House votes to defund Planned Parenthood

By SaraRose Martin

Capital News Service

RICHMOND – The House of Delegates voted Tuesday to defund Planned Parenthood despite protests by women’s rights advocates on the Capitol grounds and in the House chamber.

On a 60-33 party-line vote, the House approved HB 2264, which would cut off federal Title X funding for Planned Parenthood and any other groups that perform abortions in Virginia. The organization says loss of the funding would “significantly undermine” services at its five clinics in the state.

About a dozen protesters lined the sidewalk at Capitol Square on Tuesday morning as legislators walked from the General Assembly Building to the state Capitol. They held signs declaring “I Stand with Planned Parenthood” and “Stop the War on Virginia Women.” Continue reading

First veteran hired for Military Medics Program

By Jessica Nolte

Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Gov. Terry McAuliffe celebrated Monday the announcement of Virginia Military Medics and Corpsmen Program’s first hire, Jeffery Filler.

The Virginia MMAC program is the first of its kind in the nation. The program employs veterans, giving them the opportunity to utilize their medical training acquired during active duty service.

“This is important, this is the next step when we talk about what we need to do to make Virginia the most veteran friendly state in American,” McAuliffe said. Continue reading

Richmond Mayor Renews City’s Protection of Illegal Immigrants

Executive Order Sanctuary

President Trump issued an Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States on January 25 of this year. Sanctuary jurisdictions across the United States willfully violate Federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United States. These jurisdictions have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic. (Full Executive Order Here)

By Mary Lee Clark and Megan Schiffres

Capital News Service

RICHMOND – Richmond is joining a national movement to protect immigrants and refugees in light of recent presidential executive actions.

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney signed a mayoral directive Monday reaffirming his commitment to protect and promote the safety of all members of the community regardless of their immigration or refugee status.

The directive is a response to protests and a petition with about 1,400 signatures asking Stoney to take action against President Trump’s executive order issued Jan. 25 that blocks funding to sanctuary cities, which are jurisdictions that limit law enforcement cooperation with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Continue reading

Mayor Declares the City of Richmond a Welcoming City with Sanctuary Flavor, Februay 6, 2017

Editor’s Note: The Mayor has not declared a sanctuary in the legal, but this is a political statement and the crafting of an “open arms” or “welcoming community” to illegal aliens and an afront to the law abiding citizens of Richmond and the state of Virginia

Mayoral Directive

I hereby direct the Chief Administrative Office of the City of Richmond to take all necessary and appropriate measures to ensure that all departments under her supervision observe and adhere to the following policies: Continue reading

Rogue Federal Bureaucrats Threaten Trump’s Agenda

Fred Lucas | The Daily Signal

Recent scandals in the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Internal Revenue Service demonstrated that it’s almost impossible to fire federal employees, many of whom reportedly intend to go rogue by not implementing President Donald Trump’s agenda.

Conservatives are hopeful the time has come for civil service reform that would rein in this permanent class of government workers who have voiced outright hostility to the new administration. Some have even called it the “fourth branch of government” or “alt-government.” Continue reading


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