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Judge Hudson’s Right Wing Ties

Today a federal judge in Virginia, responding to a suit filed by the state’s far-right Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, ruled that a key part of health care reform was unconstitutional. The judge, Henry E. Hudson, said that the Constitution’s “interstate commerce clause” does not provide the federal government the right to implement a mandate to make sure that everyone has health insurance coverage. A different federal judge in Virginia dismissed a similar suit brought by Liberty University against the reform law only two weeks ago.

Judge Hudson was first appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1986 to be US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and in 2002, George W. Bush appointed him to serve as district court judge for Virginia’s Eastern District.

According to disclosure forms, Judge Hudson reported collecting “dividends” totaling anywhere from $5,000 to $15,000 from Campaign Solutions over a five year period of 2003 to 2008. Campaign Solutions later acknowledged that Hudson has owned stock in the firm since it was founded.

Campaign Solutions has a long record of working with conservative organizations and Republican candidates, including none other than Ken Cuccinelli. As the Alliance for Justice points out, “Campaign Solutions, has done work for a host of prominent Republican clients and health care reform critics, including the RNC and NRCC (both of which have called, to varying degrees, for health care reform’s repeal).”

Along with Cuccinnelli, who was elected Attorney General in 2009, Campaign Solutions worked for John McCain and Bush’s presidential campaigns, the notorious Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, and the Judicial Confirmation Network (since renamed the Judicial Crisis Network). In fact, Campaign Solutions was behind the establishment of the JCN, which was founded to support George W. Bush’s conservative judicial nominees and coordinate activities right-wing organizations, especially with Religious Right groups, although the JCN has since changed its name and works to oppose the confirmation of Obama’s nominees.

In 2008, The New Republic found that the JCN “publicly consists of two employees, a post box, and a website” and was “originally created in November 2004 by Becki Donatelli, a Republican PR doyenne who chairs Campaign Solutions (the firm used by Bush-Cheney ‘04, McCain 2008, the RNC, the NRCC, and even the 527 Vets For Freedom).”

As reported earlier today, according to legal expert Tim Jost, who has been following the many health care reform decisions being issues, “This decision is very defective and will be reversed by the appellate court or the Supreme Court."

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • FRC hails the Supreme Court for allowing the continued enforcement of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
  • Ken Cuccinelli says President Obama is worse than King George.
  • Housewives of God.
  • Newt Gingrich says conservatives need to "replace the left."
  • Peter LaBarbera, like David Barton, thinks the government ought to be regulating gay sex.
  • And finally, behold the on-going futility of debating Bryan Fischer:

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Here is the text [PDF] of the remarks Newt Gingrich delivered at Liberty University today. It is pretty much what we have come to expect from him.
  • Speaking of ridiculous nonsense, Dinesh D'Souza was on "Wallbuilders Live" today discussing "The Roots of Obama's Rage."
  • Ken Cuccinelli will be joining Brent Bozell, Grover Norquist, Tony Perkins and others for an election night celebration hosted by Richard Viguerie and Morton Blackwell.
  • Day Gardner and the National Pro-Life Union endorse Randall Terry acolyte Missy Smith.
  • Also, support for reproductive choice is proof that the "communist philosophy is still alive today."
  • Oklahoma needs to pass the anti-Sharia initiative because there is a "huge pocket of terrorist organizations operating out of Oklahoma" right now! 
  • Finally, CBN's David Brody has a message for Christians: "Start marching to a tea party near you. There's a seat waiting."  Just keep that in mind next time CNN let's him pose as a "journalist."

