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Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 08/ 3/2010

What a week for Ken Cuccinelli

By Peter Galuszka

It's been a great week so far for Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli. And it's only Tuesday.

On Monday, a U.S. District Judge in Richmond took the procedural step of allowing Cuccinelli's lawsuit to proceed against the federal government to declare unconstitutional the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as "Obamacare."

Cuccinelli argues that the law violates the commerce clause of the U.S. Constitution by forcing Virginians to buy health insurance. Judge Henry E. Hudson, an appointee of President George W. Bush, decided that there is enough substance to allow the case to proceed.

Also Monday, Cucinelli issued an opinion that Virginia police may ask about the immigration status of people who are stopped or arrested -- a position rejected by a U.S. district judge in Arizona last week. Cuccinelli claims he is stopping short of barging into civil immigration law.

And, on Sunday, The Washington Post magazine ran a gushy profile of the hard-right wing attorney general. Readers could follow the lean, tall politician in his "sun-drenched" kitchen in Prince William County with his seven children, hoisting a brew with staffers at a Richmond ale house, stroking a few hits on a baseball diamond and wearing cammies as he prepares to blast away opponents in a paintball game. The largely uncritical Post piece seems to be setting up Cuccinelli for a run for governor. Otherwise, I am not sure what it was trying to do.

To be sure, 21 other states have legal issues with Obamacare, too, and Judge Hudson's decision does not deal with the merits of Cuccinelli's case against the government, which will likely go to the Supreme Court. It would have been a much bigger story had he denied Cuccinelli's suit.

And early Sunday the immigration situation in Virginia took a tragic turn when an illegal immigrant and DUI recidivist from Bolivia allegedly killed a Roman Catholic nun and injured two others in a car crash in Prince William County. The nun, Sister Denise Mosier of Richmond, was a schoolteacher who had worked as a missionary in Ethiopia and Tanzania. She died at the scene of the early morning, head-on crash. The driver of the other car was charged with driving under the influence and other crimes.

Peter Galuszka blogs at Bacon's Rebellion. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Peter Galuszka  | August 3, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
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This maggot Cuccinelli is still a dangerous right-wing zealot who must be stopped in his tracks.

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | August 3, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I agree, what a puff piece on Cuccinelli in the Post Magazine. Very strange the writer did not go into the fact that Cuccinelli took the attorney general post with ultra-conservative credentials and is now putting his views into action.

I believe he has a very high opinion of his press clippings and margin of victory last fall. Personally, I think he's doctrinaire and the most offensive elected official in VA since George Allen.

Posted by: randy21 | August 3, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Cuccinelli is nothing more than a zealot but can use the AG position to advance his argument while on the public dole.

Posted by: beeker25 | August 3, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Look for the Kook to run for Congress next in some extremely conservative district. That is the most he can look forward to after his disgusting social activism. What a jerk !

Posted by: Falmouth1 | August 4, 2010 5:27 AM | Report abuse

Republicans are playing with political and constitutional file with their red meat chasing of their base on immigration. -

Posted by: DJOURNO | August 4, 2010 8:56 AM | Report abuse

He means well, but is most likely waisting his time and our time, by bringing this lawsuit against the Romneycare type bill which some call Obama care.

He is also, waisting time going after Prof. Mann who did the global warming study at UVA. I am not certain about global warming, but it is probably true. Anyway, we need to start using non fossil fuels as much as possible because fossil fuels are finite and when they are half, or three quarters depleted, we will be in great trouble. Maybe a 100 years if we are lucky. Gee, I remember seeing a picture of the first oil well in my 4th grade geography book. That well wasn't too long ago.

Posted by: LL314 | August 4, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I should have said wasting, vice waisting in the preceding post. Sorry.

So, I am all for solar, wind, nuclear and anything American like T. Boone Pickens advocates. Of course that includes natural gas which we have in abundance and that will make a good interim fuel until we can make advances in the newer technologies.

At any rate, I doubt that we will be able to continue driving large SUVs up and down the roads in the future like we have in the past 70 plus years.

Of course we will have to continue using oil for some time to come. It won't forever.

Posted by: LL314 | August 4, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

I have two things to say about the courts decision to allow this case to move forward:

1. Lt. Gov. Ci - can not have his cake and eat it to. This case will block all Virginians from being required to pay for health insurance. But the tax payers of Virginia pay for you and your family to have health insurance. To show the people that you are serious about not having the people pay for health insurance, I think that you and your family should give up your health insurance coverage.

2. The second statement is I do not want any of my federal tax dollars to pay Medicaid benefits for Virginians to continue having health care. Presently, when a Virginian goes to the emergency room for treatment and do not have health insurance coverage than the cost is billed to Medicaid. Medicaid pays the hospital and the doctors for that emergency room visit. If the residents are required to have health insurance than they become part of a larger pool and will drive the cost for coverage down.

Do not send my tax dollars to Virginia.

I do not want my federal tax dollars to go to Virginia to pay for the cost of health care services for Virginians who can opt out of health insurance coverage.

Posted by: sun52shine | August 4, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

It will be an even better week when Ken Cuccinelli helps put Bobby Thompson behind bars for misrepresenting US Navy Veterans.

Posted by: slydell | August 4, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

RE Bobby Thompson, like that will ever happen. You know Repubs don't turn on their contibutors.

Posted by: Falmouth1 | August 5, 2010 6:07 AM | Report abuse

I hate Republicans.
Republicans are so stupid.
I hate Republicans.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 5, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

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