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More Bad News From RPV

By Greg L | 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 shortfall.  Heads are rolling.

If you ever wondered whether being RPV Chairman is an honor or a penance, on Monday you’re going to get another example of how it’s the latter.  Although folks in the know are being awfully tight-lipped right now, on Monday an announcement is expected that will involve some sort of less-than-helpful behavior with significant financial impacts on RPV’s finances that may degrade at least in the short-term the ability of RPV to adequately fulfill it’s mission.  Immediate staffing changes are expected as a result.

As tough as this is going to be for John Whitbeck to navigate a way forward from whatever this is, it’s fortunate that he’s at the helm.  There aren’t many out there more capable than him.

Stay tuned for updates below the fold…

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Forget The Dead, Honor The Living

By Greg L | 14 February 2015 | Prince William County | 8 Comments

Someday we will live to regret Prince William County’s habit of memorializing currently active political personages with public monuments.  Apparently that day has not yet come, as we now devote taxpayer dollars to name some public facility for school board member Betty Covington while we refuse to report on campaign finance disclosures how public dollars were used to support her re-election campaign in such a way.

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PWC Schools Getting Crushed By Illegal Immigration

By Greg L | 12 February 2015 | Schools, Illegal Aliens, Prince William County | 2 Comments

Yesterday the Federation for American Immigration Reform released a report documenting that 34.7% of our school budget is devoted to educating “Limited English Proficiency” (LEP) students, of whom some portion are illegal aliens or the children of illegal aliens.  The data in the report suggests this percentage is rapidly growing and should serve as a dire warning to anyone seeking to address educational costs and student capacity in the county.  If we are to reduce class sizes, reduce school overcrowding and improve educational outcomes for all students in Prince William County, the growth of LEP students in the system utterly prevents such intentions.  We simply cannot afford the costs of exploding LEP enrollments in our public schools.

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Thus Always To Punitive Taxation?

By Greg L | 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 it is also legal.  Because New York wants to charge fourteen times higher taxes on that product than we charge here in Virginia, it is now Virginia’s responsibility to make sure that nobody takes it from Virginia to another state by making it a felony offense to do so where police will use force to arrest you for a suspected violation, if they feel it necessary.

Sic Semper Tyrannis, indeed.  We’re protecting the financial incentives of tyranny rather than opposing it, but at least Delegate Jackson Miller has the courage and intellectual honesty to at least try to stop it.  Too bad there aren’t more like him in the House of Delegates.

Why Does PWCS Think My Kids Need Email Accounts?

By Greg L | 5 February 2015 | Schools, Prince William County | 11 Comments

I was so happy to see the permission form my elementary school student brought home the other day that announced that the School system is giving her an email account and a cloud storage account that I won’t be able to access or monitor.  I even get a free copy of Microsoft i360 to install on the only Windows-based computer in my house that will dutifully try to take over my system and assimilate it into the Microsoft Office Borg Empire.  All this free stuff is just amazing.  Verily, my cup runneth over, does it not?

It actually doesn’t.  I really feel like my schools are trying to screw us again.

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Standing In Awe

By Greg L | 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 is considering a primary challenge this year.

“I can’t stand by and let my own senator defeat the one thing I think has any chance of stopping the abuse of power by the federal government,” Farris said.

Black, a former Marine combat pilot, said he is undaunted: “I laid out in the sun in Vietnam unconscious for loss of blood, and the idea that somehow I’m going to fear a primary? Give me a break.”

Magnificent. 

By the way, Mike Farris, you’re done.  I could have highly appreciated a quality intellectual debate on this issue, but the personal attacks and name calling that this has devolved into has been utterly reprehensible.  You’ve burned away such a mind-boggling degree of goodwill among would-be philosophical allies I doubt anyone you’d prop up for such a challenge would be anything but toxic.

A Warning To Candidates

By Greg L | 2 February 2015 | Prince William County | 4 Comments

If I hear one more story about your private investigators calling up the employers and clients of your opponents and urging them to stop doing business with them, I am going to have an expose on reprehensible campaign tactics that will blow your candidacy right out of the water.  I am sick of this crap.  If you want to gather opposition research, fine.  I expect you to and you’re a dummy if you don’t.

