Ruth Anderson the right woman for the job in Occoquan

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

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

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

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

 

This post reflects only the view of the blogger 

 

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

DENIED!

This just in, the Prince William County Board of Elections has denied a request from a handful of Republican candidates to be included on the June 9 state primary ballot after the PWC GOP missed the Feb. 24 filing deadline with the State Board of Elections to request primaries in those races. Some of those candidates are now considering suing to be placed on the ballot in lieu of having to battle it out in so-called firehouse primaries run by the Republican Party.

The candidates impacted by this decision are Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart and Supervisors Maureen Caddigan (Potomac), Peter Candland (Gainesville), Marty Nohe (Coles) and Sheriff Glen Hill. While Candland would probably do even better in a firehouse primary than in a state-run primary if he were challenged, Caddigan and Nohe would be in great danger of losing in such an atmosphere (Nohe faces Paul O’Meara and Caddigan is currently unopposed, but this may draw out a challenger).

Even Stewart faces a greater threat in a party-run nominating contest as he has angered many party regulars with his non-election year antics of tax increases, cronyism and unrestrained residential growth — issues that Chris Crawford is using to go against him for the nomination. Hill’s GOP primary opponent, however, is a perennial candidate who was the right-hand man of the previous Democratic county sheriff.

For a county that likes to talk about “The Rule of Law” quite a bit, these folks make it appear that such a phrase is “for thee, but not for me.” The deadline was missed. There are consequences to that, even if they were not the cause. Furthermore, if one is truly a small government Republican, they he or she should welcome the party running its own nomination process and paying for it rather than saddling the taxpayers with the cost of a state-run primary.

Establishment Really IS a Four Letter Word

Rick_BuchananBy Rick Buchanan, Conservative Activist

This is a rebuttal of the Op-Ed entitled ” Establishment Is Not A Four Letter Word” by Jay McConville which can be read HERE.

Jay McConville’s post about the word “establishment” completely misses the point of the word’s usage as it pertains to what Republican Conservatives call Establishment Republicans.  Mr. McConville’s definition that “establishment” simply means any Republican that becomes involved in the Party’s activities at some level misses the mark.

In one sense he is right, a person involved with Party concerns is focused on making the Party successful in its endeavors.  This usage connotes being part of the existing power structure and is willing to work within the policies and procedures of the Party.  Indeed this usage is not a four-letter word.

However, in Conservative circles including the Tea Party, Libertarian, and Constitutionalists, the usage of “Establishment” really is a four-letter word.  That word is RINO (Republican in Name Only).  RINO is the word reserved for elected officials that snooker Republicans into voting for them as Conservatives but once elected are very comfortable cooperating with Progressive Socialist Democrats.

In that sense, RINOs are philosophically at ease with the expanding Federal debt and deficit, ever increasing government regulations, and the expanding growth of the Federal Leviathan.  Their main differentiation and main reason for voting for them is that they can manage the Leviathan better than the Democrats and then, well, you know, deliver the goods to their crony capitalist friends. You know, the ones that pump the money into their campaigns to “buy their votes.”

Over time the voters in the Republican Party have been snookered into believing that we must do everything possible to ensure that our incumbent Republican officials are re-elected, no matter what their positions are on issues, just because they wear a Republican lapel pin.

The party has even deterred honest challenges to incumbents by putting rules in place to make it easy to re-elect our sitting office holders, regardless of their voting records.  Such rules as slating, open primaries, winning elections by a plurality vote, Gerrymandered districts that would elect a Republican Ham Sandwich,  House and Senate Caucuses devoted to fund raising for incumbents, and ballot signatures and fees to screen out new challengers making it difficult to be placed on the ballot.

Because they are an incumbent, we should not review their support for amnesty, Continuing Resolutions, School Choice, Common Core or Agenda 21.  RINOs are very adept at treating Conservative issues as an “all you can eat buffet” where by selecting two or three conservative dishes (like gun rights and pro-life issues) insures their claim of being a conservative come Election Day while voting with the Democrats on everything else.

The Establishment Republicans Mr. McConville is referring to are simply RINOs that are not in elected office but are in full support of their RINO friends in government.

Maybe Jay’s article is beneficial for Conservatives in that he has misguidedly pointed out that we should use the word “establishment” as a person working within the confines of the Party’s Plan.

I prefer the word activist for such persons.  Every Republican should become an activist if we ever want to win another major election.

Corey Stewart draws a Primary Challenge

 

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With the very popular Supervisor Candland deciding not to run for the Chairmanship of the Prince William Board  of supervisor,a GOP activist has stepped up to the challenge. Chris Crawford from Gainesville announced today that he will take on two term Chairman Corey Stewart this year. Crawford going into this has an uphill battle with little to know name I.D and Corey’s ability in  fundraising, Crawford has a 24/7 job on his hands to take down Core Stewart.  Crawford’s Press Release is here :

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Gainesville, VA –Today, Chris Crawford, a local activist and concerned citizen announced his candidacy to become the Republican-nominee for the Chairman of the Board of County Supervisors in Prince William County.

