at the convention, Gillespie’s nearest rival, Shak Hill, conceded the nomination to Gillespie. The low attendance — 4,200 delegates had registered but about 2,700 came to Roanoke — may have expedited the balloting. Ed Gillespie, a fixture in national Republican politics, easily won his party’s nomination Saturday to take on Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., setting up a marquee fight with control of the Senate at stake. At 2:50 p.m., less than...
  • McAuliffe explores whether he can expand Medicaid coverage without legislature’s okay (Virginia)

    05/02/2014 11:54:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post's Virginia Politics ^ | May 1, 2014 | Laura Vozzella
    RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is considering expanding health coverage for the poor without the approval of the state legislature, a move that would muscle his top priority past Republican opponents but also throw his young administration into a partisan firestorm and uncertain legal territory. McAuliffe and his top advisers have consulted lawyers, health-care experts and legislators on how to bypass the GOP-dominated House of Delegates, according to three people familiar with the discussions. A fourth, who like the others spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to reveal private strategy, said the office of...
  • A-G Advises On "Dreamers Act"(Virgina)

    04/29/2014 11:36:26 AM PDT · by central_va · 5 replies
    WRVA ^ | 4/29/14 | wrva
    Richmond, VA (1140wrva.com) _ Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring is advising Virginia's colleges and universities and the Virginia Community College System that under current Virginia law, Virginia students who are legally present in the United States under the Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program qualify for in-state tuition, provided they meet the state's domicile requirements. In a letter sent to Virginia's college and university presidents, the chancellor of the community college system and the State Council of Higher Education, Herring says the students, often called "DREAMers", will still need to gain admission to an institution of higher education, maintain...
  • 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...
  • BAUER: Terry McAuliffe, bait-and-switch culture warrior

    04/14/2014 9:34:47 AM PDT · by HokieMom · 10 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 4-11-14 | Gary Bauer
    In his campaign for governor last fall, Terry McAuliffe adopted the straightforward slogan "Putting Jobs First" to convey to Virginia voters that, if elected, he would make the commonwealth's economy his first priority. Mr. McAuliffe's surrogates similarly touted the former Democratic moneyman's fiscal focus. Former Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine endorsed Mr. McAuliffe because, he said, "We want somebody who wakes up thinking about jobs, thinking about the economy, thinking about finding a great deal, thinking about training the workforce." "I know what Terry's priority is," Mr. Kaine continued. "It's economic opportunity for Virginia." Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/11/bauer-terry-mcauliffe-culture-warrior/#ixzz2ysZPPChy Follow us: @washtimes on...
  • Former McDonnell staffers lobbying on Medicaid

    03/22/2014 6:45:55 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 7 replies
    Virginian Pilot Online ^ | March 13, 2014 | Julian Walker
    Three high-level veterans of former governor Bob McDonnell's administration, two with South Hampton Roads ties, have newly registered as lobbyists for the pro-Medicaid expansion Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association. They are Janet Vestal Kelly, a past secretary of the commonwealth who attended Regent University, and her husband, Ryan; former U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake of Norfolk, who was McDonnell's public transit director; and Matt Cobb, a deputy health secretary under McDonnell.(snip) The hospitals are leading a push to expand Medicaid, a government subsidized health care program, to as many as 400,000 uninsured low-income, Virginians newly eligible under the federal Affordable Care...
  • 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 · 9 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...
  • Gay marriage fight comes to Southern courtroom

    02/04/2014 2:18:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 4, 2014 5:16 PM EST | Brock Vergakis
    The gay marriage fight arrived in a Southern courtroom Tuesday, as opponents of a Virginia law banning same-sex unions told a federal judge it was just like the Jim Crow-era prohibition against interracial marriage. Supporters maintained there was no fundamental right to gay marriage and the ban exists as part of the state’s interest in responsible procreation. “We have marriage laws in society because we have children, not because we have adults,” said attorney David Nimocks, of the religious group Alliance Defending Freedom. The case is being closely watched because it could give the gay marriage movement its first foothold...
  • 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...
  • Virginia to fight same-sex marriage ban (Atty Gen)

