Op-Ed “I’m Tim Ciampaglio and I’m running for Delegate”

 

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My campaign for the House of Delegates begins each morning at 5:00AM with a bunch of slugs. No, not the garden variety, but the hard-working residents of Stafford County who silently line up in the pre-dawn hours to commute with strangers in the hopes of beating traffic. My campaign will give a voice to those silent slugs.

I’m Tim Ciampaglio and I’m seeking the Republican nomination for the Second District of the Virginia House of Delegates. My op-ed will discuss what I will do as your Delegate and how I will distinguish myself from my opponent. I plan to do that by discussing two large spending projects and compare how my opponent mishandled one (transportation), and how I will deliver superior results on the other (Veterans’ health care). The message you’ll receive is that when it comes to efficient government, I’m the only candidate that has delivered on it, and the only one that has a specific plan to keep delivering it to the residents of Stafford and Prince William Counties.

Back to the slugs. I campaign with the slugs because I respect them. They live in Stafford County so they can give their families the fullest of what life has to offer. They have made the decision to miss breakfast with their children, to quietly ride for an hour or more with total strangers to put in a full day of work, just to give their families the best life they can afford. I campaign with the slugs because these are my kind of people; the people that get up at ridiculous hours of the morning to put their families first. I have said on the campaign trail that no elected official will work harder for you than I will, and I’m proving that because I campaign with them at 5:00 in the morning, and then I go to work. In the quiet of the morning, that message is being received loud and clear.

I campaign with the slugs because the slugs are the people that were misled by my opponent when he voted for the transportation tax, and they are the people he’s trying to mislead in this campaign. Both of us will campaign on making Virginia government leaner and delivering more effective results. I’ve done it. He did the opposite. And the slugs know that.

This is what it means to be a fiscal conservative. A fiscal conservative sets the lowest tax rate possible to bring in the revenue that is necessary to provide the core services of the government to the taxpayer, in a way that delivers the quality of service the taxpayer expects, and without wasting any of the tax revenue (at peak efficiency). A fiscal conservative prioritizes the goals of the spending, prioritizes the manner in which your tax money is spent, and prioritizes them publicly so the taxpayer knows that their money taken for a project is spent on that specific project, rather than being reshuffled to other spending programs like a New York City street card game. So, my conservative taxation priorities are: 1) set the lowest tax rates possible, 2) provide the core services, 3) at the highest quality service levels, and 4) without wasting any taxpayer money (peak operational efficiency).

Back to the slugs. When I talk to the slugs, I learn a lot about transportation in Northern Virginia. I also learn a lot about my opponent. Some of those slugs are funny. They’ve referred to my opponent as Mark “Duden-hiker” because he hiked taxes on them to make transportation better, and yet they’re still in the slug line. One of them must be a “CSI” fan because he kept assuring me that “he won’t be fooled again” by my opponent. But mostly I learn just how badly my opponent botched transportation.

When he voted for the transportation tax, he raised six separate taxes on my constituents: the state sales tax on Stafford, the regional sales tax on Prince William, the regional property transfer tax on Prince William, the Northern Virginia hotel tax on our business owners, an alternative fuel vehicle tax for hybrid owners, and a car tax on car sales. Six taxes raised on Northern Virginians, and yet still they line up in the early hours of the morning.

The transportation tax imposed on Northern Virginia was marketed as being very important to Northern Virginia because…Hampton Roads needed a new Route 460! So my opponent took my Stafford slugs’ money and he appropriated it to Hampton Roads. And the state spent two years developing the Route 460 project and spent a whopping $290 million on it. That’s right…$290 million! But before you think about taking a trip to Hampton Roads to see what $290 million bought you, I’ll save you the time. The company never put the first shovel into the ground. Not one inch of road was laid out. The first project from my opponent’s transportation tax vote wasted all $290 million of your money. Every single penny. The state canceled the project on this April 15.

Now it’s my turn to show you why I’ll deliver on a big project. I’m a business owner. I do strategic planning, and when federal government agencies really lose their way, I get called in to turn them around. My most recent project was strategic planning for the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). I was hired to revise their strategic plan at the same time details leaked out about just how poorly they delivered health care to Veterans. If there is anything I know better than health care to Veterans, and as a retired Coast Guard Officer that does have particular importance to me, it’s how to deliver services and results to taxpayers, especially our Veterans who served us and now need us to serve them.

At the same time the state canceled the 460 project, they voted to provide an initial $65 million for construction of two Veterans Health Administration facilities in Virginia, one of which will be in Prince William County. It’s very unusual for the state to pay for a federal facility, but Virginia has a large share of Veterans and is at the very bottom of rankings for VHA facilities per Veteran, so Virginia’s contribution fast tracks the projects. Now that the money has been appropriated, our focus, my focus, will be on making sure your taxpayer money is spent well to provide top level health care for our Veterans.

