The Cuccinelli Compass
Below is Senator Cuccinelli's latest email update:
Dear Fellow Republicans,
Well, we FINALLY have a budget. Iâ€™m not comfortable with how much the government is growing, particularly given that we did not shift more of our spending over to transportation. HOWEVER, we did NOT raise taxes and we did finish before the end of the fiscal year.
Our fiscal year ends on June 30th â€“ Friday! We literally came within days of starting our next fiscal year without a budget (that has never happened in the 387 year history of the Virginia legislature). Thankfully, all parties came to an agreement before we went over that cliffâ€¦ one that Gov. Kaine would have been perfectly happy to see us careen over as he sat back and laughed at the GOP-controlled legislature.
We are scheduled to go back on July 24th to continue the discussion about transportationâ€¦ stay tuned!
The rest of the Cuccinelli Compass is continued below, check it out to see the good Senator discuss his 5 potential challengers and the Democrats' first test-poll in preparation for 2007, and then click here to support one of Northern Virginia's finest.
[Cuccinelli Compass continued...]
Testing, Testing, 1, 2, 3
My parents moved to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania about 20 years ago. I refused to leave this Commonwealth. We swap political material all of the time. Hereâ€™s a charming little test that I recently swapped with them. If you try the question, itâ€™s surprisingly useful in identifying Dems and Republicans.
Hereâ€™s the test:
Are you a Democrat, Republican or just from Pennsylvania? The answer can be found by posing the following situation and question:
You're walking down a deserted street with your wife and two small children. Suddenly, an obvious criminal with a huge knife comes around the corner, locks eyes with you, screams obscenities, raises the knife, and charges at you.
You are carrying a Glock 40 cal, and you are an expert shot. You have mere seconds before he reaches you and your family.
What do you do?
Well, that's not enough information to answer the question!
Does the man look poor! Or oppressed?
Have I ever done anything to him that would inspire him to attack?
Could we run away? What does my wife think? What about the kids?
Could I possibly swing the gun like a club and knock the knife out of his hand?
What does the law say about this situation?
Does the Glock have appropriate safety built into it?
Why am I carrying a loaded gun anyway, and what kind of message does this send to society and to my children?
Is it possible he'd be happy with just killing me?
Does he definitely want to kill me, or would he be content just to wound me?
If I were to grab his knees and hold on, could my family get away while he was stabbing me?
Should I call 9-1-1?
Why is this street so deserted? We need to raise taxes, have a paint and weed day and make this a happier, healthier street that would discourage such behavior.
This is all so confusing! I need to discuss with some friends over a latte and try to come to a consensus.
BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! Click.....
(sounds of reloading).
BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!BANG! click ...
Daughter: "Nice grouping, Daddy! Were those the Winchester Silver Tips or Hollow Points?"
Son: "You got him Dad! Can I shoot the next one?"
Wife: "You are not taking that to the Taxidermist!"
They Have Already Begun!
This week the Dems ran their first test-poll on me in preparation for the 2007 election. After getting through the pleasantries of Bush, Allen and Webb questions, they tested my favorables and tested FOUR potential Democrat candidates against me (and Iâ€™m aware of at least one other in addition to those four). This is extemely early for this sort of activity, and it indicates that the Dems are going to spend a lot of effort and money trying to take this seat.
We will need your help to hold this seat. The Dems believe that they have a shot at taking back a majority in the Senate, while that is not very likely in the House. Thus, they are already focusing their fire on my seat as one of their top targets for 2007. We are starting our door to door campaign now in selected areas of the district and combining our efforts with distributing literature for Sen. Allen, Cong. Wolf and Cong. Davis. If you are willing to help with this effort, please contact us at Ken4Sen@Cuccinelli.com .
If you canâ€™t join us to pass out literature and talk to voters, please consider making a generous contribution to our campaign online by clicking here. Your help is much needed and always appreciated! Also, the filing deadline is Friday, June 30th. So, if you donate today, you can help our campaign look as strong as possible to the liberals that think weâ€™ll be easy to beat! I hope that youâ€™ll help us show our strength now, by donating today!