Right Wing Leftovers

  • A Florida appeals court struck down the state's ban on gay adoption and Liberty Counsel does not approve.
  • Did you know that Christine O'Donnell's S.A.L.T used to be closely affiliated with Rob Schenck's Faith and Action?
  • Speaking of O'Donnell, looks like she has hired the same attorneys who represented Harry Jackson in his fight against marriage equality in Washington DC.
  • And speaking of Harry Jackson, he says President Obama and the Congressional Black Caucus are are trying to "keep naive African Americans on the political plantation through the mid-term and next presidential elections."
  • Rep. Pete Sessions has reportedly dropped out of attending the Log Cabin Republican fundraiser.
  • Ken Cuccinelli thanks Mike Huckabee and HuckPAC for thanking him.
  • Finally, every member of Glenn Beck's "Black Robe Brigade" is an apostate.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • FRC rejoices over the defeat of the effort to repeal Don't ask Don't Tell.
  • Over the weekend, Sharron Angle spoke at Utah’s Freedom Conference, an event co-sponsored by the John Birch Society.
  • Tim Scott tells CBN's David Brody that there is no racism in the Tea Party movement.
  • Gov. Bob McDonnell, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will all speak at Virginia's first annual Tea Party Convention next month.
  • You can now add Rep. Paul Ryan to the list of conservatives saying there might be a need to call a "truce" in the culture wars.
  • Jerry Falwell, Jr. supports efforts by VA Gov. Bob McDonnell's plan to privatize the state's liquor monopoly.
  • Finally, I find it hilarious that FRC is outraged that Republicans would speak to the Log Cabin Republicans just days after FRC gave a prime speaking slot to notorious bigot Bryan Fischer.

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • Gov. Bob McDonnell has now been confirmed as a speaker at the Values Voter Summit.
  • Tony Perkins again warns the GOP not to abandon social issues.
  • Shockingly, people on the Right are not happy about the revelation that Keh Mehlman is gay.
  • Bryan Fischer says ... well, it's Bryan Fischer, so you know what he says.
  • Mike Huckabee asks you to join him in thanking Ken Cuccinelli for fighting health care reform.
  • Newt Gingrich is listed on this new list of confirmed speakers for Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom conference.
  • You know what America needs?  A new documentary featuring Bryan Fischer, Janet Porter, Wendy Wright, Phyllis Schlafly, Cliff Kincaid and others explaining how Obama is turning this nation into a Communist state:

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Fischer Offers A Novel Argument For Ignoring Federal Court Decisions

I love it when right-wingers suddenly start screaming about the Constitution and jurisdiction and the like whenever they think doing so will justify ignoring a court ruling they don't like. 

The latest post from Bryan Fisher is a case in point:

Although tyrannical judge Susan Bolton won’t like to hear this, her federal court is referred to in the Constitution as an “inferior” tribunal. She certainly has given us no reason to doubt the appropriateness of that term in her case.

The problem here is that the Constitution plainly gives “original jurisdiction” to the Supreme Court in “all cases...in which a State shall be Party.” That’s from Article III, Sec. 2. You could look it up.

The state of Arizona is without question a party in this suit. The named defendants are:

“State of Arizona; and Janice K. Brewer, Governor of the State of Arizona, in her Official Capacity.”

...

The bottom line here is that Judge Bolton does not have the slightest constitutional authority even to hear this case, let alone issue misbegotten and ill-informed rulings on it.

My hope continues to be that Arizona will follow the Constitution, ignore Judge Bolton’s ruling, which has no legal weight, and implement the law as written by the elected representatives of the people of Arizona. Why should they allow themselves to be dictated to and pushed around by this petty, little tyrant of a judge who didn’t even have the right to receive this case in the first place?

Apparently the decision is meaningless because Judge Bolton did not have the authority to hear the case as the Supreme Court has "original jurisdiction" in "all cases...in which a State shall be Party."

Does that mean that the federal judge who yesterday refused to dismiss Virginia's lawsuit challenging health-care reform likewise has no constitutional authority and that his decision carries no legal weight and can be ignored? 

After all, Virginia is clearly a party to this lawsuit: "Commonwealth of Virginia v. Kathleen Sebelius."

Fischer can look it up. 

