Austin Haynes one of the good guys

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I usually shy away from making public endorsements, but in the case of the Prince William County Clerk of the Court race I think it needs to be done and said.

Austin Haynes is weathering a barrage of attacks from his career politician opponent. And while his opponent spends thousands of dollars and time running a gutter campaign, Austin has emerged as the good person – and the right person – to be the next Clerk of the Court. Austin has been doing all the right things in this primary, and no matter what the outcome he will emerge from this race as the better person.

Unlike the current Clerk of the Court, Austin has vowed not to use the office as his own political bully pulpit and has pledged to update the office into the 21st century. Austin brings a level head, a good attitude, and the right ideas to an office that has lacked all three qualities as of late.

The tactics that are being used against Austin are disgusting and unfair and these scorched earth efforts will come back to haunt those using them. We have an opportunity to reject this style of politics and elect a great Clerk of the Court. Vote Austin Haynes in the April 25thFirehouse Primary.

 

This post reflects the views of the author

Democrats struggle to play catch up in the 29th Senate District.

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Well, the numbers are out for the three Dems vying for the nomination in the 29th District.

McPike at $50,220; Qarni $35,778, Futrell at $31,716.

The problem for them is, with their combined total, they are way out of reach of Hal Parrish:

 

For Immediate Release                                                                                                   

April 14, 2015

 

Parrish Campaign Announces Record

$330,000 Fundraising Quarter

 

Builds a Broad Coalition of Virginians For Servant Leadership

 

Manassas, Virginia — Hal Parrish, candidate for the Virginia State Senate in the 29th District, raised a record $330,000 since announcing his candidacy in late January. The campaign’s first quarter fundraising total represents the most raised in any single quarter by any candidate in the 29th District and places the Parrish campaign in the top tier of Virginia Senate races this cycle.

“A campaign is only as strong as the people in it, and I am humbled and grateful to the hundreds of supporters here in Manassas, Prince William, and across Virginia who support our message of servant leadership,” said Parrish.

“There is a legacy of servant legislators that have come before me that have put the needs of their constituents and districts before politics and before themselves. I believe in that tradition and so does our growing coalition of supporters. Our campaign will work to provide Virginia families common sense ideas to improve the quality of our life and our infrastructure, create better jobs, and better fund our schools.”

Highlights of Parrish’s first fundraising quarter:

 

Total Individual Donors: 400

Total Contributions of $100 or Less: 212

 

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Net Neutrality: Congress Need Legislate, the FCC Not Regulate, the Internet

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As former 9th District Congressman Rick Boucher so informatively points out in a recent column that he wrote for the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy, Virginia is at the core of the net neutrality debate;

“Virginia and Virginian’s have a special role in the history of the Internet and a special concern for its flourishing. You can have a “Virginia Internet C@pital” license plate on your car; last year, the Washington Post suggested that Ashburn, VA was “the center of the Internet”, with 70% of the world’s Internet data passing through it and 5,000,000 square feet of data centers in Loudoun County alone. Silicon Valley may be more famous, but without Virginia, the backbone of the Internet would simply not exist.”

And as is the norm, Congress is a day late and a trillion short getting down to business, as its just now beginning to seriously debate several bills from both political parties in both Chambers regarding what to do with the FCC’s already month-old ruling on net neutrality.

The GOP would like to limit, not abolish, the authority of the FCC to oversee the internet after its ruling classifying the net as a more highly regulated utility-like service under “Title II” of the Communications Act.

Dems on the SAME hand, are also open to language that too would limit the FCC’s powers in fear that the FCC’s new regs could be overturned by either the federal courts or a future GOP-led FCC.

A reversal of the Title II designation, with the FCC still maintaining some level of oversight over the internet, seems like a possible bi-partisan solution. So what’s the hold up?

The answer to that question is Congress itself.  With a backlog of major issues that seem to come and go with a whole lot of debate and very little legislative action, will Congress even act at all on net neutrality?

 

