Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
He Knows How To Win - Endorsement of Red NoVA
Before I begin my endorsement, let me first say that I am extremely proud of the choices that we have for Attorney General. Throughout this campaign, I had the honor and privilege to talk to all three our of candidates, and I must say: I would be happy to campaign for all three of them, and I think that all three would not only win, but would make great Attorney Generals.
However, out of the three choices that we have, one of them stands out. That person is Dave Foster. Red NoVa is proud to endorse him. Mr. Foster knows the challenges that our party faces, and is prepared to protect and defend our Virginia values.
To our ticket, Mr. Foster brings three things: electability, a legal background, and conservative credentials. These are the three things that we need to help win in November.
Most Republicans find it hard to win or even do well in Arlington. Arlington, the bluest part of Northern Virginia, has generally given Republicans roughly 30% in the polls. Heck, Senator John McCain received 27% of the vote in 2008. Dave Foster is the only Republican or Independent to win in Arlington in over 25 years. In Democratic Arlington County, he was elected twice! The second time he ran, he received 62% of the vote!
Dave Foster is not only electable, but will definitely bring new voters to our ticket. He knows how to win and do well in blue areas, an attribute that will help Republicans not only this year, but years to come.
Professionally, Mr. Foster has been a partner at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. since 1990. He's represented businesses and taxpayers before courts from the Commonwealth of Virginia to the U.S. Supreme Court. He's prepared to defend taxpayers, cut red tape, and bring in new jobs to our Commonwealth.
When most politicians get elected, they abandon their principles and only focus on re-election. Mr. Foster did not do that. After winning in a Democratic County, he stood up for conservative values as a Chairman of the School Board, by reduced class sizes, bringing in more foreign languages, cutting debt, improving school safety, and ending racial preferences in school assignments.
Mr. Foster also has a deep devotion to the Republican Party. He was the Arlington County Chairman for Senator John Warner's campaign. In 2007, he was the chairman of GOPAC-Virginia, and has been a 25-year member of the Arlington Republican Committee.
In summary, Red NoVA is proud to stand behind the many who are lining up to make Dave Foster the next Attorney General, including, Former Congressman Tom Davis, Too Conservative, Former U.S. Attorney General Ed Meese, Former Solicitor General Ted Olsen, Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms, ACRC Chairman Mark Kelly, and many more! I hope that you will join me in voting for Dave Foster for Attorney General at the convention this weekend!
RPV State Convention Info
Registration will be located at the Lower Leigh Street entrance at the Coliseum. Registration is open from 8:30 am to 9 PM Friday and from 7 am to the end of the Convention on Saturday.
We are now completely sold out of tickets to the gala. Breakfast tickets are still available!
Detailed information on the Convention Schedule?
Friday: The convention will kick off at 2 PM on Friday, with the adoption of the Convention Rules and update on the Virginia Congressmen and Republican House and Senate Caucuses. Friday will close around 5 PM. The gala reception will begin at 6 PM in the Downtown Marriott, with doors opening at 7 PM and starting at 7:30PM. Hospitality suites, open to all Convention guests, will start at 9 PM.
Saturday: Saturday morning starts with the RPV Convention breakfast at 8 AM and the Convention kicking off at 10 A.M. Sean Hannity will be speaking close to the start, we?ll then hear from other speakers and our Republican candidates, and the voting will begin around 12 or 1 PM. The entire event should close sometime between 5 and 6 depending on the voting process.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Posted by MAXIMUS
Hank Williams sang it best on "Family Tradition." Rusty McGuire's "Family Tradition" is Military Service to the United States Military. How so? While campaigning door to door for the Republican Nomination for the 55th House of Delegates seat in the Hanover based District, McGuire knocked on the door of an elderly voter. Recognizing the McGuire name, this voter presented Rusty McGuire with a World War II era newspaper clipping from a local paper that highlighted the story of Rusty McGuire's grandfather who served in the military concurrently with several of his brothers--all at the same time. The voter gave the clipping to McGuire. The story ran on the local ABC affiliate, WRIC TV 8, in Richmond, VA over the Memorial Day weekend. Rusty McGuire, a veteran of the Iraqi War, has a proud Family Tradition indeed. Below is the link. What a story!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Just as in the movie "Minority Report" when the Oracle sensed a crime before it was actually committed and dispatched police to make the arrest, the Obama Administration wants to incarcerate you as a preventative measure(even if they cannot prove a crime at the moment of the arrest) Thus is the logic behind Obama's wish to enact preventative incarceration. While he tells the American public that he wants to close GITMO, in private he tells humanitarian groups that he actually wants to expand laws to incarcerate those thought to be a risk even if no hard evidence is found.....this is scary stuff considering the recent report from Homeland Security that states those on the right, soldiers, Christians and pro-lifers are all suspects now in the war on terror.....preventative incarceration can be used to silence opposition of Americans and our rights under a constitution; a document that itself is under attack from the progressive movement. From the New York Times:
President Obama told human rights advocates at the White House on Wednesday that he was mulling the need for a “preventive detention” system that would establish a legal basis for the United States to incarcerate terrorism suspects who are deemed a threat to national security but cannot be tried, two participants in the private session said....The discussion, in a 90-minute meeting in the Cabinet Room that included Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and other top administration officials, came on the eve of a much-anticipated speech Mr. Obama is to give Thursday on a number of thorny national security matters, including his promise to close the detention center at the naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.
