A New Low, Even For Morrissey

Convicted pervert and overnight resident of the big house Joe Morrissey says he will step down from his Delegate seat. But before you let out that sigh of relief know that creepy Joe is, of course, not doing the honorable thing here at all because he plans to run in the special election that will fill the vacancy his resignation will create. Say what? Logic be damned, Morrissey ain’t done just yet.

How selfish and oblivious can Morrissey be here? Resign you creep and just go away. You are tarnishing the respectful name of our country’s most historic legislature. The Virginia House of Delegates has no place for someone of such low character.

The good news to report here is Delegate Mark Keam says he plans to vote to expel Morrissey from the legislature if Morrissey wins the special. Let’s hope all of the Democratic leadership follows Delegate Keam, who deserves our thanks for being on the right side of this horrible story since the news first broke this summer.

We will have to wait to see if Morrissey runs in the special as a Democrat, as an independent, or as a sex offender. We asked Morrissey this question via Twitter and have yet to receive a response. #WhereYouSleepingTonightJoe?

Keam will vote Morrissy out (2)

Cross-posted to Red NoVA

Tim Singstock wants to be PWC School Board Chairman

My friend Willie over at the Bull Elephant is reporting that Conservative Activist Tim Singstock is gearing up to run for PWC School Board chair. No other names have officially been out out there yet, but as I have been saying 2015 in Prince William County is going to be very interesting.

http://thebullelephant.com/breaking-tim-singstock-is-running-for-pwc-school-board-chairman/

 

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Delegates Scott Lingamfelter and Lee Ware call for US Constitutional Convention!

As the rollout of legislation for the 2015 session begins, one item may truly be of national concern. Delegates Scott Lingamfelter and Lee Ware have called for a Constitutional Convention to amend the United States Constitution. Specifically citing massive Federal debt, unfunded Federal government mandates, and the lack of enforcement of the 10th Amendment by the courts, Lingamfelter and Ware are taking action to fix things. The two good delegates are asking the Virginia General Assembly to invoke Virginia’s rights under Article V of the United States Constitution, which states:

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

The way it works if the legislatures of two thirds of the 50 states, or at least 34 states, petition the U.S. Congress then Congress must call a convention. Once the convention begins, the participating states may propose amendments to the Constitution. The proposed amendments would then be sent back to the States for approval, and if 3/4 of the states, or at least 38 states, approve the amendment, the proposed amendments would become part of the United States Constitution. The states may approve with a simple majority vote of either their respective state legislatures or a state constitutional conventions, with the US Congress choosing whether it would be conventions or legislatures that approve. Notably no action by either state or federal executive branches is required.

Is it possible that a Constitutional Convention could be called? Well, state legislatures across the country are more conservative today than at any point since the 1920’s, when constitutional amendments were all the rage. Currently Republicans have majority control of the entire state legislature in 30 states, plus Nebraska – which is highly Republican but technically has a non-partisan legislature.  So, really, 31 states are Republican. Eight states have split legislatures, meaning one party has control of each chamber. In eleven states Democrats control both chambers of the state legislature. The magic number is 34, so if all the Republican states and just three of the split states passed measures similar to the Delegates Lingamfelter’s and Ware’s bill, then a Constitutional Convention could occur. Are there three split states that might vote that way? The most likely would be Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, and New Mexico which all have some conservative tendencies, especially on fiscal matters. Colorado could as well if recent trends go… so the short answer is it is possible if the political trend carried through the nation.

If such a convention proposed amendments, could they actually be ratified?  Let’s assume the amendment is fairly palatable… a simple balanced budget amendment with a clause that allowed some time to bring things under control. Or possibly reasonable term limits for Congress.  Assuming that the 11 Democratic states would balk, and the 31 Republican states would pass, you would need seven of the eight split states to agree. The only genuinely liberal state with split chambers right now is New York, so it is possible. And really, what state legislature wouldn’t like term limits on federal positions? That just provides them opportunity for promotion. Before we dismiss Lingamfelter and Ware’s effort here as purely symbolic, we can see in the mechanics that a real movement could actually produce a result. A tall order? Yes. Impossible… no.

Corey Responds to the Critics

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Corey has had a tough week with critics, and today he responded on his facebook page:

“The Prince William Board of County Supervisors voted yesterday to give budget guidance to the County Executive consistent with the rate of inflation.

