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Mayor Foreman on Virginia’s Economy & Jobs
According to data released by the United States Department of Commerce, Virginia posted zero percent economic growth in 2014 – that is 0.0% to be exact. That depressing figure ranks Virginia 48th out of 50 states when it comes to economic growth, trailing only Alaska and Mississippi, which saw their economic outputs drop by over 1 percent, respectively.
While some in my party would simply lay all of the blame at Governor McAuliffe’s feet for these dismal numbers during his first year in office, I am not willing to do that. The reality is that prior to Governor McAuliffe’s arrival, our state’s economy was already struggling. According to a recent Washington Post story (“With zero GDP growth, Virginia’s economy flat lines despite McAuliffe’s best efforts,” June 11, 2015), our commonwealth’s GDP was 0.6% in 2011, 0.7% in 2012 and 0.4% in 2013. Yes, it’s better than 0.0% but it’s far from where we need to aspire – and that is turning Virginia back into an economic and job-creating powerhouse.
Speaking parochially, parts of Northern Virginia have been hit harder than anywhere else. Between 2012 and 2013, per capita income has fallen by 2.3 percent in Prince William County. As the Mayor of Dumfries during this time, I have unfortunately seen the economic impact on our families, seniors and businesses firsthand.
My opponent in the 36th District Senate race, incumbent Delegate Scott Surovell, has been in Richmond for nearly six years and someone involved as an insider in politics and government long before that. Delegate Surovell is terrific at identifying problems we already know exist, and repeatedly talking about how important it is that we solve them. Each time he is up for re-election, you’ll see a lot of him in the newspaper making one promise or another about what he’ll do in yet another term in office. I think people are tired of talk, and they’d prefer decisive action that leads to long-term solutions.
As a 25-year Mustang Marine, I was taught to prioritize action over talk. As United States Marines, we were always taught to confront difficult challenges, not run away from them. In addition, as someone who has owned a small business, I understand the what entrepreneurs, employers and employees mean when they voice their concerns about government overregulation and meddling that makes it harder to attract, create and grow jobs here in Northern Virginia.
That’s why as Mayor of Dumfries, along with my colleagues on Council and friends in the business community, I have taken concrete steps to affect positive economic and fiscal changes in my town to help our residents during these tough times, such as:
Each of these actions has helped to make Dumfries more competitive, and the last one has resulted in our business fees being equal to or less than Prince William County and Stafford County in every category.
I am running for Senate to bring that same common sense problem-solving and strong leadership to Richmond. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of aisle and with Governor McAuliffe to revitalize Virginia’s economy, restore growth and promote policies that help to foster an environment that creates jobs, not repels them.
Together, we can create economic opportunity for all Virginians, and ensure that every resident of our state has a fair chance to thrive and create a better life for them and their families.
Cross-posted from rednova8.com
We want honesty in our elected officials. There is nothing partisan there. That said, can we still agree that the circumstances surrounding Hillary Clinton’s personal email server clearly illustrate that she is a dishonest person and therefore unfit to serve in our highest office? Probably not, but that’s because of your partisanship, not mine.
Clinton had a personal email server that she used as Secretary of State for her stated reason of convenience. Of course the press won’t press her, but they should have reported that that very statement is an admission of guilt because it shows that Clinton knew this was, at the very least, against protocol. And when you break protocol on handling top secret information concerning national security then you have broken the law. Also, Clinton is telling us that she couldn’t handle two email accounts at once, but she is somehow ready to handle everything our chief executive is involved with. Where is the honesty in any of this part of her story?
Now she has turned over her server to the feds as part of an FBI investigation. Her campaign likes to believe that Clinton ordered her people to do so voluntarily, as I am sure Clinton is totally thrilled with being the subject of a criminal investigation, of course, she could be used to it by now. Anyway, the server is being either reported as, or rumored to be, blank. So where is the honesty in deleting evidence before having to turn it over?
Transparency must not apply to Clinton if you are still a fan of hers after this. Honesty must not be a requirement to earn your vote if you are still on board with Clinton after this. And if your response is all politicians lie, then all you are really saying is it is ok for Hillary Clinton to lie, cheat and steal. I won’t be voting for her for several reasons, most of them involving policy. But the question I can’t figure out is, why would anyone who likes Clinton’s policies still cast her a vote after seeing how blatantly dishonest she is?
