Nordvig Indicts Tea Party, Brat Judgment at Brat Rally

There are a number of reasons why a sizable group of conservatives in the Virginia Republican Party are uncomfortable with those who raise the tea party banner high and identify themselves as such primarily. Sometimes proudly. ‘I’m not a Republican’ they will say, ‘I’m a member of the tea party.’

Yet these same folks show up to Republican meetings and Republican conventions — not usually to Republican fundraisers — and seemingly want to participate in the GOP. Fantastic. Welcome. We certainly agree on some issues.

Still the discomfort exists.

Ultimately, many of those anecdotal reasons boil down to judgment. Good judgment. Sound judgment.

That’s where Larry Nordvig head of the Richmond Tea Party and Vice Chairman of the Powhatan Republican Committee comes in.

At Dave Brat’s rally on Tuesday, Nordvig told the following joke:

“A politician, a Muslim and an illegal alien walk into a bar, and you know what the bartender said? Good evening, Mr. President.”

Here are the questions that immediately come to mind:
1) Is this an appropriate joke to tell?
2) If so, in front of what groups?
3) Did Dave Brat find this joke funny?
4) How do you expect this joke to attract people to the Republican party?
5) Does this joke help us win elections?
6) Do you have a filter between your brain and your mouth?
7) Could we have adjusted the joke to insult other groups of people besides immigrants and Muslims and people of fair mind?

This is an unfortunate example of why some so-called tea party leaders cannot be trusted to do the right thing.

And it is why no matter how hard Dave Brat runs, he will hit a ceiling of support.

This is not something to be proud of.

Memo to Treasury: Restore Fannie and Freddie Investments

51ba5b3093538.preview-620Recent discovery of the Treasury Department’s looting of private shareholders’ dividends from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac has triggered a flurry of attention on the two Government-Sponsored Enterprises (GSEs). They have now repaid the taxpayers, five years receiving a $187.5 billion bailout. In theory, this is a positive development. However, shareholders that invested before, during and after the bailout continue to be left out of any profit sharing.

This previously underreported confiscation of private assets by the government came into better view last week. The U.S. Court of Federal Claims issued a ruling allowing for discovery against the Federal government in pending lawsuits seeking justice for the blatant disregard for investor rights and the seizure of these funds by the Federal government. This ruling has the potential to shed light on the unjust nature of its actions toward the American people.

When the housing bubble burst in 2008, the Federal government stepped in to bail out Fannie and Freddie in an effort to maintain the housing industry and keep our economy afloat. The GSEs were placed into conservatorship, a temporary take-over by the Federal Government, and still allowed for private investment in the form of shares. When Fannie and Freddie became profitable again in 2012, the Treasury enacted “Amendment Three” which essentially swept up 100 percent of all dividends into Treasury coffers. Current lawsuits claim this action was illegal and Judge Margaret Sweeny’s decision is meant to allow further investigation into the interactions between government officials about this process and timing.

As it stands, investors like community banks, pension funds, and individuals, remain unpaid while the Federal government takes all of their profits — to the tune of the stock increasing in value by 950 percent last year. In a breathtaking display of confiscatory abuse, the Federal government demanded all profit and it is now known, thanks to the 2010 Treasury memo, that they never intended to repay investors. This is not only a violation of the rule of law but a blatant disregard of marketplace rules established to help facilitate exchanges within the market.

This is not a loose interpretation of the government’s position. The December 2010 memo to Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner from Undersecretary Jeffrey Goldstein explicitly mentions a policy that will “make clear the administration’s commitment to ensure existing common equity holders will not have access to any positive earnings from the GSEs in the future.” There is no nuance here – the shareholders appear to be left out to dry.

The circumstance undermines the fundamental Lockean principle that our rights in property are the basis of human freedom and that government exists to protect them and to preserve public order. For without the return of ownership of Fannie and Freddie to its shareholders, government is doing the opposite and eroding a central pillar of the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence before it.

The decision by the Federal Claims Court to allow discovery will hopefully bring to light further facts pertaining to the conservatorship and hopefully add pressure to the Treasury to do right by those who acted in good faith with their investments in the GSEs. It is time to restore ownership rights to those who purchased shares in Fannie and Freddie. It also — for the record — supports a transparent and open bankruptcy proceeding in lieu of the government takeover should history ever repeat itself.

Early Turnout Indicates Bell Poised to Be AG Nominee

—Reporting from the RPV Convention—

Check in numbers at the RPV Convention are high at the close of Day 1. I am told that approximately 3100 delegates made their way through Exhibition Hall D and received their credentials before close of business.

Multiple sources confirm that with a turnout of between 9000 and 10,000 delegates, the Bell campaign is seen to have the edge over Obenshain in the Attorney General contest.

