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RPV Convention Open Thread

By Greg L | 27 May 2009 | RPV | 31 Comments

While I’m tied up getting ready for the Republican Convention in Richmond, I’m sure folks would be interested in finding out who you support and why.  With the Governor nomination a done deal, I’m supporting Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli, of course.  In terms of the Chairman’s race, I think both candidates are good men who will serve us both, and am holding off on a final decision.

What are your inclinations?

If you’re attending, you’ll find me in the media area manning a video mini-studio.  If you’re not, you can watch on the RPVConvention2009 ustream video that will be running.  More details on that later…

IMPORTANT NOTE: The convention will be at the Richmond Coliseum, not at the Convention Center as was planned, as the expected turnout was larger than the Convention Center could handle.  (H/T: Virginia Virtucon)



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31 Comments

  1. Truth to Power said on 27 May 2009 at 10:16 pm:
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    Greg - I like Ken too but Dave makes a good case. I will, of course, support Stanley and will be looking to the party elite for their guidance which I will ignore. :-)

  2. Chris Royse said on 28 May 2009 at 9:03 am:
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    Bob McDonnell, Bill Bolling, Ken Cuccinelli (divided house, Kathy’s supporting Dave Foster), Pat Mullins. See you in Richmond!

  3. InTheNavy said on 28 May 2009 at 9:09 am:
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    I reviewed Bob McDonnell’s site and was not able to determine where he stands on illegal immigration. In fact, there was no mention of it within the ISSUES section. Is he avoiding it in order to garner moderates’ votes, or is it just not a priority? Yes, there is mention of cracking down on gangs and providing effective tools to combat identity theft (both of which are products of illegal immigration), but I am looking for someone in his position to candidly declare that enough is enough and that definitive steps must be taken to remove incentives for illegal immigration and to enable and support law enforcement in the removal of those who are here unlawfully. Am I missing something?

  4. Anonymous said on 28 May 2009 at 9:12 am:
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    Ken all the way, and Bill Stanley for Chairman.

    If Mullins was such a great pick, why in the heck wouldn’t SCC let him run in a contested race rather than select him less than a month before the convention to run as the “incumbent”, with the RPV Communications machine at his disposal? The whole way he got slammed in stinks to high heavens, and while he might be a good guy, the method used to put him where he is unavoidably tarnishes his candidacy.

    Stanley is the guy for anyone interested in seeing the influence of the insiders kept in check.

  5. Logical Thinker said on 28 May 2009 at 10:18 am:
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    InTheNavy: go here and you’ll see what he did in 2008

    http://www.oag.state.va.us/PRESS_RELEASES/NewsArchive/010808_Agenda.html

  6. Big Dog said on 28 May 2009 at 10:57 am:
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    After your convention and the DPV primary early next
    month - Game On! Should be an interesting campaign.

    Off topic, but learning anything concrete about
    Manassas Park government is almost impossible from
    their website or the local media. Did they actually
    adopt the $1.65 tax rate for FY2010? What about
    other major taxes/fees? And what is going on with
    the thirty day MP “citizen survey of library services”
    now apparently under way - a notice on the
    door at Central Library states the purpose is
    not to terminate the shared service agreement
    with PWC but one has to wonder.

  7. Brian Leeper said on 28 May 2009 at 1:45 pm:
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    “Did they actually
    adopt the $1.65 tax rate for FY2010?”

    From the document I saw, the intention was for Kassinger to make the motion to adopt a $1.65 tax rate and for Polk to second it.

    I, unforunately, was not able to attend that meeting, so I cannot speak to what actually happened.

    From what I know, only Naddoni and Farrell were in favor of adopting a lower tax rate.

    As far as terminating the shared service agreement for the library, that such is being considered is simply evidence of the dire financial situation that this city is now facing–and it’s all of their own making, as much as they’d like to blame it on factors beyond their control.

  8. Joseph said on 28 May 2009 at 3:54 pm:
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    McDonnell-Bolling-Cuccinelli-Undecided

  9. kelley in virginia said on 28 May 2009 at 8:29 pm:
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    brownlee all the way.