A story recently appeared on InsideNova.com that was inaccurate. Last Tuesday evening I responded to a question from a school board member who asked if the Board of County Supervisors was going stick to the adopted five year plan for school revenue.

In my response, I stated if the desire of the school board is to maintain the current projected revenue levels in the five year plan, then we need to make a policy change in how we manage revenues and taxes in Prince William County. Our recent tax policy called for property tax increases over the next four years regardless of whether or not they were needed. I wanted to end this policy. This policy leads to spikes and valleys in the counties revenue streams. When a government typically sees an increase in revenue beyond what they need to provide services, the excess money is spent. This is what I am trying to avoid.

I suggested that a fiscally responsible solution would be to change the focus from being solely on the residential tax bill, and instead look at all revenue streams to determine how to continue keeping taxes the lowest in Northern Virginia while still providing the services our citizens desire.”

 

Better Know a (State Senate) District: the 17th

17th State Senate District Lean

2014: Gillespie 53%/Warner 44%/Sarvis 3%

2013: Cuccinelli 49% / McAuliffe 44% / Sarvis 7%

2012: Romney 50% / Obama 49%

2012: Kaine 50%/Allen 49%

VV calculation: R+2; Tossup district with R lean in non-presidential years

The 2011 redistricting changed this district dramatically, from a 61% McDonnell district to one Obama had actually won in 2008. The inclusion of large parts of heavily Democrat Albemarle County made the difference; in his victorious 2011 campaign, Sen. Reeves only lost the City of Fredericksburg and Albemarle County. Those two alone were enough to make the race close.

Unit makeup

Spotsylvania County       37.36%

Orange County                 17.14%

Albemarle County           13.62%

Louisa County                    11.91%

Fredericksburg City         10.76%

Culpeper County              9.20%

The population center of this district is Spotsylvania County, with significant portions from five other localities.

Candidates

Incumbent: Republican Whip Bryce Reeves (R) is running for re-election. He has raised over $425,000 per the last VPAP filing.

Rumored or declared Democrat candidates

Traci Dippert: Dippert is the Chair of the Culpeper County Democrat Committee and a local school teacher. She lost in a House of Delegates run against Del. Ed Scott (R), garnering only 35.5%. She has raised $7,300 for the Senate effort. Rumors are that the Dem Senate leadership is not impressed and is looking for a better candidate. Her campaign manager stated:  “This seat may very well be the hinge upon which the balance of power swings,” he said. “This is going to shape up as the race of 2015 and right now we are the only show in town. We expect national attention.” (http://www.dailyprogress.com/starexponent/news/local_news/dippert-hopes-to-shift-power-back-to-democrats-in-state/article_41375a38-2963-11e4-a8cd-0017a43b2370.html?mode=story)

Dr. Chris Lillis: Lillis is a New York native who lives in Fredericksburg. According to his Facebook page, he is apparently a big fan of Nevada U.S. Senator Harry Reid (D).

Hap Connors: Connors is a former Chairman of the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors who lost his seat in 2011. He is a lobbyist who is a former head of the South Carolina Democratic Party and Clinton appointee; his fundraising prowess and connections in the region run deep and he would be a formidable candidate. While not declared, scuttlebutt is that Gov. McAuliffe is heavily recruiting his longtime friend Connors to move to Fredericksburg and run for this seat. Last year, he appointed Connors to the Fredericksburg area seat on the Commonwealth Transportation Board, over a candidate favored by the elected officials from the area. Connors was a major supporter of McAuliffe in each of his gubernatorial runs.

Rumored or declared Republican candidates

No Republican challengers to Reeves have been rumored.

Reeves had this to say about the race: “We are planning a campaign kickoff for after Christmas.  We are poised to run for election again.  Since our last election, we have been working to secure our place, through a lot of hard work and great constituent services.

Our legislative record is one that I am proud of because we have tackled some hard issues and had some very positive results.  Everything from offshore drilling, to protecting women’s rights in sexual assault cases, to multiple veteran’s issues, to fostering job growth in the district, all while maintaining our conservative values. Values that matter to working families in the Commonwealth. 

I have been recognized by my peers and selected as a Majority Whip.  No small feat for a freshman senator. 

We will continue to press the hard issues to get results that will allow our constituency the opportunity to live, work, and play in the 17th district.