While Bell led Obenshain in endorsements and cash, the race swill come down to how many people make the trip to the Convention center.

For an Obenshain victory, the lower the turnout the better.

The Endorsement of Rob Bell for Attorney General

As you may have predicted, it is my pleasure to endorse Delegate Rob Bell for Attorney General.

1. We all live in a safer Commonwealth of Virginia due to Rob’s work over the last 12 years.

Because of Rob’s efforts:

  • life in prison is mandatory for those who commit sexual offenses against children
  • sex offenders are not allowed on school property
  • the penalties for those who repeat DUI offenders are tougher than they have ever been
  • peeping three or more times is a felony
  • underage possession of alcohol prosecution venues increased
  • the burglary statute’s building exception was eliminated
  • the venues for prosecution of sexual assault cases were expanded
  • and many more

And lest we forget:

  • Importantly, Rob led the opposition to one of Tim Kaine’s most despicable final acts as Governor on his last day in office — the transfer of convicted murderer Jens Soering:

2. Rob is an economic conservative.

Rob voted:

  • against the ’04 Warner tax hikes
  • against Virginia’s death tax
  • against raising the debt ceiling in Virginia.  In fact, he was one of only 4 Republicans in the legislature to — while we fought a bitter battle with Democrats over the debt ceiling in Washington in 2011 —  vote down HB2527 which raised the Virginia debt ceiling.  Mark Obenshain voted to raise the debt ceiling. 
  • against the 2013 Transportation tax increase
  • against the 2013 Budget
  • against the creation of MIRC

3. The impact of Rob‘s legislative record is extremely impressive.

In 2007, Rob and future Governor Ken Cuccinelli wrote the Eminent Domain amendment to the Virginia Constitution which by referendum passed overwhelmingly last November. In addition to recognizing property rights as fundamental in the Commonwealth, this important amendment ensures that the case of Kelo – government taking private property to build commercial development for a so called public purpose – never happens here in Virginia.

Following the tragic mass shooting at Virginia Tech, Rob chaired Virginia’s Commission on Mental Health Law Reform which has achieved some important legislation including requiring public universities to notify parents of students who are a danger to themselves or others and revising the commitment standard by replacing “imminent danger” with “substantial likelihood of serious bodily harm.”   This has made it easier to oversee the treatment of the mentally ill who are dangers to themselves or others.

Rob has long been a proponent of school choice and homeschooling.  Rob patroned a bill to expand Virginia’s homeschooling law to cover those parents without a college degree.  He has also continued to propose legislation — “the Tebow bill” — that would allow homeschool students to play sports at their local high schools which recently passed the House.  Rob also supports school choice for public school students. In 2012, he co-patroned a bill to create tax credits for scholarships for students to attend private schools. He also supports expansion of Virginia’s charter schools law.

4. Notable Intangibles, Endorsements & Scorecards

  • Rob Bell is an Eagle Scout
  • Virginia Chamber of Commerce – Highest Numerical Score (96%)   /  Obenshain (95%)
  • Martha Boneta Endorsed Rob Bell
  • Dick Heller (DC v. Heller) Endorsed Rob Bell
  • Bob Wilson Endorsed Rob Bell
  • Dave Foster Endorsed Rob Bell
  • Virginia Tea Party Patriots 2013 Scorecard (95%)  /  Obenshain (70%)
  • Tertium Quids 2013 Scorecard (100%)  /  Obenshain (85%)
  • Straw Poll Wins: Manassas, Montross, Hampton Roads Tea Parties, Chesterfield Lincoln Reagan Dinner

5. As you may have noticed, Rob is a tenacious campaigner and he will win in November.

Rob Bell has outraised his opponent — by a substantial (over 2-1) margin.   This is important because donations are an indicator of a candidate’s strength of support and ability to fundraise.

Bell’s staff has been omnipresent across the Commonwealth to build and bolster a broad network of committed Republicans.  And chances are if you have seen two or more Republicans together — even in the smallest of jurisdictions, Rob’s campaign is on hand.  They have ceded no ground in this nomination contest and will take the same approach this fall.

It is my hope that you will give Rob your support at the Republican State Convention on May 18.  Rob has spent his career working on real issues for real people and this Commonwealth needs his kind of no nonsense, diligent, and conservative brand of leadership.

***The preceding post applies only to the author and does not reflect a sitewide endorsement by Virginia Virtucon.***

Bell, Martin Take Chesterfield Lincoln Reagan Straw Poll

On Friday, Delegate Rob Bell added the Chesterfield County Republican Committee’s Lincoln Reagan Dinner Straw Poll to his list of straw poll victories, edging out Senator Obenshain 59-40 of dinner attendees.