Hugo continues his fight against Human Trafficking

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Two of my favorite Virginia legislators continue the fight against the awful realities of Human Trafficking
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
HUGO AND OBENSHAIN HOLD PRESS CONFERENCE ON SIGNIFICANT HUMAN TRAFFICKING LEGISLATION
Richmond, VA – (April 15, 2015) Today, Delegate Tim Hugo (R-40) and Senator Mark Obenshain (R-26) held a press conference to highlight HB1964 and SB1188, which together have been signed into law by the Governor. These bills create Virginia’s first standalone statute for sex trafficking.
Delegate Hugo stated:
“I would like to thank the Kids Are Not For Sale Coalition for their tremendous help with this legislation and their efforts to raise awareness of this horrendous crime. I would like to thank Senator Obenshain, as well as Delegates Rob Bell and Todd Gilbert, for their dedication and assistance in crafting House Bill 1964 and Senate Bill 1188. The threat of sex trafficking is far closer to home than many realize, and in the General Assembly, we are committed to eradicating this crime against our young people.  This stand-alone statute will send traffickers and buyers the message that they are not welcome here; and that our kids are not for sale in Virginia. Not now, and not ever.”
Virginia is now the final state in the United States to enact a standalone human trafficking law. The passage of HB1964 and its subsequent signature into law by the Governor marks another goal reached for Virginia’s many organizations and individuals dedicated to stopping human trafficking. In 2011, Shared Hope International, an anti-sex trafficking organization that annually grades every state on its laws combatting child sex trafficking, gave Virginia, along with 25 other states, an “F” grade. While Virginia has made significant improvements since then to its laws combatting sex trafficking, raising its grade in 2013, Virginia’s progress continued to stall without a specific sex trafficking law. Legislators this session made sure that this gap in Virginia’s laws will no longer hold back the Commonwealth from stamping out this egregious crime.
HB1964 sets apart the offense of sex trafficking as a distinct crime and specifically criminalizes sex trafficking of a minor. Perpetrators now face a class 3 felony when a minor is the victim of sex trafficking, regardless of whether the child was forced, intimidated or deceived, reflecting the realities of how these criminals prey on the vulnerability and trust of their victims. The new law criminalizes the recruitment of minors and adults for commercial sex, conduct that had not been prohibited under Virginia law unless the defendant was a gang member. This law will also provide legal tools such as multijurisdictional grand juries, the option to seize the assets of suspected traffickers, and sex offender registration requirements that put the community on notice of the threat posed by convicted sex traffickers.
This will be the fourth piece of legislation in five years introduced by Delegate Hugo aimed at human trafficking. HB1898, introduced by Delegate Hugo in 2011 and passed into law, made abduction for the purposes of child prostitution a felony. HB1606, which became law in 2013, increased the punishment for those soliciting minors for prostitution. Most recently in 2014, the General Assembly passed Hugo’s HB485, which empowers law enforcement to better track down and arrest suspected traffickers.
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As the third ranking member in the Virginia House of Delegates leadership, Delegate Hugo currently serves as the Majority Caucus Chairman for the House Republican Caucus. He is the Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee and also serves on the Commerce and Labor, Transportation, and Privileges and Election Committees. Delegate Hugo represents Centreville, Clifton, Fairfax, and Fairfax Station in Fairfax County as well as Catharpin, Gainesville, Haymarket, and Manassas in Prince William County.

 

Ron Meyer flexes fundraising muscle

Millennial Supervisor Candidate Ron Meyer has flexed his fundraising muscle in his quest to be the next Supervisor of the Broad Run District in Loudoun County. Here is the Press Release from his campaign :

 

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Ron Meyer Raises More Than $33,500 in Bid for Broad Run Supervisor

Ashburn, VA – Ron Meyer, President of Springboard Media Strategies and candidate for Broad Run Supervisor, announced he will report more than $33,500 in contributions for the quarter that ended on March 31, 2015—just a month and a half after launching his bid.

 

The campaign will report more than $29,900 cash on hand, and 97% of the contributors to the campaign are from Northern Virginia. These figures demonstrate that Meyer’s campaign is off to a strong start and that many in the local grassroots and business communities are willing to significantly invest in his campaign.

 

Meyer released the following statement:

 

The only way to keep taxes low and continue investing in modern schools and transportation is to attract businesses to Loudoun—especially to our tax districts along the coming Silver Line and Route 28. 

 

Our strong financial support shows we have significant trust from the business community and local families. They are excited about our plans to improve Broad Run’s economy by modernizing our education system, expanding our transportation options, and utilizing Metro for economic development.  

 

Our 21st century ideas include facilitating the building of a tech-focused campus on the Silver Line, continuing investment in STEM education for Loudoun teens, and encouraging the construction of technology infrastructure in new commercial developments.  

 

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The JMU College Republicans Threw a Party

This article was posted on “The Breeze” JMU’s Online News Magazine this morning. Author Chris Kent

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College Republicans advocating a change

JMU College Republicans, an organization committed to promoting conservative ideals on campus, hosted its first Spring Banquet last Thursday. The meeting included both Republican representatives and JMU students.

Noteworthy attendees included former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va), Virginia Delegate and JMU business law professor Ben Cline and political science professor Pete Giesen.

Giesen received the first Pete Giesen award at the banquet. Named after him, it honors political service to the state of Virginia and continuing efforts to educate and involve students in state politics. Giesen’s political career started in 1964 when he was elected Virginia Delegate to the 25th district and continued until his retirement in 1996 when he was State House Representative.

Gilmore and Goodlatte gave the keynote speeches at the event, eliciting standing ovations from the audience.

Gilmore, who was in charge of the commonwealth as governor from 1998 to 2002, spoke at the end of the dinner, touching on what he considers to be the problems America faces today. Gilmore listed the nation’s fluctuating economy as the greatest concern, followed by the current foreign relation policies. He believes the lack of quality, high- paying jobs available to college graduates across America has contributed to inadequate job growth.

“When a person comes out of college they ought to have an opportunity to have a selection of jobs that will give them a decent career,” Gilmore said. “Forty-seven percent of college graduates in America today end up working in jobs that do not require a bachelor’s degree and that is because we do not have good enough career paths in the United States. We have inadequate job growth.”

Gilmore believes the tax cuts and special interest loopholes in national policies have stifled the job market and economy in America. He would rather see tax cuts across the board, not just for special interest groups or companies, and he would like to see the loopholes in tax laws closed, hoping this will encourage investment and economic growth.

