The Hobby Lobby Decision: We Can Fight Back!

By now you know that the Supreme Court decided that Hobby Lobby can refuse to give women health-care required by the Affordable Care Act. What not everyone knows, however, is that it was the legislature that made this decision possible when it passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (the “RFRA”). Now, this is important, for the following reason: The Hobby Lobby case was not decided on the grounds of anyone’s First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. Here’s the last paragraph of the court’s written opinion:

The contraceptive mandate, as applied to closely held corporations, violates RFRA. Our decision on that statutory question makes it unnecessary to reach the First Amendment claim…

That’s right. It wasn’t the constitution that gave Hobby Lobby the right to use its religious beliefs to deny care to women, it was a statute. Statutes, as you know, are written by legislators. They can be written by them, and they can be repealed by them. That’s why it is so very important to our personal liberties, including our freedom of choice, to elect legislators who will write statutes our courts can enforce to preserve our freedoms, not take them away.

Our freedom of religion is one of the bedrock principles of American liberty. So is our freedom to make our own choices in the privacy of our own lives, not having them made instead by corporations or our employers. As a legislator, I will find the path that protects those freedoms together, drafting and supporting laws that leave our most personal freedoms intact, alongside laws that will continue to leave it up to us how, or even if, we will worship the Creator.

Hobby Lobby was not a victory for the constitution. As the court said itself, the constitution did not decide the case. A statute did, which means a legislature did.

Please help me do what we almost did last time. Please help me become a voice in the Virginia legislature for the defense of your personal liberty, the very same liberty that has been and continues to be under attack by an anti-person, anti-healthcare majority. We can fight back. Please help me in that fight by donating to my campaign. The next election is just over a year away, but the fight for our freedom needs us now, today, more than ever.

Thanks,
Liz

John Foust Women-to-Women phone bank was a great success!

Having great conversations!

Having great conversations!

Thirty women calling over 1000 women, while eating brownies and cake. And thoroughly enjoying ourselves.

The best part was seeing some of my favorite people including Dr. Marilyn Foust (bottom center of the picture below), Jennifer Wexton, Jennifer Boysko, and Kathleen Murphy (next to me in the magenta jacket).

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A perfect day for phone-banking!

 

DPVA Women-to-Women Phone Bank for John Foust!

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Dr. Marilyn Foust, OBGYN, at the Loudoun County Jefferson Jackson Dinner. Picture courtesy the Loudoun County Democratic Committee

Tomorrow evening, I’ll be at this fun event along with Senator Jennifer Wexton and Dr. Marilyn Jerome Foust (John Foust’s wife, and an OBGYN!), and many others.

We’re going to be calling women around the district, connecting with each other, and having an uproariously good time. If you’ve never been to a phone-bank party, you don’t know what you’re missing!!!

When: Tomorrow, Monday May 19 from 5:30pm – 8:00pm

Where: 10 Pidgeon Hill, Suite 120 Sterling, VA 20165

Come and join us! RSVP on FaceBook or email to Kathy Shupe at kathy@foustforvirginia.com or call 571-218-8388.

 

Foust put together a fantastic event to thank his volunteers

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Talking with some of John Foust’s supporters. With enthusiasm like theirs, John will definitely be the next Congressman from the 10th District!

 

Over 150 enthusiastic supporters came out to celebrate the start of John Foust’s campaign for Congress and to sign up to canvass!

Featured speakers were  two of my favorite people, Attorney General Mark Herring and State Senator Jennifer Wexton.

I’m going to be knocking doors for John in the 32nd, and I can’t wait. I’ve got my walking shoes ready!

Talking with Mark Herring and John Foust. Yes, they really are that tall. Or maybe I'm that short.

Talking with Mark Herring and John Foust. Mark Herring’s done a magnificent job as Attorney General!

2015, here we come!

This is going to press right now!

Ashburn, VA- Elizabeth Miller is announcing her intention to once again challenge Delegate Tag Greason.  Recent comments and actions from Delegate Greason have moved her make this decision early in the process.

