Latest on the Connaughton Confirmation Hearing

It seems that the Senate Commerce Cmte. may be pushing back Sean Connaughton’s confirmation hearing to Thursday this week or, possibly, off of this week’s calendar entirely. As of this morning, it was not listed on the Senate Commerce Cmte.’s web site, although it does appear in this morning’s Congressional Record:

July 27, Full Committee, to hold a hearing to examine pending nominations, 11 a.m., SR-253.

It should be noted that if the hearing be bumped this week, this has nothing to do with Sean’s nomination, but merely reflects the busy Senate schedule as they try to wrap up business prior to the August recess.

UPDATE: I’m hearing that it is more likely than not that the hearing will get bumped from Thursday. It could still happen, but don’t count on it.

Categories: PWC 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.

Categories: PWC Politics_

Latest on the Connaughton Confirmation Hearing

It seems that the Senate Commerce Cmte. may be pushing back Sean Connaughton’s confirmation hearing to Thursday this week or, possibly, off of this week’s calendar entirely. As of this morning, it was not listed on the Senate Commerce Cmte.’s web site, although it does appear in this morning’s Congressional Record:

July 27, Full Committee, to hold a hearing to examine pending nominations, 11 a.m., SR-253.

It should be noted that if the hearing be bumped this week, this has nothing to do with Sean’s nomination, but merely reflects the busy Senate schedule as they try to wrap up business prior to the August recess.

UPDATE: I’m hearing that it is more likely than not that the hearing will get bumped from Thursday. It could still happen, but don’t count on it.

Categories: PWC Politics_, Congress_

“what President Bush could have said to the NAACP”

Michael Zak from Back to Basics for the Republican Party puts forward his take on what President Bush should have said to the NAACP last week:

Addressing the NAACP’s annual meeting, President Bush made good progress in reaching out to African- American voters. The warm reception from the audience must have worried Democrats who consider themselves owners of the African-American vote. Even more important, however, than how the NAACP views the Republican Party is how the Republican Party views itself.

As Republicans embrace their heritage as “the party of Lincoln,” they will understand the true heritage of the Democrats to be “the party of slavery” and “the party of the Confederacy” and the party of the Ku Klux Klan.”

Laudable as his remarks were, President Bush talked about “the Civil Rights movement” as if there had only been one. In fact, the achievements of heroes such as Martin Luther King and Thurgood Marshall constituted our nation’s second civil rights movement. The first was a century before, when the Republican Party, smashing past obstacles thrown up by the Democrats, enacted a series of civil rights laws. What made a second civil rights movement necessary in the 1950s and 1960s was that Democrats had defeated the first civil rights movement back in the 1860’s and 1870s. Tragically, Democrats succeeded in postponing Lincoln’s “new birth of freedom.”

Once most Democrats in Congress walked out to join the Confederacy, Republicans were able to enact their civil rights agenda. With not one congressional Democrat voting in favor, in 1862 Republicans banned slavery in the territories and in the District of Columbia. With not one Democrat voting in favor, in 1865 the Republicans passed the 13th Amendment banning slavery. They then had to override Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto to enact the 1866 Civil Rights Act, which declared African- Americans to be citizens and with equal rights. Again, not one Democrat in Congress voted for it. To prevent the Democrats from ever repealing the 1866 Civil Rights Act, Republicans codified its principles into the Constitution, as the 14th Amendment. Once again, not a single Democrat in Congress voted for it.

Today, even most Republicans do not know that the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Act were revised versions of Republican initiatives during the first civil rights movement. The Republicans’ 1875 Civil Rights Act banned racial discrimination in private as well as public accommodations for eight years before being struck down by the Supreme Court. To get around that 1883 decision is why the 1964 law was based on the interstate commerce clause rather than the 14th Amendment. The 1965 Voting Rights Act is not the law which guaranteed African- Americans the right to vote. The Republican Party had already accomplished that with the 15th Amendment, which unscrupulous Democrats throughout the South had learned to evade with literacy tests, poll taxes, and other schemes.

President Bush listed many horrors that African- Americans had to overcome, but left unstated who the villains were. The Jim Crow laws mentioned by President Bush? They were enacted by Democrat- controlled state legislatures. And the men who held the leashes of those police dogs and the nooses of those lynch mobs? Democrats, all of them.