In his announcement, Crawford said “Our party has a serious problem, we are losing major elections and have not won a county-wide race for a Republican since 2009.  While we claim to be the party of low taxes, small government, and responsible development, the fact is our current leadership is not upholding these values.”

He added, “Our county has the highest tax rate in Northern Virginia and the hardworking people deserve better than the lowest SOL scores of the Northern Virginia counties, inadequate road infrastructures, and a business climate that deters large companies from moving to Prince William.  Therefore, it is up to us to hold our elected officials accountable for their record. I have spoken with people across the county and the message is clear, they are extremely upset about the current direction of the county and they want change.”

Lastly, Crawford noted that he views these issues as quality-of-life issues that impact the people of Prince William County in every aspect of their lives.  He articulated a need for focus and stated that his priorities will revolve around smart growth, lower taxes, education improvements, and creating a business-friendly climate.  He ended with “I look forward to meeting with more people in the coming months and sharing my vision for Prince William County.”

Chris Crawford and his wife of 16 years, Jo Anne Crawford CPM, reside in Gainesville with their three children, Meghan, Alex, and Emma.

 

Get the Popcorn folks this could either be a long boring movie, or a short action flick..

Breaking : Geddes will not be a Candidate for office in 2015

Gerald Geddes wrote this wonderful email on this Martin Luther King Day, making it clear that he will not be a candidate for office.

Many in NOVA  exhaled in relief .

 

Happy MLK day, My Dream, Tax help, Open House 2/5/15
View this email in your browser
I am rededicating myself to my tax practice.
In 2014 my friends Jim McIntyre and Bob Patten handled most of my workload.
On April 11, 2011 I had life saving emergency surgery that inspired a dream in me. My dream is to use my extensive knowledge of taxes and taxpayer behavior to try to formulate a better U.S. tax policy. I took time off to write the Strategic Tax Reform Incentivizing Valuable Employment tax plan, a.k.a. the S.T.R.IV.E. for America tax plan. I printed a flyer of the plan and handed it out to 1,000 attendees at the 2012 Republican Convention in Tampa.
In order to try to get some interest in my tax plan I sought the Republican nomination for Virginia’s 11th Congressional District. I have been active on twitter and have over 12,000 followers at @lesstaxingcpa
I will not seek public office but I am not giving up on my dream of improving U.S. tax policy. I am putting the dream on hold to serve existing and new clients during this and God willing the next 15 tax seasons.
So if you need help with your taxes I’ve got the time to take on a whole lot of new clients. My daughter Megan is getting married in September so I need to pay for the wedding!
National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson released her 2014 Annual Report to Congress, which expresses concern that taxpayers this year are likely to receive the worst levels of taxpayer service since 2001.
If you need help with your taxes please consider hiring me.
I have been preparing tax returns since I graduated from Georgetown In 1981. I passed the CPA exam in November of 1981 and have been self-employed since 1991.
I purchased my office condo in December so If you live nearby: I am having an open house on Thursday February 5, 2015, 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at 9695 Main St, Suite C, Fairfax, VA 22031. Please r.s.v.p. to lesstaxing@gmail.com.
If you would like a tax organizer I have a very thorough one that I would be happy to email to you.
For any clients that were serviced by Jim McIntyre or Bob Patten you can stay with them or return to me.  If you want to return to me please let me know and I will be sure to get your 2013 files from them.

 

 

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Corey, Fool Me Once, Shame on You…Fool Me Twice…Shame on Me

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2015 is here.  As we shake off the holidays, take down the decorations, and bundle up to keep warm, many of us will contemplate New Year’s Resolutions for a new “Me” which will be an improvement over last year’s “me.”  Did you know that health clubs and fitness centers have the highest enrollment in January?  If you haven’t received the mailers yet, you will.  Perfectly toned 20-somethings waiting to help you become the “you” you are meant to be.

 

And as 2015 rolls on, it appears that PWC’s Chairman-at-Large, Corey Stewart is also looking to improve over 2011-14 Corey.  2015 is a time for him to get back to his conservative roots, deliver fiery orations at town halls, and vote down Stone Haven to prove to everyone that Conservative Corey is back!  Heck, he even took the stage with Mr. Candland AND Mrs. Lawson at the Town Hall to show everyone how he is in lock-step with the two reigning conservatives in PWC and even told the crowd of 1,000+ that “Hey, we do actually get along” (insert nervous laugh at end of sentence).

Yes, Chairman Stewart has found his soul once again….or so it would seem.  And it’s working!  The Derecho blog pointed out on 14 January, that ” Chairman Stewart spoke passionately in opposition to Dominion’s proposal and for a brief few moments reminded me of the Occoquan Supervisor I once supported in his battles with Chairman Connaughton.  Time will tell whether the new/old Corey has any staying power but it was refreshing, at least for the evening.”

1 down…a few more to go..

But…something just doesn’t add up…

Corey clenched his fist in opposition to Dominion Power and promised to do anything in the county’s power to stop them from harming the Rural Crescent.  He even relayed that he had signed into law a provision that purchased land by the county which cannot be seized by immanent domain by Dominion Power.  Applause erupted…but this law doesn’t seem to actually stop the power lines.  I digress…when asked about possible solutions and changing the zoning, Stewart said a current BOCS cannot undo former BOCS decision. It’s the law.  Or the county would have to pay a penalty.