With the Republican Convention just 10 days away, the Bell campaign believes the win is an indication that “undecided voters are breaking our way.”

In the same poll, Senator Martin who represents part of Chesterfield also emerged victorious with Pete Snyder a distant second place.

 

 

 

Tea Straw Poll Wins Propel AG Candidate Rob Bell

Last week, the Montross Tea Party held a Mini Convention at American Legion Hall, 14576 Kings Highway to gauge support for candidates in the Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General races.  Delegate Rob Bell in a press release said,

“We were very happy to win the Montross Tea Party’s straw poll with 64%.”

Bell also scored recent straw poll victories at the Hampton Roads Tea Party Candidates Forum (56%) and the Manassas Tea Party (51%).

As Constitutional issues remain in the spotlight, Delegate Bell has seen solid support from tea party members over his co-authoring of the eminent domain amendment to the Virginia Constitution, his consistent voting record on the 2nd Amendment and support from Dick Heller, and his support of the Boneta bill and Martha Boneta.

Martha Boneta Endorses Rob Bell for AG

Martha Boneta has endorsed Delegate Rob Bell for Attorney General.

Ms. Boneta is a farmer and the inspiration for the ‘Boneta Bill.’  This bill, HB1430, sought to strengthen private property rights and was introduced by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter.

It:

Expands the definition of agricultural operations to include the commerce of farm-to-business and farm-to-consumer sales as well as commerce in other related items. The bill creates a rebuttable presumption that an agricultural operation is in compliance with local zoning ordinances when it operates on property that is zoned agricultural. The bill contains a clause providing that the provisions of the bill shall not become effective unless reenacted by the 2014 Session of the General Assembly.

At a January press conference, Ms. Boneta described the ‘Boneta Bill’ which earned:

…national attention  last year for being threatened with fines for hosting a birthday party at her farm for eight 10-year-old-girls without a permit. She ended up paying $500 to appeal these charges brought by a testy bureaucrat with an agenda, who actually said on record that Martha was “out of line” for appealing. And bureaucrats wonder why people despise them.

As outrageous as that was, it’s merely the tip of the iceberg. Martha’s quaint farm store that was open just seven hours per week has been shut down even though she had a business license. The reason? She sold produce, organic tea from herbs in her garden, wool fiber from her rescued sheep and alpacas, postcards with pictures of goats from her farm, necklaces with feathers made from her rescued emus, and homemade pies. Maybe it was the prayers that she and college interns said over the crops and animals that offended the bureaucrat.

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Rob Bell Maintains Massive Fundraising Edge in AG Race

The Virginia Public Access Project released its numbers in the Attorney General Race for the period ending on April 15, 2013.

Candidate Raised
Rob Bell (Republican) $937,850
Mark Obenshain (Republican) $430,663

Delegate Rob Bell has more than doubled Senator Mark Obenshain’s fundraising total to date with just 4 short weeks remaining until the Convention.

A closer look at the data reveals that Bell has $553,079.00 to spend as of March 31, 2013 while Obenshain has only $179,487.

4th Annual CVLR Features Executive Assistant to President Reagan

The 4th Annual Central Virginia Lincoln Reagan Dinner will feature James F. Kuhn, Executive Assistant to President Ronald Reagan on May 3, 2013 from 5:30-9:00pm at the Holiday Inn Koger Center in Chesterfield.

Mr. Kuhn served eight years under President Ronald Reagan. During the second term of the Reagan Administration, Mr. Kuhn served as the President’s executive assistant, as well as worked closely with the President and White House senior staff.  Mr. Kuhn recently published “Ronald Reagan in Private: A Memoir of My Years in the White House.”

General and VIP Receptions will begin at 5:30 and will feature live jazz music, hors d’oeurves, Silent Auction, and LG/AG Straw Poll.

Kuhn began his tenure with Reagan as an advance person in the 1980 presidential campaign.  In his presentation, Kuhn will recounts stories from his weekends with the President to Camp David, and major trips taken during the second term to Geneva, Bitburg, Reykjavik, Moscow, and the Brandenburg Gate.

Additionally, he will share Reagan’s reactions to major events such as the Challenger disaster and the Iran-Contra affair, and Reagan’s meetings with Margaret Thatcher, Pope John Paul II, Francois Mitterrand, and other major world figures along with his observations of key members of the cabinet and White House staff, and the First Lady.

Tickets and sponsorships are available at http://www.lincolnreagandinner.com 

Bell Endorsements Pile Up

What do Dick Heller and John Taylor have in common?  They have all endorsed Delegate Rob Bell for the Republican nomination for Attorney General of Virginia.

Dick Heller is a hero to the 2nd Amendment movement.  In the landmark case of District of Columbia v. Heller, the Supreme Court by a 5 to 4 vote held that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.

