March 30, 2009
Dear Fellow Virginians,
Today, Gov. Kaine signed two big bills of mine: 1) SB 817, which included the “Choose Life” license plate, and 2) SB 1431, my anti-Real ID bill.
Today is also the 18th anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Reagan by John Hinckley, Jr.
“Choose Life” Plate
As readers of The Compass will recall, my bill to establish a Choose Life license plate died on a tie vote in the Senate Transportation Committee. However, I amended SB 817 on the floor of the Senate to add the Choose Life license plate to the bill. The vote in favor of my amendment was 20-19… it doesn’t get any closer than that!
Over in the House of Delegates, the bill got out of their Transportation Committee 10-7.
With the passage of this bill, Virginians can purchase the Choose Life license plate for $25 each year, with $15 to be divided among 40 crisis pregnancy centers around Virginia. These centers, and the volunteers that work there, are on the front lines of the fight for life – trying to help women at the very moment when they are most desperate. In some cases these centers provide medical care, while they all provide spiritual and material assistance. And they all try to make the choice for life a reality for women being pulled in many directions at once, all while struggling with the toughest situation in their lives.
Please pray for all of these volunteers and for pregnant mothers everywhere. And… go to your DMV and get yourself a Choose Life license plate!
Thanks to the many, many volunteers who did so much work to make this plate a reality.
Fighting Real ID
The other notable bill of mine that the Governor approved today was SB 1431, my bill that blocks Virginia from complying with Real ID provisions that would compromise any Virginian’s economic or private data (e.g., fingerprints).
This is part of fighting back against an over-reaching federal government. We still have lots more to do in this regard…
Also, a key part of my original bill was included as an amendment to – of all people – Sen. Yvonne Miller’s SB 1046. That provision flat out illegalizes the use of computer chips and RFID chips in Virginia drivers licenses and identification cards.
18 Years Ago Today, We All Got A Scare…
…When John Hinckley, Jr. shot President Ronald Reagan and three others outside the Washington Hilton Hotel. Among the numerous doctors that worked on President Reagan that day was Dr. Samuel Spagnolo.
Dr. Spagnolo lives near Fredericksburg, and he has endorsed us in this race! A little history-endorsement connection for today.
Among President Reagan’s numerous quips that day, my personal favorite was in the operating room, Reagan remarked, “Please tell me you’re all Republicans.” And you have to give credit where it’s due, Dr. Giordano, a liberal Democrat, replied, “We’re all Republicans today.”
Donate Please – Right Away!
Please donate today! March 31st is the last day in the current financial reporting period, and we’ve lost two months to our competitors because I couldn’t raise money during the legislative session. So, please help us catch up in the fundraising race today- click here and donate TODAY! We need your donations to keep our campaign reaching out across Virginia!
Come On Board!
I want to personally ask each of you that have not already done so to join our team. All you need to do is send Noah@Cuccinelli.com an email and let us know you’re willing to help us win the convention on May 30th! We’d love to have you on board, and we sure do need your help, as we need LOTS of volunteers!
I’ll see you on the campaign trail!