Gov Scott Walker Charms Woodbridge activist


Governor Scott Walker Rallies Prince William County Republicans

GOP Presidential Candidate Becomes First To Visit Pivotal Bellwether County


WOODBRIDGE, VA – Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker today visited Prince William County to participate in a GOP cookout and rally organized by the Prince William Area Young Republican Club and Prince William County Republican Committee. Today’s event was part of a visit through Virginia that the Walker campaign is using to collect signatures to get on the ballot for Virginia’s Republican primary on March 1, 2016, also known as Super Tuesday.


The event included remarks from Prince William County Republican Committee Chairman Bill Card, Prince William Area Young Republican Club Chairman Terrence Boulden, Coles School Board candidate Willie Deustch, School Board Chairman candidate Tim Singstock, State Senate District 36 candidate and Dumfries Mayor Jerry Foreman, and Gainesville Supervisor Pete Candland. Walker was introduced by his Virginia campaign chairman and State Senator Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisburg).


“It was great to have Governor Scott Walker in Prince William County today as part of his campaign to meet voters and discuss solutions to the problems facing our nation,” said Bill Card. “His visit here shows that he recognizes the political importance of Prince William County as not only a bellwether County for Virginia but also for the race for the White House.”


“Republicans have a great group of candidates to choose from in this Presidential election and Governor Scott Walker has a strong conservative record of leadership in Wisconsin to run on,” said Terrence Boulden. “His bold message of reform, economic growth, and strong foreign policy is one that resonates with Prince William County Republicans and with young people all across America.”


Prince William County is the second largest County in Virginia with a population of about 430,000 residents. The County has regularly been listed as one of the top ten to twenty counties in the nation considered a must-win for any presidential candidate. For example, in April 2012, Campaigns & Elections Journal listed the County at #8 among its top ten counties Mitt Romney needed to win the 2012 election. And Fox News Channel’s Special Report with Bret Baier chose the County in its special series, Road to the White House “Counties That Count” broadcast on July 9, 2012.


No President or Virginia Governor or Senator has won their election without winning Prince William County since 2002. And no President or Virginia Governor or Senator has won their election without winning Prince William County since 1997, with the exception of the 2001 (Mark Warner).


The Virginia State Board of Election requirement to get on the Presidential Primary ballot is 5,000 valid signatures, with at least 200 in each of the state’s 11 congressional districts, and the signatures must be filed with the State Board of Elections by 5:00pm on Thursday, December 10, 2015.



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Mayor Foreman on Virginia’s Economy & Jobs

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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:

  • Establishing an HUB Zone in Dumfries aimed at sparking economic growth and providing federal contracting preferences to small business owners.
  • Bringing together the town’s business and elected leaders for an Economic Summit to outline achievable strategies that we can put into action to make the town more business friendly.
  • Created a Revitalization Area that allowed properly qualified developers to secure low-interest financing for their redevelopment projects.
  • Cut and, in some cases, eliminated costly fees on businesses and reduced the town’s property tax rate by more than 50%.

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.


Checking the Spam Folder for Hillary’s Emails



Cross-posted from


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?


Tyler Voigt going on to North Carolina



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

Ciampaglio announces his support for Dudenhefer for Delegate


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.


Obie picks Walker

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.

FILE - In this April 4, 2013 file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is seen in Milwaukee. Getting ready to run for president means working through a hefty checklist of activities long before most people are paying attention to the contest ahead. Prep work, positioning and auditioning don't wait for the primary season. Just about everyone thinking about running for president is kicking it into gear now, slowpokes included. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File) ORG XMIT: WX915


Dear Friend —

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!

Best Regards,
Mark Obenshain

The NOVA Battle Flag : by Terrence J Boulden



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.


Op Ed : Mark Dudenhefer on to November


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 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 or follow me on Facebook or Twitter.  I hope to see you soon on the campaign trail.




Mark Dudenhefer

Candidate for Virginia House District 02

OP ED By Chip Muir “Together We Attack!: Why My Compromise Should Be Approved by State Central”

“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.

You can read the rest here : 


Hey, Hey , Hey Goodbye……. TB



Well, after a nice ride my time as the Editor of Virginia Virtucon is over. I have had a great time at the helm and I hope I helped to promote the party, and tried to be fair in everything that came out.

I think everyone knows that over time you are interested in a change of pace and a change of activity, and that is where I am right now. I will move on to other things that will help to promote our party and to help our limited government candidates. I also will continue to work with other like-minded activists to help to grow our party.

Thank you all for the support, and please continue to show VV some love, now I will go back to focusing on the PWC Young Republican Club and other ventures.


PWC YR Chairman endorses in the 2nd Delegate District race

Prince William Young Republicans Chairman  Terrence Boulden Endorses Tim Ciampaglio in Virginia House District 2 Primary
I am writing you today to announce my support for Tim Ciampaglio in the 2nd District primary for the House of Delegates on June 9th. This race has become more interesting and more competitive over the past month, and as I have gotten the opportunity to speak with both candidates, read through their plans, and follow their campaigns, I know that I will be casting my vote for Tim Ciampaglio.
Tim has an incredibly well-rounded background – spending 23 years in the Coast Guard, starting his own small business in Stafford, serving as a professor at the Coast Guard Academy and George Washington University – that I know will serve him well in connecting with voters of all backgrounds during the general election and that will allow him to serve the voters of his district well down in Richmond. Tim has also taken the time to lay out detailed plans on how he will work to fix our transportation issues, keep our taxes low, and make our government run more efficiently.
Most important for me is his work ethic on the campaign trail and his commitment to represent the entire 2nd District, from Woodbridge down to Stafford. We can take back this seat in November but it is going to take a lot of hard work, especially in Prince William County, and Tim has shown me beyond the shadow of a doubt that he will work hard to win every vote and even harder for the people of the 2nd District (me included) as their delegate in Richmond.

Tim Ciampaglio releases his Transportation plan


As I post this I think it is important that everyone understand that the race in the 2nd Delegate District has become heated and more interesting than I must admit  than I thought it would be. In saying that I get a mountain pile of information from both camps, and I have been trying to be as fair as possible. I have yet to decide to endorse, or support either of the two great candidates, this is also my district, so I have been paying very close  attention to things. When that decision is made it will be made with all the information and all the actions taken in consideration. – Terrence 

With that being said:


Tim Ciampaglio’s Transportation plan

During my campaign for the House of Delegates I have talked to thousands of voters. In every conversation I ask each voter what issues matter most to them, and after two months on the trail it has become abundantly clear that transportation is one of the top issues for the majority of my future constituents. Many still express frustration at the passage of the transportation tax. Many are upset that the first project scheduled in anticipation of the tax hike was shelved at a total loss of $290 million to taxpayers. But most want an assurance that when I am their Delegate that they will get the roads for which they have been paying through higher taxes. Today, with the release of my transportation plan, I can give you that assurance. When I am elected as your next Delegate, Stafford and Prince William County residents will get the roads they need so their residents can get to and from work faster, in time to get to their children’s activities, so they can grow their businesses, and have a better quality of life.

