Monday, December 29, 2008

Memorial service for Hank Gregory, Jan 4 at 3 pm.

April 3, 1921-December 22, 2008

Henry D. (Hank) Gregory, III, of Roanoke, retired GE engineer and philanthropist, Presbyterian elder and wit, died December 22, 2008. As he might have put it, "There's now one less of-us young folks around than there used to be."Born in Denver, Colorado, to Henry, Jr. and Marion Hawkins Gregory and educated in Denver public schools, he graduated in electrical engineering from the University of Colorado in 1942. In that same year, he married Lorraine Bixby (who predeceased him in 2001) and began in Schenectady, New York his 42-year career with General Electric. There the couple's three children were born. In 1956, the family moved to Roanoke with GE, from which Mr. Gregory retired in 1984. In 2005, he married Imogene Dean, shared joy and love and support with her until he died, and embraced her children as his own.

Mr. Gregory was a leader and supporter of First Presbyterian Church, Treasurer of the Roanoke County Republican Party, a member of the GE Elfin Society; and delivered Meals on Wheels (his final time only days before his death). Hank Gregory received each day as a gift, and gratefully gave himself and his treasure to support his church and other agencies he saw to be serving his God's holy and loving purposes.

He is survived, and his memory is cherished, by his widow, Imogene Gregory; by his children: Henry Duval, IV "Greg," (Barbara "Bobi" Dixon), Lorinda Rae "Rindy" Lionberger (Sam), and Scott Charles (Kaye Carter); by his stepchildren, Nancy Reid (Lon), Lawrence Young, and Mary Beth Coffey (Bruce); by his nine grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren; by his sixteen great-grandchildren; and by his cousins Virginia Hawkins and Donald Hawkins (Margaret). The family wishes to express its deep gratitude to the Roanoke Memorial Hospital Neurotrauma ICU and to Chaplain Lisa Myers, for their excellent practice of the healing arts, and their even better compassion as human beings.

The Rev. Bob Smith will lead a memorial service at First Presbyterian Church on Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 3 p.m. An informal reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Fundraiser for Ken Cuccinelli in Roanoke Area, Fri. Jan. 9

Friday January 9th - Roanoke Reception for Republican AG candidate Ken Cuccinelli

Hosted by Senator Ralph Smith,

Ed Creed and Charles & Kimberly Dudley

At the Dudley's home

752 Scarlet Drive, Daleville 24083


$35 per person/$50 per couple

Sponsors needed: $1000, $500, $250 or $100

RSVP to Emily Stewart at or call 804-523-4538

Monday, December 15, 2008

Next Republican County meeting, Thur. Feb. 5

The next Roanoke County Republican Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 5, 7 pm, at a place to be announced.

For more information, contact

Monday, December 8, 2008

Ken Cuccinelli wins AG poll and award

This past weekend, we held the annual Republican Party of Virginia Don Huffman Advance in Hot Springs, Virginia.

This event draws Republican activists from across the state.

The event sponsored a "straw poll" for the Republican nomination for Attorney are the results....

Cuccinelli wins the RPV Advance Strawpoll.

The results are as follows:

Cuccinelli, 47.8%Brownlee, 38.4%Foster, 13.8%

Congratulations to Senator Ken Cuccinelli
Ken Cuccinelli wins 2008 Legislator of the Year award from The Family Foundation

On Nov. 20, 2008, The Family Foundation was thrilled to present the 2008 Legislator of the Year Award to state Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37, Centreville). Cuccinelli fought to defund Planned Parenthood in the 2008 General Assembly by introducing a budget amendment in the Senate. That fight shut down the Senate for over four hours while Republicans and Democrats fought within their own caucuses. Ultimately, the vote was a 20-20 tie with Lt. Governor Bill Bolling casting the deciding vote in favor of the amendment. The budget amendment, unfortunately, was not included in the final budget.

Senator Cuccinelli has been an advocate for property rights, life, marriage and many other values in his time in the state Senate. We were pleased to be able to honor him.

Monday, November 17, 2008

2008 Huffman Annual Advance -- Dec 5 - 7, The Homestead

Don Huffman Annual Advance 2008

25th Anniversary Event at The Homestead in Hot Springs, Virginia

Friday, December 5, 2008 Start Date: Friday, December 5, 2008 12:00 PM End Date: Sunday, December 7, 2008 8:00 AM

Join Republicans across the Commonwealth as we recap the 2008 elections and plan for the 2009 Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General and House of Delegates elections.

This event will take place at the historic Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia, a luxurious resort in the beautiful hills of western Virginia. The Advance will provide a unique opportunity for hundreds of grassroots activists and elected officials to regroup, recharge and prepare for the year ahead.

The 2008 Advance will feature a Friday night Welcome Reception; Saturday morning Victory Breakfast and Saturday afternoon Luncheon (with a special guest speaker); more Political Seminars and Workshops; and, the presentation of our 2008 Grassroots Activists awards. On Saturday afternoon, we will even hold a Straw Poll to see who the Party faithfuls choice for Attorney General will be. On Saturday Night, we will hold a special Dinner to honor all past RPV Chairmen.

Hospitality Suites will be held both Friday and Saturday nights.Training will likely include:

How to Successfully Organize and Conduct a Mass Meeting

Canvass and Convention

Parliamentary Procedure

New Media: Blogging, E Campaigns, Websites

Communications 101: State and local Media, press releases, letters to the editor

Growing Your Unit

Voter Data Management

Registration for the Advance and Straw Poll: Registration starts at $109 per person;

Sponsorships start at $1,000. Contact Tina McArthur for more information regarding individual and corporate sponsorships, or other opportunities such as buying a table for the Silver Anniversary Dinner or placing an advertisement in the Advance Program.

Click here for corporate sponsorship opportunities: 2008 Advance Sponsorship Prospectus CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINEDownload the hard-copy registration form here: 2008 Advance hard-copy registration form

Rooms at The Homestead (rooms at Homestead are separate from Advance registration fees):
Room Rate and Info:

$139 per night (plus 15% resort fee) Friday & Saturday night

Luxurious Rooms with Flat Screen TV's

Access to Indoor Mineral Pool & Fitness Center

Valet Parking

Wireless Internet

Afternoon Tea

Daily Newspaper

10% discount on spa services and retail purchases

$99 room rate for early arrival or stay over (bring the family!)

