I also hope you will pass my proposal to prohibit fundraising activity both in regular and special sessions. Right now, the only thing that makes special sessions special is that we can still raise money.
Additionally, this session is our opportunity to adopt the commonsense position that people who sit on boards or commissions should be prohibited from voting on matters that benefit themselves, their family members or their business partners.
In recent decades, the average tenure has been 26 years. Some critics call the Court's system "the framers' mistake." Many believe that this was not something intended or envisioned by the Founding Fathers and have called on Congress to amend the Constitution.
The proposal I endorse is staggered 18-year terms. Every two years, the president would appoint a justice, so that a one-term president would name two Supreme Court justice. There are myriad solutions for these justices' life tenures, such as completing their work on a federal court once their 18-year tour is through.
Cuccinelli: Strongly Agree
Marshall, who led the House fight against Thorne-Begland's confirmation, said he opposed the nominee because as a Navy officer 20 years ago, Thorne-Begland spoke out on national television against the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military just put in place by President Bill Clinton.
Radtke, like Marshall, said Thorne-Begland would have brought an activist gay agenda to the bench. "The biggest problem we have in the country right now is activist judges," she said, noting that a federal judge had overturned a statewide California referendum that outlawed gay marriage.
But he declined to say whether he supported the successful effort by state Del. Bob Marshall, another Senate candidate, to block a gay Richmond prosecutor from a district judgeship earlier this month. "It's funny, I didn't hear an answer from our colleague," Marshall said. "I've already done it. You've seen it in the papers. It's quite easy to stand here and say you will do and not do things."
George Allen sought to align himself with Gov. Robert McDonnell, who objected to anti-gay discrimination in principle but refused to take a position on whether it had played a role in Thorne-Begland's rejection. "I agree with Gov. McDonnell that judicial qualifications, not sexual orientation, should be the criteria for judicial selection," Allen's statement said. "Decisions on judges should be merit-based selections based on a person's skill, judicial temperament, and fidelity to the Constitution and laws--judges should apply the law, not invent it or impose their own political views."
A spokesman for Tim Kaine has equated Thorne-Begland's rejection to discriminat
The Citizens Against Government and Waste has determined there were 52,319 earmarks in the budgets that Allen voted for while he was in the Senate.
Radtke's claim ignores that Allen did not vote for each earmark individually. They were attached to about four dozen major appropriations bills Allen supported during his time in the Senate.
Even critics of earmarks don't entirely blame Allen for voting for appropriations bills that kept the government operating. As we have previously said, Radtke's statement is accurate but requires clarification. We have rated it Mostly True.
Radtke said she intends to continue pressing the issue for the duration of the primary campaign.
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Q: Should candidates for state office be encouraged to meet voluntary spending limits??
Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information??
A: Yes. Regarding campaign-finance restrictions, if there is too much money in politics, it's because there is too much money being parceled out by government, creating the incentive for the lobbying/rent-seeking that produces such campaign-finance largesse. The solution is not limited campaign finance but LIMITED GOVERNMENT.
MILLER: We need to get rid of several things. 1) We need to get rid of the special interest projects, the so-called pork barrel. I would vote against every one of them. I would make an alliance with Republicans to do that, people like John McCain. 2) I would prohibit any gifts to Congressmen or Senators. George Allen makes $165,000 a year. He doesnít need someone to buy him lunch. 3) I would try to get public funding for TV campaigns. Jim and I are out raising money all the time so we can pay for TV time, I think thatís one part of politics we donít like. I think all other countries allow their candidates some free TV air time to get their views out there. We need to bring that to this country too.
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