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Right Wing Leftovers

  • The ACLJ isn't just opposing Islam at home, they are opposing it abroad as well.
  • The Washington Post has a long profile of Ken Cuccinelli.
  • Peter LaBarbera is still complaining that I accused him and his allies of hating gays ... and then turns right around and calls the Gay Liberation Network a "radical homosexual hate group."
  • Randall Terry blasts Priests for Life and Americans United for Life as "useless; they are collaborators with the baby killers themselves."
  • I will never understand why people who get caught saying something stupid try to claim that they never said exactly what they were caught saying.
  • Larry Klayman has absolutely no reason to believe that the judge in the Arizona immigration case was pressured by the Obama administration, but that is not going to stop him from launching a fishing expedition.
  • Finally, the Liberty Counsel continues to serve as the law firm of choice for woman seeking to keep their former partners away from their children because "Ohio law, like nature, makes no provision for a child to have two mothers."

Right Wing Round-Up

  • The Advocate: Court Deals Blow to DOMA.
  • Sam Stein: Sharron Angle's Advice For Rape Victims Considering Abortion: Turn Lemons Into Lemonade.
  • Adele Stan: Tea Party Think Tank Headed By Clarence Thomas' Wife Makes Common Cause With Militia Guru Larry Pratt.
  • Steve Benen: Cuccinelli's Unique Approach to the Law.
  • Wonk Room: Stephen Moore Advocates Raising Taxes On The Poor To Finance Tax Cuts For The Rich.
  • TPM: Vitter Claims Disgraced Staffer Didn't Work on Women's Issues; Records Say Otherwise.
  • Mother Jones: The Bond Villains at the Jerry Falwell Museum.
  • Think Progress: Gov. Lingle Compares Same-Sex Marriage To Incest, Doesn’t Realize Cousins Can Marry In Hawaii.
  • Finally, I am on vacation until Monday, July 19, so posting will probably be sporadic/non-existent. But I don't expect that the Religious Right to say or do anything crazy between now and then, so it'll be fine. But on the off chance that they do and you want to drop us a line and let us know, you can do so here.

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  • PFAW: PFAW Statement on Day One of the Kagan Hearings.
  • Think Progress: After Slamming ‘Activist’ Judges, Sessions Criticizes Kagan As Insufficiently Activist.
  • Adam Serwer: A Guide To the Kagan Smears. Also, Adam has a new blog, so check it out.
  • Huffington Post: Jan Brewer: Most Illegal Immigrants Are Smuggling Drugs.
  • Wonk Room: Cuccinelli Dismisses SCOTUS Precedent, Says 14th Amendment Not Designed To Protect Gay People.
  • Mike Tidmus: Another atheist billboard defaced.
  • Americans United: Traveling With ‘The Family’: Secretive Evangelical Group Bankrolled Overseas Trips For Members Of Congress, Newspaper Says.
  • Steve Benen: What Does Barber Mean By "We"?
  • Good As You: National Org. For Marriage conclusively linked to Louis 'gays want prostitution, pedophilia, and polygamy' Marinelli.

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Guess who is confirmed for the next Values Voter Summit?  The Duggars!
  • We can all rest easier now that the Ohio Legislature has banned animal-human hybrids.
  • VA Gov. Bob McDonnell said AG Ken Cuccinelli’s office was entirely responsible for the decision not to join 48 other states in filing a supporting legal brief on behalf of Albert Snyder, the father of a Marine killed in Iraq. Westboro Baptist Church of Kansas picketed the Marine’s funeral.
  • James Dobson has endorsed Bob Vander Plaats in the Iowa GOP primary for Governor.
  • Rob Schenck has been named the first chaplain for the Capitol Hill Executive Service Club.
  • Finally, the quote of the day from Sen. Orrin Hatch: "Gays and lesbians don't pay tithing, their religion is politics."

