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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Election Day

Today is Election Day in the Commonwealth.  Control of the State Senate is the prize as the House is expected to remain firmly in the GOP column.  Please go to the polls and Vote Freedom First!  Polls are open until 7:00 PM.

On Sunday, VSSA sent out a list of endorsed candidates.  As always, it stirred responses from some members who disagreed with the chosen candidates.  For incumbents, VSSA bases endorsements on the voting record the elected official has compiled on bills scored by VSSA.  It is what has been referred to as an "Incumbent Friendly" endorsement policy.  If an incumbent has supported bills protecting and expanding the rights of Virginia gun owners, they will receive the VSSA endorsment, even if their challenger has a pro-rights voting record while in another elected office or has stated they will support legislation protecting those rights.

Senator Edd Houck (D-17th District) appears to be the one that caused the most consternation among those from whom we heard.  As stated in the email, Senator Houck has voted for all of the pro-rights bills used in VSSA's scoring, including voting to override Governor Tim Kaine's vetos of several pro-rights bills.

One member alerted VSSA to comments made by Senator Houck during a recent candidate debate that he does not support campus carry. 

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