At issue in the case was a District of Columbia law which banned handgun possession by making it a crime to carry an unregistered firearm and prohibiting the registration of handguns.  It provided separately that no person could carry an unlicensed handgun, but authorized the police chief to issue 1-year licenses and required residents to keep lawfully owned firearms unloaded and dissembled or bound by a trigger lock or similar device.

Respondent Heller, a D. C. special policeman, applied to register a handgun he wished to keep at home, but the District refused. He filed the suit seeking, on Second Amendment grounds, to enjoin the city from enforcing the bar on handgun registration, the licensing requirement insofar as it prohibits carrying an unlicensed firearm in the home, and the trigger-lock requirement insofar as it prohibits the use of functional firearms in the home. The District Court dismissed the suit, but the D. C. Circuit reversed, holding that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess firearms and that the city’s total ban on handguns, as well as its requirement that firearms in the home be kept nonfunctional even when necessary for self-defense, violated that right.

John Taylor is “president of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy, an independent, nonpartisan, education and research organization that develops and promotes public policy consistent with the Virginia tradition of individual liberty, dynamic entrepreneurial capitalism, private property, the rule of law, and constitutionally limited government. He also serves as president of Tertium Quids, a 501(c)4 issue advocacy organization that hosts Virginia’s Tuesday Morning Group, a statewide coalition comprising more than 900 activists who represent more than 260 organizations.

In 1975, John received a B.A. from Wofford College, and subsequently earned an M.B.A. from Georgia State University and a J.D. from the Woodrow Wilson College of Law. A member of the Mont Pelerin Society, he is also a member of the Federalist Society and the Philadelphia Society. John has been the recipient of the Hero of the Taxpayer Award, an annual recognition given by Americans for Tax Reform in Washington, D.C.; and the Eagle Award, an annual award given for profamily, grassroots leadership by the Eagle Forum of St. Louis, Missou.”

Throughout the years, Taylor’s leadership on the issues of taxation, the size of government and the role of government have been well established.

Other endorsers include:

5th Congressional District

Congressman Robert Hurt

Albemarle County

Sheriff Chip Harding Honorable Ken Boyd, County Supervisor Honorable Rodney Thomas, County Supervisor

Botetourt County

Delegate Christopher Head

Campbell County

Delegate Matt Fariss

Caroline County

Delegate Robert Orrock

Jeff Sili, Republican Committee Chair

Chesapeake

Honorable Rick West, City Councilor

Honorable Nancy Parr, Commonwealth’s Attorney

Chesterfield County

Delegate Roxann Robinson

Colonial Heights

Delegate Kirk Cox

Honorable C. Scott Davis, Mayor

Danville

Delegate Daniel Marshall III

Emporia

Carla Harris, Republican Committee Chair

Woody Harris, Emporia City Council

Fairfax

Delegate David Albo

Delegate Thomas Rust

Honorable John C. Cook County Supervisor

Honorable John Peterson, Director NOVA SWCD

Fauquier County

Honorable Lee Sherbeyn, County Supervisor

Fluvanna County

Honorable Jeff Haislip, Commonwealth’s Attorney

Debbie Rittenhouse, Republican Committee Chair

Franklin County

Delegate Charles Poindexter

Grayson County

State Senator Bill Carrico

Greene County

Sheriff Steven Smith

Gary Lowe, Republican Committee Chair

Halifax County

Delegate James Edmunds

Hanover County

Delegate Christopher Peace
Honorable Trip Chalkley, Commonwealth’s Attorney

Sheriff Dave Hines

Honorable Wayne Hazzard, County Supervisor

Former Delegate Frank Hargrove

Honorable Sean Davis, County Supervisor

Henrico County

Delegate John O’Bannon

Former Delegate Bill Janis

Sheriff Mike Wade

Isle of Wight County

Delegate Rick Morris

Bill Coburn, Republican Committee Chair

Loudoun County

Delegate Tag Greason

Delegate Joe May

Delegate David Ramadan

Louisa County

State Senator Tom Garrett

Bob Arment, Republican Committee Chair

Lunenburg County

Delegate Thomas Wright Jr.

Mike Hankins, Republican Committee Chair

Madison County

Delegate Edward Scott

Honorable George Webb, Commonwealth’s Attorney

William Harvill, Republican Committee Chair

Manassas City

Steven Thomas, Republican Committee Chair

Newport News

Hazel Call, Hampton Roads Republican Women Chair

Norfolk City

Bob Wilson, Businessman and property rights activist

Orange County

Doug Rogers, Republican Committee Chair

Sheriff Mark Amos

Honorable Diana Wheeler, Commonwealth’s Attorney

Petersburg

Debra Mallory, 1st Vice Chair Tri-City Republican Women

Pittsylvania County

Delegate Donald Merricks Chris Carter

Former Republican Committee Chair

Poquoson

Delegate Gordon Helsel

Jr. Paul Keddell, Republican Committee Chair

Powhatan County

Delegate Lee Ware Jr.