Earlier in the campaign I released my Peak Efficiency Plan, which drew on my expertise as a strategic planner and corporate efficiency expert to get more service from the Virginia government for your tax dollar. The Secretary of Transportation released a transportation-specific plan that very closely matches my process for these other agencies, and this is why I am completely confident that I will help secure the transportation projects that get Stafford and Prince William the roads we need at a cost that the taxpayer can afford, on time, and in the right priority.

What follows is a simplified (for length) explanation of how the HB2 plan works, what I will add to it, and what it means for road projects.

How it works

My peak efficiency plan and HB2 have a lot in common, but the most important commonality is the focus on prioritization tools to assess which projects are needed first. The HB2 prioritization tool is really a scorecard with different factors, and different weights given to each factor, to develop a score. The higher the score, the higher the priority. House District 2 fits within the Northern Virginia and Fredericksburg regions, and the top scoring priority for our region is congestion mitigation. (You’ll have plenty of time to think about why this makes sense in traffic on Tuesday morning!) Transportation projects are submitted through the collaboration of parties, or stakeholders. Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), Planning District Commissions (PDCs), and the counties work up transportation project plans that get submitted to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB). The CTB then assesses the details of the plan against the scorecard developed in HB2. Factors include safety, congestion mitigation, land use, and more. The CTB also looks at funding sources for the project. It’s a comprehensive view of the totality of the projects proposed, so they can be measured against each other, and given regional priorities. And that is where I come in.

What I will add

On the night of my campaign kickoff, I signed a pledge that I will not raise taxes. Before anything else, I want to make sure that the CTB funds projects based on revenue they already have before the Commonwealth dips back into your pocket for more. Fortunately, prioritization tools will help them get that right. I like their plan, but I want to enhance it, for them and for you, the taxpayer.

I want to add the graphical interface measures that reflect the performance scoring. These easy to use, easy to understand dashboard metrics will help CTB more fully understand their scoring system and give them better views of their decision-making process. More importantly, these tools can be publicly-available, and can be used by taxpayers in a number of ways. You’ll be able to see where your tax money is going, be able to understand projects better, and speak in favor (or against) projects at town hall meetings. When projects are undertaken, you’ll be able to measure their progress, both from a project completion and financial impact perspective.

Why we will get the projects

I am a small business owner, and my business develops strategic plans and streamlines spending efficiency. I am very familiar with plans like HB2 and the metrics I discussed above. I not only use them in my work, I develop them. This matters for you, as a district resident, because I will be able to work with the Stafford and Prince William Boards of Supervisors, with business leaders, and regional planning authorities to enhance the details of proposed transportation plans. We will be able to go through the scoring metrics and enhance the development of projects so they are more responsive to the HB2 criteria. I will work with your other elected and appointed representatives to make sure that their proposed projects get the most from the CTB scoring process. As your next Delegate, I owe it to you to make sure that your tax dollars are being well-spent so that your quality of life improves. The only reason to serve is to serve you.


The Secretary of Transportation has the right ideas for improving transportation infrastructure in Virginia. We cannot afford any more wasted projects, and you deserve the roads you’ve paid for. I want to be value-added to the project. I want to make sure that the CTB has the best tools to enhance their already-solid transportation plan. I want the public to be able to see these tools so they know how their tax dollars are being spent. I want local officials and representatives to have more insight into the process so they can do their jobs better. Because, in the end, when we work together, within a transparent system that everyone understands, we all do better.




Mark Dudenhefer earns the NRA endorsement

National Rifle Association Endorses Mark Dudenhefer

Stafford, Virginia – Mark Dudenhefer, Republican candidate for Virginia House District 2, is honored to announce today that the National Rifle Association has endorsed him in the Republican Primary for Delegate in District 02.

Mark Dudenhefer has been a staunch supporter of 2nd Amendment rights throughout his career. Retiring as a Colonel in the Marine Corps, Mark understands the necessity of protecting one’s family.  Being an NRA card carrying member, Mark is often dismayed at the constant, unjustified attacks on the rights of responsible gun owners.

Mark Dudenhefer received an A rating from the National Rifle Association.

“Receiving the endorsement of the NRA is of great importance to me, being an NRA card carrying member myself. Throughout my career, I have been proud to stand by responsible gun owners and their constitutional rights to protect their families. I consider receiving anything lower than an A rating from the NRA to be unacceptable,” said Dudenhefer.



Guest Post : Bringing Priority-Based Budgeting to Prince William County Schools


Guest Post by Willie Deutsch

There is an old saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”  The budgeting process by the Prince William County School Board has been an example of this approach.  With a billion-dollar budget and over 85,000 students, it is essential that we prioritize our budget effectively to best educate our students.

This Wednesday, May 20th, the School Board will hold its first work session on the strategic plan.  The fact that a plan for the school system is being created after the last scheduled vote on the budget should have every citizen asking questions.  We should be creating a budget that is in line with our goals and funds our plan for the year, not appropriating funds without a plan.

Sadly, this evasion of planning seems to characterize the way the Prince William School Board budgets. One school board member reported that the board has gone for at least four years without sitting down to discuss plans and goals.  This year, multiple school board members requested a work session to talk about goals early in the budgeting process, but were ignored.

Not only was the school board kept from identifying priorities, but it also made only one change to the staff-created budget by the board through this process.  Multiple members objected to the board changing staff’s budget.  If this county is going to rely on a budget created by the school staff, staff must have well-defined goals with budget priorities aligning with those goals.  Sadly, this is not the case.

During this year’s budget process, the citizenry was puzzled when school staff released a list of Critical Unmet Needs.  This included special needs positions, teachers, technology upgrades, and many other items deemed critical by the staff.  Why would a long list of critical needs even exist when we are building pools and the most expensive schools in Virginia? Doesn’t good governance dictate we fund critical needs before shiny accessories?

Even more jarring, at the last school board meeting, staff admitted they have not even ranked the list of critical unmet needs.  It was a shocking admission that internal prioritization does not exist.  Why are we relying on a budget created by people who admit they do not prioritize?

If we are going to deal with critical school system needs—including overcrowded classrooms, underpaid teachers, and improvements in special education—we need a new approach.  We need a school board that sees itself obligated to be transparent with and accountable to the residents of Prince William County.

For the coming year, this looks like a three step process.  1.) The school board must start the budget process by creating priorities, while engaging the community in creating these priorities.  2.) The budget must be funded to meet these priorities. Every line item should be examined to see whether it is funding an identified priority.  3.) Next summer, we need to initiate a citizen-driven strategic planning process.  While the county uses a citizen driven strategic plan and aligns their budget with it, the school system does not.  This would be a powerful way for the school system to engage the community and show that we are listening to and responsive to the people.  It would create clear, detailed goals, and it would show the citizens that their voice matters.  (For a more detailed explanation of the need and what this looks like, check out Al Alborn’s Op-ed from two years ago.)


