There’s not enough money in the state budget for education? I’m calling BS on that tonight after learning that some corporate lobbyist for Microsoft managed to get a budget item inserted that has the Commonwealth buying a slew of tablets to hand out to ninth graders next year. I just can’t wait to see just how quickly the creative teenagers at Stonewall Jackson High School can prove what a phenomenally stupid idea this was.
If we are actually to believe the information we’re getting from the Board of County Supervisors regarding the detention of juvenile illegal aliens by Youth For Tomorrow, it darned well better match up with official documents that are being uncovered regarding the program. Otherwise, reasonable observers are just going to conclude that our government is lying to us and cannot be trusted.
Coles District Supervisor Marty Nohe is quite eager to assuage the concerns of county residents over the transformation of Youth For Tomorrow into a detention center for juvenile illegal aliens. Just days after the Board of Supervisors promised they’d get to the bottom of things, Nohe made sure to forward talking points from YFT’s executive Director and a spokesman for the federal government’s Office of Refugee Resettlement that were clearly intended to lull citizen outrage. There’s a little problem with acting like the public relations arm of the Obama administration, though: at best you end up with the credibility of Jay Carney.
I asked the Virginia Department of Social Services whether they were involved in placing illegal aliens in Youth For Tomorrow facilities in Prince William County and got this response:
Regarding information on the unaccompanied minor children coming from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. They have instructed us to refer anyone who asks or has comments to the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement. They are to call Eskinder Negash, Director, ORR, at (202) 4019246, or Ken Tota, at ORR, at (202) 4014858.
I guess we now understand to whom the government of our Commonwealth answers. Not to the people, but to the federal government.
Thanks, Governor McAuliffe for making our state government utterly irrelevant.
How in the hell does a sitting Prince William County Supervisor profit from having illegal aliens detained by a non-profit entity in Bristow yet our county government apparently has no idea what is going on? How does this all come about with no information being provided to residents who may be impacted and apparently no desire by government officials to advise us what risks and impacts are being imposed on us without our knowledge and against our will?
If Prince William County doesn’t start providing some answers really soon, it’s going to get awfully ugly down at the McCoart Center very quickly.
Today the federal government announced it was abandoning plans to detain illegal aliens at an Army Reserve Center in Westminster, MD after local officials and the community figured out what was going on and started working together. In Prince William County, which has a history of being responsive to citizen concerns on this issue, local elected officials are hiding their heads in the sand and refusing to even address the issue which some of them are actively trying to facilitate. When Carroll County Maryland proves itself more responsive to citizen concerns than Prince William County, VA we have a truly massive problem, folks.
Without any public notice, the Youth For Tomorrow program in Bristow is now operating a facility for illegal aliens right here in Prince William County. The information I have suggests approximately 120 “Unaccompanied Alien Children” have been housed for several months now and that YFT has expanded to eight facilities in the county, several of which are group homes in residential neighborhoods.
From the YFT website:
Emergency Shelter Care – Unaccompanied Immigrant Minor (UIM) Program
Youth For Tomorrow provides Emergency Shelter Care for unaccompanied minor children under a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement. The program, called the Youth For Tomorrow Unaccompanied Immigrant Minor (UIM) Program, operates twenty-four hours per day, three hundred sixty-five days per year. The program serves both male and female UIM residents. - See more at: http://www.youthfortomorrow.org/Residential-Services#sthash.po4bsYsJ.dpuf
Former Lt. Governor Bill Bolling suddenly gotten quite concerned about cross-over voting in Primary elections after the defeat of Eric Cantor in the 7th District, and despite there being no evidence that Democrats played any significant role in that nomination contest Bolling nevertheless jumped on the “party registration” bandwagon in an op-ed recently. Quite predictably this has gotten heads bobbing up and down among the RINO class who think that this is a dire problem and party registration is the only means to solve it. Yes, let’s have the state intrude even more into political parties in Virginia. That’ll fix everything, right?
I have yet to see Bolling or anyone of his ilk acknowledge that government intrusion into the affairs of political parties is precisely why we have this problem in the first place, however.
