SENATOR MARK WARNER AND DANIEL GADE DEBATE

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SEXPLOITATION??

From here (en.wikipedia.org)

Parents, keep watching your mailbox. Be sure you’re the one who collects and sorts it. Look for a postcard sent from the Virginia Department of Health in Richmond addressed to your child.

It’s an attractive, action-filled piece of artwork that encourages your teen to “exchange sex texts” with someone at the other end who is a perfect stranger to your child. The code for your teen to text is Talk2MEVA. That code will connect them with an unseen outsider to talk about STDs, sexuality, contraception, relationships and more—shouldn’t you as the parent be the one to do that? Regardless, there is no mention of you, the parent.

The Family Foundation (www.familyfoundation.org) is alarmed at this move by our state government to introduce another anonymous reporting system that violates privacy. It is just kicking off, so grab the postcard when it arrives and don’t tell your kids about it. Protect your kids and even your family from being exploited by this new innovation.

The Family Foundation has several actions you may take as a parent to counter this move on your child:

    1. Sign the petition to stop the Hotline for kids. Click here to sign and share.
    2. You can team with other concerned parents to shut down the Hotline. Text:
      • Talk2MeVa to the number 66746.
      • When it asks for your question, test this message and hashtag:Don’t Connect Our Kids To Strangers! #stopsextextline #strangerdanger
    3. Learn: How The Sex Textline Contradicts Everything We Teach Our Kids About Safety! For a complete discussion and visual about this thrust from Richmond, go to:

— Posted by Tom Salmon for Doris, a fellow member of the Prince William and Manassas Family Alliance

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VOTE EARLY AND IN-PERSON


Since I have been working as an Election Officer in Virginia (supporting in-person early voting), I have not posted as much as usual.

Please note I am supporting in-person early voting for a good reason (see Absentee and Early Voting (elections.virginia.gov)). If you want to be certain your vote is counted, there is no substitute for voting in-person. When we vote in person, we can see whether or not our vote is rejected, and we can try to do something about it. When vote through the mail, we don’t have that option, and some mistakes will cause the rejection of our ballot.

Virginia does have a law that requires us to be notified if our absentee ballot is rejected, § 24.2-711.1. Absentee ballots; confirmation of receipt; notice of reason for rejection (law.lis.virginia.gov). Unfortunately, the deadline for notification is well AFTER the election.

As the result of the troubles with mail-in balloting during the primary elections, Democrats are now encouraging their voters to vote in-person.

Hopefully, this switch by the Democrats will limit the uncertainty about the election results on Election Day.

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