Click here to download room reservation form

LocationHomestead Resort1766 Homestead RdHot Springs, VA 24445(540) 839-1766

Contact Tina McArthur 804-780-0111

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Family Foundation Lobby Day in Richmond, Mon Jan. 19

Just a calendar note and heads up...the annual Family Foundation lobby day is Monday, Jan 19 in Richmond. We can carpool from Roanoke.

The event usually starts about 10 am with a meeting and then we lobby our Virginia delegates and Senators in Richmond, returning in the late afternoon. Our issues are typically prolife, lower taxes and smaller government, depending on what bills are being offered at the time.

Please make plans to join us. Tell me if you are interested in going.

My email is

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Roberta McCain (first Mama) visits Roanoke

John McCain's mom, Roberta McCain visited the Roanoke GOP Headquarters today at 11:30 am.

She came to thank volunteers for their hard work. She spoke of John McCain's life of public service and challenged us to work hard in the next few days leading up to the election.

She is a remarkably fit and active woman at age 96 and I am sure John is very proud of her.

Thanks, Roberta, for taking time from your busy schedule, to visit us in Roanoke.....

Wealth Distribution Explained

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Palin wows the crowd in Salem

Photo by Shelia Harris

Sarah Palin came to Salem, VA last night. The crowd of 16,000 - 20,000 set a new Salem Stadium record that was last set during the Franklin Graham Crusade in 2003. The large crowd was electrified!

Here is some local media coverage of the event:

Channel 13

Channel 10

Channel 7

WFIR 960 AM radio

Roanoke Times

Sunday, October 26, 2008

UPDATE: Gov. Palin Rally on Monday, Oct. 27


We need volunteers for the Palin Rally on Monday. We had volunteer training today, however if you want to volunteer, show up at the Salem Civic Center on Monday at 11 am, ask for Volunteer signin. Volunteers who sign up to work the rally WILL be given seats at the rally.


Due to overwhelming response to the Sarah Palin rally in Salem, Virginia on Monday, the venue has been changed from the Salem Civic Center to the Salem Football Field. The football stadium is located behind the Salem Civic Center and beside the Memorial Baseball Stadium. The time of the event remains the same. Attendees who have already obtained tickets do not need to get new tickets. Peope who have not obtained tickets yet still have the opportunity to do so by stopping by one of our Victory Offices listed below or online at The McCain-Palin campaign moved the event site so that everyone who wants to attend the Palin rally on Monday has the opportunity to do so.


I have been told that signs will NOT be allowed and cameras WILL be allowedWEAR RED, as we work to keep Virginia Red for Republican!!

Ticket Locations

Roanoke Regional Victory Headquarters
3904 Franklin Road SW, Suite E
Roanoke, VA

Harrisonburg Victory Center
182 Neff Avenue
Suites 13 and 14
Harrisonburg, VA
(540) 830-3757

Montgomery County Victory Center
302 A North Main Street
Blacksburg, VA

Washington County Victory Center
903 East Main Street
Abingdon, VA

Danville Victory Headquarters
625 Piney Forest Road, Suite 206
Danville, VA

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Sarah Palin visit to Roanoke, VA on Monday***TICKETS AVAILABLE***

Sarah Palin in Roanoke/Salem, VA on Monday, Oct. 27!!!

VP Candidate Sarah Palin will be in Roanoke on Monday, Oct. 27. She will speak at the Salem Civic Center (which is probably too small).

The doors will open at 3:30 PM and the event starts at 5:30 PM

Tickets will be distributed via the Virginia McCain Victory locations, including the one in Roanoke, VA .... We have tickets at headquarters now!

Better yet, you can print your own from your computer. Go to this site, enter the info and print your own tickets.......

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Palin wows the crowd in Richmond, yesterday

Check out this slide show with audio, from the Richmond Times Dispatch....



Published: October 14, 2008

Vice-presidential pick Sarah Palin dashed into the conservative heartland of Virginia yesterday, likening the struggling Republican ticket to a stock-car racer revved for a come-from-behind victory.

Standing on a sun-baked stage on a dusty field on the edge of Richmond International Raceway, Palin referred to Jimmie Johnson’s squeaker win last month in the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at the sprawling NASCAR complex in Henrico County.

Dismissing polls that show her and presidential nominee John McCain trailing nationally—and in traditionally Republican Virginia—Palin said, “It’s looking a lot like that Rock & Roll 400 on the checkered-flag-waving day, November 4th.”

Signaling the importance of Virginia’s 13 electoral votes for the GOP ticket, the Alaska governor swung through the state yesterday. She started in military-rich Virginia Beach with McCain before stopping in suburban Richmond en route to heavily Democratic Northern Virginia.

“They know Virginia is a swing state, and they have to play—and play hard—here,” said Victoria Cobb, president of the Family Foundation of Virginia, a conservative grass-roots organization.

Speaking to a crowd that Henrico County’s police chief, Col. H.W. Stanley Jr., estimated at 20,000 to 25,000, Palin was at once loyal soldier and fierce critic, talking up McCain’s economic-recovery plan and putting down Democrat Barack Obama as a tax-and-spend liberal.

Palin, accompanied by her husband, Todd, attributed the financial crisis and continuing credit freeze to “Wall Street bankers and brokers . . . and the predatory lenders who so took advantage of so many Americans.”

Palin said Obama favored a “trillion [dollars] more” in new spending that would force higher taxes for working families and small businesses. Those claims were greeted with lusty boos from a crowd largely turned out in red—the television color-code for the GOP.

Palin—wearing a dark skirt and a white shirt, the sleeves of which were turned up—drew hearty cheers when, referring to her son, Trigg, who has Down syndrome, and special-needs children, she said, “There are the world’s standards of perfection, and there are God’s.”

After praising the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, Palin alluded to protesters in the audience—none, however, were spotted. The crowd thundered when Palin said, “Thank those veterans who have given them the honor to protest.”

