The Republican Party “betrayed” its own candidate, Ken Cuccinelli, in the race for Virginia governor, says radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, claiming party leaders want to make New Jersey’s Chris Christie the GOP frontrunner for president in 2016.
“It’s a shame what happened to Ken Cuccinelli,” the top conservative voice said in his post-election analysis Wednesday. “He was betrayed by his own party. … Here was their chance to have a Republican governor in the state of Virginia, and they didn’t care.”
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The March 14 Statement on Religious Freedom and the HHS Mandate, issued by the Administrative Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, calls the Obama contraception mandate “unjust and illegal.”
It’s a powerful statement, worth reading in its entirety, but here’s a key part of the statement:
The exemption is not merely a government foray into internal Church governance, where government has no legal competence or authority-disturbing though that may be. This error in theory has grave consequences in principle and practice. Those deemed by HHS not to be “religious employers” will be forced by government to violate their own teachings within their very own institutions. This is not only an injustice in itself, but it also undermines the effective proclamation of those teachings to the faithful and to the world.
This statement by the Catholic bishops comes nine days after release of a report by nine state attorneys general on 21 violations of law by the Obama administration that the AGs are currently fighting.
Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said President Obama and his deputies are “the greatest set of lawbreakers that have run the federal government in our lifetimes.”
The United States has suffered through leaders who violate laws here and there, and some more than others, but who generally respected the constitutional rule of law, or at least paid lip service to it.
So many of the methods and acts of governing employed by President Obama and his administration violate the constitutional rule of law that we must conclude the intent of his offences — at law called mens rea — is to govern in large part by violating our paramount law when that law is inconvenient to his agenda. His pronouncements, such as he can’t wait for Congress to act so he will, show that his very methods of governing are based in a brazen contempt for the Constitution.
This is not criminal. It is, however, wholly unacceptable for a President of the United States.
America will not — cannot — stand for such contempt for our fundamental and paramount law. The recent statements by the Catholic bishops and state attorneys general show that major institutions in America and their leaders are beginning to acknowledge that our lawbreaking POTUS lacks the legal and moral legitimacy to remain in office.
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A Republican delegate in Maryland plans to introduce legislation to protect Maryland’s borders not from undocumented workers, but from rodents.
Del. Pat McDonough, R-Baltimore, will at an afternoon news conference roll out his Rat Trafficking Act, which would bar the D.C. government “and any other entity from trafficking rats and other vermin into Maryland.”
McDonough’s move will come after a flurry of attacks against the District’s Wildlife Protection Act of 2010, which mandates that animal control companies use humane methods when handling animals. Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli set off the firestorm when he publicly worried that the law would lead to a mass relocation by exterminators of D.C. rats into his state.
The law, though, exempts most rodents from its purview and allows companies to pursue four options with animals they’ve trapped, including relocation — but only with the property owner’s permission — and euthanasia.
In an advisory announcing his plans, McDonough slammed the Wildlife Protection Act.
“This insane law obviously places Maryland and Virginia at risk for an invasion of out-of-state rodents,” the release said. “We must protect our borders.”
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