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  • Bipartisan guns deal advances in the face of opposition

    02/05/2016 3:13:08 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 6 replies
    RICHMOND — A package of bills in the gun deal Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) struck with Republican lawmakers advanced Friday, putting the agreement on a path to final passage next week despite a continued outcry from gun control advocates. The deal would expand the rights of concealed carry handgun permit holders in Virginia and around the country in exchange for tighter restrictions on domestic abusers and voluntary background checks at gun shows. A House panel joined the full Senate in passing all three bills as of Friday. A floor vote in the House could come as early as Tuesday.
  • VA defends officials who allegedly stole $400,000 from agency

    02/04/2016 6:04:56 PM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/3/16 | Sarah Westwood
    A high-ranking Department of Veterans Affairs official on Tuesday defended the VA's failure to discipline two employees accused of misconduct, and blamed the outrage over their lenient treatment on "considerable external pressure" by the media and Congress to punish personnel who may not have done anything wrong. Sloan Gibson, deputy VA secretary, praised a judge's recent decision in personnel cases that stopped the demotions of Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves, two VA officials accused of together stealing more than $400,000 in benefits from the government. ... According to the inspector general, Graves had pressured a colleague to leave his job...
  • Charity Watchdog Reportedly Places Wounded Warrior Project On Its Watch List

    01/31/2016 6:11:30 AM PST · by blam · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1-31-2016 | Fox News
    January 31, 2016 FoxNews.com The Wounded Warrior Project, the charity for wounded veterans, has been placed on Charity Navigator’s watch list over accusations of using donor money toward excessive spending on conferences and parties instead of on recovery programs, according to CBS News. According to the charity’s tax forms, obtained by CBS News, spending on conferences and meetings increased from $1.7 million in 2010, to $26 million in 2014, which is the same amount the group spends on combat stress recovery. Charity Navigator is a watchdog organization that evaluates charities in the U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Erick Millette, who returned...
  • Georgetown air gondolas one step closer to becoming reality

    01/30/2016 3:57:23 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 53 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | 30 January 2016 | WTOP Staff
    This rendering provided by the Georgetown Business Improvement District shows what the Potomac River would look like if an aerial cable car system were installed alongside the Key Bridge. (Courtesy Georgetown Business Improvement District) WASHINGTON - It sounds like a wild idea - a Gondola carrying area residents and tourists over the Potomac River from Rosslyn to Georgetown and back again - but it could soon become reality. The hope is that it would ease congestion on the Key Bridge, especially since, according to the Washington Post, some 50,000 vehicles cross the bridge every day. Today the project is one...
  • No Accountability for Lesbians at the Veterans Benefits Administration

    01/30/2016 8:49:09 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | January 30, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Not only are IRS executives above the law, so are executives in the Veteran's Affairs (VA) business. A Chicago appeals judge has reversed The Department of Veterans' Affairs demotion of one of two senior executives who allegedly misused their positions to rip off over $400'000 from American taxpayers. Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) senior executives Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves abused the authority of their positions to relocate to cushy jobs with the same salary and hefty relocation expenses Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves were demoted as a result of a VA inspector general report that found the VBA spent $1.8...
  • Judge: Do not demote embattled St. Paul VA official

    01/29/2016 4:33:18 PM PST · by aimhigh · 12 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 01/29/2016 | Allison Sherry
    An Inspector General report last year found Grave abused her position of power by orchestrating a move from the East Coast to Minnesota and wrongly racked up $130,000 in taxpayer-paid moving expenses. The VA attempted in November to discipline Graves by cutting her pay and demoting her to an Arizona veterans’ facility. Graves appealed the decision with the Merit Systems Protection Board, a panel that protects federal merit systems and employees against abuses by agency management. This week, a judge found in a 41-page decision that the VA was inconsistent in doling out discipline to Graves and reversed her demotion....
  • Nothing New as Chronic Indifference Continues at Veterans Affairs Medical Facilities

