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As in Virginia, several states are weighing whether such state legislation can challenge federal authority, setting up a possible U.S. Supreme Court case in the eyes of some.
After filing his bill earlier this year, Marshall told IFAwebnews.com that the Virginia Health Care Freedom Act would protect individuals’ rights and stop abuses in the nation’s capitol he said had similarities to criminals.
“Mobsters used to offer ‘protection’ to business owners, so when Congress says that if individuals don’t become customers of businesses that contribute to them, to me that crosses the line,” Marshall said. “For me, it is hard to distinguish what is going on in Washington, D.C., from criminal activity.”
On the same day the Virginia General Assembly passed Marshall’s bill, the Idaho Senate also approved the Idaho Health Freedom Act (HB 391), which deems the individual mandate unconstitutional and permits the state to sue Congress or any other body enforcing such a mandate.
The polls in Virginia closed just an hour ago, and with 30% of the precincts reporting, Bob McDonnell has been elected as Virginia’s Governor, defeating Democratic opponent Creigh Deeds. Deeds, who would not state that he is an Obama Democrat, did not get the White House support that NJ Governor Jon Corzine has received.
McDonnell won 60-40, and from all appearances, Lt. Governor Bill Bolling (R) is being re-elected by the same margin, and Ken Cuccinelli, also a Republican has won the Office of the Attorney General.
Virginia’s First Family Elect:
It is estimated that approximately one-third of all ballots cast in the upcoming general election will NOT be cast on Election Day, November 4th, 2008. Instead, one-third of all voters will utilize their state’s Early Voting system.
This election cycle has thirty states that offer an Early Voting system, in one form or another. To see what impact this may have on the election, one need only look at the dates that some of the states begin this process.
In the battleground state of Virginia, Early Voting begins on Friday, September 19th, followed by Idaho on September 22nd, Missouri and South Dakota on September 23rd. (For the complete list, http://www.bipac.net/calendar_gen.asp?g=nam_gotv ).
What makes this so important is the fact that the Republicans have experienced a major boost since the Republican Convention, and this will carryover to the Early Voting. Throughout the election cycle, a common note has been stated, in that Sen. Obama has yet to “close the deal” with the American public. Beginning September 19th, he may have lost any chance to do so. Unfortunately, we must still wait until November 4th to see John McCain acknowledge receiving Barack Obama’s concession phone call.