We have knocked 22k doors for ID already and have our campaign manager starting next week.”

Analysis

While the lean of this district looks like a tossup or a bellweather, Reeves has maintained a high profile, raised money proficiently, and looks strong. In 2011, his early hard work laid the groundwork for a narrow defeat of Sen. Edd Houck (D), a rare red-district Dem in the Senate. The Democrat bench in the area has been decimated and is extremely thin (the writer of this analysis is proud to have had something to do with that!). So far, the announced Dem candidates read more like a laughingstock than a fearsome roster, though that would change if Hap Connors entered the race. Gov. McAuliffe has loads of cash ready to dump, so while Reeves looks to be very very strong, he cannot rest on his laurels at this point.

Rating: Safe Republican

Op- Ed from Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) on Net Neutrality

The Internet is one of the most dynamic and competitive marketplaces in existence and has become a cornerstone of the American economy and culture. Consequently, concerns about the future of an open and fair Internet, broadly coined as “net neutrality,” have rightfully risen to the forefront of the national debate.

The rise of the net neutrality debate to national prominence has been accompanied with certain misconceptions about the underlying issues. In part, concerns about net neutrality have risen sharply because of aggressive claims that the Internet as we know it is under fire. These claims continue to be made despite the fact that one of the principal regulators of the Internet, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has not found problems with competition on the Internet in any peer-reviewed study. In addition, the FCC cannot point to a single case of an Internet provider creating a “fast lane” or a “slow lane,” terms used to describe whether an Internet provider selectively expedites or slows consumers’ access to the Internet or to certain websites.

Nevertheless, commentators have called on the FCC to impose burdensome regulations on the Internet as a remedy to these potential threats. President Obama is among the supporters of this regulatory approach, as announced last month in his White House statement.

The proposed regulatory approach relies on the false premise that regulation will result in increased competition. The Internet has transformed the economy and thrived precisely because of an environment of limited regulation. Increasing regulation on the rapidly growing and dynamic Internet would be a mistake and undermine the intent of net neutrality, which is to maintain a free, open, and competitive Internet.

As chairman of the House Judiciary Committee which has jurisdiction over net neutrality, I recently held a hearing on whether antitrust law or regulation is more effective in protecting consumers and innovation on the Internet. The conclusion of experts at the hearing was that the regulatory approach leaves consumers with fewer choices and higher prices, the antithesis of net neutrality.

I also sent a letter to the head of the FCC who will be the chief architect of any future Internet regulations. My letter to the FCC challenged the idea that regulating the Internet is the most effective way to achieve net neutrality and protect consumers from discriminatory conduct. Instead, I urged the FCC to examine the history of the Internet and why it has succeeded free of these regulations.

The Internet doesn’t need an inflexible “one-size-fits-all” government mandate to ensure net neutrality – and consumers do not need an extra $84 burden added to their annual Internet bill as a result of new net neutrality regulations, a number projected by a recent Progressive Policy Institute study.

The key to an open and free Internet lies in strong enforcement of our nation’s antitrust laws. These time-trusted laws allow for maximum flexibility and consistently demonstrate their ability to prevent discriminatory and anti-competitive conduct in the marketplace.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

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Governor McAuliffe Continues to Kiss Bloombergs…

Guest Post by Mr Greg Stone

Why would Terry McAuliffe, a liberal Governor of a purple trending back to red state such as Virginia promote the failed gun control policies of years gone by ? Last Novembers elections provided abundant evidence that despite all his money and misinformation, the Nanny State Bloomberg message of more gun control, did not resonate with voters. The results are obvious. Citizens who enjoy freedom, liberty, and cherish the ability to defend themselves and their families, are not interested in Bloombergs Nanny State. We trust ourselves to select how many Glocks we want to own, the size of our sodas, and the amount of salt we choose to ingest. So,why then is Terry McAuliffe playing the role of politically tone deaf Governor ? Is it because he is a politically tone deaf Governor ? Yes he is, but is that is whats in play here ? Or is it the Bloomberg Cash?
When McAuliffe defeated Ken Cuccinelli for Governor, Nanny Bloomberg poured over a million dollars here into McAuliffe’s campaign, Terry needs that cash to continue his political charade. Bloomberg’s generosity is now manifesting itself into policy positions despite the mountains of proof and historical data that these same policies have failed miserably right here in the Commonwealth. One would think that if proponents of gun control were going to take on the uphill fight for more gun regulations, that they would propose something other than previous failures.
The center piece of McAuliffe’s new campaign against guns in Virginia is the infamous One Gun a Month law.That’s right One Gun a Month ! The very law previously enacted that hung around for some twenty years before it was rejected in 2012! HERE because of it’s ineffectiveness, is the new public safety agenda of the McAuliffe administration. This is the new gun control idea being pulled from the legislative dust bin and put back onto the table for us to debate, ridicule, and toss back onto the pile of stupid ideas. Is this McAuliffe’s political tone deafness, or his insatiable desire for additional cash to serve his political ends ?
What do you think ?
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Greg’s BIO:

