Taking A Pass

I spoke with Supervisor Marty Nohe (R-Coles) earlier today and he confirmed for me that he will not be a candidate in the upcoming special election for PWC Chairman. I will let him speak as to his reasons himself if and when he chooses. I fully understand and respect his decision and think even higher of him for it (and I thought very high of him before this.)

What I can confirm from our discussion is that Ben Tribbet’s statement on NLS:

Moderate Connaughton forces have rallied behind Maureen Caddigan, who has cleared the field to take on Corey Stewart in a showdown for Prince William Chairman.

is a completely inaccurate portrayal of events.

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Don’t Take Their Word For It…

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell has an excellent idea in having the General Assembly generate their own revenue estimates rather than relying upon those provided by the Governor’s office. Former Gov. Marky Mark’s $130 million accounting error that could have decimated funding for education is testimony enough for that.

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Don’t Take Their Word For It…

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell has an excellent idea in having the General Assembly generate their own revenue estimates rather than relying upon those provided by the Governor’s office. Former Gov. Marky Mark’s $130 million accounting error that could have decimated funding for education is testimony enough for that.

Categories: Virginia Politics_, General Assembly_, 2008 Elections_

Connaughton Hearing Is A Go For Launch…

Everything is set for Sean Connaughton’s Senate confirmation hearing before the Commerce Cmte. tomorrow. By all accounts, Sean has done a solid job with his hearing prep and is ready to go. Given that there is a Homeland Security Undersecretary nominee on the panel as well, expect a lot of questions to go to that nominee with regard to DHS’s cyber-security efforts.

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Connaughton Hearing Is A Go For Launch…

Everything is set for Sean Connaughton’s Senate confirmation hearing before the Commerce Cmte. tomorrow. By all accounts, Sean has done a solid job with his hearing prep and is ready to go. Given that there is a Homeland Security Undersecretary nominee on the panel as well, expect a lot of questions to go to that nominee with regard to DHS’s cyber-security efforts.

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Debunking the rumor du jour

Contrary to some rumors in the blogosphere, Dumfries Supervisor Maureen Caddigan will NOT run as an independent for PWC Chairman. I spoke with her husband / campaign manager Jim Caddigan earlier today and he flatly denied that was even being considered. According to him, Maureen is a Republican and will run as one. End of story.

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Debunking the rumor du jour

Contrary to some rumors in the blogosphere, Dumfries Supervisor Maureen Caddigan will NOT run as an independent for PWC Chairman. I spoke with her husband / campaign manager Jim Caddigan earlier today and he flatly denied that was even being considered. According to him, Maureen is a Republican and will run as one. End of story.

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Senate Commerce Cmte. posts info on Connaughton confirmation hearing

The Senate Commerce Cmte. has posted information about the hearing currently set for this Thursday on Sean Connaughton’s nomination to be U.S. Maritime Administrator. (As of right now, it is still scheduled to happen.) He is slated to be one of five nominees at the panel hearing on Thu. at 11 a.m. in the Senate Russell Office Building, Room 253. I haven’t heard yet whether or not they will be webcasting the hearing, but if they do, the link to the committee’s webcasts can be found here.

If you happen to be around Capitol Hill on Thursday, be sure to drop by the hearing and lend your moral support to Sean!

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Senate Commerce Cmte. posts info on Connaughton confirmation hearing

The Senate Commerce Cmte. has posted information about the hearing currently set for this Thursday on Sean Connaughton’s nomination to be U.S. Maritime Administrator. (As of right now, it is still scheduled to happen.) He is slated to be one of five nominees at the panel hearing on Thu. at 11 a.m. in the Senate Russell Office Building, Room 253. I haven’t heard yet whether or not they will be webcasting the hearing, but if they do, the link to the committee’s webcasts can be found here.

If you happen to be around Capitol Hill on Thursday, be sure to drop by the hearing and lend your moral support to Sean!

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Why Webb quit and what the NY Times had to say about it

Carl Kilo over at Spark It Up! has dug up the old New York Times editorial on Jim Webb’s resignation from the Reagan Administration. Something tells me that they would have written this very differently had they known he’d be a Democrat candidate for the U.S. Senate against George Allen one day.

Head over to Carl’s place to check it out. It is definitely worth the read. In fact, it will give you great insight into Webb’s thoughts on defense. The more that I hear from Webb, the more I am convinced that he is locked into a Cold War mindset, both due to his experience in Vietnam and his time at the Pentagon in the ’80s. As the Cold War was winding down in ’88, Webb still clung to a naval strategy that was rapidly becoming obsolete.