Wait, what?  Well how much is the penalty?  Corey had no answer.  This is ok.  Nobody has all answers, but he didn’t offer to find out and nobody called him out on it, because…I can only surmise…this is the new and improved Corey. Conservative Corey who has the back of the people!

But then…Corey became Chameleon Corey.  Changing when nobody is looking, or sometimes even when they are, and voted on the 14th at the 2PM BOCS session to spend 12.1 Million dollars (MILLION!) to bury power lines on a one mile stretch of road.  This writer does not know how much it would have cost the county in a penalty, but I will wager good money and Corey’s seat that 12 MILLION would have paid the fine AND bought the parcel back from the company-who-shall-not-be-named (Amazon) for a profit if needed and pointed them to Innovation Park.

So, now we are back to Costly Corey (this now officially reminds me of the Paranoid Rob Lowe commercials).  The guy who argued for the 1.158 tax rate INCREASE (~6% to you and me) and trotted out all of his democratic allies last April to support it.  The guy who spends and spends and spends so he can tax and tax and tax.  Because why?  Because nobody likes to be told they don’t get their stuff.  And not getting stuff loses votes.  So Costly Corey raises the taxes and redistributes our money for votes.

 All this to say, I will not be fooled twice.

State Senator Steve Martin announces his plans for reelection

Today State Senator Steve Martin released the following statement:

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Friends,

Today, I write to formally announce my campaign for re-election to the State Senate, representing the 11th District of Virginia. Our Commonwealth faces many challenges, ranging from a budget shortfall to fighting back against the continued infringement on our personal liberty by a federal government grown too large. Now, more than ever, is the time for true Conservative Leadership!

 

Consistently, I have held the line against new tax increases – while also championing tax relief for working Virginians. I was privileged to be co-patron for both the Car Tax Cut and the Death Tax Elimination. Additionally, I spearheaded the successful effort in 2005-2006 to eliminate wasteful government programs, agencies, boards, and commissions. I was also proud to stand in staunch opposition to the 2013 Transportation Tax Hike. And I renew my pledge to you, now, to continue fighting wasteful government spending and working to provide tax relief for hard working Virginia families.

 

My faith has guided every decision I have made and every vote I have cast as State Senator. I renew my pledge to you, now, to continue fighting for our values. I am unwavering in my support of life and traditional marriage; my voting record in this area has earned me a 100% rating from The Family Foundation and a 100% rating from the American Conservative Union.

 

I was honored to serve as the Author and Chief Patron of Virginia’s Healthcare Freedom Act, which enabled Ken Cuccinelli to file suit against the federal government. I will continue to lead the fight against Obamacare here in our Commonwealth, and will staunchly oppose all efforts to expand Medicaid.

 

It is a great honor to receive endorsements from other strong, local leaders and longtime friends from our community, including: former State Senator Eva Scott, Amelia Board of Supervisor Members Caroll Barnard, Jim Bennett, Judy Jones, and Ralph Whitaker, Jr., Amelia Sheriff Ricky Walker, Amelia Commissioner of the Revenue Joyce Morris, Amelia Treasurer Pamela Conyers, Amelia Commonwealth’s Attorney Lee Harrison; Chesterfield Board of Supervisors Member Art Warren, Chesterfield Commissioner of the Revenue Joe Horbal, Chesterfield County Treasurer Richard Cordle, former Chesterfield County Commissioner of the Revenue Ike Carmichael, Citizens for Good Governance Senior Counsel Michael Farris; Colonial Heights City Council Members Milton Freeland, Jr., Kenneth Frenier, Joe Green, Jr., Gregory Kochuba, and John Wood, Colonial Heights Commissioner of the Revenue Bill Feasenmyer, Colonial Heights Treasurer Joy Moore, Colonial Heights Commonwealth’s Attorney Bill Bray; and all three of our County Republican Chairs for Chesterfield, Amelia, and Colonial Heights.

 

Nomination contests are excellent opportunities for citizens to compare the voting records of their representatives with their rhetoric, and ensure legislators stay accountable to the people they serve. I submit my record of Conservative governing to you, and humbly ask for your support – and your vote.

I look forward to meeting with many of you out on the campaign trail. This year we will hold and build on the Republican majority we have worked hard to establish in the Senate and House. We will take a stand for our principles of limited, effective government, and we will stand in defense of our individual liberty.

Thank you for the privilege of public service. May God continue to bless our great Commonwealth!

Sincerely,

Steve Martin

It’s Time to Focus Virginia (Part II) From PWC GOP Chairman Bill Card

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Part I drew criticism for my tone and style as well as the assault on talk radio.  However I feel compelled after Tuesday’s vote for Speaker of the House of Representatives to once again try and focus friends, conservatives (actual and not-so-much), Republicans, and sometime friends of Republicans.

 

Let me be clear.  I am not about to defend Congressman John Boehner (R) of Ohio’s 8th Congressional District.  He just got 216 of 408 votes cast.  He won.  It wasn’t even close.  Incidentally Ohio’s 8th District put him on the ballot with 71.5% of the vote in the primary and in his Congressional seat with 67.2% of the vote in the general election.  He doesn’t need my help.