Greg Stone is a Personal Protection Specialist (PPS) registered with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s- Department of Criminal Justice Services(DCJS), Security Consultant, and NRA Certified Firearms Instructor based in Northern Virginia. Greg has provided executive protection, corporate and private security, as well as work place violence mitigation for diplomatic, political, and corporate clients. Greg specializes in political security having worked for campaigns at the local, state, and national levels. His current work has him working for a Virginia based contractor specializing in the construction of High Security Infrastructure and force protection. As a Certified Firearms Instructor and NRA Chief Range Safety Officer, Greg trains private citizens on the use of firearms as a component of their personal protection plan. Greg can be reached at G3Stone@Gmail.com

 

George Allen ….for Governor?!?!?

With speculation already running rampant regarding who the Republicans will pick as their gubernatorial nominee in 2017, one name made me pause. George Allen. Is the Former Governor looking to retake his old job in Richmond? There have been whispers, there have been conversations, and of course rumors that he could be gearing up to do it all again. There have already been other names floating out there, Republican heavyweights such as Sen. Mark Obenshain, Congressmen Wittman, Hurt, and Forbes, as well as several lesser known Virginia legislators such as Senator Bryce Reeves and Senator Frank “Slaters Gonna Slate” Wagner.

As Governor, Allen was a champion for welfare reform, truth in sentencing as well as education reform. Though this is all rumor and speculation, I personally would like to see George Allen reclaim his job as Governor. Though there are those who make it their duty to cannibalize Republicans after they leave office, or lose an election, I am not one of them. Everyone will have their opinions and that is the wonderful thing about living in America, but this is something we should contemplate and think about in the next few years. The bottom line being we as conservatives, need to take back the Governor’s mansion and put Virginia back on track as one of the best states in the union.

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Milt Johns will not run for another term as PWC School Board Chairman

Prince William County School Board Chairman released the following statement this morning :

 

For Immediate Release

After months of prayer, reflection, and discussions with my family, I have decided that I will not seek re-election as Chairman at Large of the Prince William County School Board in 2015. When my term ends at midnight on December 31, 2015, I will have spent nearly a quarter of my life serving on the Prince William County School Board. It is time for me to focus on other matters, including my family and my law practice. I do expect to continue to have a role supporting Prince William County Schools and in local political activities.

When the 12th year of my tenure on the School Board concludes, I will have been part of a Board that opened 20 schools and renovated and expanded dozens more, that brought robotics to every school in the county, and that established the Safe Schools Advisory Council and the Governor’s School @ Innovation Park. We expanded full day Kindergarten county-wide, expanded AP, IB and Cambridge programs, and offered a myriad of specialty programs at nearly all of our schools. By my rough count, over 65,000 students have received high school diplomas during that time, and I personally watched almost half of them cross the stage at graduation.

Prince William County Public Schools are not perfect; they never were and they never will be. But I am extremely proud of the progress we have made – administrators, teachers, support staff, parents and students – in the past 11 years as we have emerged to be one of the premiere large suburban school divisions in the country, and the role I played on the Prince William County School Board. It was a labor of love, but all things must come to an end.

Among the many people who have supported me over the years, I must especially thank my wife Shellie and my children Caitlin and Milton Wyatt for their love and understanding, and I look forward to work hard in 2015 for the citizens of Prince William County.

- Milt Johns

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The question now is ..who will run for this seat..there are many speculations I have heard, but not  enough information to report yet…V.V will be on top of the story

Joe Morrissey Is An Embarrassment To The Old Dominion

So Joe Morrissey got 12 months (with 6 suspended) after having sex with (and possibly impregnating) a minor. He’s going to be on a work-release program which will allow him to continue as a member of the House of Delegates, and continue to work as an attorney. Just pause for a moment and allow all that to sink in, gentle reader.