  10. The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 28 May 2009 at 8:37 pm:
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    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJqVFZ1hM1o
    The Dream Act - what they don’t want you to really know.

    This would be good to discuss in Richmond.

  11. The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 28 May 2009 at 8:46 pm:
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    http://www.idahovaluesalliance.com/news.asp?id=1098
    “SOTOMAYOR AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED: CANNOT FULFILL HER OATH OF OFFICE”

    Great article. Oh…and isn’t Sotomayor a member of National Council of La Raza? That sort of shows that the controversial statements she has made may truly impact her decision-making if she were to be confirmed.

    Judges should render decisions for the good of ALL people (regardless of race, group, economic status, etc.). Not so sure based on the above that she could do this. Just look at how she handled the reverse discrimination case for the fire fighters.

  12. Big Dog said on 28 May 2009 at 9:00 pm:
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    Mr. Leeper, once again, thank you for Manassas
    Park information - for a city of well over 10,000 citizens
    it really flies under the radar when it comes to local
    government data. Numerous articles
    and blog postings about tax rates in PWC and Manassas
    this spring - almost nothing about MP.
    May want to Google Manassas Park’s Wikipedia
    page. Under demographics, it reads “Roughly 59%
    of the city, as of 2008, are adherents to Islam, the
    highest rate in the United States”. And I thought
    illegal Hispanics were the big challenge.

  13. The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 28 May 2009 at 9:09 pm:
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    http://townhall.com/columnists/ThomasSowell/2009/05/27/sotomayor__empathy_in_action
    “Barack Obama’s repeated claim that a Supreme Court justice should have “empathy” with various groups has raised red flags that we ignore at our peril– and at the peril of our children and grandchildren.”

  14. Charlie Fugate said on 28 May 2009 at 10:17 pm:
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    McDonnell(of course), Bill Bolling and Ken Cuccinelli here. As much as I respect those who support Mr. Brownlee, he’s too much of a status quo, old school style SWVA GOP politician. (If a Kilgore supports you, something must be wrong with you.)There are only two candidates for AG that have a record to run on, and only one of those in a state elected office, that man is Ken Cuccinelli.

    As to the Chairmanship, I’ve thought long and hard about it and have decided that I support Bill Stanley. Both candidates are far from perfect as both have ties to the brouhaha earlier in the year. However, my conscience and my instinct tell me that Stanley will be better for the grassroots.

  15. James Young said on 28 May 2009 at 10:42 pm:
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    I think Pat would be a good Chairman (have known him since he was Fairfax County Chairman), but because of the way Frederick was removed, I have to support Stanley with my vote.

    Bolling and Cuccinelli, of course.

  16. Greg L said on 28 May 2009 at 10:52 pm:
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    Just got back a little while ago from setting up the video mini-studio on the convention floor, and boy, was the place hopping, and it is HUGE! Lower deck has Alexandria and Arlington, Loudoun is on the second level behind the media and mini-studio, and so far I haven’t been able to figure out where Prince William will be seated. Most likely, the seats won’t be the best.

    I am setting up to do some video recordings for bloggers and a couple of live productions during the convention, as well as producing the ustream video feed from the convention on the “RPVConvention09″ channel at http://ustream.tv/rpvconvention09 . Keep an eye out here and on Bearing Drift for details on where and when that will be available. We hope to start broadcasting when the convention opens on Friday, so if you’re only attending on Saturday, this will be a chance to tune in and see what’s happening before you arrive.

    This convention is going to be utterly enormous. There were armies of folks crawling all over today putting up festoons of signs, rigging lighting and video displays, and doing all sorts of prep work. It was pretty darned inspiring to see it come together with so many people involved.

    Get ready for the biggest Republican event in Virginia in decades!

  17. Brian Leeper said on 28 May 2009 at 11:06 pm:
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    ‘May want to Google Manassas Park’s Wikipedia
    page. Under demographics, it reads “Roughly 59%
    of the city, as of 2008, are adherents to Islam, the
    highest rate in the United States”. ‘

    That’s cited as

    Fahey, Jr., John M. (2008). “North America: Human and Natural U.S.”. Concise Atlas of the World (2nd (2008) ed.). Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society. pp. 160. ISBN 978-1-4262-0196-7.

