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  • House Freedom Caucus Gets Debate, Vote, on Goodlatte’s Immigration-and-Amnesty Bill

    01/18/2018 8:33:24 PM PST · by EliRoom8 · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jan 18 | Neil Muno
    The House’s immigration-and-amnesty bill is going to get a formal debate and vote in the House, according to the House Freedom Caucus. Caucus chief Rep. Mark Meadows announced the decision to reporters following closed-door negotiations with House Speaker Paul Ryan. The talks with Ryan were held when Ryan had to trade favors to collect enough GOP votes to push through another short-term budget that will last until February 16. Democrats voted against the GOP’s short-term budget because it does not offer an amnesty to millions of illegals. The House budget plan next goes to the Senate, where Democrats will be...
  • After election wipeout, Va. House Republicans avoid hot-button bills on abortion, LGBT rights

    01/16/2018 1:06:47 PM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 11 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | January 14, 2018 | Graham Moomaw
    In addition to more than a dozen departed Republicans, something else seems to have gone missing this year from the Virginia House of Delegates: conservative bills on contentious social issues like abortion and LGBT rights. More than 1,300 pieces of legislation have been filed in the House so far, but there are no bathroom bills, no bills to protect opposition to gay marriage and no bills to restrict access to abortion. The filing deadline isn’t until Friday, but many of the Republican lawmakers who attached their names to headline-grabbing bills in past sessions say they won’t push the legislation again...
  • Rockets Red Glare? (Vanity)

    01/14/2018 8:21:18 PM PST · by Hatteras · 19 replies
    Me | Me
    Any Freepers on the Delmarva know about rocket launches scheduled for this evening. I’m sitting here on my porch high atop Chapel Hill, NC with a view to the north from east to west. I just saw what appeared to be a rocket ascend from the horizon up to about 20 degrees and fade out. It was followed by 3 more, each appearing shortly after the previous ones disappeared. Unlike the airliners I can see from 30 or 40 miles out, these were all glowing red and followed similar paths. Figured the closest launch facility was at Wallops (I have...
  • The Founding Fathers and the Immigration Debate

    01/14/2018 7:28:03 AM PST · by jfd1776 · 18 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | January 12, 2018 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    As we debate the ongoing question of immigration – not just who and how many to allow in, but also when, if ever, to allow them to vote – it might be helpful to remember the thoughts of our Founders on the issue. It is now common for one side of the debate to say “we’re a nation of immigrants,” giving rise to the assumption that we always believed in open borders in the past, so this current concern about a wave of cultural invaders is something new… but in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. 215 years...
  • Female MS-13 gang member, 18, told teen girl 'don't forget my name' in video confession of brutal...

    01/11/2018 8:33:21 AM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 11, 2018 | Travis Fedschun
    Full title: Female MS-13 gang member, 18, told teen girl 'don't forget my name' in video confession of brutal killingA teenage member of the MS-13 street gang, who sought to avenge the murder of her boyfriend by killing a 15-year-old girl, chillingly told her victim "don't forget my name" just before stabbing the girl more than a dozen times, according to interrogation video released Wednesday. Venus Romero Iraheta, who was 17 at the time of the January 2017 murder, pleaded guilty Monday in a Virginia courtroom to first-degree murder, abduction and criminal street gang participation in the slaying of Damaris...
  • The 250 year old kitchen of Thomas Jefferson's enslaved chef James Hemings

    01/10/2018 6:26:48 PM PST · by mairdie · 73 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10 January 2018 | Valerie Edwards
    Archaeologists have uncovered the 250-year-old kitchen of Thomas Jefferson's enslaved chef, James Hemings, who introduced mac and cheese and meringues into US culture. Hemings became the property of Thomas Jefferson in January of 1774 when he was just nine years old. His younger sister is Sally Hemings, who had six children believed to have been fathered by Jefferson after the death of his wife Martha Jefferson. Growing up, Hemings was one of Jefferson's favorite servants and even accompanied him to Paris, France, in 1784. In France, Hemings learned the art of French cookery and upon their return to America, he...
  • Incoming Virginia Gov: Banning Private Gun Sales a Priority for 2018

    01/10/2018 10:36:07 AM PST · by rktman · 70 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 1/10/2018 | AWR Hawkins
    Incoming Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) indicates that banning private gun sales in the state will be a priority for 2018. In other words, he will continue to pursue the gun controls that outgoing Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) pursued but failed to secure. NBC Washington reports that Northam will be pushing “universal background checks for gun buyers.” This means private gun sales will be treated like retail sales, with a point-of-sale background checks required at time of purchase. Such a framework will require a law-abiding gun owner to seek out a government representative, a federal firearms license holder, and have...
  • Democrat Simonds concedes tied Newport News [VA] race

