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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Puzzling Afghanistan PowerPoint Presentation

We've all seen confusing powerPoints but this one takes the cake...
its coloured charts, graphs and bullet-points are supposed to make the most incomprehensible data crystal clear....But even the sharpest military minds in American were left baffled by this PowerPoint slide, a mind-boggling attempt to explain the situation in Afghanistan. ...'When we understand that slide, we'll have won the war,' General Stanley McChrystal, the US and NATO force commander, remarked wryly when confronted by the sprawling spaghetti diagram in a briefing
....Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1269463/Afghanistan-PowerPoint-slide-Generals-left-baffled-PowerPoint-slide.html#ixzz0mQLvFlJK

Press Now Unhappy with the President Even as They Continue to Build Him Up

Read Here:http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0410/36454.html

One of the enduring story lines of Barack Obama’s presidency, dating back to the earliest days of his candidacy, is that the press loves him. ...“Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me,” Obama joked last year at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner....But even then, only four months into his presidency, the joke fell flat. Now, a year later, with another correspondents’ dinner Saturday night likely to generate the familiar criticism of the press’s cozy relationship with power, the reality is even more at odds with the public perception...


Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0410/36454.html#ixzz0mQI4c3oD

Another Candidate to Fill Nixon's Shoes Emerges - Dr. Roxann Robinson

It looks to be a crowded field on the GOP side of things to fill the 27th legislative district seat, in the Virginia House of Delegates, recently vacated by Sam Nixon (as he became the new head of VITA) in the upcoming special election. Although, the TCC will not be endorsing any candidates (taking my time since I actually live in the 66th legislative district for the Virginia House of Delegates) officially until all candidates come to light and are vetted, we will give a synopsis of all their qualifications and thoughts on each as they emerge...and maybe some advice on how they can win……and then endorse.

Met Brian Sullivan and Roxann Robinson Monday night and they look to be more examples of the extraordinary talent the 27th District has to offer the voters…so I flipped a coin and yesterday I reviewed Brian Sullivan so today it will be Roxann Robinson’s turn.
Roxann runs a successful optometry practice in Virginia, has served as President of the Virginia Optometric Association and is the Immediate-past President of the Virginia Academy of Optometry. In 1999, she was appointed by Governor Gilmore to the Virginia Board of Optometry and was recognized as the Virginia Optometrist of the Year. Roxann has testified in front of the General Assembly regarding Optometric issues and has the support of several of our representatives in her bid to run for Delegate. Roxann is a community leader (although not necessarily in the local political arena) and her core conservative values seem to be the main focus of her campaign. As I did with Sherman Litton and Brian Sullivan here are three things Roxann has going for her and then one (or two) things she will need to overcome to win this election.
1. In this time when more and more voters distrust the government, a fresh face to any political race needs to be looked at seriously by all; Roxann’s successful practice also helps since she has practical business experience in meeting deadlines, managing expectation and people as well as budgeting and those things that one must do to become a successful business person. 2. Roxann also has the unique ability to triangulate above the other two candidates and stay out of the political fray, so to speak, and poise herself as a fresh faced “newbie” outside of the “business-as-usual” politics that so many distrust. I would also advise Roxann (as I did Brian) to lobby for a debate to show where they all fall on the political spectrum and define their candidacies. 3. Roxann looks to have some heavyweight backing, namely in Senator Steve Martin, as well as several other local political heavyweights (Judy Worthington to name just one) and she should use Martin and others quickly and effectively to jumpstart her name recognition and fund raising in the 27th District to combat Sherman Litton’s inherent advantage in name recognition during this short special election timeframe.
In Roxann’s case the “outsider” view of the candidate is really a great advantage and could go a long way to helping her but the timeframe of a “special” election will work against her if she is not able to get her name in front of voters prior to the Republican Canvass and special election. Roxann’s biggest hurdle (as well as Brian Sullivan’s) will be the Republican Canvass more than the election due the Sherman Litton’s long standing in the community in a political context.

