Elephant Ears

This blog is dedicated to the political happenings in the Valley and Southwest Virginia. As the the name implies, this blog will have posts based on what is heard by this elephant's (GOPer's) ears. It is also a great treat to get while at the county fair or a carnival.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Local Delegates Blogging

If you haven't noticed, there have been a few local delegates blogging lately.
Del. Ed Scott (R-30) commented on something regarding the Kilgore campaign's mail pieces about a week or so ago on NLS.
Today Del. Chris Saxman (R-20) has been commenting on the Republitarian's site, as well as Commonwealth Conservative. I also saw him comment on Bacon's Rebellion a few weeks ago.
I think its good that our local elected officials are recognizing blogs as reputable political arenas, instead of just pains in the rear.
Thanks again guys!


  • At 10/06/2005 7:29 PM, Anonymous Ed Scott said…

    Don't let NLS have all the glory, I read your site frequently as well. I responded to NLS' misguided ideas about a ticket mailer that in its current draft is orange and blue, but I am proud to post on the site of a fellow Virginian who cherishes Chicago maroon and Burnt Orange. Keep up the good work and "Go Hokies."

  • At 10/06/2005 7:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Crime Commission Chair Soft on Child Sexual Abuse
    Del. Albo Introduces Bill Gutting Protections for Children

    RICHMOND, VA -- January 14, 2004 -- Virginia state delegate David Albo (Springfield) proposed legislation yesterday to drastically reduce penalties for sexually abusing children in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Albo, as chairman of Virginia’s Crime Commission, proposed legislation to lower penalties for engaging in “sexual intercourse, sodomy, or fondling” a child. Penalties for these crimes would be reduced to the equivalent of tampering with cable television service (18.2-165.1, class 6 felony) and would be classified as a lesser offense than stealing chickens (18.2-97, class 5 felony).

    Albo’s bill includes the following provisions:

    * Sexual intercourse with a child age 0-18 would become a Class 6 felony, punishable by a fine or a maximum of 5 years in prison. It is currently punishable as Rape (unclassified felony, 5 years-Life), Incest (Class 3 felony, 5-20 years) or as Carnal knowledge (Class 4 felony, 2-10 years).

    * Sodomizing a child age 0-18 would become a Class 6 felony, punishable by a fine to five years (see 18.2-10 of the Virginia Code for sentencing ranges). It is currently classified under Crimes against nature (18.2-361) as a Class 3 felony, punishable by from 5 to 20 years.

    * Having sexual intercourse with a minor who is being held in a local or state correctional or juvenile detention facility would be made a Class 1 misdemeanor (Albo bill, 18.2-387.1).

    What Possible Reason?

    What possible reason could Delegate Albo have for attempting such a sweeping rollback of legal protections for children? According to Grier Weeks, executive director of the National Association to PROTECT Children (PROTECT), Albo's legislation is typical of elected officials who view child sexual abuse as “a social disease, not a crime.”

    “If you look at the bill carefully, you'll see that these get out of jail free passes are not being offered to all criminals,” says Weeks. “This bill says that if a child molester simply proposes sex with a neighbor’s child, that’s a crime and it should be 1-10 years. But if that same criminal actually rapes or sodomizes his own niece or his student or a player on his ballteam, that’s a social problem and it's okay to punish it with a fine.”

    In Virginia, over 90% of all sex crimes committed against children are perpetrated by adults the child knows, according to data published by the Virginia Department of State Police (“Crime in Virginia”, Jan.-Dec. 2002)

    PROTECT was in Richmond Monday and Tuesday to seek support in the legislature for tougher penalties for criminals who betray a child's or a family’s trust to molest children. PROTECT is seeking enhanced penalties for child molesters who abuse their position of trust or authority-including parents, step-parents, clergy, teachers and coaches. Current law rewards these perpetrators and Albo's bill would make it far worse.

    “Albo took the weakest law protecting kids, Indecent liberties, and used it as a trash can to dump every rotten thing you can do to a kid into. If he wants to use the Crime Commission to do this kind of thing, he should pick on someone his own size and leave child crime victims alone.”

    Leadership says it will fix bill, Chairman Albo stands behind it

    PROTECT spoke Tuesday with members of the House and Senate Courts leadership who acknowledged serious problems with Albo's bill and pledged to remove preferential treatment for adults who abuse positions of trust and authority in committee. Commission Chair Albo, however, refused to meet with PROTECT outside the Commission meeting and said he stood by the new reduced penalties. Albo claimed that since tougher penalties for the same crimes are still on the books (Rape, Incest, Carnal Knowledge) elsewhere, his bill would simply give prosecutors more options.

    “Using that logic, we're waiting to see if Mr. Albo is going to introduce a Class 6 Felony homicide law or a misdemeanor drug dealing law next,” said Weeks.

    PROTECT is a national membership association with members in 48 states and 6 countrie

  • At 10/06/2005 10:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I am very upset that Saxmon has placed comments on republitarians site. I am a long time supporter Chris but you have let many down with this one. Saxmon needs to refrain from commenting on this guys site. Don't give this misguided child any amunition to spin against whom ever he feels threatened by...ALL TRUE CONSERVATIVES.

  • At 10/06/2005 11:19 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Thanks for the kind words Mr. Scott.
    Let me know if you plan to attend any games this year and perhaps we can meet up sometime.
    anon, whats wrong w/ Chris commenting? He was defending Matt Lohr and trying to help end this crap of Republitarian being against everything Mark O does.
    Sounds like hes trying to be a peacemaker to me.

  • At 10/07/2005 12:29 AM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    By the way, is there any validity to the anon 8:39?
    I have seen that post on lots of blogs, so I am wondering if it is spam or true.
    Has anyone seen that as a news article in a reputable news source?

  • At 10/07/2005 11:21 AM, Blogger republitarian said…

    Have I ever said I'm against everything Mark O. does?

    Mark helped me on an issue recently concerning farm use vehicles and insurance.

    I don't know where you all have gotten the idea I don't like Mark. I just want some answers concerning some things he's done as our senator.

  • At 10/07/2005 1:08 PM, Blogger GOPHokie said…

    Ok Let me rephrase:
    Chris is just trying to resolve the problems Republitarian has w/ Mark O?
    Hows that?

  • At 10/07/2005 1:54 PM, Blogger republitarian said…


  • At 10/07/2005 7:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Get off of it republitarian you in no way support anything Obenshain,Republican or Libertarian. Your soon going to be a boy without friends (November 8 to be exact).

    Your comment Mark helped you with an issue proves who is the bigger in this whole sick thing of yours.

    By the way how come that never made it on your little blog?

  • At 10/07/2005 8:19 PM, Blogger republitarian said…

    It wasn't that big a deal. I didn't want you to think I was name dropping.

    I don't care about how many political friends I have. I know I'm a tar baby, politically speaking, of course. My life goes back to normal in 30 days and I can't wait.

    Little blog? You obviously aren't referring to mine.

  • At 10/07/2005 9:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I'm pretty sure anon wasn't refering to your ego.


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