    01/23/2016 8:24:44 AM PST · by darkwing104 · 10 replies
    Coach is Right | January 23, 2016 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Congressmen Jeff Miller (R-FL) wrote an OP-ED for the Wall Street Journal high-lighting the depraved indifference and arrogance which have taken hold at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald, during his senate confirmation hearing in 2014, promised to transform the VA. He would become Secretary of the agency that was entrenched in scandals of wait time manipulation and cover-ups that resulted in the death of veterans at VA medical facilities. These practices were common at VA medical facilities across the country. The American VA people were properly outraged at...
  • Virginia Lawmakers Defy Gov. Terry McAuliffe with Concealed Carry Bill

    01/21/2016 9:38:46 AM PST · by rktman · 8 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/21/2016 | AWR Hawkins
    Republican lawmakers on Virginia's Senate Courts of Justice Committee defied Governor Terry McAuliffe (D) by passing a bill on January 20 to allow concealed carry in the state without a permit. Currently, Alaska, Arizona, Kansas, Maine, Montana, Vermont, and Wyoming allow concealed carry without a permit. According to Fredericksburg.com, Republican lawmakers also struck down a bill supported by McAuliffe intended to "require background checks on all gun buyers at gun shows." McAuliffe has been pushing for such an expansion from the time he assumed the governor’s office.
  • VA: County Supervisor Says to Remove Ban on County Employee's Second Amendment Rights

    01/15/2016 7:56:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Tommy Scott Photo courtesy of wdbj7.com In Bedford County, Virginia, Supervisor Tommy Scott has proposed a change to County administrative policy to restore County employee's ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights while at work. Infringements such as these are common for lower levels of State and local governments. They gradually crept into administrative codes that became popular during the "progressive" era of the last 100 years. From wdbj7.com: At Monday's supervisor meeting, Tommy Scott proposed a change to county policy that would allow employees with a concealed carry permit to exercise their right while on the job. Scott...
  • Golden Hammer: Feds Spending Millions to Arm Agencies that Don't Need Guns (EPA, FDA, VA, etc.)

    01/09/2016 4:01:44 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 37 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, January 7, 2016 | Kellan Howell
    <p>As the U.S. engages in a national debate over the militarization of the police, federal data shows that government agencies charged with largely administrative roles are spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars to purchase SWAT and military-style equipment.</p> <p>Since FY 2006, 44 traditionally administrative agencies have spent over $71 million on items like body armor, riot helmets and shields, cannon launchers and police firearms and ammunition, according to federal spending data from watchdog group OpenTheBooks.com.</p>
  • Marine’s struggle includes potentially deadly prescription cocktail

    01/04/2016 8:24:20 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 16 replies
    The Daily News (Jville NC) ^ | Jan. 3, 2016 | James LaPorta
    Bobbie Bee can no longer contain her outrage after her husband was prescribed a drug that if taken in conjunction with his current cocktail of medications potentially could have raised his serotonin levels to dangerous heights, a risk that she says - and the FDA warns — "could've been deadly." "I can't carry them all at once," Bobbie J. Bee says over the unmistakable sound of pills individually bouncing off the sides of plastic bottling tubes as she walks in from her home's kitchen and into the dining room. She lays the containers out one-by-one. "These are for nerves, anger...
  • On Twitter, Donald Trump blasts Virginia GOP for loyalty pledge

    12/27/2015 6:04:15 PM PST · by jimbo123 · 53 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/27/15 | Jenna Portnoy
    Donald Trump slammed the Republican Party of Virginia via Twitter on Sunday for its plan to require that 2016 primary voters sign a statement confirming they are Republicans. Trump and others say the requirement could discourage independent and first-time voters from casting primary ballots in Virginia, where primaries are open to all registered voters. According to some experts, the voter pledge has the potential to hurt Trump in particular, because his un-orthodox candidacy has attracted voters disenchanted with traditional party politics. -snip- David I. Ramadan (R-Loudoun) said Sunday that he supports the party requirement. He responded to Trump with an...
  • Here Are the 95 Republicans Who Opposed the Omnibus Spending Bill

