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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Endorsement Time at The Contemporary Conservative - Part II

...And we're BACK! with Districts 6-11….Since we're just one month (and a couple days) way from November 2nd, Election Day, it is time for The Contemporary Conservative to let everyone know 1.) who we endorse in this crucial election and also who we think will win (since we endorse them we KNOW that they will win.) Here is the list of endorsements for the races in Virginia:

District 06
Bob Goodlatte - Bob Goodlatte came to the United States House of Representatives in 1993, bringing with him valuable knowledge and working experience of one of the largest and most diverse Congressional Districts in Virginia… While in Congress, his leadership abilities earned him a seat on the House Judiciary Committee, where he currently serves as the Vice Ranking Member. He also serves on the Courts and Competition Policy Subcommittee and the Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Subcommittee. Bob's work on the Judiciary Committee aids many of his legislative priorities including ending the Immigration Visa Lottery, cracking down on spammers, curbing illegal Internet gambling, stemming the abuse of frivolous class action lawsuits, and reducing wasteful government spending by requiring a federal Balanced Budget Amendment….In 2003, Bob was named Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, the first from Virginia since 1947. In that role he promoted healthy forest initiatives, and worked to provide programs to rural Americans who are in need of a stable farm economy, while providing for the safest, most abundant and affordable food supply in the world. He now serves as the Ranking Member on the Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Energy and Research….Bob serves as Chairman of the House Republican High Technology Working Group; Co-Chair of the Congressional Internet Caucus; and is a member of the Republican Policy Committee



District 07
Eric Cantor – The consummate leader and the best chance for both Conservatism and Republicanism to right the ship that has been lost at the progressive, big government, nanny-sate sea. Eric Cantor is the only candidate, at this time, to vote for in the 7th. This “young gun” is a driving force in Congress and will champion the reforms and initiatives, once in the majority, that are needed to curb the current economic challenges we face. Eric Cantor is one of the architects behind the “Pledge to America” a great foundational document that will usher in the policies we need and bring back the America that is the guiding light of democracy and prosperity to the world. If you live in the 7th district, it is important to make sure you vote, get friends and neighbors to vote and work for the Cantor campaign so that we Virginians have a stake in the leadership of our future as we battle the progressive movement and President to bring the government back to the people.


District 08
J. Patrick Murray - Patrick Murray is a retired U.S. Army Colonel with 24-years of active service. Patrick spent over a decade in numerous postings abroad, including tours in Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia, Serbia and Russia. Serving around the World afforded him an up-close perspective of what it is like to live in places that do not enjoy the blessings of liberty. He does not take our freedoms for granted and knows first-hand that “freedom isn’t free.”… After commanding tank units for seven years, Patrick went on to become a Foreign Area Officer in the Defense Intelligence Agency. He has extensive operational, analytical and policy experience. A Russian speaker, Patrick has worked in various bilateral and multilateral international relations venues, foreign policy, political military affairs, arms control and military-to-military relations. He has been a Military Attaché and has served in our embassies in Russia, Belarus, Bosnia, Yugoslavia, and Kosovo. In 2007 during the “surge,” Patrick deployed to Baghdad with the Joint Forces Command where he served as part of the Multi National Forces Iraq. His final tour of duty was at the United Nations in New York as a member of the U.S. Military Staff Committee.



District 09
Morgan Griffith - House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates since 1994. He represents the 8th District, which is comprised of the City of Salem and portions of Roanoke County…One of the most influential members of the Virginia General Assembly, Morgan’s colleagues elected him House Majority Leader in 2000. He is the first Republican in Virginia history to hold that position. He is a member of the House Courts of Justice and Militia, Police and Public Safety Committees, and serves as Vice Chairman of the Rules Committee. He is also a member of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission and serves as Chairman of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council…..In Richmond, Morgan has been one of the General Assembly’s most effective members, writing and passing landmark legislation that keeps Virginians safer from violent crime, holds down taxes, protects our constitutional freedoms, and makes Virginia the best place to live, work, run a business and raise a family. Morgan has led the fight to crack down on sexual offenders who prey on children, established Virginia’s cable television competition laws to hold down rates for consumers, stood up to big spenders in Richmond who have tried to raise taxes, and defended your Second Amendment rights, earning him “A” ratings from the National Rifle Association for every term he has served in office.