But don’t you dare demonstrate to the rest of us what sort of monster you become once you have been entrusted by the public with any degree of political power.

I have a personal hobby of burying tyrants that engage in this kind of outrageous behavior, motivated in part because of how such tyrants have tried to ruin me this way.  I know what it’s like to be on the receiving end of this, and I know I don’t ever want anyone else subject to it.  While I can’t stop this everywhere, I can sure as hell put a stop to it in my community and I don’t mind one bit making you the poster boy or girl on this crusade.

You’ve been warned.  Clean up your act before I do.

Convention of States Is A Waste Of Effort

By Greg L | 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 like and how it would operate, there’s a lot of questions about the wisdom of doing this.  What I haven’t heard adequately explained is why we would ever want to.

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On “SurveyGate” And Silliness

By Greg L | 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 persuasions and personal affiliations to copy-and-paste the complaints of both sides and try to drive their enemies into the ground, but it doesn’t begin to address the issues this “surveygate” actually raises nor help Republicans develop a more effective Republican Party of Virginia.

I had hoped that Virginia blogs would do a better job thinking before reacting on this one, but they haven’t.  That just leaves a lot of (perhaps intentionally) mislead and confused people out there who armed with the sword of incompetence are poised to hack away at the wrong targets and guarantee the underlying problems here remain unaddressed while we learn more perfectly how to hate one another.

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This Election Just Got Weird

By Greg L | 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 and House Deputy Majority Leader
Delegate Clifford Athey, 18th District
Delegate William Howell, 28th District and Speaker of the House
Delegate David Albo, 42nd District
Delegate Jackson Miller, 50th District and House Majority Whip
Delegate Richard Anderson, 51st District
Delegate Peter Farrell, 56th District
Delegate Rob Bell, 58th District
Delegate Lee Ware, 65th District
Delegate Kirk Cox, 66th District and House Majority Leader
Delegate Manoli Loupassi, 68th District
Delegate Jimmie Massie, 72nd District
Delegate John O’Bannon, 73rd District
Delegate Barry D Knight, 81st District
Delegate Christopher Stolle, 83rd District

Shocked?  I’ll bet you are. 

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Party Registration: Missing The Point

By Greg L | 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 outcome of these contests.  There are even folks out there concerned that having government compile a list of people’s political convictions could potentially be dangerous.  What I haven’t heard yet is anyone acknowledging that whatever we try to do to “fix” primaries isn’t going to “fix” primaries.

Primaries don’t need to be fixed, they need to be abolished.  They themselves are the problem.

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Getting To Know Corey Stewart

By Greg L | 17 January 2015 | Prince William County | 5 Comments

Sometimes when you go through campaign finance reports you can learn quite a bit about a candidate.  Donors tend to have quite personal connections to the candidates they contribute to, and through those connections get to know the real-life personal convictions that drive these candidates in a way that voters don’t often get to see.  If a candidate tells voters during their campaign they’re going to do one thing, but their donor base believes something radically different that’s quite a red flag.

In addition to Corey Stewart’s typically disturbing haul of campaign cash from the developer community, and a curious large contribution from someone with the same name as a brutal North Korean dictator, there’s a contribution reported from someone whose frequent political commentary should make Republicans absolutely cringe.

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This Is Somewhat Embarrassing, Isn’t It?

By Greg L | 15 January 2015 | Prince William County | 4 Comments

Perhaps you’ve been eager to head right on over to the county’s website for the Brentsville District and see what newly-minted Supervisor Jeanine Lawson plans to do now that she got elected with over 70% of the vote.  What are her big plans?  Does she intend to introduce new legislation to address the issues affecting residents of the Brentsville District and the County as a whole?

If you were curious, I guess you’re going to have to wait a little longer to find out.  It appears that Wally Covington’s previous staff walked away with the county’s website.

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Peacor Declares War On Supervisor Jeanine Lawson

By Greg L | 14 January 2015 | Prince William County | 19 Comments

I’m sure I wasn’t the only one whose eyes popped after reading an article posted yesterday on Potomac Local that detailed the costs of establishing a permanent office for newly-elected Brentsville Supervisor Jeanine Lawson.  This is going to cost taxpayers nearly a quarter of a million dollars?  For a small office?  What the hell is going on here?