    I’ll have to go and verify that. I’m not sure that a “concise” atlas of the world would have such details about a city the size of Manassas Park.

  18. Brian Leeper said on 28 May 2009 at 11:41 pm:
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    I believe that statistic is off by an order of magnitude.

    http://www.bestplaces.net/city/Manassas_Park-Virginia.aspx

    states:

    “13.28% of the people in Manassas Park, VA are religious, meaning they affiliate with a religion. 0.00% are Catholic; 1.09% are Protestant; 3.87% are LDS; 0.55% are another Christian faith; 0.00% in Manassas Park, VA are Jewish; 0.00% are an eastern faith; 7.77% affilite with Islam.”

    Interestingly enough, if you take 13.28 and multiply it by 59%, you get 7.852 which is remarkably close to 7.77%.

    So, according to this data, roughly 59% of those who “affiliate with a religion” in Manassas Park (according to this source, that’s only 13.28% of the population) affiliate with Islam.

    The same site claims that 97% of neighboring Manassas affiliates with a religion.

    http://www.bestplaces.net/city/Manassas-Virginia.aspx#

    I’m starting to think this statistic is the result of GIGO…garbage in, garbage out. That’s especially likely given that it was, until recently very difficult to identify what adresses are actually in Manassas Park. Now the Post Office auto-corrects Manassas Park addresses to be Manassas Park, VA 20111 when they used to auto-correct them to be Manassas, VA 20111.

    However, I will check the reference cited for that statistic, although if they don’t cite a source for that statistic I may not be able to track it down and verify it’s veracity.

  19. Brian Leeper said on 28 May 2009 at 11:55 pm:
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    “I’m starting to think this statistic is the result of GIGO…garbage in, garbage out.”

    To elaborate: Garbage (incorrect) data produces garbage (incorrect) results/statistics, which goes on to produce garbage (incorrect) conclusions.

    The term was originated to make the point that feeding incorrect data into a computer will make it give you incorrect data back.

    It also applies to the decision-making process of organizations, most notably government.

  20. startover said on 29 May 2009 at 1:12 am:
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    You can bet Pr. Wm. will be way up in the balcony seats. Almost to the ceiling.

    We never seem to make it lower down.Thats how much pull we have.

    Stanley would be better than the hand-picked one.

    Better make sure the other candidates will serve the people and back the Laws of this Country and State, by removing all the ILLEGALS.

    We are in for a real mess if something is not done soon.

    They are imposing their ways of doing things here and it is not right.

  21. Anonymous said on 29 May 2009 at 7:18 am:
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    Logical Thinker said on 28 May 2009 at 10:18 am: Flag comment

    InTheNavy: go here and you’ll see what he did in 2008

    http://www.oag.state.va.us/PRESS_RELEASES/NewsArchive/010808_Agenda.html

    Sort of a lightweight on the illegal alien situation per that site. Nothing about him getting the State police involved, nothing on e-verify or keeping illegals from getting state benefits. Need a stronger voice against illegal aliens for my vote.

  22. Anonymous said on 29 May 2009 at 7:22 am:
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    The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 28 May 2009 at 8:46 pm: Flag comment

    http://www.idahovaluesalliance.com/news.asp?id=1098
    “SOTOMAYOR AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED: CANNOT FULFILL HER OATH OF OFFICE”

    Great article. Oh…and isn’t Sotomayor a member of National Council of La Raza? That sort of shows that the controversial statements she has made may truly impact her decision-making if she were to be confirmed.

    Por La Raza, TODO! Por los otros, NADA. Their foot is now in the door!

  23. TDB said on 29 May 2009 at 10:07 am:
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    Friday Funny!

    The Blue Pigeon

    The mayor of Phoenix was very worried about a plague of pigeons in Phoenix.

    He could not remove the pigeons from the city. All of Phoenix was full of pigeon poop, the people of Phoenix could not walk on the sidewalks, or drive on the roads.