With all the negative and divisive crap going on at the other blogs. its nice to report on some of the good that is going on. My good friend Tyler Voigt has made a name for himself as the Virginia Field director for AFP, and his great work has paid off with a promotion.Here is his announcement from his facebook :
“I’m excited to finally be able to share that I have accepted a new position with AFP as Deputy State Director of North Carolina and will be moving there at the end of the month. While I’m pumped for the opportunity to join Donald Bryson and the rest of team NC in the Tar Heel State, I am sad to be leaving my fellow freedom fighters in the great Commonwealth. You will all be missed!
Also sorry to leave the state a little uglier, by taking the best looking Virginian (Tiffany) with me.”
I am very excited for him and this opportunity, yet sad we are loosing another sane conservative activist here in Virginia, God Speed to my brother from another mother – tb
Politico gives you Trump in his own words in their cover story: “The 199 Most Donald Trump Things Donald Trump Has Ever Said, Would you vote for this man?”
Here are some of the highlights of PUBLIC STATEMENTS made by Trump… The only commentary I will give is the categories I list the comments under:
Trump the Racist:
Trump the Misogynist:
174. “It’s all in the hunt and once you get it, it loses some of its energy. I think competitive, successful men feel that way about women. Don’t you agree? Really, don’t you agree?” (TrumpNation: The Art of Being The Donald, 2005)
Trump on Politics:
Just Plain Trump:
Imagine you are on the Campaign Team for Hillary Clinton, one of the most well known individuals in world. The problem is your candidate has an approval rating lower than George W. Bush and her dislikes are consistently above 50%. As the campaign progresses you know your candidate’s situation is expected to worsen with the pending scandals.
So under these circumstances, how can your candidate possibly succeed in an election where you typically need 50% of the vote plus one to win?
In 1992 Bill Clinton won the Presidency with only 43% of the popular vote. Ross Perot, a loud-mouth populist, managed to convince 19% of the electorate to waste their vote on his rhetoric. If it wasn’t for Ross Perot there is a good chance Bill and Hillary would be just insignificant footnotes in Arkansas lore.
Fast forward to the 2016 election and Donald Trump is running for the Republican Nomination for President. This candidate has not only been one of the major donors to the Clinton Foundation ($100,000+) but also Democrat campaigns like Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. He even boasts Hillary Clinton was a guest at his most recent wedding and he speaks regularly with Bill Clinton. In the recent debate he clearly stated he will not rule out a 3rd party challenge.
When he declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination Donald Trump managed to insult most of the Hispanic community. Days later he insulted many Veterans with comments on John McCain and most recently had misogynistic comments about a female news reporter.
Intentional or not, this so-called ‘Republican’ candidate is single-handedly writing a new chapter in the Democrat Play Book on the faux Republican War on Minorities and Women. There is the old saying, “With friends like these who needs enemies?”
Unfortunately I fear something far more sinister. Donald Trump’s ultimate goal could be to get Bill and Hillary back in the White House. Looking back at 1992 … it might work.
Stafford, Virginia – Mark Dudenhefer, Republican candidate for Virginia House District 2, is honored to announce an endorsement from Tim Ciampaglio.
“I’m pleased to endorse Mark Dudenhefer. Our primary election was focused on the issues that families face in this region and throughout the Commonwealth. It is crucial we unite as Republicans and elect Mark to Richmond this fall,” said Tim Ciampaglio.
“I’m humbled to have the endorsement of Tim Ciampaglio. He ran a spirited campaign, and the primary made us stronger and better prepared for the general election. I’m looking forward to working alongside Tim to ensure victory in November,” said Mark Dudenhefer.
Mark Obenshain making the first big splash in Virginia this morning announcing not only his support for Presidential Candidate Gov. Scott Walker, but that he will Chair his campaign in Virginia.
I am honored to announce that I am joining Scott Walker’s team as his Virginia Campaign Chairman. After eight years with Barack Obama in the White House, the American economy is stagnant and burdensome regulations are crippling small businesses. The Obama-Clinton foreign policy doctrine has left our friends to fend for themselves, our enemies unchecked, and the world a more dangerous place. We simply can’t afford eight more years of irresponsible liberal leadership.
Instead, America needs conservative leadership. Scott Walker is a reform-minded leader with the executive experience to allow him to transform the way Washington works. By winning three elections in four years without compromising his conservative principles in a state that hasn’t voted for a Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan, I am confident that Scott Walker can defeat Hillary Clinton or whoever else the Democrats put up in 2016. What makes me so sure? His record.