Prince George County

Barbara Tabb, Republican Committee Chair

Prince William County

Delegate Richard Anderson

Delegate Jackson Miller

Honorable Peter Candland, County Supervisor

Richmond

Jerilynn Grigsby, Tuckahoe Republican Women Chair

Scott County

Delegate Terry Kilgore

Spotsylvania County

Delegate Mark Cole

Stafford County

Delegate Mark Dudenhefer

Delegate William Howell, Speaker, House of Delegates

Tazewell County

Delegate James W. Morefield

Virginia Beach

Delegate Salvatore Iaquinto

Delegate Barry Knight

Delegate Harry Purkey

Delegate Christopher Stolle

Delegate Ronald Villanueva

Honorable Patrick Salyer, School Board Member

Washington County

Delegate Israel O’Quinn

Westmoreland County

Delegate Margaret Ransone

Bell Takes Hampton Roads Tea Party Straw Poll

The Hampton Roads Tea Party held an Attorney General Debate on Tuesday at the Meyer E. Oberndorf Central Library in Virginia Beach.  After taking 18 questions and over the span of 90 minutes, a straw poll was taken for the group’s preference.
Delegate Rob Bell was victorious over Harrisonburg Senator Mark Obenshain with roughly 56% of the vote.  
The Hampton Roads Tea Party chapters participating include Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk.
Questions centered on a variety of topics including the transportation tax increases.

UPDATED: On Crossover Rob Bell’s Voter Fraud Bills Breeze Through House

Delegate Rob Bell scored major victories today for three key pieces of legislation designed to combat voter fraud.  They are:

House Bill 2331 – Gives the Virginia Attorney General independent authority to prosecute violations of election laws, instead of having to wait to be invited.  (83Y-17N)  This was the closest of the three votes and appears to have been controversial with 17 No votes because it removed a layer of bureaucracy.

House Bill 1764 – Requires Virginia to work with other states to ensure that no voter is registered in two states at the same time.  (100Y-0N)

House Bill 1765 – Requires the State Police to help identify felons among those who are registering to vote and to help the State Board of Elections to identify felons that are already on the voter rolls. (94Y-4N)  The 4 Nays here were Carr, Kory, McClellan, and Morrissey.

With these pieces of legislation, it will be easier to investigate and prosecute suspected voter fraud violations in the Commonwealth.  In 2008, there were 38 charges of voter fraud in Virginia. Most of these have resulted in convictions. In another 194 cases, the state police found likely evidence of fraud, but local prosecutors declined to prosecute.

UPDATED: Voter fraud while ‘nonexistent’ according to some, seems to be popping up again as the National Review reports. 

AG Race: Will Campaign Cash on Hand Meet Expectations?

Supporters of AG candidate Mark Obenshain at this morning’s Virginia Beach Republican Committee breakfast boasted that the Senator will have $750,000.00 on hand in the fundraising report scheduled to come out this week.

BellObAt this same time in January of 2009, then Attorney General candidate Ken Cuccinelli reported $220,537.00 in cash on hand, John Brownlee reported $116,589.00, and $53,874.00 for Dave Foster.

Thus, for Obenshain to have $750,000.00 on hand would be almost double the January 2009 fundraising report for all three of the 2009 Republican Attorney General candidates, combined.

Delegate Rob Bell opened the 2013 race with a sizable cash advantage to Obenshain.  In the first period that closed June 30, 2012, Bell raised $692,837.00 to Obenshain’s $198,123.00.

All eyes will be on the all important finance report scheduled to be issued Tuesday.  As Bell and Obenshain are both in the legislature, they are prohibited from raising money during session.  Consequently, the numbers are very important; both campaigns will have to live on what they have raised for the next few months as delegate selection draws near.

Rob Bell Unveils Endorsements in AG Race

http://www.robbellforag.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/rob-bell-landing-page-pic.jpgDelegate Rob Bell (R-Albemarle) unveiled a list of endorsements in the Attorney General race late Thursday night.  The list notably includes sitting Congressmen, Senators, Delegates, Sherriffs and others.

Dear Friend,

I’m excited that grassroots Republicans, elected officials, and law enforcement leaders have all endorsed my campaign for Attorney General!  They all want an Attorney General who will defend the Constitution and promote public safety.  I hope you will consider joining the team — you can click here to help!

We Endorse Rob Bell!