It would be easy to compare this to the fate of our esteemed former governor. However, I will not do so, because I think McDonnell deserves to be held responsible for his behavior just as Morrissey does. “Fightin’ Joe” Morrissey has had a colorful personal history, shall we say. He’s brandished a rifle of the floor of the House with his thumb inside the trigger guard. He actually lost his law license for a number of years due to a series of fistfights and disorderly conduct incidents.

Simply stated, Joe Morrissey is a disgrace and an embarrassment to Virginia. It’s obvious he has no plans to resign for the good of his district. He should be expelled by the House of Delegates as soon as possible. If not, the honorable thing for the Democratic Party of Virginia to do is to make sure Mr. Morrissey is defeated for renomination to his seat. Regardless of whether one agrees with him ideologically, should he really represent any Virginia voter in the hallowed halls of Richmond? To ask the question is to answer it.

“Fightin’ Joe” must go. Now.

Delegate Peace wants our President to abide by the Constitution

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On Tuesday Delegate Chris Peace sent a letter to Virginia Attorney General Herring requesting that the Commonwealth of Virginia join a host of other states, to stand against President Obama’s power grab on immigration. In the letter Delegate Peace writes:
“Many of our Virginia Representatives share the point of view the President does not have the authority to advance his executive orders to change the laws in the absence of congressional action.”
I applaud Delegate Peace for taking this step, and I hope it is not in vain, as Attorney General Herring does not have a great track record of listening to Republican concerns in his short time while in office. Lets hope that he decides to protect and defend the United States Constitution, which is you know, his job.

Here is the link to the full letter sent by Delegate Peace

http://chrispeace.com/2014/12/08/peace-sends-letter-to-ag-herring-to-join-lawsuit-against-presidential-immigration-policy/

 

Better Know a (State Senate) District: 29th

29th State Senate District

2013: Cuccinelli 39% / McAuliffe 57% / Sarvis 4%

2012: Romney 35% / Obama 63%

(source: VPAP)

VV calculation: D+9; Safe Dem

The 2011 redistricting really did a number on this district; where McDonnell carried the old district with 55% (it was basically a tossup district, a bellweather for the state), Mitt Romney managed only 35% here- in a year where he got 48% statewide. This district is now a safe D seat.

Unit makeup

Prince William: 74.7%

Manassas: 19.2%

Manassas Park: 6.1%

The population center of this district is now the Woodbridge area along Rt. 1, as well as the heavily-Hispanic Manassas area. The Woodbridge area is strong Democrat, the Manassas area swings.

Incumbent candidate

Chuck Colgan (D) is not running for re-election. He had $40,500 in his campaign account per the last VPAP filing.

Rumored or declared Democrat candidates

Jeremy McPike (http://potomaclocal.com/2014/12/02/mcpike-makes-run-virginia-senate/) will contest for the Democrat nod, after nearly knocking off Republican Delegate Scott Lingamfelter.

Del. Michael Futrell (D-2nd): Giving up his Delegate seat to run for State Senate. He has $10.939 in his Delegate campaign account (http://virginiavirtucon.wordpress.com/tag/michael-futrell/).

Atif Qarni: Reported to open a candidate account by VPAP with no money in it.

Rumored or declared Republican candidates

Ian Lovejoy: Reported to open a candidate account by VPAP with no money in it. Rumored to no longer be interested in running.

Hal Parrish: Longtime moderate fixture in PWC politics is rumored to give it a run.

Tom Gordy: 2011 Republican nominee in this district came closer to Colgan than anyone suspected, losing 55-45. Rumored to be interested in another run.

Analysis

While historically a GOP-leaning district, the 2011 redistricting and Prince William’s ongoing realignment mean that this district should be in safe Democrat hands. It would take a combination of favorable environment, bad Democrat candidate, good Republican candidate, and lots of money to flip this seat. Rating: Safe Dem

Next up: the 17th.

Bruce W. Tyler gearing up for the 10th Senate District?

