Today’s RPV State Convention wasn’t just a nearly twelve hour long ordeal for delegates, it was plenty of fun. That is, if you know where to look for it. Stay glued to a seat talking to people who don’t know what’s happening and it can seem like an ordeal. Be a real political junkie and really pay attention, and there’s plenty to amuse yourself with.
Delegates going to the Republican Convention in Richmond this weekend are still reeling under all the direct mail, phone calls and email messages the seven Lieutenant Governor and two Attorney General campaigns have been putting out in earnest over the past couple of weeks and having a hard time sorting it all that information out. To make matters even more complicated, a lot of folks are going to see their preferred candidates get knocked out during the process so it’s not just a matter of settling on one candidate and figuring the exercise is over. It’s quite likely that as the process evolves a lot of people are going to be scrambling to figure out how best to vote among candidates they might not know very well at all.
With hopes this will help some of you, here’s my take on the candidates and who I’m going to be supporting. (more…)
Just in case anyone felt there weren’t enough depressing stories out there about how local governments in the area are being wasteful with our tax dollars comes this morning’s PWC Education Reform bombshell about how Prince William County Schools is secretly planning to build not one, but six pools in local high schools. At the same time our county high schools schools are being badly ranked, our class sizes have grown to be the largest in the area, and academic performance isn’t at all where it should be bureaucrats and the county’s leadership want to blow money on building pools in all the new schools.
There’s lots happening in the lead-up to the Republican Convention and around the area in local politics, so let’s take a quick pass at all that’s happening since there isn’t time to cover all of these in detail right now.
You know those blogs that annoy you by constantly talking about one single thing to the exclusion of all else? The ones that drive you so absolutely mad with their droning, unvarying drumbeat of monotony they make you want to throw random objects at your computer screen?
Well, let’s do that.
It’s not that I particularly want to, but this ongoing train wreck of the Corey Stewart campaign makes it exceedingly hard not to.
An email from the Corey Stewart for Lieutenant Governor campaign landed in my inbox today with such a depressing thud that I couldn’t focus any longer on getting productive work done. This campaign silliness has gotten so bad I’m starting to get awfully angry.
I was rather amused to find a diatribe in my inbox in defense of a Tea Party endorsement (wait, it’s supposed to be a vetting, right?) of Corey Stewart today, and it just wouldn’t be fair to readers if I neglected to share it. Apparently I’ve managed to upset a few people and my inbox is now filling with all sorts of amusing nonsense from people whose better judgment seems to have fled them in search of more comfortable quarters.
PWC Democratic Chairman Harry Wiggins had the pleasure of receiving a delegation of Chinese Communist Party members today, May Day 2013.
I have to wonder just who learned more during that exchange.
What started out as a promising week for Corey Stewart’s Lieutenant Governor campaign has swiftly turned in to a really bad one.
As elected officials line up to oppose the road development known at various times as the Bi-County Parkway, the Tri-County Parkway and the North-South Corridor, one important voice has been noticeably absent - that of Corey Stewart. Will Corey Stewart side with the people who are skeptical of the supposed “benefits” of this road project for developers and don’t want their interests harmed? Or will Corey side with developers who stand to make a fortune and care nothing about the traffic nightmare this will cause?
“As Chairman of the 2nd largest county in the Commonwealth, I have had to make thousands of decisions in land use cases. In every case, I have made sure what I decided was consistent in my belief in the rights of land owners and personal property rights” - Corey Stewart
If his record is a guide to what anyone can expect, Corey is going to become the cheerleader for this road project. After all, Sean Connaughton says it’s a good thing and Corey has pretty much become Sean Connaughton in every material way, so prepare for the bulldozers to start plowing up Civil War gravesites along Pageland Lane any time now.
UPDATE: Well the answer is ’with the developers,’ of course.
Being on the board of directors of a local tea party that is affiliated with the Virginia Tea Party Patriots, I really don’t expect to be surprised by an out-of-the-blue candidate endorsement by them along with a federal/state political action committee called “Middle Resolution PAC.” Yet I was, so I’m immediately suspicious about how this came to pass after I realized this wasn’t in fact some cruel joke.