“Recent actions from Delegate Greason have shown disrespect to his constituents. From his outrageous letter to a senior citizen in the district who supports Medicaid expansion (telling her ‘you are the problem’), to his childish stunts in Richmond (like refusing to shave and posting signs on the Senate chamber doors), to his insults aimed at colleagues and voters at his public appearances, he has made it clear that he is more interested in acting like a typical Washington-style politician, than trying to solve problems for Loudoun County,” Miller said today. “Ashburn, Broadlands, and Lansdowne deserve a delegate who will be responsive to their needs, respectful of their input, and representative of their interests. Instead, we have a man who is driven entirely by politics, voting with the Tea Party, utterly uninterested in what his people want.”

Miller first challenged Greason in 2013, winning just under 49% of the vote, despite being heavily outspent and making a late entry into the race. “Voters of the 32nd district have been asking me, ‘Will you run again in 2015?’” she said. “After what we’ve seen from Mr. Greason this year, I don’t think I can wait that long. I am running as of today.”

Miller runs a small business with her husband, has a twelve-year-old son in the Loudoun public schools, and is active within the community.

Thank You!

All of you who worked on this campaign have my thanks forever. The same goes for those who voted for me, even though I’ll never know who all of you are. It was very, very close, much closer than a lot of people thought it would be. While we didn’t finish first, I hope our close second showing will send a message about the kind of representation our district and our region really want. If it does, that’s a victory for all of us.

I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me to have the support of so many people in this effort. No one runs a race alone, and I couldn’t have made a run of this one without each and every canvasser, donor, friend, and other helping hand I had. This has been a wonderful experience. I hope you think so too.

Earlier today, I called Del. Greason to congratulate him on his re-election. He replied with some gracious words, and no hard feelings. I respect that and ask all who voted for me to be as respectful in their turn.

I ran this time for a lot of reasons, but a big one was simply to provide a choice. Democracy cannot work if there are no choices on the ballot. We all must insure that there is always a choice, because American democracy cannot be a spectator sport

The future is wide open. Let’s all stay in touch and, more importantly, stay involved in the process of our government. Each of us, today, holds what is truly the highest office in the land: citizen. I look forward to serving with you in that office, as we continue the process of building a better world for ourselves, our children, and each other.

Very best wishes,
Liz

Republican Party of Virginia [Including Delegate Greason] Sending Out False Mailers

By Trevor Baratko – Loudoun Times-Mirror

In the 32nd District — currently represented by Republican Del. Tag Greason of Ashburn — the RPV mailer quoted FactCheck.org without the nonpartisan watchdog group’s permission.

Screen Shot 2013-10-31 at 4.11.08 PMDismissing Democratic challenger Liz Miller’s attacks against Greason on legislation relating to women’s health care, the campaign piece states, “Liz Miller should be ashamed. FactCheck.org says these false attacks go ‘too far’ and are ‘beyond the facts,’” reads the RPV mailer authorized by Greason.

But FactCheck.org is making clear it hasn’t weighed in on any House of Delegates photo 1races in Virginia. The organization has gone so far as to post an entry on its website discrediting some of the Republican Party of Virginia ads. While the FactCheck.org statement does not name the race between Greason and Miller, the ads it calls into question — from the Hampton Roads races — are similar.

“We almost never write about state legislative elections, and these races are no exception,” FactCheck wrote.  Check out www.loudountimes.com for the full story.

FactCheck.org Denounces Greason for False Citation

FactCheck.org has made it official: Tag Greason is lying when he says they made any comments about Liz Miller or her campaign. Here are their own words:

We learned that Virginia Del. Tag Greason also has been misusing FactCheck.org’s story about the Virginia governor’s race to defend himself against attacks from Democrat Elizabeth Miller.

mailer authorized by Greason, a Republican in the 32nd District, displays the FactCheck.org logo above the statement: “Liz Miller should be ashamed. FactCheck.org says these false attacks go ‘too far’ and are ‘beyond the facts.’ ” The Greason mailer superimposes a “false” stamp over a claim in a Miller campaign mailer that said: “When Tag Greason voted for the most extreme attacks on women’s health care, I knew I had to do something.” That’s her opinion, and it’s not even suitable for a fact-check — if we were in the business of fact-checking state House races (and we’re not).

Before this item was published, we had never written about any of the attacks from the candidates for House of Delegates. And we do not intend to write anything else going forward.

Check out FactCheck.org for the full story.