Over the last six years, we have seen the community devote increased attention on the school board budget.  It is time that school board solicits the community’s opinions in creating the budget, and establishes detailed, well defined goals that we focus on funding.  This will require an engaged citizenry and a responsive school board, but together we can make the Prince William County school system even better.

Willie Deutsch is a candidate for School Board in the Coles District of Prince William County

Guest Post : Chip Muir Part 2 – The Details of the Plan….are you ready for this?


Last week I published an opinion editorial that called for the two factions within the State Central Committee to work together towards a compromise that would select a primary as the 2016 method of nomination for President, and a convention for the 2017 Gubernatorial method. I received quite a lot of feedback from the public. (I may need to upgrade my data plan as a result.) There were two themes to the feedback: first, I support/don’t support your plan, and second, asking the question, “What’s really in it for me?”

As to the first theme, supporting or not supporting my plan, I was very surprised. Though I was pleased by the overwhelming support of my plan (and before I forget, thank you to every one of you that wrote to me, and I’m sorry I haven’t been able to respond to each of you), it should be noted that I did not put forward a plan. With each e-mail, text, phone call, and Snapchat I received voicing support, I grew concerned with the fact that I had not actually put forward a plan to be supported. My first editorial represented a concept or vision, but not a detailed plan. It is very good policy for a Republican to never follow the lead of Nancy Pelosi, or put another way, I would never ask you to pass a bill just so we can find out what’s in it. None of my colleagues on SCC should sign on to a plan without knowing the details of the plan. So in this editorial, it is my pleasure to present to you the details of my compromise plan, with the added bonus that I will answer the question, “What’s really in it for you?” despite the fact that everyone reading this has some different priority than every other reader.

The overview of the plan is this: 2016 Presidential primary coupled with a 2017 Gubernatorial convention. The different groups that must know “what’s in it for me?” are the people whose first political priority is: 1) winning November elections, 2) nominating conventions, 3) nominating primaries, 4) stewardship of RPV resources, 5) specific candidate interests, and 6) the public at large. Now, let’s get to it.


Priority of goals: This plan has three goals. 1) Find 2,100,000 Virginia votes for the Republican candidate for President in November 2016. 2) Find 1,300,000 Virginia votes for the Republican candidate for Governor in November 2017. 3) Put RPV in a strong financial position, in the right order of time, without risk.

Understanding the process as it stands: This discussion is really about how RPV chooses to bind our 49 delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July 2016. The presumptive manner (simply following what we did last time) is that Virginia will hold a primary election on March 1, 2016. The primary results will bind 46 of the 49 delegates. The delegates are bound by apportionment in this way. Each of the 11 Congressional districts receives 3 delegates, for a total of 33. The candidate who wins the district receives all 3 delegates from that district. To win a district, a candidate simply must have the highest raw vote total from that district.  (The 3 district delegates are chosen by vote at the Congressional district convention.)

The RPV state quadrennial convention, where we elect the State Chairman, also casts ballots for 13 people to serve as delegates to the RNC. This is a vote on a candidate to serve as delegate, not for a presidential candidate. Those 13 at-large delegates are also bound based on the results of the primary held March 1, in this manner: 1) Compute percentages to 3 decimal places, that is, 50.000%. 2) The delegates are allocated to the presidential contenders as follows: a) If a candidate receives 50.001% or more of the vote, that candidate is allocated all 13 at-large delegates. B) If no candidate receives 50.001% or more of the vote, the 13 at-large delegates are allocated proportionally among those candidates receiving 15.000% or more of the vote. Rounding rules: Beginning with the candidate receiving the largest number of votes, round the fraction to the next whole number of delegates. Continue this process with the next highest vote getter and repeat until all the delegates are allocated.

We then have 3 unbound delegates: the RPV chair, our national committeeman, and our national committeewoman. That makes 49 delegates in total.

The Details of My Plan

2016 Presidential Primary

The Presidential Primary must be run by the party with the long-term goal of capturing 2.1 million November votes, rather than the success of the primary itself. The way to do that is to get as many campaigns to participate, and to vigorously compete for as many votes as possible. The more voter contacts made by Republican campaigns, the more the field has been prepared for the eventual nominee come summer 2016.

One Sentence Primary Plan: The primary apportions all 46 delegates based on a percentage of the statewide vote received, with 7.500% of the vote needed to qualify to receive delegates, and no winner-takes-all.

Guiding rules: The Rules of the Republican Party adopted in Tampa in 2012 provide the framework for the process. Rule 16(c)(2) says that any Presidential primary occurring before March 15 must bind delegates in a proportional manner. Since Virginia’s General Assembly set our primary date for March 1, we must have a proportional allocation.

My plan apportions delegates consistently with Rule 15(b) that calls for the broadest participation possible (more on this later). My preferred allocation method is a statewide allocation that is done on a pro rata basis by percentage of the statewide vote. My method sets a floor at which a nominee may receive delegates at 7.500%. Rule 16(c)(3)(i) puts the maximum floor at 20%, but the higher the floor, the more the process transforms towards winner-takes-all, favoring only the absolute top-tier of candidates. My 7.5% figure promotes significant competition amongst all candidates. The top-tier candidates have an incentive to find every vote possible for March 1, knowing that delegates will be spread thinner across the field, unless they are able to get so many votes that more candidates fall under the 7.5% line and are ineligible for delegates. Second-tier candidates, at this writing, frequently poll between 6% and 8%, which means a strong showing puts them within reach of earning delegates. This lower floor, coupled with Virginia’s early voting date, makes Virginia very attractive to candidates that want to gain momentum. Picking up delegates in Virginia allows these candidates to stay in the race longer, and, even if they ultimately fail to win the nomination, they can swing delegates to other candidates, making them relevant throughout the nomination process. Virginia will effectively have two races playing out simultaneously: a race to win the Commonwealth, and a race to 7.5%. These “two races” allow for multiple winners.

Getting to 2.1 million votes: This primary plan works toward the ultimate goal of 2.1 million votes. By shifting the proportion away from Congressional districts, it forces candidates to run a whole-state race. They will not be able to cherry pick delegates by locking in on one district, while underperforming everywhere else. They will have to put together a statewide infrastructure plan early in the campaign, which means whoever wins the nomination has the statewide ground game in place to win November electoral votes. This strategy also promotes early investments in high population density areas, the very areas Republicans have been losing by wide margins in statewide races. Because of the statewide move, performing well in Alexandria and Richmond will win more delegates to the candidate in March; and establishing a presence in those places late in 2015, and staying there through November 2016, will produce significantly better Republican margins in November. But this strategy will also draw more attention to rural Republican strongholds, because top-tier and second-tier candidates will need to turn out the high-likelihood Republican voters. This puts Republicans in a position to both recruit longstanding loyalists and enter new communities.

