This morning the Governor of New Hampshire signed a law that basically recognizes the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution as your permit to carry a firearm. The bill was nick-named “constitutional carry” and the name says it all.
Under the new law, anyone who can legally possess a gun under state and federal law can carry it concealed in a purse, car or briefcase without a license. The licensing process will remain in place so people who want to carry outside state lines can get the necessary paperwork.
Federal law bars felons, drug users, fugitives and people convicted of certain domestic violence crimes from possessing guns. The new law took effect immediately.
New Hampshire follows a number of other states that have recently eliminated licensing requirements, including Idaho, Mississippi and neighboring Maine.
Today members of the House Freedom Caucus released their bill to replace the Affordable Care Act. Embedded below is the video of their announcement from C-SPAN. And we are proud to see two members of Virginia’s congressional delegation on stage; Reps. Dave Brat and Tom Garrett.
The mayor of Richmond wants to make the commonwealth’s capital a sanctuary city and Virginia First Foundation is pushing back against this unlawful idea. They sent out an email with links to their online petition and to their written petition for volunteers to print out and circulate, info copied and pasted below. Help out Virginia First Foundation in stopping Richmond’s mayor from his brazenly illegal decree.
How you can help:
1.Print off a petition and circulate it in your community. Completed petitions can be mailed to our organization at the address located at the bottom of the petition. Petitions for state-wide signatures can be found here and for Richmond City residents here.
Have you had the chance to see Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart’s first commercial for his campaign for governor? Video embedded below. The Stewart campaign is showing a lot muscle with this ad, both in messaging and in the fact that they are on TV this early.
And if you like it and you want it to stay on the air then consider making a donation through this link.
On Donald Trump’s first day as president he signed an Executive Order halting any further implementation of the Affordable Care Act and setting up its repeal. This was something Trump campaigned on and it was something his supporters expected to see from him.
On Barack Obama’s first day as president he signed an Executive Order closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. This was something Obama campaigned on and it was something his supporters expected to see from him.
The difference between the two orders is one is about helping the economy and the other was just symbolic bull. But there could be another yuuuuuge difference here…
Obama failed at closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, it’s still open eight years later. Trump has a bar set pretty low to beat. Or will the Affordable Care Act be to Trump what Guantanamo Bay still is to Obama?
At today’s winter meeting the Republican National Committee officially elected Michigan’s Ronna Romney McDaniel as chairwoman. The election was by acclamation. She steps in for Reince Priebus who is now serving as Donald Trump’s White House chief of staff.
The Republican Party of Virginia’s chairman John Whitbeck released the following statement in response to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s annual state of the commonwealth address, also linked here;
“Forced to stay in Richmond for one final session instead of being whisked away into the Hillary Clinton administration, Terry McAuliffe is trying to build a political legacy, something that he could be remembered for other than booze and investigations.”
“Unfortunately, he remains more focused on his political ambitions, anointing his chosen successor, and playing partisan games rather than doing the job of Governor and solving the challenges the hard working people of Virginia face.”
“Instead of working to solve the problems he has admitted instead he huddled with Obama and Nancy Pelosi to plot out a vast national network to return Democrats to power, and is now trying to bring that plan to Virginia under the guise or reform to hide his true agenda – one that has the full support of Ralph Northam.
“In fact, one of Terry McAuliffe’s partners in this effort will unveil their plan at the ultra liberal Center for American progress – where ultra-liberal Tom Perriello landed after being fired by voters in the 5th Congressional District.”
“From day one of his administration, this Governor has been all in to build out the Obama-Clinton vision of governance in our Commonwealth. While he lectures on ethics, he remains under investigation by the FBI. While he talks about the urgent need to reform our economic development efforts he fails to mention his own failures that cost the taxpayers millions.”
“Voters have had more than enough of failure and ham-fisted management in Richmond. Virginians have had enough of his political posturing and shady deals. In the end, Terry McAuliffe’s true legacy will be one of craft beer – and a Republican sweep this November.”
The Senate today voted to waive the waiting period for retired General James Mattis so that he can serve as secretary of defense. The vote was 24-3 in committee and 81-17 from the floor. All the nay votes were from Democrats. A confirmation vote still needs to be held, which Mattis is expected to win easily.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York called Mattis’ confirmation “a historic mistake.” She pushed the point of civilian control of the military, but failed to address how Mattis is still too connected to the military to be considered a civilian. She just highlighted that he is still with-in the waiting period and therefore nothing further needs to be examined. She was careful not to criticize Mattis, but by doing so she ended up not making much of a case at all.