The Associated Press reported that Palin accidentally mistook some of her own fans for protesters. People on the perimeter could not hear Palin and shouted, “louder, louder.”

Hank Williams Jr., a country-western star, skewered the Democratic ticket with a send-up of his hit, “Family Tradition.” Williams, wearing a cowboy hat, sunglasses and a Washington Redskins jersey, intoned about a favorite target of Republicans—the “left-wing, liberal media.”

Williams compared Palin to a bear protecting its young: “If you mess with her cubs, she’s gonna take off her gloves. That’s an American female tradition.”

Del. William R. Janis, R-Henrico, attending the rally with son Robert, said the event would energize the Republican rank and file and was a “tangible demonstration that Virginia is not Obama-Biden country . . . This is still a reliably red state.”

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Voter guide comparison of Presidential Candidates (you can copy and print)

Several groups are beginning to release voter guides for the upcoming Presidential election.

These can be printed and used in church bulletins, posted on bulletin boards, etc.

National Right to Life:

English version:

Spanish verson:

American Family Association

HTML version:

PDF version:


FRC Action

Christian Coalition

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Pelosi as President??????

Much is made of McCain's age.

Has anyone brought up the fact that Obama smokes and both of his parents died at an early age. Plus Biden has had two brain aneurysms which could have killed him. If they both died while in office that would leave Nancy Pelosi as president.

I can't think of a better reason to vote for McCain & Palin.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Dear Mr. Obama.......

This ad was produced by Joe Cook, the man in the the entire message all the way to the end.....this may be THE ad of the campaign......

Video Here

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

We need HELP at GOP HQ in Roanoke

Team, we need your HELP!!!

The McCain/Palin ticket has CAUGHT FIRE in SW Virginia!!

Our HQ has been swamped by people wanting signs, stickers, buttons, etc. and we don't have enough people to take all the calls and visitors.

Would you be willing to help?

Goodlatte for Congress Phone Banking

Congressman Bob Goodlatte's re-election campaign is making hundreds of phone calls each week. Organized phone banks take place at the Goodlatte Campaign Headquarters (Link to Map) on Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 8:30 p.m. Volunteers can also make calls from home.

Every Saturday morning, we meet for door-to-door canvassing from 9 am - 12 noon. You can also do this during other days or hours.

We need office help with signs, literature, answering the phones, etc.

For more information or to offer help, call 389-1170.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

A star is born......

Gov. Sarah Palin hit it out of the park last night with her speech!!!

Here is a story on this from , a great web news site........

The country 'fell in love with Sarah Palin tonight'

Posted: September 04, 20087:20 am Eastern
By Art Moore© 2008 WorldNetDaily

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Sarah Palin introduced herself to America last night as "just your average hockey mom," but to the roar of ecstatic Republican National Convention delegates her convention speech rose above the expectations birthed last week when John McCain stunned the nation by choosing the Alaska governor as his running mate.

Making it seem easy to deliver a speech watched by millions worldwide amid a media frenzy over her personal life, she told her story and framed the argument for a McCain-Palin White House, delivering carefully crafted one-liners to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's doorstep with a resolute smile.

McCain's assessment of the speech was clear as he appeared on stage afterward with Palin's husband Todd, their five children, and their pregnant teen daughter's fiancé.
"Don't you think we made the right choice for the next vice president of the United States?" McCain asked. "And what a beautiful family."

WND took a sampling of reaction from the convention floor after the speech, speaking with a dozen delegates, including Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, former Gov. George Allen of Virginia, Rep. Peter King of New York, former Rep. Bill McCollum of Florida and Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett.

Texas delegate Matt Hayes of Dallas seemed to typify the mood at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center.
"I'm more energized than I think I ever have been politically. I'm bubbling, I'm excited, I can't contain myself," he said.

Hayes said that after McCain announced his pick at a rally in Dayton, Ohio, Friday he called everyone he knew to get their reaction.
"To a person, every Republican I have talked to is excited about Sarah Palin as our nominee, and tonight just pushed it 10 times what it was before," he said. " … I feel sorry for Joe Biden."
WND also ran into pollster Frank Luntz, who called it "the best vice presidential speech I have ever heard."
"I don't know a vice presidential candidate that had a more powerful impact, and I've been to every convention since 1988," Luntz said.
"She talked about real people, using real words, real language, and I was very impressed," Luntz said. "This is someone who's got a natural appeal to working men and women across the country. The visual of her relating to her family and the message of the hardworking Americans on farms and in factories I think is going to have a lasting appeal. This is very impressive."
King called it a "phenomenal speech."

"It couldn't have been better," the New York congressman said. "Governor Palin knocked it out of the park. I couldn't have possibly expected any more than this. It was great."
King said he was surprised that anyone could be that good in a debut national speech.
"I've never seen anybody give a better speech, and it's the first one she's ever given," he said.
King said he's heard nothing but good reports about her from his New York constituents
"After tonight, it will be off the charts," he said.
Alaska delegate Bill Noll of Anchorage knows Palin personally.
"I think America just saw why she has an 80 percent approval rating in Alaska," he told WND.
McCollum said America has a "new star."
"She's just out there shining bright," he said, "She is going to be very effective as a vice presidential candidate, and she's gong to be a very effective vice president."
McCollum said he thought Palin "showed a toughness and a warmth all at the same time.
"She showed she is most capable of taking on the opposition and governing and being a leader," he said.