Election of delegates: There is a difference between voting for a presidential candidate and voting for the delegates to go to Cleveland to cast RNC votes. RPV can still choose to send 3 delegates from each Congressional district, voted on at district conventions, and still elect 13 delegates at the RPV Quadrennial Convention. My proposal concerns how we bind the delegates, not how we select the delegates, and I would like to keep the current plan in place because it is such an honor to be selected as an RNC delegate.

Summary: The advantages of this proposal are that it promotes a whole-state strategy; develops a campaign infrastructure early; promotes the most total Republican voter contacts across the state; incentivizes the strongest candidates to invest heavily in Virginia because 46 delegates can be obtained on March 1; incentivizes the second-tier of candidates to work in Virginia because of the low 7.5% threshold; and, finally, requires candidates to campaign in high-population cities because of the number of votes available, which will help narrow Democrat margins in November 2016.

What’s in it for me?

In this section I justify why you should want a primary under these rules, no matter what your top priority is in Republican politics.

  • If you prioritize November 2016 success: Our early primary will encourage campaigns to invest in Virginia early, and stay here. Having nine or ten campaigns vigorously competing for votes, knowing they can get delegates based on the low 7.5% number, will initiate more voter contacts, find more volunteers, and force the development of a solid Virginia infrastructure early. This will lead to a better ground game for the eventual winner of the nomination to outperform in the fall.
  • Pro-convention: One fear of the pro-convention crowd is that, using the old system, any one candidate could win all of the delegates with about 25% of the vote, based on nothing more than winning districts. With the statewide allocation, that fear is now completely unfounded. Further setting the floor at 7.5% for winning delegates means more candidates will earn delegates, and no one candidate will “run away with Virginia.” Additionally, more candidates will win delegates under this method, which will be brokered later, just like at a convention. These primary rules eliminate fears and set a convention-style atmosphere. Plus, for agreeing to this deal, you secure a convention, your preferred method of nomination, for 2017. And it starts to be funded now.
  • Pro-primary: You get your primary!
  • Pro-RPV: It is my belief that more money will be donated to RPV if we select a primary than a convention. That money can be used to hire more staff, pay down debt, fund the 2017 convention, and generally be put to its best use. A primary frees up our capital from restrictions based on having to fund a Presidential convention right now. In addition, unit chairs will have a lot of work taken off of them. With a primary, unit chairs can now focus on properly planning their mass meetings, rather than balancing the needs of convention planning along with a mass meeting.
  • You have a favorite candidate: The GOP is forming a great field, but you probably have one candidate you prefer over the others. Let’s say you prefer a candidate that has campaigned vigorously in the African-American community, and that candidate has found a lot of support from it. With a primary, they go to their precinct and cast a ballot for your candidate. In a convention, they have to file for a unit mass meeting, pay a filing fee, sign a loyalty oath pledging to support the Republican candidate (especially if they previously voted in a Democratic primary), and then show up for the state convention to vote. Which method is the better method to have your candidate’s supporters show up for you to cast their votes? The same is true in Hispanic communities. If your candidate is expanding his or her reach, you should want the nomination method that allows your candidate to most effectively get his or her support to the polls. Please note that this is consistent with Rule 15(b), which states, “The Republican National Committee and the state Republican Party or governing committee of each state shall take positive action to achieve the broadest possible participation by men and women, young people, minority and heritage groups, senior citizens, and all other citizens in the delegate election, selection, allocation, or binding process.” (emphasis added)
  • You consider the public: A primary is a very straightforward process: have your supporters show up at their precincts on March 1. If we select a convention, we will have to be very clear with the public that there will not be a Republican primary on March 1, and if they want any say in who the Republican nominee will be, they will have to follow the process of pre-filing, attending the mass meeting, and then attending the convention. Hundreds of thousands of Virginians participate in Republican Presidential primaries, even the low turnout ones like 2012. Those people will have to be informed of our decision.

The 2017 Gubernatorial Convention

A compromise involves both groups getting some of what they want, and this section will briefly lay out details on the convention part of the compromise.

The three most important parts of a successful convention are: 1) money to fund it, 2) capable people planning every detail, and 3) massive participation. I really like conventions, and I want the 2017 Gubernatorial convention to be our best one yet.

Money: Funding a convention, the lockbox, and profitability

Conventions are expensive, but they also have been profitable. Conventions require substantial upfront expenses, but usually recoup those expenses later through candidate filing fees, delegate filing fees, and other sources. A successful convention starts with raising the capital to fund those upfront expenses, and that is why this compromise will guarantee a successful convention in 2017.

Donations and the lockbox: This section addresses two points, how can we assure money will be donated for the convention, and how can we assure that money will be used for convention purposes only? The latter question underscores the lack of trust amongst the factions, and so my answer is grounded in that lack of trust, even though I personally feel like we are moving past that.

Conventions require upfront capital to reserve, and then pay for, convention space. That space should generally be leased about a year in advance. The likely date for the convention will be May 20, 2017, the weekend between Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. Thus, RPV should secure the space in May 2016, which is before the new SCC members take their seats. This date does a number of great things to assure the success of the plan. First, the current SCC, which would sign onto this plan, will be able to assure that the deal is honored. Honoring the deal means raising the money to pay for the convention, and then actually paying for it. When SCC makes the distribution to pay for the convention space, the 2017 convention is effectively secured. No subsequent SCC meeting would vote to forfeit the tens of thousands of dollars deposited to secure the convention space. The current membership that signs onto the deal is in the best position to assure the deal is honored.

To assure trust, my plan includes a lockbox that effectively operates as a trust. This special account should be set up with a bank with terms that restrict monetary inflows to those that are earmarked for the convention, and restrict withdrawals to expenses that go to paying for the convention. A banker can set the account up to have multiple signatures required for withdrawals, bank oversight of approval of withdrawals for pre-approved convention expenses, and other ways to assure the account is only used for the 2017 convention. In this way, donors can be confident that they are donating to the convention, and the committees set up to plan the convention will be assured of having the money there when they need it.

Profitability:  Conventions have been profitable for RPV. Profits are earned through more revenue coming in, and lower expenses going out. The earlier the convention can be funded (and 2015 is early for a 2017 convention), the more money RPV can accrue to pay for it. In addition, the more money we have to pay upfront, the better bargains we can drive for the appropriate convention space and other details. Driving harder bargains will make the convention less expensive, and therefore more profitable.

Planning: Conventions take a significant amount of planning. Selecting a convention at an earlier date allows for the planning to be done in earnest earlier. RPV will be able to appoint committees to: 1) find convention space, 2) get quotations from spaces, 3) find the best methods for vote tabulation to assure a faster and more transparent election process, 4) start talking to sponsors and vendors, and more. Reaching this compromise enables more than just funding of the convention, it enables the planning of it. A properly funded, well-planned convention can be an enormous boost to the party, the finances of RPV, and most importantly, to the candidates who emerge victorious.

