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New PAC seeks to oust anti-choice legislators in Virginia

Former Virginia lawmakers announced on Monday the formation of the Women’s Strike Force, a new political action committee aimed at defeating state lawmakers who have pushed for legislation to prohibit or restriction a woman’s ability to terminate her pregnancy. “The steps that have been taken by lawmakers in Virginia and…

Anti-abortion ‘personhood’ bill advances in Virginia

PORTSMOUTH, Virginia (Reuters) – Virginia lawmakers took a step toward outlawing abortion on Tuesday by approving “personhood” legislation that grants individual rights to an embryo from the moment of conception. The Republican-controlled House of Delegates voted 66-32 in favor of defining the word person under state law to include unborn…

Heart-wrenching testimony kills Virginia abortion regulation

A so-called “fetal pain” bill was voted down by a Senate committee in Virginia on Thursday after a woman gave an emotionally gripping testimony about how she decided to terminate a pregnancy after the proposed 20-week cutoff date. Tara Schleifer, 42, told Virginia lawmakers that at week 17 of her…

Hinckley is a ‘danger’ if released: psychiatrist

John Hinckley’s tendency to lie and his isolation increase the risk that he presents a new danger to society after 30 years of confinement for shooting president Ronald Reagan, a psychiatrist told a federal judge. The judge is reviewing Hinckley’s case to decide whether to expand the conditional release rights…

Some Americans preparing for ‘civilization’s collapse’

(Reuters) – When Patty Tegeler looks out the window of her home overlooking the Appalachian Mountains in southwestern Virginia, she sees trouble on the horizon. “In an instant, anything can happen,” she told Reuters. “And I firmly believe that you have to be prepared.” Tegeler is among a growing subculture…

Perry’s petition ‘oops’: Nearly half of Virginia signatures struck down

Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) has not had an easy go of it this campaign season, but his latest gaffe might be the worst yet. In a spectacular failure of organizational prowess, the Virginia Republican Party announced this week that both Perry and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) failed…

Skeleton-Santa crucifix defaced in front of courthouse

During a debate about public decorations at a courthouse in Loudoun County, Virginia, someone decided to set up an odd holiday display: A skeleton dressed as Santa Clause, hanging on a cross. But even before it could spark much attention, someone knocked it down and the owner came and took…

Archaeologist traces Pocahontas wedding site

Archaeologist William Kelso is certain he’s discovered the remains of the oldest Protestant church in the United States, standing between two holes he insists once held wooden posts. In 1614, Pocahontas was “married right here, I guarantee,” Kelso told AFP at the Jamestown, Virginia archeological site southeast of the nation’s…

Swing state music, Round 1: Virginia

To make this blogathon more fun, I thought I would give you all some music videos to listen to, honoring the musical legacy of our great swing states. Because nothing makes me feel more like a patriot than thinking of American pop music, which is truly an amazingly rich, diverse…

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