    01/10/2018 8:42:01 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 29 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | January 10, 2018 11:31 am | Max Smith | @amaxsmith
    RICHMOND — Democrat Shelly Simonds has conceded the tied 94th District race out of Newport News that was decided by a random drawing last week. Simonds, who had suggested she might seek a second recount or contest the election, said she did not see any paths forward to challenge Republican Del. David Yancey’s re-election. She tweeted about 45 minutes before the General Assembly convened that she was conceding with “great disappointment.” I have conceded because I do not see any legal pathways forward and I want representation for the 94th district today. — Shelly Simonds (@shelly_simonds) January 10, 2018
  • Court denies Dem voters’ appeal in Fredericksburg [VA] area

    01/10/2018 7:34:38 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 20 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | January 10, 2018 10:11 am | Max Smith | @amaxsmith
    RICHMOND, Va. — A federal appeals court denied Fredericksburg-area voters’ request to block Republican Bob Thomas from being seated in the House of Delegates, just hours before the General Assembly session began. A Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals panel in Richmond denied the motion seeking to keep Thomas from being seated due to dozens of people who voted in the wrong races in the Fredericksburg area. Thomas beat Democrat Joshua Cole by 73 votes. The decision cleared the way for Republicans to elect Del. Kirk Cox of Colonial Heights as House Speaker. In a separate race, Democrat Shelly Simonds has...
  • The grandsons of TENTH president John Tyler are still alive

    01/07/2018 1:58:31 PM PST · by Gamecock · 68 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/7/2017
    More than 150 years after the death of their grandfather, a pair of grandson's belonging to the 10th President of the United States John Tyler are still alive. They are both the son's of of Lyon Gardiner Tyler Sr., the president’s fourth son. To put that in perspective, that means three generations of Tyler men have managed to span 227 years and counting. Lyon Gardiner Tyler Jr. was born in 1924 to Lyon Gardiner Tyler, the son of the late president and still lives in Tennessee. John Tyler, born in 1790, grew up on a Virginia plantation, became a lawyer,...
  • Virginia woman arrested following her reaction to parking ticket

    01/06/2018 4:48:05 PM PST · by simpson96 · 26 replies
    Tribune Media Wire ^ | 1/6/2018 | Staff
    HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — A Virginia woman was arrested and charged following her “reaction” to a parking ticket, Henrico Police told WTVR. An officer wrote the parking ticket on Thursday after spotting a vehicle illegally parked on Old Main Street in Rocketts Landing, a Henrico Police spokesperson said. That’s when Danielle Alesia Easley approached the vehicle, according to police. “Easley arrived and indicated she was associated with the vehicle. Easley removed the parking citation, balled it up and threw it on the ground,” the Henrico Police spokesperson said. “Easley continued to be disorderly and struck the officer with the vehicle’s...
  • Health Insurance Premiums Rising as High as 265% in Virginia This Year

    01/06/2018 4:50:51 PM PST · by motoman · 17 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Jan 1, 2018 | Nicholas Ballasy
    WASHINGTON – Health insurance premiums in Virginia’s individual marketplace are set to rise as high as 265 percent in this new year. According to the Virginia State Corporation Commission’s Affordable Care Act filing data, the maximum allowable premium hike for Optima Health Plan customers is 265.5 percent, which represents the largest increases in the Virginia individual market next year. Some Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company health plans on the individual market are set to rise 168.6 percent in 2018.
  • Book: Clinton took secret trips outside White House to visit girlfriends

    01/05/2018 9:00:31 AM PST · by huldah1776 · 30 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | Jan 4, 2018 | Paul Bedard
    A new book from one of his former Secret Service officers claims that Bill Clinton often snuck away from his wife and out of the White House to cozy up with “well-known and lesser-known mistresses,” and that a Secret Service officer in the motorcade was nearly killed in a crash during one secret escape. Gary J. Byrne, a former Uniform Division officer at the center of the Monica Lewinsky scandal, writes in his latest book, Secrets of the Secret Service: The History and Uncertain Future of the U.S. Secret Service, that Clinton demanded a tiny motorcade to secretly dash around...
  • Virginia Tech features 12 separate LGBTQ organizations