Governor Walker inherited a $3.6 billion deficit when he took office in 2011 and quickly turned it into a surplus. But it’s what he did with that surplus that really impressed me. Since assuming office, Governor Walker and Republican leaders have cut taxes by nearly $2 billion, including over $500 million in 2014 alone. In Washington, politicians see budget deficits as an excuse to raise taxes on the middle class. Governor Walker on the other hand has grown the economy, added more than 35,000 new businesses in four years, and cut taxes—returning money back to the taxpayers where it belongs.
Scott Walker has accomplished these things despite relentless opposition from big labor. In 2011, Governor Walker immediately took on the powerful labor unions in an attempt to return power back to the working class. No longer can union bosses forcibly withhold dues from workers’ paychecks. Instead, union membership is now optional—the way it should be.
Despite months of marches and occupation of the capitol grounds with more than 100,000 protesters, organized efforts by national union bosses and liberal activists across the nation, and millions of dollars spent to vilify him and his efforts,Governor Walker won this fight. He did it with a smile on his face, rallying support from across the country, and forging a broad coalition of Wisconsinites who admired his courage and understood the common sense principles undergirding his policies. He refused to give in to the demands of big labor.
On education, Governor Walker has fought for school choice—expanding the nation’s first school voucher system, increasing the number of charter schools, and removing the requirements for tenure and seniority. These reforms are working, improving the quality of public and private schools in the state where graduation rates have increased, test scores are higher, and the best and brightest teachers are remaining in the classroom. Like me, Walker believes that all children should have access to a quality education, regardless of their zip code. It’s this kind of mentality we need in the White House, not more of the failed, one-size-fits-all approach pushed by bureaucrats in Washington.
Whether it’s growing Wisconsin’s economy, fighting for the working class, or reforming education, Scott Walker has a consistent, proven record of success. America needs bold leadership to get us back on track, and I’m excited to help spread his message of conservative reform. It is a message that resonates not only with Republicans, but also with independents and conservative Democrats, and that’s a message and a coalition that will get him elected as our next president. I hope you’ll join me in this fight!
If one only pays attention to the liberal media spin on McAuliffe’s most recent failed power grab, one might think that the General Assembly is doing something improper in selecting Judge Alston to the Supreme Court after the Governor appointed Judge Roush during the recess. This may be because people might think that Virginia works similarly to the Federal Government in judicial appointments. It does not. The Governor typically has nothing to do with judicial appointments in Virginia. This is all about a power-grab by the Governor that was destined to fail as McAuliffe ignored both the law and tradition. And McAuliffe knew that he was playing a game of political chicken with Judge Miriam Roush’s career – a game that he was bound to lose to the detriment of a judge’s distinguished career.
In Virginia, it is the legal and traditional prerogative of the General Assembly to appoint judges and justices, and the Governor plays almost no role. The Constitution is quite clear…
Article VI. Judiciary
Section 7. Selection and qualification of judges
The justices of the Supreme Court shall be chosen by the vote of a majority of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly for terms of twelve years. The judges of all other courts of record shall be chosen by the vote of a majority of the members elected to each house of the General Assembly for terms of eight years. During any vacancy which may exist while the General Assembly is not in session, the Governor may appoint a successor to serve until thirty days after the commencement of the next session of the General Assembly. Upon election by the General Assembly, a new justice or judge shall begin service of a full term.
So the only time that the Governor has a role is the selection of a Supreme Court Justice is to select a temporary replacement justice in the event a vacancy occurs while the General Assembly is in recess. But the Governor usually doesn’t even have that power. Under Virgina Code Section 17.1-303, the General Assembly can pre-appoint Justices to term outside of session if they are aware of vacancy ahead of time. This means that the only power a Governor has is to appoint a temporary Justice to serve until the General Assembly meets to select the permanent justice in the rare occurrence that an unplanned vacancy occurs. Judge Roush was essentially appointed to be a substitute Justice while there was a temporary opening to ultimately be filled by the General Assembly.
Thus, the General Assembly is not removing Judge Roush from the Supreme Court. Judge Roush was appointed by Terry McAuliffe to a term that by law lasts only 30 days into the General Assembly’s next session then ends by operation of law. There is no provision in law or tradition that such an appointment, made without consulting the legislature, is entitled to any consideration by the General Assembly as they select the permanent Justice during the next General Assembly session.
Let us be clear. Judge Roush is not being removed. She is simply not being elected to the Supreme Court. Judge Roush was essentially a substitute Justice for a temporary term when McAuliffe appointed her. The argument that the General Assembly is ousting her is essentially like saying a temporary employee is fired when a permanent employee is hired to permanently fill the position.
