As Ken Cuccinelli moves from full-time to part-time Attorney General while still drawing his full-time salary, it is arguable that perhaps he can do less harm if he is on the job for fewer hours. But keep in mind that he is using his time away from work to campaign to be Governor of Virginia, where he will expand his influence. He has already wasted Virginia taxpayers’ money and time closing down women’s clinics with useless requirements, suing the federal government over Obamacare, and pursuing a UVA professor to silence research on climate change. Now he is pursuing his political goals on the clock in a whole different way: Virginians are paying him to be Attorney General while he campaigns to be Governor. In this video he is 40 minutes late for a meeting in the interest of Virginia children and schools, out campaigning when he should be taking care of business:
Ken Cuccinelli has not served us well as Attorney General, he is now drawing full-time pay and working part time, and he would not do us any good as Governor.
I believe that the worst indictment of what Romney and Bain did is in the response — or lack of response — to questions from workers.
If Gov. McDonnell signs the bill into law, Virginia will become the first state in the nation to confer legal personhood to an embryo.
Feb 13, 2012 Richmond – House Republicans capped a month-long slew of divisive social-issue legislation Monday with the advancement of HB1, a bill that confers legal ‘personhood’ at the moment of conception. Without a subcommittee hearing, the bill emerged from the full Courts of Justice Committee late Friday night – the last possible time for new legislation to be considered during the current session.
“Yet another extreme bill on a social issue emerges, and House Republicans saved the most controversial one for last,” remarked House Democratic Leader David Toscano (D-Charlottesville). “This is another example of misplaced priorities. House Democrats are focused on education, economic opportunity, and transportation while the GOP continues to push a narrow, divisive agenda.”
“This bill requires every single code section in Virginia that uses the word ‘person’ to apply to a fetus,” said Del. Jennifer McClellan (D-Richmond), a member of the Courts committee. “That opens families and doctors to a wide variety of criminal and civil lawsuits for health care decisions not only in cases of unwanted pregnancies, but every pregnancy and even miscarriage.”
“There are over 25,000 references to ‘person’ in the Virginia Code, and numerous untold impacts upon the laws of the Commonwealth as a result of the passage of HB1,” said Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria), another member of the Courts committee. “This bill will affect everything from the laws of inheritance to redistricting. It is unfortunate that the proponents of HB1 did not listen to or address our concerns.”
House Republicans also rejected a floor amendment by Del. Vivian Watts (D-Fairfax) to ensure that contraception would remain legal under HB1. Measures similar to HB1 were recently voted down at the polls in Mississippi, Colorado, and other states. If Gov. McDonnell signs the bill into law, Virginia will become the first state in the nation to confer legal personhood to an embryo.