Human rights advocates are growing deeply uneasy with Mr. Obama’s stance on these issues, especially his recent move to block the release of photographs showing abuse of detainees, and his announcement that he is willing to try terrorism suspects in military commissions — a concept he criticized bitterly as a presidential candidate.
The two participants, outsiders who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the session was intended to be off the record, said they left the meeting dismayed.
They said Mr. Obama told them he was thinking about “the long game” — how to establish a legal system that would endure for future presidents. He raised the issue of preventive detention himself, but made clear that he had not made a decision on it. Several senior White House officials did not respond to requests for comment on the outsiders’ accounts. ...He was almost ruminating over the need for statutory change to the laws so that we can deal with individuals who we can’t charge and detain,” one participant said. “We’ve known this is on the horizon for many years, but we were able to hold it off with George Bush. The idea that we might find ourselves fighting with the Obama administration over these powers is really stunning.”
Read Here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/21/us/politics/21obama.html?_r=1&ref=politics
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Posted by MAXIMUS
Regarding the title: rhetorically, not literally. Bad blood between politicians ends up with these folks duking it out on the electoral playing field in a Darwinian struggle of the survival of the fittest to see whose legacy is strongest to seed an effort to sire or spawn a new politician for elected office. In this case the battle between Speaker Bill Howell and Jeff and Amy Frederick simmered in the 64th GOP nomination contest for the House of Delegates Seat currently held by Democrat Bill Barlow.
After Jeff Frederick lacked the spine and balls to criticize Speaker Howell directly for supporting John Hager over Jeff Frederick for Chairman of the VA GOP last year, Jeff Frederick had his wife Amy send out an banshee email release that was damningly critical of Speaker Howell. Ergo, this year Amy Frederick decides not to run for the GOP nomination to replace her husband and she tares another page out of the banshee script and attacks the House GOP Leadership in the process---again.
The Speaker and Jeff Frederick were looking to engage in an all out electoral street brawl to settle the question between the two: Whose the Hero and whose the Zero? Finally, the electoral fight came last Saturday between the Speaker and Jeff Frederick--a proxy fight to be sure.
What does Speaker Howell do? The Speaker, along with Delegates Chris Jones, Portsmouth GOP Chairman Brian Meals, Suffolk GOP Chairman Steve Trent, and Isle of Wight GOP Chairman Mrs. Morris (RPV's unit Chairman of the year from 2008) lined up in early support of Stan Clark for the GOP nomination contest in the 64th House of Delegates GOP. Clark is a two term incumbent on the Isle of Wight Board of Supervisors and a Conservative on the Board of Supervisors. Clark had the early support of the grassroots republicans in the legislative district that Frederick thought were in lock step with him. Clark is a country lawyer who will present a formidable race to the incumbent Democratic Delegate Bill Barlow this fall.
What does Jeff Frederick do? J-FRED, along with Gerry Scimeca (former RPV Director of Communications--ousted from this position when J-FRED was ousted from RPV Chairman) saddled up in support of John Holly for the GOP nomination in the 64th. John Holly is a worker at the Newport News Shipyard and a college student but he is not really known in the community.
The fight. Reports indicate that J-FRED and Scimeca were working the grassroots game for Holly. Clark reports that J-FRED donated money and strategic grassroots prowess for Holly's mail pieces, robo calls, etc. in an effort to ID and turn out supporters for Holly during the GOP nomination contest that was held last Saturday in the 64th HOD District. Scimeca was observed working the polls for Holly during last Saturday's firehouse primary in Williamsburg. For those that don't know the boundaries of the 64th HOD District, it's part of James City County, the City of Williamsburg, Isle of Wight County, the City of Franklin and part of Southamton County. The District is split by the James River---it was "ferrymandered" by Speaker Vance Wilkins to put former Democratic Delegate Grayson from Williamsburg into the same HOD District as Democratic Delegate Barlow. Grayson, a liberal professor who taught at William and Mary, ceded the seat to the senior Barlow.
