PWC Planning Post Perv Found Guilty on Two Counts – UPDATED

ray utzDisgraced former Prince William County assistant planning director Ray Utz (a.k.a. The PWC Planning Post Perv) can now add convicted sex offender to his pedigree after being found guilty of two of the four charges against him.

On the first count of indecent exposure (GC14014821-00) Utz was found guilty, sentenced to 30 days which was suspended and ordered to pay court costs of $96.

utz courtOn the first count of simulated masturbation (GC14014822-00) prosecutors agreed to dismiss the charges (nolle prosequi).

On the second count of simulated masturbation (GC14014823-00) prosecutors agreed to dismiss the charges (nolle prosequi).

On the second count of indecent exposure (GC14014821-00) Utz was found guilty, sentenced to 30 days which was suspended and ordered to pay court costs of $96.

So, a total of 60 days in jail — all of which was suspended — and court costs of $192 along with the convictions on his permanent record. I’m still not convinced that the average Joe Schmo who did this would have gotten off this lightly, so it still leaves the question open as to whether PWC is in the big leagues or just another corrupt backwater county. That will have to wait for another day, but at least in this one case County Executive Melissa Peacor wasn’t able to engage in yet another whitewash and coverup for one of her employees as she has done in the past.

UPDATE: Apparently, Utz will NOT be placed on the sex offender registry per Commonwealth’s Attorney Paul Ebert.

Commonwealth Attorney Paul Ebert stated that the judge assigned a $2,500 for each count ($5,000 total) and 30 days of jail time for each count (60 total) as sentencing in the case – but Utz may not be required to pay the fines or serve the time.

“The jail time and fines were suspended, [contingent] on his mental treatment. If he successfully completes the treatment, that’ll be the end of it. He won’t have to pay the fines or serve 60-days,” said Ebert.

When asked, Ebert stated that Utz will not be placed on any kind of sex offender registry and that he is currently receiving mental health treatment.

I guess we do have our answer. Prince William County IS a corrupt backwater county. A good start in changing that is dumping Paul Ebert and his “cut-a-deal” crew of prosecutors.

Kirwin steps in it on SD 14

Late this afternoon, Bearing Drift’s Brian Kirwin posted about the State Senate GOP primary in SD14 (Chesapeake, Virginia Beach, Suffolk), blasting conservative challenger Bill Haley for supposedly sending out an email claiming support from the Chesapeake TEA Party.

The Bull Elephant has come on credible information that, not only did Haley not send out the email- the Chesapeake TEA Party itself did- but that the TEA Party also sent out an email clarifying that it invites all candidates to submit messages to share with their membership (including John Cosgrove). They were merely sending an email from Haley to their list, independent of Haley.

Further, the clarifying email was sent earlier in the day…. meaning that, not only did Kirwin post erroneous information, but that he did so knowingly. Kirwin’s company has received payment in the past from Cosgrove, according to VPAP.

More to come tomorrow on this developing story. Hopefully, Bearing Drift rectifies Kirwin’s lie with an apology to Bill Haley, a retraction, and punishment for Kirwin for knowingly posting a false story.

Cross-posted to The Bull Elephant

Will the PWC Planning Post Perv Finally Show In Court Tomorrow?

We’ve been covering the saga of former Prince William County assistant planning director Ray Utz (a.k.a. The PWC Planning Post Perv) since the story broke last November about his “extracurricular activities” that resulted in his arrest and four criminal charges against him (two for indecent exposure and two for simulated masturbation).

To no one’s surprise, this case has been continued five times so far. We’ve got our own theories on that here. (Heck, we still don’t even have Utz’s mugshot as the media used his official county photograph instead in their reporting.)

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(If we can get Pee Wee Herman’s mug shot for doing the same thing, why can’t we get Ray Utz’s?)

As we previously reported (and apparently no other media outlet covering PWC has bothered to), Utz’s next court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow, May 20. We now know that the hearing is set for 9 a.m. in Courtroom 4 of Prince William County General District Court located at 9311 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110-5586.

Tomorrow will go a long way towards telling whether Prince William County is truly in the big leagues or just another corrupt backwater county. If the media actually shows up to cover the hearing, if they get photographs of Utz walking into the court building and if the judicial system finally moves forward on this case, we will know that PWC is on the right track.