“I think it is a deliberate policy to have slow growth in this country,” Gilmore said. “I think it is because we keep raising taxes on investments. When you raise taxes on investments, you get less investments, and when you get less investments you get fewer and less jobs.”

Gilmore was approached with questions, asking if he was seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2016. While he didn’t officially give the intentions on doing so, he laughed, saying he was thinking about it. He mentioned the bad taste the current administration left in his mouth regarding Barack Obama’s policy on pulling out the U.S military from nations and the semi-isolationism this creates.

However, on the opposite side, Gilmore doesn’t favor the neo-conservative policy of using military first and then questioning later, which Obama’s predecessors, like George W. Bush, promoted. Neo-conservativism includes those who promote American interests abroad and are characterized by their use of military force.

Christian Heiens, a junior political science major and College Republican, was surprised by Gilmore’s comments on foreign policy.

“I think it is interesting that he is understanding that younger Republicans are more in tune to the Rand Paul message, so especially talking to a bunch of college Republicans, I think he is trying to reach out to us, but I think he is genuine about it,” Heiens said. “He is understanding it is not just isolationism versus invading every country in the world. The United States as a leader in foreign policy has to be able to do everything.”

Gilmore ended his remarks by saying that he thinks the people of Virginia are suffering under the current administration, and the closing speech by Goodlatte championed this belief. Goodlatte left the event before he was able to be approached for comments, although his closing speech summarized that problems faced by normal Americans today are due in great part to the belief that the government can solve anything. Goodlatte added that changes needed to be made to welfare and retirement entitlements.

The event even attracted Virginia Delegate Ben Cline. Both left encouraged by the turnout and cohesiveness of the young Republicans present. Cline said he was thankful for the event, especially for the work done by JMU College Republicans to recruit new members. JMU is in what Cline regards as the Commonwealth’s breadbasket of Republican voters and encourages the JMU College Republicans continuing volunteer efforts.

“I have noticed an enthusiasm by students to get involved, to give back to their communities and to their commonwealth,” Cline said. “JMU republicans, JMU students in general, are very aware of the world around them. They want to be involved, they want to contribute to the betterment of their world. And those with Republican leanings have really helped out the cause statewide, and nationally, by getting involved here at the JMU CR. So, power to them.”

contact Chris Kent at kent2cm@dukes.jmu.edu

Money Bomb for John Guevara!

Folks, the Establishment is at it again.

Ignoring the wishes of Republicans in Sully, trying to anoint a nominee from outside the district, trying to exclude Hispanics and conservatives from the party — the Establishment has made one thing clear: they want power in Fairfax.

John Guevara is here to send them a message: No anointed candidates. No buying elections.

A 15-year resident of Sully, John is an all-American story: Boy Scouts, military service, active in his church, active in the community, and a hardworking American.

John Guevara is everything that is RIGHT about America and we would be lucky to have a true conservative nominee like him here in Sully. But don’t tell that to the Fairfax Establishment; they are dead set on anointing their own tax-hiking, union-shill, conservative-hating candidate.

Don’t let the Establishment drown out your voice in this important election!

Help John defeat the Establishment by giving John the help he needs to get his message out. Just $50 can help John turn the tide in Fairfax, and send them a message:

Our representatives should be elected by the people; not the political establishment.

Help push a real conservative leader over the top in Fairfax. Help John today!

Note: this post constitutes the views of the author and does not constitute an endorsement by Virginia Virtucon.

Democrats and the War On Women

Virginia Democrats seem to be carrying their war on underage women outside of the womb.

First there was the Joe Morrissey sex scandal where he reportedly impregnated an underage intern at his law office.

Now there’s the story of 21 year old Tyler Martin of Richmond who served at a tracker for the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus in the General Assembly:

According to a source connected to the Virginia Senate Republican Caucus, Martin had been the Democratic Party’s tracker for Republican Senators during this year’s legislative session, assigned to follow and video record them at every opportunity.

The Democrat staffer, according to NBC12, traveled to Spotsylvania with three friends in the hopes of consummating a liaison with an underage girl who, as it turns out, happened to be a Spotsylvania detective. [UPDATE: A former prosecutor with knowledge of the matter has contacted TBE to let us know that the “girl” in question was thought by Mr. Martin and his cohorts to be all of 12 years of age.]

The Caucus is trying to push off of Mr. Martin and his role:

“He served as an unpaid legislative session volunteer for the Senate Democratic Caucus for several weeks monitoring public General Assembly committee meetings and assisting with administrative duties. We have had no contact with him since his arrest, but remain shocked and disappointed at the circumstances.”

While this may be all well and good, the entire story feeds back into the recent arguments by the left as summed up by Bearing Drift:

Of course, in recent months folks have been treated to a barrage of “pedophilia is a disorder, not a crime” nonsense. One should consider that it is both, and that preying upon children for sexual gratification — or the variant of pederasty with physically mature yet mentally immature teenagers — leaves decades of lasting harm to victims and enables perpetrators.