 

But my point isn’t that he is or is not a great guy, it’s that he is irrelevant to me as a Virginian.  Once again we allowed ourselves to boil the proverbial ocean and now I see angst at the result.  We lost ourselves to Boehner Derangement Syndrome (BDS).  More dangerously, we in Northern Virginia were foolishly out of focus with a real election going on.

 

One of our local House of Delegates members was trying to inspire folks to call their Congressmen to demand that they vote against John Boehner.  It’s ironic to note that the morning of this vote you wouldn’t have caught Congresswoman Barbara Comstock in her new office yet.  She was shivering in the cold at the polls trying to help elect Republican Craig Parisot to retain the seat she had vacated in Virginia’s House of Delegates.  So our ardent Republican Delegate will sit down in this session with a democrat holding the seat previously held by Barbara Comstock.  Would that he could have focused on what was important in those closing hours.

 

How much better would it have been for Virginians to have focused their effort on getting out the vote for Craig Parisot who lost by just over 300 votes?  This is what I mean by focus, focus, focus.  Instead of sitting on hold on the Congressional switchboard, people could have been influencing their friends and neighbors to go out and vote to keep the 34th District seat in Republican control.

 

I’m sorry but it comes down to what is or isn’t political activism.  What is or isn’t an effective use of our individual time.  In truth the ideological difference between Congressmen Boehner and Gomert is not significant though I would grant you that the tactics they may (or may not) employ might be different.    However let me tell you that the ideological difference between Craig Parisot and his opponent is manifestly different and we are about to find that out.  So what is an effective use of our time?  And what would provide the biggest bang for our buck?  I hope the answer is obvious.

 

As for talk radio, I wasn’t listening on Monday night; I was in a public meeting that included two candidates for office in 2015.  However I would surmise that the air was being whipped up to drive people to the phones to call their respective Congressman to oppose John Boehner.  Again – I don’t care what your view on the Boehner issue is – we had an election on Tuesday.  You, me, and all of Virginia would have been better served to call folks in Virginia’s 34th District to get them out on Tuesday and vote.  I’ve listened to a lot of talk radio – believe me – but I’ve never heard any of these hosts say “Okay, now you know why we need conservatives in office, now turn off your radio and get to work.”  I don’t know where the “bunker” is – but wouldn’t it be the ultimate in irony to find out is was in Virginia’s 34th House of Delegates District?

 

Perhaps I’ve said it crudely, or assaulted favored icons – but we are taking our collective eyes off the ball.  The democrats aren’t beating us, we’re beating ourselves.  It might be more fun to give a Hill staffer an earful than it would be banging on your neighbor’s door to ask for their vote – but I can tell you which one is ultimately more effective.

 

The Need to Build a Bench an OP-ED by Austin Haynes

I had the opportunity to have breakfast a couple of days ago with the leaders of the Prince William Republican Committee Bill Card and DJ Jordan.  They have been terrific stewards, leading to strong Republican victories and a very stable committee.  Part of the conversation, as would be expected turned to who was running for what and who was thinking of running.  Very typical for a couple of folks associated through politics.  This led me to mention the constant need for building a bench.

We as Republicans have to look to the future as we build our local committees and advise on possible appointments.  We have to give our next generation of leaders an opportunity to learn and experience local government.  There needs to be a strategic plan to encourage young Republicans to get involved and to give them opportunities to grow.  We need to encourage them to seek appointments to various committees and commissions on the local level.  We need to mentor them in how to raise funding, how to build a grassroots organization, and how to present a professional image both in public and online.

This is important as one generation begins to step aside and the next begins to serve.  We are starting to see this already in Prince William County as Jeanine Lawson takes reins as the new Brentsville Supervisor, and Tim Singstock seeks to replace Milt Johns as Chairman of the School Board.  We have Jim Riley, Terrence Boulden, DJ Jordan, and Willie Deutsch preparing for future possible political runs.  As I write this, I am seeking election as Clerk of the Circuit Court and these guys make me feel old, but excited for our party at the same time.  As Supervisors, Delegates, Senators, and other elected officials step up to the next level or decide to leave office, it is important that we have someone qualified ready to take over.  One way to get these folks ready is to encourage our elected officials to appoint these future leaders to committees and commissions.

We know we have elected officials with a desire to move up to state and national political opportunities, now would be a good time to start getting our bench ready.

Austin Haynes

Chairman

Prince William Planning Commission

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It’s time to Focus Virginia. Op-Ed from Bill Card

I was at a Christmas Party recently that included a fairly diverse group of revelers.  It usually doesn’t take long for me to get identified as the local top Republican.  I don’t mind, I’m proud of the role and I like having the opportunity to chat about us even in social situations.  I relish breaking the social taboo in that regard.

A fellow partier discovered what I do and said “you guys have to do something about those RINOs (Republicans In Name Only).”  I get that a lot.  “Who in particular might you be speaking of?”  I asked that question though 98% of the time I get the same response – “John Boehner!”  Yep – this time too.