Back to point. During last Saturday's firehouse primary between Clark and Holly, Clark prevailed with 52% of the vote to 48% of the vote. The Speaker finally landed a punch on Jeff Frederick and beat him on the electoral playing field. Stan Clark, Speaker Howell's candidate, and the candidate of the GOP Chairmen from the southern portion of the district--south of the James River--defeated John Holly--Jeff Frederick's candidate.
So, in the latest electoral battle between the Speaker and aligned GOP grassroots versus J-FRED and his grassroots elements, the Speaker has finally landed a punch on J-FRED and defeated his candidate Holly in a GOP nomination contest. Speaker Howell's message to Frederick in this victory? Stay the hell in your District and keep your ass out of southeastern Virginia. You, and your wife, are both punks.
Thursday, May 14, 2009
From the comments section:
A group of over 30 Americans, who reside in the Commonwealth of Virginia, hand delivered to their federal citizen representatives’ Richmond offices a Petition for Redress of Grievances. A copy of the Petition can be found here…
The results and reactions varied by federal office. It ranged from a cordial and frank conversation about the status of our country to muffled conversations behind a bank teller window.
The bottom line is Americans deserve answers and these citizen representatives were formally asked to respond in a forum that is appropriate to reach their constituents.
Here is a copy of the cover letter submitted with the petition.
May 8, 2009
Citizen Rep. Eric Cantor
Citizen Rep. Randy Forbes
Citizen Sen. Mark Warner
Citizen Sen. Jim Webb
From: Your Constituents
Subject: Our Petition for Redress of Grievances
On April 15th of this year, We the People posted in our local paper, the Village News, our Petition for Redress of Grievances. We addressed it to you as our citizen representatives. As this practice is protected by First Amendment, we expect your thoughtful, written response to each of our concerns.
We the People are watching and are taking steps to protect our liberty. We wanted to make sure that our citizen representatives heard our concerns loud and clear. Therefore, we decided to hand deliver our message to you such that you make no mistake about our grievances and our unwavering mandate. We are requesting the following four actions:
1.To cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of the constitutionally delegated powers;
2.To formally and publicly recognize the natural and Constitutional rights of the American People in a manner appropriate to your branch of government;
3.To answer, point by point the questions contained herein;
4.To honor your oaths to support the Constitution or resign immediately from your positions.
We the People will continue our march toward liberty, not looking left or right, until they are heard and responded to.
May 13, 2009 8:16 PM
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Posted by MAXIMUS
VIRGINIA BEACH – Public safety leaders from around the Commonwealth endorsed Senator Ken Stolle’s candidacy for Virginia Beach Sheriff today. Many of them appeared with Stolle at a news conference held on the City Hall steps in Virginia Beach. The Stolle for Sheriff campaign also announced endorsements from the Fraternal Order of Police, Professional Firefighters, heads of statewide law enforcement organizations and the entire Virginia Beach City Council.
Stolle is a leading advocate for public safety at the state and local levels. As the only current member of the Senate who was a police officer, Ken knows first-hand the needs of first responders and other public safety officials. He has championed stricter penalties for gang activity, the abolition of parole and enhanced penalties for DUI offenders.
Here’s what some of our state leaders have to say about Ken:
Bob McDonnell, former Attorney General & Republican Gubernatorial nominee, said that Ken Stolle’s public safety record is unparalleled: “Ken Stolle is an extremely effective legislator and the leading public safety expert in the Virginia General Assembly.”
Former Governor and current U.S. Senator Mark Warner added, “Ken Stolle has been a leader in the state legislature on law enforcement matters, and he has worked his entire career to support, fund and properly equip our public safety professionals.”
Stolle’s bipartisan appeal is equally strong locally. Current Virginia Beach Sheriff Paul Lanteigne and former Sheriff Frank Drew, a Republican and a Democrat respectively, said, “Ken Stolle is the most qualified candidate to be our next Sheriff.”
Lanteigne added, “Ken has spent his entire career improving the safety and security of the citizens of Virginia Beach. His experience and expertise make him uniquely suited to be Sheriff.” Lanteigne is joined by Dennis Free and Marc Schuster, his two Chief Deputies, in supporting Stolle.
As chairman of the Crime Commission, Stolle sponsored new legislation to strengthen Virginia’s laws that crack down on sex offenders. These initiatives have improved Virginia’s Sex Offender Registry and begun GPS tracking of known sex offenders, allowing police to monitor their whereabouts 24 hours a day.
Doug Zebley, President of the Virginia Beach Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #8, commenting on Stolle’s record said, “There is no debate in the public safety community over who should be our next Sheriff. No one has worked harder than Ken Stolle to make sure we have the resources to keep our City safe.” Recently the Virginia Beach FOP Lodge unanimously endorsed Ken Stolle’s bid for Sheriff.