Right Wing Leftovers

  • Rand Paul won Republican Senate nomination in Kentucky last night.
  • Richard Viguerie calls Paul's win a "major vote of no confidence in Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell."
  • Curt Levey of the Committee for Justice suggests that Arlen Specter's loss will make him more likely to vote against Elena Kagan.
  • Isn't it amazing how the views of all women seem to so closely mirror the views of Concerned Women for America?
  • Guess what? Conservative leaders now say they never really trusted Charlie Crist.
  • Last night, Ken Cuccinelli spoke at a fundraiser for a Virginia abstinence education group.
  • Sitting through this could quite possibly be the most unpleasant experience imaginable.
  • Finally, the quote of the day from Alan Keyes on why gays shouldn't be able to get married: "Why are parents and their children forbidden to marry one another? Cut to the chase and the answer is simple. The right to marry includes legal recognition (legitimization) of the married couple’s right to have sexual relations with one another. But it is wrong for parents to have sexual relations with their children. It’s wrong for siblings to have sexual relations with each other. It’s wrong for adults to have sexual relations with underage children. Obviously, unless Mrs. Bush means to argue that these restrictions are unjustified, a committed loving relationship is not enough to establish that people “ought to have” the right to marry."

Right Wing Leftovers

  • FRC is now officially on the record as calling for Elena Kagan's defeat, mainly because she's not anti-gay.
  • According to The Hill, Democrats are turning to the Religious Right in an effort to pass immigration reform and climate change legislation.
  • 800 Virginia scientists and professors have signed a letter asking Ken Cuccinelli to drop his subpoena for documents related to the work of climate scientist Michael Mann.
  • You know how not to teach a geometry lesson on angles? By using an example involving the assassination of the President of the United States.
  • Richard Land has received the Phillip E. Johnson Award for Liberty and Truth from "Biola University during an event that focused on the future of the Intelligent Design movement." That is quite an impressive honor.
  • Finally, Andrew Breitbart calls Rep. Michele Bachmann a "warrior for Judeo-Christian and foundational American values." I have nothing to add to that.

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  • Alan Colmes: Texas Governor Perry: Oil Spill An “Act Of God That Cannot Be Prevented”.
  • Think Progress: Cuccinelli ditches censored lapel pins, blames the media for making them a ‘distraction.’
  • TPM: Cuccinelli Probe Of Climate Scientist Blasted As 'Witch Hunt'.
  • Bilerico: Marco Rubio Flexes Anti-Gay Muscles & Headlines Florida Family Policy Council Dinner.
  • Bill Berkowitz: 'Freedom Rides for the Unborn' coming down the pike.
  • Raw Story: Oath Keepers founder slams conservative media ‘hypocrisy’.
  • Steve Benen: 'Teabaggers' Discover Political Correctness.

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  • Jim Burroway: Lou Engle Praised Uganda’s Anti-Gay Bill.
  • Think Progress: Cuccinelli channels John Ashcroft, censors Roman goddess’ clothing on the Virginia seal.
  • Evan Hurst: Regina Griggs Crying “Discrimination” Again.
  • Wendy Norris: Anti-Choice Groups Condone "Biblically Justified" Violence Against Gays, Women.
  • Andy Birkey: Pawlenty signs evangelical book deal.
  • News Hounds: Mike Huckabee: The Reporter Made Me Say Those Things About Gay Marriage And Adoption.
  • Media Matters: "Sabotage!" Right-wing media respond to oil spill by dreaming up conspiracy theories.
  • St. Cloud Times: "While 6th District U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann has developed a reputation as a champion for cutting government spending, reports show her own 2009 congressional staff salary budget mushroomed by $176,868 — a whopping 26.4 percent from her 2008 staff budget, even though her congressional workload didn’t appear to change."
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Cuccinelli Posts Archive

Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 04/13/2011, 5:27pm
The Family Research Council announces that Ken Cuccinelli has been confirmed for the next Values Voter Summit. Tim Pawlenty is officially running for president ... just not officially. Hey, they found the nails used to crucify Jesus. Apparently California Christians need an amendment to the state constitution guaranteeing that they are free to "share Christianity without the persecution that comes with it."  Huh? Finally, Cindy Jacobs is apparently "Dr. Cindy Jacobs."  At least, that is how she introduced herself in her latest video. MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 03/15/2011, 10:04am
Ken Cuccinelli was profiled on "The 700 Club" today where he suggested that God made him Attorney General of Virginia so that he could protect the Constitution from President Obama: Cuccinelli said he has a passionate interest in protecting the Constitution and that it's no coincidence he's serving as attorney general right now. "I do think there is a plan unfolding and I'm part of it. I'm happy to be part of it," he told CBN News. "One of my goals for myself is to try to be part of it. And not to deny His will as best I can discern it." His Catholic faith helps... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Wednesday 02/23/2011, 6:37pm
Rick Santorum defends the Crusades. Ken Cuccinelli is scheduled to speak at Regent University. As promised, Randall Terry's crew was arrested at Speaker John Boehner's office today, though Terry himself was not. Mike Huckabee needs to make up his mind about how easy it will be to beat President Obama in 2012. For some reason, the ACLJ has been very silent on their loss in their suit against health care reform. Matt Barber says that everyone who doesn't realize that Muslims are out to enslave us all are "idiots." Finally, John Hagee explains... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 01/31/2011, 5:54pm
On the heels of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell late last year, Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall declared that he was going to introduce legislation that would ban gays and lesbians from serving in the Virginia National Guard. Now Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has weighed in, saying that the state can do so ... provided that it is willing to fund the militia entirely on its own: Virginia would have to establish and fully fund its own independent militia if it wanted to ban gays from its National Guard force, Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli says ...Cuccinelli said he could... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Monday 01/31/2011, 5:54pm
On the heels of the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell late last year, Virginia Delegate Bob Marshall declared that he was going to introduce legislation that would ban gays and lesbians from serving in the Virginia National Guard. Now Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has weighed in, saying that the state can do so ... provided that it is willing to fund the militia entirely on its own: Virginia would have to establish and fully fund its own independent militia if it wanted to ban gays from its National Guard force, Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli says ...Cuccinelli said he could... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 01/14/2011, 2:04pm
Earlier this week, we noted that the Freedom Federation had announced that its next "Awakening" conference will take place in April at Liberty University and that organizers have invited dozens of Religious Right leaders as well as Republican leaders like Ken Cuccinelli, Michele Bachmann, Marco Rubio, Alan West, Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich, and Mike Huckabee. But one of the Religious Right activists who is not listed is Cindy Jacobs, who is not only a member of the Freedom Federation but was featured on stage during last year's conference along with Richard Land and Samuel Rodriguez... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Friday 01/14/2011, 2:04pm
Earlier this week, we noted that the Freedom Federation had announced that its next "Awakening" conference will take place in April at Liberty University and that organizers have invited dozens of Religious Right leaders as well as Republican leaders like Ken Cuccinelli, Michele Bachmann, Marco Rubio, Alan West, Mike Pence, Newt Gingrich, and Mike Huckabee. But one of the Religious Right activists who is not listed is Cindy Jacobs, who is not only a member of the Freedom Federation but was featured on stage during last year's conference along with Richard Land and Samuel Rodriguez... MORE >
Kyle Mantyla, Tuesday 01/11/2011, 2:42pm
Anti-choice activists are hosting a rally outside the Virginia capitol on Thursday at which VA Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and representatives of the Virginia Family Foundation were scheduled to participate ... that is until they found out the rally was designed to pressure Gov. Bob McDonnell to place tighter restrictions on women's clinics. Upon learning that, Cuccinelli and the VA Family Foundation dropped out: Both Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) and the conservative Family Foundation declined to participate in an anti-abortion rally scheduled for Thursday outside... MORE >