I’m sorry sir; you are suffering from acute Boehner Derangement Syndrome (BDS) – an obsessive disorder caused by too much Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Mark Levin.  Turn off your radio and you will be on your way to recovery.

I suppose that’s the problem when your home town newspaper is The Washington Post.  Everyone is boiling the ocean all of the time.  A statement attributed to our Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors about how lifting any limit on tax increases might effect this guy’s life soon – but he was focused on poor, beleaguered John Boehner.  I told him what I tell every Virginian – “If Boehner is your problem, sell your house, move to Ohio and work to get rid of him.”  (Quizzical look follows)  That’s right – you can’t do anything about John freaking Boehner from Woodbridge, Virginia and you need to stop obsessing about him.  Virginia voters need to surround Boehner with conservative Virginians – that’s how we effect the situation.

There are people out there that are stunned and think I’ve lost my mind.  But try this.  Send a letter to John Boehner’s office.  You will get a response from your Congressman.  That’s right – John Boehner’s not terribly concerned with what you think – he will assume that you’re stupid and pass the letter to your Congressman.

We are in for a helluva year in 2015 and we better all put our Boehner blinders on and focus on what’s important.  Every office from Soil and Water Commission, School Board, County Supervisor, House of Delegate Members, State Senators, Sheriff, County Clerk and Commonwealth Attorney.  This election better command every one’s attention.

Rather than feed our Boehner Derangement Syndrome (BDS), we had better be tuned into our local news and the blogosphere.  Check out some old supervisor’s meetings (http://www.pwcgov.org/government/bocs/Pages/Meeting-Room.aspx) or better yet, get down there and take in some meetings.  We had better pay attention to what our school board member is (or isn’t) saying.  After being held for nearly 40 years by democrat Chuck Colgan – we have a legitimate shot at the 29th Virginia Senate seat.  That’s huge.  The current Commonwealth Attorney has been in office for a staggering 45+ years and we have a legitimate shot at recovering that office for “we the people.”  Your Delegate and Senator is running in 2015, do you know what they have been up to?

Time to engage – right here in Prince William County.  The battle is in your backyard, you don’t have to cross the Occoquan or Rappahannock River to be part of next year’s victories.

 

Bill Card is the fantastic Chairman of the Prince William County Republican Committee

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It’s official Dumfries Mayor Jerry Foreman is running for State Senate

After much Speculation over the last month the popular Mayor today made it official :

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Monday, December 29, 2014

 Dumfries Mayor Jerry Foreman Announces Run for 36th State Senate Seat

Says Richmond needs fresh voices & strong leadership to move the state forward

 

DUMFRIES, VA – Dumfries, December 29, 2014 – Dumfries Mayor Jerry Foreman announced his intention to run for State Senate in the 36th District today, saying fresh voices and strong leadership is needed to move the state forward.

 

“We need politicians who will roll up their sleeves and work collaboratively to find creative solutions to problems facing the state,” said Mayor Foreman.  “Being an effective elected official is about knowing when to stand your ground and when to find common ground. We must never forget that we represent our districts and the people who call them home.”

 

“Elected officials representing Northern Virginia must maximize resources, deliver effective services and ensure that their priorities are aligned,” continued Mayor Foreman.  “I pledge to be a powerful advocate for the common interests of Fairfax, Prince William and Stafford Counties. We need officials in Richmond who will pass legislation based on merit not on partisan politics. Regardless of party affiliation, the men and women representing this region must discuss and support each other’s goals for the betterment of their shared constituents.  That kind of coordination doesn’t happen on accident; it requires strong leadership.”

 

Foreman said he looked forward to outlining his plans to address the issues facing Northern Virginia in the coming weeks and months, and urged voters to visit his campaign website (www.gmforemansenate36va.com) often to learn more about his views and ideas.  Likewise, he plans an aggressive social media presence that provides voters a platform to share their ideas with him.

 

“I am a pretty simple and straightforward person.  I will do my best to avoid one-way political speeches and instead seek two-way conversations where there is a free exchange of ideas and solutions” said Mayor Foreman, “Anyone who has followed my time in Dumfries knows that I don’t pretend to be perfect, but they will also tell you that I always tell the complete truth and you will know where I stand.  As a Marine, I was taught that doing the right thing isn’t always easy, and that solving difficult problems requires leading from the front and taking responsibility.”

 

Mayor Foreman is a United States Marine Corps veteran with twenty-five years of service.  Foreman is currently an Aviation Consultant with the Department of Homeland Security.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University and his Master’s Degree in Aviation Science from Everglades University in Florida.  Foreman was first elected to Dumfries Town Council in 2010 and elected and re-elected Mayor in 2012 and 2014, respectively.  He and his wife Carmella have one daughter and a son-in-law.

 

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Op- Ed from Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) on Net Neutrality

The Internet is one of the most dynamic and competitive marketplaces in existence and has become a cornerstone of the American economy and culture. Consequently, concerns about the future of an open and fair Internet, broadly coined as “net neutrality,” have rightfully risen to the forefront of the national debate.