Participation: The 2017 candidates will almost certainly be visible helping our 2016 candidates. They will be identifying voters in 2016, who can be their delegates in 2017. With the candidates knowing the method in 2017 this early, attendance and participation at a 2017 convention should be especially high.

Fairness to candidates: We do not know who is running for any of the three statewide offices in 2017. However, by selecting the 2017 method of nomination now, the candidates will know under what method they will be running. This allows them to start building their staffs, finding their key allies, and all of the other necessities of running for office earlier. We should have a better prepared candidate for November 2017 because they will be able to strategize starting at an earlier date.

Conclusion and a spiritual appeal

After my initial op-ed, I read a lot of responses that effectively said, “We shouldn’t compromise because the other side…” and then listed the offenses. I know that I cannot heal hurt feelings, and that both sides have endured harsh treatment from the other. Instead, I’d like to make a spiritual appeal, that rather than focusing on the misconduct of the past, we look towards building a better future.

It was December 4, 1988, and I was sitting in Hillcrest Presbyterian Church in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. It was the eighties. Reagan was President. People were proud, and proud to be proud. The minister delivered a sermon whose refrain was, “You’re a Presbyterian. You do it better. You do it God’s way.” No matter what situation we encountered, no matter who was on the other side, we were called to be better, to do it God’s way.

Each of us has done something ugly in politics, and each of us has been mistreated by an opponent. I’m sure we all have multiple offenses, and multiple abuses. But this compromise is our chance to hold ourselves to a higher standard. It is our chance to tell the other side that we will work with them to give them something they want, and that we trust them to give us something we want. When we begin to conduct ourselves like Republicans should, to treat each other with respect and cooperation, we will get the same back. And once we start treating each other that way, the public will take notice of what we’ve become. If we hold ourselves to a higher standard, we can expect the public to take notice and join with us.

My compromise plan will work. It will produce better results for Republicans. But if it does nothing else, it will prove to the public, and prove to ourselves, that we can do it better. We can do it the Republican way.


Chip Muir is the 3rd district Rep on Virginia’s Republican State Central Committee and is the Chairman of the Republican Commitee of Richmond

Here is Chip’s orginal post :

Rumors Rumors Rumors …Ciampaglio endorsed Medicaid Expansion?

While being part of the blogger community, you have some pluses and minuses. The big plus being getting all the inside news and being part of the monster that is politics. The minuses are the nasty voicemails, emails and messages from political newcomers and also hacks. I also am a party to rumors and folks wanting me to spread rumors around using the blog. I the other day got a few folks telling me how Candidate for the 2nd District Delegate seat Tim Ciampaglio is going around endorsing the idea of Medicaid expansion, this of course, concerned me. So I asked him, his response is as follows a bit longer than a statement, but he wanted to clear it up:

I know firsthand the cost of health insurance, what I have to pay to cover myself and my family, and what it costs to bring someone on in the business. And that’s the first of many reasons why I don’t support Medicaid Expansion in Virginia, and why I want to find solutions to lower the costs of healthcare in Virginia. I’m looking to follow the leadership of Dr. Mark Berg, the Republican Delegate from the Winchester area.

I want to state my position clearly. I do not trust Governor McAuliffe. In 2014, his misguided, foolhardy attempt at Medicaid expansion derailed a General Assembly session. This happened largely because Republicans were not in control of the Senate at the time. When the Republicans regained control of the Senate in 2014, this past 2015 session went smoothly, with barely a whisper of Medicaid expansion being breathed.

I cannot control whether the Republicans control the Senate after this election, but I can control the fact that I will never vote to expand Medicaid. As a Christian, I want people to have access to health care, but Medicaid expansion is not the way to do it; economic expansion is. I would love to have more Virginians covered by health insurance through my work as a Delegate because that would mean that I’ve helped Virginia businesses expand so they could hire more Virginians.

Economic expansion happens when we get our budget under control, and my peak efficiency plan works towards that goal. The great byproducts of economic expansion are job creation, income growth, and through those two characteristics, people being covered by health care at work.

Medicaid expansion will work against everything I want to do as a Delegate, especially my primary issue, controlling the growth of the budget and finding peak efficiency in spending. Medicaid once took up “just” 5% of the state budget. It now takes up 19%. And as a believer in balanced budgets, and because Virginia is required to have one, the Medicaid budget growth takes away from the money we can spend on education. We need to work to get people off of Medicaid, not on it. If Virginia expands Medicaid, I can assure you the first two areas to suffer will be education and transportation. So, if you’re the parent of a Stafford or Prince William student, and you commute to work each day, I owe it to you to fight against Medicaid expansion or you’ll pay twice over through an inferior education for your child and a worsened commute.

Conservatives have advanced great ideas on lowering health care costs, especially coverage that can be sold across state lines. I want to explore conservative solutions to lowering health care costs, especially when those solutions help lower health care costs and allow businesses to operate more profitably.

Medicaid expansion works against my peak efficiency plan. Medicaid expansion puts more government into each one of your paychecks, and into mine. I am committed to blocking the expansion, and I will make every effort to make the 19% of the budget it takes up now a smaller figure.

It’s great to have him clear up his position, not only for the sake of himself but for the people including myself that live in the 2nd District. I have not and will not yet endorsed a candidate in this race, to the dismay of some, but when I do I want all the information first and the correct information, of course, is preferable.


John Scott withdraws from the race for YRNF Chairman

Many were shocked and very much disappointed by Former Young Republican Federation of Virginia Chairman John Scott this morning, and his announcement that he was withdrawing from the race for National YR Chair. John broke the news to his supporters in an open letter on his facebook page:


I hope you are well.

Over the last several months, Peret, myself, and the rest of the team have traveled to 31 states spreading our vision of winning the youth vote and regaining the White House in 2016.

And that message has resonated. We have gained supporters from New Jersey to Arizona, Alaska to Minnesota, Virginia to Hawaii, Florida to Kansas, Massachusetts to North Carolina, and everywhere in between.

I spent every ounce of my time, talent, and treasure while serving as Virginia’s Chairman, and the same level of commitment will be required to make YRNF great again. Although I have been–and continue to be–confident that we would prevail in Chicago, God has shown us bold, new opportunities since we announced in January that I look forward to sharing with you about soon.

Therefore, after thoughtful consideration with the receipt of counsel from Peret and the rest of the team, I am making the decision to withdraw my candidacy as YRNF Chairman.

It’s not an easy decision. But I know in my heart it is the right one. I want to deeply thank the vast number of supporters, donors, and delegates that have supported me. It is incredibly humbling.

