VA Blog Carnival

Head on over to NoVA Democrat to have a look at the VA Blog Carnival. There you will find a link to the top stories blogged across Virginia. Enjoy!

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Gay marriage amendment

This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage. Nor shall this Commonwealth or its political subdivisions create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, … Continue reading Gay marriage amendment

Bob McDonnell and Diebold

By now, everyone knows that AG Bob McDonnell's legal opinion declaring Governor Tim Kaine's Executive Order No. 1, which expanded Virginia's nondiscrimination policy to include sexual orientation, to be unconstitutional. You can find discussions of this opinion on just about any of the blogs listed in my blogroll so I'm not going to beat that … Continue reading Bob McDonnell and Diebold

Why wasn’t this in VP?

I ran across this Associated Press article on Yahoo news a couple of days ago and have been waiting for it to appear in our local newspaper. NORFOLK, Va. - Fellow conservative religious leaders have expressed concern and even open criticism over Pat Robertson's habit of shooting from the hip on his daily religious news-and-talk … Continue reading Why wasn’t this in VP?

Bay Oaks Park: Judge rules petition not valid

No doubt you'll see this in The Virginian-Pilot tomorrow but in a story posted today on PilotOnline, the Alexandria judge brought in to hear the case of the citizen's petition to save Bay Oaks Park has ruled against the petitioners. Alfred D. Swersky, a retired Alexandria judge assigned to handle the case, said he "reluctantly … Continue reading Bay Oaks Park: Judge rules petition not valid

Riddick at civic league

Paul Riddick attended my civic league meeting last night. I thought he did a great job covering quite a few topics. He talked some about the light rail project - seems that federal funding for this is nearly assured and he hopes that Virginia Beach will buy in as well. He explained that Norfolk has … Continue reading Riddick at civic league

DYK…Virginia is a Dillon Rule state?

In 1865, an Iowa judge by the name of John Dillon ruled in the case of Clark v City of Des Moines: It is a general and undisputed proposition of law that a municipal corporation possesses and can exercise the following powers and no others: First, those granted in express words; second, those necessarily or … Continue reading DYK…Virginia is a Dillon Rule state?

David Ashe out of 2nd Congressional Race

David Ashe, the former Marine who took on Thelma Drake in the 2005 2nd Congressional District race, has decided to drop out and join the Kaine administration. Ashe is the second Democratic challenger to leave the race. Eastern Shore businessman Troy Farlow dropped out earlier. That leaves Virginia Beach Commissioner of the Revenue Phil Kellum … Continue reading David Ashe out of 2nd Congressional Race

Constitutional Originalism

I was persuing the postings over at the Huffington Post and came across this piece about the originalist interpretation of the constitution by some of our Supreme Court justices. Part of the article: According to originalists, the Constitution severely limits Congress’ authority to prohibit pollution, hazardous working conditions and discrimination; permits state governments to discriminate … Continue reading Constitutional Originalism