    12/18/2015 10:15:01 AM PST · by Perseverando · 68 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | December 18, 2015 | Philip Wegmann
    On Friday, the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill sailed through the House by a vote of 316-113. Ninety-five Republicans split with House GOP leadership to vote against the spending bill. Another 150 Republicans supported it, while just 18 Democrats opposed the legislation. Here is the full list of the Republicans who voted against the spending bill (see the complete roll call vote here): Abraham Amash Amodei Babin Barletta Black Blackburn Blum Brat Bridenstine Brooks (AL) Buck Byrne Clawson (FL) Crawford DeSantis DesJarlais Duncan (SC) Duncan (TN) Emmer (MN) Farenthold Fleming Forbes Fortenberry Franks (AZ) Garrett Gibbs Gohmert Goodlatte Gosar Gowdy...
  • Vet's mom forced to sell Obama letter to cover VA failures he promised to fix

    12/08/2015 9:44:37 AM PST · by detective · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 12/8/15 | By Paul Bedard
    The mother of an injured Army veteran of the Iraq war is selling a rare letter from President Obama to cover her son's medical and personal expenses despite the president's handwritten promise to do "everything we can over the next four years to support your family." Cherry McKimmey told Secrets, "Something good might as well come out of that. It is doing no good lying in my drawer. It means absolutely nothing to me."
  • Murderous VA execs continue to evade consequences of crimes

    12/07/2015 2:10:12 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    Lubbock Avalance Journal ^ | December 5, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    In life and leadership, accountability means consequences for bad behavior. In Washington, accountability means yet another congressional meeting about another government scandal perpetrated by tax-subsidized corruptocrats who get away with murder. Literally. This week, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs held the 999,999th oversight hearing (give or take a few) on the VA’s homicidal, no-fault culture. “In the wake of the biggest scandal in VA history, in which 110 VA medical facilities maintained secret lists to hide long waits for care,” the panel notes, “the department has successfully fired just three low-level employees for manipulating wait times. Not a single...
  • Wounded Vet Was Getting Bullied By The VA, So He Talked To Trump- 2 Weeks Later, He Was Stunned…

    12/04/2015 9:09:30 AM PST · by RoosterRedux · 127 replies
    Donald Trump made a promise and he delivered. In October, the Republican presidential candidate made a commitment to U.S. Army First Sgt. Todd Landen (Ret.) very, very personal. In front of a large crowd at a Sioux City, Iowa, event, he promised the wounded veteran and his family that he would get action to end the runaround Landen was getting from the Veterans Administration. "I am going to put pressure on the VA like you won't believe," Trump said then. "As president, I can guarantee it. As Trump I can say, 'I'll probably be able to pull it off anyway.'"...
  • Why The Denver VA Hospital Is A Total Failure, And This Similar Hospital Is A Total Success

    12/03/2015 5:00:41 AM PST · by george76 · 17 replies
    Daily Caller News ^ | 12/02/2015 | Jonah Bennett
    The Denver Veterans Affairs hospital has taken tremendous fire for cost overruns of a billion dollars, but a new report shows that, had the VA engaged in better planning and real-time accountability, the facility could have looked like the new Parkland hospital in Dallas, which finished almost on time and on budget. A new report from the National Center for Policy Analysis compares reconstruction efforts at the VA hospital in Denver with the redesign of the Parkland hospital, which has quickly become one of the busiest hospitals in the country. Parkland features the second-largest burn unit and ranks in sixth...
  • Michelle Malkin: Deadly D.C.: The Land of No Consequences

    12/01/2015 4:30:48 PM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 2, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    In life and leadership, accountability means consequences for bad behavior. In Washington, accountability means yet another congressional meeting about another government scandal perpetrated by tax-subsidized corruptocrats who get away with murder. Literally. This week, the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs will hold the 999,999th oversight hearing (give or take a few) on the VA's homicidal, no-fault culture. "In the wake of the biggest scandal in VA history, in which 110 VA medical facilities maintained secret lists to hide long waits for care," the panel notes, "the department has successfully fired just three low-level employees for manipulating wait times. Not a...
  • VA In Midst of ‘Leadership Crisis’