Hats off to Spotsylvania’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit. This is low work that cannot be comfortable for law enforcement… but proactively tackling it at this level where the perpetrators walk in with intent to harm? Might save the next girl.

So now we have TWO recent cases of Virginia Democrats preying upon underage women. Stack this up next to yesterday’s brilliant move by Rand Paul to put the DNC on the spot and you get a view into the real war on women:

“Here’s an answer,” said Schultz, a representative from Florida. “I support letting women and their doctors make this decision without government getting involved. Period. End of story. Now your turn, Senator Paul. We know you want to allow government officials like yourself to make this decision for women — but do you stand by your opposition to any exceptions, even when it comes to rape, incest, or life of the mother? Or do we just have different definitions of ‘personal liberty’?

“And I’d appreciate it if you could respond without ‘shushing’ me,” she added, a reference to Paul’s past encounters with reporters.

The Kentucky Republican obliged in an appearance on CNN late Wednesday afternoon but said Wasserman Schultz has “got some explaining to do.”

“It sounds like her answer is yes, that she’s OK with killing a 7-pound baby,” Paul said.

“Debbie’s position, which I guess is the Democratic Party’s position, that an abortion all the way up until the day of birth would be fine, I really think most pro-choice people would be uncomfortable with that,” he continued.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/04/rand-paul-battles-debbie-wasserman-schultz-on-abortion-116782.html#ixzz3WpZs9PJz

Op-Ed: Delegate Rob Bell and the Tebow Bill

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If your homeschooler is an athlete, what should you do when he reaches high school age?  In many communities and for many sports, the only truly competitive athletics are those offered through the local high school.  Should you focus on what’s best for his academics, and homeschool him?  Or should you let him pursue his athletic dreams (and college scholarships) by enrolling in high school?

More importantly, why is Virginia forcing parents to make this difficult choice?

In 29 states, homeschoolers can participate in interschool competition – like sports, debate, and band – through their local high schools.  In Virginia, homeschoolers can participate through the 8th grade and can engage in extracurriculars and classes at their local high school.  However, they are banned from interschool competitions by the Virginia High School League.

The Tebow Bill, HB 1626, would change this.

To be eligible, HB 1626 requires a homeschooler to be an amateur, be under the age of 19, and be compliant with all team rules.  Pursuant to the homeschooling statute, the homeschooler must demonstrate evidence of academic progress for two years, which includes standardized testing or an annual review by the school system.  (This two-year requirement is to ensure that a failing public school student would not be able to use supposed homeschooling as a convenient way to keep playing sports.)  Last, HB 1626 makes eligibility a local option, meaning that each school board can make its own decision about whether to allow homeschoolers to participate.

The measure has been ferociously opposed by the VEA and school administrators, and Governor Mcauliffe has vetoed it. The General Assembly will attempt to override the veto on April 15.

My mother was a pioneer homeschooler who testified in Richmond in favor of Virginia’s original home schooling law.  From these modest beginnings, homeschooling is now a mainstream educational choice for more than 30,000 Virginian students. For some teenagers, homeschooling is a perfect academic fit.  No parent should be forced to choose between his child’s academics and athletics, at least not where the rules can be written to allow students to have both.  More than half the states allow this, and Virginia should do so as well.

 

 Republican Delegate Rob Bell Represents Virginia’s 58th District in the House of Delegates

Corey Stewart Highlights Editorial Endorsement That Should Drive Conservatives Away From Him

From Facebook:

coreySince 2006, we’ve watched with growing admiration (and sometimes shock) as the former die-hard has moved from naysayer to pragmatist.

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He’s shown a willingness to bend, to grow and to improvise

Those words alone, which Stewart wholeheartedly embraces on his own campaign website, are the very reasons why Corey needs to go after 9 years as County Board Chairman. Whenever a publication that tends to disagree with you says that you have “grown,” watch out. He is too willing to “bend,” too willing to “improvise” and too willing to go along to get along. That has resulted in increased spending on non-core functions of government and increased tax burdens on families. Our schools are more crowded and our streets are more congested than when he took office. Our commercial tax base is still anemic at best (and that is only propped up by counting apartment complexes as commercial and not residential.)

Prince William Times is wrong. Our county needs new leadership who is willing to stand on principle to redirect spending from luxuries to necessities so we have the necessary resources to reduce class sizes, increase teacher pay and hold the line on families’ tax burdens.

That person is Chris Crawford and that is why Virginia Virtucon has endorsed him in the April 25 Republican firehouse primary.

