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Virginia | August 3, 2021

VA Sheriffs Pull Endorsement of Democratic AG Over ‘Defund’ Movement

Virginia | August 3, 2021

Virginia attorney general Mark Herring (D.) wrongly touted the endorsement of two local sheriffs who instead backed Herring’s GOP opponent, citing the Democratic Party’s push to defund police.

Herring released an endorsement list Monday that included Smyth County sheriff Chip Shuler and Dickenson County sheriff Jeremy Fleming. In a Monday afternoon statement, Shuler said Herring’s endorsement list “erroneously listed my name,” adding that Herring “should know because I left the Democrat Party in the same way they left law enforcement.”

“I am now a proud member of the Republican Party because I see that they are the party that stands with and supports law enforcement,” Shuler said. “Let me be clear—in the race for Attorney General, not only will I be endorsing Republican Challenger Jason Miyares, but I will be casting my ballot for him in November.”

Herring deleted the initial endorsement announcement, releasing an updated list Monday night that removed Shuler but included Fleming. The Dickenson County sheriff responded by issuing a Tuesday statement endorsing Miyares and accusing Herring of abandoning law enforcement “over the past eight years.”

“As the extreme wings of the party degraded us and called for us to be disbanded and defunded, Mark Herring did nothing—he left us defenseless and unsupported,” Fleming said. “This is why despite my political affiliation with the Democrat Party, I am publicly endorsing Jason Miyares for Attorney General—NOT Mark Herring.”.. (Excerpts from Washington Free Beacon)

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Virginia | August 3, 2021

Law Professor with Naturally Acquired COVID Immunity Battles George Mason University’s Strict Vaccine Mandate

Virginia | August 3, 2021

A George Mason University law professor with naturally acquired immunity from COVID is fighting against his employer’s strict COVID vaccine mandate.

Antonin Scalia Law School Professor Todd Zywicki, who recovered from a bout with COVID and has blood tests showing antibodies to the virus, said he will not agree to the university’s policy that employees get the vaccine or face numerous sanctions.

“George Mason is forcing me to choose between serving my students on one hand and undergoing an unnecessary and potentially risky medical procedure on the other,” Zywicki said in a statement.

“Multiple clinical studies have shown that natural immunity provides at least as much protection against reinfection as the most effective vaccines—and unquestionably more protection than less-effective vaccines from China and elsewhere that university policy approves,” said the law professor, who has taught at GMU since 1998.

At issue is a policy that “requires all unvaccinated faculty and staff members, including those who can demonstrate natural immunity through a prior COVID-19 infection, to wear masks on campus, physically distance, and undergo frequent COVID-19 testing,” according to the New Civil Liberties Alliance, which represents Zywicki… (Excerpts from the Tennessee Star)

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Virginia | August 2, 2021

Chase leads the movement for election audit protest at the General Assembly

Virginia | August 2, 2021

State Senator Amanda Chase (R-Chesterfield) is a lead organizer with the movement to protest the General Assembly’s special session in an attempt to encourage state lawmakers to order a forensic audit of the 2020 election. Joe Biden won Virginia by 10 points last year and there has not been any evidence of voter fraud taking place in the Commonwealth.

“I’ve spoken to so many frustrated Virginians who have had enough,” Chase wrote on Facebook Sunday afternoon. “They’re getting their signs ready and tomorrow they will show up!”

A spokesperson for Chase says that the idea came to fruition after she visited the election audit process being put on by the Republicans in Arizona. After three months of auditing, Republicans in Arizona have found no evidence of voter fraud.

poll in June showed that 74% of Republicans supported state-level efforts to review the 2020 presidential election results. 51% believed the reviews will uncover information that will change the election’s outcome. The issue looks to remain prominent with Virginia Republicans as their statewide candidates are scheduled to speak at an “election Integrity Rally” this month… (Excerpt from Virginia Scope)

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Virginia | August 2, 2021

Category: National University Refuses to Rehire Math Professor Who Criticized Slavery Reparations

Virginia | August 2, 2021

Saint Joseph’s University will not renew its contract with math Professor Gregory Manco despite the fact that a three-month investigation into his Twitter history found he had not violated any campus policies.

Manco has been a non-tenured assistant professor of math at Saint Joseph’s since 2005 and also a volunteer assistant baseball coach, but tweets in February criticizing slavery reparations and racial bias training had prompted the probe even though he used an anonymous account.

He was put on administrative leave during the probe. Its outcome, announced in May, determined Manco could not be found guilty of violating any policies, citing “insufficient evidence.”

Saint Joseph’s University told The College Fix that the decision not to renew Manco’s contract was transactional and based on the needs of the university.

“The University evaluates academic staffing needs each year and awards or renews contracts to visiting professors on an as-needed basis,” spokesperson Gail Benner told The College Fix. “A non-renewal does not affect an individual’s eligibility for future employment opportunities with the University.”

While the investigation was underway, a petition supporting Manco “from cancel culture” had garnered more than 1,000 signatures.

Manco, for his part, told The College Fix this week that he is talking to his lawyer and hopes to appeal the decision and continue teaching at Saint Joseph’s.

“I never should have been investigated for my contractually protected extramural speech,” he and, “I surely should not have been pulled out of the classroom for 11 weeks on top of it.”

Manco said he worries that the dispute will harm his professional reputation and remains convinced the decision was politically motivated…. (Excerpts from Virginia Star)

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Virginia | July 30, 2021

Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Youngkin Proposes Spending on Taxpayer Relief, Businesses, Education, and Public Safety

Virginia | July 30, 2021

 Glenn Youngkin announced his $5.8 billion plan for spending Virginia’s surplus revenue and federal American Rescue Plan Act [ARPA] funds at a press conference Thursday morning. The list include $1.5 for taxpayer and family relief; $2.6 billion for jobs, small business, and broadband; $1.2 billion for education; and $0.5 billion for public safety and mental health.

“Thanks to the McAuliffe-Northam failures, the murder rate in Virginia is at a 20-year high. Our economy has fallen behind, jobs have come back slower, and our cost of living is way too high. Our schools are underperforming, and as a result, taxpayers, families, seniors, and our children are suffering,” Youngkin said. “The change we need will not come from a failed politician with stale ideas that he failed to deliver when he had his chance as governor.”

Governor Ralph Northam has spent the week announcing his spending proposals for the nearly $4.3 billion in ARPA funds to be allocated in a General Assembly special session beginning on Monday. His investment week announcements include some overlap with Youngkin’s proposals, including money for the unemployment insurance (UI) fund, spending on behavioral health, and law enforcement spending. Northam’s announcements so far have also included spending on HVAC for schools and water quality improvement… (Excerpts from the Virginia Star)

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Virginia | July 28, 2021

Youngkin: Virginia Kids Need To Be In Classrooms With No Masks

Virginia | July 28, 2021

The covid-19 pandemic has been a clarifying era in modern American politics. We have learned the absolute power Democrat governors will seize and wield against us if given the opportunity.

In California, even the ultra-radical 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found Democrat Gavin Newsom had gone to far and acted unconstitutionally by shutting down private schools in the name of the public health emergency he declared and keeps declaring on a daily basis almost a year and a half later.

For that and many other examples of incompetence, belligerence, and outright corruption, Newsom is facing an existential threat to his once-promising political career with a recall effort and special election scheduled for September. …

(Excerpts from Towhall.com)

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