    11/30/2015 10:45:16 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 22 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | September 18, 2015 | Morgan Chalfant
    The Department of Veterans Affairs network of health systems faces "crises in leadership and culture" in addition to other systematic problems, according to an independent assessment released Friday. The flaws rampant in VA hospitals demand a "system-wide reworking" of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The independent review was mandated by the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act signed into law by President Obama in 2014 following revelations about secret waitlists at VA hospitals that led to dozens of veteran deaths. The report sheds light on the "systemic, critical problems" currently facing the VA's integrated health care system. "The assessments...provided evidence...
  • VA doesn't have 'legal authority' to require executives to return $400K they [scammed]

    11/25/2015 6:51:37 AM PST · by pabianice · 36 replies
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 11/24/15 | Cahn
    WASHINGTON -- The Department of Veterans Affairs will not try to recoup more than $400,000 from two senior VA executives who manipulated the hiring system to get their jobs of choice and received hundreds of thousands in extra money to relocate. The agency has remained silent on questions about its decision to demote and transfer but not fire executives Diana Rubens and Kimberly Graves, and whether it would collect repayment of those relocation benefits. The original statement from the VA announcing the decision said the women had the right to appeal their reassignments. But Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., who chairs...
  • MatthewDrakeStory

    11/21/2015 6:50:41 PM PST · by WhiskeyX · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | Aug 27, 2012 | Lisa Schuster
    Matthew was wounded during a suicide car bombing in Iraq, near the Syrian border, on Oct. 15, 2004. He was the sole survivor of the attack. Two members of his Army Psychological Operations team, a U.S. Marine accompanying them, and an Iraqi translator were killed. He suffered massive injuries, including a depressed skull fracture, several strokes and brain trauma from the explosion and impacts. He also had a fractured vertebrae in his neck, his jaw was broken in two places with severe tissue damage to the right side of his face, a fractured sternum, clavicles, and right arm, inhalation damage...
  • Obama’s VA Facility Bans ‘Merry Christmas’

    11/20/2015 8:58:07 PM PST · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Big Government ^ | 11/20/15 | Ken Klutowski
    President Barack Obama’s Department of Veterans Affairs has banned employees at its facility in Salem, Virginia, from saying “Merry Christmas” to veterans.It started as a broader ban that included Christmas trees. Federal law recognizes Christmas as an official federal holiday (5 U.S.C. § 6103) and provides federal employees with a paid day off to celebrate the Christian belief in the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.Every year, a White House Christmas Tree and a Capitol Christmas Tree grace those two respective buildings in Washington D.C., and a National Christmas Tree is also officially lighted outdoors for the public to enjoy during that time...
  • Video: VA officials punished in 2014 for systemic fraud by … getting $142 million in bonuses

    11/12/2015 5:43:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/12/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    Remember when then-VA Secretary Eric Shinseki announced in May 2014 that bonuses would be canceled in light of the systemic fraud involving wait lists at numerous VA facilities? What Shinseki failed to mention was that the cancellation only impacted a small number of VA officials. USA Today reports that the Veterans Administration paid out more than $142 million in bonuses for 2014, despite the fact that veterans are waiting longer than ever for care: The Department of Veterans Affairs doled out more than $142 million in bonuses to executives and employees for performance in 2014 even as scandals over...
  • Hillary denies anything wrong at the VA,blasts GOP plan for VA & then offers exactly the same thing

    11/12/2015 4:51:56 PM PST · by Starman417 · 10 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 11-12-15 | DrJohn
    Appearing on Fox's Special Report, Julie Pace opined that Hillary Clinton's poo pooing of the problems at the VA will haunt her through the 2016 election: "The Hillary Clinton comment, sometimes when you do this job you hear a candidate say something and you just know that that is something that is going to trail her through Election Day next year if she is the eventual Democratic nominee." https://youtu.be/7ULpWZBUhzoI think she's right and that this is a powerful issue. Clinton committed a huge gaffe and it opened a door into the real Hillary Clinton. Last month Clinton haughtily dismissed the...
  • VA gave 156,000 employees $142 million in bonuses in 2014