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

So it appears that many Republican members of the General Assembly that supported the Cantor/Young Guns-led slating effort at county conventions last year will be unopposed for nomination this year. More’s the pity. These are the very people who need to be held responsible… and when I say ‘held responsible’, I mean ‘defeated and sent home’. It’s been roughly a year since that (thankfully largely unsuccessful) effort went down, and somehow Frank Wagner and Scott Taylor, the most odious of this bunch, have escaped primary challenges. It seems the entire Hampton Roads/TowneBank mafia/delegation was involved. The only good news is that Sen. Jeff McWaters (R-8th) is retiring, but his buddy, and fellow slater, Del. Bill DeSteph, is all set up with McWaters’ support for the nomination.
However, this is one place where there is an opportunity to hold a slater accountable in a primary. DeSteph is opposed by Craig Hudgins, a former Marine and grassroots conservative, with the support of local tea party activists. I encourage every Republican to do whatever they can to support Mr. Hudgins.
Another opportunity is in the 12th Senate District, which is also an open seat. The establishment-backed candidate is former Delegate Bill Janis, who supported slating. Siobhan Stolle Dunnavant is also running… yes, she’s another member of the slatin’ Stolle dynasty from Hampton Roads, and as such, is to be opposed. From what I’ve heard from locals, she’s not particularly impressive. Thankfully, there is also Vince Haley, a tea party backed conservative who has the personal support of Newt Gingrich, which has helped him raise quite a few dollars. He’s also brought aboard Zach Werrell, the young campaign manager of Dave Brat’s primary upset of slater-in-chief Eric Cantor last year. Just as with Mr. Hudgins, it’s vital to support Mr. Haley in this primary.
As to the other slaters who will coast to nomination unopposed, it would seem an opportunity has been lost this year. This includes Wagner, Taylor, all the Stolles currently in office, Barry Knight, Jimmie Massie, and DeSteph’s minion Jason Miyares, who was parachuted in to fill DeSteph’s current House seat, and no doubt quite a few others. The grassroots will just have to wait until 2017 (or 2019, in the case of Senators) to challenge them. There’s always the general election, and the possibility of their defeat there. You might well think I’d support that, but as a Republican, I couldn’t possibly comment.
The common refrain from the slaters and their supporters in response to this is some version of “Get over it. It happened.” This is patently ridiculous. As a certain former RPV chairman once told me, it’s not often that people show you who they really are in politics. The slating effort was one such moment, and it was very illuminating, and not something these people can paper over or take back. “Whoops, sorry” isn’t going to do it. Their arrogance and entitlement shows how little respect they have for those they claim to represent.
Our outstanding current state chairman, John Whitbeck, is focused on uniting the party behind conservative principles, and is working hard to right the ship across the board. I know this is the last thing he needs, but from the perspective of the grassroots, this has to take precedence. Never forget.

Judge Dismisses Incumbent Protection Act Suit

In a blow to conservatives seeking to reclaim the Republican Party’s role in nominating its candidates, Judge Elizabeth Dillon in federal court in Harrisonburg today dismissed the complaints of both the Party and an affected challenger to incumbent Sen. Emmett Hanger (R-Augusta).

For a quick primer on the Incumbent Protection Act and the basis of the controversy, please check here and here. In a nutshell, Virginia’s Incumbent Protection Act gives incumbent members of the General Assembly the exclusive right to pick the method by which they can be re-nominated by their party, regardless of the preferences of the party. Incumbents naturally choose state-run open primaries, which give them the greatest possible advantage over challengers when compared to the party-run alternatives (mass meetings/caucuses, cavnasses/firehouse primaries, or conventions). Incumbents have the advantage of name recognition and the ability to tap vast funding from their respective House and Senate party caucuses.

Because these state-run open primaries in Virginia mean that members of other political parties can participate in the nomination of Republican candidates, the Republican legislative district committee for the 24th Senate District, where Emmett Hanger (R-Augusta) is the incumbent, sued the State Board of Elections to halt the primary that Hanger chose, in favor of the convention the party committee chose.

The 24th LDC’s principal argument was that forcing the party to hold a process that allows non-members to participate violates their First Amendment freedoms of association and speech, and that therefore Virginia’s Incumbent Protection Act should be declared unconstitutional. As we wrote here, after the LDC and its chairman Ken Adams filed their suit, a challenger for the nomination, Dan Moxley, filed a motion to intervene as a plaintiff. Moxley’s principal argument is that the Incumbent Protection Act represents a Constitutional equal protection violation, in that it gives an incumbent unique advantages over all other candidates.

Since Moxley’s move to join the suit, the defendant State Board of Elections has filed its reply, along with a motion to dismiss. Additionally, Senator Hanger has moved to intervene, arguing that he has interests that the State Board cannot adequately represent. The gist of the defendants’ arguments was that the state has an interest in promoting primaries that justifies what would otherwise be deemed Constitutional infirmities in the Incumbent Protection Act. These were pretty weak arguments given that the Act allows the incumbent to choose any method of nomination that suits him or her, not just a primary, and even then these arguments don’t address the unfair advantage incumbents are given in being able to make that choice regardless of what other voters in the district (i.e., the Party) believe.

Unfortunately for the 24th District Committee and Dan Moxley, defendants also made another basic argument that the judge determined to have more merit. This involved the portion of the Republican Party Plan of Organization that allows for a Legislative District Committee to determine a method of nomination only “where permitted to do so by Virginia law.” Rather than allow plaintiffs’ challenge to proceed on the basis that the law’s injury exists with or without the Party rules and/or that the provision does not preclude challenging unconstitutional law, the judge instead found that the existence of that language in the Plan constituted the Party’s voluntary acquiescence to the Incumbent Protection Act. Hence, reasoned Judge Dillon:

The Party’s voluntary decision to limit the authority of the LDC in its Plan and to allow the incumbent to decide upon the method of selecting a nominee is a decision the Party is permitted to make and is the cause of any alleged injury to the plaintiffs. For these same reasons, this court cannot redress any injury caused by the Party’s governing Plan. Plaintiffs have failed to meet their burden to establish standing

It is unclear at this point whether the plaintiffs are contemplating an appeal. We’ll keep you posted.