FOP member and Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey Bryant added, “Ken has helped prosecutors keep our communities safe while putting criminals behind bars and preserving the legitimacy of the judicial system.”
Stolle led the charge for increased retirement benefits for state and local police officers, deputy sheriffs and firefighters. He is committed to ensure that these individuals who risk their lives everyday for the safety of others are afforded better pay and enhanced benefits. Furthermore, Ken has supported improvements to the Line of Duty Act in order to make certain the children and spouses of fallen or disabled public safety officers are appropriately cared for.
“Ken Stolle has built consensus on issues that normally would be left unsolved in the General Assembly,” said Ken Pravetz, President of the Virginia Beach Professional Firefighters Local 2924. “His diligence and compassion have provided firefighters the resources to help save lives.” Stolle recently received the unanimous endorsement of the Virginia Beach Professional Firefighters.
For his long-term commitment to law enforcement, Ken was recognized by the Sheriffs’ Association, Fraternal Order of Police, Chiefs of Police and State Police Association with their highest awards. This is the first time in known record that a legislator has been honored by these major law enforcement organizations in the same year.
“Ken Stolle knows better than anyone in the General Assembly exactly what resources Sheriffs’ offices need to protect the public,” said Martinsville Sheriff Steve Draper, who currently serves as President of the Virginia Sheriffs’ Association. [Note: The Virginia Sheriffs’ Association does not endorse political candidates.] “This year Ken personally saved nearly 700 deputies statewide from being laid off because of state budget cuts.” Stolle has twice received the Association’s “Outstanding Legislator of the Year” award.
“Ken Stolle is the most influential law enforcement figure in the Commonwealth,” said Tommy Edwards, President of the Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge. Stolle is a lifetime member of the FOP and has received its “Senator of the Year” award an unprecedented three times.
“Ken Stolle is a proven leader who has spent his career working to make Virginia a safer place to live,” said Dana Schrad, Executive Director of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police. [Note: the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police does not endorse political candidates.] Stolle received the Association’s “Outstanding Legislator of the Year” award in 2006.
“In tough budget times Ken Stolle stood up for the men and women of law enforcement to ensure that we had the resources to protect communities all across Virginia,” said Ken Bumgarner, President of the Virginia State Police Association. [Note: the Virginia State Police Association does not endorse political candidates.]
Bumgarner is joined by former Superintendent of the State Police Wayne Huggins in supporting Stolle, who has received the Association’s “Senator of the Year” award on two previous occasions.
As one of six children in a Navy family, Stolle grew up in and out of the Hampton Roads area. In 1971 the Stolle family permanently settled in Virginia Beach, where Ken graduated from Cox High School.
Prior to being elected to the Senate in 1991, Ken was a partner with the Virginia Beach law firm of Bennett & Stolle, P.C. He served on the Virginia Beach Police Department from 1976 until 1987. He also served as an Intelligence Officer in the United States Naval Reserve.
Also joining Stolle at the press conference was Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms. “Ken Stolle is the strongest advocate in the General Assembly for Virginia Beach,” said Sessoms, who is joined by the entire City Council in supporting Stolle.
Sessoms added, “Every Virginia Beach citizen has benefited from Ken’s leadership in the General Assembly. While he will be missed in the General Assembly, I am excited about having him as our next Sheriff.”
“As a practicing attorney, a former Virginia Beach police officer and Naval Reserve Intelligence officer, a father of three and a resident of this great city for over 30 years, I am proud of the perspective I have brought to the Virginia General Assembly since first elected in 1991,” said Stolle.
I am humbled by the support and encouragement that I have received from so many public safety officials at home and across the Commonwealth,” said Stolle, who currently serves in the Virginia General Assembly as the Republican Leader Pro Tempore and represents the 8th Senatorial District, located in the eastern half of Virginia Beach.
Stolle added, “Over the course of my service in the Senate, I have put policy ahead of politics and the interests of Virginia Beach ahead of my party. If elected as our next Sheriff, I will continue to be an independent voice and keep an open-door policy.”
Away from the General Assembly, Ken enjoys hunting and proudly serves on the Hunters for the Hungry Advisory Committee, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing quality high protein, low-fat venison to food banks and other 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations feeding Virginia's needy.
He and his wife Debbie have three children: Whitney, Kenny and Ross. Ken is currently of counsel with the law firm of Kaufman & Canoles, P.C. in their Virginia Beach office.