But if the media continues to carry the water for the county government by sweeping this under the rug (and this wasn’t Utz’s first run-in with trouble) and the court system punts on this case once again, it will be all too clear that the county is no better than many Third-World nations when it comes to government corruption and the equal application of justice.

We’ve already seen the county torch the First Amendment in recent days when it comes to political dissent by sending the police after a local blogger who was critical of the county executive (and hints that it was just the first part in a larger campaign.) Why should we expect this case to be any different?

The Dangers of Cold Emailing For Endorsements

Here’s some advice for aspiring candidates — don’t just email every website you can find asking for their endorsement.

My name is Joe George and I am currently running for the Neabsco District’s position on the PWC School Board.  I am seeking endorsements from various groups and am interested in hearing what is important for you, so that I could earn that endorsement.  I can be reached at the email provided or via my cell phone (703-xxx-xxxx).  I look forward to hearing from you and potentially meeting with you.

v/r

Joe George

Mr. George then went on to provide his campaign website, which we found to be very interesting, but perhaps not for the reasons Mr. George thought we would.

joe georgeD’OH indeed…

Mr. George’s website has a banner for every school in the Neabsco district on a rotating basis at the top of his campaign website. While that looks nice, that surely violates county rules regarding the usage of official school logos and slogans — particularly since this is being used for political purposes.

That’s the end of the first class on Politics 101 for Mr. George. Thanks for playing, but you don’t get to come back tomorrow and you don’t even get a lousy copy of our home game.

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.

 

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

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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?

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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.

Preliminaries

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 : https://virginiavirtucon.wordpress.com/2015/05/10/guest-post-chip-muir-the-four-dirty-words-in-republican-politics/

The Critical Issue of 2016 is…

Cronyism and corruption.

Think about it: what is Hillary Clinton’s biggest weakness?

The public doesn’t trust her, and for good reason. She took money from foreign governments lobbying the State Department while she was Secretary of State; her Foundation took money for over 25 foreign governments. She and her cabal are as corrupt as they come, and fundraising is only a part of it.

This comes on the heels of the most corrupt Administration since Ulysses S. Grant. Solyndra, Lois Lerner, Obamacare, and the auto bailouts were but a few of the kickbacks to political supporters drummed up by the Obama Administration. That they came from Chicago should be no surprise, I suppose; that we allowed them to impose their corruption and cronyism on the rest of us is entirely our fault, however.

The American people have no faith in their political class. And this is coming to a head in 2016.

Take Back Our Republic is hosting a free event on foreign money in our political system on Monday, May 18 at 2:30 at the National Press Club in DC.

To get a head start on the biggest issue of 2016 and what can be done about it, check out this free event.

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Tony Pham Will Grow Party, Heal in Henrico CA Race

Guest Post
Craig R. Butterworth

The recent unrest in Baltimore was as revealing as it was disturbing. We witnessed incredible acts of bravery and courage amid the chaos. We also witnessed colossal acts of ignorance and stupidity, some of them committed by the very people we expect to lead us out of the fray and into the light.

Hanover Delegate Buddy Fowler would very much like to have a “do over.” His controversial Facebook post that used racially offensive imagery to describe the rioting was thoughtless and insensitive. It may also have been illustrative of an even bigger problem: how many other public officer-holders share Fowler’s sentiments but hold their fire in public venues?
It’s unconscionable to think that a duly-elected representative of the people would harbor such ill-will toward any ethnic group or minority. But there’s no doubt that racial prejudice exists in Virginia politics. It may not manifest itself with the unmitigated gall of Fowler’s folly, but it’s there alright, simmering just below the surface.

Making sure minorities have a voice in local, state, and federal government has proven to be an effective means of neutralizing racial biases in the political process. Henrico voters will get the opportunity to level the playing field when they head to the polls in June to nominate their GOP candidate for Commonwealth’s Attorney.

Tony Pham is the logical choice. A Vietnamese immigrant and former prosecutor, Pham has spent his entire career fighting crime. No one better understands and appreciates the values of freedom and self-determination that constitute the foundation of Republican ideals.

