About That Ken Cuccinelli Subpeona

The fantastic Chris Horner, writing at BigGovernment.com, explains why the judge that ruled against Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli in the Commonwealth’s fraud case against the University of Virginia should have recused himself.

As we had in California with a gay judge ruling for gay marriage, now we have a judge with a conflict of interest ruling for his wife’s former employer. In both cases, these judges should have at least recused themselves. But, this is why judges like this are called ‘activists.’

Amplify’d from biggovernment.com

As you can read , retired Albemarle County (Virginia) Circuit Judge Paul Peatross has that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli may not have access to records under Virginia’s Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, as he seeks to determine the propriety of Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann’s claims made to obtain research funding. Judge Peatross’s ruling protects Mann, the University, and specifically the Department of Environmental Sciences, at least for now.

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Here’s the rub, on which I will have more to say. I attended the hearing a week ago Friday at which the parties argued the University’s motion to dismiss. The Deputy AG Wesley Russell’s arguments dominated, so badly I almost felt sorry for the University. The judge’s queries were puzzling, as he pleaded with the University’s counsel to come up with some argument how he might rule in their favor, as were other comments (continue reading).

Before the hearing commenced Peatross, substituting for the vacationing chief judge, cited his wife’s 1982 degree in environmental science from UVA –  oddly, he then said “but not in global warming” — as part of a rather spare recitation of why he was hearing of this case (which he attested he had never heard about until reading the briefs that morning. A prominent case in the local, state and national news assigned to his old court! This man takes his retirement seriously…), and articulating his history so that counsel might decide whether he carried any conflict such that he should not hear the University’s motion.

That fact of her 1982 degree from Mann’s former Department, apparently, was relevant. Okay. But…

Read more at biggovernment.com

 

The ‘Cotton Picking’ President – Really? (Video)

CNN’s Rick Sanchez, not the brightest anchor at the network, yesterday called President Obama the ‘cotton picking’ President. Where are the lefty’s in demanding his resignation? Clearly if a conservative like Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, or Rush Limbaugh had said something similar they would be all over it.

How about it Media ‘Doesn’t’ Matters?

About That Ken Cuccinelli Subpeona

The fantastic Chris Horner, writing at BigGovernment.com, explains why the judge that ruled against Virginia AG Ken Cuccinelli in the Commonwealth’s fraud case against the University of Virginia should have recused himself.

As we had in California with a gay judge ruling for gay marriage, now we have a judge with a conflict of interest ruling for his wife’s former employer. In both cases, these judges should have at least recused themselves. But, this is why judges like this are called ‘activists.’

Amplify’d from biggovernment.com

As you can read here, retired Albemarle County (Virginia) Circuit Judge Paul Peatross has ruled that Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli may not have access to records under Virginia’s Fraud Against Taxpayers Act, as he seeks to determine the propriety of Michael “Hockey Stick” Mann’s claims made to obtain research funding. Judge Peatross’s ruling protects Mann, the University, and specifically the Department of Environmental Sciences, at least for now.

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Here’s the rub, on which I will have more to say. I attended the hearing a week ago Friday at which the parties argued the University’s motion to dismiss. The Deputy AG Wesley Russell’s arguments dominated, so badly I almost felt sorry for the University. The judge’s queries were puzzling, as he pleaded with the University’s counsel to come up with some argument how he might rule in their favor, as were other comments (continue reading).

Before the hearing commenced Peatross, substituting for the vacationing chief judge, cited his wife’s 1982 degree in environmental science from UVA –  oddly, he then said “but not in global warming” — as part of a rather spare recitation of why he was hearing of this case (which he attested he had never heard about until reading the briefs that morning. A prominent case in the local, state and national news assigned to his old court! This man takes his retirement seriously…), and articulating his history so that counsel might decide whether he carried any conflict such that he should not hear the University’s motion.

That fact of her 1982 degree from Mann’s former Department, apparently, was relevant. Okay. But…

Read more at biggovernment.com

More Tom Perriello: Fire Economic Team

Attention 5th district voters in Virginia, Congressman Tom Perriello is a Pelosi enabler. Tom Perriello swore he would never vote for Obamacare if it allowed for federal funding of abortions (it does). He is a liar.

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In an interview following the Tea Party session, Perriello told me, “I haven’t grandstanded about it but I have no confidence in them and Geithner and Summers should go.”Perriello insists his dissatisfaction with the Obama economic team is not merely a campaign ploy and he has disagreed with them since the crafting of the stimulus package, which he didn’t think focused enough on small business and infrastructure spending. “I had my first fight with Larry Summers one week into this administration,” Perriello asserts.

Perriello says he especially disagrees with Obama administration policy on issues.
“How f***ing out of touch do you have to be as an economic team?” Perriello asked rhetorically about Geithner and Summers.

He has also become something of a born again hawk and told the Tea Party group “Both parties will continue stealing from the American people unless we give them no choice.”

The Yale educated–both for undergrad and law school–35-year-old loves to talk about big ideas including trade, competitiveness, America’s role in the world, and the future.

