Delegate Rob Bell reminds us that every vote counts…

Dear Friend:

I hope you’ve seen the most recent Quinnipiac poll, which shows the Governor’s race is closing dramatically. Meanwhile, projections continue to show a very low turnout on Election Day. This makes our end-of-election work even more important! In 2005, Bob McDonnell won statewide office by only 323 votes, and in 2007, Ken Cuccinelli only won his Senate seat by 92 votes. Your work can truly make the difference for Cuccinelli / Jackson / Obenshain!

How can you help?

1. This weekend will be our last chance to convince Republicans to get out and vote. We need volunteers to make phone calls and knock on doors. Please report in at your local Victory office, which you can find, here. (In Charlottesville, I will be knocking on doors on Saturday starting at 10:00 a.m. If you have a few hours on Saturday or Sunday afternoon, please come by the headquarters in Albemarle Square – at the corner of 29 and Rio.)

2. Every unit needs volunteers for work on Election Day itself. Again, find your closest office here.

3. Call your friends and family. With the low turnout, don’t assume that your conservative friends are automatically voting. Take an hour on Sunday night and just confirm that everyone will be able to get to the polls on Tuesday.

Let’s win this thing!

Sincerely,

Rob Bell
Delegate, 58th District

PS: If you are working on Election Day and have legal problems or concerns, the RPV Election Day Incident Hotline is 571-354-6755.

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.***

What is Terry Hiding?

RPV has been hammering hard calling for Terry McAuliffe to release his tax returns. Susan Stimpson, candiddate for Lt.Governor agrees.

Stimpson has released a press release in which she has made her tax returns available and has called on all candidates seeking state-wide office this year to do the same.

“Everyone wants transparency in government. Ken Cuccinelli has led the way in disclosure of his tax records,” Stimpson said in a statement. “By contrast, his opponent Terry McAuliffe refuses to release his taxes.”

From Hamptonroads.com

Facing pressure from Republicans, he provided that information last month days after Cuccinelli allowed reporters to review hundreds of pages of his tax records covering eight years.

Stimpson is one of seven Republicans pursuing the party nomination for lieutenant governor.

Her campaign manager Tim Edson said Stimpson is leading by example because “she has nothing to hide” just a record of paying taxes “like hardworking middle class Virginians do.”

Candidates who refuse to follow suit and release their tax records evidentally “have something to hide,” concluded Edson.

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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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

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. 

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!

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.

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.

Read more here.

Delegate Rob Bell First to Enter Attorney General Race

Hot off the presses – Del. Rob Bell of Albemarle County will formally announce his candidacy for attorney general Tuesday in Richmond.

The 44-year-old Republican says he will make the announcement at the General Assembly Building where he will be chairing a meeting of the Virginia State Crime Commission.

Bell will be the first candidate to formally enter the race after Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli’s announcement last week that he will seek the Republican nomination for governor in 2013. Bell is a graduate of UVA law school and is a former prosecutor and a 10-year veteran of the General Assembly.  His list of accomplishments include important work on eminent domain in the wake of the Kelo decision (chief co-patron of the Constitutional Amendment on the ballot in 2012), tough legislation on DUIs, easing the ability of victims to acquire a protective order, some important work on mental health in the wake of the Virginia Tech trajedy among others.

Republican Sen. Mark Obenshain is said to be forming an exploratory committee on running for Attorney General.