    11/11/2015 3:54:35 PM PST · by huldah1776 · 27 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | November 11, 2015 | Anna Giaritelli
    The Department of Veterans Affairs VA shelled out more than $142 million in performance bonuses in 2014, the same year that the VA's healthcare scandal exploded and revealed the VA was systematically denying veterans access to health care. The average individual payout was over $900 for the thousands of employees. A total of 156,000 VA workers qualified for bonuses as a result of being rated them "fully successful" or higher at carrying out their responsibilities last year, including officials at delay-prone hospitals. But those ratings were later found to be inflated, as the vast majority of workers were getting rated...
  • When lawmakers failed Wisconsin’s veterans

    11/11/2015 6:50:49 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 11-11-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wisconsin — As the nation celebrates its veterans and pays tribute to their sacrifices, it’s important to remember the promise made to America’s protectors has too often been broken. The headlines over the past few years in particular have screamed of neglect, ill-treatment and other abuses of too many veterans. That broken faith was no more apparent than in Wisconsin, at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center. While federal lawmakers have conducted a series of investigations into widespread over-prescription of opiates that led to the death of a 35-year-old Marine veteran at the facility and have pledged changes to...
  • Trump shows real policy chops with great fix for ailing VA

    11/04/2015 3:12:05 PM PST · by Amntn · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/3/15 | Betsy McCaughey
    A whopping 20 percent of Republican primary voters are military veterans. No wonder GOP presidential candidates are making the scandal-plagued Veterans Affairs Department a campaign issue. And the man frequently tagged as lacking substance - Donald Trump - just came out with the best reform plan so far. Under Trump's plan, vets of all ages who are eligible for VA care could get treated at any civilian doctor's office or hospital that takes Medicare. No bureaucratic hoops, pre-approvals or wait lists....Competitors criticize Trump for not estimating the cost. But the facts suggest his plan will be low-cost, because nearly half...
  • Bloomberg Lost Big in Virginia Elections

    11/04/2015 9:34:58 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 4 November, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Michael Bloomberg lost a lot of money in the two Virginia elections in 2015 last night. Bloomberg's surrogate disarmist organization spent about 2.2 million dollars trying to buy a Virginia state Senate seat, and a Virginia House of Delegates seat.Bloomberg reportedly spent $2.2 million in the two elections. He spent $700,000 in the Senate race. From townhall.com: A day earlier, Everytown said it would spend $700,000 on ads for Democrat Dan Gecker, who is battling Republican Glen Sturtevant to represent part of Richmond and the surrounding suburbs in the Senate. That seat is being vacated by retiring Sen. John...
  • NRA Victorious Over Outsider Anti-Gun Influence in Virginia Elections

    11/04/2015 7:48:38 AM PST · by rktman · 26 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 11/4/2015 | Katie Pavlich
    The National Rifle Association was victorious in Virginia last night after billionaire Michael Bloomberg and other outside gun control advocates attempted to influence local Senate elections. As Matt has already noted, this means long time Clinton ally and Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe will be forced to work with a Republican majority until the end of his term. Last month, McAuliffe issued a series of gun control executive orders after failing to get legislation passed by Republicans.
  • Two Senior VA Officials Plead The Fifth Amendment At Hearing

    11/03/2015 12:05:57 PM PST · by PROCON · 21 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | Nov. 2, 2015 | Jonah Bennett
    Two senior officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs have pleaded the Fifth Amendment in front of a House Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing on relocation bonus corruption. Philadelphia and Wilmington VA regional offices director Diana Rubens and St. Paul VA regional office director Kimberly Graves pleaded the Fifth and refused to answer any of the numerous questions put forward by HVAC chairman GOP Rep. Jeff Miller. “Sir, I’ve been advised by counsel not to answer that question to protect my rights under the Fifth Amendment of the Constitution,” Rubens repeated multiple times. The five employees from the VA involved in...
  • Massive Donald Trump Rally in Norfolk Virginia - (video) Veterans Health Reform Plans Announced...