Judge Dillon’s full ruling is embedded below.

Cross-posted at The Bull Elephant.

Incumbent Protection Act Dismissal

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Pete Candland Endorses Lee Price for Woodbridge Supervisor

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Ever popular Prince William County Supervisor Pete Candland gave his stamp of approval for Lee Price ,who is in the running for the Republican nomination for Woodbridge supervisor.

         Over the last few months, I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Lee Price who is running for Woodbridge Supervisor on the Prince William Board of County                            Supervisors. I have been extremely impressed by his vision for Woodbridge and his desire to make sure each tax dollar is  spent wisely. Lee would be a tremendous                addition to the Board.- Pete Candland

Lee Price faces Steve Chapman in a firehouse primary on April 25th.

Barry Moore does not like to vote in Republican Primaries

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Virginia Virtucon has learned that candidate for the Republican Nomination for Senate in the 11th District Barry Moore has never done what he is asking you to do… Vote in a Republican Primary. Records for Primary Elections are kept by the State Board and current records track back to 2004. While the records cannot say who someone voted for, they do indicate whether or not someone voted in a specific race.

In this case, the records show that Mr. Moore, who is running in a Republican Primary has never voted in any Republican Primary on record. Notably, Mr. Moore only joined the Chesterfield Republican Committee a few months ago, after his desire to run for Senate was made public. Some may remember Mr. Moore’s premature announcement for the 11th District Seat, where Mr. Moore cited liberal-sounding notions of “progress” through “conscious change” as the reasons he was running for Senate.

With his stark lack of credentials as either a conservative or a Republican, one must question whether Mr. Moore really has what it takes to be running in a three way Republican Primary with a long-term incumbent like Steve Martin and a well-known challenger like Amanda Chase. Maybe Mr. Moore should have tried for a lower-level position to gain some experience before jumping into a heavily contested Virginia Senate race. Or at least have voted in in a Republican Primary before asking people to vote for him in a Republican Primary

Call to Boycott RTD: The failure to report on McAuliffe/Rodham/Clinton DHS scandal is an untenable breach of journalistic integrity.

For the past two years the Richmond Times Dispatch has gloried in reported every detail of the drama that the McDonnell investigation and trial brought to the area, even throwing then Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli under the bus due to his very limited association with Star Scientific. This is understandable as it was a major story involving the ethics of a sitting governor and the grand jury investigation leaked lascivious details on a regular basis. It is the role of the press to investigate and report on the failings of government officials, especially the ones that involve integrity and ethics within the public sector. The Richmond Times Dispatch cannot be faulted, and perhaps should be applauded for its diligent coverage of this story.

However, it has now been two days since the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security concluded its investigation of a scandal that directly involved our sitting governor, Terry McAuliffe, then Secretary of State and current presidential candidate Hilary Rodham Clinton, her brother Tony Rodham and even spread to Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, and then Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano. The DHS IG found:  “In three matters pending before USCIS, however, Mr. Mayorkas communicated with stakeholders on substantive issues, outside of the normal adjudicatory process, and intervened with the career USCIS staff in ways that benefited the stakeholders. In each of these three instances, but for Mr. Mayorkas’ intervention, the matter would have been decided differently… The juxtaposition of Mr. Mayorkas’ communication with external stakeholders on specific matters outside the normal procedures, coupled with favorable action that deviated from the regulatory scheme designed to ensure fairness and evenhandedness in adjudicating benefits, created an appearance of favoritism and special access.” Mr. Mayorkas’s described actions came from significant political pressure brought to bear from a variety of sources, and the chief beneficiary of Mr. Mayorkas’s actions was our governor, Terry McAuliffe, who received at least $42 million dollars in investments that he would not have received otherwise.

READ THE REPORT HERE.

The Scandal:

The McAuliffe/Rodham/Clinton scandal involves an estimated $46 million dollars going to McAuliffe and Rodham by the selling of visas to foreign investors for $500,000 apiece. The scandal involves multiple major political figures involved including Harry Reid and Hillary Clinton, and centered around a leader atDHS, Alejandro Mayorkas who has since been promoted to the #2 position at the Department of Homeland Security, behind only the Secretary, as an apparent reward for his role in the scandal. McAuliffe, who refused to speak to the Inspector General investigators, was the heart of the scandal, dealing directly with Mayorkas to trade political influence for visas then trade visas for cash. Even though Mayorkas and his division fully understood that the rules in place to carefully vet the visa applications were for direct national security reasons, Mayorkas manipulated and violated those rules due to political influence to the benefit of Terry McAuliffe and Tony Rodham, brother of the former first lady and Secretary of State and current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

This contrasts sharply with the relatively minor gifts McDonnell received and the fact that Johnny Williams of Star Scientific never received any actual benefit. If the McDonnell scandal deserved the hundreds of pages of ink that it received in the Richmond Times Dispatch, this McAuliffe scandal deserves thousands… This scandal is much bigger and the RTD is simply refusing to even report on it.