5th Congressional District

Congressman Robert Hurt

Albemarle County

Sheriff Chip Harding

Honorable Ken Boyd, Chairman, Board of Supervisors

Honorable Rodney Thomas, County Supervisor

Botetourt County

Delegate Christopher Head

Campbell County

Delegate Matt Fariss

Caroline County

Delegate Robert Orrock

Jeff Sili, Republican Committee Chair

Chesapeake

Honorable Rick West, City Councilor

Chesterfield County

Delegate Roxann Robinson

Danville

Delegate Daniel Marshall III

Sandra Warren, Republican Committee Chair

Fairfax

Delegate David Albo

Delegate Thomas Rust

Honorable John Peterson, Director NOVA SWCD

Fauquier County

Honorable Jim Fisher, Commonwealth’s Attorney

Honorable Lee Sherbeyn, County Supervisor

Fluvanna County

Honorable Jeff Haislip, Commonwealth’s Attorney

Debbie Rittenhouse, Republican Committee Chair

Franklin County

Delegate Charles Poindexter

Grayson County

State Senator Bill Carrico

Greene County

Sheriff Steven Smith

Gary Lowe, Republican Committee Chair

Halifax County

Delegate James Edmunds

Hanover County

Delegate Christopher Peace

Honorable Trip Chalkley, Commonwealth’s Attorney

Sheriff Dave Hines

Honorable Wayne Hazzard, County Supervisor

Henrico County

Delegate John O’Bannon

Former Delegate Bill Janis

Sheriff Mike Wade

Isle of Wight County

Delegate Rick Morris

Bill Coburn, Republican Committee Chair

Lexington/Rockbridge County/Buena Vista

Cher McCoy, Republican Committee Chair

Loudoun County

Delegate Tag Greason

Delegate Joe May

Delegate David Ramadan

Louisa County

State Senator Tom Garrett

Lunenburg County

Delegate Thomas Wright Jr.

 

Madison County

Delegate Edward Scott

Honorable George Webb, Commonwealth’s Attorney

William Harvill, Republican Committee Chair

Manassas City

Steven Thomas, Republican Committee Chair

Newport News

Delegate David Yancey

Hazel Call, Hampton Roads Republican Women Chair

Orange County

Doug Rogers, Republican Committee Chair

Honorable Diana Wheeler, Commonwealth’s Attorney

Petersburg

Debra Mallory, 1st Vice Chair Tri-City Republican Women

Pittsylvania County

Delegate Donald Merricks

Poquoson

Delegate Gordon Helsel, Jr.

Paul Keddell, Republican Committee Chair

Powhatan County

Delegate Lee Ware Jr.

Prince George County

Barbara Tabb, Republican Committee Chair

Prince William County

Delegate Richard Anderson

Delegate Jackson Miller

Richmond

Jerilynn Grigsby, Tuckahoe Republican Women Chair

Scott County

Delegate Terry Kilgore

Spotsylvania County

Delegate Mark Cole

Stafford County

Delegate Mark Dudenhefer

Delegate William Howell, Speaker, House of Delegates

Tazewell County

Delegate James W. Morefield

Virginia Beach

Delegate Salvatore Iaquinto

Delegate Barry Knight

Delegate Harry Purkey

Delegate Christopher Stolle

Delegate Ronald Villanueva

Washington County

Delegate Israel O’Quinn

Westmoreland County

Delegate Margaret Ransone

We Need You Too!
Again, I hope you will consider joining the campaign!  Together, we can carry on the fight for Constitutionally limited government, public safety, and important issues like photo ID for voters.  Click here to help.
Sincerely,

Rob Bell
Delegate, 58th District

PS: If you are attending the Republican Advance in Virginia Beach this weekend, I hope you will stop by my “Liberty Bell Hospitality Suite” (Suite #526 in the Cavalier Hotel).  We open at 9:00 p.m. on Friday night!  And we’ll have s’mores!

All 5 GOP Senate Candidates Headline 2012 Central Virginia Lincoln Reagan Dinner

CHESTERFIELD, Va—Donald C. Williams, Chairman of the Chesterfield County Republican Committee (CCRC) reported today that all five of the 2012 GOP candidates for the Virginia Senate had confirmed to share the stage and serve as guest speakers for the third annual 2012 Central Virginia Lincoln-Reagan Dinner which will take place in Chesterfield at the Holiday Inn Koger South Conference Center on February 25th.

The five Republican Senate candidates are former Senator and Governor George Allen, Bishop E.W. Jackson, David McCormick, former Tea Party leader Jaime Radtke, and Delegate Bob Marshall. During the dinner, each guest will be allotted time to speak on a patriotic or inspirational topic inspired by the evening’s theme. This gathering is the candidates’ only scheduled joint public appearance in the greater Richmond area before the Primary. 