It is true that the General Assembly has traditionally elected the Justices appointed by Governors. However, that has only occurred because the Governors have always consulted with the General Assembly before making such appointments. The only “unprecedented move in modern Virginia history” that occurred here is that McAuliffe had the audacity to play political chicken with a respected Jurist’s career by refusing to consult with the General Assembly prior to making his temporary appointment. It is the legal and traditional prerogative of the Legislature to select judges and justices in Virginia. McAuliffe knew this, but he decided to create a political showdown that he was destined to lose. And Miriam Roush is the victim of the Governor’s political arrogance.
Let me also say that I believe that Judge Roush would be a great Supreme Court Justice. I have practiced before her and she truly is one of the best judges in the Commonwealth. Judge Alston is even more qualified, however. In addition to his many recommendations from legal associations, trial experience, and experience on the Virginia Court of Appeals, Judge Alston has the specific qualification of not being a political pawn a Terry McAuliffe’s DC-insider-style scheme. The General Assembly is correct in rejecting McAuliffe’s power grab, and they are electing an even more qualified Jurist to fill the opening on the Supreme Court. I do hope that the General Assembly considers appointing Judge Roush either to the new vacancy that will arise in the Court of Appeals or, at least, place her back on the bench in Fairfax. She is a victim of Terry McAuliffe’s un-Virginia political machinations, and it would be a shame to have such a distinguished jurist off the bench.
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Is Gecker serious about his bid in the 10th Senatorial? Well, he has already put $131,585 of his own money into the race in an attempt to win a job that only pays $18,000 a year. Plus, Gecker’s own company, “Urban Development Associates” donated another $33,157 in self-funding. Add in another $60,000 from the New Orlean’s based Tax Credit Capital Federal Fund and $10,000 from the Small Deal Fund LLS, both companies who list Gecker as their Registered Agent. That is more than $100,000 in self-funding funneled through Gecker’s businesses.
But wait, there is more! The shadiest of these shady donations is the $25,000 given to Gecker from the Rekee Company. When this Gecker-related company tried to build a privately financed baseball stadium for the Squirrels, Richmond Mayor Dwight C. Jones said to the Richmond Times Dispatch “Obviously, it’s a plan from Dan Gecker, who’s a supervisor from…
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Last month, we looked at Glen Sturtevant’s chances to save the Virginia Senate in 2015, as the consensus Republican choice to keep John Watkin’s purple district in the hands of Republicans. However, there is also hope from our western neighbors in Virignia’s 21st Senatorial, as Republican Nominee Nancy Dye has a real shot to turn a long-blue seat Republican Red.
The 21st Senatorial has long been in a reliable win for the Democrats, with John Edwards having a choke-hold on the seat since 1996. At 71 years old, Edwards is getting a bit long in the tooth and might have been vulnerable to a strong candidate, but Dye’s real chance comes from the recent trend in Roanoke’s Democratic Party to defect away from the party and run as independents. While Edwards was too entrenched as the senior Democrat in the region to be successfully primaried, Roanoke liberal Don Caldwell has risen up as an Independent challenger and give Nancy Dye a real opportunity for victory. Unlike some gadfly, no-chance independents we occasionally see, Caldwell’s challenge to Edwards is serious with real political strength. Caldwell previously served as Chairman of the Roanoke City Democratic Party and is one of the longest tenured Commonwealth’s Attorneys in the Commonwealth.
Historically, the 21st Senatorial has been a safe haven for Edwards, with Edwards only being challenged twice since 1996. In 1999 he trounced former Delegate Bill Fralin 58% to 41% and in 2011 he easily defeated former Delegate Dave Nutter 55% to 43%. Both Fralin and Nutter were well-funded, raising almost exactly as much as the incumbent Edwards.
The District shouldn’t be considered truly blue however. VPAP’s analysis of the 2011 redistricting shows the distrly to be slightly Republican, with McDonnell’s 2009 gubernatorial race showing the old district 51.5% McDonnell and the new district 51.7% McDonnell. While the geography of the district changed, the partisan make-up seems to have remained the same. During federal election cycles, the district is much more Democratic, however, with Warner defeating Gillespie 54% to 42% (Sarvis 3.6%) and Obama beating Romney 53% to 43%. The district went blue for MacAulliffe in 2013 as well, with McAuliffe defeating Cuccinelli 48% to 40%. In that race. However, unlike in Gillespie’s loss, Sarvis pulled a full 9.94% in that race, showing that the district may have been turned off by the far-right Cuccinelli more than embracing McAuliffe. It appears that moderate Republicans may do better in the 21st Senatorial District than far-right conservative. This theory gains strength when one considers Obenshain only losing by 1% to Herring and Jackson being destroyed by Northam 58% to 41%.