There are three goals of VHA care: first, provide Veterans with personalized, proactive, patient-driven health care; second, achieve measurable improvements in health outcomes; and third, align resources to deliver sustained value to Veterans. The expertise comes in developing the return on investment metrics to make sure that what went wrong in the VHA does not happen here. It can’t. As your next Delegate, I won’t allow it to happen. I won’t allow it to happen because I am the lead subject matter expert for the VHA on developing these metrics. When I am your Delegate, the Virginia-funded VHA facilities will be designed to meet these returns from the beginning. We will not waste one cent chasing goals that have not been clearly defined before the first dollar is spent. Our Veterans capably served us. As your delegate, I will make sure that the money Virginia has put into construction for the facility will lead to the care the Veterans deserve.

I have helped the VHA work towards peak efficiency (eliminate wasteful spending) through project prioritization and strategic planning. I will proactively prevent waste in the Virginia government, and not just on this health facility, but with transportation as well. I will be an advocate for putting a lockbox around our transportation funds. I will prioritize the projects, and make sure the public knows the priority list. I will make sure I track spending on transportation. I owe that to my family. I owe that to your family. I owe that to my friends in the slug line.

Even in the dark of the morning, the slugs are still able to see $290 million of their transportation tax dollars completely and totally wasted by the Virginia government. And as they said, they will not be fooled again.

 

Timothy Ciampaglio is a candidate for the Republican Nomination in Virginia’s 2nd Delegate District

Schoeneman the choice in Sully

The race for the Republican nomination for supervisor in Fairfax’s Sully district has gotten a disproportionate amount of attention in the Virginia blogosphere. Part of that comes from the players involved and their relationships with the candidates – from bloggers helping one candidate’s day to day operations, to one candidate himself being a blogger, to Ben Tribbet of Not Larry Sabato fame running the show on the Democrat side (and stirring the pot on the Republican side), there’s plenty of opportunity for fodder and attention.

Through it all, Brian Schoeneman has shown through with the candidate and the campaign focused on the issues. Schoeneman has routinely shown an ability to rise above rhetoric and put forth policy positions that detail solutions to the problems Sully and Fairfax face.

Schoeneman has consistently shown a willingness and eagerness to engage in honest conversations about his positions and the needs of Sully’s families. These honest debates are the life blood of the political system and shows a maturity beyond the bumper sticker, Twitter communication strategy that drives too many campaigns these days.

Steve Albertson rightly cites the Buckley Rule when talking about the Sully race[1]: vote for the most conservative candidate who can win against the Democrats.

Schoeneman has a plan to cut taxes, spur job creation, oppose pay increases for the Board of Supervisors, prioritize transportation spending to ease congestion, and he is absolutely rock solid when it comes to the Second Amendment and the right to life.

Brian Schoeneman is a great man and a great friend(even though he is an orioles fan) . Even those who have disagreements with him walk away with a level of respect and understanding that is hard to find in politics these days. He is the right man for the job of Sully Supervisor and I am honored to offer him my support and endorsement.

Vote Brian Schoeneman for Sully Supervisor on Saturday, April 25th.

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NOTE: This endorsement reflects the opinion of the author and does not signify an endorsement from Virginia Virtucon or any of its other members.

Leesburg Today forgets how to use the SBE Website

What seems like a way to underestimate Ron Meyers fundraising potential, Leesburg today reported Rons numbers all wrong,  Ron Meyer’s camp is not happy about it :

Leesburg Today’s Embarrassing Error

 

Yesterday, Leesburg Today misreported that Ron Meyer’s campaign for Broad Run Supervisor received more than $22,000 from a previous campaign.

As is publicly available (click here), from when Meyer launched his bid for Supervisor on February 16 to the March 31 deadline, he raised more than $26,500 from business and grassroots leaders. None of that money came from his previous campaign.

Ron Meyer, President of Springboard Media Strategies and Republican nominee for Broad Run Supervisor, released the following statement:

My fundraising reports are all public. For a media outlet to misreport something that can be easily searched on Google is embarrassing.

Frankly, it shows either tremendous laziness or serious bias toward young candidates with a fresh Republican message. Business leaders and grassroots leaders are supporting our campaign because we have exciting plans to improve the lives of Loudoun residents.

Our tremendous supporters led us to out-raise all other candidates for Supervisor in Loudoun last quarter–including incumbents–and we only had half of a quarter to do it. We’re off to a strong start, and despite opposition from the media, we will take our message directly to voters.

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Op-Ed from The Good Delegate Scott Lingamfelter

My mentor and Fav Del. Scott Lingamfelter wrote this great Op-Ed for the Fauquier.com

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Now that the 2015 General Assembly Session has concluded, I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you the result of our work. Despite all the gridlock in Washington these days, we actually get things done in Richmond, on time, responsibly, and in a conservative manner.