    10/31/2015 6:15:44 PM PDT · by Amntn · 67 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | 10/31/15 | Sundance
    Video of speech at site.
  • VETERANS ADMINISTRATION REFORMS THAT WILL MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN (Trump Position Paper)

    10/31/2015 11:48:22 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 193 replies
    Trump Campaign Website ^ | October 31, 2016 | Domald J. Trump
    October 31, 2015Veterans Administration Reforms That Will Make America Great Again The Goals Of Donald J. Trump's Veterans Plan The current state of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is absolutely unacceptable. Over 300,000 veterans died waiting for care. Corruption and incompetence were excused. Politicians in Washington have done too little too slowly to fix it. This situation can never happen again, and when Donald J. Trump is president, it will be fixed – fast. The guiding principle of the Trump plan is ensuring veterans have convenient access to the best quality care. To further this principle, the Trump plan...
  • LIVE Stream Donald Trump Rally USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA - Oct 31, 2015

    10/31/2015 8:57:28 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 125 replies
    Donald Trump 2016 ^ | 10-31-2015 | Donald Trump 2016
    Saturday, October 31, 2015 LIVE Stream Donald Trump Rally USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, VA - Oct 31, 2015
  • VIDEO: This Vet Just Asked Trump 1 Question That Makes Him Instantly Walk Off the Stage

    10/28/2015 10:28:04 AM PDT · by conservativejoy · 81 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 10/28/2015 | Jack Davis
    "Is the VA not doing the job?" For 21 years, a wounded veteran who served with the 101st Airborne fought for his nation. On Tuesday, in an emotionally charged face-to-face meeting, Donald Trump promised to take this veterans side in the ex-soldiers current battlefield: the Department of Veterans Affairs. Trump was answering questions at a Sioux City, Iowa, campaign stop when a wounded veteran named Todd was given the opportunity to speak. These are our greatest people. The wounded warriors. These are the greatest. The best, Trump said before leaving his podium to greet the man and his family. With...
  • DONALD TRUMP COMING TO NORFOLK, VA, SATURDAY 10/31/2015

    10/26/2015 3:10:33 PM PDT · by seekthetruth · 22 replies
    Eventbrite ^ | October | SeekTheTruth
    Donald Trump will be having a rally in Norfolk, VA on Saturday October 31st aboard the USS Wisconsin at 12 noon Eastern time. Doors open at 10AM Eastern Must register for free tickets here: http://eventbrite.com/e/donald-j-trump-virginia-rally-tickets-19210998614
  • Oh LookIts Mike Bloomberg Pouring Pro-Gun Control Cash Into Virginias Elections

    10/24/2015 7:28:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 9 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 10/24/2015 | Matt Vespa
    In 2013, Michael Bloombergs pro-gun control PAC injected $1.1 million into the Virginia gubernatorial race to help out Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe. It succeeded. McAuliffe won, and now Bloomberg is trying to make sure the state legislatures composition is slightly more favorable for the next session by dumping another $1.5 million in the Old Dominions respective state senate races (via WaPo): Former New York City mayor Michael Bloombergs gun-control group will bankroll a $1.5 million advertising campaign for a Northern Virginia state Senate candidate, in its second big ad buy in the commonwealth in as many days. Less than two...
  • Gabby Giffords $600,000 To Buy Virginia Election for Anti Gun Democrats

    10/13/2015 10:18:07 AM PDT · by rktman · 5 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 10/12/2015 | unknown
    As a gun owners, you absolutely MUST vote this November 4th 2105. If the State Senate, which is hanging by a thread, goes back into the control of the gun-hating Senate Democrat leadership, it is not going to be good for us. Anti-gun Gabby Giffords is about to spend $600,000 to turn the Virginia Senate over to the Democrats.
  • How the Bern Burned the Vets