Here is a list of the 17 Democrats who voted against the Mattis waiver (you can expect their presidential exploratory committees to soon follow):
Sen. Tammy Baldwin
Sen. Richard Blumenthal
Sen. Corey Booker
Sen. Tammy Duckworth
Sen. Dick Durbin
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Sen. Patrick Leahy
Sen. Ed Markey
Sen. Jeff Merkley
Sen. Chris Murphy
Sen. Patty Murray
Sen. Bernie Sanders
Sen. Jon Tester
Sen. Tom Udall
Sen. Chris Van Hollen
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Sen. Ron Wyden
The 2017 session of Virginia’s historic General Assembly began today. You can keep up with the action live from the floor of both chambers through the General Assembly’s website. The Senate is linked here and the House is linked here.
Two special elections today to fill open seats in the Virginia State Senate both went to the incumbent party. Republican Mark Peake won in the 22nd District and Democrat Jennifer McClellan won in the 9th.
No real surprise here. Democrats were hoping for a spoiler independent candidate in the 22nd who could take votes from the right, but he did terrible. There was an issue with ballots in Lynchburg, but everything seems ok. Peake was supposed to win, and he did. The 9th is so hopeless for Republicans that we didn’t run a Republican nominated candidate, so no surprise there either.
Tomorrow begins a new session in Richmond for the General Assembly. The scoreboard in the State Senate will remain as it did last year with a 21-19 majority for the Republicans.
Virginia First Foundation has announced a press conference scheduled for Thursday morning January 12th in Richmond to support the Physical Privacy Act (HB 1612). Delegate Bob Marshall, patron of the bill, will speak at the press conference. Below is the email from Virginia First Foundation announcing the event.
Our first priority is passage of the Physical Privacy Act (HB 1612), sponsored by Delegate Bob Marshall. We will be holding a press conference on January 12th at the Capitol in House Room 1 at 10am.
This legislation, if passed, will ensure that the privacy of minors is protected and will ensure that no child is unwillingly or unknowingly violated in any way while utilizing public school locker rooms and restrooms. Students wishing to seek private accommodations may still do so, for whatever reason, as long as they do not violate the rights of privacy for other students.
This legislation also ensures that parents are included in making decisions. Parents will be notified if a child wishes to be acknowledged as the opposite sex and will be notified if accommodations are requested. It also encompasses protection in places like our family public restroom facilities, such as rest stops, and in government buildings.
Virginia First Foundation board member, Pastor Travis Witt issued the following statement: “HB 1612 is a positive and common sense approach to the safety, privacy, and well-being of all of Virginia’s children. To ensure that individual privacy and safety are protected for all of Virginia’s children, this bill must be passed. It makes adequate provisions for children seeking single-use restrooms when needed and ensures that children are not forced to experience forced physical exposure to the opposite sex against their will. This is a common sense solution for students, parents, administrators, and legislators. We urge all Virginia lawmakers to support this bill. This bill includes parents in the decision making and every liberty-minded individual supports privacy and safety for all of Virginia’s children. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau report entitled, “Child Maltreatment 2010,” highlighted that sexual abuse is not solely restricted to physical contact. Such abuse can include non-contact abuse such as exposure. The long term effect on children cannot fully be measured. Psychologists have been warning for years that early exposure to sexual issues can have long term damage on children such as early sex, high-risk sex, and sexual violence. Public school facilities are not the place for social experiments that permit early exposure to sexual issues when there is ample evidence that such exposure can lead to long term developmental damage. The Physical Privacy Act ensures that safety, privacy, and well-being of all of Virginia’s children are protected.”
Here is the press release from Judicial Watch on today’s ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals, also linked here.
(Washington DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding today’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in a case that would require Secretary of State John Kerry to seek the help of the attorney general in recovering additional Hillary Clinton emails:
The courts seem to be fed up with the Obama administration’s refusal to enforce the rule of law on the Clinton emails. Today’s appeals court ruling rejects the Obama State Department’s excuses justifying its failure to ask the attorney general, as the law requires, to pursue the recovery of the Clinton emails. This ruling means that the Trump Justice Department will have to decide if it wants to finally enforce the rule of law and try to retrieve all the emails Clinton and her aides unlawfully took with them when they left the State Department.
The appellate ruling reverses a decision in which the District Court declared “moot” a Judicial Watch’s lawsuit challenging the failure of Secretary of State John Kerry to comply with the Federal Records Act (FRA) in seeking to recover the emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other high level State Department officials who used non-“state.gov” email accounts to conduct official business (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. John F. Kerry (No. 16-5015)). According to the FRA, if an agency head becomes aware of “any actual, impending, or threatened unlawful removal . . . or destruction of [agency] records,” he or she “shall notify the Archivist . . . and with the assistance of the Archivist shall initiate action through the Attorney General for the recovery of [those] records.”