If the 21st Senatorial is the bluish purple that it seems, and does in fact prefer more moderate candidates, that could prove very important to Nancy Dye’s chances. Nancy Dye’s campaign is focused on winning Republican issues of jobs, economy, low taxes, and fiscal responsibility. A retired surgeon, she can speak intelligently on the perils of Medicaid expansion, and as a small business owner she understands the economy. More importantly, she seems to be avoiding the divisive social issues and running a generally positive campaign.
Further, the 21st Senatorial’s trend toward moderates will trend against Edwards this election. Caldwell is running to Edwards’s right, not his left. Caldwell touts his support of the Second Amendment on his website and with pictures of himself hunting. Honestly, his page looks more conservative than liberal. This leaves Edwards the least moderate candidate in the race. Further, despite his website, Caldwell is a well-known Democrat and will surely take significantly more from the Edwards side than from Nancy Dye’s. This will give Dye a real shot to win this race, especially if she works to make certain that she gets the NRA endorsement and pulls Virginia Sportsman to her side rather than Caldwell’s.
With a strong, positive message – we see Dye as a strong candidate to pull a blue seat to the Red in the Senate and help keep the Virginia Senate safe in 2015. But she can only do it with support and a strong campaign. As the incumbent, Edwards has currently out-raised her $224,149 to $179,486. As you look at where your Republican dollars can best be spent, look to Nancy Dye and Glen Sturtevant
This weekend, the Republican Party of Virginia State Central Committee voted on a few things including whether or not to file a legal brief that said “ignore our Party Plan,” and to hold a secret ballot to ultimately vote for a primary instead of a convention for next year’s Presidential nomination contest.
One big argument that came out was over the process, in particular, the use of secret balloting to make an important decision. Social media lit up with people calling for the heads of anyone who voted for a secret ballot… because thanks to the secret ballot they couldn’t call for the heads of the people who voted for a primary over a convention and purge accordingly. Some blogs went so far as to list the roll call and criticize the move, saying our representatives on State Central must be open and honest about their votes and be held accountable by those who put them there! Just like elected representatives in Richmond or Washington!
Side note: A few months back State Central used a secret ballot to kick out the 5th District Chair. No one complained then.
Problem with that is, a handful of people who voted were not actually elected to vote. They were there by proxy, selected by duly elected State Central members to represent them at a meeting that was quite important and known about well in advance.
These proxies? They are accountable to no one. They weren’t elected by anyone. Your congressman can’t vote with a proxy. Your delegate can’t vote with a proxy. You can’t vote with a proxy.
Some of the people driving the vote were there by proxy, for example: Russ Moulton and Waverly Woods, both great activists but not elected to State Central. And their votes aren’t counted as their votes on the public record, they’re recorded as the vote for who they were proxying. So not only are they not elected and held free from accountability, but they’re hidden from the record for any future reference.
Why are we ok with State Central allowing proxies for big decisions?
If we’re talking about transparency, if we’re talking about accountability, secret ballots aren’t the problem. Leaving the fate of the party to unelected individuals who’s names do not go on record is the problem
As of late America has been going through a transition of social change, no one can deny it. The thing that obviously affects me is race relations and how people are reacting to it.
The outrage of the week is the Northern Virginia battle flag, otherwise known as The Confederate Flag. I of course have been asked by my conservative friends how I feel about the flag, clearly some were looking for a pass to praise the flag, and some were looking for someone else to spit on it. My answer is it’s a battle flag, and if a group or individual want to make it represent something more than that, that burden is on them..
It is important that some understand that the flag is a symbol of race in the south. Slavery, oppression, segregation, and police brutality. Why? Because that was black experience in the south. The flag is also seen by others as simply a representation of southern heritage. Southern people are prideful and use the flag as a representation of that pride and of the south. The debate that has erupted has done so not because one side is wrong, but because one side does not understand the others point of view, which of course is nothing new for the United States.
It all comes back however to one simple fact, it’s a flag and how you use that flag is what matters. I personally have two flags in my room, the American Flag and the French Republic Flag. Why do I have the French flag in my room? I appreciate French history, art, and literature, and it’s a bad ass flag. I would ask that we as Americans don’t be so quick to assume what something symbolizes, as it can represent different things to different people.