Prior to the speech, McCollum wasn't sure Palin had the ability to assume the vice presidential candidate's traditional role of challenging the rival team "in a way that is firm and convicted, and not just being a hockey mom."
"She is a hockey mom, but she showed tonight that she can really stand tall beside anybody, man or woman," McCollum said.
Palin, noting she served as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska, took direct aim at the intense criticism from the Obama campaign about her qualification for the job of vice president.
"Since our opponents in this presidential election seem to look down on that experience," she said, "let me explain to them what the job involves, I guess a small-town mayor is sort of like a 'community organizer,' except that you have actual responsibilities."
Palin said she "had the privilege of living most of my life in a small town."
"I was just your average hockey mom, and signed up for the PTA because I wanted to make my kids' public education better," she said.
Palin said when she ran for city council for her hometown, "I didn't need focus groups and voter profiles because I knew those voters, and knew their families, too."
Virginia's Allen called it an "outstanding speech" in content and delivery.
"I think viewers across America fell in love with her," the former governor and presidential candidate said. "She showed great poise; I thought she handled her family wonderfully, notwithstanding all the invasions of her family's privacy."
Allen said some of the people who tuned in because of the "controversy created by the media" saw "someone who is ready to lead, ready to be a partner with John McCain in putting the people, in putting the people and the taxpayers of America first."
Allen said that prior to the speech he had hoped Palin would not dwell on the media fury surrounding the announcement Monday of her 17-year-old unmarried daughter's pregnancy.
"I thought she handled it perfectly," he said, noting Bristol was there with her fiancé.
Kay Kellogg Katz, national committeewoman for Louisiana, said she was not familiar with Palin prior to her introduction last Friday but was "quite taken" with her from that point.
"She has a special needs child, her father was an elementary school teacher, her mother was a support worker in the schools, her husband's a union member, they've owned a small business, her son's going to Iraq – how much more middle America can you be?" Katz asked.
"She's one of us, and I think will be a breath of fresh air."
Texas delegate Laura Woodhan of Lubbock said she was on the phone after the speech with her 22-year-old niece who watched it on TV and is now beside herself with excitement.
"I don't know that before tonight she'd given [the campaign] a second thought," Woodhan said. "But now, it's on the forefront of her mind."

Pennsylvania's attorney general, Corbett, said he thought Palin "came across very, very well."
"This speech tonight I think astounded the country," Corbett said. "A woman who's up in Alaska – nobody got to know her. Tonight they got to know her, and they're going to see her for the next 61 or 62 days, and I think they see somebody who can lead."
Pennsylvanians were the subject of derision in secretly taped remarks Obama made earlier this year at a San Francisco fundraiser, and Corbett was glad to see Palin address it.
Palin said "in small towns, we don't quite know what to make of a candidate who lavishes praise on working people when they are listening, and then talks about how bitterly they cling to their religion and guns when those people aren't listening."

"We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco," Palin said.
McCain reportedly had considered former Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge as a running mate to strengthen his chances in the battleground state, but Corbett said Palin makes it competitive.
"There are a lot of Reagan Democrats in Pennsylvania that are going to be looking at this race," he said.
Sen. Inhofe of Oklahoma said he didn't know as much about Palin as others, having had only one conversation with her, and "didn't know until tonight what really good communications skills she had."
"Her one liners – each one had a message, and that's not normally the case," Inhofe said.
Palin took aim at one of Obama's main campaign themes.
"Here's how I look at the choice Americans face in this election. In politics, there are some candidates who use change to promote their careers. And then there are those, like John
McCain, who use their careers to promote change."
The senator said he was pleased Palin was unapologetic about the need to drill for oil along with pursuing renewable energy sources, and he appreciated the administrative skills she has demonstrated in Alaska.
Palin advocates drilling in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, while McCain is opposed

Palin said that in a McCain-Palin administration "we're going to lay more pipelines, build more nuclear plants, create jobs with clean coal, and move forward on solar, wind, geothermal, and other alternative sources. We need American energy resources, brought to you by American ingenuity, and produced by American workers."
Mississippi delegate Brian Perry, 33, of Jackson, said Palin exceeded his expectations.
"There's been a lot of concern that the Republican brand has been damaged," he said. "She comes from outside Washington ... she's showed she's experienced, she can do the job, she has the charisma to inspire and she has the knowledge."
Kansas delegate Randy Duncan of Brookville thinks Palin came across well in the heartland.
"I think she not only it a home run, she hit it out of the ballpark," Duncan said. "I mean she was fantastic. I think the selection of Sarah Palin not only energized the base, but I think it's energized the entire Republican party. And I don't think there's any doubt we have a great opportunity to win.
"I think the country fell in love with Sarah Palin tonight," he said.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Gov. Sarah Palin for VP, a GREAT choice

Let me echo what our friends at Roanoke Republicans Blog say about Sarah Palin....she really is a great choice!!

As a conservative, I appreciate her strong pro-life record and strong support of our Second Amendment rights.

She blows Joe Biden out of the water in the VP race!!

Here are some thoughts from Delegate Chris Saxman on this choice:

Governor Palin was elected as the youngest and first female Governor of Alaska in 2006. She and her husband Todd are parents to five children, the oldest of whom is serving our country in the US Army. As Governor, she has been a true reformer, working to clean up politics in Alaska with passage of an ethics bill and putting an end to pork-barrel projects- including putting an end to the infamous "Bridge to Nowhere" project. She has a strong pro-life record, and is a lifetime member of the NRA.

Governor Palin has a proven track record of service to her community and her state, and she has demonstrated real leadership and a commitment to reform. I know that she will be a great asset to our ticket, and she will work with Senator McCain to clean up Washington.

More from her 2006 Campaign Website:

Sarah's parents arrived in Alaska in 1964 to teach school in Skagway.

After moving to the Valley and graduating from Wasilla High, Sarah earned her Journalism degree from the University of Idaho. She worked in media and the utility industry before beginning her public service 14 years ago.

Sarah was elected to two terms on the Wasilla City Council, and then two terms as the Mayor / Manager of Alaska's fastest growing community. During her tenure as Mayor she reduced property tax levels while increasing services and made Wasilla a business friendly environment drawing in new industry. The responsibility of managing dozens of employees including a growing police department and public works department, and overseeing the multimillion dollar capital and operating budgets provided her with hands-on, 21st Century relevant administrative experience. Sarah's demonstrated leadership was also recognized when she was elected by her mayoral peers as President of the Alaska Conference of Mayors. In this role, she worked with local, state and federal officials to promote solutions to the needs of Alaska's communities.

Sarah served as Chairman of Alaska's Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which regulates Alaska's most valuable non-renewable resources: oil and gas. She also served on the Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission. Sarah was named one of Alaska's "Top 40 Under 40", Alaska's Public Works "Person of the Year", and was recently inducted into the Sigma Beta Delta Honor Society at Alaska Pacific University.