The Republican Party should stop throwing away political capital, because the more we Republicans know about the history of our Party, the more the Democrats will worry about the future of theirs.

I couldn’t agree more with Zak. Maybe next year President Bush will take that next step and go on the offensive.

Categories: National Politics_, Social Issues_

"what President Bush could have said to the NAACP"

Michael Zak from Back to Basics for the Republican Party puts forward his take on what President Bush should have said to the NAACP last week:

Addressing the NAACP’s annual meeting, President Bush made good progress in reaching out to African- American voters. The warm reception from the audience must have worried Democrats who consider themselves owners of the African-American vote. Even more important, however, than how the NAACP views the Republican Party is how the Republican Party views itself.

As Republicans embrace their heritage as “the party of Lincoln,” they will understand the true heritage of the Democrats to be “the party of slavery” and “the party of the Confederacy” and the party of the Ku Klux Klan.”

Laudable as his remarks were, President Bush talked about “the Civil Rights movement” as if there had only been one. In fact, the achievements of heroes such as Martin Luther King and Thurgood Marshall constituted our nation’s second civil rights movement. The first was a century before, when the Republican Party, smashing past obstacles thrown up by the Democrats, enacted a series of civil rights laws. What made a second civil rights movement necessary in the 1950s and 1960s was that Democrats had defeated the first civil rights movement back in the 1860’s and 1870s. Tragically, Democrats succeeded in postponing Lincoln’s “new birth of freedom.”

Once most Democrats in Congress walked out to join the Confederacy, Republicans were able to enact their civil rights agenda. With not one congressional Democrat voting in favor, in 1862 Republicans banned slavery in the territories and in the District of Columbia. With not one Democrat voting in favor, in 1865 the Republicans passed the 13th Amendment banning slavery. They then had to override Democrat President Andrew Johnson’s veto to enact the 1866 Civil Rights Act, which declared African- Americans to be citizens and with equal rights. Again, not one Democrat in Congress voted for it. To prevent the Democrats from ever repealing the 1866 Civil Rights Act, Republicans codified its principles into the Constitution, as the 14th Amendment. Once again, not a single Democrat in Congress voted for it.

Today, even most Republicans do not know that the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Act were revised versions of Republican initiatives during the first civil rights movement. The Republicans’ 1875 Civil Rights Act banned racial discrimination in private as well as public accommodations for eight years before being struck down by the Supreme Court. To get around that 1883 decision is why the 1964 law was based on the interstate commerce clause rather than the 14th Amendment. The 1965 Voting Rights Act is not the law which guaranteed African- Americans the right to vote. The Republican Party had already accomplished that with the 15th Amendment, which unscrupulous Democrats throughout the South had learned to evade with literacy tests, poll taxes, and other schemes.

President Bush listed many horrors that African- Americans had to overcome, but left unstated who the villains were. The Jim Crow laws mentioned by President Bush? They were enacted by Democrat- controlled state legislatures. And the men who held the leashes of those police dogs and the nooses of those lynch mobs? Democrats, all of them.

The Republican Party should stop throwing away political capital, because the more we Republicans know about the history of our Party, the more the Democrats will worry about the future of theirs.

I couldn’t agree more with Zak. Maybe next year President Bush will take that next step and go on the offensive.

Categories: National Politics_, Social Issues_

PWC Convention Set?

Jim Young over at the Skeptical Observer is reporting that the convention to nominate the GOP candidate for BOCS Chairman to replace Sean Connaughton may be held on Aug. 19. Head on over to his site for additional details.

Also, don’t forget that NOVA Townhall will be holding a live chat with Occoquan Supervisor Corey Stewart, who is a declared candidate for Chairman, on Monday. Virginia Virtucon is also planning to do interviews with various members of the Prince William BOCS in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for those, too.

Categories: PWC Politics_

NAACP gets down to business

Former Verizon Executive Bruce Gordon is proving that he’s the most results-oriented head of the NAACP in a long time.

“We need to be proactive, not reactive; address the issues of the people we serve in 2,000 cities across the country. And we can’t be anti- any administration, because we have to work with everyone we can to fix problems. That’s it. We don’t have time for anything else.”