The 2015 General Assembly adjourned ahead of schedule this year, for the first time in 15 years, demonstrating the clear contrast between Richmond and Washington. While Washington is gridlocked with partisanship, Republicans in Richmond are leading and governing.

We passed a conservative, responsible and, most importantly, balanced state budget that spends $1 billion less in general funds than last year’s originally-adopted budget. We have kept general fund spending, spending that comes from your direct taxes, under control in Virginia by making wise decisions to constrain spending and not increase taxes. The budget we just passed contains less general fund spending than the budget the governor brought to us in December 2013. In fact, over the past 10 years, when controlling for growth in population and inflation, the general fund actually decreased by 4 percent.

We rejected the governor’s effort to impose the Obamacare Medicaid expansion on Virginians. And we re-prioritized funding for pay raises for state employees, teachers, and state troopers.

On jobs, the House of Delegates remained laser-focused on improving Virginia’s economy. We passed legislation to attract innovative new companies to Virginia, making it possible for entrepreneurs to get the funding they need, fought to protect Virginia’s status as a right-to-work state, and defeated job-killing legislation that would hurt small businesses.

In higher education, making college more affordable was a top priority this year. I supported several bills to do just that, including legislation to cap unreasonable mandatory student fees, encourage colleges to offer affordable “flat-fee” degrees, and make it easier for families to find the information they need about college costs. The House budget also included additional funding for more in-state tuition slots, financial aid, and transfer-student grants.

In K-12 education, we continued to reform and improve our public schools. Our goal was to give every child a path to succeed in the classroom. We passed legislation to expedite Standards of Learning re-take tests and require schools to submit less paperwork to Richmond. And our budget funds a 1.5 percent teacher pay raise.

In transportation, the House of Delegates continues to increase accountability in our transportation system by working to protect taxpayer dollars. This year we changed the formula used to decide how transportation dollars are spent, picking up on one of my legislative priorities, to send more money to local governments for secondary road maintenance and repair. We also passed legislation to require transit projects to be reviewed based on their metrics, just like every other transportation project.

We worked on several other important and challenging issues: ethics reform, legislation to aid victims and protect students from sexual assault on campus, and changes to Virginia’s Alcoholic Beverage Control System to make it run more like a business and not a bureaucracy.

But we had some bad ideas show up as well. The House defeated liberal efforts to enact Michael Bloomberg’s radical gun-control agenda, fought to hold Attorney General Mark Herring accountable for his actions, and defeated efforts to roll back Virginia’s pro-life informed consent statutes that protect mothers and innocent life.

At a time when many of us are concerned that our government is unaccountable to us, it doesn’t listen to us, it grows unconstrained, threatens our liberty, and has abandoned the founding vision, I want to assure you that here in Virginia we are on a distinctly different path from Washington.

Conservative governance works for everybody. When government refrains from taking your hard-earned money, you can address the needs of your family or small business so that you can prosper and grow. When government respects your rights and liberty, then you can make the best choices for you and your family, business, and community.

Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter
(R-31st, Prince William and Fauquier counties)

The 2nd Delegate District Primary match up is starting to heat up.. Dudenhefer wants to save you hundreds of thousands

Yesterday I reported that Candidate Tim Ciampaglio vowed to not raise taxes if elected to the House of Delegates, going as far as to say he would sign a pledge. Today former Delegate Mark Dudenhefer announces his “Lean Government Initiative”. This sounds very interesting, as always I will post his press release and you draw your own conclusion:

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  

April 22, 2015

 

Dudenhefer proposes Lean Government Initiative

Proposal can save Virginia Taxpayers Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars

Stafford, Virginia – Mark Dudenhefer, Republican candidate for Virginia House District 2, has proposed an initiative that can save Virginia taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The Lean Government Initiative is developed from a business philosophy that many businesses use to cut waste, save money, and constantly improvement efficiency. A handful of other states have implemented this initiative and have recorded savings ranging from hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars.

The Lean Government Initiative will do more with less, and help streamline government more like the private sector. Lean government models have been used in other states to cut down backlogs, use taxpayer money more effectively, and improve governmental processes to ensure peak performance.

Mark Dudenhefer has a proven track record of cutting taxes and reducing the size of government. He has proposed solutions like the ones below, not empty campaign promises.

Lean Government Initiative proposal:

  1. Direct the Inspector General to implement the lean government philosophy into state government.
  2. Train state government managers to learn and incorporate lean government at all appropriate levels of government.
  • Target government processes that will simplify and streamline procedures to reduce backlogs and cut down on waste.

“I have a proven track record of cutting taxes and reducing the size of government. If elected, I will propose legislation to implement lean government in the Commonwealth of Virginia. This initiative can save Virginia taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars; it’s time that the government starts operating as efficiently as possible,” said Dudenhefer.