Married to the three-time champion of the world's longest snowmachine race (the Iron Dog), Sarah's husband is also a lifelong Alaskan and is a production operator on the North Slope. Todd and Sarah commercial fish together in Bristol Bay, being joined at their sites with their kids: Track, Bristol, Willow, and Piper. The state's Alaska Native heritage plays an important role in the life of this family.

Sarah is currently an elected board member of Valley Hospital, has served on numerous boards and commissions throughout the State, and stays active as a marathon runner, sports team mom, hockey manager and school volunteer.

Sarah's a lifetime member of the NRA and enjoys hunting, fishing, Alaska history, and all that Alaska's great outdoors has to offer.

Please join me in welcoming Governor Sarah Palin to our Republican ticket!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Roanoke County party elects new officers

At their recent meeting, the Roanoke County Republican Committee elected the following people as officers:

RCRC's Executive Committee:

Graham Leonard, Chairman
Bill Figaro, Vice-Chairman and Catawba Magisterial Chairman
Bryan Hyler, Vice-Chairman
Chuck Wertalik, Vice-Chairman
David Suetterlein, Secretary
Hank Gregory, Treasurer
Trixie Averill, Vinton Magisterial Chairman
Max Beyer, Hollins Magisterial Chairman
Mickey Mixon, Cave Spring Magisterial Chairman
Don Thorne, Windsor Hills Magisterial Chairman

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Mark Warner, on Republicans.....

From a Mark Warner speech in 1994:

"One of the things you are going to see is a coalition that is just about completely taken over the Republican Party in this state and if they have their way it's going to take over state government. It is made up of the Christian Coalition, but not just them. It is made up of the right-to-lifers, but not just them. It's made up of the NRA, but not just them. It is made up of the home schoolers, but not just them. It's made up of a whole coalition of people that have all sorts of differing views that I think most of us in this room would find threatening to what it means to be an American."

Thursday, August 7, 2008

JON VOIGHT: My concerns for America

VOIGHT: My concerns for America

Obama sowing socialist seeds in young people
Monday, July 28, 2008


We, as parents, are well aware of the importance of our teachers who teach and program our children. We also know how important it is for our children to play with good-thinking children growing up.

Sen. Barack Obama has grown up with the teaching of very angry, militant white and black people: the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Louis Farrakhan, William Ayers and Rev. Michael Pfleger. We cannot say we are not affected by teachers who are militant and angry. We know too well that we become like them, and Mr. Obama will run this country in their mindset.

The Democratic Party, in its quest for power, has managed a propaganda campaign with subliminal messages, creating a God-like figure in a man who falls short in every way. It seems to me that if Mr. Obama wins the presidential election, then Messrs. Farrakhan, Wright, Ayers and Pfleger will gain power for their need to demoralize this country and help create a socialist America.

The Democrats have targeted young people, knowing how easy it is to bring forth whatever is needed to program their minds. I know this process well. I was caught up in the hysteria during the Vietnam era, which was brought about through Marxist propaganda underlying the so-called peace movement. The radicals of that era were successful in giving the communists power to bring forth the killing fields and slaughter 2.5 million people in Cambodia and South Vietnam. Did they stop the war, or did they bring the war to those innocent people? In the end, they turned their backs on all the horror and suffering they helped create and walked away.

Those same leaders who were in the streets in the '60s are very powerful today in their work to bring down the Iraq war and to attack our president, and they have found their way into our schools. William Ayers is a good example of that.

Thank God, today, we have a strong generation of young soldiers who know exactly who they are and what they must do to protect our freedom and our democracy. And we have the leadership of Gen. David Petraeus, who has brought hope and stability to Iraq and prevented the terrorists from establishing a base in that country. Our soldiers are lifting us to an example of patriotism at a time when we've almost forgotten who we are and what is at stake.

If Mr. Obama had his way, he would have pulled our troops from Iraq years ago and initiated an unprecedented bloodbath, turning over that country to the barbarianism of our enemies. With what he has openly stated about his plans for our military, and his lack of understanding about the true nature of our enemies, there's not a cell in my body that can accept the idea that Mr. Obama can keep us safe from the terrorists around the world, and from Iran, which is making great strides toward getting the atomic bomb. And while a misleading portrait of Mr. Obama is being perpetrated by a media controlled by the Democrats, the Obama camp has sent out people to attack the greatness of Sen. John McCain, whose suffering and courage in a Hanoi prison camp is an American legend.

Gen. Wesley Clark, who himself has shame upon him, having been relieved of his command, has done their bidding and become a lying fool in his need to demean a fellow soldier and a true hero.
This is a perilous time, and more than ever, the world needs a united and strong America. If, God forbid, we live to see Mr. Obama president, we will live through a socialist era that America has not seen before, and our country will be weakened in every way.

Jon Voight is an Academy Award-winning actor who is well-known for his humanitarian work.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Republicans refuse to leave House after Pelosi turns out lights....

From Friday......Many brave Republicans stayed on the House floor and refused to leave, demanding a vote on energy bill (drilling) that Speaker Pelosi has blocked, so far.

Many say they will be back on Monday. Even though the House has adjourned, CSPAN usually carries 5 minute speechs that members are allowed to give....however, this time, Pelosi has apparently turned off the cameras to block media coverage of this protest.

Bravo Republicans! Somebody needs to stand up to Pelosi's facist control of the people's house.

Click here for story on

Friday, August 1, 2008

Democrat hypocrisy alert.....

(Note how they forget to put the party name (D) of the elected official, when it's a Democrat doing wrong......)

Lucas brings Hummer to news conference on gas

Aug 1, 2008 11:31 AM EDT

NORFOLK, Va ( was supposed to be a news conference by supporters for Democratic Senator Barack Obama.

They wanted to blast Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain's plan to give a brief 'gas tax' holiday.

When State Senator Louise Lucas showed up in a gas guzzling Hummer to blast McCain for his stand on the oil crisis, the story changed.

Lucas said, "While Virginia's families are confronting the reality of gas, the oil companies continue to record record profits."

That, from an elected official who showed up in a vehicle that gets some of the lowest gas mileage per gallon. asked her about the image of that. She said, "I'll say this to you. The Hummer is not driven on a regular basis. It is only to come to functions like this. I have to carry a lot of stuff."