Simply put, Webb’s approach to defense is not in step with our times in a post-9/11 world (or post-Cold War world for that matter.) We no longer face other nation-states who we can deter through Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). We now face enemies who are not contained by borders or nationalities, individuals who are not deterred by MAD. In fact, our enemies today view death as martyrdom, something to strive for. I’m just not convinced that Webb has adapted to this new reality.

UPDATE: So, now it is “Swiftboating” to republish a NY Times editorial about someone? Talk about thin-skinned.

And it now appears that Raising Kaine confirms what I wrote above about Webb not adapting to a changing world while serving as Navy Secretary.

So he resigned on principle, not out of “pique,” but in support of President Reagan, whose plan for a 600-ship Navy was “an important campaign plank of [his] in the 1980 presidential election.”

I’ve got news for them, the world of 1988 was vastly different from the world of 1980. I guess Webb didn’t get that memo, either.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Virginia Politics_, Media_, World War III_

Why Webb quit and what the NY Times had to say about it

Carl Kilo over at Spark It Up! has dug up the old New York Times editorial on Jim Webb’s resignation from the Reagan Administration. Something tells me that they would have written this very differently had they known he’d be a Democrat candidate for the U.S. Senate against George Allen one day.

Head over to Carl’s place to check it out. It is definitely worth the read. In fact, it will give you great insight into Webb’s thoughts on defense. The more that I hear from Webb, the more I am convinced that he is locked into a Cold War mindset, both due to his experience in Vietnam and his time at the Pentagon in the ’80s. As the Cold War was winding down in ’88, Webb still clung to a naval strategy that was rapidly becoming obsolete.

Simply put, Webb’s approach to defense is not in step with our times in a post-9/11 world (or post-Cold War world for that matter.) We no longer face other nation-states who we can deter through Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD). We now face enemies who are not contained by borders or nationalities, individuals who are not deterred by MAD. In fact, our enemies today view death as martyrdom, something to strive for. I’m just not convinced that Webb has adapted to this new reality.

UPDATE: So, now it is “Swiftboating” to republish a NY Times editorial about someone? Talk about thin-skinned.

And it now appears that Raising Kaine confirms what I wrote above about Webb not adapting to a changing world while serving as Navy Secretary.

So he resigned on principle, not out of “pique,” but in support of President Reagan, whose plan for a 600-ship Navy was “an important campaign plank of [his] in the 1980 presidential election.”

I’ve got news for them, the world of 1988 was vastly different from the world of 1980. I guess Webb didn’t get that memo, either.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, Virginia Politics_, Media_, World War III_

2006 RPV Advance announced



Republican Party of Virginia Kate Obenshain Griffin, Chairman
Tuesday, July 25, 2006 – www.vagop.com

Register for the 23rd Annual Donald W. Huffman Advance!

Register before July 31 and be entered in a raffle to win an exclusive weekend stay at the historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond!

Dear Friends,

The Republican Party of Virginia is committed to spreading our positive message to Virginians across the Commonwealth and asserting our Party’s grassroots strength by rallying together and helping carry our Congressional and Senatorial candidates to resounding victories. With your help, we will continue to build and strengthen the Republican majority in the Commonwealth.

It is with great enthusiasm that I invite you to celebrate our Republican elected officials, candidates and grassroots activists at the 23rd Annual Donald W. Huffman Advance December 1 and 2 at the Homestead Resort.

The 2006 Advance will feature a Friday night Welcome Reception; Saturday morning Victory Breakfast and Saturday afternoon Luncheon; Political seminars and break-out sessions; and, the presentation of our 2006 Grassroots Activists awards.

Please make your plans today to join Republicans across the Commonwealth as we celebrate the re-election of our U.S. Senator and our victories in the House of Representatives, and as we prepare for the 2007 campaigns for the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates.

The Homestead Resort also offers innovative, exhilarating activities for children of all ages at its renowned KidsClub, so please plan to bring your entire family for a fun-filled weekend at the Homestead. For more information about the KidsClub please visit http://www.thehomestead.com/kidsclub.asp.

Register for the Advance before July 31 and be entered in a raffle to win an exclusive weekend stay at the historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond!

I look forward to seeing you and your family at the Homestead in December. For additional questions about the Advance or the registration process, please contact Melissa Laughner at (804) 780-0111 or melissa@rpv.org.

Sincerely,

Kate Obenshain Griffin
Chairman, Republican Party of Virginia

P.S. To reserve your spot for this annual event, please take these two steps: 1. Register for the Advance with the Republican Party of Virginia.Register online here or to register by mail or fax, fill out the Advance Registration Form.

2. Reserve your hotel room with the Homestead (Limited rooms available).Fill out the Homestead Reservation Request Form and mail or fax it to the Homestead. Do not send it to the Republican Party of Virginia. Other area hotels: Comfort Inn, Covington (540) 962-2141; Best Value Inn, Covington (540) 962-7600; Best Western Mountain View, Covi ngton (540) 962-4951; Holiday Inn Express, Covington (540) 962-1200; Warm Springs Inn (540) 839-5351.