The Central Virginia Lincoln-Reagan Dinner is sponsored by the CCRC, and celebrates and honors the lives of two ofAmerica’s most beloved Presidents: Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan, during the month of their birth. Attendees for this event come from all across the Commonwealth, and it has quickly gained a reputation as one of the premium political events of the season. Often attended by top state and local elected officials and party leaders, the 2012 Central Virginia Lincoln-Reagan Dinner will be a night to remember!

Individual tickets are available for purchase on the website. Tables seating up to eight people are available for corporate sponsorship. See http://www.lincolnreagandinner.com to purchase tickets and sponsorships and for more information. Attire for the evening will range from business to formal. Two receptions, including one for VIP’s will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will feature live jazz music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Photographs will be taken throughout the evening of attendees and honored guests. Dinner will be served at 7:00 p. m. and speakers will take the stage throughout the evening.

AG Race: Rob Bell Holds 10 to 1 Fundraising Advantage over Mark Obenshain

VPAP fundraising reports show a 10 to 1 fundraising advantage for Delegate Rob Bell over Senator Mark Obenshain.

In the period which covers July 1 to December 31, 2011, Delegate Bell raised $602,970.00 to Senator Obenshain’s approximately $60,000.  Senator Obenshain currently has only $6,000 listed in his Obenshain for Attorney General account, but has about $53,000 in his Obenshain for Senate account which would presumably be transferred into the Attorney General account in the future.

Does State Law Require Addresses of Petition Signers in a Presidential Primary?

The law of the Commonwealth seems to require signatures, but I don’t see any mention of addresses of signers of the petition to be listed…  If the frontrunner Newt Gingrich was disqualified because of a lack of addresses on the petitions turned in, does this not impact that decision?  Is there another section that I’m missing?

Are there other ways to qualify a voter other than checking SSN and address?  According to 24.2-101, “Qualified voter” means a person who is entitled to vote pursuant to the Constitution of Virginia and who is (i) 18 years of age on or before the day of the election or qualified pursuant to § 24.2-403 or subsection D of § 24.2-544, (ii) a resident of the Commonwealth and of the precinct in which he offers to vote, and (iii) registered to vote. No person who has been convicted of a felony shall be a qualified voter unless his civil rights have been restored by the Governor or other appropriate authority. No person adjudicated incapacitated shall be a qualified voter unless his capacity has been reestablished as provided by law.

§ 24.2-545. Presidential primary.

A. The duly constituted authorities of the state political party shall have the right to determine the method by which the state party will select its delegates to the national convention to choose the party’s nominees for President and Vice President of the United States including a presidential primary or another method determined by the party. The state chairman shall notify the State Board of the party’s determination at least 90 days before the primary date. If the party has determined that it will hold a presidential primary, each registered voter of the Commonwealth shall be given an opportunity to participate in the presidential primary of the political party, as defined in § 24.2-101, subject to requirements determined by the political party for participation in its presidential primary. The requirements may include, but shall not be limited to, the signing of a pledge by the voter of his intention to support the party’s candidate when offering to vote in the primary. The requirements applicable to a party’s primary shall be determined at least 90 days prior to the primary date and certified to, and approved by, the State Board.

B. Any person seeking the nomination of the national political party for the office of President of the United States, or any group organized in this Commonwealth on behalf of, and with the consent of such person, may file with the State Board petitions signed by at least 10,000 qualified voters, including at least 400 qualified voters from each congressional district in the Commonwealth, who attest that they intend to participate in the primary of the same political party as the candidate for whom the petitions are filed. Such petitions shall be filed with the State Board by the primary filing deadline. The petitions shall be on a form prescribed by the State Board and shall be sealed in one or more containers to which is attached a written statement giving the name of the presidential candidate and the number of signatures on the petitions contained in the containers. Such person or group shall also attach a list of the names of persons who would be elected delegates and alternate delegates to the political party’s national convention if the person wins the primary and the party has determined that its delegates will be selected pursuant to the primary. The slate of delegates and alternates shall comply with the rules of the national and state party.

The State Board shall transmit the material so filed to the state chairman of the party of the candidate immediately after the primary filing deadline. The sealed containers containing the petitions for a candidate may be opened only by the state chairman of the party of the candidate. The state chairman of the party shall, by the deadline set by the State Board, furnish to the State Board the names of all candidates who have satisfied the requirements of this section. Whenever only one candidate for a party’s nomination for President of the United States has met the requirements to have his name on the ballot, he will be declared the winner and no presidential primary for that party will be held.

C. The names of all candidates in the presidential primary of each political party shall appear on the ballot in an order determined by lot by the State Board.