But functions like this is a news conference about Presidential Candidates gas plans, and gas prices, and solving the gas problem.

Behind Senator Lucas, up on the bridge, you could see all the vehicles stuck in the I-64 back up at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, also burning up some gas.

We asked Senator Lucas whether the questions about her Hummer were unfair.

"I don't think it's an unfair question. While we need to be driving more fuel efficient cars, for those of us who have SUVs and larger vehicles, we don't save money by trading those in when no one wants them to get smaller vehicles that end up costing us more."

The point Lucas wanted to make is the gas holiday proposed by Senator John McCain will save the average driver only $30 between Memorial and Labor Days. And will cost millions in lost revenues for roads.

But all that was lost in the shadows of a Hummer.

Story link on WAVY TV

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Start Your Creative Engines!


Americans must restart our creative engines for energy security. For more than 30 years, our engines have been in the pits, as our energy needs and innovative spark have fallen victim to environmental alarmism and strangling government regulation. What we have to do begins with where we are now.

That’s also called “the status quo.” Ronald Reagan said “status quo” was “…Latin for the mess we’re in.” In the 1980 Republican convention, soon-to-be President Reagan said:

"Those who preside over the worst energy shortage in our history tell us to use less, so that we will run out of oil, gasoline, and natural gas a little more slowly. Conservation is desirable, of course, for we must not waste energy. But conservation is not the sole answer to our energy needs.

America must get to work producing more energy…Large amounts of oil and natural gas lay beneath our land and off our shores, untouched because [some] seem to believe the American people would rather see more regulation, taxes and controls than more energy.

Coal offers great potential. So does nuclear energy produced under rigorous safety standards. It could supply electricity for thousands of industries and millions of jobs and homes…

Make no mistake. We will not permit the safety of our people or our environmental heritage to be jeopardized, but we are going to reaffirm that the economic prosperity of our people is a fundamental part of our environment.”

It’s ridiculous how little has changed in almost three decades of arguing this issue. Reagan identified the failures of Carter-era energy policies then, and now the liberals of today—along with some conservatives—are just proposing more of the same:

• Windfall profits taxes on oil companies, which only succeeded in increasing our dependence on imported oil the last time Democrats passed them in 1980.

• More regulation and taxation, such as cap-and-trade systems that are designed to raise energy costs while trying to cut carbon emissions. Studies have shown that the recent Cap-and-Trade bill would result in electricity price increases of at least 101 percent and gasoline prices increases of up to 145 percent by 2030, resulting in millions of jobs lost and a lower standard of living. The European Union has already imposed a Cap-and-Trade scheme that has proven to be spectacularly unsuccessful in lowering emissions while raising energy costs. According to an Open Europe report, emissions increased in the EU by 0.8 percent in the first year of the program, with many European nations showing emissions rising faster than in the U.S.

• Declaring American oil and gas reserves off-limits to exploration, ignoring advances in environmentally safer exploration technology that could produce more energy at home, rather than sending $600 billion out of our own country to hostile regimes. Meanwhile, Cuba and China are drilling 50 miles off the Florida Keys.

Instead of falling back to failed, harmful political gimmicks, let’s start our creative engines with a strategic plan of productive action. Currently, 85 percent of America’s energy comes from carbon-based fuels. The advances in carbon sequestration technology and renewable resource energies needed to supplement and enhance oil, gas, and coal are years, if not decades, away from viability. We need to produce more energy here at home now.

• The federal government must allow willing states to explore in deep water off their coasts and share royalties with those states. From Alaska to Virginia, states want to access oil and natural gas reserves. Let them do so for the sake of our energy security and for lower prices for American families.

• America has 250 billion tons of recoverable coal reserves, more than any other nation. We need to press ahead with developing clean coal for base load electricity and coal-to-liquid technology. China and South Africa are already synthesizing coal into liquid transportation fuels and so can America, to fuel cars, trucks, trains and airplanes.

• Nuclear power is a clean air source of electricity, and we must streamline the regulatory processes that have resulted in no new nuclear power plants coming online in decades. The French get more than 80 percent of their electricity from nuclear power and reprocess and recycle the spent fuel in a much safer and more efficient way. America can too, and we can finally solve the issue of nuclear storage.

If we pursue these common sense, available sources of energy now, we can fuel our economic prosperity and provide the capital to drive our innovators to develop the next generation of energy resources—whether it be clean coal, advanced nuclear, natural gas, solar, or nanotech-enhanced batteries and cost saving energy conservation—that will provide real alternatives. America: Start your creative engines!

Human Events

Friday, July 18, 2008

Goodlatte for Congress HQ

Congressman Bob Goodlatte's campaign office can be reached at 725-7445. You can contact Tim Edson at

Monday, July 14, 2008

The real Obama???

This is the July 21 cover of the New Yorker magazine that is causing such a stir. Note the flag burning in the fireplace and Osama's picture on the wall.
The liberal magazine says the July 21 cover, titled “The Politics of Fear,” is intended to be a parody, an attempt to show how “scare tactics and misinformation” are being used to try to derail Barack Obama’s campaign, says cover artist Barry Blitt.
I don't know...many people might tend to agree with this portrait of Obama, given his ties with Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and radicals like Bill Ayers.
Mr. Ayers became a radical activist in the 1960s and was a founder of the radical Weatherman group.
According to Wikipedia, "....Ayers participated in planting a bomb at a statue dedicated to police casualties in the 1886 Haymarket Riot.[7] The blast broke almost 100 windows and blew pieces of the statue onto the nearby Kennedy Expressway.[8] The statue was rebuilt and unveiled on May 4, 1970, and blown up again by Weatherman on October 6, 1970."
Anyone running for President should go through a very high level of scrutiny. Despite the refusal of the mainstream media to ask Obama tough questions, or probe his past, his record should be open to the public.
Thank God for conservative media on the Internet and talk radio, lest we hear only the Democrat Party PR/media on Senator Obama.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Tax Hikes Averted this Time

The General Assembly’s special tax session adjourned around 1:35 this morning with no new tax or fee increases passing. After a day of political gamesmanship, harsh partisan rhetoric and exercises in parliamentary gymnastics, all of the major tax proposals eventually met their demise.

