The economy, blame, TARP, and what it means for the GOP

CNN conducted a poll on the state of the economy, and as one would expect, the people are not happy (emphasis added): Thirty-six percent of those questioned rate the current economic conditions as good. That’s up four percentage points from December and it is the highest level since January 2008, a year before Obama entered the… More The economy, blame, TARP, and what it means for the GOP

The Republican Party, TARP, and Ed Gillespie (plus some personal news)

For those wondering where I’ve been for the past three weeks, I was recently married (Sunday, the 12th, to be exact). For those interested, meet the new Mrs. Liberal. Anyhow, while I’ve been on my honeymoon, Ed Gillespie made it official – he is running for the U.S. Senate. Whether he wins the nomination or not… More The Republican Party, TARP, and Ed Gillespie (plus some personal news)

Ed Gillespie – would-be Senate candidate – backed TARP (meaning I can’t support him)

This has been cross-posted from my personal blog, the right-wing liberal. I speak only for myself. There have been whispers (and much louder) about Ed Gillespie running for United States Senate next year. Given his national connections and the potential vulnerability of Senator Mark Warner, one can understand why there is excitement around Gillespie’s potential… More Ed Gillespie – would-be Senate candidate – backed TARP (meaning I can’t support him)

Election Take-aways

Number of tax increases enacted by Governor Chris Christie during his term: zero Number of tax increase endorsed by Ken Cuccinelli during his campaign: two Advantage of Democrats over Republicans in Virginia yesterday: five Advantage of Democrats over Republicans in New Jersey yesterday: twelve Cuccinelli’s support for election: 45% Christie’s support for re-election: 60% Cross-posted to… More Election Take-aways

Ken Cuccinelli goes squishy again

As Election 2013 comes careening towards November, Ken Cuccinelli continues to transform himself into the biggest Republican disappointment of the campaigns. In an appalling Loudoun Times-Mirror interview, Cuccinelli tries to take credit for the $1.2-billion-plus tax hike that I have called Plan ’13 From Outer Space: Attorney general and Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli last… More Ken Cuccinelli goes squishy again

North Carolina GOP Preparing to Siphon Virginia Jobs and Growth

Just a heads-up. When you hear that “giant sucking sound” of jobs leaving Virginia for points south, now you’ll know why. Republican legislators in North Carolina have unveiled a plan to completely eliminate the state’s income tax, to be replaced with a consumption tax. This pro-growth measure, designed to place North Carolina squarely in the… More North Carolina GOP Preparing to Siphon Virginia Jobs and Growth

GOP hijacked by conservatives?

How awesome is this? Via Twitter: “Longtime VA GOP former Del. Vince Callahan blasts #VAGOP ticket as too extreme 4 most Virginians, says GOP hijacked by conservatives @wusa9“   “GOP hijacked by conservatives”????WTF???   What party is supposed to be the conservative party?  What an ass!

UPDATED: Bobby Jindal Is Surprise Guest Speaker at RPV Convo

LA Gov. Bobby Jindal has made a surprise appearance at the RPV Convention. PWC, Stafford and Loudoun are all in the nosebleed seats on one side while Fairfax is on the other. Horrible acoustics in the Richmond Coliseum. Lots of Stewart staffers handing out stickers and signs outside, but few takers. Still has a lot… More UPDATED: Bobby Jindal Is Surprise Guest Speaker at RPV Convo

Breitbart Reports RPV Counsel Has Conflict In LG Race

Just how many people will be snared by the Stewart campaign’s knuckle headed Virginians for Limited Government scheme to subvert the Commonwealth’s campaign finance laws? Now the RPV General Counsel appears to have been placed in a position of having a conflict of interest according to Breitbart. It sounds as if Stewart staffers are already… More Breitbart Reports RPV Counsel Has Conflict In LG Race

An Angry Soccer Mom

Like other recent posts on Virginia Virtucon.  This is a personal endorsement of this author and not and endorsement of the blog as a whole. Former Delegate Tom Gear epitomized exactly what is wrong with the establishment of the Republican Party.   Gear in an email to RPV Convention delegates described Stafford County Chairman Susan Stimpson as… More An Angry Soccer Mom

RPV Convention Sign War

The sign war at the RPV convention started at 9 PM and went for an hour with 20 volunteers per campaign. On your mark, get set, go!  (It’s like the opposite of an easter egg hunt…)  The theme from The Bennie Hill Show was played when the campaigns first ran in. See you here in Richmond!

Where Will You Be Sitting At The RPV Convention On Saturday?

Accomack County 26L Albemarle County Floor 8, Floor 5 Alexandria City 19L Alleghany/Covington Floor 7 Amelia County Floor 6 Amherst County Floor 7 Appomattox County 26L Arlington County 22L, 23L Augusta County Floor 1 Bath County 325 Bedford 18A, 19A Bland County Floor 1 Botetourt County 28L Bristol City 26L Brunswick County Floor 2 Buchanan… More Where Will You Be Sitting At The RPV Convention On Saturday?

Why I support Susan Stimpson for Lieutenant Governor

Much like Riley in his post endorsing Scott Lingamfelter, I do not claim to speak for Virginia Virtucon as a whole. I only speak for myself. As the race for the Republican nomination for Lieutenant Governor of Virginia careens toward the finish line, convention delegates are faced with a smorgasboard of candidates: some with experience,… More Why I support Susan Stimpson for Lieutenant Governor

What is Terry Hiding?

RPV has been hammering hard calling for Terry McAuliffe to release his tax returns. Susan Stimpson, candiddate for Lt.Governor agrees. Stimpson has released a press release in which she has made her tax returns available and has called on all candidates seeking state-wide office this year to do the same. “Everyone wants transparency in government.… More What is Terry Hiding?

House passes amended Plan ’13 From Outer Space (UPDATE: Senate does too)

The House of Delegates approved McDonnell’s changes to HB 2313 (a.k.a. Plan ’13 From Outer Space), by a 64-35 vote. The roll is not up yet, but taxes will go up, including automatically for regions in the future that hit certain population and traffic levels. I am deeply disappointed. This bill (and I assume the… More House passes amended Plan ’13 From Outer Space (UPDATE: Senate does too)

McDonnell’s amendments to transportation tax: a few rate tweaks, and a mechanism for AUTOMATIC future tax increases

Under the Governor’s latest version of Plan ’13 From Outer Space, a subdivision imposed multiple counties away from you can trigger a tax increase that no one can stop…

…and he calls this an improvement…… More McDonnell’s amendments to transportation tax: a few rate tweaks, and a mechanism for AUTOMATIC future tax increases