Republicans managed to thwart Terry McAuliffe’s effort to unconstitutionally expand government, or so the party line goes. Unfortunately, that’s not quite what happened, and such a viewpoint simply puts blinders on Republicans who don’t yet fathom just how difficult it will be to actually implement a budget this year. Get ready for absolute chaos folks, because that’s what we’re going to be dealing with very, very soon.
There’s sort of a landmark town our family passes through on the way to and from relatives. It’s not the nice sort of landmark that makes you think “boy, wouldn’t it be great to live there,” but one of those innumerable decaying small towns with boarded up buildings, vacant houses and an economic base that appears to consist entirely of government offices and thrift shops. As I drive through, I wonder how this all happened as I realize that the fears I had the last time I’ve passed by have once again been fully realized as I ponder what the next stage of economic disaster will bring to what was once quite clearly a rather lovely little place.
We’ve been waiting, and waiting, and finally the time has come. The Gainesville Times is reporting that Senator Chuck Colgan is not going to seek re-election in 2015.
There are a lot of potential candidates on all sides with a political pedigree, and of course a lot that don’t have one, all of whom are going to start building their campaigns in earnest right now. This is going to be an expensive, difficult, and extremely high-profile race that neither side can really afford to lose.
With the Senate currently 20-19 in favor of the Republicans, and Republicans favored to win in the special election, Colgan lost his cushy sixth-floor suite as President Pro-Tem of the Senate. Since his seat no longer determines which side is in the majority, it’s not terribly surprising that this would be the time when Colgan finally decided to pack it in. Colgan wasn’t going to face a challenge from any high-profile elected Republicans who had any chance of beating him but now that there won’t be a popular incumbent in the race, I expect we’re going to see quite a few at least consider the opportunity for a promotion. On the Democrat side, there aren’t a whole lot of viable options beyond
Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta, well, nobody, unless Porta moves into the district.
Hold on to your hats, folks.
Steve Albertson’s post at The Bull Elephant about the terrible language currently in the proposed budget has gotten at least one Senator interested in fixing that mess. I spoke with Senator Dick Black this afternoon and he intends to introduce a floor amendment to the budget that would require any expansion of Obamacare in Virginia get the positive approval of both houses of the Virginia legislature, instead of the obtuse and confusing delegation of that decision to a commission that may or may not be required to approve it.
This makes so much sense it hardly seems possible.
Since only the Senate can amend the budget at this point, the only question will be whether Senators Hanger, Stosch and Watkins can get on board. If they don’t want to be accountable to their constituents, they’ll vote against this amendment, allowing Governor McAuliffe to try to expand Medicaid by executive fiat and encouraging the court challenges that will certainly ensue. If they realize that it is the responsibility of the legislature to set government policy in Virginia and actually vote for whether this is to happen or not, they might buy themselves a pass in the next primary election season when these three are likely to encounter some difficulty when trying to get re-elected.
If you’re in the district of one of these Senators, it might be a good idea to have chat with them and share your thoughts.
UPDATE: From Senator Black’s facebook page:
On Thursday, June 12th, the Senate will meet to consider the budget. Despite reports that the Republican majority in the Senate means the end of Medicaid expansion, the danger is alive and well.
The budget bill passed by the House contained language that could give the Governor an opening to expand Medicaid. Here is that language: “There is hereby appropriated sums sufficient non-general funds for such cost as may be incurred to implement coverage for newly eligible individuals pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §1396 d (y)(1) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” That language suggests that money can be spent to expand Medicaid under Obamacare.
The Governor could conceivably use this provision to add 400,000 Virginians to the welfare rolls by placing them on government-paid Medicaid. This would represent the greatest expansion of welfare since President Lyndon Johnson’s disastrous Great Society Program. That program consigned countless millions to lives of government dependency. We may be poised to repeat that tragic blunder in Virginia.
Senator Black intends to introduce a floor amendment that would prohibit expanding Medicaid without a full vote of the General Assembly. “This is a matter of grave importance to all Virginians,” said Black. “Voters deserve to know whether their elected representatives are for or against expanding Medicaid.”
