Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Virginia Senate Race - #6 - Mark Warner's Debate from Hell - Washington Post (2) Mark Ducks Out, Terry Gets Angry - Bearing Drift (3) City of Houston Demands Pastors Turn Over Sermons - Fox

Mark Warner's Debate from Hell - Washington Post - Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) on Monday had the exact debate he did not want to have, one focused on his own role in talking about jobs for the children of a key Democratic state senator. The Post reports: In the pair’s third and final campaign debate in Richmond on Monday, the Republican underdog used his very first question as an opportunity to bring up Warner’s recently revealed job talks with the son of former state senator Phillip P. Puckett. Pivoting from an unrelated question on voting rights, Gillespie said Virginia’s voters deserve answers from Warner if he discussed judicial appointments in exchange for Puckett remaining in his seat. Read more.......


(2) Mark Ducks Out, Terry Gets Angry - Bearing Drift - Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie appeared at a forum in Danville Tuesday night and while the reporting shows each man stuck to his talking points, there was also this: After the forum, ABC 13 News spoke with Gillespie, asking him about his poll numbers and if the increase is a too little, too late. The republican candidate says three weeks is a long time. “I see momentum going our way and really in fact over the past five months, we have come from behind 29 points down to single digits. I think that shows the momentum we have,” said Gillespie. ABC 13 News reached out to Warner throughout the night to comment on a number of topics, including his declining poll numbers. He did not comment. Giving the press the brush-off is a sure way to draw more attention to your problems, Senator.  Read more........

(3) City of Houston Demands Pastors Turn Over Sermons - Fox -  The city of Houston has issued subpoenas demanding a group of pastors turn over any sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or Annise Parker, the city’s first openly lesbian mayor. And those ministers who fail to comply could be held in contempt of court. “The city’s subpoena of sermons and other pastoral communications is both needless and unprecedented,” Alliance Defending Freedom attorney Christina Holcomb said in a statement. “The city council and its attorneys are engaging in an inquisition designed to stifle any critique of its actions.” ADF, a nationally-known law firm specializing in religious liberty cases, is representing five Houston pastors. They filed a motion in Harris County court to stop the subpoenas arguing they are “overbroad, unduly burdensome, harassing, and vexatious.” Read more.........

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