Individuals and Organizations Endorsing Senator Ken Stolle for Sheriff:
Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office endorsements:
Frank Drew, former Virginia Beach Sheriff
Dennis Free, Chief Deputy, Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office
Paul Lanteigne, Virginia Beach Sheriff
Marc Schuster, Chief Deputy, Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Office
Virginia Beach Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #8
Virginia Beach Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #8 endorsement
Doug Zebley, President, Virginia Beach Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #8
Dave Hewes, former President, Virginia Beach Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #8
Garth Wheeler, former President, Virginia Beach Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #8
Al Byrum, former President, Virginia Beach Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #8
Howie Carr, former President, Virginia Beach Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #8
Virginia Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge
Tommy Edwards, President, Virginia Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge
Garth Wheeler, former President, Virginia Beach Fraternal Order of Police State
Gerald Bright, former President, Virginia Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge
Tommy Stiles, former President, Virginia Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge
Kevin Carroll, Sergeant At Arms, Virginia Fraternal Order of Police State Lodge
Don Cahill, former National Legislative Committee Chairman, Fraternal Order of Police Grand Lodge
Statewide Law Enforcement Officials endorsements
Sheriff Steve Draper, President, Virginia Sheriffs’ Association*
Dana Schrad, Executive Director, Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police*
Beth Simonds, President, Virginia Campus Law Enforcement Administrators’ Association*
Ken Bumgarner, President, Virginia State Police Association*
Wayne Huggins, former Superintendent of the State Police
*The individual has offered his/her personal endorsement and does not represent the organization on which he/she serves
Virginia Professional Firefighters endorsements
Virginia Beach Professional Firefighters I.A.F.F. Local 2924 endorsement
Ken Pravetz, President, Virginia Beach Professional Firefighters
Virginia Beach City Council endorsements:
Councilmember Glenn Davis
Councilmember Bill DeSteph
Councilmember Harry Diezel
Councilmember Bob Dyer
Councilmember Barbara Henley
Councilmember Louis Jones
Mayor Will Sessoms
Councilmember John Uhrin
Councilmember Ron Villaneuva
Councilmember Rosemary Wilson
Councilmember Jim Wood
Virginia Beach Constitutional Officer endorsements:
Treasurer John Atkinson
Commonwealth’s Attorney Harvey Bryant
Sheriff Paul Lanteigne
Clerk of the Court Tina Sinnen
General Assembly endorsements:
Senator Harry Blevins
Delegate Sal Iaquinto
Delegate Barry Knight
Senate Republican Leader Tommy Norment
Senator Ralph Northam
Delegate Bob Purkey
Senator Fred Quayle
Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw
Delegate Bob Tata
Senator Frank Wagner
Posted by MAXIMUS
Crime Fighters Line Up to EndorseMcGuire’s Candidacy in 55th District-Over 50 crime fighters endorse campaign for House seat-
Mechanicsville, VA- Today, Rusty McGuire announced he has received the endorsements of over 50 crime fighters from across the state. These law enforcement professionals cited McGuire’s conservative values and his experience protecting children and families as their prime reason for supporting him.
Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15th) who also serves as a prosecutor in Frederick County said: “As a member of the House of Delegates and a full-time prosecutor, I know that we need more dedicated champions of law and order serving in the Virginia General Assembly. My friend and colleague Rusty McGuire has worked for many years to protect his community from dangerous criminal predators. As your Delegate, I am confident Rusty will continue to be a force to be reckoned with in protecting the citizens of Hanover.”