My friend Willie Deutsch released the raw data from the poll he ran on his site today and asked if some of us might do some number crunching for him. Of course I’m happy to oblige, as this was probably the best designed online poll of the election cycle and the results are probably the best those of us not privy to internal campaign numbers will ever see.
With Manassas City Schools Superintendent Catherine Magouyrk joining the legion of public officials who misuse taxpayer resources to promote a political agenda, it’s time to bring the hammer down on these public officials who feel entitled to use our taxpayer dollars to badger other governmental bodies. Magouyrk is hardly the first to engage in this stunningly unethical behavior but it serves as a perfect example of the kind of corrupt behavior that the General Assembly needs to put an immediate stop to.
About the only good thing anyone can say about tax rates in Prince William County is that they’re not going to be anywhere near as bad as they’ll soon be in Manassas City, which itself is working overtime to bring their tax rates up to the stratospheric heights that only Manassas Park has achieved. We are living in one of the most rapidly unaffordable areas of the Commonwealth at the same time our elected officials are actually bragging about how fiscally responsible they supposedly are.
From the fine folks at the Manassas Tea Party:
Defying not only the recommendations of its own Manassas City Manager but also the pleas of hundreds of taxpayers, the Manassas City Council proposed a massive 10.4% tax bill increase for FY14. This huge hike is attributed to four City Council members seeking to hyper accelerate the City Manager’s five year plan of small incremental tax increases for the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) into one year.
You don’t have to get elected in order to abuse the public trust. Just ask Jeremy McPike. You can do that from any position in government.
Jeremy McPike works for the City of Alexandria and is the Democrat running for the 31st House District, which is currently represented by Delegate Scott Lingamfelter. Either he’s getting a lot of time off lately, or the City of Alexandria is (perhaps unknowingly) making a campaign contribution for McPike’s campaign, since it seems a whole lot of folks are getting fundraising calls during the day from McPike when he’s supposed to be acting as the Director of General Services for the city.
If you want a delegate who can’t seem to figure out what ethics are all about, and doesn’t mind abusing public office for personal gain, Jeremy McPike is definitely your guy.
I’ve been a huge fan of Tom Tancredo ever since he started grabbing the spotlight during the 2008 presidential election campaigns. He’s been a tremendous advocate of improving border security, protecting our rights, reducing the size and scope of the federal government and dealing with the illegal alien issue in an honest, effective and straightforward manner. That makes having him endorse Scott Lingamfelter for Lieutenant Governor a pretty big deal to me.
Maureen Caddigan is at it again. Not content to have her recent outburst calling citizens serving on a volunteer budget review committee “despicable” as the most memorable example of her utter lack of fitness for office, now she’s on the warpath against the Mayor of Dumfries in yet another unhinged example of ridiculous excess. Did Gerry Foreman refuse to buy her a memorial brick or something?
Prince William County Chairman Corey Stewart will introduce a resolution this evening threatening to withhold county contributions to the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) unless the organization reverses resolution R3-2013, which advocates restricting Second Amendment Rights of Prince William County and Virginia residents.
I’ll be a lot more pleased once local governments realize what a huge misuse and waste of taxpayer dollars membership in these kinds of organizations really is even without the ridiculous forays into “gun control”, and instead of threatening to withhold dues, just pull out of MWCOG, VACOG and the like altogether. We’re spending $400,00 a year from the MWCOG alone, but what are we getting for it?
The Florida legislature is now considering a bill that protects the lives of babies born alive in abortion clinics, which sometimes happens as the result of a botched abortion. Planned Parenthood came out to argue against the bill, and in this stunning video their lobbyist Alisa Laport Snow was asked some rather important questions about how Planned Parenthood engages in the business of abortion and did her very best not to answer them. The same day this video is released, Democrat candidate for Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam sends out a fundraising appeal pledging to defend the abortion industry. (more…)