    It was costing a fortune to keep the streets and sidewalks clean.

    One day a man came to City Hall and offered the Mayor a proposition.

    ‘I can rid your beautiful city of its plague of pigeons without any cost to the city. But, you must promise not to ask me any questions. Or, you can pay me one million dollars to ask one question.’

    The mayor considered the offer briefly and accepted the free proposition.

    The next day the man climbed to the top of City Hall, opened his coat, and released a blue pigeon. The blue pigeon circled in the air and flew up into the bright blue Arizona sky.

    All the pigeons in Phoenix saw the blue pigeon and gathered up in the air behind the blue pigeon. The Phoenix pigeons followed the blue pigeon as she flew southward out of the city.

    The next day the blue pigeon returned completely alone to the man atop City Hall.

    The Mayor was very impressed. He felt the man and the blue pigeon had performed a wonderful miraculous feat to rid Phoenix of the plague of pigeons. Even though the man with the pigeon had charged nothing, the mayor presented him with a check for 1 million dollars and told the man that, indeed, he did have a question to ask and even though they had agreed
    to no fee and the man had rid the city of pigeons, he decided to pay the 1 million just to get to ask ONE question.

    The man accepted the money and told the mayor to ask his ONE question.

    Do you think the Mayor is going to ask how the blue pigeon led all the pigeons away?

    Do you think the Mayor is going to ask where all the pigeons went?

    Do you think he is going to ask where the man got the blue pigeon?

    Nooooooo!

    This will get a smile out of you!

    The mayor asked:

    ‘Do you have a blue Mexican?’

  24. bmo said on 29 May 2009 at 2:08 pm:
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    McDonnell
    Bolling
    Cuccinelli
    Chair? Flip a coin!

  25. Fran Kendrick said on 29 May 2009 at 4:46 pm:
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    Off course here. but I do want to get word in about the front page blast
    on today’s MJM regarding highest paid employees in the county. To see
    King Fish Charlie’s photo, and his salary posted (152,013) surely set my
    blood to a rolling boil! And Gerhart’s salary at 220,000. is downright
    disgusting, imo. What is wrong with this picture????

  26. The Patriot (Got E-Verify?) said on 30 May 2009 at 8:46 am:
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    http://buchanan.org/blog/pjb-obamas-idea-of-justice-1553
    “Judge Sotomayor will be excused because the media agree with her and she is a Latina who will use her court seat to impose upon the nation the values of the National Council of La Raza (The Race), of which she is a member.”

  27. Anonymous said on 31 May 2009 at 2:43 pm:
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    Funny… I thought about the Republican Party and the Convention as soon as I read this.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/31/AR2009053101181.html?nav=rss_email/components

  28. Big Dog said on 31 May 2009 at 2:45 pm:
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    Mr. Leeper-
    Did finally locate some MP information on
    the web and apparently the FY 2010 real estate tax
    will be $1.65 (the highest in Virginia). Also noticed
    they slashed Building and Code Enforcement by over
    58% - most other communities, also under fiscal stress,
    have still focused attention in that area, especially with
    the numerous foreclosures and vacant properties.
    Interesting.

  29. I'm just saying... said on 31 May 2009 at 8:23 pm:
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    I watched a Bob Mcdonnel commercial on TV earlier this evening and was struck by the fact that he didn’t identify his party. No mention, no credits, nothing! Is that a strategy… hope voters don’t notice which party he belongs to?

    All things considered, I’m guessing he might be right not to “advertise” he’s a Republican in today’s climate.

  30. Chris Royse said on 1 Jun 2009 at 10:32 am:
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    Congratulations Bob, Bill, Ken and Pat! Now on to victory in November!

  31. Brian Leeper said on 1 Jun 2009 at 2:50 pm:
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    “Also noticed
    they slashed Building and Code Enforcement by over
    58% - most other communities, also under fiscal stress,
    have still focused attention in that area, especially with
    the numerous foreclosures and vacant properties.”

    Just amazing, but nothing that bunch at 1 Park Center does surprises me anymore.

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