As with Brian, Roxann will needs to use her platform to get existing voters excited to support a new candidate as well as new voters to turn out and support her.
I’ll echo my last two posts…if Dr. Roxann Robinson is the caliber of candidates that the GOP will continue to field (with more to come) as Governor McDonnell begins to raid our County’s talent pool for his administration then the CDC and Independent candidates are going to have a tough time even fielding a candidate let along winning the special election because Roxann is a genuine and quality candidate for the 27th district.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

More Enter the Race to Fill Nixon’s Shoes – Two New Faces Enter the Race: A Look at Candidate Brian Sullivan

It looks to be a crowded field on the GOP side of things to fill the 27th legislative district seat, in the Virginia House of Delegates, recently vacated by Sam Nixon (as he became the new head of VITA) in the upcoming special election. Although, the TCC will not be endorsing any candidates (taking my time since I actually live in the 66th legislative district for the Virginia House of Delegates) officially until all candidates come to light and are vetted, we will give a synopsis of all their qualifications and thoughts on each as they emerge...and maybe some advice on how they can win……and then endorse.
Met Brian Sullivan and Roxanne Robinson last night and they look to be more examples of the extraordinary talent the 27th District has to offer the voters…so I flipped a coin and today I’ll review Brian Sullivan and then tomorrow Roxanne’s moves up to the plate.

Brian attended Virginia Commonwealth University graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Business and a focus in Economics. In 2008, Brian served as a full-time volunteer for the McCain for President Campaign., East Central Regional Political Coordinator and interim Virginia State Director for Rudy Giuliani’s Presidential bid, Project Director of the Republican Party of Virginia’s 2006 Victory campaign, Assistant Field Director and RPV Volunteer Coordinator for Jerry Kilgore For Governor and was an intern for Delegate Chris Saxman and served as his Legislative.
Brian’s main focus seems to be the economy and bringing jobs to Virginia, Chesterfield and the 27th district which is much needed for the people of the 27th district. As I did with Sherman Litton here are three things Brian has going for him and then one (or two) things he will need to overcome to win this election.
1. Brian has worked for many campaigns, politicians and in the General Assembly so he knows the ropes and how to get things done in the political arena. As with Sherman he already knows the players and is a man that seems to be poised enough to fill Sam Nixon’s big shoes and hit the ground running if elected.
2. Brian is a natural politician and public speaker with strong conservative credentials (besides the fact that he worked on the McCain campaign :) and the ability to get voters excited to participate in the voting process which is always difficult in a special election. With the short timeframe of the special election, Brian looks to be able to tap into some of the 27th District’s power brokers for a boost to his campaign.
3. Brian’s focused message of the economy, job creation and bringing business to Chesterfield is a good one and will register well with voters from the Tea partiers and Republican’s as well as any independents that switch over to Republican status due to the disaster on the national scene.
Brian Sullivan seems to be the antithesis to Sherman Litton’s campaign, both are extremely qualified in Virginian politics but Sherman has instant name recognition in the 27th District. Brian needs to use his campaigning ability to get existing voters excited to support a new candidate as well as new voters to turn out and support him. Brian will need to take advantage of this contrast to win the Republican canvass, to be the Republican nominee, and should lobby for a debate with all candidates to show where they all fall on the political spectrum. I have to be frank, I had not heard a lot about Brian before he announced and in this short voting period for a special election Brian’s major issue to overcome is name recognition and contrasting Sherman Litton’s long standing in the community.
I’ll echo my last post…if Brian Sullivan is the caliber of candidates that the GOP will be fielding (with more to come) as Governor McDonnell begins to raid our County’s talent pool for his administration then the CDC and Independent candidates are going to have a tough time even fielding a candidate let along winning the special election because Brian is a genuine and quality candidate for the 27th district.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Will it be a crowded GOP field to fill Nixon’s vacancy? A look at Sherman Litton – the first serious candidate to emerge…

It looks to be a crowded field on the GOP side of things to fill the 27th legislative district seat, in the Virginia House of Delegates, recently vacated by Sam Nixon (as he became the new head of VITA) in the upcoming special election. Although, the TCC will not be endorsing any candidates (taking my time since I actually live in the 66th legislative district for the Virginia House of Delegates) officially until all candidates come to light and are vetted, we will give a synopsis of all their qualifications and thoughts on each as they emerge...and maybe some advice on how they can win……and then endorse.

