Monday, February 20, 2012

GOP needs to sober up

The Virginia Republican party may need to sober up concerning its new majority status. Richard Amrhine has some details on their over-reach.

Who knew... that the assembly session coincided with open season on the poor? The prime example is the double-barreled attack on poor women, by making legal abortions more difficult to obtain while threatening the legal availability of certain contraceptives. If you want to reduce abortions, solution No. 1 is to make birth control, in any of its many forms, more readily available. 

This is common sense to all but the most narrow-minded, such as Del. Robert G. Marshall (R-Prince William), whose "personhood" measure establishes human life at the instant of conception, making certain birth control options out of bounds. Let's point out here that similar "personhood" legislation failed in Mississippi. In Mississippi. 

Another initiative aimed at denying women, poor women in particular, a safe and legal abortion is the ultrasound bill that would require women to pay for the costly and unnecessary procedure before an abortion could take place. And the ongoing push to regulate women's health care centers out of existence? Why not take up all the roads to reduce traffic accidents?

Amrhine's disgust is not limited to radical left wing socialist journalists. Many of the general assembly's movements may also disgust a commonwealth whose population was very satisfied with the direction of Richmond before the GOP obtained a slight majority.

Olympia Meola details the findings of a new Christopher Newport University/Richmond Times-Dispatch survey.

The survey indicates that the electorate is satisfied with the direction of the state and with the status quo on several key matters before the legislature. For example, majorities oppose requiring state workers to pay more toward their pensions and a measure defining life as beginning at conception.

Of the 1,018 registered Virginia voters polled Feb. 4-13, 66 percent want the one-gun-a-month restriction to remain and 31 percent favor repeal. A signature law from former Gov. L. Douglas Wilder's administration, it was enacted in 1993 in response to interstate gun-trafficking problems on the East Coast.

Legislation to repeal the law has won approval in both chambers and is headed to Gov. Bob McDonnell's desk. He's expected to sign it.

Another measure that could reach the governor would require women to undergo an ultrasound before having an abortion. Of those polled, 55 percent say they oppose the requirement and 36 percent support it. The House and Senate have passed versions of the legislation.

Governor McDonnell is riding a nearly 60 percent approval rating and is a leading candidate for the VP spot on the GOP presidential ticket this fall. I wonder if he hopes some of these issues don't make it to his desk?

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