I am blessed during this process to have an incredible team that fought so hard for our shared vision: Michael Thulen Jr, Brandon Kenig, Trey Joy, Julia Rabadi, Matthew J. Pagano, Barbara Ann Fenton, Nicholas Stone, Chris McCoy, Tres Watson, and Jason F. Emert. I am truly thankful for your friendship and know you will be massively successful in whatever endeavor you choose–and one that I can hopefully help in whatever way.

But most important is my rock. I recall that my opponents would laugh at the idea of me picking the love of my life as my Co-Chairman candidate. In fact, one compared us to Hillary and Bill. Let me say this: Hilary Clinton ain’t got shit on Perét Pass. Thanks love for standing tough with me through all this.

In closing, I will turn my focus on serving out my final days as Southern Regional Vice Chairman. Our goal of 100% chartering in the South is only one state away, and we have aided reorganizing two additional states. We have helped charter a dozen new clubs in the South, facilitate coordination between states, and prepared our focus to the several Governor’s races this year–all of which are in the South.

Thanks again to everyone for their support and I look forward to seeing you soon.


John over the weekend graduated from Liberty Law School and i know whatever his next move is will be successful one. Good Luck John


Guest Post Chip Muir : The Four Dirty Words in Republican Politics

George Carlin once had a very popular comedic skit called “The Seven Dirty Words.” In the Republican Party of Virginia, we only have four dirty words, though I imagine by the time I hear back from the people that read this editorial, I’ll be able to expand that list with the words I’ll be called. My “Four Dirty Words” op-ed will not be popular, but as the poster in my high school biology classroom read, “’What is right is not always popular and what is popular is not always right.”

I am making the following proposal to the State Central Committee, on which I serve, and on which I have twice voted for conventions. In exchange for a Presidential primary to be held on March 1, 2016, RPV will nominate our 2017 statewide candidates by convention. As part of this compromise, RPV will dedicate a percentage of the revenues received in 2015 and 2016 to fully fund the 2017 convention before the turnover in State Central seats in the summer of 2016, up to $200,000 and including deposits on convention space. This proposal is the only option available to SCC if we are to win Virginia for the Republican nominee in 2016 and elect a Republican Governor in 2017.

What are the four dirty words in the Republican Party? They are: 1) compromise, 2) statesman, 3) RINO, and 4) conservative. In the current Republican Party, a compromise is an abandonment of principle. A statesman is a person who abandons principles by offering compromises for political opportunity. In our definition, a RINO is a person who votes Republican, attends Republican events, donates to Republican candidates, volunteers for Republican causes, and has participated in an electoral primary and is not totally at war with the notion of doing it once again, as long as it’s a Republican primary. A conservative, in our definition, is a person who votes Republican, attends Republican events, donates to Republican candidates, volunteers for Republican causes, and has participated in an electoral convention and is not totally at war with the notion of doing it once again, as long as it’s a Republican convention. In this editorial, I am hoping to assert myself as the poster child for all four dirty words, because, once again, what is right is not always popular, and what is popular is not always right.

In my effort to be a statesman, I have offered this compromise, knowing full well that I will alienate both RINOs and conservatives. But I believe the negative initial reaction that I receive will in the end turn out to be the saving grace for the party over the next two years, and that is why I’m willing to be criticized. In our recent litmus test years of convention vs. primary, SCC members have never been given a third option, let alone a third option that will work. This offer is that workable third option, and the best option.

This offer works because it will allow RPV to most effectively allocate the financial and human resources at its disposal. Put another way, RPV can carry Virginia in 2016 and 2017 by using this deal to gain the strongest financial position it has seen for almost 10 years, and by focusing the efforts of party leaders, party members, and volunteers on those two elections starting this summer. This position is where we need to be as a party for the next two-and-one-half years, and taking on any other issues is just a distraction from that mission.

This compromise accomplishes three goals: 1) It reduces the intra-party fighting that is bound to occur over the next 13 months; 2) It allows RPV and its units to focus their attention on preparing for elections; and 3) It allows RPV to raise funds, significant funds, by showing to the public that we are, for the first time in quite some time, able to work together and govern ourselves through prioritizing electoral success rather than party control.

  1. Reduction of intra-party fighting

The fight over the 2016 nomination will certainly pit the two major camps (RINOs and Conservatives) within RPV in a death struggle against each other. Our political efforts will be spent outmaneuvering each other rather than preparing for elections and building our units and bank accounts. To select anything other than a primary in 2016 will lead to nothing but guerilla warfare on issues of descending importance. First we will fight over the process chosen, and if it is not a primary, it will lead to fighting over the rules, then the credentials, who can participate, who can observe, and so on. And these fights will happen in every unit in the Commonwealth because the stakes of winning Presidential delegates are that high for the Presidential candidates. The recent history of RPV includes overturning mass meetings, removal of district chairs, and defending lawsuits. These negative events will be multiplied in a Presidential year. My proposal avoids these events in their entirety.

The camp that wants a method other than a primary for 2016 may very well have the votes on SCC to do it. For them to give up their preferred 2016 method, they need to receive something of considerable value, and that is a 2017 convention for nomination. Here is the appeal to guaranteeing the 2017 nomination process. SCC seats are up in 2016, and the people that currently control SCC may, or may not, have the votes for the 2017 nomination after the election. To give up control of the process in 2016, it is only fair that they retain control of the 2017 process, even without any guarantee of having the seats and votes to do it. Further, to prevent any reneging on the deal, good faith requires that the financial commitments necessary for a 2017 convention must be made while that faction of the party is in control. The deal requires a degree of trust within the party, funding the convention now is the verification of that trust.

If the 2017 convention has been agreed to, and financially committed to, then the explosive in-fighting that will occur around the 2016 mass meetings, which control what persons go to district conventions, who in turn elect district chairmen and SCC members, will be noticeably reduced. Without doubt some seats will turn over, but the “shenanigans” that have happened over the past four years, including the horrendous 2014 slating, will have a significantly lower chance of occurring.

This compromise reduces the volume of two years of in-fighting. And with two years of refocused energy, RPV can turn to fundraising and winning elections.

  1. Preparing for elections

A nomination method other than primary in 2016 will entirely consume the political activities of units and districts in the winter of 2015-2016. Our unit chairs will be asked to run for re-election, plan the mass meeting, plan the presidential delegate portion of the mass meeting, and put it together between the Advance in December and the meetings held in late January. Skipping Christmas won’t just be a movie, but an actual political activity when the holiday season is spent preparing for a completely novel way of conducting the nomination method in the most important election Virginia holds. We are forcing our already-burdened unit leadership with taking on brand new processes that will be conducted under the microscopes of the media and representatives from the presidential campaigns. More importantly, given the number of unit mass meetings in 2014 that were overturned by SCC in 2014, we will almost certainly need SCC to fast track appeals to be decided before the actual Presidential nomination method is held.