Riley, Not O’Reilly note: I’d like to suggest to RPV that they consider this hotel for their 2008 Advance (unless the major chain that will be operating it — I can’t divulge which at this time — manages to get it open in time for the 2007 Advance.)

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2006 RPV Advance announced



Republican Party of Virginia Kate Obenshain Griffin, Chairman
Tuesday, July 25, 2006 – www.vagop.com

Register for the 23rd Annual Donald W. Huffman Advance!

Register before July 31 and be entered in a raffle to win an exclusive weekend stay at the historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond!

Dear Friends,

The Republican Party of Virginia is committed to spreading our positive message to Virginians across the Commonwealth and asserting our Party’s grassroots strength by rallying together and helping carry our Congressional and Senatorial candidates to resounding victories. With your help, we will continue to build and strengthen the Republican majority in the Commonwealth.

It is with great enthusiasm that I invite you to celebrate our Republican elected officials, candidates and grassroots activists at the 23rd Annual Donald W. Huffman Advance December 1 and 2 at the Homestead Resort.

The 2006 Advance will feature a Friday night Welcome Reception; Saturday morning Victory Breakfast and Saturday afternoon Luncheon; Political seminars and break-out sessions; and, the presentation of our 2006 Grassroots Activists awards.

Please make your plans today to join Republicans across the Commonwealth as we celebrate the re-election of our U.S. Senator and our victories in the House of Representatives, and as we prepare for the 2007 campaigns for the Virginia Senate and House of Delegates.

The Homestead Resort also offers innovative, exhilarating activities for children of all ages at its renowned KidsClub, so please plan to bring your entire family for a fun-filled weekend at the Homestead. For more information about the KidsClub please visit http://www.thehomestead.com/kidsclub.asp.

Register for the Advance before July 31 and be entered in a raffle to win an exclusive weekend stay at the historic Jefferson Hotel in Richmond!

I look forward to seeing you and your family at the Homestead in December. For additional questions about the Advance or the registration process, please contact Melissa Laughner at (804) 780-0111 or melissa@rpv.org.

Sincerely,

Kate Obenshain Griffin
Chairman, Republican Party of Virginia

P.S. To reserve your spot for this annual event, please take these two steps: 1. Register for the Advance with the Republican Party of Virginia.Register online here or to register by mail or fax, fill out the Advance Registration Form.

2. Reserve your hotel room with the Homestead (Limited rooms available).Fill out the Homestead Reservation Request Form and mail or fax it to the Homestead. Do not send it to the Republican Party of Virginia. Other area hotels: Comfort Inn, Covington (540) 962-2141; Best Value Inn, Covington (540) 962-7600; Best Western Mountain View, Covi ngton (540) 962-4951; Holiday Inn Express, Covington (540) 962-1200; Warm Springs Inn (540) 839-5351.

Riley, Not O’Reilly note: I’d like to suggest to RPV that they consider this hotel for their 2008 Advance (unless the major chain that will be operating it — I can’t divulge which at this time — manages to get it open in time for the 2007 Advance.)

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Bill to give D.C. a vote in Congress moves along

The report on U.S. Rep. Tom Davis’s bill to grant D.C. a voting member in Congress (balanced with an additional at-large voting member for Utah) was filed yesterday in the U.S. House of Representatives:

H.R. 5388, to provide for the treatment of the District of Columbia
as a Congressional district for purposes of representation in the House of Representatives (H. Rept. 109-593, Pt. 1)

The main problem I have with this bill is the following which would apply to Utah:

(3) REQUIREMENTS FOR ELECTION OF ADDITIONAL MEMBER- During the period beginning with the first day of the One Hundred Tenth Congress and ending with the taking effect of the first reapportionment occurring after the regular decennial census conducted for 2010–

(A) notwithstanding the Act entitled `An Act for the relief of Doctor Ricardo Vallejo Samala and to provide for congressional redistricting’, approved December 14, 1967 (2 U.S.C. 2c), the additional Representative to which the State identified by the Clerk of the House of Representatives in the report submitted under paragraph (2) is entitled shall be elected from the State at large; and

(B) the other Representatives to which such State is entitled shall be elected on the basis of the Congressional districts in effect in the State for the One Hundred Ninth Congress.

Under this bill, Utah residents would be represented by two House members, one for their particular congressional district and one at-large for the entire state until the 2012 elections which will be the first following reapportionment based upon the 2010 census. That would seem to violate the findings portion of this bill, which places heavy emphasis upon “one person, one vote” to justify giving the District a voting member in Congress.