Pham will help reassemble the fractured Henrico GOP and attract two key demographics that have been languishing on the sideline – the youth and Asian vote. With a population of just over 20,000, the latter has become a force to be reckoned with in the county and can no longer be taken for granted.

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.

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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 in 2017. While noble in its intent to bring disparate interests and factions within the party together, simply put… Why?

Why should the Conservative Fellowship, its allied organizations (Full disclosure: This includes RLCVA) and the Republicans who helped elect them to the State Central Committee of RPV, compromise here? Does it gain us anything? That wing of the party, and its shills on social media, have spent considerable time and effort making clear that they will not financially support RPV with the current leadership, and will indeed, encourage others not to, either. We don’t owe them a thing.

Indeed, consider what the expectations would be if the roles were reversed. The slating effort, organized and led by the consulting class, led by Ray Allen and his pals, and quite some number of Virginia Republican elected officials, led by Eric Cantor, Frank Wagner, Scott Taylor, was intended to gain control of the State Central Committee by steamrolling the wishes of conservatives by any means necessary, and they made it clear they weren’t going to compromise at all. Anyone remember Ray Allen’s treatment of folks who tried to reason with him, or offer compromise, during that? Anyone remember Bill Bolling’s political director making a spectacle of herself, actually DANCING, at a certain 2012 meeting of the SCC, where it chose a primary as the method of nomination for the statewide ticket in 2013, despite the fact that elections for SCC were forthcoming later that year? Further back, remember the effort to remove a certain RPV Chairman that began the moment he was elected at the 2008 convention? It didn’t matter what he did, they were out to get him from day one. This is the crowd we should compromise with? Seriously? Really?

No, if the roles were reversed, conservatives would be told to shut up and get in line, and maybe, just maybe, they’d let us have a seat at the table. Let them go to US Chamber of Commerce mixers and talk about how nominees like Ken Cuccinelli are just too conservative, so therefore they have to assist guys like Terry McAuliffe, while saving their Republican support for important things like helping George P. Bush, and gearing up to support Chris Christie or Jeb Bush for President.

If we’re unable to stand on principle, we are simply wasting our time. We should nominate by convention in both 2016 and 2017. No compromise here.

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:

Friends,

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.

JS

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

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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

 

Barry Moore Strikes Again- This time he needs to be be called out!

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Amateur hour is over. Barry Moore should drop out of the race for Republican Nomination in the 11th District Senate.  In his third flagrant foul, Barry Moore’s campaign has sent an entirely inappropriate attack e-mail against fellow conservatives Amanda Chase and Senator Steve Martin. The attack came from Moore surrogate former Chesterfield Sheriff Dennis Proffitt who sent the e-mail under the flag of Moore surrogate and current Sheriff Karl Leonard’s political campaign. Proffitt and Leonard are well known to be both the brains and brawn behind Moore’s campaign, and really are the only reason his campaign exists.

The attack is filled with unsupported ad hominem attacks on Amada Chase and Senator Martin, and the worst part is it flies under the flag of a picture of Ronald Reagan with a Leadership caption while absolutely violating President Reagan’s cherished 11th Commandment. The worst statement in the entire e-mail is the statement actually emphasized in italics by Moore:

Amanda is dishonest on a regular bases in statements she makes.

Woah, Barry… That is way out of line and borderline actionable as slander!  Further it is entirely inappropriate coming from the candidate who is using the NRA seal on flier while not being endorsed by the NRA!

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Readers will remember Barry Moore’s first strike was his false-start in announcing his campaign on Facebook using liberal themes and odd psychobabble, then withdrawing the announcement.

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His second strike was his unfathomable failure to vote in any Republican Primary on record.  Yet he has the gall to ask for voters to support him in a Republican Primary.  This strike alone should disqualify him.

Maybe these two mistakes could be forgiven as the bumbling of an unqualified, first time candidate, though you would think he would learn from them…

Instead he invokes Ronald Reagan in a vicious, rambling, unsupported attack e-mail while blatantly violating Reagan’s 11th Commandment.  And he did it with the knowledge and experience of Leonard and Profit – showing that it wasn’t a rookie mistake.  It was thought out, intentional, and thus even less appropriate.