An appellate panel found:
Appellants sought the only relief provided by the Federal Records Act—an enforcement action through the Attorney General. But nothing the Department did (either before or after those complaints were filed) gave appellants what they wanted. Instead of proceeding through the Attorney General, the Department asked the former Secretary to return her emails voluntarily and similarly requested that the FBI share any records it obtained. Even though those efforts bore some fruit, the Department has not explained why shaking the tree harder—e.g., by following the statutory mandate to seek action by the Attorney General—might not bear more still. It is therefore abundantly clear that, in terms of assuring government recovery of emails, appellants have not “been given everything [they] asked for.” Absent a showing that the requested enforcement action could not shake loose a few more emails, the case is not moot.
In May 2015 Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit after the State Department failed to take action following a letter to Kerry “notifying him of the unlawful removal of the Clinton emails and requesting that he initiate enforcement action pursuant to the FRA,” including working through the Attorney General to recover the emails. Judicial Watch’s lawsuit subsequently was consolidated with a later lawsuit by Cause of Action Institute. This ruling reverses a January 2016 decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissing the case and remands it.
H.R. 4757, To amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the eligibility for headstones, markers, and medallions furnished by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for deceased individuals who were awarded the Medal of Honor and are buried in private cemeteries
The Trump Tower watch is a wild spectacle. Politicos want to know who is coming in and so does TMZ and other celebrity stalking cameramen. So we weren’t too surprised when the populist president-elect meet with pop culture figure Kayne West today. But we are a little surprised by the appearance of NFL legends Jim Brown and Ray Lewis. After their meeting with Donald Trump the two Hall of Famers sung praises for the president-elect, story linked here.
The Republican Party of Virginia’s annual Advance is this weekend, Dec. 9th- 10th, in Richmond. Special guests include Senators Tim Scott and Tom Cotton, Governor Chris Christie and former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.
We will be there to live tweet the event. You can follow us on Twitter @RedNoVA8.
Tickets for the Advance are still available, linked here. We suggest you attend; it’s always a good time.
And without further delay, here is the most important news item of the event; the list of hospitality suites for Friday night…
Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins was in NoVA on Tuesday night to help kick-off the safe driving campaign called “Phones Down. Touchdown.”
The name says it all. Put down the phone when you are driving and concentrate on the road. This is a real simple way to be safer behind the wheel. You can sign their pledge to put down your cell phone when you are driving through this link.
Below is a picture of Cousins with Braddock District Supervisor John Cook.
For those little snowflakes who are still too distraught from the 2016 election to rejoin society, here is something to brighten your day; the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed today at over 19,000 points for the first time ever.
The market has responded well to the election of Donald Trump as president. Since his win on November 8, the Dow has climbed over 800 points, including a 250 point bounce the day after the victory. The Trump Administration is off to a solid start.
Delegate Rob Bell announced this afternoon that he will not seek the Republican nomination for Attorney General in 2017. This announcement comes as a big surprise for the 2017 election cycle as Bell has done a lot of work laying the ground floor for a run for AG. This could be a prelude to another unpredictable year in American politics.
Here is the statement Del. Bell emailed out today;
Now that the 2016 election is over, it is time for the 2017 Virginia statewide campaigns to begin in earnest. After careful consideration, I have decided that I will not seek the position of Attorney General.
I have spent the last year traveling the state and laying the groundwork for a campaign. However, as you may know, I have two young children, one of whom has special needs. This school year has brought significant new challenges that require my personal and immediate attention. Despite my best efforts, it has become clear to me that I can’t possibly fulfill my responsibilities as a father while making a statewide run.
I am therefore ending my Attorney General campaign. I am profoundly grateful to everyone who has offered support, time, or encouragement. Unless told otherwise, I will be returning the donations I have received. Though I won’t be a statewide candidate I do look forward to strongly supporting the Republican ticket, especially against Mark Herring.
For several years, I have had the honor of serving in the General Assembly seat once held by Thomas Jefferson. I look forward to continuing my work in the House of Delegates and spending Thanksgiving with my family.
Delegate Rob Bell
We thank Del. Bell for his principled service in the House of Delegates and for his work defending Virginia’s Constitution while furthering the conservative cause. We would not be surprised if Rob Bell is our pick for Attorney General at a later date down the road. Until then, we will continue to support his work in the House and wish him the best in what should be a smooth run to re-election.