Virginia

pertaining to the U.S. state of Virginia

SCOTUS Clears Path for Same Sex Marriage

Benjamin Goad, The Hill

The Supreme Court has declined to take up same-sex marriage appeals from 5 states, a decision that should usher in legal gay marriage to a majority of states. The court rejected appeals to laws banning gay marriage in IN, UT, OK, VA and WI. Lower courts had overturned the bans.

Saying ‘No’ to Illegal Kids Lands Town in Trouble

Kathryn Watson, Watchdog.org

A Virginia town is the target of a racial discrimination complaint from a fair housing group and a closed college, the potential beneficiary of a plan to house illegal minors. 1,000 people showed up at a townhall meeting in the town of 1,300 to protest.

“Chicago” Republicans

Michael Giere, Virginia Free Citizen

The Republican Party has become essentially irrelevant. It now exists to ensure the consultants are well paid; but unlike its Dem. opposition, the Repubs. haven't learned how to use the media, social platforms, protests, micro-targeting and organization to back up candidates. 

14,646 Duplicate Voters Flagged in VA, MD

Kenric Ward, Watchdog.org

An election-integrity group is challenging the status of nearly 15,000 voters reportedly registered in both Fairfax County, Virginia, and Maryland.

Va. Repub. Rep. Asks State GOP to Postpone Contentious Meeting

Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post

The battle for control of the GOP of Virginia mounted with new discord between 3 officials & conservative activists. 3 of VA’s GOP Reps. urged VA GOP leaders to delay a meeting that's expected to be a contentious showdown over control of party leadership posts.

McAuliffe Vows to Push OCare Medicaid Expansion Despite Budget Shortfalls

Kathryn Watson, Watchdog.org

Even as VA's Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) emphasized that budget cuts need to be made as a $2.4 billion shortfall was revaled, he made it clear he still plans to find a way to use Obamacare to expand health insurance for Virginia’s poor—and he’s ready to use the power of his exec. office to do so.

VA State GOP Comm. Rules Against GOP-E Cheating

Tim Hannigan, Fairfax Free Citizen

Conserv. Cam Jones was called “McCarthy-esque” for challenging the vote in which estab. R's actively urged D's to vote for GOP-E choices, against conservs. Dem & Greenie supporters were elected to the county GOP comm. That election was overturned. Message to GOP-E: don't use D's to defeat conservatives in party races.

What Are Illegal Aliens Costing Schools In Your Neighborhood?

More than 37,000 children unaccompanied by parents are estimated to have crossed our southern border this year adding at least $4.74 billion to the burden on America's taxpayers.

Feds, State to VA Schools: Law Says Educate Undocumented Kids

Kathryn Watson, Watchdog.org

With less than a month until school starts in September, Virginia taxpayers will be footing the bill for some of the thousands of undocumented school-age children who have come here in recent months.

‘Conservation’ Rule Fuels Land War in VA

Kenric Ward, Watchdog.org

“When an American family purchases and invests their hard work, sweat and love into a 64-acre farm zoned rural-agricultural, and then are told they can’t even engage in traditional agricultural practices, it is bait and switch,” says conservative VA farmer Martha Boneta. 

Vote Fraud Cases Go Nowhere w/ VA County Prosecutor

Kenric Ward, Watchdog.org

Four years after the Fairfax County election board began uncovering cases of alleged voter fraud, the local prosecutor has not taken action, and has nothing to say.

Court: Virginia's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Reuters Staff

The 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled Mon. that VA's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The 2-1 ruling upheld a district court judge's ruling in Feb. striking down VA's prohibition on issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. 

Boneta Bill Passed; Virginians Need Teeth Against Zoning Abuses

Mark J. Fitzgibbons, Fauquier Free Citizen

The Boneta Bill will lessen the need for litigation by giving localities incentive to enact and enforce zoning ordinances without violating property and other constitutional rights. It is targeted at the bad, and protects the good. Virginians regardless of political affiliation need this legislation.

Cantor Backers Bleed VA07 Dist. GOP Bank Account

Jamie Radtke, The Bull Elephant

Ray Allen, Mike Thomas, Donald Williams and ten other Cantor supporters continued their assault on the grassroots last night with a 13-6 vote on the committee to bleed the 7th District GOP bank account. 

Congressman Rob Hurt's Pyrrhic Victory

Our friend Jeffrey E. Knight tells the sordid truth behind a nasty intra-party rift created at the Virginia Fifth District Republican Convention by the Establishment's Rep. Robert Hurt. It's a full-on assault against conservatives.

'Hurting' Conservatives in Virginia's 5th District

Two things are abundantly clear after Virginia's May 17 Fifth District Convention. Congressman Robert Hurt is intent on ruling the district with an iron fist, and there is no room at his table for conservatives and longtime loyal Republicans – even those that worked hard to elect him just two years ago.

VA Lawmaker: ‘Downzoning’ Undercuts Property Rights

Kenric Ward, Watchdog.org

VA State Delegate Brenda Pogge says “politics, not sound commonsense” are driving an Eastern Shore county campaign to zone out agricultural activities. “Downzoning always results in a loss of property rights, and we may be looking at 5,000 to 7,000 citizens losing freedoms that they already enjoy,” Pogge said.

McAuliffe Bankrolled by Planned Parenthood; Pushes Looser Abortion Rules

Kathryn Watson, Watchdog.org

VA Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a friend of Planned Parenthood (his campaign's 4th largest contributor) is ordering the Virg. Board of Health to review state regulations that impose the same construction standards for hospitals on first-trimester abortion facilities. It's an obvious move to loosen clinic standards in favor of abortion.

VA GOP Election Stolen; They Get to Keep It

Jamie Radtke, The Bull Elephant

The VA 5th Cong. ruled that the slating that occurred in Campbell Co. was illegal, but they refused to do anything about it! Conserv. R's must turn out all their delegates. The 5th Convention Credentialing Comm. must seat all properly filed delegates.

Overturn Judge’s Ruling, Restore Real Marriage

Washington Times Editors

A court in Richmond could be a bulwark for the states. The judges of the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond will hear Bostic v. Schaefer, the activist decision of US Dist.