Bruce W. Tyler seems to be making the rounds to gather support for a run at the soon to be open seat in Virginia’s 10th Senatorial District. Tyler spent six years as the rare Republican elected to office in the City of Richmond as a member of the City Council. Tyler lost his seat in 2012 by a razor thin margin, and was known for demanding competent government and a direct and challenging demeanor in the City.  This attitude was famously brought to bear in a contentious Council meeting where Tyler called out the apparent dishonesty of a city official, much to the chagrin of the Mayor.

Tyler appears to be gauging support outside of Richmond, having attended the Chesterfield County Republican Committee’s Christmas party last night. Chairman Don Williams specifically recognized Tyler during the Committee meeting following the party, indicating that he was more than a casual guest. As the Virtucon previously noted, Richmond and Chesterfield make up the majority vote in the 10th District, but any Republican candidate who hoped to offset the strongly blue precincts in Richmond will need the strong red of Powhatan as well.

Hearing any other rumors out of the 10th?  Let us know here!

Frank Wagner is running for Governor in 2017

Yes, that’s right. According to the Shad Plank, he confirmed it to John Fredericks at the Republican Party of Virginia’s Advance this past weekend. Anyone who follows RPV politics knows that, on top of being a mediocre Senator in the first place, Wagner teamed up with Eric Cantor and a gaggle of other Republican electeds and consultants to try and slate off delegates to Congressional district conventions this past year, with some limited success. It’s widely thought that this brilliant idea galvanized grassroots support behind Dave Brat, and cost Cantor his job. Nevertheless, Frank Wagner believes he can somehow win a nomination for statewide office.

The solution to this is to teach establishment hacks like Wagner a hard lesson by defeating him for renomination to his Senate seat (the 7th) this year. There are a number of other Republican elected officials who must be held accountable, most notably Delegate Scott Taylor, but Frank Wagner stands out. For his arrogance, for his condescension, for his ruthlessness, for his dishonesty, and, not least, for his sense of entitlement. In short, he needs to be the example made by the grassroots this year.

Breaking : Ron Meyer set to run for State Senate

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Ron Meyer announced today that he intends on challenging Democratic Senator Jennifer Wexton in Virginia’s 33rd Senate District.

This will be Ron’s second go at the seat, after losing to John Witbeck in a Republican Convention last year.  Meyer who is 25 is the former spokesman of  Young America’s Foundation and the Reagan Ranch, now is the owner and President of Springboard Media Strategies, a media and digital communications firm.  Ron would be a candidate who will bring youth and new perspective to Richmond, and knows this campaign will be a challenge. Meyer has already started campaigning, and getting his name out to the electorate.

Ron is the only Republican to announce so far for the nomination. Virginia Virtucon will be following this contest closely.

Dudenhefer back in the political arena

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Former Delegate From the 2nd Delegate district Mark Dudenhefer wants his job back. Mark Dudenhefer who was defeated in 2013 by Democrat Michael Futrell made it official to Potomac Local (://potomaclocal.com/2014/12/08/dudenhefer-running-reclaim-2nd-district-seat-stafford-woodbridge/9) that he is ready to recapture his seat.

Mark Dudenhefer was extremely effective in making moves in transportation, but most of that work was put aside with the election of Terry McAuliffe. I personally am ready to help Mark reclaim the seat and so are many in Stafford County, who have felt ignored by current Delegate Michael Futrell. Futrell, who is not seeking re-election, is instead seeking the State Senate seat that is up for grabs after the retirement of very long time serving Colgan. Futrell has heard some yells from Stafford that he has spent most of his time in Prince William County, while ignoring the southern part of his district. Dudenhefer must not repeat the mistakes of last election, and must spend more time in Prince William County. Though he carried the electorate in Stafford, he was absolutely destroyed by the numbers coming from the very blue Prince William County.

Though many folks have been whispered to want to run for this seat on the Republican side, it looks like the party will rally behind Dudenhefer this time around, he just needs to take this campaign to all corners of the district and leave no stone unturned. With such a tough district for Republicans like the 2nd District every voter needs to be asked and every vote will count. I wish Dudenhefer luck on his endeavor and will also offer him my help.

