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NYT On The Inexcusable Evil Of Self-Defense

22 November 2006 | Crime | 1 Comment

A New York Times editorial takes aim at S 4057, Senator Allen’s bill to allow defensive firearms to be carried in National Parks just as they are currently allowed in National Forests. As one would expect the NYT editorial whines a variant of “blood in the streets”, and then makes the claim that the […]

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More From Rishell

22 November 2006 | Jeanette Rishell, 50th HOD District | 5 Comments

My wife received a “Thank-You” letter from Jeanette Rishell last night.  For those of you who have forgotten, Rishell was Jackson Miller’s opponent in the last election.
The letter is fairly standard stuff.  Rishell is grateful for my wife’s support and thinks the campaign was a great success.  Other than the part where they lost.
The last […]

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PWC Dems Announce Occoquan District Caucus

22 November 2006 | PWCDC | 2 Comments

The PWC Democrats have set December 2nd as the date for their caucus to select a nominee for County Supervisor of the Occoquan District, in anticipation of a Special Election that they expect to occurr in January. The filing deadline for candidates is November 29th, and there is a $2,000 filing fee requirement. […]

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Don’t Make Me Do This

21 November 2006 | Virginia Politics | 16 Comments

There has been a lot of electrons wasted lately (most recently here) on discussions of improving the potentially suspect reliability of electronic voting systems by adding another potentially suspect system of generating paper receipts for voters. In case that actually comes to pass, I’d like to detail how I plan on destroying all confidence […]

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More Goofiness From Fairfax

21 November 2006 | Fairfax County, Crime | 4 Comments

The DC Examiner reports that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will again ask for the ability to restrict the lawful posession of firearms into buildings used by the police department. Fairfax has unsuccessfully tried this in the past, but hopes that this summer’s tragedy outside of the Sully station in Chantilly will help […]

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Thoughts on the Future of Elections

21 November 2006 | Virginia Politics | 8 Comments

The past couple of elections seem to reveal some trends that, I think, will have profound impacts on how elections are won in the coming years, both in Virginia and nationally.
First of all, voter participation has risen about 10 points above historic norms. A non-presidential national election used to have about 40% turn out. […]

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The Unending Fight Against Spam

21 November 2006 | Blogs | 4 Comments

Over the past several months I’ve been in a tough battle against spammers who have discovered BVBL and think it’s a neat place to have “spambots” post comments on articles advertising everything from toys to adult content. I get about fifty of these a day right now, and the spam comments greatly exceed the […]

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Milt Johns To Run For PWC School Board Chair

20 November 2006 | Prince William County | 2 Comments

I got an email today which invited me to an event where Milt Johns will announce his candidacy for the Prince William County School Board. Since it’s likely that current Board Chair Lucy Beauchamp is running for Clerk Of The Court, any current member looking to take her spot will likely have to get […]

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Daddy, What’s An Election?

19 November 2006 | Humor & Satire | 4 Comments

A few months ago my four year old asked me what an election was. Fortunately I had excellent, age-appropriate reference material in the form of “Duck For President”, by Doreen Cronin. Here’s how it starts:
Running a farm is hard work. At the end of each day, Farmer Brown is covered from head to […]

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State Budget On The Horizon

18 November 2006 | Virginia Politics | 3 Comments

Pretty soon there’s going to be a discussion regarding the Governor’s revenue and spending proposals for the next legislative session. Without a doubt, we’re going to hear that we need to raise taxes in order to fund transportation needs despite a current budget surplus. As we heard last year, I expect all sorts […]

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Lucy Beauchamp To Announce

17 November 2006 | Prince William County | 13 Comments

I got this tonight:

Clerk of the Court
Serving Prince William County, City of Manassas, City of Manassas Park
Join supporters for an
Announcement on
November 30, 2006
6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.
Buckhall Fire Department
7190 Yates Ford Road
Lucy will be a compelling candidate, and it’s still possible that Michele McQuigg […]

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S 4057 Rolling Forward

17 November 2006 | US Senate | 5 Comments

As reported by our friends over at SpankThatDonkey, Senator Allen has introduced a bill which would allow gunowners to carry their firearms in National Parks just as they now can in National Forests and State parks. Today I’ve learned that S 4057 has been introduced as promised and is now pending in the Energy […]

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An Interesting Scenario

17 November 2006 | Prince William County | 1 Comment

There’s been some discussion over the past few months about a proposed new half-million volt power line that would run through parts of Warren, Fauquier and Prince William Counties which has been proposed by Dominion Power and Allegheney Power. The stated reason for that proposal has been that there will be a supply and […]

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On Anklebiting the RPV

16 November 2006 | Virginia Politics | 4 Comments

Shaun Kenney has a good post about how it might not be advisable to air RPV’s dirty laundry, and while he provides some useful guidance about keeping “insider baseball” actually on the inside, he may be missing the point. Most of us couldn’t give a whit about what’s discussed at State Central, because nothinig […]

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Gainesville Town Hall With John Stirrup

15 November 2006 | Prince William County | 1 Comment

Gainesville Supervisor John Stirrup will be holding his quarterly District Town Hall Meeting Thursday, November 16th from 7:30 to 9:00 PM at the Alvey Elementary School. The school is at 5300 Waverly Farm Drive, Haymarket VA 20169.
This meeting will have the new Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors Corey Stewart as a special […]

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More On Kopko

15 November 2006 | PWCRC | 11 Comments

I posted a few comments last week to the effect that Tom Kopko, Chairman of the Prince William County Republican Party, should step down.  I stand by that assessment.  In addition to publicly embarrassing his candidates, alienating good volunteers who don’t share his rigid orthodoxy, and his outrageous manipulation of Party conventions, we now have […]

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Chichester Death Spiral Watch

15 November 2006 | 28th VA Senate | 3 Comments

John Chichester, the Virginia elected official voted “most deserving of a primary challenge” by BVBL has recently added to the laundry list of reasons for removing this embarrassment from elected office with his notion that the General Assembly is working too hard and too long. After relentlessly pushing for tax raises, stonewalling a compromise […]

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Manassas City Council Outlook

15 November 2006 | Manassas City | 11 Comments

With the election of Jackson Miller to the House of Delegates and his swearing in at the end of this month, the competition for an appointment to the City Council is heating up. Here’s the outlook on the contenders for that seat:
Steven Thomas, acting Chairman of the Manassas City GOP is the BVBL favorite […]

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Faisal Gill To Run For HOD?

14 November 2006 | 51st HOD District | 17 Comments

Longtime readers of Black Velvet Bruce Li may recall Steve Chapman’s spokesperson and legal advisor Faisal Gill, who provided us with some of the most entertaining political quotes of 2006. Tonight I’ve learned that the ever-amusing Faisal Gill is planning to run as a candidate for the 51st District of the House of Delegates, […]

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English-Only Manassas?

14 November 2006 | Illegal Aliens | 25 Comments

I’ve gotten some emails from readers who are looking at next steps in the fight to control illegal immigration. Other localities engaged in the fight have taken some measures which are drawing significant legal scrutiny, and it may be a good idea to let those questions move through the courts before trying to adopt […]

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