The fireworks started early when the House Rules committee met suddenly and voted to send Governor Kaine’s tax hike proposal to the floor. This came a week and a half after the same committee killed the same bill, and after the Governor and House Democrats complained that the process wasn’t fair. Kaine claimed he had the votes to pass the bill, so House Republicans called his bluff.

Democrats were caught off guard by the move and tried to delay the process to figure out what to do. In the end, they voted against parliamentary procedures that would have allowed Kaine’s bill to receive a straight up or down vote – something they had claimed they wanted.

Later, the House brought the Senate’s transportation proposal to the floor, where the gas tax provision was quickly stripped out of the bill. Regardless, the bill failed to pass by a vote of 59-39.

Finally, HB 6055, the attempt to “fix” last year’s transportation package that was gutted by the state Supreme Court, was passed in an amended form by the House with a vote of 51-45. Some House members seemed to believe that voting for a miserable attempt to “fix” last year’s mistake would be viewed positively by taxpayers. Fortunately, the Senate referred the bill to the finance committee where it met its demise.

Thankfully, the potential tax hikes were defeated this time. However, it is a sobering reminder that many of our legislators are refusing to understand the economic plight of Virginia’s citizens. Once again, we’d like to thank you for your support as we continue to keep our legislators fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars.

From the Family Foundation

Monday, June 30, 2008

Frederick names Executive Director Allison Coccia to lead Virginia GOP

Richmond, Virginia (June 27, 2008) – Allison Coccia, who formerly served as Executive Director of the New York Republican State Committee, and as Political Director and Acting Finance Director of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, has been named Executive Director of the Republican Party of Virginia (RPV).

“After a thorough search that entailed interviewing several outstanding candidates, I concluded that Allison offers us a proven record at improving fundraising, communications, and building the grassroots,” said Jeffrey M. Frederick, RPV Chairman.

In his first month since being elected Chairman, Frederick has moved quickly to name Harrisonburg businessman and entrepreneur Walter Curt as the GOP’s Finance Chairman, and veteran national political and campaign attorney Cleta Mitchell as General Counsel. In addition, Frederick installed Virginia political veterans Tom Bunnell and Gerry Scimeca to key positions within the RPV operation.

Frederick has promised to put together "the strongest team of leaders and staff RPV has ever seen", and as part of that effort, he instructed his search committee to conduct a national search for the top candidates available for Executive Director. Candidates were identified, interviewed, and researched as part of the vetting process.

Coccia is the first woman to head the RPV staff in more than 25 years. Frederick said he was impressed with the strong endorsements Coccia received from party leaders throughout Pennsylvania and New York, and for her ability to get to every corner of the Empire State to listen to party leaders and help to build their local parties.

“I wanted an Executive Director who was not a top-down leader, but understood the importance of physically meeting with grassroots Republicans and contributors from Lee County to the Eastern Shore, and find out what tools they needed to win in their areas,” Frederick said.

“Allison worked tirelessly to revitalize the Republican Party in New York State at a local level, and her work contributed to our stunning victories in 2007,” according to New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. “New York's loss is Virginia's gain”, he added.

Scott Migli, former Executive Director of the Republican Party of Pennsylvania said: “the Virginia GOP has made a great choice in hiring Allison as Executive Director. Allison and I worked very closely in Pennsylvania during 2006, one of the most difficult years in decades for Republicans. As the Political Director, despite overwhelming odds, she was able to guide our Victory program to second in the nation. Together we worked closely with the state legislature to pass a Voter ID bill that was signed by a Democrat governor. Allison will prove to be a great asset in a state we must carry in November to elect Sen. John McCain the next President of the United States.”

Coccia also worked for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and the Pennsylvania House Republican Campaign Committee where she served as campaign manager for numerous campaigns across the Pennsylvania.

Friday, June 27, 2008

Mark Sanford: A Different Kind of Republican

June 26, 2008

Mark Sanford: A Different Kind of Republican

If you want to see why Mark Sanford is different from a lot of the other Republican names being bandied about for VP, take a look at what just happened in South Carolina's local elections. While other governors are shy with the veto pen or refuse to fight for conservative policies, Sanford is not the type to sit silently and let the Legislature steamroll him.

It is important to note that although South Carolina's Legislature is controlled by Republicans, these are anti-reform Republicans who like to keep government big, spending high, and their pork flowing. Some of the most powerful of these Republicans were former Democrats who switched parties when the South turned Republican (see Fred Barnes excellent article in the Weekly Standard).

After several years of tangling with his Legislature, Sanford, along with the South Carolina Club for Growth, took active steps to move the Legislature in a new direction. In other words, they targeted incumbent Republicans with pro-growth, conservative challengers.

And they were remarkably successful. In the State Senate, Governor Sanford endorsed four incumbent-challengers and won three of those races. The loss to GOP incumbent Sen. Jake Knotts might have had something to do with the fact that he was endorsed by the highest elected Democratic official in the state and Democrats came out in droves to vote for the Republican-In-Name-Only. In total, Sanford endorsed six Senate candidates, five of which won their elections.

Life would certainly be easier for Sanford if he just sat on his hands and played nice with his Republican Legislature. While you occasionally see politicians fighting for conservative principles, rarely do you see the kind of conviction and determination that you get from Gov. Sanford. It is thoroughly refreshing.

Club for Growth

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Ralph Smith Serves Up Lendy’s Again

Ralph Smith Serves Up Lendy’s Again
‘50s Roanoke Drive-In Returns June 27

ROANOKE, VA—Senator Ralph Smith (R-Botetourt) is bringing back Lendy’s, the classic Roanoke drive-in, on June 27 to coincide with the Star City Motor Madness Cruise-In.

Ralph Smith’s annual “Lendy’s Again” will be serving up original menu items from a miniature replica Lendy’s at an original Lendy’s site on the 5500 block of Williamson Road. Buddyboys, longfellas, onion rings, and strawberry pie will all be available on Friday from 6-10 pm.