    01/22/2014 9:42:24 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 22, 2014 | By Robert Barnes
    Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring will announce Thursday that he believes the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and that Virginia will join two same-sex couples in asking a federal court to strike it down, according to an official close to the attorney general with knowledge about the decision. The action will mark a stunning reversal in the state’s legal position on same-sex marriage and is a result of November elections in which Democrats swept the state’s top offices. Herring’s predecessor, Republican Ken Cuccinelli II, adamantly opposes gay marriage and had vowed to defend Virginia’s constitutional amendment banning...
  • 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.)
  • Va. quickly emerging as key in gay marriage fight

    01/19/2014 11:33:45 AM PST · by Oliviaforever · 25 replies
    AP-Yahoo ^ | 1-19-14 | STEVE SZKOTAK
    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Almost overnight, Virginia has emerged as a critical state in the nationwide fight to grant gay men and women the right to wed. Related Stories Okla. gay marriage ban struck down; ruling on hold Associated Press Judge rules Oklahoma gay marriage ban unconstitutional AFP US judge strikes down Oklahoma gay marriage ban as ‘arbitrary, irrational' Christian Science Monitor Utah appeals gay marriage ruling to top US court AFP The Supreme Court Puts Utah's Gay Marriages on Pause The Atlantic Wire This purple state was once perceived as unfriendly and even bordering on hostile to gay rights....
  • Va. consultant Boyd Marcus’s case shows how money trumps principles in politics today

    01/19/2014 9:04:19 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1-19-14 | Robert McCartney
    If you ever doubted that money outweighs principles in contemporary politics, then the case of Richmond campaign consultant Boyd Marcus should permanently erase such ambiguity in your mind. Marcus, a prominent figure in Virginia politics for two decades, made headlines in August when he abandoned a lifetime of supporting Republicans to endorse Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor. McAuliffe’s team and Marcus trumpeted the conversion as an important political sign that mainstream Republicans were rejecting the tea party conservatism espoused by GOP candidate Ken Cuccinelli II. Instead, we learned Thursday, the primary motive was entirely mercenary. An e-mail was made public...
  • 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. --...
  • Governor [McAuliffe] appoints ex-GOP operative [Boyd Marcus] to ABC board

    01/15/2014 5:13:19 PM PST · by Timber Rattler · 12 replies
    AP, via WTOP.com ^ | January 15, 2014 | AP
    Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is appointing a long-time GOP operative Boyd Marcus to the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. Republicans panned the move shortly after it was announced Wednesday as a political payback for a GOP defector.
  • 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...
  • McAuliffe sworn in as Virginia governor

    01/12/2014 8:05:35 AM PST · by yoe · 37 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 11, 2014 | Laura Vozzella, Rachel Weiner and Mark Berman
    [snip] Invoking predecessors Thomas Jefferson and Timothy M. Kaine, his good friends Bill and Hillary Clinton standing directly behind him, McAuliffe promised transparency and a renewed commitment to finding consensus in a GOP-dominated state Capitol.
  • Beretta Passes on Building Factory in VA over McAuliffe Gun Control Stance

    12/25/2013 6:18:22 AM PST · by rktman · 21 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 12/24/2013 | AWR Hawkins
    Until Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe (D) was elected on November 5, Beretta USA had the Old Dominion on a short list of states in which it could build a new factory.
  • Beretta won’t move [from Maryland] to Virginia due to Terry McAuliffe’s gun-control agenda

    12/23/2013 4:27:30 PM PST · by HokieMom · 36 replies
    Washington Times ^ | Monday, December 23, 2013 | Emily Miller
    Beretta has eliminated Virginia from its short list of states to move its company because anti-gun Democrat Terry McAuliffe was elected governor. The firearms manufacturer made the decision to scratch Virginia off the list after the McAuliffe campaign fixated on restricting gun owners’ rights after receiving over $1 million in campaign donations from billionaire New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. “The anti-gun ads that McAuliffe ran in northern Virginia were particularly offensive,” Jeff Reh, general counsel of Beretta USA, told me in an interview. “And the fact that he could gain a voting advantage by doing so caused us additional...
  • The American Flag Daily: NUTS!