In a single week, Gordon brought the President of the United States in to the NAACP convention AND saw the Voting Rights Act renewed. It looks like it is already paying off for African-Americans to have someone with experience in the business world rather than professional demagogues running the organization.

Categories: National Politics_, Social Issues_

Allen-Webb, Round 1

It sounds as if George Allen and Jim Webb’s debate yesterday was conducted in a very civil manner. I’d say the funniest line has to go to George Allen with:

“I know you’ve been a Republican, you’ve been a Democrat, you’ve been a Republican, you’ve been a Democrat,” he said. “Heck, I don’t know. Someday, we are going to be using the acronym R2-D2 for you.”

And, with a wrap-up like this, the Democrat Nutroots can’t be happy:

“I like George Allen. He’s somebody I wouldn’t mind going out and having a beer with,” Mr. Webb said.

Mr. Allen elicited a laugh from Mr. Webb when he said: “I wish Jim was still endorsing me. … I’d buy you a beer. It would be a Virginia beer — it’d be Coors or a Budweiser.”

Categories: Virginia Politics_, 2006 Elections_

PWC Convention Set?

Jim Young over at the Skeptical Observer is reporting that the convention to nominate the GOP candidate for BOCS Chairman to replace Sean Connaughton may be held on Aug. 19. Head on over to his site for additional details.

Also, don’t forget that NOVA Townhall will be holding a live chat with Occoquan Supervisor Corey Stewart, who is a declared candidate for Chairman, on Monday. Virginia Virtucon is also planning to do interviews with various members of the Prince William BOCS in the coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled for those, too.

Categories: PWC Politics_

NAACP gets down to business

Former Verizon Executive Bruce Gordon is proving that he’s the most results-oriented head of the NAACP in a long time.

“We need to be proactive, not reactive; address the issues of the people we serve in 2,000 cities across the country. And we can’t be anti- any administration, because we have to work with everyone we can to fix problems. That’s it. We don’t have time for anything else.”

In a single week, Gordon brought the President of the United States in to the NAACP convention AND saw the Voting Rights Act renewed. It looks like it is already paying off for African-Americans to have someone with experience in the business world rather than professional demagogues running the organization.

Categories: National Politics_, Social Issues_

Allen-Webb, Round 1

It sounds as if George Allen and Jim Webb’s debate yesterday was conducted in a very civil manner. I’d say the funniest line has to go to George Allen with:

“I know you’ve been a Republican, you’ve been a Democrat, you’ve been a Republican, you’ve been a Democrat,” he said. “Heck, I don’t know. Someday, we are going to be using the acronym R2-D2 for you.”

And, with a wrap-up like this, the Democrat Nutroots can’t be happy:

“I like George Allen. He’s somebody I wouldn’t mind going out and having a beer with,” Mr. Webb said.

Mr. Allen elicited a laugh from Mr. Webb when he said: “I wish Jim was still endorsing me. … I’d buy you a beer. It would be a Virginia beer — it’d be Coors or a Budweiser.”

Categories: Virginia Politics_, 2006 Elections_

Time Running Out To Sign Up For “Support Our Troops” License Plates


Republican Party of Virginia | Kate Obenshain Griffin, Chairman
Friday, July 21, 2006 www.vagop.com

“Support Our Troops” Virginia License Plate

Sign up today for a “Support Our Troops” license plate to show your support for our military heroes and their families. Proceeds from this plate will benefit the families of the Virginia service members who are sacrificing to protect our own families. Once 350 people have registered for the plate it will be available at DMV Offices. For an application form and mailing instructions, please visit www.supportthem.com/state/va. Virginia Support Our Troops, Inc. must deliver 350 paid plate applications to DMV by July 31, 2006 or the plate legislation will lapse.

