Michael Farris
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Michael Farris
Michael "Mike" P. Farris is a United States constitutional lawyer. He is a founder of the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) and Patrick Henry College.
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Parents On The Pros And Cons Of Homeschooling
NPR - over 3 years
Many people laud the benefits of homeschooling. But the practice also has critics. Host Michel Martin talks with a group of parents about their personal experiences: homeschooling advocate Michael Farris, dad Paul Hagen and mom Shawn Spence. » E-Mail This     » Add to Del.icio.us
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Former GOP Senator 'Concerned' Over Republican 'Competitive Strength'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
In retirement after 30 years in the U.S. Senate, John W. Warner chooses his words carefully when speaking of the Republican Party. But he clearly is concerned about the recent tumult in Virginia's GOP. "The strength of America's political system rests in the strength of having two viable, strong parties in stiff competition," Warner said Thursday in a brief telephone interview from his Washington law firm, Hogan Lovells. "Today each person has to make up their own mind. I'm concerned about the relative competitive strength of the two parties." The Virginia GOP has withstood a week of turmoil. A week ago Saturday, Gov. Bob McDonnell skipped the balloting at the state Republican Convention in Richmond to deliver the commencement address at the University of Virginia's College at Wise. In a shocker to the party establishment, convention delegates nominated E.W. Jackson, a Chesapeake minister and attorney, for lieutenant governor. Within hours, media outlets reported o ...
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Two leading social conservative groups back Romney
LGBT Weekly- San Diego - almost 5 years
Washington (CNN – San Diego LGBT Weekly) — Two leading national anti-abortion organizations Thursday endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for president. In backing the former Massachusetts governor and all but certain GOP presidential nominee, both National Right to Life and the Susan B. Anthony List highlighted what they called Romney’s strong “pro-life” positions and criticized President Barack Obama for what they call a “pro-abortion agenda.” “On pro-life issues, Mitt Romney and Barack Obama provide a stark contrast. As the country’s most pro-abortion president, Barack Obama has pursued a radical pro-abortion agenda,” said National Right to Life President Carol Tobias. “It is now time for pro-life Americans to unite behind Mitt Romney. For the sake of unborn children, the disabled, and the elderly, we must win.” The National Right to Life Committee is the nation’s oldest and largest anti-abortion organization, with affiliates in ...
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Salem band Massive Moth to make OPB debut - Statesman Journal
Google News - over 5 years
Statesman Journal file The band's six-minute conceptual music video for "Patrons of Wanderer's Way" was produced by Michael Farris and the Farris family in February. SexyWaterSpiders, a Portland-based band with Salem roots, also has a featured video
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Hopefuls Look to Score Former Huckabee Backers - NewsMax.com
Google News - over 5 years
Michael Farris, chairman of the Virginia-based Home School Legal Defense Association, has also heard from candidates and Huckabee Sanders. While he doesn't live in Iowa he does have close ties to parents who home-school their children in Iowa
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FIRST-PERSON: Global warming propaganda from Scholastic? - BP News
Google News - over 5 years
It's precisely the kind of thing against which Dr. Michael Farris, founder of Patrick Henry College and the Home School Legal Defense Association, warns in his lecture "From Captain Planet to Avatar: The Seduction of Our Youth," in Resisting the Green
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PHC Prep Academy Students Score High on May 2011 AP Exams - Home School Legal Defense Association
Google News - over 5 years
“The latest score results demonstrate that PHC Prep Academy gives students excellent preparation for success on AP exams,” said HSLDA Chairman Michael Farris. The AP Subject Score Roster for Online Providers displays scores for each exam taken by PHC
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Valley healthcare industry remains solid amid uncertain economy - KGBT-TV
Google News - over 5 years
Michael Farris is in the industry of saving lives. He's currently a paramedic but is taking classes at South Texas College to become a registered nurse. "Here at the STC Nursing and Allied Health building, they have some of the finest equipment to work
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Bachmann and Religion: It's Complicated - Religion Dispatches
Google News - over 5 years
Ryun's departure, and complaints about the HSLDA and its president, Michael Farris, were widely discussed on homeschooling blogs, many of which were anti-Huckabee. "Is Huckabee the one who supports homeschooling most fervently?