    01/04/2018 10:01:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    College Fix ^ | January 4, 2017 | Michelle Fortunato
    A large southern university hosts a total of 12 different LGBTQ organizations as well as an LGBTQ resource center, an arrangement that has led it to receive high marks by a national gay campus watchdog group. Campus officials, however, remain silent on how much of the school’s budget goes to fund these groups, and not a single one of the groups responded to repeated inquiries from The College Fix.
  • Republican wins Virginia seat that ended in a tie

    01/04/2018 8:20:00 AM PST · by jazusamo · 71 replies
    The Hill ^ | December 4, 2017 | Reid Wilson
    Republican David Yancey will keep his seat in the Virginia House of Delegates after a state official pulled his name out of a bowl Thursday, deciding a contest that ended in a tie in November. Yancey and Democrat Shelly Simonds each received 11,608 votes in their Newport News-based district. Initial results showed Yancey leading by just ten votes. A recount gave Simonds a one-vote edge. But Republicans challenged a single ballot, resulting in a tie. Democrats sued to overturn the challenge, but on Wednesday a three-judge panel rejected their complaint. That led to Thursday’s drawing, in Richmond, out of a...
  • Judges deny Dem. motion to reconsider tied Va. House race

    01/03/2018 11:50:04 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 16 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | January 3, 2018 12:39 pm | Max Smith | @amaxsmith
    The disputed ballot that ended the race in a tie. Democrat Shelly Simonds had asked the court to reverse course and declare her the winner. (Ballot in court documents) WASHINGTON — A recount court has denied Democrat Shelly Simonds’ request to reconsider its finding that Virginia’s 94th District House race ended in a tie at 11,608 votes. The ruling, issued Wednesday, means the random drawing scheduled to decide the outcome of the recount between Simonds and Republican Del. David Yancey is set to move forward as planned Thursday morning barring any snow-related delays. (The Department of Elections said no schedule...
  • SpaceX Falcon Heavy Shows Why We Need Appropriations Reform

    12/28/2017 6:12:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 52 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December28, 2017 | Jerry Rogers
    This week, SpaceX has been working diligently to drum up media coverage for the unveiling of the "Falcon Heavy," its reusable, super heavy lift rocket that may be used for deep space missions. While the media narrative SpaceX is pushing might look appealing, federal appropriators should proceed with extreme caution.SpaceX is advertising this rocket as "the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two." The company projects it has the potential to lift 119,000 pounds into space – twice the amount of the current leader. While the concept sounds good in theory, so have all the...
  • Where should I-66 outside the Beltway toll money go?

    01/02/2018 7:01:01 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    WTOP ^ | January 1, 2018 | Max Smith
    WASHINGTON — With construction on new toll lanes ramping up this year on Interstate 66 between Gainesville and the Beltway, Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board is due to approve a number of projects next week that will be paid for by the toll lane operators. After a public hearing Thursday, the board is due to vote Jan. 10 on how to spend $496 million of a $579 million payment that Express Mobility Partners gave the state as part of the construction agreement. An additional $79 million is due to go toward oversight of the project, including public outreach, and there is...
  • Democrat Congressional Candidate Indicted In Near Million Dollar Fraud, Embezzlement Case

    01/02/2018 6:38:13 AM PST · by ReformedMedia · 43 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | 01-02-2017 | Tim Brown
    Virginia Democrat congressional candidate Shaun Brown has been indicted on charges of fraud, embezzlement, and theft for allegedly stealing nearly $1 million in government funds from a school nutrition program in 2012. Prosecutors claim that Brown received $803,000 to her nonprofit organization as a participant in a U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program. Brown is said to have acquired funds by filing false reimbursement claims with the Virginia Department of Health. Daily Press has the story: A federal grand jury has indicted Democratic congressional candidate Shaun Brown on charges of fraud and theft of government property. The indictment alleges that...
  • FBI Raids Virginia Home of ISIS Supporter

    01/01/2018 1:07:57 PM PST · by Rummyfan · 41 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 31 Dec 2017 | Patrick Poole
    The FBI on Friday night raided the Sterling, Virginia, home of a Muslim convert, Sean Andrew Duncan, who, according to an FBI affidavit filed in the case, stated that he attempted to join ISIS in Syria and shared bomb-making instructions with a woman currently in international custody. Sterling, about 20 miles from Washington, D.C., is home to a large Muslim community. According to an Instagram post by Duncan, he converted to Islam at age 17 and moved to the area from Pittsburgh this past June. When reports emerged Friday night that an FBI raid was ongoing, there was no indication...