Beyer Opens Campaign with Photo Full of Women

Don Beyer and women
Don Beyer (man) served as Virginia’s lt. governor in the 1990s
 
Former Virginia Lt. Governor Don Beyer announced to a frame packed with women his intention to run for the U.S. Congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Jim Moran. The primary election will be held on June 10.

Men of Bearing Drift Declare: “Hier Stehe Ich”

Under fire from the Can of Worms, Bearing Drift authors defiantly posted a series of theses yesterday to defend honor, blog and party.

Here I Stand

Brian Schoeneman, on what it means to be a Republican, a point-by-point elucidation of the “Republican Party of Virginia Creed” which, if we are not mistaken, was penned after the Athanasian, yet prior to Maureen McDonnell’s shopping list.

J.R. Hoeft, on what it means to be a Bearing Drift contributor, some background on the site’s impressive history and scope, from the founder.

Shaun Kenney, on what it means to be a conservative, the most ambitious essay of the three, tracing key tenets of modern conservativism through the history of Western thought. While overreaching in parts, overall, no papal bull.

Tis the Season

Financial reports came out yesterday for members of the General Assembly. Considering the grief experienced by Bob McDonnell arising from gifts, the reports are a bit surprising. Compared to 2010, when Bob took office, the gifts reported for his last year (the one with all the trouble) did not consistently trend one way or the other. For a few of our NoVa legislators, here are the totals:

2013 2010
Greason 2872 9858
Comstock 2149 3057
Ramadan 1155 0
Minchew 863 0
Favola 5434 8207
LeMunyon 1963 521
Plum 2479 6497
Rust 6232 3283
Surovell 1373 103
Vogel 576 298

Some took more, some took less. Maybe the 2014 reports will be more telling, as the governor’s real troubles came to light roughly mid-year. The details of what’s in those 2013 totals are below the fold. Continue reading “Tis the Season”

Latest Blogola Controversy Shows Need For Transparency

Call it the St. Valentine’s Day Inferno. An argument and the threat of a lawsuit between prominent Virginia political bloggers Brian Schoeneman, Greg Letiecq, and Shaun Kenney, over who is getting paid to write about an historic primary battle, will likely open a discussion about how to balance political advocacy and the pretense – upheld by many blogs – of presenting objective news reporting.

The question must henceforth be asked: Is this a blog, or blogola?

Brian Schoeneman, Greg Letiecq, Shaun Kenney
Key players in the current blogola controversy (l-r): Brian Schoeneman of Bearing Drift, Greg Letiecq of Black Velvet Bruce Li, and Shaun Kenney, also of Bearing Drift.
 
Having arisen from the opportunity afforded by content management system Web technology, in part as a supplement or “antidote” to the ideologies of traditional media outlets, political blogs generally represent a cross pollination between political pamphleteering and news reporting. Many, probably most, Virginia blogs are unabashedly ideological, and most are blatantly partisan.

Which tends to be all fine and good, except during the primaries.

The present controversy began on Thursday when Brian finally told us what he really thinks about Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall.

Brian’s appraisal of Delegate Bob is harsh in the same sense St. John’s depiction of the beast is harsh. Brian wants him to leave the House of Delegates, to renounce his ways, and most certainly to bow out of the primary contest for the Republican nomination to replace 34-year Congressman Frank Wolf in the 10th district election in November.

Delegate Bob is one of approximately 47 others currently announced to challenge Barbara Comstock, Frank Wolf’s heir apparent, for the GOP nomination …. and therein lies the rub.

Continue reading “Latest Blogola Controversy Shows Need For Transparency”

NoVa Delegate Bob Marshall Comments on Gay Marriage Decision

Bob Marshall (R-13) has issued a statement about Judge Wright-Allen’s decision, striking down his eponymous Marshall Amendment to the Virginia constitution, that bans gay marriage. One can hardly be surprised that he disagrees, and at least one of his enumerated points of complaint has a bit of merit to it (that the judge read the Equal Protection clause of the constitution as though it were more closely worded like the Declaration’s guarantee of universal equality, instead of merely delivering on that guarantee’s promise). But he just can’t seem to help himself, sputtering almost apoplectically (maybe not almost, come to think of it) about the fact that, since things have always been a certain way, that God therefore meant they would stay that way forever. And who are we to argue with God? (If you need to know what God has to say on all this, by the way, the statement makes it clear that you can, when in any doubt about His Word, just ask Delegate Marshall. He’ll tell you What It Is.)

It must be particularly frustrating for a man who has devoted so much of his life to oppressing others that, on the eve of his efforts to become a federal legislator, his signature achievement in government is declared to be an unconstitutional form of discrimination. The rest of us could see that coming, of course, and polls even show that his amendment would not pass today. But Bob Marshall has never cared about today. As his statement shows, Bob Marshall is all about the past.

Perhaps the time has finally come, to leave him there.

 

UPDATE: The preliminary draft of Judge Wright-Allen’s decision referred to the constitution as the source of the promise that “all men” are created equal. The updated version released today identifies the Declaration of Independence as the source. Guess anyone can make a mistake, eh Bob?

Manassas City Council’s Stealth Attack on Women

Ten days ago, the City Council of Manassas (an unlikely war-zone for Virginia’s creeping siege on freedom of choice, at a whopping 40,000 residents) tried to continue its stealthy plans to close an abortion clinic. Following the road-map laid out by the City of Fairfax, and unable to attack the clinic directly, they are using the one form of law that any local elected official can tell you trumps the Code of Virginia, the constitution of the Commonwealth, and the United States Bill of Rights: the city zoning ordinance. Continue reading “Manassas City Council’s Stealth Attack on Women”

NV Drops Defense of Constitutional Gay Marriage Ban

The governor and attorney general of Nevada have today announced that they will no longer defend their state’s constitutional prohibition on gay marriage. The AP story buries the reason, but it is found in an oblique reference to another case in the same (Ninth) federal circuit that only recently decided gays could not be excluded from jury service on the basis of their sexual orientation. Nevada’s top lawyer thinks this kills their defense because, until now, only race and gender were wholly barred as reasons why a person could be excluded from jury duty. Apparently, the new ruling means that gays, minorities, and women all share the same status as protected classes under the Equal Protection clause of the federal constitution. This is the argument Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring made when he previously said he would not defend Virginia’s constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Herring’s opponents say he is derelict in his duty. No doubt, some in Nevada will say the same thing about their own AG. Regardless, it appears the end is near for bans on gay marriage, and that Mark Herring isn’t the only state attorney general who can read the writing on the wall (or on the constitution).