I’ll give you one more example in closing, a few years ago at the annual Shad Planking off in the distance I saw the hugest Confederate flag I had ever seen blowing in the wind. My curiosity drew me to it, not to cause trouble or to yell at the owners but out of mere curiosity of what else was there. When I got there, there were two older white gentlemen drinking beers and hanging out, no one else had come to them and I think the big flag had something to do with it. I introduced myself and shook their hands and they introduced themselves in kind, I asked what’s up with the big Confederate flag, and they explained they were members of the “Sons of the Confederacy”, we spoke for an hour or so about their organization and even spoke how they had many black members who were active and contributed.
These were two of the nicest guys I met that day and we had a great conversation, and I am grateful that day that I was not scared off by a flag. So I ask that when you take to social media and mock those who may be offended or mock those who are offended that others may be offended, take into account different experiences and different feeling, but all in all remember that it’s a flag.
On to November!
Winning the Republican nomination was a team effort and I am extremely humbled and appreciative of our dedicated supporters. In just a few months, our campaign knocked on over 3,500 doors and made over 4,000 phone calls. We had an aggressive outreach plan in both counties and it was clear that our hard work paid off as the returns came in. Winning Stafford County by 19 points and Prince William County by 13 points showed broad support for my message of improving our infrastructure, leaner, more efficient government, and improving education opportunities for our youth.
Thanks goes to Tim Ciampaglio for stepping into the public square. I know first hand how tough it can be on one’s family to be thrust into the public eye. Moving forward, I wish Tim and his family the best. He has reached out to me with offers of support in the general election. I will need him and his supporters to win back the House District 2 Delegate seat.
Primary elections are never fun, and many times friends are drawn into opposing camps. Now that the primary election is over, it is crucial that we unite together under the Republican banner and work towards victory in November. John Whitbeck, RPV Chairman, recently addressed a crowd of young Republicans. His message was one of unity. He asked that we put our differences aside and work together. I pledge my support to his efforts and ask others to follow his lead.
As many know, my passion for public service centers on addressing our region’s inadequate infrastructure. I have a proven track record of fixing our region’s transportation problems and, once back in Richmond, I will dedicate my efforts to this issue. While I was out of office millions of dollars were stripped from I-95 road improvements in this region. I will not rest until these funds have been returned and our region receives the priority it deserves. . It is crucial, for the sake of our families and for the Commonwealth’s economy, that we continue to invest in our infrastructure.
The government must operate as efficiently as possible. Too many taxpayer dollars are being wasted. It is a dereliction of duty by the government to waste our money and then turnaround and ask us for more. I have proposed a “Lean Government Initiative” that is similar to those already in effect in other states and has saved them millions of dollars. It forces the government to run more like the private sector. Visit my website www.va02.com to learn more about this proposal.
Lastly, investing in our children must be a priority. My three children attended Stafford County Public Schools and three of my grandchildren are currently enrolled. The cost of education at all levels is skyrocketing and federal mandates are exacerbating the problem. I will do my best to make sure that the bureaucrats in Washington do not dictate a one-size-fits-all approach. Each school and county is different and the leaders in those communities know what works best for them. Big government should get out of the picture and adequate funding must be provided in order to give our teachers and students the tools they need to succeed.
Over the next couple months, I look forward to talking to families all across the district, and listening to the issues and concerns that voters in our region face.
If you wish to learn more about my candidacy, please visit my website at www.va02.com or follow me on Facebook or Twitter. I hope to see you soon on the campaign trail.
Candidate for Virginia House District 02
“Together We Attack!: Why My Compromise Should Be Approved by State Central”
I played college basketball, though play is a bit of an overstatement. The most accurate description of my college basketball career was
“seldom-used guard;” and I wasn’t a point guard or shooting guard so much as I guarded the water cooler during games. I enjoyed time outs because it gave me a chance to stand up and stretch my legs during games. When our team broke the huddle after time outs, our coach had us put our hands together. He would say, “Together!” and we would respond by saying, “We attack!” Yes, this post is actually about politics.