The only solution is to call for a general boycott of the Richmond Times Dispatch until such time as they centralize their political viewpoint enough that they can at least report the news.

The Boycott:

The Richmond Times Dispatch has simply ignored this news, shielding a Democratic sitting governor and presidential candidate in sharp and telling contrast to the dogged, constant and salacious reporting that it brought to bear against a Republican governor. Simply put, the Richmond Times Dispatch is officially putting its partisan leanings above major news. News which the public deserves to read.

This McAuliffe/Rodham/Clinton scandal is simply bigger and broader than the McDonnell scandal, and the RTD’s failure to report is nothing more than a final confirmation that the paper has abdicated its role as a newspaper and transformed into a political advocate for Democratic policies. All readers, regardless of their political affiliation should let the Richmond Times Dispatch know that censoring the news that they provide the public for political reasons is a dire breach of journalistic integrity therefore all readers should cancel subscriptions, advertisers should pull advertising, and individuals should let the Richmond Times Dispatch know that we are outraged by their actions by e-mailing the following:

Paige Mudd, Managing Editor: pmudd@timesdispatch.com

Andrew Cain, Politics Editor: acain@timesdispatch.com

Jeff Schapiro, Politcal Reporter and Columnist: jschapiro@timesdispatch.com

Jim Nolan, Staff Writer and political reporter: jnolan@timesdispatch.com

Markus Schmidt, State Politics Reporter: mschmidt@timesdispatch.com

Todd Colbertson, Opinions Editor: tculbertson@timesdispatch.com

If you wish, simply cut and past the following into your email:

Subject: Boycott of the Richmond Times Dispatch.

Due to your inexplicable failure to report on the DHS IG findings regarding Governor McAuliffe’s and other politicians roles in the EB-5 Visa Scandal, I will no longer be supporting your newspaper. My withdrawal of support will include cancellation of subscriptions, non-readership of online content, withdrawal of advertising, and open encouragement of my friends and colleagues to join me in boycotting your newspaper.

I will consider returning my patronage of your services should you publicly acknowledge and apologize for the mistake made for you failure to cover this critical story that is central to the integrity of Virginia government. While I understand that your opinions section may espouse political viewpoints, news should be reported regardless of the negative effects it might have on a particular political candidate or party that you might support in your editorials. I am gravely disappointed by these failures of your once reputable newspaper.

Sincerely,

Please share this effort to boycott the Richmond Times Dispatch with friends and colleagues, as we deserve to have the news properly reported in Virginia

Mark Dudenhefer draws a Primary Opponent

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Former House of Delegate 2nd District representative Mark Dudenhefer,  who is out to reclaim his old seat, has drawn a primary opponent.  Tim Ciampaglia, from Stafford County’s Rock Hill District has decided to file against the former Delegate. Mr. Ciampaglia has an uphill battle, with little name recognition – especially when compared to former Delegate Dudenhefer – and Dudenhefer’s close ties to Speaker Bill Howell filling his campaign coffers.  Currently there are no other possible contenders expected to throw their hats in the ring, though a few possible candidates have decided to stay out of the race this year and focus on other ventures instead.

Medical marijuana on the horizon in Virginia?

 

Colorado and Washington approve marijuana legalization

Rand Paul’s CARERS act is gaining momentum in the U.S. Senate, and if Grassley allows it to come to a vote, it is quite possible that we could see medical marijuana in Virginia immediately upon passage. The CARERS act deals with medical marijuana by changing it from a Schedule I controlled substance, which delineates no legitimate medical value to the drug, to a Schedule II controlled substance, which indicates some legitimate medical uses exist. Notably, there are very few Schedule I drugs, and most of them are hallucinogens that are generally considered quite dangerous.  Cocaine and most opiates such morphine as are Schedule II drugs, while morphine’s close cousin heroin, Ecstasy, bath salts and LSD are Schedule I.

As Schedule II drugs have legitimate medical uses, they can be legally sold for such uses. For instance, even cocaine may be prescribed as a local anesthetic for dentistry and other uses.  Once the drug can be prescribed, it can be legally sold – and that means legally taxed without running into IRS Code 280E. The potential revenue being lost to the Federal Government from what would likely be a multi-billion dollar industry, coupled with the legitimate State’s rights arguments that many now espouse should allow even the most staunch conservatives to re-evaluate their position on the issue. In fact, Virginia conservatives should remember that our own Morgan Griffith was ahead of the game on this, nearly a year ago proposing legislation to reschedule Marijuana.

The interesting item about current Virginia law, is that we are already set up to allow medical marijuana to be sold in the Commonwealth. Virginia Code § 18.2-251.1, creates an exception to illegal marijuana possession “when that possession occurs pursuant to a valid prescription issued by a medical doctor in the course of his professional practice for treatment of cancer or glaucoma.” Similar language allows doctors and pharmacists to prescribe/distribute marijuana for those reasons. The only thing holding back medical marijuana in Virginia (at least for cancer and glaucoma patients) is the federal Schedule I classification. That means the CARERS act would legalize medical marijuana in Virginia with no further action of our General Assembly.