At the same time, we will be using resources to plan these meetings when we can do two other things: 1) actively campaign for Presidential candidates in our units, and 2) start planning the 2017 convention to make sure that it runs considerably smoother than our 2013 convention did. Resolving the 2016 and 2017 nomination methods in the way I propose allows RPV and its leaders at every level to focus their efforts on the work that needs to be done to the highest level of care. There is absolutely no doubt that the 2017 Gubernatorial convention, funded in 2015, with planning begun in 2015, will be the paragon of all future conventions. There is also no doubt that with the 2016 Presidential primary, unit mass meetings and district conventions will be a much smoother, significantly less contentious process. The compromise enables both sides to show voters how well their preferred process can run.

This compromise allows us to deploy our resources in the most effective, most efficient, way possible. And when we are effective and efficient, we can get the best possible results, and in politics the best results means one thing: winning the damn election!

  1. Fundraising

Chairman John Whitbeck, Pete Snyder, Curtis Colgate, and generous individual donors have done a tremendous job of strengthening RPV’s financial standing since the January 31 filings trumpeted by the press. My suspicion, however, is that a lot of money remains on the sideline because they think donating to RPV is a bad investment, and they think we cannot manage ourselves. Well, we can manage ourselves, and we’re beginning to prove that now. If we come together on this compromise, RPV will see significant inflows of donations. If party stereotyping holds true, then the business faction (“RINOs”) of the party will give because we have shown our ability to manage ourselves, and we have selected their preferred method of Presidential nomination. The grassroots faction (“Conservatives”), who generally prefers conventions, will give so long as they know they can earmark their donations to pay for a 2017 convention. Both sides will have reasons to donate money to RPV, and they won’t have the excuse of not wanting their money to go to the other side.

By choosing a Presidential primary, a process which costs RPV nothing, RPV can focus their financial efforts on developing electoral infrastructure, paying down debt, and generally strengthening our balance sheet through summer 2016. The Presidential primary both brings money into RPV, and frees up restrictions on RPV capital so money can be put to the necessary usages. Conventions do cost the party money and restrict capital. However, by setting up a separate fund to begin saving for convention expenses now, and locking those funds up for convention use only, the party will be able to assure a financially profitable, well-planned convention for 2017. In short, people on both sides of the party will be able to donate to the causes that align with their values, and RPV will benefit alongside with each faction’s success.

The SCC has been fighting amongst itself for the better part of the past decade. And just like with any longstanding feud, it becomes increasingly difficult to get either side to give even a bit to the other. My offered compromise asks the eighty-plus members of SCC to swallow their pride, check their egos, and give a victory to the other side. That’s a lot to ask, and it will take substantial individual maturity to do it.

But on the other hand, my offered compromise gives eighty-plus members of SCC the opportunity to tell the people who put them there that they delivered the guaranteed nomination method of their choice at the time they needed it most, and strengthened the party in the process. In the end, the members of SCC have one responsibility above all else: to advise RPV on how to be the strongest, most effective political party it can be, so we can win elections.

It may be hard to do this, but I’ve already shown my willingness to be all four of the dirty words at the same time, because someone has to make the first sacrifice. My idea may not be popular, but it is right.


1234744_10151658168908269_128633255_nChip Muir is the 3rd district Rep on State Central and is the Chair of the Richmond Republican Committee


The Battle of the plans Part Deux

After Dudenhefer released his lean Govt Initiative he releases the names of a few folks who endorse the plan

Local Businesses Endorse Dudenhefer’s Lean Government Initiative

Dudenhefer has the backing of local business owners

 Stafford, Virginia – Mark Dudenhefer, Republican candidate for Virginia House District 2, is proud to announce that his Lean Government Initiative has the backing of local business leaders.

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.

These local business leaders have endorsed this initiative:

Chris Caldwell of Caldwell Consultants, LLC

Gordon Howard Regional Vice President of Family Dollar

Sam N Kamel – Owner of Sam’s Pizza

“I am honored to have these local businesses endorse my plan. As a former small business owner, I fully understand the obstacles that small business owners face everyday. If the private sector is forced to be as efficient as possible, the government should be forced to do the same,” said Dudenhefer.

Chris Caldwell stated, “In the private sector if you are not efficient and are wasting time and money then you will not last long, I am happy to endorse Mark’s plan because it cuts waste and saves taxpayers money.”

Gordon Howard noted, “I am constantly looking for ways to save money and improve our customer’s experience, And this plan does the exact same thing. Mark’s Lean Government Initiative forces the government to increase performance at a lower cost to the taxpayer. What is better than that?”

“As a proud small business owner I am pleased to endorse Mark and this common sense plan. Mark has always been a friend to local businesses and families by cutting taxes and helping to create jobs,” said Sam N. Kamel.



Ciampaglio – Transparency and Accountability

I’ve always believed in principles, and I’ve always applied principles to guide my actions and conduct. Running for the House of Delegates has made me all the more aware of how important sticking to principles in life matters. Recently my opponent and I were invited by Virginia FREE, an organization committed to “protecting and strengthening Virginia’s prosperous business environment through the political process,” to address their group in Richmond. I’m a business owner, and like Virginia FREE, I want my fellow business owners to prosper. So I answered their questionnaire and drove to Richmond to be interviewed. (I do not know if my opponent did the same.)

On the drive back to Stafford, I began thinking about my character principles. I focused on three: accountability, transparency, and authenticity. In my campaign speech, I made one promise: that no candidate, and no Delegate, will ever work harder for his constituents than I will. I then asked myself, “How can I be sure that, as a candidate and then as a Delegate, that I have followed through on these principles, and thus, my promise? How can the voters and constituents know that I have followed through on my principles, and thus, my promise? And then it hit me: my business creates scorecards to show people that they are getting the most out of their money, so I should create a scorecard so that voters and constituents know that I really am delivering on my promises, that I really am doing the hard work, and that I’m living up to the goals I’ve set for myself and that you have set for me.

So I came home and I wrote this op-ed to unveil my personal scorecard. I’m not a career politician. I’m a businessman. I have to know that I’m doing the right things the right way, and you have to know that, too. And what follows is how you can score me as a candidate. If I am elected to the House of Delegates, I’ll create a publicly visible scorecard for my voting and leadership in office. It’s an innovative idea, but if I am elected, you’re going to be my boss and you need to know that I’m doing my job. I could not look at myself in the mirror if my voting record said one thing while I campaigned as if I voted another way, and this scorecard is my first effort at making sure that you have the knowledge to hold me accountable. You deserve that.