    10/12/2015 1:15:47 PM PDT · by detective · 5 replies
    AIM ^ | October 12, 2015 | Cliff Kincade
    Will CNN use Tuesdays Democratic Party presidential debate to challenge Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) on his atrocious handling of the Veterans Affairs (VA) scandal? Hillary Clinton has big problems that include blood on her hands over Benghazi, a Russia reset that has resulted in Russian aggression in Europe and the Middle East, and the mishandling of national security information through a private server.
  • Dueling Petitions to Support, Close Gun Shop

    10/04/2015 10:20:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 1 October, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    In Virginia, one of the Bloomberg disarmist groups is attempting to shut down one of the few gun shops near the nations capitol. One of the more destructive and sadly, successful, disarmist memes has been the alienation of the gun culture from education and the schools. In my recollection, it started with the destruction of rifle, shotgun, and pistol teams in the Universities, with many ranges being closed and never reopened as ROTC was chased off of Campus during the Vietnam war and after. It spread to high schools and grammar schools, and reached a legislative high with the Federal...
  • Its Time to Get Rid of the VA

    09/25/2015 3:12:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The National Review ^ | September 25, 2015 | Jonah Goldberg, Senior editor
    There is only one guaranteed way to get fired from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Falsifying records wont do it. Prescribing obsolete drugs wont do it. Cutting all manner of corners on health and safety is, at worst, going to get you a reprimand. No, the only sure-fire way to get canned at the VA is to report any of these matters to authorities who might do something about it. That, at least, is what the U.S. Office of Special Counsel recently reported to the president of the United States. The Special Counsels office is the agency to which government...
  • VA GOP Stmt on Dem. Gary McCollum No Longer Being Employed By Cox

    09/25/2015 12:58:46 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 6 replies
    VA GOP Statement on Gary McCollum No Longer Being Employed By Cox -- Despite #StolenValor and Cox situation, Dems still think McCollum is a 'Top 3' candidate and they continue to hide his State applications -- September 25, 2015 - Richmond, VA - Last night, Cox Communications released a statement to The Virginia Pilot announcing that Gary McCollum is no longer employed by Cox Communications. Below is RPV's statement on the matter: "I want to thank Cox Communications for making the right decision by severing ties with a man who has practiced stolen valor for the past fourteen years," said...
  • ISIS releases Kill List of US cities

    09/20/2015 7:17:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 173 replies
    News Near You ^ | September 20, 2015
    The Pentagon has responded to a globally-released Kill List, asking law enforcement to give extra protection for military personnel whose personal information was released,News Channel 10 reports. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports the Pentagon spent the weekend notifying the soldiers who appeared on the list, and urged city police departments and military police to increase patrol in the neighborhoods where the targeted live. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) published the list days ago, a report that contained names, photos, and home addresses of U.S. Armed Forces personnel, causing alarm in cities potentially at high-risk....
  • VA: Legislator Pushes for Infringement he can Pass, Unrelated to Crime he Uses

    09/09/2015 7:06:20 AM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 6 September, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Virginia Democrat Patrick A. Hope boasts that he is using the Virgina incident to push for universal background checks (UBC), a precursor to gun registration, not because it would have prevented the crime, but because it is the gun control he can pass. Patrick Hope is a Virginia Democrat Assembly member. From usatoday.com: "I chose background checks, not because it would have prevented (the Virginia shooting) but because this would be easiest to pass,'' Hope said. "We will not be able to prevent every single incident. We need to do something.'' The irrationality of the position was...
  • Marine Vet Pays for Billboards Saying VA Is Lying

    09/08/2015 3:38:04 PM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Big Government ^ | 9/8/15 | William Bigelow
    Two huge billboards in Central Florida paid for by a Marine veteran are advertising the message that the Veterans Affairs Administration is lying about their improved service for veterans.Roger Gagnon, of Orange City, paid $775 for an Orlando billboard and $1,400 for another near Daytona Beach to send his message for one month. The billboard, boasting a bright yellow background, read, VA is lying, veterans are dying.Gagnon asserted, Its not about me, Im all set. This is about the people who are in the service and the ones who are fixing to go in the service. He said of the...
  • IG report: 300,000 vets died while waiting for health care at VA

