Home-schoolers Ask Governor to ‘Let Us Play’

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Del. Rob Bell, R-Charlottesville, and home-schoolers in front of the Virginia Governor’s Mansion. (Photo by Margaret Carmel)

Margaret Carmel | Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Supporters of home-schooled students playing sports in public schools unleashed their secret weapon at the Virginia Capital on Wednesday – home-schoolers themselves.

Home-schooling advocates and their children gathered in the state Capitol to hear remarks from Del. Rob Bell, R-Charlottesville, and Sen. Tom Garrett, R-Lynchburg, the sponsors of legislation commonly called the “Tebow bill.”

Afterward, the home-schoolers and parents signed a large card urging Gov. Terry McAuliffe to sign the legislation into law. The group presented the message to the front gate guard at the Governor’s Mansion. Continue reading

End Dangerous Sanctuary Policies in Virginia

Earlier this month, the Virginia Senate passed critical anti-sanctuary city legislation, Senate Bill 270 (SB 270). SB 270 prohibits localities from enacting any ordinance, procedure, or policy that restricts the enforcement of federal immigration law, and strips funding from any locality that nonetheless adopts a sanctuary policy. Now, SB 270 is waiting to be considered in the full House Committee for Courts of Justice (it has already successfully passed the Criminal Law Subcommittee). We need your help to advance SB 270 through the Virginia House of Delegates!

Please call the House Committee for Courts of Justice Chair David Albo at and ask him to bring SB 270 to a full committee vote. Continue reading

Thanks to Him, GOP Will Have an Open Primary

Pastor Stephen Parson endorses presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally earlier this month. Image via Right Side Broadcasting.

Pastor Stephen Parson endorses presidential candidate Donald Trump at a rally earlier this month. Image via Right Side Broadcasting.

Matt Chaney | Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Dr. Stephen Parson just wanted to vote in the presidential primary for the candidate he thought was right for him and the country. That candidate, he said, is Donald Trump. And that meant voting in Virginia’s Republican primary.

But this was back in December, and Parson faced a problem: To vote in the state’s March 1 GOP primary, voters were told they had to sign a loyalty oath stating, “I am a Republican.” And Parson considers himself an independent.

So a little over a month ago, Parson sued the Republican Party of Virginia and the State Board of Elections to get the oath removed. Parson lost the legal battle but won the war: Because of the controversy, authorities rescinded the loyalty oath. As a result, any registered voter will be able to cast a ballot in the GOP presidential primary on Tuesday. Continue reading

Presidential Horse Race 2016: Humpty Dumpty Marco Rubio Falls off the Wall

(Publisher’s Note: Virginia Free Citizen does not endorse any candidate and find most politicians dubious- (James 1:8) and there is a laundry list of reasons not to vote for any of the candidates in any party right now)

Jeffrey A. Rendall | ConservativeHQ160225HumptyDumpty

All the establishment’s endorsements and all the establishment’s men can’t force conservatives to believe Marco Rubio ever again.

The guy just can’t win – literally – and no amount of blather and reassurance from all of Rubio’s establishment friends will convince us otherwise.

And no matter how hard we try to convince him, “Humpty Dumpty” Rubio won’t get off that wall until he eventually falls – which will be soon if the delegate numbers and momentum are any indication. Continue reading

Crossover Day: What’s Alive and Dead as Bills ‘Cross Over’

Virginia General Assembly Photo Credit Richmond Justice InitiativeSarah King | Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Wednesday marked the midpoint of the General Assembly’s session – colloquially referred to as “crossover day.”

From this day forward, the House can consider only bills passed by the Senate, and the Senate can consider only legislation passed by the House.

That is why lawmakers were in a frenzy through Tuesday trying to get their bills through their chamber of origin. Now is a good time to take stock of what measures have “crossed over” and are still alive – and what proposals are dead for the session.

Still alive: These bills may become law Continue reading


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