Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Virginia voters to file suit against Governor McAuliffe’s unconstitutional executive order

The following is a release from House Speaker Bill Howell's office:

Attorneys for General Assembly Republicans are filing suit in the Supreme Court of Virginia to halt enforcement of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s (D) order restoring the political rights of more than 206,000 convicted felons, Speaker of the House William J. Howell (R-Stafford) and Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. (R-James City) announced Monday.

Six Virginia voters, including Howell and Norment, are asking the Supreme Court to issue writs of mandamus and prohibition to stop the implementation of the order. In accordance with Supreme Court rules, the petition will be filed with the Court later today, after the Respondents receive notice. A copy of the filing can be found here.

“The Constitution of Virginia forbids this unprecedented assertion of executive authority,” the filing states. “Governor McAuliffe’s executive order defies the plain text of the Constitution, flouts the separation of powers, and has no precedent in the annals of Virginia history. The Governor simply may not, with a stroke of the pen, unilaterally suspend and amend the Constitution.”

“Governor Terry McAuliffe exceeded the authority granted to him by the Virginia Constitution and we simply cannot ignore this unprecedented executive overreach,” said Speaker Howell. “Along with fellow citizens, we are asking the Supreme Court of Virginia to stop the implementation of the order and any similar orders he may issue in the future. The case against the Governor’s executive order is overwhelming. A plain reading of the Constitution, 240 years of practice, and precedent-setting Virginia Supreme Court cases lead to the unambiguous conclusion that the Governor’s order is unconstitutional and cannot stand.”

“The Governor has willfully ignored constitutional limitations on his power, demonstrating his complete and total disregard for the Commonwealth, the people of Virginia, and the principles of representative government,” Majority Leader Norment said. “We have three separate and co-equal branches of government to serve as checks and balances to prevent abuses of power. To fulfill the legislative branch’s constitutional duty to check the excesses of executive power, we are compelled to challenge this order. The weight of the case against the Governor’s action is staggering, and we are confident we will prevail on the merits.”

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Learn to Like the Trump

Years ago the famed motivational speaker Zig Ziglar gave me some great advice. Well, not personally but I read one of his books, and he told a story that stuck with me throughout my years in politics.

Ziglar was a Republican and in 1976 he voted for Gerald Ford. Ziglar was greatly disappointed when Ford lost that November to Jimmy Carter. Ziglar decided to keep positive about the new President and made a point to read only positive stories about Carter for a period of time. Perhaps he would not fall in love with Carter but to at least find reason to hope that Carter would be a decent President.

For years I have adopted this strategy for Republican primaries, if my candidate does not win I try to find reasons to support the nominee.

I think Republicans now need to learn to like, or at least tolerate the Trump. Find reasons to support him. I was no fan of Trump’s, but now I believe it is time to focus on the general election. My candidates lost, first Jim Gilmore, then I backed Marco Rubio.

Trump certainly has his faults, but he could grow in office. He is smart, a successful businessman, has executive experience, honest albeit brutally honest.

Now is the time for Conservatives to rally behind Trump and hope for the best. Our country is at stake. It is either Trump or Hillary. And when you consider what Hillary would do as President it should be easy to vote for Trump.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Cynical Terry McAuliffe

Without public or legislative input Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Friday afternoon, after reporters left for the weekend, that he could through executive order grant two hundred thousand felons have all their rights restored including the right to vote. In the past ex cons could petition the state to have their rights restored including the right to vote on a case by case basis. And after an investigation the state would grant restoration.

Now McAuliffe has decreed that the ex con can have all their rights restored without having the inconvenience of having to apply. No background check or verification is required.

This is pure pandering. To appeal to the ex-con vote is a level of pandering that I never thought I would see in my lifetime. But as chief fundraiser for the Clintons in the 1990's McAuliffe came up with the idea of renting out the Lincoln bedroom to the highest donor so I guess pandering to ex cons is not a surprise.

Hillary will need every vote she can get, and with a looming criminal investigation ex cons may be sympathetic towards her candidacy.

McAuliffe knows there is nothing Republicans can do. Even if a court steps in it will be too late. By the time it works its way through the court the election will be over.

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Politically Incorrect Bill Clinton

Sorry Bill they don't love you anymore. Democrats used to tell me all the time how great the Clinton administration was, now however he is out of favor with the left, I never thought this would happen, but Bill Clinton has become politically incorrect.

Three reasons the left repudiates him today. First, he enacted welfare reform forcing people to work for their government check. For the socialist left limiting someone’s welfare benefits is cruel and harsh.

Second, Clinton put a 100,000 cops on the street through the crime bill. This was one of the most successful programs in the history of the Federal government. It did work! Crime fell dramatically, and Clinton has the right to claim it as a great legacy. However, the black lives matter crowd, which is increasingly influential in Democrat politics view this as an atrocity, which is more cops on the streets to harass young black men. So Democrats never mention it.

Clinton reduced the capital gains tax, which helped create jobs and boost the economy. But the occupy Wall Street crowd would say this simply benefited the rich so Democrats stay silent. He also worked with the Republican Congress to balance the budget. This does not impress the socialist left especially if it balances the budget on the “backs of the poor.” What does this mean you ask, well, will still don't have 80 percent marginal tax rates.

Bill Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage act, which claimed that marriage was a union between one man and one woman, and needed defending. Fancy that!

Bill Clinton famously complained that when Republicans took over Congress in 1994 he had to govern as a moderate Republican. Maybe, but to today’s liberal that is no excuse.

Now Clinton’s unpopularity hurts Hillary with Democrats. Up to now Hillary has benefited politically from being married to him. For example if she divorced him when he was Attorney General of Arkansas in the 1970's we would never know the name Hillary Clinton. She'd be a nobody. Well, maybe not a nobody, just a crooked lawyer. No doubt his cheating on her with Monica Lewinsky earned Hillary a Senate seat in New York.

But now he is politically speaking a liability. But I have a soft spot in my heart for the guy.