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Midday open thread - Daily Kos
Google News - over 5 years
Already a number of activists including failed US Senate candidate and Tea Party hero Joe Miller; Rick Scarborough of Vision America; Brian Camenker of MassResistance; Linda Harvey of Mission America; Michael Farris of the Home School Legal Defense
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Newsmaker Q&A: Michael Farris tells his experience with Lyme disease - Loudoun Times-Mirror
Google News - over 5 years
Michael Farris, the chancellor at Patrick Henry College and the chairman of Gov. Bob McDonnell's Lyme Disease Task Force spoke to the Times-Mirror about his own experiences with Lyme disease. A: It's been a really big impact on our family
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2012 Republican primary Where Mike Huckabee fits in - Politico
Google News - over 5 years
Michael Farris, a prominent home-schooling advocate and church-group leader who helped power Mike Huckabee's meteoric rise in 2008, is a man in demand by the 2012 Republican presidential field. Both Michele Bachmann and Tim Pawlenty are in hot pursuit,
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Lyme Disease Task Force Calls for Better Doctor Awareness - ThirdAge
Google News - over 5 years
"We have to do something to create a proportionate response to the issue," said Michael Farris, the panel's chairman, as reported by The Roanoke Times, "We don't want people freaking out inappropriately, but a certain amount of freaking out is
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Police Blotter: June 15, 2011 - Appeal-Democrat
Google News - over 5 years
Steven Michael Farris, 38, of the first block of Via Grande, Olivehurst, was arrested by the California Highway Patrol at 12:30 pm June 13 at his residence. He was booked into Yuba County Jail. Did you hear sirens? Find out what's going on with our
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Gingrich to skip Faith & amp; Freedom - Seattle Post Intelligencer
Google News - over 5 years
"If I even considered supporting Newt, my wife would beat the living daylights out of me," said Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association and president of Patrick Henry College, the first university for Christian
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Patricia M. (Farris) Vulgamott, 84, St. Joseph, MO - KQ2 | StJoeChannel
Google News - over 5 years
(Survivors:) daughter, Carla Cooper (Bob), Salisbury, Missouri; daughter, Margee Garrett (Pat), St. Joseph; son, Dr. Jim Vulgamott (Mikelle), Magnolia, Texas; son, Michael Farris (Brenda), Platte City, Missouri; daughter, Dr. Judi Landrum (Gregg),
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Mike Huckabee's Exit Comes As Opportunity For Those Unlike Him - Huffington Post
Google News - almost 6 years
"Any number of these candidates could expect a share of the support from Christian home-school voters," said Michael Farris, chairman of the Home School Legal Defense Association, whose endorsement of Huckabee was influential in the last nomination
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Michael Farris
    FIFTIES
  • 2011
    Age 59
    Farris graduated magna cum laude with a degree in political science from Western Washington University (formerly Western Washington State College). He received a law degree and graduated with honors from Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, Washington.Farris received an LLM in public international law (with merit) from the University of London in 2011.
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  • 2007
    Age 55
    In 2007, he founded ParentalRights.org, a parental rights advocacy group.
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    Farris is also the author of several books on homeschooling and family as well as the book From Tyndale to Madison, published in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details He has also written a few novels, including Guilt by Association (ISBN 978-0805401516), and Forbid Them Not (ISBN 978-0805424331). All of Farris' novels deal with Christian themes. Education Week named Farris one of the most significant 100 "Faces of the Century." As a lawyer, Farris's cases include over 40 reported decisions as lead counsel. These decisions were given by the United States Supreme Court, five U.S. circuit courts of Appeal, seven state Supreme Courts, and five state Courts of Appeal. Farris successfully argued for the petitioner in a religious freedom case, the Supreme Court case Witters v. Washington Department of Services For the Blind in 1985-1986. In 1993, Farris ran unsuccessfully for lieutenant governor of Virginia and was defeated by Democrat Don Beyer - 54-46 percent. However, fellow Republicans George Allen, Jr., and James Gilmore were elected on the same ballot as governor and attorney general, respectively. Farris' close connection to conservative leaders like Jerry Falwell of the Moral Majority, Pat Robertson of the Christian Coalition, and Phyllis Schlafly of the Eagle Forum, stirred deep-seated feelings about religion and politics. These concerns inflamed by negative ads by Beyer to portray him even more radically, likely caused alienation of enough moderate voters to lose him the election. There was also soreness among Virginia Republicans for U.S. Senator John Warner's lack of support for Farris.
  • 2006
    Age 54
    In March 2006, Farris stepped down from the position of president to become chancellor of the college.
    More Details Hide Details He has been appointed by the Governor of Virginia to serve on the Board of Visitors for Mount Vernon (the home of George Washington).
  • FORTIES
  • 2000
    Age 48
    He held the positions of president and professor of Government from 2000 to 2006.
    More Details Hide Details Farris resigned his position as president of HSLDA to take on these new roles.
    He also founded Patrick Henry College, which opened its doors in 2000.
    More Details Hide Details According to HSLDA, the college was founded as " a Christian institution with the mission of training students through a classical liberal arts curriculum and apprenticeship methodology to impact the world 'for Christ and for Liberty.'"
  • THIRTIES
  • 1983
    Age 31
    In 1983, Farris founded the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), where he currently serves as chairman and general counsel.
    More Details Hide Details His efforts resulted in a number of court rulings and policy changes favoring home schooling.
    He was also ordained as a Baptist minister in 1983.
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  • 1982
    Age 30
    He and his wife Vickie began home schooling in 1982, leading him to establish the Home School Legal Defense Association in 1983.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1971
    Age 19
    He married in 1971 and has ten children and ten grandchildren.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1951
    Born
    Born on August 27, 1951.
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