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Morning Read: Virgil Goode Jr. Eyes Presidency

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Former Virginia Congressman Virgil Goode Jr., filed paper’s to run for president of the United States as a Constitution Party candidate.

Goode crossed party lines in his six terms as a VA. Congressman. He was first elected in 1996 as a Democrat and ran as an Independent in 2000. He was then elected three more times as a Republican before losing his seat in 2008.

Goode spoke with The Daily Caller Thursday and said  the four main tenets of his platform are limited government, border security, rapidly adopting a balanced budget and enacting terms limits.

He said he would refuse to accept donation over 200—a jab at President Obama who he says is “rolling in maximum donation from wealthy people.”

From the Daily Caller:

“If I’m fortunate enough to get the nomination of the Constitution Party, I will take as many votes from Obama as I would from the Republican nominee,” he said.

Goode is on the Constitution Party's National Executive Committee—a party that says its platform is predicated on the principals of the Deceleration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

* A Virginia bill that would have allowed police officers to pull over drivers for texting and driving was killed in a House subcommittee Thursday, but is expected to come back with more stringent punishments for texters next year.

Currently, police officers are only allowed to cite a drive for texting and driving if they are pulled over for another driving violation.

This bill would have allowed drivers to be pulled over just for texting.

But The Richmond Times Dispatch reports that some lawmakers felt the proposed legislation wasn’t harsh enough, and want to change the state’s reckless driving statute to include the use of an electronic device, a Class I misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail or fine of up to 2,500.

* Debate for the legalization of same sex marriage in Maryland started on the House floor Thursday afternoon. After discussing one amendment, the House went into recess and is expected to reconvene Friday afternoon.

* The campaign manager of former Maryland Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s campaign was sentenced Thursday in the robocall controversy to home detention, community service and probation.

Paul Schurick approved a robocall that called black voters telling them to “relax” and not worry about voting on Election Day.

According to The Washington Post, the judge hopes this sentence serves as a warning to political campaigns about the “acceptable boundaries on influencing voter turnout.”

* Loose Lips reports that one of D.C. Mayor Gray’s office of communications five goals in 2012 is to tweet more. Another goal is to increase the number of followers on twitter by 20 percent. The mayor currently has 6300 followers right now, so they are looking to add 1,260 more followers by Dec. 31st.

Lofty goals!

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