McGuire said in response: “To have so many hardworking crime fighters and colleagues support my campaign means more than I can say. I made a decision early on that I wanted to use my skills in the legal profession to protect the citizens of this great Commonwealth. Earning the endorsements of so many of my fellow crime fighters who have made that same pledge is truly a proud occasion for me.” Rounding out the list are:
Delegate Ben Cline (R-24th) Assistant Comm. Attorney
Delegate Todd Gilbert (R-15th) Assistant Comm. Attorney
Wade Kizer Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney
William Davenport Chesterfield County Commonwealth’s Attorney
Matt Britton King George County Commonwealth’s Attorney
Jim Plowman Loudoun County Commonwealth’s Attorney
Joel Branscom Botetourt County Commonwealth’s Attorney
Tom Garrett Louisa County Commonwealth’s Attorney
Mike Herring City of Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney
Kim Slayton-White Halifax County Commonwealth’s Attorney
Lisa Caruso Dinwiddie County Commonwealth’s Attorney
Bob Bushnell Henry County Commonwealth’s Attorney
Diane Wheeler Orange County Commonwealth’s Attorney
Tony Spencer Caroline County Commonwealth’s Attorney
Jay Paul Prince George County Commonwealth’s Attorney
Neil Vener Campbell County Commonwealth’s Attorney
Robert Clement Lunenburg County Commonwealth’s Attorney
Ken Ayler Shenandoah County Commonwealth’s Attorney
William Bray Colonial Heights Commonwealth’s Attorney
Mike Doucette City of Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney
Stephanie Maddox Amherst County Commonwealth’s Attorney
Ashland Fortune Louisa County Sheriff
Tony Lippa Caroline County Sheriff
Genuine or just politician's trying to get in on the act of grassroots to further political career?....I'm getting quite cynical of the whole political process as of late since it appears that no one from any political party will really stand up for the people without first checking on the impact to their political career first. From Politico:
Hoping to recapture the grassroots energy of last month’s “tea parties,” Republican Govs. Mark Sanford of South Carolina and Rick Perry of Texas will host a tele-town hall Thursday that’s being dubbed “Tea Party 2.0.” ....The Republican Governors Association said it is expecting 30,000 people to participate in the town hall, which will take place roughly one month after the much-publicized anti-tax tea party rallies held in hundreds of locations across the country on April 15, the tax filing deadline. ...Sanford and Perry will each speak for several minutes before opening up the town hall to up to an hour-long question and answer session.....RGA Executive Director Nick Ayers said that while the effort Thursday will be on a smaller scale than the April tea party rallies, it still represents “a great opportunity to mobilize that support.”....Sanford, who attended a tea party in Charleston, gained national notice for his high-profile battle with the White House over his resistance to federal stimulus funds designated for his state. The fate of those funds remains undecided as Sanford continues to battle with state lawmakers over how much of the $350 million in funds allocated for South Carolina his state will accept. ....Perry spoke at three tea parties across Texas and helped promote the rallies during numerous radio and television interviews prior to the events.
Read Here: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0509/22436.html
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 4:44 PM
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Here is an article in the Midlothian Exchange about a cause that is dear to me and Mrs. Contemporary Conservative and the charity, Hope for Humanity. Hope for Humanity was created and is run by to incredible people, Jennifer and Darryl Ernst of Richmond who have built a school in Atiaba Sudan, one of only 22 schools in a county the size of the East Coast. Hope for Humanity recently held "The Walk for Sudan" which raised around 20K....If you are so inclined please go on their website http://www.hopeforhumanityinc.org and donate today so through education the people of southern Sudan can once again be the growing nation they were before the 20 year civil war they have endured.
Read Here: http://www.midlothianexchange.com/index.php/news/article/building-the-future-for-a-village/19244/
Excerpts from Article:
One could clearly hear the joyous call of song and the beating of drums from area Sudanese as the large group of walkers circled the track at the high school in spite of the threatening afternoon rain on Sunday, May 3. ...For Jody Wilcox of Chesterfield, the local Hope for Humanity event at Deep Run High School was a tangible way to continue contributing to Atiaba village’s secondary school where he helped build teacher housing last spring and learned how to make bricks. Jody’s wife Angie unfortunately would miss out on the sixth annual event because she was thousands of miles away at the same African school. She is currently a volunteer teacher at the Hope and Resurrection Secondary School in the village. ...The Wilcox couple had heard Darryl and Jennifer Ernst, founders of the Richmond-based charity organization, at St. James Episcopal Church speak about the many needs the African country is facing after a 20-year civil war. Both decided Southern Sudan was a place they could help make a difference in the future of the tentatively peaceful nation, which the U.S. helped establish. “When you go there, you are amazed at the resilience of the people there – because they need so much,” Jody Wilcox said. “The villages are welcoming.” ...Wilcox explained that one of the top issues the country is facing today is in education. The highest level of education for most who have survived the civil war is at the eighth-grade level. There are only 22 secondary schools in Southern Sudan, which is geographically the size of the Eastern seaboard of the U.S. from the Mississippi River to the Atlantic Ocean. “That’s the first thing,” he said. ....Darryl Ernst, who was also at the event, said that building and operating a secondary school in the Southern Sudan began with a little idea. The Ernst couple became involved through their former church in 1999, he explained. They became good friends with one of the “lost” boys of Sudan, Maker Marial, who arrived in Richmond in 2000. “He became like our adopted son,” Ernst said. ...In 2005, the Ernst family took Marial back to his native country to be reunited with his family in Atiaba. They saw the need for education to extend beyond the elementary level and started fundraising the same year. Last May, the school opened for 64 of the estimated 1.5 million school-aged children in Southern Sudan, according to Hope for Humanity. “We have 100 this year in the ninth and tenth grade level,” Ernst said.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Either jump on the bandwagon or suffer the consequences.....as a firm believer in the 1st amendment, no matter if I agree or not, it is vital that we fight to keep the ability to have a dissenting views voiced.....and yes I defended those that disagreed with the past administration as much as our right to voice our disagreement with the policies of the current one. It started as political correctness and is growing to suppressing any disent of those in power which leads us down a path that is not the democracy we Americans hold so dear.... the very reason whay freedom of speech is the first amendment to the constitution...