We had a very good small college team during my sophomore year. We had great senior leadership from guys that were getting professional looks, and promising young talent that could give good minutes when called upon. We got out to a great start, and we were openly talking about the NCAA tournament. We ate lunch together, dinner together, and socialized together. But then something happened, and we started losing games, and we started pointing fingers, and then finger pointing became outright fistfights. The team broke into factions, and players on one side of the team actually wouldn’t pass the ball to players on the other faction. A team that looked poised to coast to the NCAA tournament fell apart before Christmas, and that talented group of younger players began quitting the team…and that’s the connection to politics, and it’s why SCC should pass my proposed compromise. When teams, or political parties, feud, fight, freeze each other out, they lose. They lose, and people start finding other things to do with their lives. When teams cultivate the talent, rely on experienced leadership, put in the hard work, and play their roles, they win. I have been on a few losing teams, and one hell of a lot of winning teams, and I can assure you that winning is a whole lot better than losing. Just take my word on this.
The murders in South Carolina aren’t about a flag or even guns. This is about someone who is evil and committed an evil act. He can’t even be called mentally ill because he reportedly told the police that he nearly didn’t go through with the shooting because the people there were so nice to him, but he decided he had to go through with his “mission.” He knew right from wrong, so say goodbye to an insanity defense.
He didn’t need a flag to inspire him to kill. He didn’t need a gun to commit murder, either — he could just as easily have built a pipe bomb using common household products or used a kitchen knife to inflict the same carnage.
If you want to stop things like this from happening, we must have the courage to confront evil itself because if we don’t all the weapons bans and flag bans in the world won’t do the job.
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Now that we are out of primary season, it is time to recognize that the biggest campaign in the country is happening in Central Virginia. In an off-year without a lot going on nationally, Virginia is the only place that really has important politics happening in 2015. We are still seven to eight months away from meaningful presidential politics, but there is a competitive race in Virginia’s 10th Senate District that has national implications. More than competitive, really… the 10th Senatorial is as purple as any in Virginia with a slight bluish tinge since redistricting.
The 10th district was once solidly conservative, but when redistricted in 2011estimates from VPAP indicate that the district became 7.6% more Democrat. Fortunately, we can still examine the district historically within its current borders through VPAP. In 2009, the district (as outlined today) as was strongly conservative as the Republicans swept the…
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CNN’s not alone, but let’s use them as an example of the media’s breathless coverage of conflict between the Catholic Church’s stand on Climate Change and that of Republicans:
Yes, the media and Democrats are salivating at the opportunity to drive a wedge between Republicans and the Pope over whether or not Climate Change is a manmade problem and whether or not the science supports the argument one way or another.
The Pope isn’t the first world leader to take a stand on Climate Change. What makes this different? He’s a religious leader of a faith that Democrats have spent the last thirty years driving away with their anti-life stand when it comes to abortion.
And THAT is where the hypocrisy begins.
It’s funny that Democrats and the media are quick to hold Pope Francis and the Catholic Church up as an expert on Climate Change to score political points against Republicans while completely dismissing his repeated stands on abortion and gay marriage, both of which have been emphasized with as much if not more force than the Climate Change argument.
Vatican officials seldom single out political leaders who differ with the Church on issues like abortion rights or embryonic stem cell research. But now that the Vatican’s highest court is led by an American, the former St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke, we can expect things to get more explicit in Vatican City — at least when when it comes to U.S. politics.
Burke, who was named prefect of the Vatican’s Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature in June, told the Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire that the U.S. Democratic Party risked “transforming itself definitively into a party of death for its decisions on bioethical issues.” He then attacked two of the party’s most high profile Catholics — vice presidential candidate Joe Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi — for misrepresenting Church teaching on abortion.
He said Biden and Pelosi, “while presenting themselves as good Catholics, have presented Church doctrine on abortion in a false and tendentious way.”
“The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision of society.” (United States Catechism for Adults, p. 442) Consequently, every Catholic is obliged to respect human life, from conception until natural death, including lawmakers.
Ironically, the suggestion by the U.S. lawmakers that the Church not speak out on the matter, was a violation of the freedom of speech as well as the freedom of religion. “The Catholic Church always will and must speak out against the destruction of innocent unborn children. The right to do so is guaranteed by the Constitution that all legislators are elected to uphold. Speaking and acting against abortion is not a matter of partisan politics. It is a matter of life and death.”
The Pope made his remarks in his first annual address to the Vatican diplomatic corps, offering a survey of world conflicts and crises he said were caused by “envy, selfishness, rivalry and the thirst for power and money”…
“Unfortunately, what is thrown away is not only food or disposable objects, but often human beings themselves, who are discarded as if they were unnecessary,” the Pope said. “It is horrifying just to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day; children being used as soldiers, abused and killed in armed conflicts; children turned into merchandise in that terrible form of modern slavery called human trafficking, which is a crime against humanity.”