 

 

 

Hood Cries

An OP-ED by Coby Dillard :

 

When there’s blood in the streets (streets)
And you remain quiet, don’t you come with a speech
(When it pop) Man down (down), Gunned by police
Hood Cries, you ignore it? Don’t say nuthin’ to me
(When it pop) (When it pop)
The hood been cryin’ out (cryin’ out), but no one ever hears (yeah)
Until they turn it upside down (side down) Now everyone appears (yeah)

It’s easy for me to look at killings like Trayvon Martin’s and Michael Brown’s and say that the outcomes of the inquiries into them resembled justice. I can do that because, in both situations, there were-and remain-a lot of unknowns; a lot of unanswered questions that could lead an individual to say those killings weren’t outright murders. In those instances, I understand how and why the conclusions were made.

That said, I can’t look at the decision to not prosecute the police officer that killed Eric Garner and come to the same conclusion about justice being served. It wasn’t, and there’s no denying that. Even if I grant the police the latitude necessary for them to effectively and safely do their jobs, there is no way that I get to the point of choking someone to their death as a viable method of restraint. No, it may not be murder, but it’s definitely negligence…and New York has a statute for criminally negligent homicide.

I’ll leave that for the federal lawyers to sort out.

These multiple killings-Martin’s, Brown’s, Garner’s-have led to protests and degrees of civil unrest. Rightly so, despite my disagreement with some of the tactics. What we see in Ferguson, what we saw in Florida and around the country last year, is the boiling over of decades of tension and frustration between the black community and the police departments that are supposed to keep the peace.

I notice, however, that people have a hard time acknowledging that frustration. They ask why blacks don’t get upset at the high rates of black-on-black killings, or at the disproportionate rates of black abortions, questioning why some “black lives matter” and those supposedly taken at the hands of other blacks don’t.

To those who I know who make those arguments, do me a favor: stop.

Because those arguments don’t show any concern for what’s going on. They don’t show any compassion for what happened. You can’t dictate to a people-of any color-what they should and should not be upset about. Let’s keep this real: if black police officers were killing young white men in the way Brown and Garner were killed, and if George Zimmerman was a black man, we know what the reaction would be. You do too.

And the funny thing is that the black community would support your frustration. Why? Because we know firsthand what it feels like. Been happening to us for a while.

Do you really think that blacks don’t care about blacks killing blacks, through any form of violent actions? Do you really think we’re not smart enough to recognize the problems that our community has? Do you really think we’re not capable of addressing them?

If you do, I understand. You’re safely insulated. You don’t know what’s going on; don’t see the pastors and community leaders in their streets, going door to door if necessary and pleading for the violence to stop. You don’t see the few-and true, that’s unfortunate-black men who stay in their neighborhoods, working to bring peace and betterment. And the ones you do see and hear about, you cast them as “militants”, because they make you feel uncomfortable.

And yet, when I talk about black murders, black abortions, black kids who can’t read and aren’t learning in schools…..you applaud.

My community has some real issues; I know. We’re doing the best we can to deal with them with the resources we have. Our responses aren’t perfect; sometimes they’re loud. Sometimes they’re profane. Sometimes, yes, they’re self destructive. But they’re ours, with all their positive and negative implications.

Let us have them. Allow us the time and space to get our emotions out…and then help us continue the work of improving.

 

Coby Dillard is the Chairman and Founder of The Virginia Black Conservatives

It’s time to re-examine our laws to increase police accountability

I do not wish to re-litigate Ferguson here; there is a tremendous amount of political and racial tribalism that colors who people view that situation, and it really is open to interpretation.

The situation in New York, where a New York cop brutally choked Eric Garner for selling loose cigarettes, is another matter altogether.

For one, that incident was caught on camera. The officer who killed Garner? Not indicted. The guy and his wife who filmed the incident? Indicted. Garner? Dead. Choked.

If my friends on the right wonder why there is so much anger and suspicion on the part of the black community at the police, incidents like this are a big part.

One of the issues that came out about the Ferguson case is that the laws in Missouri are extremely favorable to police- meaning, it is extremely difficult to hold a cop accountable for misdeeds in a court of law. Apparently, the law in New York is similar.

Judge Andrew Napolitano also wonders if we are becoming a virtual police state, where any cop can get away with use of deadly force with impunity.

What is to be done? I would recommend liberty as the answer.

This issue runs deep for Americans; remember, the Boston Massacre was an issue of law enforcement overreach that was artfully used by patriots agitating against the British.

I am not against the police. I salute their service. It’s a tough job. But any reasonable person knows there are good and bad cops, just as there are good and bad people. We have all met overzealous or unfair cops, and wondered what can be done to hold those individuals to account.