So Michele Bachmann’s version of history is “from another planet.” Bobby Jindal, the Republican governor of Louisiana, is “chronically stupid.” And Eric Cantor of Virginia, the second-ranking Republican in the House, is “busy lying constantly.” ....That at least is according to posts on three left-leaning blogs......Writers who are not pro-Barack Obama are suffering character assassination as well. George Will of the Washington Post, the nation’s senior conservative columnist, has been so assaulted by bloggers that his editor, Fred Hiatt, recently wrote, “I would think folks would be eager to engage in the debate, given how sure they are of their case, rather than trying to shut him down.” ...The disconcerting thing isn’t that the bloggers or their guests did this slamming. We’re used to such vitriol in campaign time. What is surprising is that the attacks are continuing after an election. ....In the past, politicians and policy thinkers tended to be magnanimous in victory. They and their friends focused, post- victory, on policy and strategy -- not on trashing individuals.....It ought to be especially true this time, given what wonders are befalling the Democrats. Between Arlen Specter in Pennsylvania and Al Franken in Minnesota, it looks like the Democrats are in the process of making their Senate majority filibuster-proof. Then there’s the president’s new opportunity to mold the Supreme Court, with the resignation of David Souter. ...Still, somehow, the magnanimity isn’t there. Indeed, the closer the Democrats get to total power, the nastier the commentators friendly to them have become.
Read Here: http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=washingtonstory&sid=aWVgBVC0L05w
A Fascist, Communist and an Obama Democrat walk into a bar.....
Posted by Jody L. Wilcox at 1:24 PM
Monday, May 4, 2009
So I'm reading this drivel that was just sent out by the former chairman of the RPV, Jeff Fredrick and given what I know about the situation (and I do know about the whole situation) I am amazed that he sends this out now proving that it not about the grassroots, as he claims, but about Jeff Fredrick....he evens uses letterhead that states Chairman Jeff Frederick. Jeff does state one thing that is true, and that it is, it is about the grassroots of the party. Those people that actually walk door to door, make the calls, put up the sign and get people to the polls are the lifeblood of Virginia politics and it is about time that the leadership take not but Jeff wasn't one of the grassroots since he wanted to do things his way not our way. We at the grassroots need leaders that can make strategic decisions to get Republicans (and conservative Republicans at that) elected to office here in Virgina and not leaders that use the office for their own benefits be it political, financial or blame the failures on a committee elected to keep the checks and balance of power of the Chairman in check. I am a laid back person by nature and rarely get mad but the sheer audacity of Jeff Frederick to send this out this close to the convention and actually urge delegates to not support the new chairman and cause dissent by declaring he still wants people to nominate him as the Chair by stating HE chose not to be considered is, at least how I was taught, a coward move since he obviously still wants his name talked about at the RPV Convention and his presence felt...selfish, selfish. Our party is in a scramble here in Virgina and we need a Chair that elevates the Party and not one (no matter who it is)who uses the Party to elevate themselves to higher positions. It is high time that the RPV elect a chair that is more of a person who has run campaigns in stead of a candidate...then we can have a chair that can effect (in a positive way) the races we need to win in 2009, 2010, 2011 and beyond. If after reading this you don't think this whole thing was about an unchecked ego and person thinking his ideas are the only good ideas(we have many, many talented GOP people in the commonwealth that can help turn the ship around) let me know....Jody
Press Release from Frederick below:
Over the past four weeks, Amy and I have had the opportunity to take a step back, reflect, and pray about our next course. It's been a refreshing and exciting period as we consider incredible opportunities before us.
It has also been an encouraging time, and I can't possibly put into words how thankful we are for the literally hundreds of people who have written me with their expressions of support and their confidence in our efforts to bring principled, grassroots leadership back to the Republican Party of Virginia. Your prayers have strengthened us, and given us comfort and peace.
Many of you from every corner of Virginia have urged that I seek the Chairmanship again, and I strongly believe that if I were to seek it at the state convention later this month, my prospects for victory are strong.
Unfortunately, I do not believe the same is true for our party’s prospects this year.
As you have likely heard, Amy has decided not to run for the House of Delegates. Her decision makes the task of keeping the 52nd District seat in Republican hands much more challenging, potentially making it the first casualty of the State Central Committee’s April 4 vote.
But that April 4 vote will likely have other consequences.