Ciampaglio pledges not to raise taxes if elected Delegate

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Tim Ciampaglio, who will go head to head against former Delegate Mark Dudenhefer for the Republican nomination on June 9th ( 2nd Delegate District), said he would sign a pledge to not raise taxes as Delegate.

In an  interview with Potomac Local Ciampalio stated:

“The tax burden on businesses and the tax burden on people is way too high…[I’m] going to sign a pledge…that I will not raise taxes and I won’t introduce new taxes. We need to level it off and stop it. And then we can look, and if we need more money, we can increase the tax base – not the tax rate,

Ciampaglio a retired United States Coast Guard Commander has a battle ahead of him, he has to go up against Dudenhefer’s name recognition (though Ciampaglio is not a name to forget) and the former Delegates fundraising connections.

This is my District so I will be watching very closely

Schoeneman responds to the barrage against him

 

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Brian Schoeneman candidate for the nomination for the Republicans in Fairfax County’s Sully District has been catching it pretty bad on the interwebs lately.  Everything including the kitchen sink has been thrown at him as of late.. on all social media, and frankly it’s getting on the nerves of many who are not in Fairfax or in the Sully District, that being said Brian took to social media this morning to respond :

Throughout this campaign, I have focused on voter contact. My team and I have been working tirelessly, every day, knocking doors, calling voters, sending emails and getting my positive message out on who I am, what I have done, and what I want to do as your Sully Supervisor.

We are down to the last week. In the last week, the attacks against me have ramped up, whether they be via emails, blog posts or direct mail, authorized or not by my opponents. This is unfortunate, but I refuse to respond in kind. My opponents are both good men, and I won’t level the kinds of attacks against them that have been leveled against me. That kind of politics of personal destruction is what is killing our representative form of government, and I refuse to play that game.

Voters don’t want to see attacks like this, and rightfully so. That’s why my campaign is going to keep doing what we are doing, talking to voters everyday and earning votes, not tearing people down.

I for one will be happy when this particular primary is done, so we can get to the business of getting our candidates elected.  The pleasure that some take in tearing down folks, i hope is translated into the general election in November, then we can start getting folks elected again.

Full disclosure the author has publicly supported Brian Schoeneman, but this post is not an endorsement, or does it reflect the views of the blog as a whole

Ruth Anderson the right woman for the job in Occoquan

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Air Force Veteran (20 years), Community Activist, Dedicated Wife and Mother; Republicans rejoiced when Ruth Anderson decided to jump into the race for Occoquan Supervisor. Ruth faces Don Scoggins for the Republican nomination on April 25th.

Ruth has been someone I have known since I began my sentence in the political arena many years ago, and she is one of the most dedicated of all the people that I know. She will make an awesome Supervisor not only in representing her district but Prince William County as a whole.

The quote on her website represents not only the Republican Party, but what the folks of Prince William County need,” As County Supervisor, my priority will be to protect taxpayers. I believe the people make better choices with their hard-earned money than the government does.”

I encourage my friends and all Republicans to vote for Ruth on April 25th

 

This post reflects only the view of the blogger 

 

 

Frank Principi wants to continue his vision for Woodbridge………

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Though he has not ramped up his fundraising yet, Democrat and frequent neglecter of the Woodbridge District Frank Principi made it official he wants another term. Speaking to POTOMAC LOCAL he says he plans to run on his past record as Supervisor, stating:

“I’m running on my record. My record of not just the vision of a new Woodbridge, but the fact that we’ve got a billion dollars in public and private investment over the last four years in Woodbridge. I think we have a lot to be proud of”

I am not sure where in Woodbridge he is talking about, but he is proud of his record and he wants to continue the work he is doing here….Maybe it’s the rundown strip malls, or the various cash checking places up and down route 1 that he is proud of? Perhaps it’s the crime and gang issues we deal with and overcrowding schools and failing infrastructure that can be found throughout the neighborhoods of Woodbridge…but if he is proud then he is proud.

 

We have two challengers vying for the Republican nomination here in Woodbridge, Steve Chapman and Lee Price. Whoever wins the nomination on April 25th will have their work cut out for them , the Democratic machine will be out in full force for Principi and when he starts fundraising and using money to cover his failings as Supervisor, it will be a huge battle.

Virginia Republicans vote to get rid of the death tax…all except Rigell

 

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In a vote of 240-179, the House Republicans voted to repeal the Death tax today. Proudly the entire  Virginia Republican delegation voted for repeal, except Congressman Scott Rigell.  In his press release, the Congressman explains his vote and I will leave it to the reader to agree or disagree with his reasoning:

“Today I voted against cutting the estate tax to zero. As our military absorbs the impacts of sequestration, I cannot justify supporting a bill that adds nearly $270 billion to the debt without providing an offset for these costs.