Three Strikes Barry – bow out.

The e-mail in question can be seen below.

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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.

 

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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

 

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

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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

Mark Dudenhefer defends his record OP-ED

 

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As my wife Kay and I weighed whether or not I should run for office again, several thoughts came to mind. The first thought was a very unpleasant one, the reminder of why I first got into politics.  Kay and I lost one of our daughters in a tragic car accident that was a result of the unsafe, secondary roads we have in Virginia. This unbearable event led me to run for Stafford County Supervisor on a platform to fix our transportation woes.

Through my tenure as a Stafford County Board Supervisor, we made significant progress in easing this region’s transportation problems. We have made secondary roads safer, added commuter parking and widened 610, all while cutting taxes and reducing the size of government. As Chairman, we even passed legislation to lower the pay of the Board of Supervisors. Throughout my career, I’ve focused on cutting taxes to make government smaller and more efficient.

When I was elected Delegate in 2011, I went to Richmond to continue to improve our region’s transportation needs, but also to make sure that government works as efficiency as possible for Virginia families and businesses. In my two years as Delegate, I voted to cut taxes, balance the budget and put $700 million in the rainy day fund. I was directly involved in:

  • Extending the express lanes to Garrisonville Rd.
  • New Interchange and Widening of Courthouse Rd.
  • Widening of Garrisonville Rd.
  • Widening of Route 1.
  • Straightening & Widening of Mountain View Rd.
  • Adding over 1,000 parking spaces to the 610 Commuter lot.

 

In my short tenure in Richmond, I along with fellow House Republicans, defeated more than 2.5 billion dollars in tax and budget increases proposed by Democrats!

 

As Delegate, I was endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business and was awarded “Champion of Free Enterprise.”  As a proud member of the National Rifle Association, I was happy to receive an A+ rating from the NRA. I also received a 94% rating from the Family Foundation of Virginia for my votes on protecting Virginia family values.

While I weighed my decision to run again, I asked myself, “What do I want to accomplish to further help Virginia families?” These are my reasons:

  1. After I left Richmond, the current Delegate who filled my seat failed to fight to keep the millions of dollars that was promised to this region to further fix our transportation problems. I have a proven track record of getting funds for this region and that will be a main priority of mine. I will be a leading advocate in getting the millions of transportation dollars that were promised to us.
  2. The government needs to operate as efficiently as possible. Every day reports come out regarding millions of taxpayers dollars 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 what is called the “Lean Government Initiative” that has saved other states millions of dollars. It forces the government to run more like the private sector. Visit my website va02.com to learn more about this Initiative.
  • Lastly, I would be a consistent conservative voice for Virginia families. I believe we need to protect the 2nd amendment, our religious rights, and reduce the burden of government on our families.

I am proud of my record of conservative accomplishments, but there is still more to be done. At every level of government, I have cut taxes and reduced the burden of government for Virginia families. I’m not a career politician. I served my country for 30 years in the Marine Corps and consider myself a citizen public servant who aims everyday to make life for Virginia families better.

My opponent has thrown out fancy words and typical campaign talking points. However, he hasn’t proposed any real solutions and doesn’t have the record to match his rhetoric.

What we don’t need are grandiose bravado assertions made by an uninformed

novice. We need experienced leaders who have a track record of accomplishment. I am that person in this race.

Lastly, the Republican candidate in this primary must compete against a viable opponent who has already raised $30,000 and will have the support of his Democratic Party. I am the only candidate in this race who has the experience and record to compete with the Democrat opponent.

I look forward to earning your vote and if you wish to learn more about my candidacy, please visit my website at www.va02.com or follow me on Facebook or Twitter.

