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A Tale of Two Mandates

An applicable individual shall for each month beginning after 2013 ensure that the individual, and any dependent of the individual who is an applicable individual, is covered under minimum essential coverage for such month.

At least 24 hours before the performance of an abortion, a qualified medical professional trained in sonography and working under the supervision of a physician licensed in the Commonwealth shall perform fetal transabdominal ultrasound imaging on the patient undergoing the abortion for the purpose of determining gestational age.

Two mandates; one from a piece of legislation championed by Democrats, one from legislation championed from Republicans. The first is the individual healthcare mandate from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and the second is the ultrasound mandate from HB 462, recently signed into law by Gov. McDonnell.

Both are examples of an overreach in the government’s authority to compel behavior.

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Written by Coby Dillard

March 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Black History and the Republican Party : Peter Boulware

Peter Nicholas Boulware (born December 18, 1974) is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons. He played college football for Florida State University, and was recognized as an All-American. A first-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in the 1997 NFL Draft, he played his entire pro career for the Ravens.

Boulware was a Republican candidate for the Florida House of Representatives in the 2008 general election.

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Black History and the Republican Party : James Meredith

I did a series highlighting notable African American Republicans back in 2009. I think it’s important-especially during Black History Month-to look back and see the longstanding connection to conservatism in the black community, in a effort to try to rebuild those relationships that have, over time, been lost. -Coby

James H. Meredith (born June 25, 1933) is an American civil rights movement figure, a writer, and a political adviser. In 1962, he was the first African American student admitted to the segregated University of Mississippi, an event that was a flashpoint in the American civil rights movement. Motivated by President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, Meredith decided to exercise his constitutional rights and apply to the University of Mississippi. His goal was to put pressure on the Kennedy administration to enforce civil rights for African Americans.

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Future Conservatism, Revisited

Four years ago, I wrote a piece here called, “Future Conservatism: A Counterinsurgency Strategy for 2009 and Beyond.” In that, working under the assumption of a McCain/Palin loss, I looked at three things I felt the GOP needed to do to, as I put it, “evolve and maintain their relevance.”

Well, let’s see how we did. Here’s the three things, and a progress report.

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Written by Coby Dillard

January 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

On the Foolishness of the Virginia Presidential Primary (UPDATED)

I was hoping that, on the first day of the new year, I’d wake up and all the foolishness that was going on within RPV would just be a really bad joke. You know, the whole ‘new year, new start” thing…or maybe someone was trying to make a very long “New Year’s Fool” joke.

Didn’t happen.

As it stands right now, Rick Perry-joined by Newt, Bachmann, Santorum and Huntsman-are all suing to join Romney and Ron Paul on the Virginia primary ballot. AG Cuccinelli has stepped in, saying that he will introduce emergency legislation to make that so. Meanwhile, RPV might (more on that “might” later) require everyone who votes in the primary to sign a loyalty oath, declaring that they WILL support the Republican nominee for president this fall, whoever that person may be.

Let’s tackle these in order, shall we?

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For George Allen

Last week, I was listed on a list of Tea Party activists and supporters who endorsed George Allen in his race for the Republican Senate nomination in Virginia.

While I don’t necessarily feel compelled to “explain” my endorsement, I’m going to…if for no other reason than people should hear from me-and not from people who I rarely speak to or, worse, don’t know me at all-how I came to the conclusions I did. So, here’s the why, and the “what’s gonna happen from here”.

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Written by Coby Dillard

November 25, 2011 at 8:30 am

Fiscal Responsibility 101

Beginning this fall, the State of Virginia will require all high school students to take a course in personal finance.

The General Assembly recently voted to require every public high school student to pass a personal finance class before being eligible for graduation.

The above article goes on to discuss how local-to-Charlottesville schools are debating over 1) whether the government should mandate such a class, and 2) how it can be taught when, apparently, there was no funding in the state budget for it.

I’ll get to those…but first, an additional perspective.

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Written by Coby Dillard

May 8, 2011 at 9:00 am