And then when you start digging a little, you realize that this is nothing more than a preemptive strike by county staff to smear Lawson (and Supervisor Pete Candland) as a huge spendthrift right as she assumes office.  This might qualify as the most outrageous story of the year, but with the ridiculousness we’ve seen from the county lately I wouldn’t be surprised if this pales in comparison to the open warfare between county staff and our elected officials I expect to see.

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How To Lose Friends And Make People Hate You On Facebook

By Greg L | 12 January 2015 | Prince William County | 4 Comments

First-time candidates are always the most entertaining.  Some degree of ignorance (an entirely excusable condition) is to be expected, but slathered on top of that you can too often find a whole heaping pile of incompetence as well.  That condition is frequently exacerbated by the typical absence of anyone exhibiting any degree of campaigning competence within arm’s reach of these rambling fusterclucks, and as a blogger it’s my job to make sure you know all about them in hopes that the next time around those who aren’t ready for this kind of challenge bother to actually get educated before the next cycle or at least consider not running.

When Don Scoggins announced he’d be running for Occoquan Supervisor I had a feeling it wouldn’t end well, and it didn’t take long to confirm that.  InsideNova posted their obligatory introductory article about his candidacy on January 4th, and by the 12th Scoggins was busily spamming links to it anywhere on facebook that seemed to have a Republican audience.  One of these not-so-well-considered spots was on the Loudoun County Republican group.

Bad idea.

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Lurching From One Crisis To Another In PWC

By Greg L | 10 January 2015 | Local Economy, Prince William County | 8 Comments

Parts of Western Prince William County are up in arms once again as a result of Dominion Power seeking to extend power lines to what is most certainly a new data center project in Gainesville.  It’s a recurring theme in areas of the “rural crescent,” especially around the Manassas battlefield, as this has been happening just about every two years like clockwork.  We all seem to be surprised that this is happening each time, there’s yet another reactive “bus committee” that forms to oppose the project, and that opposition fails every single time despite the pledges by local elected officials that they’re going to do everything they can to protect local land values and the quality of life in the area.

You’d think by now we’d have learned something.  Of course, we haven’t.

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The King Of Dumb Government Mandates

By Greg L | 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 Regional Board, the National Alliance of Black School Educators, and the Washington Area Boards of Education. Membership in each of these organization requires the School Division to pay annual dues, and of course each has an annual conference that board members must attend at taxpayer expense as well.

And what do taxpayers get as a result of this expenditure of funds? As far as I can tell, we get squat.

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Mark Herring Wants More Rape And Murder In Virginia

By Greg L | 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 deport them.  Just consider how utterly extremist this open borders activism is for a moment: even the Obama administration, which has bent over backwards to protect the interests of dangerous criminals who have no right to be in this country at the expense of the American public wants these criminals deported, but Mark Herring is determined to make sure they’re quickly and expeditiously set free to commit further acts of brutality and mayhem.

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Kids School Schools On How To Write An Apology

By Greg L | 6 January 2015 | Schools, Humor & Satire, Prince William County | 3 Comments

Somehow I think the apology that briefly appeared on the PWCS website, attributed to unnamed “hackers” who might have been PWCS students, was a more apt and honest apology than the one officially made after the utter disaster of a decision to keep schools open on a normal schedule on January 6th.  You be the judge - who knows how best to craft an apology, the folks taxpayers fund at north of six figures a year to squat in the Kelly “Taj Mahal” Building, or some spelling-challenged adolescents that somehow believe that “fuckery” is part of the English language?

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We’re Winning! Let’s Surrender!

By Greg L | 5 January 2015 | PWCDC, PWCRC, Prince William County | 7 Comments

During the past few months potential Republican challengers in the 2015 elections have been dropping like flies, and that continued today with an announcement by Jim Riley that he’s not going to challenge Maureen Caddigan for the Potomac District seat on the Board of Supervisors.  Right amidst an unprecedented wave of voter outrage against political hack insiders who refuse to govern that’s swamping the country, potential conservative grassroots reform candidates are surrendering faster than 1940’s frenchmen.  I’m sure they all have good reasons for hunkering down as the tanks roll on by, but if no one is going to stand up and fight it’s going to get pretty ugly around here real quick.

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