Best,

Mark Dudenhefer

Candidate for Virginia House District 02

 

 

 

A Conservative 5-Step Plan to Fix the Immigration System

The immigration issue is one that is quite difficult politically for conservative candidates as any compromise is seen as total surrender on the issue, while the reality is that the issue can’t magically be addressed through instant mass deportation via transporter and Terminator 2000’s or laser-sharks covering every inch border. How do we find a plan that satisfies the goal of fitting within conservative values while also dealing with the difficult and complex realities that the failed system has created? The below plan is designed to do just that through four core concepts:

1) Address the reality that a solution will have to address some key realities created by decades of a broken system deal with those problems.  Specific difficulties include a) Dealing with the parents of anchor babies, such babies being natural born citizens under the Constitution and tearing their families apart creates more difficulties than it resolves; b) dealing firmly but fairly with people who are in the United States illegally, but are productive members of our economy (they do exist); and c) dealing with criminals and security risks within the system.

2) Fixing the current broken system in an affordable manner so that lack of enforcement cannot lead to a repeat of the problem.

3) Deal with government entitlements going to those who should not qualify and illegal voting issues.

Finally, it addresses the key concern for those who have gone through the process legally. People aren’t being allowed to cut in line.  The closest to line-cutting that occurs in this plan is six years of honorable military service, which in my mind deserves such consideration.

Immigration Plan for Conservatives

  1. People living without proper authorization in the United States at the time of passage of this legislation must register with the Department of Homeland Security within 90 days of the passage of the legislation. This includes all persons without current legal permission.
  2. Upon registration, such people, who do not have serious criminal records or pose security risks, will be able to select two options:
    1. Immediately and voluntarily return to their home-country with their immigration files specifically annotated that they willingly returned and are thus eligible to re-enter the United States once proper permissions are granted through normal channels. Such persons will be able to apply for Citizenship upon such re-entry without any negative repercussions from their previous illegal entry into the United States.
    2. Upon confirmation of eligibility, be granted Permeant Residence Status with the additional caveat that they may never become a Citizen of the United States. Additionally, such persons shall not qualify for federal entitlement programs such as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.  Those who qualify for acceptance into to a branch of the Armed Services may eliminate these restrictions through honorable discharge after at least six years of service.
  3. Any person who is found in the United States without proper authorization after 90 days from the passage of the legislation shall be arrested and held without bond until all legal proceedings relating to said person have concluded. The sole exception shall be that a person who has no pending criminal charges may waive such proceedings and be released across the border to their home nation or other nation that will accept them. A person who has no nation willing to accept them shall not qualify for this exception.
  4. Any person who is not a citizen of the United States who registers for or votes in an election for public office shall be guilty of a crime punishable by not less than one nor more than five years of incarceration, and shall have all legal status in the United States revoked, up to and including permanent residency. Such a person would then be subject to provision 3) above.
  5. All federal law enforcement officers shall have jurisdiction and a mandate to investigate and enforce immigration related offenses, including the arrest of persons known to be in the United States without legal status.

As you can see the key to the Plan is paragraph 2.  If you want to stay legally in the United States you need to immediately register and you need to immediately decide 1) that you will leave the country voluntarily and not return under the normal legal paths; or 2) to be allowed to stay with significant caveats.  This is not amnesty, as there are significant repercussions for choosing option 2, and the only real “path to citizenship” for a person who was illegal but stays in the country is significant and successful military service.  Such service would result in the person learning about the beauty of American culture and being prepared to live as a part of the culture. If you cannot or choose not to serve, then you are allowed to stay but you may never become a citizen and never participate in government entitlement programs.

Paragraph 3) is a fix to the enforcement mechanism. This is the Sherriff Joe provision. The real problem with the system is that illegal aliens who are discovered and arrested are immediately granted bond and given a bus ticket. This stops that. If you are here illegally you are held until you are returned to your home country or your case is heard by a judge. In most cases, people will take the option to return home unless they have a legitimate claim for asylum (in which case we can’t and generally shouldn’t deport them).

Paragraph 4) should be self-explanatory and the liberals who insist voter fraud doesn’t occur can’t really protest this one.

Paragraph 5) makes it harder for a President who doesn’t want the laws enforce to stop the enforcement.  All federal law enforcement have a mandate and jurisdiction to enforce.  No more “I called I.C.E. and they didn’t come to get him so I cut him loose.”

Hugo endorses Sang Yi for Delegate

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Republican Candidate Sang Yi who is set to challenge David “my mom is Sharon” Bulova in the 37th Delegate District got a nice boost with the endorsement of Majority Caucus Chairman Delegate Timothy Hugo. This endorsement is huge, but a united party and hard work will be what beats Bulova.