District 10
Frank R. Wolf - Congressman Wolf has represented Virginia's 10th District since 1981. The 10th District is comprised of the counties of Clarke, Loudoun, Frederick and Warren, the cities of Manassas, Manassas Park and Winchester, and parts of the counties of Fairfax, Fauquier and Prince William…Congressman Wolf is Virginia’s most senior member of the House and is commonly referred to as the “Dean” of the delegation. He serves on the House Appropriations Committee and is the co-chairman of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission…Congressman Wolf has been widely – and repeatedly – recognized for his tireless efforts to improve our region's transportation system. Fighting gridlock always will be a top priority. He knows everyone wants to spend less time sitting in traffic and more time with their family and friends.…Congressman Wolf is the author of the legislation that created the Iraq Study Group – also known as the Baker-Hamilton Commission – and is presently pushing legislation to establish a blue ribbon panel aimed at reforming our nation’s tax and entitlement systems. ..Recognizing the need to preserve the Shenandoah Valley’s distinct Civil War heritage and expand tourism, Congressman Wolf introduced legislation establishing the “Shenandoah National Battlefields Historic District Commission.”...Congressman Wolf also has a long record of speaking out for the persecuted around the world and is considered one the leading crusaders in Congress for human rights. He has traveled the world to call attention to human rights abuses and religious persecution around the globe…Congressman Wolf was born in 1939 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.



District 11
Keith S. Fimian - Keith S. Fimian is Chairman and Founder of U.S. Inspect, LLC, the nation’s largest provider of residential and commercial property inspection services. Headquartered in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, DC, U.S. Inspect is the dominant inspection services company in the United States, producing more than 150,000 inspection reports annually. The Company employs field and office personnel across the country and manages a network of thousands of independent contractors. Keith is also a patent holder….Prior to founding the Company, Keith worked for seven years with the international accounting firm KPMG. A former certified public accountant, Keith received his Bachelors of Business Administration in Accounting from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, where he earned a full four year athletic scholarship and captained the football team….Keith is President of the Washington DC-based Youth Leadership Foundation, a supplemental academic and character formation program serving disadvantaged youth in our nation’s capital.

Endorsement Time at The Contemporary Conservative Part I

Since we're just one month (and a couple days) away from November 2nd, Election Day, it is time for The Contemporary Conservative to let everyone know 1.) who we endorse in this crucial election and also who we think will win (since we endorse them we KNOW that they will win so tat answers that.) Here is the list of endorsements for the races in Virginia:

District 01
Rob Wittman - For over 20 years, Rob has served in several levels of government, from Town Council to United States Congress. Rob won his first campaign for public office in 1986 when he was elected to the Montross Town Council, where he served for 10 years, four of them as Mayor. In 1995, Rob was elected to the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors and was elected its Chairman in 2003. In 2005, voters in the 99th Legislative District elected Rob to the Virginia House of Delegates, where he served until he was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2007…..In the U.S. Congress, Rob has quickly earned a reputation for being a district-first Congressman and is very engaged in the goings-on of the district. He drives home from Washington to Montross every night when Congress is in session to stay in touch with his constituents.

District 02
Scott Rigell - Scott Rigell, 50, is a lifelong Republican, community leader and business owner from Virginia Beach, Virginia. The founder and Chairman of Freedom Automotive in Virginia Beach, Scott and his wife Teri own automobile dealerships in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake which employ more than 240 people. He is a past president of the Hampton Roads Automobile Dealers Association…Scott grew up in a middle-class family in Titusville, Florida. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, rising to the rank of Sergeant before an honorable discharge after six years. Scott earned his B.B.A. from Mercer University and his M.B.A. from Regent University in Virginia Beach.