In all its phases and at every age, human life is always sacred and always of quality. And not as a matter of faith, but of reason and science! […] Every unborn child, though unjustly condemned to be aborted, has the face of the Lord, who even before his birth, and then as soon as he was born, experienced the rejection of the world. And every old person, even if infirm and at the end of his days, carries with him the face of Christ. They must not be thrown away!
Benedict told the gathering of lay Catholics that he appreciated their efforts fighting abortion and promoting the family based on the “indissoluble marriage between a man and woman.” the Vatican’s way of expressing its opposition to divorce and same-sex unions.
Such initiatives “help respond to some of the most insidious and dangerous threats to the common good today,” he said. “Alongside numerous other forms of commitment, such initiatives represent essential elements in the building of the civilization of love.”
Where are the articles about the dilemmas this presents for Democrats? Where are the Democrats coming out to stand up for the Church’s policies?
Democrats and the Media are not friends of the Catholic Church. They will use the flock and their faith much like they use minorities – to score political points. But will they ever truly fight for the agenda, policies, and morals that the Church stands up for?
Their records tell the sad story.
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There is an interesting conflict of interest in the Lee v. Virginia Board of Elections Voter ID case between Attorney General Mark Herring and his previous attorney Marc E. Elias of Perkins Coie LLP. Notably, Elias is also General Counsel to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and is a regular hired gun for the Democratic Party and the parties George Soros backed lawsuits. In this case, however, Elias appears to be breaching his ethical duties as an attorney through a genuine conflict of interest with his former client Mark Herring.
Putting aside the frivolity of the lawsuit, as the Virginia Voter ID law was specifically written to comply with recent Supreme Court Precedent, we must recall that Marc Elias represented Mark Herring during the recount that granted him the election in 2013 over Senator Mark Obenshain. This means that Elias, as prior counsel to Mark Herring still owes Herring certain…
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The School of Athens blog is reporting via a post by edmundrandolph1753 that Disney is moving quickly to revive its plans for the Disney’s America theme park in Virginia. Instead of Prince William County where it was to have been located 20 years ago, word is they are looking at Amherst County just north of Lynchburg on the site where the soon-to-be closed Sweet Briar College is located.
Head on over to School of Athens for more details.
This location would be roughly a 2 hour drive from the Richmond International Airport via I-64 and U.S. 29, a 1 hour drive from the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport on Route 29, and a 3 to 3/12 hour drive from Reagan National Airport depending upon the route taken (Route 29; I-66 to I-81; or I-95 to VA 20 to U.S. 15).
As School of Athens put it with regard to accessibility:
Likewise, there are already many plans in place to widen and develop the Route 29 corridor so that the new Disney America would be accessible from Northern Virginia, Central Virginia via Route 64, all the way down to Charlotte, North Carolina.
This could get quite interesting!
(H/T School of Athens)
In a stunning turn of events in the Henrico County Commonwealth Attorney race, the 38 vote margin of victory for criminal defense lawyer Jeff Everhart evaporated today when a severe undervote in Pinchbeck (Precinct 412) was counted again by the Henrico County Registrar. In the initial count, 165 more voters appeared to vote in the Clerk of Court race and not the Commonwealth Attorney race. To some, this occurrence appeared unusual and a formal request was made of the Registrar to re-check the vote count in Pinchbeck and the other precincts.
The re-checked Pinchbeck numbers gave former prosecutor Tony Pham a 68 vote lead. The Registrar later certified these results at 3pm this afternoon in Henrico. Upon counting of the provisional ballots, five votes were added to Everhart’s total and four were added to Pham’s total for a total certified count of:
Tony Pham 7381 (+67)
Jeff Everhart 7314
UPDATE: The Everhart campaign has decided not to seek a recount. Congratulations Team Pham!
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In 2010 an amazing thing happened, the people of America said enough and formed a fledgling movement called the Tea Party. Yet, since then their voice has been stolen and twisted into the modern Tea Party, which bears little resemblance to its origins. Much like the left with “Liberalism” the hard right has taken the term Tea Party, along with its grassroots origins, and turned it into something far more divisive than it was meant to be. Groups and PACs have surfaced throughout the country infiltrating local and state committees and have been turning them hard right; Like democrats did with Liberalism. The classic idea of liberalism is now considered conservatism or Conservatarian. Conservatism is now considered mainstream or establishment and demonized daily by those further to the right who are supposed to be our allies.
Reagan’s big tent is more like a lot of small tents pushed together, from former blue…
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