Washingtonian magazine’s September “Best and Worst of ” poll of Democratic congressional staffers ranks the freshman Perriello as the number one “Surprise Standout” in the House.

While he does have a predictably progressive and pro-leadership voting record, he has diverged on votes that are important in his district. He supports , tobacco and farming support, and voted for the anti-abortion amendment to the healthcare bill.

Perriello says the national media focuses on the stimulus, healthcare, and cap-and-trade votes when there are a lot more things that define who a member really is.

He doesn’t mention President Obama much these days but instead points to former President Bill Clinton as a positive model for balancing the budget and offering a roadmap for how to move forward in the 21st century.

Perriello calls himself “a Perot Democrat” and says “Perot may have been nuts in the ‘90s but he got a lot of things right. I’m not sure we would have [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][had] a balanced budget without his charts.”

“He was also right about the great sucking sound” when it comes to jobs leaving the United States. Like all economic populists including Perot, Perriello is extremely critical of NAFTA and other trade agreements which he says have U.S. including those in his district.

Virginia’s Fifth District is extremely diverse, from the highly educated and relatively affluent Charlottesville, home of the University of Virginia and many wealthy retirees, to extremely poor rural towns like Martinsville, which has lost 12,000 jobs over the past few decades and has a 20 percent unemployment rate.

“One of the great questions of our time is–will we save the middle class?” Perriello maintains.
“If we don’t have manufacturing and construction and agriculture we’re going to start looking like a Central American of the 1980s.”

Like every candidate running this year, the two things Perriello hears about on the campaign trail are a fear about jobs and a concern over the deficit and growth of government under the Obama administration.

“There are a lot of good people out there who want to support their family and don’t have a job. Jobs tops everything but the deficit is a serious second,” he says.

He also senses a deep anxiety among his constituents about the country’s future and the feeling that America may not be great anymore. “We’ve been spending we don’t have for 20 years,” he says.

So far this year Perriello has held 13 town meetings and by the end of the summer recess he will have done 20. Last year he did 25.

He’s hoping that kind of hard work and outreach will be enough to buck the tide and defeat Republican challenger state Sen. Robert Hurt.

When I ask him what he thinks is going to save him in this tough year he replies with one word, “conviction,” and says he will “fight like hell” for what he thinks is right.

“When I take a position, I don’t hide,” he says. “I make the case on what I think is right. I think people think this guy gets it–he fights for us.”

Read more at politics.usnews.com

 

(H/T Not Larry Sabato)

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Breaking: Malcolm Kelly Reinjures Hamstring

Unbelievable. Has any NFL player had a worse training camp and/or preseason?

Washington Redskins receiver Malcolm Kelly pulled his left hamstring again Monday, a major setback in his bid to make the opening day roster, while Donovan McNabb and Clinton Portis remain unable to practice with sprained ankles.

Kelly reinjured the hamstring in his first full practice since the early days of training camp. He first pulled the hamstring while working out with McNabb in Arizona the week before camp began.

“I don’t know the extent of it,” coach Mike Shanahan said, “but I know it’s not good.”

The third-year receiver had been hoping to use Thursday’s preseason finale against the Arizona Cardinals as his one chance to show the new coaching staff he should remain on the team. His absence from four weeks of practices has seen him fall on the depth chart in a crowded receiver competition, and he is now a candidate for injured reserve.

McNabb again wore a compression stocking on his left leg Monday as he watched the team’s workout. Neither the veteran quarterback nor Portis is expected to play Thursday, even if healthy, because Shanahan usually doesn’t play starters in the final preseason game.

Shanahan said that McNabb and Portis are day to day, but teammates expect both to play in the season opener against the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 12.

“I know Donovan’s character,” receiver Devin Thomas said. “He’s a fighter, and I’m sure he’ll be ready.”

McNabb’s injury has hindered his development as he learns a new offense after 11 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles.

“The more somebody practices, the more in rhythm he’s going to be,” Shanahan said. “We all understand that. But we understand he’s got an ankle injury and he’s getting treatment and as soon as he’s ready to go, we’re going to get him ready.”

Fullback Mike Sellers (sprained left knee) and linebacker Perry Riley (sprained right ankle) also sat out practice. Receiver Joey Galloway was absent for personal reasons.

Read more at www.washingtonexaminer.com

 

What We Saw at Restoring Honor Rally (Video)

Reason TV has a video look of what they saw during the large (hundreds of thousands) Restoring Honor rally on Saturday at the Lincoln Memorial. The aim of the event, explained Glenn Beck, was to “come celebrate America by honoring our heroes, our heritage and our future.”

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Weekly GOP Address: Marco Rubio (Video)

Marco Rubio, former Speaker of the House in Florida, is running for the U.S. Senate. He currently leads the serial flip-flopper Charlie Crist and Rep. Kendrick Meek by 10 points.

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Get to know this guy because he is a rock star. In case you were wondering if the GOP is for repealing Obamacare, wonder no more. November is coming.