The first serious candidate to emerge is former planning commissioner and Chairman of the Chesterfield County Republican Committee, Sherman Litton. Sherman is a great candidate for the 27th legislative district as his standing in the county will bode well for his campaigning prospects in the shortened timeframe that is part of any special election. Although, I wasn’t invited to Sherman’s kickoff breakfast today I won’t hold that against him as he has many positives that would serve him well for our county if he were to represents the 27th.
1. In his tenure as CCRC Chair and Planning Commissioner, as well as, all the other positions big and small Mr. Litton has com in contact with many other General Assemblymen and women he will be working with and will likely make the transition a smooth one from newbie to contributing member.
2. Sherman is a stout conservative and in my limited interaction with Mr. Litton he is a man of business that can get the things accomplished that he sets out to accomplish. Sherman is currently a project manager/civil engineer with Austin Brockenbrough & Associates, a Chesterfield engineering firm, a detailed and results oriented position, that will serve this “non-lawyer” well in the General Assembly.
3. Sherman is a natural politician and an effective speaker in front of a group and his "get what you see" demeanor will come across well in this time when people’s skepticism of Politicians is at an all time high.

Does Sherman have a weakness?

Although in this case I see Sherman’s experience as a positive in filling the shoes of such a senior member of the House, some may view him as an “establishment” candidate and this would seem to be his only weakness going into the special election at this point. Sherman should take special head to reach out to the local Tea-party, and patriot groups to ensure that they know his conservative credentials are solid and run deep.

If Sherman Litton is the caliber of candidate that the GOP will be fielding (with more to come) as Governor McDonnell begins to raid our County’s talent pool for his administration then the CDC and Independent candidates are going to have a tough time even fielding a candidate let along winning the special election because Sherman is a genuine and quality candidate for the 27th district.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Pro-Infidelity Ad Prime for Prime Time?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Liquor Commissioner Fired After DWI Charge - New Hampshire News Story - WMUR Manchester

Liquor Commissioner Fired After DWI Charge - New Hampshire News Story - WMUR Manchester

Gov. John Lynch fired the state liquor commissioner on Monday after the commissioner was charged with driving while intoxicated....Liquor Commissioner Richard Simard was arrested and charged with DWI in Gilford late Saturday night, police said....Gilford police received a report that Simard, 67, of Manchester, was driving erratically toward Gilford in his 2010 BMW.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Black conservative tea party backers take heat

Read Here: Black conservative tea party backers take heat

They've been called Oreos, traitors and Uncle Toms, and are used to having to defend their values. Now black conservatives are really taking heat for their involvement in the mostly white tea party movement—and for having the audacity to oppose the policies of the nation's first black president. ..."I've been told I hate myself. I've been called an Uncle Tom. I've been told I'm a spook at the door," said Timothy F. Johnson, chairman of the Frederick Douglass Foundation, a group of black conservatives who support free market principles and limited government.

I want my free Obamacare now....confusion for those wanting a hand out now

Read Here:Health care overhaul spawns mass confusion for public | McClatchy

Two weeks after President Barack Obama signed the big health care overhaul into law, Americans are struggling to understand how — and when — the sweeping measure will affect them. ...Questions reflecting confusion have flooded insurance companies, doctors' offices, human resources departments and business groups...."They're saying, 'Where do we get the free Obama care, and how do I sign up for that?' " said Carrie McLean, a licensed agent for eHealthInsurance.com. The California-based company sells coverage from 185 health insurance carriers in 50 states.




Read more: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/04/06/91696/health-care-overhaul-spawns-mass.html#ixzz0kQ2mdkeB