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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America react to Liberty University students denouncing Jerry Falwell, Jr. for making the school synonymous with Donald Trump. They also discuss reports of Trump pulling mostly or entirely out of Virginia, making his road to victory more difficult. They have fun with the Clinton team’s contradictory explanations for all the embarrassing emails coming out from Wikileaks. And they they note Bob Dylan’s winning of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Paul Ryan, the Scam PACs, and a Failure of Conservative Journalism

 

Paul RyanPaul Ryan will convincingly win his primary election tomorrow. This has never really been in question: Ryan was never going to be “Cantored.” Not only are the two men different — Ryan is a more skillful politician, more popular, more grounded in the district he represents — but their challengers are different, and the political terrain is strikingly different. It doesn’t take a detailed knowledge of Virginia or Wisconsin to understand these things, only a basic familiarity with each states’ politics that any remotely serious journalist or politico can figure out. Any news source or influential figure who has been selling the idea that Ryan is likely to lose, treating Paul Nehlen as more credible than Ryan’s last primary challenger, or drawing a shallow comparison to Eric Cantor’s defeat should be considered less than reliable. They’ve done nothing to defeat Ryan. They have simply enabled a scam.

Cantor’s defeat was a surprise but not a mystery, and serious analysis would put it in context of the confusing, frustrating mess that is Virginia Republican politics. The last disastrous year of the McDonnell administration and the Cuccinelli-Bolling primary left a bitter taste. A new citizen trying to learn the ropes discovers the typical unhelpful mainstream-media coverage, a semi-conservative paper or two, and a few feuding blogs run mostly by political operative types, all claiming the “conservative” mantle and tearing the others down. I learned much about arcane feuds over party procedure, not very much about actual policy debates, and ended thoroughly disenchanted with both the “establishment” and “tea party” sides. There are some solid conservative leaders in Virginia, but the conservative political environment is muddled, divisive, and distrustful. It is a perfect environment for a revolt against an out-of-touch DC insider. Dave Brat was a local credible candidate seizing on widespread local frustrations. If the same causes led to Trump’s Virginia win, local results do not quite match up: on March 1, Marco Rubio won 35 percent to Trump’s 32 percent in the 7th congressional district. Brat’s home turf doesn’t fit any simplistic narrative.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Feds Investigating VA Gov. Terry McAuliffe for Campaign Contributions

 

Clinton_McAuliffeBreaking news from CNN:

Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the FBI and prosecutors from the Justice Department’s public integrity unit, U.S. officials briefed on the probe say.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. “Hi, What Did You Do with the Confederacy?”

 

MercyStreetPosterwSawboneI live in Alexandria, VA, a close-in suburb of Washington. On a good day, I can be in DC in 10 minutes. On a great day, I wouldn’t be in DC (rimshot). I love it here, though. According to our local blog, Red Brick Town, “Alexandria, Virginia is the Most Liberal City in Virginia.” I live in a section of town called Del Ray, which is the tip of the liberal iceberg. I like to call it a hippie commune, with multiple yoga studios, holistic medicine practitioners, and coffee shops mere blocks from each other. One of the coffee shops has a Moms Demand gun control sign in their window. As a pretty hard right conservative, I don’t fit in at all, but, that is pretty much the story of my life.

Recently, I started taking water aerobics at the local YMCA. As a 44-year old man, I am 1) the youngest in the class and 2) the only guy. Not a problem as everyone is kind and welcoming, probably because I haven’t told any of them I work for NRA News. The only time I felt awkward was yesterday, when I couldn’t contribute to the classwide discussion of hot flashes. I just stared at the wall and prayed that it would end.

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Virginia’s Attorney General today announced that his state is, as of February 1 of 2016, canceling its Concealed Carry reciprocity with 25 states, including my own state of Ohio. His stated reasons are outright lies and fabrications, but his real reason for canceling the permit reciprocity is pure and simple spite. Democrats cannot, at this […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Liberty University Allows Concealed Carry in Residence Halls

 

shutterstock_324614162Liberty University — the Lynchburg, Virginia school where Ted Cruz launched his campaign for president — announced that they are repealing a rule that prohibits firearms in residence halls. This isn’t a ground breaking change, as Liberty has previously allowed concealed carry on campus:

Liberty has allowed students, faculty and staff — who have the proper state permits — to carry concealed guns on campus since 2011, Falwell said, a measure taken in response to the 2007 massacre at nearby Virginia Tech. He obtained a permit himself in 2013. Under Virginia law, residents may obtain a concealed-carry permit if they are 21 or older. About 950 people at Liberty now have concealed-carry permits, Falwell said. He said hundreds more in recent days have signed up for a training course to get a permit.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. I’m Supporting This Loser. Who’s With Me?

 

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Carl Loser, not just another boy named Sue.

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Those of us in the Commonwealth of Virginia who take our ability to defend ourselves and our ability to keep and bear arms seriously have had to put up with the ridiculous behavior of not just our committed enemies in the federal government, but also with those in the state government. Delegate Joe Morrissey is […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. How Likely Is an Eric Cantor Write-In Campaign?

 

130424_eric_cantor_ap_605Rep. Eric Cantor of Virginia, the second-ranking House Republican, lost to Tea Party candidate David Brat by a stunning 11 points. National Democrats are now hoping Cantor will run as a write-in candidate in the general election, which, according to the Wall Street Journal, is allowed under state law, as long as he doesn’t run as an independent.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi said the American people should take notice because the Tea Party victory has pulled the Republican Party further to the “radical right.” The truth is, of course, that the Tea Party isn’t radical at all with its emphasis on limited government (I know, truly extreme stuff). Pelosi and her ilk are the ones who have pulled the Democratic Party to the radical left, especially with its maniacal devotion to amnesty—and establishment Republicans haven’t done enough to stop them. Virginians in District 7 have sent a clear message that they’ve had enough.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. First-in-the-Nation Law in Virginia Bans Unconstitutional Campus ‘Free Speech Zones’

 

On Friday, April 3, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe signed a first-of-its-kind bill that effectively designates all outdoor areas on Virginia public campuses as public forums. This has the practical effect of not allowing campus speech to be quarantined into ‘free speech zones.’ I wrote a column announcing the news over at The Huffington Post:

Students in Virginia might be surprised to know that the open areas on campus were not already public forums, but the Virginia state legislature has made it official. The bill, authored by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter, passed both houses of the Virginia General Assembly unanimously. My organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), urged the passage of the bill, and FIRE’s own Joe Cohn testified on behalf of the legislation in hearings in both legislative houses.

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The Roanoke Times reports that Virginia “GOP” ex two time(-ing) Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, who freaked out when the GOP decided that the GOP should decide their own nominee rather than the usual suspects and famously withdrew his name and support from the process and resulting candidates claiming he had been denied his just turn […]

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