The rise of the net neutrality debate to national prominence has been accompanied with certain misconceptions about the underlying issues. In part, concerns about net neutrality have risen sharply because of aggressive claims that the Internet as we know it is under fire. These claims continue to be made despite the fact that one of the principal regulators of the Internet, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), has not found problems with competition on the Internet in any peer-reviewed study. In addition, the FCC cannot point to a single case of an Internet provider creating a “fast lane” or a “slow lane,” terms used to describe whether an Internet provider selectively expedites or slows consumers’ access to the Internet or to certain websites.

Nevertheless, commentators have called on the FCC to impose burdensome regulations on the Internet as a remedy to these potential threats. President Obama is among the supporters of this regulatory approach, as announced last month in his White House statement.

The proposed regulatory approach relies on the false premise that regulation will result in increased competition. The Internet has transformed the economy and thrived precisely because of an environment of limited regulation. Increasing regulation on the rapidly growing and dynamic Internet would be a mistake and undermine the intent of net neutrality, which is to maintain a free, open, and competitive Internet.

As chairman of the House Judiciary Committee which has jurisdiction over net neutrality, I recently held a hearing on whether antitrust law or regulation is more effective in protecting consumers and innovation on the Internet. The conclusion of experts at the hearing was that the regulatory approach leaves consumers with fewer choices and higher prices, the antithesis of net neutrality.

I also sent a letter to the head of the FCC who will be the chief architect of any future Internet regulations. My letter to the FCC challenged the idea that regulating the Internet is the most effective way to achieve net neutrality and protect consumers from discriminatory conduct. Instead, I urged the FCC to examine the history of the Internet and why it has succeeded free of these regulations.

The Internet doesn’t need an inflexible “one-size-fits-all” government mandate to ensure net neutrality – and consumers do not need an extra $84 burden added to their annual Internet bill as a result of new net neutrality regulations, a number projected by a recent Progressive Policy Institute study.

The key to an open and free Internet lies in strong enforcement of our nation’s antitrust laws. These time-trusted laws allow for maximum flexibility and consistently demonstrate their ability to prevent discriminatory and anti-competitive conduct in the marketplace.

Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) is Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

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George Allen ….for Governor?!?!?

With speculation already running rampant regarding who the Republicans will pick as their gubernatorial nominee in 2017, one name made me pause. George Allen. Is the Former Governor looking to retake his old job in Richmond? There have been whispers, there have been conversations, and of course rumors that he could be gearing up to do it all again. There have already been other names floating out there, Republican heavyweights such as Sen. Mark Obenshain, Congressmen Wittman, Hurt, and Forbes, as well as several lesser known Virginia legislators such as Senator Bryce Reeves and Senator Frank “Slaters Gonna Slate” Wagner.

As Governor, Allen was a champion for welfare reform, truth in sentencing as well as education reform. Though this is all rumor and speculation, I personally would like to see George Allen reclaim his job as Governor. Though there are those who make it their duty to cannibalize Republicans after they leave office, or lose an election, I am not one of them. Everyone will have their opinions and that is the wonderful thing about living in America, but this is something we should contemplate and think about in the next few years. The bottom line being we as conservatives, need to take back the Governor’s mansion and put Virginia back on track as one of the best states in the union.

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Corey Stewart Versus………????

Chairman Stewart has all but announced his intentions to run for reelection, holding his annual Fall fundraiser last month. Chairman Stewart who is a powerhouse at fundraising has the advantage of name recognition, and the power of incumbency.

However Corey has caught some slack lately, and has been painted as a tax raiser. In fact, in one Board meeting fellow Supervisor Democrat Frank Principi proclaimed:

Corey you’re looking more and more like a democrat everyday

No doubt if there is a challenge mounted against Corey, he will be painted as going too far left, and abandoning his Conservative base.

Enter Supervisor Pete Candland, who according to sources met on Saturday morning with several well-known political players who approached him about running against PWC board Chairman Corey Stewart. They represented several conservative groups who were upset over Corey Stewarts running of the board, and more specifically his financial policies.

Furthermore they have committed to financially backing Supervisor Candland if he decides to challenge Chairman Stewart.

Supervisor Candland is said to be discussing this possible venture with several other local activists and most importantly analyzing the impact of a county wide campaign on his family.

Whoever the nominee on the GOP side will be, they will likely face liberal activist Rick Smith. Grab your Popcorn folks this is getting interesting.

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Steve Israel…doesn’t get it

In response to his party’s caucus shrinking to its lowest number in over 80 year, Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY, outgoing Congressional Campaign Chair) revealed a tone-deafness that, if shared by the rest of his caucus, could lead to even further shrinking.

Israel parroted the usual line we hear on the left these days – that the winning Republicans should “come into the middle” and work with Democrats (NROThe Corner), never mind that if voters had wanted Congress to be more amenable to Democrats’ wishes, they would have elected more actual Democrats.

Where Israel really goes off the rails is his insistence that the lame-duck Congress short-circuit the election (which at least in Louisiana is still ongoing) on “immigration reform” (same link):

Israel brought up corporate tax changes and, pointedly, immigration reform as issues on which the two parties can compromise.

“There really shouldn’t be any paralysis on this,” he said, noting that a Senate immigration bill has passed. “Let’s just pass it in the House,” he urged.

