No Need To Compromise

On Sunday, VV published an op-ed by the chair of the Richmond City Republican Committee, Chip Muir, on why we should compromise, and grant the ‘moderate pro-business’ wing of the Republican Party of Virginia a Presidential primary in Virginia next year, in exchange for their so kindly granting us a convention to nominate statewide candidates… More No Need To Compromise

A year later… “Get over it.” Not a CHANCE.

So it appears that many Republican members of the General Assembly that supported the Cantor/Young Guns-led slating effort at county conventions last year will be unopposed for nomination this year. More’s the pity. These are the very people who need to be held responsible… and when I say ‘held responsible’, I mean ‘defeated and sent… More A year later… “Get over it.” Not a CHANCE.

National Republicans fear Virginia’s dysfunction

In today’s Washington Post there’s a long piece on the divide among Virginia Republicans and how national campaigns are looking at the state with some concern: Kevin Madden, a Republican strategist who was an adviser to Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, said the GOP has “little room for error” in a “crucial” state such as… More National Republicans fear Virginia’s dysfunction

Everyone needs to lay off John Whitbeck… and Shaun Kenney. Now.

It’s been only since Monday, when the news broke that Shaun Kenney was leaving as Executive Director of the Republican Party of Virginia. Since that time, folks have both castigated Shaun for RPV being broke, and attacked our new Chairman, John Whitbeck, for supposedly forcing Shaun out, blamed Ken Cuccinelli, and thrown the football that… More Everyone needs to lay off John Whitbeck… and Shaun Kenney. Now.

Time to Remove Berkley

Republican Party of Virginia’s State Central Committee met last week at the Advance in Chantilly. Among the items they discussed was the removal of Jon Berkley from the 5th District chairmanship. The move is called a remedy for a dysfunctional committee. The case against Berkley is lengthy and baffling. He thinks he is a king… More Time to Remove Berkley

Tax issue helped Republicans expand the wave election (too bad Virginia Republicans took it away from Gillespie)

Disaffection with the president was a major driver for Republican success in last night’s election – of that there is no doubt. That said, the extent of success was greatly helped by…wait for it…taxes. We begin with the epicenter of the tax argument: Kansas. Governor Sam Brownback’s tax reduction were supposed to be his own… More Tax issue helped Republicans expand the wave election (too bad Virginia Republicans took it away from Gillespie)

Nordvig Indicts Tea Party, Brat Judgment at Brat Rally

There are a number of reasons why a sizable group of conservatives in the Virginia Republican Party are uncomfortable with those who raise the tea party banner high and identify themselves as such primarily. Sometimes proudly. ‘I’m not a Republican’ they will say, ‘I’m a member of the tea party.’ Yet these same folks show… More Nordvig Indicts Tea Party, Brat Judgment at Brat Rally

Time and Geography Back Up Shaun Kenney’s Side of the Story

Late last week, the Virginia Pilot ran a story stating that Republican Party of Virginia Exec. Dir. Shaun Kenney was under investigation with regard to property that he purchased last year and whether he used his position while on the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors to enhance the value of that property. Based upon the… More Time and Geography Back Up Shaun Kenney’s Side of the Story

Meanwhile, on Medicaid expansion in Virginia, the Republicans are actually winning

“First, you win the argument, then you win the vote” – Margaret Thatcher On Medicaid expansion in Virginia, proponents have the newly-elected Governor, all of Virginia’s Democrats, a few dissenting Republicans,the State Senate and various well-heeled interests. Opponents have the reality of Medicaid’s damage to poor people and (most of) the Republican Party of Virginia – a party… More Meanwhile, on Medicaid expansion in Virginia, the Republicans are actually winning

Oh joy…another immigration flame-fest

So, new RPV Executive Director Shaun Kenney (full disclosure, close friend of mine) takes some time to sit with center-left activists on the immigration issue. Much of his talk centers around thanking them for stopping by, talking about how it’s important to talk to folks who don’t necessarily agree with them, and an observation on… More Oh joy…another immigration flame-fest

Cuccinelli Gave $25K to RPV Yesterday; Why Is Bolling Still Sitting On $334K?

From an email sent out today by RPV Chairman Pat Mullins: [New RPV Exec. Dir. Shaun Kenney] had a pretty good first day on the job, too. Ken Cuccinelli stepped up to the plate and gave us $25,000 to help us put all of our attention on Mark Warner going into the fall! Ken hasn’t… More Cuccinelli Gave $25K to RPV Yesterday; Why Is Bolling Still Sitting On $334K?

On the Bank Bailout, the Buckley Rule, and Ed Gillespie

There has been increasing talk among Virginia Republicans about “the Buckley Rule,” and how it should impact decision on the nomination for U.S. Senate. There are, however, two problems with the application (usually from Ed Gillespie supporters): the rule isn’t quite what they think it is; and even if it did, Gillespie still wouldn’t qualify.… More On the Bank Bailout, the Buckley Rule, and Ed Gillespie