D. The State Board shall certify the results of the presidential primary to the state chairman. If the party has determined that its delegates and alternates will be selected pursuant to the primary, the slate of delegates and alternates of the candidate receiving the most votes in the primary shall be deemed elected by the state party unless the party has determined another method for allocation of delegates and alternates. If the party has determined to use another method for selecting delegates and alternates, those delegates and alternates shall be bound to vote on the first ballot at the national convention for the candidate receiving the most votes in the primary unless that candidate releases those delegates and alternates from such vote.

E. The election, or binding of votes, of delegates to a political party’s national convention for the nomination of that party’s candidates for President and Vice President of the United States through the presidential primary process shall be considered to be equivalent to a primary for the nomination of a party’s candidate.

F. The cost of the presidential primary shall be paid by the Commonwealth pursuant to the provisions of the appropriation act.

Eric Holder Suddenly Interested in Vote Suppression

Early famous for his embarassing leadership of the Justice Department’s utter disregard of documented voter intimidation outside of a Philadelphia voting location in 2008, President Obama’s Attorney General expressed sudden interest yesterday in potential vote suppression over the concept made law in many states that one need a photo identification card in order to cast a ballot in 2012…

AUSTIN, Tex. — Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. on Tuesday entered the turbulent political waters of voting rights, signaling that the Justice Department would be aggressive in reviewing new voting laws that civil rights advocates say will dampen minority participation in next year’s elections.

Declaring in a speech that protecting ballot access for all eligible voters “must be viewed not only as a legal issue but as a moral imperative,” Mr. Holder urged Americans to “call on our political parties to resist the temptation to suppress certain votes in the hope of attaining electoral success and, instead, achieve success by appealing to more voters.”

The speech by Mr. Holder could inflame a smoldering partisan dispute over race and ballot access as the 2012 campaign cycle intensifies. It comes as the Justice Department’s civil rights division is scrutinizing a series of new state voting laws that were enacted — largely by Republican officials — in the name of fighting fraud.

Mr. Holder spoke here at the presidential library of Lyndon B. Johnson, who signed the Voting Rights Act in 1965. The act enables the civil rights division to object to election laws and practices on the grounds that they would disproportionately deter minority groups from voting — even if there is no evidence of discriminatory intent — and to go to court to block states from putting the laws in place.

Mr. Holder also laid out a case for replacing the “antiquated” voter registration system by automatically registering all eligible voters; for barring state legislators from gerrymandering their own districts, and for creating a federal statute prohibiting the dissemination of fraudulent information to deceive people into not voting.

His remarks came against the backdrop of a huge turnout of young and minority voters in the 2008 election that helped propel President Obama to victory. In the 2010 election, when voting by such groups dropped off and enthusiasm among more conservative groups surged, Republicans won sweeping victories, winning or expanding control of many state legislatures and governorships.

This year, more than a dozen states enacted new voting restrictions. For example, eight — Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin — imposed new laws requiring voters to present state-issued photo identification cards. Previously voters were able to use other forms of identification, like bank statements, utility bills and Social Security cards.

Proponents of such restrictions — mostly Republicans — say they are necessary to prevent voter fraud that could cancel out the choices of legitimate participants. Opponents — mostly Democrats — say there is no evidence of meaningful levels of fraud and contend that the measures are a veiled effort to suppress participation by hundreds of thousands of eligible voters who lack a driver’s license.

Mr. Holder quoted with approval a speech by Representative John Lewis, a Georgia Democrat and longtime civil rights activist, who recently declared that voting rights were “under attack” in “a deliberate and systematic attempt to prevent millions of elderly voters, young voters, students, minority and low-income voters from exercising their constitutional right to engage in the democratic process.”

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Delegate Rob Bell on Seeking AG in 2013

I believe my experience as a prosecutor and a conservative lawmaker has given me the background to serve as Virginia’s next attorney general. As attorney general, I would continue to fight crime and to promote safer schools and neighborhoods. Recidivism remains a major problem, and we are looking at new ways to manage probationers to try and keep them away from trouble. I would also carry on Attorney General Cuccinelli’s battle to rein in unconstitutional overreach by the federal government. I would fight to protect property rights and to eliminate unnecessary and burdensome regulations on businesses.

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Gingrich Vows to Tap Bolton for Secretary of State reports WT

“Newt Gingrich promised conservatives on Tuesday he would ask former U.N. Ambassador John Bolton to be his secretary of state if he’s elected president next year, according to several of those who met with him.

Hours later he repeated that vow publicly to the Republican Jewish Coalition, winning a round of applause.

“If he accepts it, I will ask John Bolton to be secretary of state,” the former House speaker said.

During the closed-door meeting in Arlington, Mr. Gingrich spoke and fielded questions for about two hours from 70 conservatives, and they said afterward that they came away impressed.”

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