Let’s unpack this ass-hattery slowly.

First of all, there are good reasons why someone on either side of the argument on illegal immigration would have serious problems with the Senate’s immigration bill, chief among them the horrendous economic assumptions that “justify” it.  More to the point, a lame-duck session of Congress passing that bill would be a complete insult to the voters.

Lest we forget, John Boehner’s refusal to bring up the Senate immigration bill for a vote was one of the chief complaints thrown at him by the president, Senate Democrats, and just about everyone to the left of center in America. They hoped voters would send Boehner a message. Instead, voters sent him reinforcements.

Mitch McConnell was one of the 32 Senators who opposed the bill. Voters sent him reinforcements, too – eight so far, with perhaps one more coming in Louisiana.

Finally, of the 68 Senators who voted in favor of S.744, 5 Democrats lost their seats to Republicans (with one more, Mary Landrieu, likely to suffer the same fate), 4 have retired (3 of them Democrats to be replaced by Republicans), and one – Marco Rubio – has repudiated his vote. Even assuming no one else would vote differently (highly unlikely, especially given that McConnell will be more accommodating of amendments as Majority Leader), the bill could easily fail a cloture vote in the 2015 Senate. Whatever the voters of 2014 wanted, it sure wasn’t the Senate’s immigration bill.

Then again, Israel is trying to close his eyes to the voters anyway (same link again):

“In this election, one-third of voters chose a Democrat or Republican,” Israel said. “The other two-thirds just want us to get things done.”

Um…with all due respect, Steve, you don’t know what the other two-thirds want because they didn’t bother to vote.

If Israel (and the president) are any indication, the Democrats have decided that the non-voter is their perfect blank slate, upon which they can force any assumption and in whose they can put whatever words they like. That is a surefire recipe for a Republican president the next time actual voters get their say.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

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 worst enemy – a political millstone that might not only drag him down, but Senator Pat Roberts, too. Instead, Roberts won going away, and Brownback not only won re-election, but came within 100 votes of an absolute majority (a Libertarian nominee took 4% of the vote). AP (via the Lawrence Journal-World), explains why in their exit poll analysis:

TAX CUTS: Roughly half of the voters said that tax cuts Brownback pushed had mostly helped Kansas, while about two in five said they had hurt.

So the tax cuts broke roughly 10 ten points in Brownback’s favor, contrary to the conventional wisdom…not that this is any surprise to me.

In the rest of the country, the tax issue popped up in referenda. John Hood (NRO – The Corner) has the details:

It’s worth noting also that conservatives won all of the nation’s big fiscal-policy referenda this year, beating a gas-tax hike in Massachusetts and business-tax hike in Nevada, while winning tax limitations in Tennessee, Georgia, and Wisconsin.

Note the states listed: Massachusetts also elected a Republican Governor. In Georgia, both Republicans (Purdue for Senate and Governor Deal for re-election) managed to avoid runoff and win outright (yet another “surprise” for the chattering classes). Finally, of course, Wisconsin re-elected Governor Scott Walker with unexpected ease.

Finally, there is Maryland, where I must spend two nights a week for work. As such, I saw every add Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown (D) put up in his race to succeed his previous running mate, Governor Martin O’Malley. Brown’s ads ran the gamut of positive and negative, hard-hitting issue ads and soft-touch personal ones. By contrast, I only saw one ad for Republican Larry Hogan – an ad that tried to squeeze in all of O’Malley’s tax increases in 30 seconds (practically one per second), along with a promise to give taxpayers a rest if he (Hogan) won.

In fact, Hogan did win.

Similarly, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn used major tax increases to keep his state government afloat. Despite being in the president’s home state, Quinn lost to Republican Bruce Rauner last night.

Again, anger and disaffection with the president was the big driver here, but voters especially rewarded Republicans where they could also take advantage of the tax issue…

…which makes one wonder what could have happened in Virginia had Republican Ed Gillespie not had the headwinds of tax-hiking Republican Bob McDonnell to face.

I’m just sayin’.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

What has the Democrats most upset at their party? Not social issues…

The Pew Research Center has a new poll out on how self-described Democrats and Republicans view their own parties on abortion, immigration, marriage, and spending. Most are focusing on the top line: namely, that we Republicans are more upset at our party than the Dems – across the board.

However, Pew did a little more digging about why Democrats and Republicans are upset at their parties (those who are). By far, the greatest source of frustration among Republicans is government spending: 48% think the party electeds don’t do enough to cut spending.

Now, here’s the kicker: the Democrats’ biggest source of frustration is the same thing. Thirty percent of Democrats think their elected officials don’t do enough to cut spending either.

In other words, the best shot the GOP has at winning over Democrats isn’t any social issue. It’s cutting government spending, the very thing that would most make upset Republicans happy.

The data speaks loud and clear. Let’s hope the GOP leadership is listening.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

Bob McDonnell was a WHAT?!?!

Reactions to the Bob McDonnell verdict our pouring in, and there’s one in particular (from many of his defenders) that I find completely flabbergasting.

The ex-Governor’s defenders are calling him a “man of integrity.” My jaw hits the table each time I see that.