For more information on this opportunity, please visit https://www.supportthem.com/state/va

Categories: War On Terror_

Time Running Out To Sign Up For "Support Our Troops" License Plates


Republican Party of Virginia | Kate Obenshain Griffin, Chairman
Friday, July 21, 2006 www.vagop.com

“Support Our Troops” Virginia License Plate

Sign up today for a “Support Our Troops” license plate to show your support for our military heroes and their families. Proceeds from this plate will benefit the families of the Virginia service members who are sacrificing to protect our own families. Once 350 people have registered for the plate it will be available at DMV Offices. For an application form and mailing instructions, please visit www.supportthem.com/state/va. Virginia Support Our Troops, Inc. must deliver 350 paid plate applications to DMV by July 31, 2006 or the plate legislation will lapse.

For more information on this opportunity, please visit https://www.supportthem.com/state/va

Categories: War On Terror_

Dems’ August Senate Playbook

TO: The Senate Democratic Caucus
FROM: Democratic Leader Harry Reid
RE: August Recess – New Direction for America: 6 for ‘06

________________________________________________________________________

NEW DIRECTION FOR AMERICA

August Recess

From vacant Katrina trailers sitting in Hope, Arkansas to vulnerable ports in New Jersey, to seniors in Ohio who can’t afford Rx drugs because they’ve hit the Medicare “donut hole,” and to dangerous open borders in Arizona, examples of the damaging effects of the Republican Congress’s failures are widespread. As Newt Gingrich predicted, the American people have “had enough,” and are looking for real leadership to take this country in a New Direction.

Since the start of this Congress, we have aggressively laid out a New Direction for the country. We defeated Social Security privatization, we stood together in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress to commit to Honest Leadership to eliminate the Republican culture of corruption, and we unveiled Real Security, a tough AND smart plan to make America more secure and restore our country’s leadership in the world.

In May, we introduced our energy independence plan – the Clean Edge Act of 2006 – to lower gas prices and address one of the most significant national security, economic and environmental issues of our generation. And in June, we detailed a New Direction for America to put the people’s interests ahead of partisan interests and address the great and many challenges facing America’s families as a result of President Bush and his Republican Congress’s failed leadership – lack of affordable health care, rising gas prices, an economy that works for all, college affordability, and retirement dignity.

Our efforts are beginning to pay off. Under the headline “Americans Want Democrats in Power,” the Associated Press reported last week that the American people favor Democrats over Republicans in the next election by an almost 3-to-1 margin. In that same poll, sixty-seven percent of Americans said the country is headed in the wrong direction, sending a clear indication that they are ready for a change. On issue-after-issue, the American people have rejected the Republican record of failure and turned to Democrats for real leadership.

We’re on a roll, but the fight is not over. Republicans recognize that – after too many years of putting their partisan interests over the American people’s interests — the tide is turning against them. To counter, they are preparing for an aggressive fight through to the end, with President Bush cutting short his usual extended August vacation in Crawford to bail out vulnerable members of his party. The President and his Republican allies would like nothing better than for Democrats to leave town in August and go dark. We can not afford to cede the upcoming recess to them and take our success to date for granted. Our work over the last year and a half has helped to lay the groundwork for the fall, but August is when we will bring our New Direction for America home.

On August 5th we will officially kick off recess events with New Direction for America Day, a nationwide coordinated effort where all Senators and House Members will be asked to hold a press conference or town hall meeting in their home state or district on the agenda. Beginning on August 5th and continuing into the subsequent weeks, we will hold five major events in key states to highlight the real differences between Republicans’ wrong direction and Democrats’ New Direction for America:

— A port security meeting in New Jersey

— A security event at the border in Arizona

— A senior center town hall meeting on the Medicare Part D donut hole in Ohio

— A visit to the vacant Katrina trailers in Arkansas prior to the one-year anniversary

— A college affordability event in Pennsylvania just as students return to campus

We will wrap up the August recess with a series of minimum wage events across the country on Labor Day

Our plans for the next month are ambitious, aggressive and require the full support of our Caucus to succeed. In a demonstration of our strength and unity, I ask that each Senator commit to the following:

— Host a town hall meeting or press conference on New Direction for America Day (August 5th)

— Hold a minimum wage event or work a minimum wage job for a few hours on Labor Day (September 4th)

By implementing this cross-country media effort during the month of August, we’ll be in a better position than ever to deliver change to this country. Your efforts over the last year and a half are beginning to pay off and I look forward to continuing to fight with you for a New Direction for America.

Categories: 2006 Elections_, National Politics_, Congress_