Those in our party who make the phone calls, put up the yard signs, canvass neighborhoods, and write small checks won’t soon forget how they expended time and resources to attend a convention last year to only have a small group of party insiders overturn the will of thousands as expressed in a fair and free election.
The events surrounding my removal were just the latest in a long succession of efforts by the SCC to ensure that they – and not the party's base – were paramount in determining the direction of the Virginia GOP.
What some fail to realize is that the problems within our party have little or nothing to do with me. I was simply a rally call for those that have felt and feel disenfranchised as conservatives within the Republican Party. The action of the SCC on April 4 only reinforced that view and sentiment.
Grassroots conservatives are in the fight due to a commitment to their ideas and values – not because of any personality – mine or anyone else's. Those on the SCC may have won this most recent battle, but regrettably, they fail to recognize that they are losing us the war. Winning elections is a game of addition not subtraction, yet our state party is turning away good people every day. You can’t rebuild a majority that way.
I was elected to change things, but those that are the guardians of the status quo strenuously resisted the changes I attempted to bring. They are intent on returning the party to the course it was on prior to my election, confident in the mistaken belief that doing the same thing over and over again will somehow produce a different result.
You would think that – given the number of chairman the Party has had in so few years – these “leaders” would figure out that maybe, just maybe, the party's decline might have something to do with their own misguided priorities and poor judgments. It is inconceivable that they neglect to realize just how obsolete their approach is, particularly given that they are the very same people who have presided over loss after loss for our party.
The SCC’s actions taken in the last few months in particular have made a challenging course for our nominees even more treacherous. For example, the choice of our next Chairman should be put in the hands of the convention delegates. But once again, the grassroots of our party have been removed from the process by those at the top, putting such a decision in the hands of an elite few.
It is that kind of top-down approach that resulted in our party's greatest contraction, and it is the top-down approach that our activist and volunteer base resoundingly rejected at last year’s convention. Yet, reclaiming the chairmanship without replacing the entrenched party “leadership” would likely result in failure – and putting the energy and sacrifice I did into being Chairman isn’t worth a futile effort.
Therefore, today I announce that I will not be a candidate for Chairman at this year’s state convention.
My mission as Chairman was to advance our beliefs, articulate our vision, and win elections. A party firmly in the hands of the grassroots can accomplish this. A party controlled by a few insiders cannot. It is just that simple. Sadly, I don’t see that changing any time soon.
However, I recognize that I was not the perfect chairman. I made my share of mistakes. But, I also faced a small yet vocal and influential group who were determined to see me fail and committed to my removal from the day of my election. The opposition I encountered as I worked to change our party from the top-down organization it had become to a grassroots party rooted in principles rather than power was not surprising. Most of those at the top had strongly opposed my candidacy for chairman, as I made clear my intention to depart from the status quo approach that had failed us so profoundly during this decade. What was surprising is how determined these people were to revenge their loss at last year's convention, putting that task above all others, including the task of electing Republicans, which is the primary reason our party organizations exist.
I’ve also learned quite a bit as a result of my experience as a chief partisan – among the lessons: it turns out I'm not that great of one. In my time running for and in public office, I have had to be the non-partisan, mostly because of the composure of my district. But I’ve realized that being a “conservative” is much more in my nature than being a “Republican”, and some of my missteps (particularly in the press) highlight my discomfort in campaigning for party versus ideas.
Many people have suggested to me that the “party comes first.” I strongly disagree. I’m not loyal to a party label, but rather to what that label is supposed to represent. It is the principles and values I am committed to, not politics.
As for my replacement, I would encourage you to oppose the anointed choice of the SCC. Remember, these are the same people who have led the compromising of our core principles and have overseen defeat year after year. If the Republican Party here in Virginia is once again to become a majority party, they are hardly the ones to be in a position to know what it will take to get us there. Nothing personal against the person they have selected, but that endorsement should be a signal to the grassroots of who not to support.
I am thoroughly confident that a true grassroots candidate – not one hand-picked by the same insiders who removed me four weeks ago – will emerge to pick up where we left off. Such a candidate will put principle before politics, champion our conservative beliefs, and honor the will and the efforts of our grassroots members.
To all of you who have stood by Amy and me, both when it was easy and during those more difficult times, we are grateful. Thank you. You have been a blessing to us, and you can count on us to be friends for life. We hope you will keep in touch, and we will make an effort to do the same. Also, please don’t ever hesitate to let me know how I can repay even just a small measure of the abundant support you have shown us.
Having not been in this particular position in our lives for 8 years, Amy and I are happy to be taking a break from public and partisan office. But rest assured, God willing, it won’t be a long sabbatical.
We have been humbled and inspired by the people we’ve met and the commitment we’ve witnessed by so many to preserve and protect the Virginia we love. Keep the faith.