“Members of Congress hold different views on this, and I understand why many of my colleagues cast a principled vote in support of this bill. However, Congress and the White House have already made significant progress in this area. Legislation signed into law in 2013 allows an individual to pass on $5.4 million without paying an estate tax. A couple can pass on $10.8 million. The bill we voted on today would only affect an estimated two-tenths of one percent of Americans or about 5,500 households.

“Our nation’s financial problems are very serious and if not addressed, threaten the future of every American regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or political affiliation.

“We know with certainty that there will be a 33% increase in the number of seniors enrolling in Medicare and Social Security over the next ten years. Additionally, defense spending cuts driven by sequestration threaten our national security and reduce investments in other critical areas including transportation.

“My focus is on reversing sequestration, protecting our military, and putting our nation on a better fiscal path. I will continue to fight for sound financial policy driven by facts and an unapologetic resolve to pass on to the next generation of Americans the blessings of liberty and freedom.” – Congressman Scott Rigell

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With that being said Barbara Comstock voted with the majority of the GOP and the Virginia Delegation and voted against this invasive tax. Her statement is as follows:

“Imagine building up a family business or family farm your whole life only to lose much of that business upon the death of Mom or Dad.  Under current law, Uncle Sam swoops in and can take up to 40% of what you spent a lifetime building up for your children and grandchildren.  Today we voted to stop that injustice.

 

“Family businesses are the backbone of the American economy and should not be punished for saving responsibly and investing in our country.  This legislation provides hardworking families and small businesses with the economic security they need to create jobs and grow our economy.  No longer will families be forced to sell parts of their farms and small businesses in order to pay an unfair tax to the government due to the death of a loved one.

 

“The Death Tax is double taxation on income already earned and taxed as well as an undue burden on American families.  With passage of this legislation, those who own family farms and small businesses will be able to plan ahead for their future and pass along their hard earned businesses to their children and grandchildren.” – Barbara Comstock

 

This Blogger agrees with Comstocks explanation, I’m curious to what others may be thinking. 

 

 

 

 

Austin Haynes one of the good guys

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I usually shy away from making public endorsements, but in the case of the Prince William County Clerk of the Court race I think it needs to be done and said.

Austin Haynes is weathering a barrage of attacks from his career politician opponent. And while his opponent spends thousands of dollars and time running a gutter campaign, Austin has emerged as the good person – and the right person – to be the next Clerk of the Court. Austin has been doing all the right things in this primary, and no matter what the outcome he will emerge from this race as the better person.

Unlike the current Clerk of the Court, Austin has vowed not to use the office as his own political bully pulpit and has pledged to update the office into the 21st century. Austin brings a level head, a good attitude, and the right ideas to an office that has lacked all three qualities as of late.

The tactics that are being used against Austin are disgusting and unfair and these scorched earth efforts will come back to haunt those using them. We have an opportunity to reject this style of politics and elect a great Clerk of the Court. Vote Austin Haynes in the April 25thFirehouse Primary.

 

This post reflects the views of the author

Democrats struggle to play catch up in the 29th Senate District.

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Well, the numbers are out for the three Dems vying for the nomination in the 29th District.

McPike at $50,220; Qarni $35,778, Futrell at $31,716.

The problem for them is, with their combined total, they are way out of reach of Hal Parrish:

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                                   

April 14, 2015

 

Parrish Campaign Announces Record

$330,000 Fundraising Quarter

 

Builds a Broad Coalition of Virginians For Servant Leadership

 

Manassas, Virginia — Hal Parrish, candidate for the Virginia State Senate in the 29th District, raised a record $330,000 since announcing his candidacy in late January. The campaign’s first quarter fundraising total represents the most raised in any single quarter by any candidate in the 29th District and places the Parrish campaign in the top tier of Virginia Senate races this cycle.

“A campaign is only as strong as the people in it, and I am humbled and grateful to the hundreds of supporters here in Manassas, Prince William, and across Virginia who support our message of servant leadership,” said Parrish.

“There is a legacy of servant legislators that have come before me that have put the needs of their constituents and districts before politics and before themselves. I believe in that tradition and so does our growing coalition of supporters. Our campaign will work to provide Virginia families common sense ideas to improve the quality of our life and our infrastructure, create better jobs, and better fund our schools.”

Highlights of Parrish’s first fundraising quarter:

 

Total Individual Donors: 400

Total Contributions of $100 or Less: 212

 

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Net Neutrality: Congress Need Legislate, the FCC Not Regulate, the Internet

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As former 9th District Congressman Rick Boucher so informatively points out in a recent column that he wrote for the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, Virginia is at the core of the net neutrality debate;

“Virginia and Virginian’s have a special role in the history of the Internet and a special concern for its flourishing. You can have a “Virginia Internet C@pital” license plate on your car; last year, the Washington Post suggested that Ashburn, VA was “the center of the Internet”, with 70% of the world’s Internet data passing through it and 5,000,000 square feet of data centers in Loudoun County alone. Silicon Valley may be more famous, but without Virginia, the backbone of the Internet would simply not exist.”