Part of the issue is, we have too many damn laws. In New Jersey, it is still against the law to slurp soup! When a cop can stop a citizen for doing almost anything, it creates a bad situation for all involved. So laws have to be looked at to maximize individual liberty.

The other part of it is to make sure that cops can be held to account for their actions. They are humans, like everyone else; they need to be held to account like everyone else. No agent of the government should be able to act with impunity to punish the citizenry without recourse. It’s unconstitutional.

Cop cameras are a good step. But the laws need to allow for normal accountability.

In case of a death, a special prosecutor should be named (to prevent collusion by normal DAs who must work with cops), and no abnormal deference should be shown to police in the course of their duties. Bernard Kerik added that community policing prevents these kind of situations; police should return to being the constables of the peace they started out as, not an internal army.

Shooting or killing a citizen should not be the default; it should be extraordinary.

Now, tell me if those things were followed, people would not feel a lot more faith in the system than they currently do. And that is ultimately the goal here- better safety for everyone.

No, Jeb Bush is NOT a conservative.

Much talk lately about “whither Jeb Bush” for President in 2016- but more specifically, if he is a conservative.

Liberals in the Republican Party here in Virginia are big fans. They cite Bill Bolling as another local Republican who is “misunderstood”.

There are several problems here.

The biggest one is, it really is a different time period than the last time Jeb faced the voters. In 1998, when Bush was first elected governor of Florida, Bill Clinton was being impeached by Congress. In 2002, the last election he competed in, we were in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 and the effects of NCLB were not yet known. His brother had just been elected President, and passed a big tax cut to boot.

Not so in 2014.

In 2014, we’ve had six years of a far leftist President Obama, who has given us a HUGE tax hike, Obamacare, an unprecedented expansion of Federal government power and size, and more new job-killing (and freedom-restricting) regulations than anyone really thought possible.

The priority at this point, as the Republic passes the $18 trillion mark in Federal debt, is on not just slowing the growth of government- but actively and quickly rolling it back.

That means rolling back Obamacare. Rolling back spending of all kinds. Rolling back innumerable regulations. Appointing judges who will respect a less active role for the leviathan central government in the Capitol.

So ask yourself: why would you nominate a person whose only policy calling card in the last 10 years is the expansion of Federal control in education, something which even liberals agree is best governed on a local level?

Common Core is a HUGE issue in 2014. Not only are states opting out and suing the Feds over it, but 2/3 of adults (likely the ones with school-age children) disapprove of Common Core and want it done away.

This is a big issue that favors a small government approach and is very popular among parents of all political persuasions.

But wait, there’s more.

Another big issue being raised on both sides of the aisle is cronyism- crony capitalism on the right, crony government on the left.

The main proponents of Common Core? The Chamber of Commerce and Public School Administrators. FAIL.

Why would we nominate someone on the wrong side of the biggest single issue of our time facing families? An issue that so clearly demonstrates why small government approaches are better than centralized ones?

Then there is immigration…. where Bush is at odds with 80% of his party’s faithful, and at odds with 60% of the country as a whole.

Times change. It was great that Bush cut taxes while Florida Governor. But in the decade since, he made his bones on the wrong side of a very important size-of-government issue.

There are too many other talented, good options this time around. This isn’t England; time to let the Bush dynasty go.

Obama Opening Illegal Immigrant Processing Center in NOVA, Hiring 1,000 New Full-Time Permanent Employees

Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has uncovered this U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) bulletin announcing a new facility right here in Northern Virginia to process President Obama’s executive amnesty order:

USCIS is taking steps to open a new operational center in Crystal City, a neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia, to accommodate about 1,000 full-time, permanent federal and contract employees in a variety of positions and grade levels. The initial workload will include cases filed as a result of the executive actions on immigration announced on Nov. 20, 2014.

More can be read here and here.

BREAKING : Eric Herr Drops his bid for RPV Chair

Word has been circulating that 1st District Chair is dropping his bid for RPV Chair, all but clearing the field for 10th District Chair John Whitbeck to take on the job.  John who was recently endorsed by State Senator Mark Obenshain and received the unanimous endorsement of the Conservative fellowship, is said to have all the momentum in this contest… stay tuned to VV for updates…

 

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