Thursday, April 29, 2010
Wednesday, April 28, 2010
John F. Coates, Chairman
OFFICIAL CALL FOR A MEETING OF THE
CULPEPER COUNTY REPUBLICAN COMMITTEE
I, John Coates, Chairman of the Culpeper County Republican Committee, hereby issue a call for a meeting of the Culpeper County Republican Committee to be held on April 29, 2010 at the Board of Supervisors Meeting Room at 302 N. Main Street, Culpeper, VA. The meeting shall begin promptly at 7 PM, to be followed by an Executive Committee meeting, if necessary.
The purpose of this meeting is to establish a time and place for the Mass Meeting, discuss bylaw revisions and to discuss other business to come before the Committee. This notice having been properly advertised on April 7, 2010.
There will by no fee charged for this meeting, however a voluntary donations will be accepted.
John F. Coates
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
- The Department of Health and Human Services reports that the law will increase health care spending by more than $300 billion.
- A new government report from Rick Foster, the chief actuary of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), finds that the new bill will cost $828 billion over the next decade -- while saving only $577 billion.
- The Associated Press reports that nearly four million Americans will have to pay a new penalty of more than $1,000 per year for not getting health insurance when the bill kicks in.
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Military Won't Take Graham at Faith Value
Almost nine years after 9-11, the Pentagon is the site of a new attack--this time on religious freedom. After a few days of speculation, the military advanced its policy of political correctness to bar Rev. Franklin Graham, son of the evangelist Billy Graham, from speaking at the Pentagon's National Day of Prayer event. Apparently an outside group had complained about Graham's statements about Islam and the evil perpetrated under its banner. Their concerns were fueled by his unapologetic view that only Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.
As political correctness envelops the nation under this administration's watchful eye, Christianity is being tossed from the public square. Military spokesman Col. Tom Collins tried to defend the decision by saying, "We're an all-inclusive military." But to be "inclusive," as the Pentagon defines it, is to exclude Christianity. Contrary to what Col. Collins says, this has nothing to do with tolerance and everything to do with the military's new hostility toward the Gospel. Franklin Graham is a man of courage and integrity whose biblical beliefs should not preclude him from sharing the message of Jesus Christ.
Under President Obama, we're witnessing the First Amendment, designed to protect the religious exercise of Americans, retooled into a sword designed to sever America's ties with orthodox Christianity. As believers, we cannot sit idly by and watch our freedoms be swept away. When I was disinvited from a prayer luncheon at Andrews Air Force base, it was because I made comments supporting the law banning gays from the military. Some dismissed that as a result of my involvement in public policy. Rev. Graham, whose ministry has served to the physical and spiritual needs of millions of people (including Muslims!) around the globe, was making some key distinctions between Christianity and the religion that flew radicals into the Pentagon.
So to those Christian leaders who say they want to avoid the controversy of political issues and "just preach the Gospel," wake up! It's the Gospel that's at the heart of the controversy--and the freedom to preach it that's at stake!
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Late tonight, life advocates achieved a significant victory! Despite volcanoes, a Senator’s flight plans, and outright lies from the opposition, for the first time ever since Virginia’s adoption of the federal Hyde Amendment in 1982, elective low-income abortion has been defunded! The Family Foundation and our pro-life allies have been working for decades to achieve this victory and despite all odds, life triumphed.
The amendment brings Virginia substantially in line with federal law that requires we pay for abortions in the instances of rape, incest or life of the mother. Prior to the Governor’s amendment, Virginia was one of only 17 states that funded elective (“health” of the mother) abortions. Other than in cases of “gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity or with a gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency,” this will no longer be the case. We'd especially like to thank the Governor for introducing this important pro-life amendment.
The day began early this morning as legislators and lobbyists flooded the capitol. The Family Foundation lobbyists were confident of a win in the House, but were on edge with the Senate. The Senate chamber is almost evenly divided politically and the appointed tiebreaker (Lt. Governor Bill Bolling) was stranded in Italy due to Iceland’s volcanic eruption. There was a strong possibility that the vote would result in a tie and in that case, with the LG’s absence, the amendment would fail. The Family Foundation knew that enough votes had to be found and we were hard at work to find them!
To make matters worse, it came to our attention a few hours later that one of our pro-life legislators, Senator Steve Newman (R-23, Forest), had a flight to catch and the chances that the amendment would be held prior to him leaving was slim to none. With this senator’s absence and the LG’s absence, The Family Foundation was gravely concerned for the amendment’s passage despite the bill’s House passage earlier in the day (64 to 30 with 1 abstention).
Around 9pm, the amendment finally came to the Senate floor. Family Foundation lobbyists watched from the gallery as Senator Dick Saslaw (D-35, Fairfax) led the charge against the amendment. In a bizarre statement and in contradiction to a legal opinion from the Attorney General, the opposition claimed that if this amendment passed, state employee abortions would no longer be covered by the state health plan. It is our understanding that state employees cannot be reimbursed for abortion expenditures anyway, so the claim appeared unfounded. Thanks to the Attorney General's office for clarifiying this issue.
Coming to life’s defense, Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26, Harrisonburg) was the one and only voice in the Senate advocating for the Governor’s amendment. Having clearly done his homework, Senator Obenshain articulately defended the amendment from the bizarre attacks and argued brilliantly for its passage.
In a moment that directly parallels the Bible story of Gideon’s army where the odds of victory were logically impossible, the vote was taken, and the amendment passed 20-19! Democrat Senators Chuck Colgan (D-29, Manassas), Phil Puckett (D-38, Tazewell), and Roscoe Reynolds (D-20, Martinsville), joined with all Republicans in attendance to pass the amendment. Seemingly impossible due to the absence of Senator Newman and the LG, God worked a miracle tonight! Pro-life advocates have been waiting for years for this victory!
The Family Foundation would like to thank everyone who contacted legislators to encourage them to vote for this amendment. As the close vote shows, your voice was crucial in this success! Stay tuned for an alert in the coming days to assist you in thanking the important people who made this victory a reality. We hope you will join us tonight in celebrating this monumental victory for life!
Victoria Cobb, President
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010
"Standing With Israel Dinner & Presentation"
an informative event examining how,
and why Christians are commiting to Stand With Israel.
You will be encouraged, equipped, and inspired.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 - 6:30 PM
Madison Presbyterian Church
1236 Fishback Rd
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2010/04/20/a-tale-of-american-socialism/#ixzz0lfH2mopd