Here is the press release from Yi’s campaign:

FAIRFAX, VA – Today, Delegate Tim Hugo, who represents Virginia’s 40th House District, announced his endorsement of Sang Yi, candidate for the 37th House District, which encompasses all of the City of Fairfax, and some portions of Fairfax County, including parts of Centreville. Delegate Hugo has served in the Virginia House of Delegates since 2003 and currently serves as the Majority Caucus Chairman in the House of Delegates. Delegate Hugo also serves on the Commerce and Labor, Finance, Privileges and Elections, and Transportation committees.

“Having known Sang Yi for several years I’m pleased to endorse my friend for the 37th District in the House of Delegates.  I know Sang to have an exceptional work ethic, and am confident he will work hard to represent the residents of the 37th,” said Hugo.  “He is a dedicated family man who is genuine about public service.  As the Majority Caucus Chairman and Delegate who represents a neighboring district, I’m excited with hopes to have Sang be a tremendous Northern Virginian partner in Richmond focused on issues that improve quality of life for the families in our communities.”       

Announcing Delegate Hugo’s support, Sang Yi said, “I am honored to have Delegate Tim Hugo’s support.  Like Delegate Hugo, I hope to bring my experience in public service and a commonsense voice to Richmond. He has fought for the issues that matter most to Northern Virginians, including eliminating wasteful spending and ensuring transportation funds are wisely allocated. I look forward to working with to focus on smart policies that matter our neighbors, family and friends.”

This endorsement follows the Sang Yi for Delegate campaign kick off about two weeks ago, where Chairman Emeritus of the Republican State Leadership Committee, Ed Gillespie, and Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, John Whitbeck, also announced their endorsements of Sang Yi. At the campaign launch Gillespie said, “We need someone with Sang’s experience, his life experience, his experience on Capitol Hill, his experience as a naval reserve officer and in the community. That will serve us very well in Richmond and he will be a strong and effective voice.” The kick off event drew a crowd of almost 150 supporters indicating a strong enthusiasm behind Yi’s campaign.

Russ Moulton weighs in on Stimpson-Howell race

We know Bill: our “higher-tax” Bill!

Republicans have enjoyed a large majority in the Virginia House of Delegates the entire time Bill Howell has served as Speaker. Today, 68 out of 100 members of the Virginia House of Delegates have an (R) next to their name—a bona fide super-majority. Speaker Bill Howell rules the House, its Republican Caucus, and its Committees with absolute power.

Nothing passes the House without Bill Howell’s say-so.

So what have we gotten under Speaker Howell’s leadership of this Republican Majority over the past 10 years?

  • 3 massive tax hikes totaling over $7B
  • More than doubling state spending
  • Capitulating to the radical liberal LGBT lobby

Yep. Unfortunately, that’s the sad legacy of Speaker Bill Howell’s leadership of this GOP House super-majority.

Until Speaker Howell, Virginia Republicans were known as the party of lower taxes. We enjoyed the support of many independents and even some Democrats at the polls because these voters trusted the Republican “brand” on taxes: many voted Republican simply as a vote against higher taxes.

Then came Speaker Bill – “higher-tax” Bill.

In 2004, state revenues were booming, but liberals like then Governor Mark Warner, Democrats and even some Republicans were calling for higher taxes so the state could spend even more of our money.  Rather than push-back on these tax-and-spenders, Speaker Howell joined them. He strong-armed 4 key anti-tax Republicans on the Finance Committee to “walk” on the vote on Democrat Governor Mark Warner’s $1.5 billion dollar tax-hike bill.

That’s right: Speaker Howell used his leadership position to pressure four anti-tax Republicans to simply not to show up for the vote against higher taxes in 2004. (He told them not to worry, it wouldn’t pass on the floor).

These four had signed no-new-tax pledges and would have voted no, easily defeating the tax hike outright in committee. One of these four actually told the press that he was “at home that morning flipping pancakes for my kids” and that’s why he couldn’t make the committee vote. As a direct result of Speaker Howell’s “leadership”, Warner’s tax hike bill sailed thru committee, and onto the floor of the House where it passed — by a single vote!