The conclusion of another state-wide Republican convention, one that nominated the candidate that nearly all of the anti-convention activists hoped would win, hasn’t much abated the whining from them that we shouldn’t ever have a state-wide convention again. They got what they wanted as an outcome, but it isn’t enough. They’ll be satisfied with nothing less than state-run, state-financed and state-regulated primaries forevermore, remaining defiantly ignorant of the value of a convention and the insidious danger posed by the statist notion that government has any legitimate role to play in how a political party chooses it’s own candidates.
On Friday and Saturday, a few of my fellow conservatives will be travelling down to Roanoke for the Republican State Convention to select a nominee to challenge Mark Warner’s Senate seat. In a year where there’s a pretty pitched battle between establishment moderates and the conservative grassroots, this might be a far more interesting convention than conventional wisdom suggests, as the Bull Elephant so adroitly explained yesterday.
Following the drama of the RPV Executive Director hosting amnesty activists two days after taking the job comes now rumors of him being the subject of an active investigation involving insider trading. The story — still unconfirmed — is that during his tenure on the Louisa County Board of Supervisors he became aware of an economic development deal in the county and snapped up a bunch of land parcels that would be part of that development. Reporters in the mainstream media are working on the story which I expect to break within the next day or so.
Funny how when Eric Cantor and Ed Gillespie manage to slam in their own people at the head of the Republican Party of Virginia there’s a never-ending string of scandals that emerge involving bad policy, questionable ethics and corporatist greed for our opponents to churn into campaign fodder. Yet somehow these are the ones who are supposed to possess the sole ability to bring victory to “conservative” principles in the state.
UPDATE: Julian Walker with the Virginia Pilot is first out of the gate with the story. Ouch.
… is that we might never be subject to the inane, incoherent rantings of Gerald Geddes ever again. If ever there was a person not suited for campaigning for public office, he would be the guy.
Of equal note, the excellent Suzanne Scholte is almost guaranteed to be the Republican nominee to take on Gerry Connolly in November after Saturday’s 11th District Convention. Consider it a two-fer: we get Geddes to shut the hell up, and hear a lot more from Suzanne.
It’s all good. Real good.
UPDATE: As expected, Scholte wins with 68.33% of the vote. Connolly has a real race on his hands if Scholte can raise some decent money for her campaign. To make Saturday even better, Linwood Cobb gets the boot from the 7th District Chairmanship in a huge blow to the establishment and a remarkable victory for the grassroots. Eric Cantor better wake up here, or he might be next.
In January The Sheriff pointed out how Prince William County was buying meaningless fraudulent awards from “The Government Finance Officers Association” just so it could issue a press release announcing how great its financial documents were. Yesterday, Prince William County Schools announced that it also has been recognized by this same fraudulent entity in the same way Prince William County was recognized previously. Today, let’s discuss the implications of the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act in relation to the Prince William County Schools perpetrating this known fraud against us, as it doesn’t seem that sunlight has done a whole lot towards cleaning up this disastrous mess.
Soon after Mark Herring became our Attorney General it became obvious that he’s much more of a politician than a lawyer. Just how bad a lawyer he is hasn’t been quite so obvious perhaps until today when he publicly released privileged correspondence because it had significance for the leftist political agenda to which he has devoted the Office of the Attorney General.
First year law students don’t screw up this badly, because they know better.
Tomorrow Republicans (and doubtless a few Democrats) will go to polling locations across the 10th Congressional District to select a Republican nominee for Congress to replace Frank Wolf. By all appearances this is going to be a not terribly competitive matchup between the establishment’s well-funded candidate Barbara Comstock and the typically under-funded Conservative Bob Marshall.
The truth (is now) out there. Contrary to his recent claims to the contrary, Shaun Kenny is actually on the Eric Cantor and Barbara Comstock payroll, and doubtless we will discover in short order what exactly his financial relationships with Ed Gillespie is as well. Secrets don’t last very long in politics, and lies have a nasty habit of being discovered. The only uncertainty is when that happens, not if.
Yeah, just in case anyone was under the impression that our new Executive Director of the Republican Party of Virginia was serving the interests of Virginia Republicans by inviting these folks into his headquarters for an unprecedented “unscheduled” meeting, here’s what “Fast For Families” is touting on their twitter feed.
Sure, it’s a good idea to pander to the interests of “Organizing for America” in hopes someday those folks will vote for you. Really.