    09/03/2015 10:35:09 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/03/2015 | Fox News
    WASHINGTON More than 300,000 American military veterans likely died while waiting for health care -- and nearly twice as many are still waiting -- according to a new Department of Veterans Affairs inspector general report. The IG report says serious problems with enrollment data are making it impossible to determine exactly how many veterans are actively seeking health care from the VA, and how many were. For example, data limitations prevent investigators from determining how many now-deceased veterans applied for health care benefits or when.
  • 307,000 veterans died awaiting Veterans Affairs health care, report says

    09/03/2015 6:06:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | 09/03/2015 | By Curt Devine
    Hundreds of thousands of veterans listed in the Department of Veterans Affairs enrollment system died before their applications for care were processed, according to a report issued Wednesday. The VA's inspector general found that out of about 800,000 records stalled in the agency's system for managing health care enrollment, there were more than 307,000 records that belonged to veterans who had died months or years in the past. In a response to the House Committee on Veterans Affairs' request to investigate a whistleblower's allegations of mismanagement at the VA's Health Eligibility Center, the inspector general also found VA staffers incorrectly...
  • Ben Carson: We Dont Need a Department of Veterans Affairs

    08/31/2015 8:25:07 AM PDT · by xzins · 180 replies
    CNS ^ | August 28, 2015 | Melanie Hunter
    Retired neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson told the Dave Ramsey show on Wednesday that the Department of Veterans Affairs should be folded into the Department of Defense and VA facilities should only be used for specialized care like traumatic brain injuries and limb replacement procedures. The size of government has to be reduced significantly. Theres a lot of stuff that were doing that doesnt make any sense. We have a Department of Veterans Affairs. We dont need a Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans Affairs should be in under the Department of Defense, and it should be smooth transition, said Carson. The...
  • What More Evidence Does the President Need that the VA Must Be Reformed?

    08/30/2015 9:34:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | August 2, 2015 | David French
    In the battle between bureaucrats and veterans, the Obama administration stands with the bureaucrats. Last week the White House threatened to veto the VA Accountability Act, a bill that would moderately streamline the process for firing incompetent Department of Veterans Affairs employees. Under the terms of the act, the VA secretary cant place employees on paid administrative leave for more than 14 days per year, employees initial-hire probationary period is extended to 18 months, and terminated employees have seven days to file an appeal to the Merit Systems Protection Board. But these streamlined termination provisions which still provide far...
  • Active shooter reportedly attacks TV crew in Virginia

    08/26/2015 6:07:14 AM PDT · by ThomasMore · 102 replies
    Fox News ^ | 08/26/2015 | Fox News
    DEVELOPING: An active shooter has been reported at Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Virginia, according to multiple local media outlets. Video from the scene appeared to show a WDBJ media crew being attacked in the midst of a live report. The station confirmed the shooting involved one of its crews. Police are reporting there are three victims, according to WSLS. The shooting occurred at 6:45 a.m., according to Franklin County Sheriff Department spokesperson Phillip Young. WSLS said police are still looking for the shooter and hope to have a description out to the public shortly.
  • Ed Gillespie campaign manager to work for Scott Walker

    08/25/2015 10:32:06 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 22 replies
    Pilot Online ^ | August 25, 2015 | -Patrick Wilson
    Chris Leavitt, who ran a campaign for Republican Ed Gillespie last year that nearly upset incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, will be a consultant to Scott Walker's presidential campaign, according to a press release Tuesday. Walker's staff already announced that state Sen. Mark Obenshain would be Virginia campaign chair for the Wisconsin governor. Leavitt also managed Obenshain's campaign for attorney general in 2013, in which Obenshain lost to Democrat Mark Herring in a close race. In a statement, Leavitt said: "It is a privilege to join Gov. Scott Walker's campaign for president. I believe Gov. Walker is the leader our...