And as is the norm, Congress is a day late and a trillion short getting down to business, as its just now beginning to seriously debate several bills from both political parties in both Chambers regarding what to do with the FCC’s already month-old ruling on net neutrality.

The GOP would like to limit, not abolish, the authority of the FCC to oversee the internet after its ruling classifying the net as a more highly regulated utility-like service under “Title II” of the Communications Act.

Dems on the SAME hand, are also open to language that too would limit the FCC’s powers in fear that the FCC’s new regs could be overturned by either the federal courts or a future GOP-led FCC.

A reversal of the Title II designation, with the FCC still maintaining some level of oversight over the internet, seems like a possible bi-partisan solution. So what’s the hold up?

The answer to that question is Congress itself.  With a backlog of major issues that seem to come and go with a whole lot of debate and very little legislative action, will Congress even act at all on net neutrality?

 

Hugo continues his fight against Human Trafficking

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Two of my favorite Virginia legislators continue the fight against the awful realities of Human Trafficking
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HUGO AND OBENSHAIN HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE ON SIGNIFICANT HUMAN TRAFFICKING LEGISLATION
Richmond, VA – (April 15, 2015) Today, Delegate Tim Hugo (R-40) and Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26) held a press conference to highlight HB1964 and SB1188, which together have been signed into law by the Governor. These bills create Virginia’s first standalone statute for sex trafficking.
Delegate Hugo stated:
“I would like to thank the Kids Are Not For Sale Coalition for their tremendous help with this legislation and their efforts to raise awareness of this horrendous crime. I would like to thank Senator Obenshain, as well as Delegates Rob Bell and Todd Gilbert, for their dedication and assistance in crafting House Bill 1964 and Senate Bill 1188. The threat of sex trafficking is far closer to home than many realize, and in the General Assembly, we are committed to eradicating this crime against our young people.  This stand-alone statute will send traffickers and buyers the message that they are not welcome here; and that our kids are not for sale in Virginia. Not now, and not ever.”
Virginia is now the final state in the United States to enact a standalone human trafficking law. The passage of HB1964 and its subsequent signature into law by the Governor marks another goal reached for Virginia’s many organizations and individuals dedicated to stopping human trafficking. In 2011, Shared Hope International, an anti-sex trafficking organization that annually grades every state on its laws combatting child sex trafficking, gave Virginia, along with 25 other states, an “F” grade. While Virginia has made significant improvements since then to its laws combatting sex trafficking, raising its grade in 2013, Virginia’s progress continued to stall without a specific sex trafficking law. Legislators this session made sure that this gap in Virginia’s laws will no longer hold back the Commonwealth from stamping out this egregious crime.
HB1964 sets apart the offense of sex trafficking as a distinct crime and specifically criminalizes sex trafficking of a minor. Perpetrators now face a class 3 felony when a minor is the victim of sex trafficking, regardless of whether the child was forced, intimidated or deceived, reflecting the realities of how these criminals prey on the vulnerability and trust of their victims. The new law criminalizes the recruitment of minors and adults for commercial sex, conduct that had not been prohibited under Virginia law unless the defendant was a gang member. This law will also provide legal tools such as multijurisdictional grand juries, the option to seize the assets of suspected traffickers, and sex offender registration requirements that put the community on notice of the threat posed by convicted sex traffickers.
This will be the fourth piece of legislation in five years introduced by Delegate Hugo aimed at human trafficking. HB1898, introduced by Delegate Hugo in 2011 and passed into law, made abduction for the purposes of child prostitution a felony. HB1606, which became law in 2013, increased the punishment for those soliciting minors for prostitution. Most recently in 2014, the General Assembly passed Hugo’s HB485, which empowers law enforcement to better track down and arrest suspected traffickers.
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As the third ranking member in the Virginia House of Delegates leadership, Delegate Hugo currently serves as the Majority Caucus Chairman for the House Republican Caucus. He is the Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee and also serves on the Commerce and Labor, Transportation, and Privileges and Election Committees. Delegate Hugo represents Centreville, Clifton, Fairfax, and Fairfax Station in Fairfax County as well as Catharpin, Gainesville, Haymarket, and Manassas in Prince William County.

 

Ron Meyer flexes fundraising muscle

Millennial Supervisor Candidate Ron Meyer has flexed his fundraising muscle in his quest to be the next Supervisor of the Broad Run District in Loudoun County. Here is the Press Release from his campaign :

 

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Ron Meyer Raises More Than $33,500 in Bid for Broad Run Supervisor

Ashburn, VA – Ron Meyer, President of Springboard Media Strategies and candidate for Broad Run Supervisor, announced he will report more than $33,500 in contributions for the quarter that ended on March 31, 2015—just a month and a half after launching his bid.