Dashboard Metrics to Score Your Candidate and Delegate

It is important that we demand transparency in government agencies and officials.  It is only fair that if we expect government agencies to show the taxpayers their ROI then we must also hold our elected officials to that same standard.    To that end, I am going to set up a series of metrics, called a “Scorecard” that holds me, a candidate for Delegate in Virginia’s House District 2, accountable to being the best candidate I can be.  Starting from my decision to run on Mar 16th, 2015, the following are my metrics of efficiency:

  1. To ensure I am a whole-district candidate:
    1. Metric: How many hours are spent visiting the voters and small business owners in Prince William County vs. Stafford County?
    2. Score: I’ve met with the PWC Chamber of Commerce, spoken to the PWC Republican Party, spent many mornings at the Rippon Landing VRE station, put signs at PWC businesses, talked to PWC law enforcement, and worked my way through subdivisions. In Stafford I’ve knocked on the doors in almost every subdivision. I’ve campaigned with the slug lines at the park and rides. I’ve addressed the American Legion twice. I’ve met with the owners of many different types of businesses.
  2. To show commitment to Veterans:
    1. Metrics: How many Veteran events are attended? Do I have policies to help veterans?
    2. Score on events: I’ve been invited twice to the American Legion and have given speeches both times. I’ve met with veterans at breakfasts and lunches.
    3. Score on policies: I’ve written an op-ed that has been very, very well received about making sure the VA health facility built with state money in PWC will provide the best services on an efficient budget. I’ve talked about mental health issues for Vets, and special issues for female Vets. I’ve discussed tax issues with Vets and business issues with Vets. I’ve been an active member of Congressman Rob Wittman’s Veteran’s Affairs Committee for 7 years.
  3. To show commitment to aligned organizations:
    1. Metric: How many events have I attended with groups that share my fiscally-conservative values of decreased spending, decreased taxes, and business growth?
    2. Score: I’ve met with Virginia FREE on business issues, and the PWC Chamber of Commerce. I’ve discussed authentic government efficiency ideas with the Tea Party. I’ve spoken at GOP meetings on peak operating efficiency in government spending.
  4. To show commitment to Law Enforcement and First Responders:
    1. Metric: How many events and meetings have I had with members?
    2. Score: I’ve met with PWC law enforcement officers to discuss their particular needs. As a Coast Guard officer that conducted drug interdiction to block drugs from coming into the country, I’m going to be supportive to the men and women that help keep our communities safe. I’ll need to spend more time with them.
  5. To show commitment to the public-at-large:
    1. Metric: How many public groups have I attended, and how many doors have I PERSONALLY knocked on?
    2. Score: I have covered 21 subdivisions. I have placed 64 signs, handed out 2800 palm cards to voters, and met with 10 civic groups. I’ve met morning commuters multiple days each week since I’ve started the campaign.
  6. To show commitment to small businesses:
    1. Metrics: How many small businesses visited in PWC and Stafford County? Do I have policies that will boost Virginia small business growth?
    2. Score on visits: I have visited 21 shopping centers to meet business owners and placed signs in 16 storefronts. With each visit I always ask, “How can I as your Delegate help you grow your business?” Because growing a family business is one of the most satisfying events than can happen in a life, and I want to help business owners realize their dreams whenever I can, however I can.
    3. Score on policies: My government peak efficiency plan will decrease the tax burden on business owners. My past work with the Virginia Small Business Partnership has given me insight into the importance of state and local tax reform.
  7. To show commitment to the people that have gotten me where I am in life:
    1. Metrics: Am I still making sure that my wife has the time she wants with me? Am I available to my two sons whenever they’re willing to hang around with Dad? Am I attending church and keeping my prayer life strong?
    2. Scores: My wife is the best volunteer I have! This campaign is strengthening our already wonderful marriage. I want my conduct as a candidate to be the conduct that makes my wife proud of me. She’s a positive and gracious woman, and you deserve no less from me. Additionally, my two sons have knocked doors on my behalf passing my message. Finally, my prayer life is stronger now than ever, I am still active in my church, and my personal relationship with God remains sound.

I am dedicated to transparent government and accountability.  If elected as your delegate, I will carry forward my dashboard idea and build metrics of effectiveness as your delegate so you will be able to follow in real time, my every move and decision on your behalf. If you want a Delegate who is authentic, who knows what he stands for and has committed to it, and who will be publicly accountable for his actions, then why not start with a candidate who is giving you the tools to do just that? If you think I’m open with how hard I’m working to become your next Delegate, wait until you see just how open I’ll be with my voting record and how we spend your hard-earned tax dollars.

Tim Ciampaglio is a candidate for the House of Delegates in the 2nd District



OP-ED Mayor Jerry Foreman- Why I am Running for State Senate



Why I am running for the 36th District Senate seat.

We need a Senator in Richmond who will work with both parties to solve problems; with a track record of cutting taxes and providing economic opportunity for all, a commitment to open and transparent government, and a willingness to represent the “entire” district equally, which includes Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford Counties

As the Mayor of Dumfries, I have seen first-hand how State policies can help and how they can hurt.  I have seen the effects of big government, a lack of transparency and complacency statewide. As Senator I will firmly reject the status quo, work collaboratively for greater transparency, innovation and empowerment and be a voice for necessary reform

I will work to forge powerful and lasting coalitions across the political aisle in order to craft common sense legislation that provides solutions to the issues facing Virginians.  Government is not the recipe by which everything can be made right – nor should it be. As Senator, I will work to make headway on economic growth, transportation initiatives, ensuring pensions are funded, affordable education, and strategic long-term fiscal planning.

I am a politician committed to always placing the citizens’ interests first. The market and people should drive the economy not government manipulation and interference. We need elected officials that work for their constituents and representatives in Richmond that can say “no” to the federal government when it offers shiny new, feel-good programs, but no money to pay for them.

“Business as usual” in Richmond is clearly not serving the taxpayers in our district. Continuing to ignore our State’s problems and underfund programs that are essential to the creation of good-paying jobs, while siphoning more of our savings through ever-rising fees and taxes is destructive to our economy and our communities.  It drives growth away from our state.

The philosophical foundations in Richmond must change. The people should choose how to spend their hard earned dollars, not the government. While it is essential that government has a revenue base to fulfill its obligations, our state government in Richmond has now adopted a “feed-the-beast” mentality where excessive spending requires rising taxes and runaway debt to pay for it.  This will only stop if we force the politicians to change, or vote them out of office when they refuse to do so.  As Senator, I will unapologetically fight for pro-growth policies and limited governmental regulation allowing the unrestricted flow of capital, labor and ideas. I am confident that when given the opportunity to vote for a candidate who brings a message of fiscal and individual responsibility, the voters of this district will take it. My candidacy brings that opportunity. I am not naïve – I won’t win every battle, but the battle must be joined.

Every election is about the future and this race will be no different. I want to build a Virginia that challenges citizens to change their communities for the better. We need more people in the legislature who can identify what is right with our State and build on its strengths to make it better, and not just identify what is wrong and criticize it. Together, let’s fight for the values that Northern Virginians hold dear. There is much work to do for our State.  I look forward to earning your support and your vote, and promise that you will always know where I stand; I stand with you!

Mayor Jerry Foreman

Dumfries, VA


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