    12/22/2013 5:03:36 AM PST · by Master Zinja · 1 replies
    The American Flag Daily ^ | December 22, 2013 | FlagBearer
    On this date in 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, American forces were surrounded in the town of Bastogne when a group of German soldiers passed a message to the American commander demanding his surrender. General Anthony McAuliffe, the American commander, was said to have reacted to the message by saying, "Us surrender? Aw, nuts!" The reply was then written: To the German commander: NUTS! The Germans attacked Bastogne, but the American soldiers held on until bombers and reinforcements could arrive. The Battle of the Bulge, the last major German offensive in World War II, ended in late January,...
  • Report: Bid to indict Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell delayed

    12/19/2013 12:44:48 PM PST · by RKBA Democrat · 16 replies
    Politico ^ | 12-19-13 | James Hohmann
    The Justice Department has reportedly delayed until next year a decision on whether to indict outgoing Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife in connection with a gifts scandal — a decision that came after a face-to-face appeal by the couple’s lawyers. A report by The Washington Post late Wednesday night said U.S. Attorney Dana Boente told lawyers for the governor and first lady Maureen McDonnell a week ago that he planned to ask a grand jury to return an indictment by this past Monday over allegedly inappropriate help they gave dietary supplement maker Star Scientific after receiving gifts from...
  • Fascinating Virginia election analysis from The Economist

    12/16/2013 12:36:36 PM PST · by crusher · 34 replies
    The Economist ^ | 12/14/2013 | unidentified Economist write (w/crusher commentary)
    A friend sent this to me. http://www.economist.com/news/united-states/21591624-republicans-should-worry-unmarried-women-shun-them-marriage-gap?fsrc=nlw|hig|12-12-2013|7186683|35023729|NA It is exceedingly well written and I think the analysis is pretty much on the mark as far as it goes (who knew that the home for non-moonbat crazy lefties [admittedly a pretty much extinct creature] would be The Economist?). I especially appreciated their commentary on the Virginia election. But I think there is a much more visceral reality at play here. The McAuliffe Campaign made a calculated strategy that proved to be inspired and profound, which if followed skillfully without an equally skillful response from Republicans will, I think, result in the...
  • Virginia Sets Record Gun Sales on Black Friday

    12/04/2013 6:59:37 AM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    Virginia gun sales reached a new record for number of firearms sold on Black Friday, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. Gun transactions in Virginia totaled 3,902 on Black Friday, a 1.2 percent increase over the previous record of 3,856 transactions on the same day in 2012, according to the latest Virginia State Police figures of mandatory criminal-background checks of gun buyers.The Black Friday numbers helped boost Virginia’s overall gun transactions to 429,154 through the end of November, or 17.5 percent more than during the same period last year, Virginia Firearms Transaction Center data show.With an additional 2,539 transactions processed during the first...
  • McAuliffe Already Making Moves on Gun Control in Virginia

    11/22/2013 7:39:59 AM PST · by rktman · 35 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 11/21/2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Terry McAuliffe won't take his place as the Governor of Virginia until January, but he isn't wasting any time when it comes to getting ahead on his anti-gun agenda. During the campaign, McAuliffe advocated for a ban on semi-automatic rifles and standard capacity magazines. Now, he's hired Lori Haas, the Virginia State Director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence [CSGV], to help with his transition team. Haas' daughter was shot during the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007. More from the DC: Despite claiming support for the Second Amendment, Haas’s appointment to this position to help assemble his Administration sends...
  • McAuliffe Appoints GreenTech Exec and Campaign Operative to Cabinet Post

    11/20/2013 8:01:09 PM PST · by Baynative · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 11/20/13 | Brent Scher
    Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe’s first cabinet appointment was his deputy campaign manager and a former GreenTech Automotive executive Levar Stoney. McAuliffe announced Monday that Stoney will be secretary of the commonwealth. Before joining McAuliffe’s campaign, Stoney served as director of public and government affairs for GreenTech, McAuliffe’s scandal-tainted electric car company, for nearly three years. GreenTech is currently under multiple federal investigations regarding its improper use of a foreign investor visa program. The company has also failed to meet multiple job promises and production estimates.
  • Lesson for Democrats in McAuliffe win: Bet on black (Yeah, he actually said it)

    11/10/2013 12:14:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Washington Post's PostPartisan ^ | November 8, 2013 | Jonathan Capehart
    The news is filled with stories about nervous Democrats up for reelection who are worried that the terrible roll-out of HealthCare.gov will force them to involuntarily spend more time with their families. And that’s a valid concern. But Terry McAuliffe’s win in Old Dominion shows that involuntary early retirement can be forestalled if African American voters are fired up. A truism of American politics is that turnout in off-year elections is low. A corollary is that African Americans especially won’t show up at the voting booth. This belief bled over into the 2012 presidential election because Republicans thought black voters...