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We Won’t Be Fooled Again?

26 February 2015 | Virginia Politics, Virginia House, Virginia Senate | 4 Comments

When Republican elected officials try to tell you they’re all about conservative fiscal governance, make sure you remind them of what happened in Richmond today.
Today the conference report was released on the amendments to the biennial budget, and lo and behold, the conference report between the Republican controlled Senate of Virginia and the Republican House of Delegates […]

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Virginia’s Unconstitutional Budget

24 February 2015 | Virginia Politics, Crime | No Comments

The General Assembly has a long history of funneling money to non-state entities in direct violation of Section Article IV Section 16 of the Virginia Constitution.  For years members of the General Assembly brazenly proposed bills to unlawfully appropriate taxpayer money until an opinion of the Attorney General in 20111 pointed out this was legally indefensible.  Of […]

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The Way Ahead

21 February 2015 | RPV | 2 Comments

The story of what happened at RPV that lead to their current financial situation and the firing of Executive Director Sean Kenney is a particularly difficult one.  As I’ve dug into RPV’s financial disclosures and sought out narratives that might explain how events unfolded, I’ve been confronted with conflicting accounts and stories that don’t seem […]

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More Bad News From RPV

15 February 2015 | RPV | 8 Comments

UPDATES: WashPo says RPV Executive Director Sean Kenney is out.  RPV’s federal account has $252 cash on-hand and $217,499 in debts.  In January, the gap widened by another $11,086, worsening the situation just as RPV sent out mailers for Bill Howell’s primary campaign.  The state account shows $47,147 on-hand at year’s end, not enough to cover the […]

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Thus Always To Punitive Taxation?

10 February 2015 | Virginia Politics, Virginia House, 50th HOD District | 2 Comments

So how many House Republicans in Virginia want to help leftist New York City Mayor Bill Deblasio collect punitive taxes on New Yorkers?  As it turns out, there’s a lot.
We’re going to make it a felony offense for someone to purchase a legal product in Virginia with the intent of transporting it to somewhere else, where […]

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Standing In Awe

4 February 2015 | Loudoun County, Virginia Politics, Prince William County | 3 Comments

Just imagine how different this country would be if elected officials had the courage to stand by their principles in the same way that Senator Dick Black does.  I’ve seen a lot of quotes in the mainstream media, but never anything like this:
…Farris said he is so frustrated with Black’s opposition to the measure that he […]

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Convention of States Is A Waste Of Effort

31 January 2015 | National Politics, Virginia Politics | 7 Comments

Proposed legislation calling for a “Convention of the States” to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution has been the subject of a lot of discussion lately, and rightly so.  Having never actually been convened before in the 226-year history of our Republic and with no legal mechanisms in place to govern what it would look […]

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On “SurveyGate” And Silliness

30 January 2015 | RPV, Virginia Politics, Virginia House | 6 Comments

Susan Stimpson is complaining about RPV sending out mailers on behalf of House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell’s re-election campaign dressed up as a “survey”, and newly-minted chairman John Whitbeck has gone on the offensive to defend the institution he now leads against her complaints.  That certainly creates an opportunity for bloggers of various ideological […]

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This Election Just Got Weird

23 January 2015 | RPV, Virginia Politics | 2 Comments

Unless the Republican Party of Virginia swiftly amends Article 1, Section A(2) of their party plan the following incumbent officeholders will be disallowed from being Republican nominees in the 2015 and 2016 elections:
Congressman Robert Hurt, 5th District
Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, 10th District
Senator Tom Garrett, 22nd District
Delegate Greg Habeeb, 8th District
Delegate Danny Marshall, 14th District
Delegate Todd Gilbert, 15th District […]

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Party Registration: Missing The Point

22 January 2015 | Virginia Politics | 2 Comments

Now that Sen. Mark Obeinshain and Del. Steve Landes have introduced bills in the General Assembly establishing “voter registration by party,” the topic of how to “fix” primaries has once again become a topic of some discussion.  There are folks out there extremely concerned about Democrats voting in Republican party primaries and possibly changing the […]