 

The campaign will report more than $29,900 cash on hand, and 97% of the contributors to the campaign are from Northern Virginia. These figures demonstrate that Meyer’s campaign is off to a strong start and that many in the local grassroots and business communities are willing to significantly invest in his campaign.

 

Meyer released the following statement:

 

The only way to keep taxes low and continue investing in modern schools and transportation is to attract businesses to Loudoun—especially to our tax districts along the coming Silver Line and Route 28. 

 

Our strong financial support shows we have significant trust from the business community and local families. They are excited about our plans to improve Broad Run’s economy by modernizing our education system, expanding our transportation options, and utilizing Metro for economic development.  

 

Our 21st century ideas include facilitating the building of a tech-focused campus on the Silver Line, continuing investment in STEM education for Loudoun teens, and encouraging the construction of technology infrastructure in new commercial developments.  

 

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The JMU College Republicans Threw a Party

This article was posted on “The Breeze” JMU’s Online News Magazine this morning. Author Chris Kent

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College Republicans advocating a change

JMU College Republicans, an organization committed to promoting conservative ideals on campus, hosted its first Spring Banquet last Thursday. The meeting included both Republican representatives and JMU students.

Noteworthy attendees included former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va), Virginia Delegate and JMU business law professor Ben Cline and political science professor Pete Giesen.

Giesen received the first Pete Giesen award at the banquet. Named after him, it honors political service to the state of Virginia and continuing efforts to educate and involve students in state politics. Giesen’s political career started in 1964 when he was elected Virginia Delegate to the 25th district and continued until his retirement in 1996 when he was State House Representative.

Gilmore and Goodlatte gave the keynote speeches at the event, eliciting standing ovations from the audience.

Gilmore, who was in charge of the commonwealth as governor from 1998 to 2002, spoke at the end of the dinner, touching on what he considers to be the problems America faces today. Gilmore listed the nation’s fluctuating economy as the greatest concern, followed by the current foreign relation policies. He believes the lack of quality, high- paying jobs available to college graduates across America has contributed to inadequate job growth.

“When a person comes out of college they ought to have an opportunity to have a selection of jobs that will give them a decent career,” Gilmore said. “Forty-seven percent of college graduates in America today end up working in jobs that do not require a bachelor’s degree and that is because we do not have good enough career paths in the United States. We have inadequate job growth.”

Gilmore believes the tax cuts and special interest loopholes in national policies have stifled the job market and economy in America. He would rather see tax cuts across the board, not just for special interest groups or companies, and he would like to see the loopholes in tax laws closed, hoping this will encourage investment and economic growth.

“I think it is a deliberate policy to have slow growth in this country,” Gilmore said. “I think it is because we keep raising taxes on investments. When you raise taxes on investments, you get less investments, and when you get less investments you get fewer and less jobs.”

Gilmore was approached with questions, asking if he was seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2016. While he didn’t officially give the intentions on doing so, he laughed, saying he was thinking about it. He mentioned the bad taste the current administration left in his mouth regarding Barack Obama’s policy on pulling out the U.S military from nations and the semi-isolationism this creates.

However, on the opposite side, Gilmore doesn’t favor the neo-conservative policy of using military first and then questioning later, which Obama’s predecessors, like George W. Bush, promoted. Neo-conservativism includes those who promote American interests abroad and are characterized by their use of military force.

Christian Heiens, a junior political science major and College Republican, was surprised by Gilmore’s comments on foreign policy.

“I think it is interesting that he is understanding that younger Republicans are more in tune to the Rand Paul message, so especially talking to a bunch of college Republicans, I think he is trying to reach out to us, but I think he is genuine about it,” Heiens said. “He is understanding it is not just isolationism versus invading every country in the world. The United States as a leader in foreign policy has to be able to do everything.”

Gilmore ended his remarks by saying that he thinks the people of Virginia are suffering under the current administration, and the closing speech by Goodlatte championed this belief. Goodlatte left the event before he was able to be approached for comments, although his closing speech summarized that problems faced by normal Americans today are due in great part to the belief that the government can solve anything. Goodlatte added that changes needed to be made to welfare and retirement entitlements.

The event even attracted Virginia Delegate Ben Cline. Both left encouraged by the turnout and cohesiveness of the young Republicans present. Cline said he was thankful for the event, especially for the work done by JMU College Republicans to recruit new members. JMU is in what Cline regards as the Commonwealth’s breadbasket of Republican voters and encourages the JMU College Republicans continuing volunteer efforts.

“I have noticed an enthusiasm by students to get involved, to give back to their communities and to their commonwealth,” Cline said. “JMU republicans, JMU students in general, are very aware of the world around them. They want to be involved, they want to contribute to the betterment of their world. And those with Republican leanings have really helped out the cause statewide, and nationally, by getting involved here at the JMU CR. So, power to them.”

contact Chris Kent at kent2cm@dukes.jmu.edu

Op-Ed: Delegate Rob Bell and the Tebow Bill

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If your homeschooler is an athlete, what should you do when he reaches high school age?  In many communities and for many sports, the only truly competitive athletics are those offered through the local high school.  Should you focus on what’s best for his academics, and homeschool him?  Or should you let him pursue his athletic dreams (and college scholarships) by enrolling in high school?