District 03
Chuck Smith - A former Marine and U.S. Navy JAG Officer (Retired), Chuck is married with five children. He has lived in Virginia for the last three decades, in Roanoke, Norfolk and Virginia Beach. While in Roanoke, Chuck served on the Board of Directors of the Roanoke Bar Association. He is active in his community, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Campus East Community Association. From the projects of Greensboro to the streets of Philadelphia, from the training grounds of Parris Island to the courtrooms of Virginia, Chuck Smith has been an ardent defender of American values. His campaign focus, Principle above Politics, reflects his continuing sense of duty, and his determination to bring honest representation to the people of Virginia.

District 04
J. Randy Forbes - A class act, ardent defender of the Conservative Ideal and my Congressman… Part of Forbes' legacy is etched in stone on Capitol Hill. When the expansive $621 million Capitol Visitor Center was about to open in late 2008, Forbes and other caucus members protested that the motto "In God We Trust" and the Pledge of Allegiance were not included. Within a year, the motto was carved into a large stone beam above the center's main hall and the pledge was etched in a wall nearby.


District 05
Robert Hurt - First elected as a member of the Chatham Town Council, Robert Hurt was elected to that post with 82% of the vote. As a member of the Virginia General Assembly, State Senator Robert Hurt currently represents over 170,000 constituents within the 5th Congressional District and has represented nearly 1/3 of the 5th during his time in the legislature. He served three terms in the Virginia House of Delegates, elected and re-elected with at least 62% of the vote. In his first term in the State Senate, Robert was elected with 75% of the vote….As a member of the Virginia Legislature, Robert has cast thousands of votes including voting against at least two dozen tax increases. He has voted time and again against attempts from Democrats to raise taxes. Robert has also voted consistently against increased state spending and bloated budgets. He was one of only a handful of General Assembly members to vote against the last two Virginia Budgets, which were relying on too much spending.


More to come (districts 6-11)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Franken commits another gaffe while presiding over Senate - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Franken suffered another embarrassing moment Wednesday morning when he mistakenly recognized Sen. Tom Udall as the “senator from Utah.”



Read Here:Franken commits another gaffe while presiding over Senate - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Dems barely get votes to adjourn after floor speech - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

House Democrats barely won a 210-209 vote to adjourn the House without extending the Bush tax cuts....Thirty-nine House Democrats voted against adjournment after Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) urged opposition to the motion in a floor speech that said it would be irresponsible for Congress to leave without providing certainty on the tax issue


Read Here:Boehner surprise: Dems barely get votes to adjourn after floor speech - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Obliterating a generation

Thanks to the leadership of President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid, the Democratic Party is facing the biggest defeat in midterm elections in the past 110 years, perhaps surpassing the modern record of a 74-seat gain set in 1922. They will also lose control of the Senate....Republicans are now leading in 54 Democratic House districts. In 19 more, the incumbent congressman is under 50 percent and his GOP challenger is within five points. That makes 73 seats where victory is within easy grasp for the Republican Party. The only reason the list is not longer is that there are 160 Democratic House districts that were considered so strongly blue that there is no recent polling available.




Read Here:Obliterating a generation - TheHill.com

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Political Races around VA - 7rh Congressional District Tea Party Candidate Floyd Bayne

I would be remiss in reporting on Conservativism in Virginia if I left out the Tea Party/Independent candidates And we have a formable one in the 7th district, Floyd Bayne. Floyd's Conservative "street cred" should never be in question and he has the 7th District constinuency's best interest at heart in this run for the 7th ditrict seat...never underestimate a passionate candidate with a passionate following in this political environment.







My advice to Floyd (as all candidates know, my blog, my advice) stop talking so much about Eric Cantor and talk more about what he is goiung to do that is DIFFERENT than Cantor.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Bailout Indeed - Chrysler UAW workers drinking, smoking weed on the job

Political Races around VA - 7rh Congressional District Eric "Young Guns" Cantor

From EricCantor.com :

Many months ago, as indications of a Republican sweep in 2010 first materialized, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-7th) suggested that opposition to the administration’s statist agenda would translate into significant GOP gains. In a conversation with the Editorial Board, he added that if his party was to govern effectively it would need to offer a coherent program to the American people. The publication of Young Guns: A New Generation of Conservative Leaders does much of that. In the book, Cantor (whose wife Diana serves on the board of Media General, the newspaper’s corporate parent) joins fellow GOP Reps. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Kevin McCarthy of California in outlining a Republican vision.
Young Gun Eric Cantor urges Congress to listen to the American people and vote against the Democrat health care overhaul bill......