Thank you in advance for your generosity. Please donâ€™t wait, our filing deadline is this week.
Well, last session we could not get a bill to protect property rights in Virginia. This morning I stood with a bi-partisan group of legislators and others to announce our â€œCore Principlesâ€ that will guide any legislation that I support on this issue in the 2007 session. I will also make an attempt to amend our Constitution to re-establish property rights to its proper status as a foundational constitutional protection for all Virginiains.
Here are the principles that we announced today:
â€œVirginia should respect the fundamental, constitutional right to own property and our legislature must protect our citizensâ€™ right to their homes, farms, businesses and other property. We recognize schools, roads, utilities and other historically public uses as uses where government may need to exercise the power of eminent domain.
The power of eminent domain should be limited to:
1.Prohibit Kelo-type abuses such as the taking of one personâ€™s private property to be transferred to a developer, government entity or third party for purposes of employment, economic development or an increase in tax revenues.
1a) Incidental effects of a taking, including but not limited to effects on employment, economic development or tax revenues, should not be taken into consideration when determining whether a taking is necessary for a public use. Alleged public uses that are a pretext for employment, economic development or tax revenues should not be allowed.
1b) However, the fact that a taking necessary for a genuine public use may effect employment, economic development, or tax revenues shall not be a basis to invalidate the taking at issue.
2. Prohibit citizensâ€™ homes, farms, and businesses from being taken for blight when their property is not blighted and is not a threat to public health and safety.
3. Re-establish property rights to its equal position with other fundamental constitutional rights, as they were when the founding fathers established our constitutional system in Virginia. This would return property rights to the same level of protection as other fundamental constitutional rights, such as the freedom of speech, freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, and the right to vote.
4. Protect property owners by recognizing that just compensation must be full compensation, and that if property owners are not protected from abusive takings and low offers and are required to pay appraisers, real estate brokers, attorneyâ€™s fees or court costs when their property is taken by eminent domain, then those costs must be reimbursed if the property owner shows that the offer was below the full value of the property taken. Furthermore, business losses resulting from takings by eminent domain must be included in just compensation.â€
One year after the Kelo case, Ms. Kelo and another neighbor, 81 year old Mr. Cristofaro are still holding out against their local government. Here is a quote from the June 8th Christian Science Monitor on Susette Keloâ€™s situation, one year after the Supreme Court decision in the Kelo case:
â€œ[This month,] the New London City Council voted 5 to 2 to authorize the city attorney to obtain a court order to seize and demolish the homes of Susette Kelo and Michael Cristofaro.
Ms. Kelo's pink cottage at 8 East Street and Mr. Cristofaro's house a few blocks away have become symbols of defiance for property rights activists nationwide. And it is unclear what might happen should bulldozers suddenly arrive in the neighborhood.
"If I have to handcuff myself to the house I am willing to do that," says Mr. Cristofaro. "My father is 81 years old and he says he will cuff himself to the house."
Supporters have been phoning nonstop from around the country, Cristofaro says. Some are pledging to form a protective human chain around his home, if necessary.
New London Mayor Elizabeth Sabilia says it is time for the city to move forward with its plan to develop the proposed hotel and office complex. "We're seeking possession of the property," she says.
But the mayor adds that the council is still open to negotiations. "If they want to keep talking about it, we will," she says. "What is not an option is returning the deed to the former owners."
This reminds me of a famous quote from George Washington: â€œGovernment is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force; like fire, a troublesome servant and a fearful master. Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action.â€
A fearful master indeedâ€¦ that is why the Republican Creed says, among other things, â€œâ€¦ Government must preserve individual liberty by observing constitutional limitations.â€
If you are willing to help us in our grassroots effort to convince all of our legislators, Republicans and Democrats, to ensure that property rights are once again protected in the manner envisioned by George Mason and James Madison, then please email us at Ken4Sen@Cuccinelli.com and let us know of your interest, and weâ€™ll let you know how you can help!
There will be plenty more on this subject as the year progresses.
Have a wonderful 4th of July!
Senator Ken Cuccinelli
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