More importantly, why is Virginia forcing parents to make this difficult choice?

In 29 states, homeschoolers can participate in interschool competition – like sports, debate, and band – through their local high schools.  In Virginia, homeschoolers can participate through the 8th grade and can engage in extracurriculars and classes at their local high school.  However, they are banned from interschool competitions by the Virginia High School League.

The Tebow Bill, HB 1626, would change this.

To be eligible, HB 1626 requires a homeschooler to be an amateur, be under the age of 19, and be compliant with all team rules.  Pursuant to the homeschooling statute, the homeschooler must demonstrate evidence of academic progress for two years, which includes standardized testing or an annual review by the school system.  (This two-year requirement is to ensure that a failing public school student would not be able to use supposed homeschooling as a convenient way to keep playing sports.)  Last, HB 1626 makes eligibility a local option, meaning that each school board can make its own decision about whether to allow homeschoolers to participate.

The measure has been ferociously opposed by the VEA and school administrators, and Governor Mcauliffe has vetoed it. The General Assembly will attempt to override the veto on April 15.

My mother was a pioneer homeschooler who testified in Richmond in favor of Virginia’s original home schooling law.  From these modest beginnings, homeschooling is now a mainstream educational choice for more than 30,000 Virginian students. For some teenagers, homeschooling is a perfect academic fit.  No parent should be forced to choose between his child’s academics and athletics, at least not where the rules can be written to allow students to have both.  More than half the states allow this, and Virginia should do so as well.

 

 Republican Delegate Rob Bell Represents Virginia’s 58th District in the House of Delegates

Pete Candland Endorses Lee Price for Woodbridge Supervisor

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Ever popular Prince William County Supervisor Pete Candland gave his stamp of approval for Lee Price ,who is in the running for the Republican nomination for Woodbridge supervisor.

         Over the last few months, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Lee Price who is running for Woodbridge Supervisor on the Prince William Board of County                            Supervisors. I have been extremely impressed by his vision for Woodbridge and his desire to make sure each tax dollar is  spent wisely. Lee would be a tremendous                addition to the Board.- Pete Candland

Lee Price faces Steve Chapman in a firehouse primary on April 25th.

Barry Moore does not like to vote in Republican Primaries

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Virginia Virtucon has learned that candidate for the Republican Nomination for Senate in the 11th District Barry Moore has never done what he is asking you to do… Vote in a Republican Primary. Records for Primary Elections are kept by the State Board and current records track back to 2004. While the records cannot say who someone voted for, they do indicate whether or not someone voted in a specific race.

In this case, the records show that Mr. Moore, who is running in a Republican Primary has never voted in any Republican Primary on record. Notably, Mr. Moore only joined the Chesterfield Republican Committee a few months ago, after his desire to run for Senate was made public. Some may remember Mr. Moore’s premature announcement for the 11th District Seat, where Mr. Moore cited liberal-sounding notions of “progress” through “conscious change” as the reasons he was running for Senate.

With his stark lack of credentials as either a conservative or a Republican, one must question whether Mr. Moore really has what it takes to be running in a three way Republican Primary with a long-term incumbent like Steve Martin and a well-known challenger like Amanda Chase. Maybe Mr. Moore should have tried for a lower-level position to gain some experience before jumping into a heavily contested Virginia Senate race. Or at least have voted in in a Republican Primary before asking people to vote for him in a Republican Primary

Mark Dudenhefer draws a Primary Opponent

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Former House of Delegate 2nd District representative Mark Dudenhefer,  who is out to reclaim his old seat, has drawn a primary opponent.  Tim Ciampaglia, from Stafford County’s Rock Hill District has decided to file against the former Delegate. Mr. Ciampaglia has an uphill battle, with little name recognition – especially when compared to former Delegate Dudenhefer – and Dudenhefer’s close ties to Speaker Bill Howell filling his campaign coffers.  Currently there are no other possible contenders expected to throw their hats in the ring, though a few possible candidates have decided to stay out of the race this year and focus on other ventures instead.

Herrity Puts Community before Politics

This weekend Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity along with The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce  hosted a successful job fair . Herrity someone I have admired for his dedication to community and service minded leadership should be applauded for his efforts. With 40 vendors and with close to 600 attendees I would say this was an overwhelming success for the community of Springfield. Great job to those who were involved in this effort.

This is cross posted from https://athensschool.wordpress.com/

Ross Snare, Pat Herrity and Pat Malone
Ross Snare, Pat Herrity and Pat Malone