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

CAIR tries to squash criticism of agenda through intimidation and lawfare, critics say | The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment

“Islam isn’t in America to be equal to any other faith but to become dominant.
The Koran, the Muslim book of scripture, should be the highest authority in
America, and Islam the only accepted religion on Earth,” San Ramon Valley Herald reporter Lisa
Gardiner
wrote when summarizing the message of Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR) founder Omar Ahmad to a
Muslim audience in 1998...But if yours is an Islamist organization, operating as a mainstream advocacy
group in a country that has not accepted Allah as supreme, how do you remain
relevant and keep Islam on a pedestal? Answer: sue, coerce, and intimidate those
who say or write things damaging to the image of the faith and its followers.
Read more Here: CAIR tries to squash criticism of agenda through intimidation and lawfare, critics say The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Political Races arounf VA - Randy Forbes 4th District

...and now my Congressman Randy Forbes ...

Political Races around VA - 9th Congressional District Morgan Griffith

House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith has been a member of the Virginia House of Delegates since 1994. He represents the 8th District, which is comprised of the City of Salem and portions of Roanoke County....A graduate of Salem’s Andrew Lewis High School, Morgan is an honors graduate of Emory & Henry College. After completing his studies at Washington and Lee University School of Law, Morgan returned to the Roanoke area to practice law. Today, he is a partner in Albo and Oblon, one of Virginia’s fastest growing law firms with offices in many areas of the Commonwealth....One of the most influential members of the Virginia General Assembly, Morgan’s colleagues elected him House Majority Leader in 2000. He is the first Republican in Virginia history to hold that position. He is a member of the House Courts of Justice and Militia, Police and Public Safety Committees, and serves as Vice Chairman of the Rules Committee. He is also a member of the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission and serves as Chairman of the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council.

Boucher needs to go!! - Obama loves Boucher, we conservatives not so much

Political Races around VA - Scott Rigell 2nd district

Scott Rigell, 50, is a lifelong Republican, community leader and business owner from Virginia Beach, Virginia. The founder and Chairman of Freedom Automotive in Virginia Beach, Scott and his wife Teri own automobile dealerships in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake which employ more than 240 people. He is a past president of the Hampton Roads Automobile Dealers Association.
Scott grew up in a middle-class family in Titusville, Florida. He served his country in the United States Marine Corps Reserve, rising to the rank of Sergeant before an honorable discharge after six years. Scott earned his B.B.A. from Mercer University and his M.B.A. from Regent University in Virginia Beach.

Matthews Scolds Obama: 'Stop Saying Cutting Taxes Is Giving People Money - It`s Their Money!'

Krauthammer: Obama Either "Delusional" Or "Supremely Cynical"

Dr. Charles Krauthammer: "Well, if that's what you get when you get a group of
handpicked members of an audience, I can imagine if you had a random selection
of the audience. It would have been rather more raucous, but clearly it was not
something that helped him."



Read Here RealClearPolitics - Video - Krauthammer: Obama Either "Delusional" Or "Supremely Cynical"

Friday, September 10, 2010

U.S. shifts approach to deporting illegal immigrants

From USA Today: 

The Obama administration is changing the federal immigration enforcement strategy in ways that reduce the threat of deportation for millions of illegal immigrants, even as states such as Arizona, Colorado, Virginia, Ohio and Texas are pushing to accelerate deportations.





Read More Here: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2010-09-10-immigration10_ST_N.htm

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Lefty magazine promotes teachers’ guides, claims schools aren’t providing a liberal viewpoint | The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment

A spokesman for the magazine told The Daily Caller that the magazine wants to
ensure students are exposed to liberal thinking, citing what he said was a
tendency for classes to exclude progressive ideas and viewpoints
.......Seriously?