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The King Of Dumb Government Mandates

9 January 2015 | Schools, Virginia Politics, Virginia House, Prince William County | No Comments

Prince William County Schools were obviously quite happy to report on the assigned responsibilities for members of the School Board today, detailing which members were the official liaisons to various associations and professional education organizations.  There were representatives to the Virginia School Board Association, the National School Boards Association, the Northern Virginia Special Education […]

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Mark Herring Wants More Rape And Murder In Virginia

8 January 2015 | Illegal Aliens, Virginia Politics, Crime | No Comments

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has once again put liberal political aims ahead of his oath of office, this time issuing an opinion that will ensure that dangerous criminal illegal aliens are released back into our communities even when the feckless Obama administration considers them so dangerous to public safety that it actually intends to […]

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Wittman Green-Lights Amnesty For Illegal Aliens

12 December 2014 | RPV, Virginia Politics, US Congress | 5 Comments

The Republican Party is in deep trouble.  After candidates tell us during their campaigns that they’re actually conservatives, that they’ll fight for principle, that they’ll be reliable and honorable, too many of them retreat right back into doublespeak, back-room dealmaking and abandon their principles at the first opportunity for them to follow through on their […]

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Tea Party Predators

15 November 2014 | Virginia Politics | 6 Comments

Later this month the Virginia Tea Party Federation will hold its annual summit in Richmond, and once again, I will not be there.  Not because I have a conflict, or otherwise have some reason why I couldn’t be there, I just wouldn’t ever want to set foot inside an event so co-opted by the “let’s […]

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The Next RPV Chairman

8 November 2014 | RPV | 28 Comments

If you had to pick between Eric Herr and John Whitbeck to become the next Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, would that decision be as difficult for you as it would be for me?  That indeed looks to be the decision the State Central Committee will have to make at their January meeting […]

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When Consultants Destroy Their Candidates

29 September 2014 | RPV, PWCRC, Virginia Politics, Prince William County | 14 Comments

I visited with Scott Jacobs today, originally to confirm that it was one of his employees pictured on Virginia Virtucon taking down one of Jeanine Lawson’s signs.  Scott was still in the midst of trying to figure out what to do in the wake of his campaign essentially coming to an abrupt end after neglecting to file […]

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VA Senate: If We Financially Destroy Your Family, Tough Crap

19 September 2014 | National Politics, Virginia Politics, Virginia Senate | 16 Comments

Are you one of the families that used to be able to afford health insurance before Obamacare loaded the marketplace up with regulations that increased premiums and made deductibles skyrocket?  We are.  We’re one of thousands of families across the Commonwealth that don’t get health insurance through an employer’s benefits plan and have to weigh […]

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Convention Of The States Project: An Enemy of Liberty?

14 September 2014 | RPV, Virginia Politics | No Comments

When a group of shady characters filed a lawsuit against the Republican Party of Virginia asserting that it is right and proper to have Democrats determine the outcome of local Republican Party operations, some of the names involved were hardly surprising.  Jim Rich, for one, has been amazingly consistent over the years in demonstrating that he believes Democrats should […]

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Meet Norm Mosher

6 September 2014 | DPVA, Virginia Politics, US Congress | 2 Comments

Elections often provide a source of amusement for us, and the circus surrounding the Senate candidacy of Montana legislator Amanda Curtis is certainly among those.  A Democrat candidate spewing Marxist dogma, given to praising Communist Party icons and all-around wingnut never seems to exhaust our capacity to revel in political mirth.  But what if I were to […]

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A Dumping Ground For 4,719 Juvenile Illegal Aliens

26 July 2014 | Illegal Aliens, Virginia Politics | 9 Comments

A few days ago I estimated the cost of having the federal government dump juvenile illegal aliens in Virginia based on statistics from a few years ago.  Today the federal Department of Health And Human Services released new data and the problem is quite evidently worse than I thought.  Instead of getting about 3,000 juvenile […]

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