The Warner-Howell 2004 tax hike bill then went on to pass the weak State Senate, and became law with the signature of the Governor.  Among these tax hikes was an 11% increase in the sales tax on just about everything Virginians buy.  Future Howell tax hikes took the sales tax from 4.5% in 2004 to 5.3% today – an 18% increase during his Howell’s term as Speaker.

Virginia families and businesses ultimately have Bill Howell to thank for these higher taxes they are still paying today.

Because Warner got the Howell GOP majority to “compromise” (cave) on tax hikes, the press went on a protracted “love-fest” with Mark Warner, touting his “bipartisan leadership” in all their news coverage and op-ed pages, and propelling his popularity to an unprecedented 70% statewide. This image of Warner as “Mr. Bipartisan” went on to carry him to victory in two successive US Senate elections.

Thanks, Bill, for this first higher-tax bill!

But “higher-tax” Bill wasn’t done giving us higher-tax bills.

In 2007, Speaker Howell personally sponsored another big tax-hike bill, HB3202, and lobbied Republicans hard for it. It raised various state taxes and fees, including the notorious “abuser fees” which gave us the infamous $2,000 traffic ticket, and bigger tax bills when you sold or simply refinanced your home. HB3202 also pushed for higher taxes in Northern Virginia and in Hampton Roads by unelected, unaccountable local taxing “authorities” – but fortunately the VA Supreme Court struck down this outrageously unconstitutional provision.

Thanks Bill for this second higher-tax bill!

By this time, the reality of Howell’s insatiable thirst for more of our money became crystal clear to those of us paying attention. And he wasn’t done.

More recently, in 2013, Speaker Howell struck again. He again sponsored another massive tax hike bill – the $2.5B “McDonnell transportation tax” bill. It passed, and brought about higher gas taxes, sales taxes, lodging taxes and higher car titling fees among many other things all of us are now paying more for.  What’s worse, Howell got the necessary votes to pass these 2013 tax hikes by striking a deal with Democrats that nearly gave us Medicaid expansion in June of 2014.

Thanks Bill for this third higher-tax bill!

Three strikes – you’re out !

Under Bill Howell’s leadership, we’ve now seen him push through three massive tax hikes on Virginians totaling over $7 billion in higher taxes on you, me, Virginia families and businesses.   And during the same period, he has more than doubled state spending, going from $46.9B in 2002 to $96.9B today (biennial budget).

Bill Howell could have single-handedly stopped all three tax hikes.  Instead, Howell single-handedly turned the VA GOP into the party of higher taxes and spending, destroying this key issue for us against the Democrats.

There are other disturbing things as well. For example, Speaker Howell accepted some $7,000 from “Equality VA” — the radical liberal LBGT (lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender) lobby in Richmond. In 2013, Howell then steered a judgeship through the House of Delegates for one of Equality VA’s Board members, radical activist Tracy Thorne Begland – over the objection of the Family Foundation. Equality VA is the group pushing an outrageous agenda like forcing our elementary school children right here in Virginia to share restrooms and locker rooms with those of the opposite sex (“transgenders”).

Insanity is defined as doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. If we send Bill Howell back to Richmond, he will be re-elected Speaker, and we will see more tax increases, more state spending, and more capitulation to the radical left agenda.  Whether we continue this insanity or not depends on you.

Whether we get a new Speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates depends on you.

Bill Howell has an opponent in the June 9th Primary: Susan Stimpson.  Susan is a proven tax-cutting, pro-family conservative.  If Susan wins, Bill won’t return to Richmond to be re-elected Speaker, and he won’t be able to raise our taxes anymore.

Susan is running a great campaign and has a great chance of winning.  But she won’t win without support of conservatives across our state.

I urge you to go to click here to visit her website today to give whatever you can to her campaign and to volunteer to help.

By doing so, you’ll send a message to the House Republican Caucus in Richmond that you want lower taxes and a smaller, more family-friendly government – and you want a new Speaker of the House to lead us there.

Russ Moulton is a small businessman in Stafford, former First District GOP Chairman and long-time conservative activist leader.