Read Here: Lefty magazine promotes teachers’ guides, claims schools aren’t providing a liberal viewpoint The Daily Caller - Breaking News, Opinion, Research, and Entertainment

GOP Youngguns, the GOPs future and 'W'

Stating that we conservatives loved everything "W" did is plan wrong and if towing the party line means saying we did than we have a problem....changing the GOP for the better means taking a look at the past...what worked and what didn't and not just relying on the opposition to fail and then instituting the Status Quo... of retread candidates and retread Ideas. We need to move America forward with real substantive conservative principles starting with the economy, spending and job creation.....From ther Telegraph:

The Young Guns book recognises "high profile ethics lapses" and "an
inability to rein in spending or even slow the growth of government" led to a
breakdown in trust in the party. ..."The fact is, we had our chance, and we blew
it," wrote co-author Eric Cantor, the party's chief whip....The Young Guns
programme run by Mr Cantor and his colleagues and co-authors Kevin McCarthy and
Paul Ryan is designed to find new, reliable conservative candidates

Read Here: http://www.addthis.com/web-button?where=website&type=bm&clickbacks=1&frm=home&bm=bn3&analytics=0

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Sabato's crystal ball predicts GOP to Take House, Maybe Senate in 2010 Election

Love him or hate him  few in the nation have been able to predict the political climate better than Larry Sabato head of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics....From Larry Sabato's Crystal ball prediction:

2010 was always going to be a Republican year, in the midterm tradition. It has simply been a question of degree. Several scenarios were possible, depending in large measure on whether, or how quickly, the deeply troubled American economy recovered from the Great Recession. Had Democratic hopes on economic revitalization materialized, it is easy to see how the party could have used its superior financial resources, combined with the tendency of Republicans in some districts and states to nominate ideological fringe candidates, to keep losses to the low 30s in the House and a handful in the Senate….Obama’s job approval ratings have drifted down well below 50% in most surveys. The generic ballot that asks likely voters whether they will cast ballots for Democrats or Republicans this year has moved increasingly in the GOP direction. While far less important, other controversies such as the mosque debate and immigration policy have made the climate worse for Democrats. Republican voters are raring to vote, their energy fueled by anti-Obama passion and concern over debt, spending, taxes, health care, and the size of government. Democrats are much less enthusiastic by almost every measure, and the Democratic base’s turnout will lag. Plus, Democrats have won over 50 House seats in 2006 and 2008, many of them in Republican territory, so their exposure to any sort of GOP wave is high…. Republicans have a good chance to win the House by picking up as many as 47 seats, net…. This is a “net” number since the GOP will probably lose several of its own congressional districts in Delaware, Hawaii, and Louisiana. This estimate, which may be raised or lowered by Election Day, is based on a careful district-by-district analysis, plus electoral modeling based on trends in President Obama’s Gallup job approval rating and the Democratic-versus-Republican congressional generic ballot (discussed later in this essay). If anything, we have been conservative in estimating the probable GOP House gains, if the election were being held today......


Read more here http://www.centerforpolitics.org/crystalball/articles/ljs2010090201/

The Medicare Bureaucracy: Ready To Disrupt Seniors’ Drug Coverage

From the Foundry, “

If you like your health care plan you can keep it.” This was a mantra from President Obama throughout the health care debate. The President also promised that his health care overhaul would not affect seniors’ benefits...But, despite all the promises, a new report from Avalere Health shows that, in addition to the upheaval caused by Obamacare, the Medicare bureaucracy is taking administrative steps to change the Medicare drug program that will have adverse impact on seniors’ choices. Millions of seniors will have to switch their prescription drug plans due to changes within Medicare. Avalere is a private research firm founded by a former budget official from the Clinton Administration....Its analysis shows that more than 3 million seniors—roughly 20 percent of those enrolled in stand-alone drug plans—won’t be able to keep their current plan. According to the AP’s Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, some of seniors’ drug plans will be eliminated as “Medicare tries to winnow  down duplicative and confusing coverage, in order to offer consumers more meaningful choices.”

Read More Here: http://blog.heritage.org/2010/09/01/the-medicare-bureaucracy-ready-to-disrupt-seniors’-drug-coverage/