So as Congressman Griffith has noted, state’s rights is a legitimate question when Virginian’s consider medical marijuana. Currently, the federal government is curtailing the rights of Virginians and the will of the general assembly when it comes to the Category I scheduling that the CARERS act would remedy.

 

This is cross posted at https://athensschool.wordpress.com/2015/03/24/medical-marijuana-on-the-horizon-in-virginia/

Glen Sturtevant locks up GOP nomination for 10th Senate District.

As we reported earlier this month, Richmond School Board member Glen Sturtevant has been gathering powerful endorsements in his quest to succeed John Watkins in Virginia’s 10th Senate District.  These endorsements and Glen’s significant grass-roots work have paid big dividends as his challengers Steve Thomas and Bruce Tyler have bowed out of the nomination contest.  This paves the way for for Sturtevant to glide to a nomination by acclamation and lets him focus on the real battle: the general election this November.

Sturtevant had nice things to say about both his former competitors in an e-mailed statement regarding the two withdrawals:

Speaking about State Centeral Member Steve Thomas, Sturtevant remarked, “This morning, Steve Thomas announced that he will withdraw his name from consideration for the Republican nomination for State Senate in the 10th district. I would like to congratulate Steve and his family on his exciting new career opportunity in Texas. I would also like to thank Steve for his contributions to this race.  He has been an important and effective conservative voice for many years in Virginia, including during his service as 3rd district representative to the Republican Party State Central Committee.  I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

Regarding former Richmond City Counsel member Bruce Tyler, Glenn had even more to say: “For years, Bruce Tyler has dedicated himself to serving the people of Richmond. As a councilman, small businessman, and an engaged and committed member of the Richmond-area community, Bruce has rightly earned a reputation as a man of character and dedication. I know today’s decision was not an easy one for him. Anyone who steps into the arena of public service sacrifices greatly and I truly respect Bruce for all that he has done, and all that I know he will continue to do for the people of our region in the years ahead.”

“I have spoken to Bruce. I thanked him for his endorsement and I told him I look forward to working together now to move forward as a united and strong Republican Party into what is a critical election this November for Powhatan, Chesterfield, Richmond and all of Virginia. Our Commonwealth faces many challenges. I’m running to bring a common-sense conservative voice to the General Assembly to stand up for taxpayers, make state government more accountable and efficient, and provide new educational opportunities for all students, in all schools. I look forward to continuing to share that positive message and that vision with voters in Powhatan, Chesterfield and Richmond in the weeks and months ahead.”

The deadline to file for the nomination is this Thursday, and it is highly unlikely that anyone will challenged Sturtevant in a nomination contest.

This is GOP politics at its best, with a unified front and a candidate the many factions of the party can get behind leading the way.  Considering the importance of the 10th Senate race this fall, and the increasingly purple nature of the district this is very good news for the Republican Party in Virginia. Congrats to Glen and thank you to Steve and Bruce for their efforts in running and class in withdrawing.

Why PWC GOP Incumbents Don’t Have A Leg To Stand On With Their Lawsuit

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Arlington Circuit Court Judge Paul Sheridan ruled Friday that Prince William County Republican incumbents Corey Stewart (Board Chairman At-Large), Maureen Caddigan (Potomac Supervisor), Marty Nohe (Coles Supervisor) and Glen Hill (Sheriff) are not entitled to their choice of a primary for their method of nomination because County Republican Committee Chairman Bill Card did not file the requisite paperwork with the State Board of Elections in a timely manner per § 24.2-509 of the Code of Virginia.

I have to disagree with my friend Steve Albertson over at The Bull Elephant who argued that Sheridan got the decision wrong. In fact, Sheridan got the decision exactly right and here is why:

§ 24.2-516 Each chairman shall file timely written notice with the Board whether or not a primary has been adopted and identify each office for which a primary has been adopted. The requirement to notify the Board of the adoption of a direct primary shall be satisfied when the Board receives by the deadline (i) written notice from the appropriate party chairman or (ii) a copy of the written notice from an incumbent officeholder to his party chairman of the incumbent’s selection, pursuant to § 24.2-509, of the primary as the method of nomination.

That’s right, per the emphasized section the authority to notify the Board of Elections is NOT vested solely with the party chairman, but the incumbent officeholder also has the authority to notify the Board per the process above. These incumbents are equally at fault for not sending their notifications to the State Board of Elections and now they are attempting to sue their way into a primary.

Sorry, you had two bites at the apple — you could have kept on the party chairman to ensure that the paperwork was filed timely and you could have filed a copy of your written notification to the party chairman of your choice of a primary with the State Board of Elections yourself. You did neither, now you must live with those consequences.

Herrity Puts Community before Politics

This weekend Springfield District Supervisor Pat Herrity along with The Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce  hosted a successful job fair . Herrity someone I have admired for his dedication to community and service minded leadership should be applauded for his efforts. With 40 vendors and with close to 600 attendees I would say this was an overwhelming success for the community of Springfield. Great job to those who were involved in this effort.

This is cross posted from https://athensschool.wordpress.com/

Ross Snare, Pat Herrity and Pat Malone
Ross Snare, Pat Herrity and Pat Malone