Basically, while everyone else in the U.S. would be represented by one House member, residents of Utah would be represented by two House members (or, since there are currently three congressional districts in Utah, you could argue that each resident would be represented by 1 and 1/3 House members.) That is just asking for a constitutional court challenge. The simplest way to avoid this is to redistrict Utah with their fourth House seat upon passage of this bill, but that would raise the possibility that the GOP-dominated state might use that opportunity to force out their lone Democrat congressman and that specter would collapse Democrat support for this bill in Congress.

Categories: National Politics_, NOVA Politics_, Congress_

Bill to give D.C. a vote in Congress moves along

The report on U.S. Rep. Tom Davis’s bill to grant D.C. a voting member in Congress (balanced with an additional at-large voting member for Utah) was filed yesterday in the U.S. House of Representatives:

H.R. 5388, to provide for the treatment of the District of Columbia
as a Congressional district for purposes of representation in the House of Representatives (H. Rept. 109-593, Pt. 1)

The main problem I have with this bill is the following which would apply to Utah:

(3) REQUIREMENTS FOR ELECTION OF ADDITIONAL MEMBER- During the period beginning with the first day of the One Hundred Tenth Congress and ending with the taking effect of the first reapportionment occurring after the regular decennial census conducted for 2010–

(A) notwithstanding the Act entitled `An Act for the relief of Doctor Ricardo Vallejo Samala and to provide for congressional redistricting’, approved December 14, 1967 (2 U.S.C. 2c), the additional Representative to which the State identified by the Clerk of the House of Representatives in the report submitted under paragraph (2) is entitled shall be elected from the State at large; and

(B) the other Representatives to which such State is entitled shall be elected on the basis of the Congressional districts in effect in the State for the One Hundred Ninth Congress.

Under this bill, Utah residents would be represented by two House members, one for their particular congressional district and one at-large for the entire state until the 2012 elections which will be the first following reapportionment based upon the 2010 census. That would seem to violate the findings portion of this bill, which places heavy emphasis upon “one person, one vote” to justify giving the District a voting member in Congress.

Basically, while everyone else in the U.S. would be represented by one House member, residents of Utah would be represented by two House members (or, since there are currently three congressional districts in Utah, you could argue that each resident would be represented by 1 and 1/3 House members.) That is just asking for a constitutional court challenge. The simplest way to avoid this is to redistrict Utah with their fourth House seat upon passage of this bill, but that would raise the possibility that the GOP-dominated state might use that opportunity to force out their lone Democrat congressman and that specter would collapse Democrat support for this bill in Congress.

Categories: National Politics_, NOVA Politics_, Congress_

Tim’s Rivershore Supporting Corey Stewart for Chairman

Anyone who knows Eastern Prince William County is well acquainted with Tim’s Rivershore restaurant, which boasts some of the best seafood in the area and has one of the best public views of the Potomac River south of Mt. Vernon. Well, as I was surfing the web tonight, I came across this on Tim’s webpage:

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT TO Corey A. Stewart.

Corey Stewart has openly shown support for Tim’s Rivershore and Tim throughout the whole process of working with the county to get the restaurant’s outside decks open again.

Corey repeatedly voiced his support for Tim’s, even to the point of being interrupted by others at a board meeting as he attempted to address his proposal for the board to work with the restaurant and county offices so the restaurant could remain open. We are asking you to show your support and vote for Corey, the only supervisor who openly supported us these past years. We know he does what he says he will do.

Tim will be setting up an e-mail link for those of you who live in Prince William County and are eligible to vote for the at-large seat (Chairman) on the Board of Supervisors. We’ll keep you informed on meetings and functions set up to support Corey in his quest to cut spending, cut taxes, and provide better guidance to county staff. As demonstrated by his consistent voting record, Corey’s priorities are transportation, public safety and education, as well as curtailing irresponsible rezoning and residential development.

Your vote counts only if you VOTE. Talk with us how you can help change Prince William County. This county needs people to help make a difference by stepping forward and casting their vote.

Thanks,
Tim Bauckman
David Wright
Guy Booth
Vern Bauckman

Tim’s is a local institution that attracts large crowds every weekend and a steady stream of customers throughout the week, so this has the potential to be a big boost to Corey (at least in the general election if he is the GOP nominee.) Until now, the only inkling I’ve had as to Tim’s leanings is a Jeff Frederick for Delegate bumpersticker on their front door. I do have to admit that while I understand their support for Corey based upon his assisting them with the issues they confronted following Hurricane Isabelle, I would have thought that his opposition to the Cherry Hill Community Development Authority (full disclosure, I am an appointed member of the Cherry Hill CDA) would not have sat well with them.

This is definitely a significant development in the Chairman’s race.

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