Three Residents of Albemarle County, Dr. Charles Battig, Charles Winkler and Vic Pena, call for Chris Dumler to resign from Board of Supervisors for misdemeanor sexual battery.
JUST HOW ARROGANT IS CHRIS DUMLER TO STATE: " I AM THINKING OF SIGNING THE PETITION MYSELF."......... He needs to go!!!......
(2) Despite Petition, Dumler Not Worried for his Position - Daily Progress - Removing elected officials is a difficult task in any state, particularly Virginia, where the criteria are few and narrowly defined.
That might explain why embattled Albemarle County Supervisor Christopher J. Dumler shrugged off the petition drive calling for his removal following his guilty plea to misdemeanor sexual battery.
"I am thinking of signing the petition myself," he said.
The petition is based on Section 24.2-233 of the state code, which stipulates, among other things, that a judge, under petition from voters, may remove an elected official who has misused his office or has been convicted of a drug or hate crime. The section does not cite sex crimes.
"I have read the code section, and it seems that the question that is being called is whether I have been neglectful of my duties, and I am happy to answer that question any day, any time," Dumler said........Del. Rob Bell, R-Albemarle, said the state code perhaps should be reviewed to add sex crimes to the list of misdemeanors for which voters can petition to remove an official.
"It is probably something we have to look at," Bell said. "It is too late, obviously, for this calendar year, but it is something we could look at in future sessions."
That would not address Dumler's case but would address future cases like his.
Bell joined a chorus of calls urging Dumler to step down.
"This is the kind of crime where I think that it is appropriate that the official resign," he said. Read more.........
(3) Religious Liberty: Virginia Senate Passes Bill on College Group Membership 21Y, 18 N - The Virginia Senate has passed legislation that would allow religious or political organizations at public colleges to restrict membership to people who agree with their mission. Colleges would be prohibited from denying recognition to such groups.
Opponents said Monday that the legislation essentially sanctions discrimination by taxpayer-funded groups. Democratic Sen. Creigh Deeds of Bath County said it conflicts with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld a California law school's refusal to recognize a religious organization that excluded gay students. Republican Sen. Mark Obenshain of Harrisonburg called it a "freedom of association bill." He said it's about allowing religious groups to limit membership to people of the same faith.
The vote was 21-18. A similar bill sponsored by Obenshain previously passed the Senate and is pending in the House.
(4) A Property Rights Revolution for 2013 - American Thinker - HB1430 - The Boneta Bill - A previously apolitical organic farmer in Virginia has set off a property rights revolution that would make Founders Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and author of Virginia's Declaration of Rights George Mason proud.
Martha Boneta had a business license for her tiny farm store in scenic Paris, Virginia, yet she was threatened with fines of up to $5,000 per violation per day for selling organic tea and wool products crafted from her rescued animals, and for hosting a birthday party for eight 10-year-old girls.
Officials from Fauquier County using zoning ordinances to bully Mrs. Boneta never obtained a warrant nor set foot on her property to gather actual evidence. Instead a county bureaucrat relied on unscrupulous, unlawful methods to make these charges against Mrs. Boneta. Her store remains closed out of fear of further uncertain charges carrying even criminal penalties. The bullying bureaucrat ignored due process of law and American rules of evidence because she thinks she is the law, which is a common phenomenon used to intimidate citizens into forfeiting their rights. Read more.......
(5) White House Weighing How Many Executive orders President Obama Can Reasonably Get Away With - Hot Air - The White House, apparently miffed by the inaugural speech’s general reception as grossly out-of-touch and aggressively liberal, is all set to “pivot” back to jobs and the economy in the president’s State of the Union address on Tuesday night — meaning that we’ll once again have the honor, nay, the privilege to hear all about Obama’s old-and-tired “we need to tax the wealthy even further to finance the government ‘investments’ that will spur economic growth” balanced approach, or something.
But all of those hyper-progressive promises on climate change, immigration, and etcetera are still very much at the forefront of his agenda, and even if those dastardly obstructionist Republican lawmakers won’t allow big moves on them through the legislative channels, no doubt the White House wants everyone to Rest Assured that they are actively Doing Something to act where Congress refuses to cooperate. Ergo, it’s back to the ol’ executive-order and agency-rulemaking playbook. Read more..........