Folks, Bob McDonnell spent all of 2009 insisting he would not raise taxes. He blasted his opponent (Creigh Deeds) for even considering it, and rode the issue to a landslide win in November of that year.

In the last year of his term (as it happens, last year) he broke that promise in spectacular fashion, ramming through the largest tax increase in at least 40 years.

Even then, he skirted the truth. He insisted the tax hike was for relieving commuter congestion, but in fact his top priority was actually a parallel road to US 460 that wasn’t needed for traffic relief – and which the Army Corps of Engineers said he couldn’t build anyway (Bacon’s Rebellion).

So please, spare me the “man of integrity” nonsense. If you want to complain about the federal decision to prosecute McDonnell (as opposed to other Virginians) or the bizarre nature of the “honest service fraud” statute, that’s one thing.

But Bob McDonnell was no angel.

Cross-posted from the right-wing liberal

Memo to Chris Christie: We are watching the Shaneen Allen case…and you

As a native of New Jersey, I can say without reservation that its bizarre allergy to gun rights was one of the chief reasons I left. Radley Balko (Washington Post) has the details on the latest ridiculous example: Shaneen Allen, who brought her Pennsylvania-permitted gun into the Garden State, told authorities of it when pulled over for a traffic violation…and faces over 3 years in jail because New Jersey doesn’t give a damn what its fellow states think about gun permits.

As Balko notes, New Jersey – and its Governor, Chris Christie – have been down this road before with Brian Aitken, who was also prsecuted (that typo is a deliberate, a way to merge prosecuted and persecuted into one word) for this. The Governor commuted Aitken’s sentence. He has not acted at all on Allen, whose case has not yet come to trial.

For those interested, Aitken is white, and Allen is black…and Balko lays out a detailed and compelling case for why that makes a thoroughly unwarranted difference in these matters (WaPo again). Of course, gun control has been fueled by overt racism from the 1860s to the 1960s (and I’m doubting it really stopped there, what with Armed While Black still being a de facto crime as Balko details).

Meanwhile, Governor Christie is eyeing the presidential race…and should know that folks who care about gun rights are more than a little skeptical of him. He can go a long way toward alleviating those concerns – or reinforcing them to the point of keeping himself out of the White House – depending upon how he treats Shaneen Allen.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

Obama’s immigration order threats mean Ex-Im Bank is probably dead

There has been a lot of speculation about the president ordering a mass de facto legalization of millions of unauthorized immigrants “by summer’s end” (Charles Krauthammer, NRO), and the possibility that he might just be hoping for an impeachment reaction, judging by Dan Pfeiffer’s reaction (Reid Epstein, Wall Street Journal). His fellow Democrats appear giddy just at the prospect of being able to defend the president from an impeachment effort (Reuters).

Most of the discussion regarding impeachment has revolved around whether it’s politically wise for Republicans to push it – and it’s not – while far fewer have asked if anyone really wants Joe Biden in the White House (and I guarantee that has a lot to do with why voters are leery of impeachment in general).

That said, I can’t help but noting that what the immigration-cum-impeachment strategy for the midterm elections tells us: namely, that the previous strategy – namely shutting down the government to preserve the Export-Import Bank – is dead, and the Bank itself likely will be, too.

The Democrats were hoping the Ex-Im gambit would divide Republicans and convince Chamber-of-Commerce types to fund Democrats instead. Of course, the plan had serious flaws: the Bank itself disappears on September 30, so on October 1 the Democrats will be trying to use the shutdown to change government policy; many leftist are scratching their heads about their party’s about-face on the corporatist Bank; and the Chamber types themselves are hardly unanimous on the wisdom of the Bank itself, let alone making it a priority.

By contrast, going “double I” means the Democrats can wake their base out of its current stupor while making Republicans look racist, out of touch with the American people, or both. It’s too good a narrative to foul up with the Bank of Boeing.

So I’m fairly optimistic that an executive order on immigration means the Export-Import Bank is on its way out.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal

Another TARP opponent survives

The victory of Pat Roberts (Republican U.S. Senator from Kansas) in his primary battle is reaffirming the conventional wisdom that “Establishment” Republicans are thwarting “Tea Party” challengers. As one may expect, I don’t automatically share that view. In fact, I think the Tea Party vs. Establishment meme misses the point.

Most would be surprised to see Roberts hit from the right, and one big reason is his vote against TARP (a.k.a. the bank bailout). This is the first chance for Kansas Republicans to weigh in post-TARP on whether Roberts should be the nominee. I find it telling that Roberts survived while TARP proponents like Eric Cantor did not.

Odds are the bailout vote was even more critical in Mississippi, where Thad Cochran (a No on TARP, despite my mistaken assumption) was able to limp into a runoff (and then a narrow if unorthodox victory) when a TARP backer likely would have gone down in flames.

Lest we forget, a large plurality of voters still blame Bush the Younger for the state of the economy…meaning TARP, contrary to popular belief in Washington, has not been forgotten.

Even Mr. Establishment Heavy himself – ex-Congressman and Defending Main Street PAC leader Steve LaTourette – was a No on TARP. That should tell us all something.

Cross-posted to the right-wing liberal