The food’s authenticity is ensured by the presence of Chick Rakes who managed the location at the Williamson Road drive-in location back in the 1960s. Chick Rakes will be joined by other volunteers who have participated in the event every year since 2003.

The first Lendy’s Again was held during Ralph Smith’s tenure as mayor of the City of Roanoke and has continued to expand every year since. This year, guests will be invited to view photos and ‘50s movie clips as they enjoy their food and the classic cars.

Monday, June 9, 2008

6th District elections, this past Saturday

This past Saturday, the 6th district met in Lexington, VA.

Congratulations to the winners of the following 6th district seats:

Scott Sayre, Vice Chairman
Jim Crosby, State Central Committee for Congressional Seat
Kelly Keach, Secretary
Steve Mabry, Treasurer

In addition, Dr. Kurt Michael submitted his resignation as chair for Augusta County but plans to stay involved with the party.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

SAVE the Date!! Friday, Aug 8 Shrimpfest

Save the date -- Mark your calendar


Friday August 8, 6pm
at the Charles Hill Senior Center in Vinton!!

We have some great speakers already confirmed and more to come so don't miss this opportunity to have a great time and get up close and personal with our elected officials and our statewide candidates, for this year and next!!
Names will be forthcoming, so hang tight!!

Tickets are $20 per person
$10 for kids 5-12
under 5, free

Tickets will be available soon!!

The Republican Party - the place to be and the people to be with!!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

John Brownlee Announces Campaign for Attorney General

Roanoke, VA -- Former United States Attorney John Brownlee, a conservative Republican and former Army Ranger, announced his candidacy for Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“I am running for Attorney General because every Virginian deserves to live in a safe, secure and prosperous community,” said John Brownlee. “As Attorney General, I will work hard to ensure that all Virginians live in neighborhoods that are free from violent crime, drug dealers, child predators, criminal illegal aliens, and those who prey on our most vulnerable citizens”
John Brownlee has spent the last 20 years serving the citizens of Virginia and the United States. As a young military officer, John volunteered for the Infantry and successfully graduated from the Army’s rigorous Airborne and Ranger programs.

In 2001, President Bush appointed John as United States Attorney. As the top federal law enforcement official, John successfully prosecuted some of our nation’s most corrupt corporations and dangerous criminals. As one of Virginia’s leading crime fighters, John has earned the reputation as a tough prosecutor who knows how to keep our communities safe from violent criminals and drug dealers.

Said Brownlee, “From personally prosecuting criminals including some of the most violent offenders, to running the United States Attorney’s office for over half our Commonwealth for seven years, to working closely with Attorney General Bob McDonnell to make Virginia safer, I have the experience needed to serve effectively as Virginia’s Attorney General.”

Brownlee is the son of hard working and dedicated public servants. John’s mother served as a public school teacher for over 40 years – the last 17 in Fairfax County, Virginia. John’s father was a decorated Army officer and Vietnam veteran who was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat and earned two Silver Stars for valor. John’s father retired in 2004 as the acting Secretary of the Army. John’s sister, Tracy Carney, and her husband and daughter live in Falls Church, Virginia.

Said Brownlee, “What drives me to work for a better Virginia is the same as many of you -- my family and two young children, and my faith in God and belief in the values of faith and service. I have been honored to serve my country as a soldier and my Commonwealth as its United States Attorney. As Attorney General, I will work for a safer, more secure and prosperous Virginia.

I am a pro-life candidate. I believe that life begins at conception and that our government has a duty to respect and protect all innocent human life. As a hunter, I also am a strong defender of the Second Amendment and will defend our right to keep and bear arms,” continued Brownlee.
John attended Robinson High School in Fairfax County, Virginia, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and received three varsity letters in football. After high school, Brownlee attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, on a ROTC scholarship.

At Washington and Lee, Brownlee received a B.S. degree in Business Administration and Accounting, earned three varsity letters in football, and earned honors as a distinguished military graduate. In 1991, Brownlee entered law school at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, graduating in 1994. After graduation, he served as a judicial law clerk for U.S. District Judge Sam Wilson. From 1997 through 2001, John served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. Since 2005, John has taught trial advocacy at the University of Virginia School of Law.

In January 2005, Brownlee convicted defendant Brent Simmons for the 1996 murders of two James Madison University students. Simmons had traveled from Florida to Harrisonburg and then shot and killed the two students. After a mistrial in state court, Brownlee developed a novel legal theory by using the Violence Against Women Act, which had been enacted only 13 days before Simmons killed the students, to bring the case into federal court. Brownlee convicted the defendant of both murders, and the jury sentenced Simmons to life imprisonment with no chance of release.

Two years later, John convicted a defendant for committing a violent prison murder. The jury imposed the death penalty, and Brownlee became the first federal prosecutor in over 30 years to successfully prosecute a capital murder case in his judicial district.

In May 2007, after a five year investigation, Mr. Brownlee and Virginia Attorney General Bob McDonnell convicted the maker of the pain medication OxyContin of intentionally misbranding their highly addictive and dangerous drug. The company and executives were convicted of misbranding OxyContin and paid over $634 million in fines. The criminal fine was one of the largest financial penalties ever imposed on a drug company. Mr. Brownlee also served on Attorney General Bob McDonnell’s task force that helped toughen Virginia’s penalties against child predators.

Graduating from Washington and Lee in 1987, Brownlee entered the U.S. Army and volunteered for the Infantry. John was selected for the Commandant’s List from his Infantry Officer Basic Course, and successfully completed the Airborne, Ranger and Air Assault training programs. Brownlee was assigned to the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard) at Ft. Myer, Virginia, where he lead an infantry rifle platoon. In 1997, Brownlee transferred to the Judge Advocate General Corps (USAR) where he served for 10 years. Brownlee received an honorable discharge in 2007 at the rank of major.

John is married to the former Lee Ann Necessary of Millers Creek, North Carolina. They attend, along with their daughters Thompson Ann and Catherine Harris, Grandin Court Baptist Church in Roanoke.

John's website

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Kaine Announces Tax Hike Plan

Governor Tim Kaine yesterday surprised absolutely no one when he announced a nearly $1 billion tax and fee increase proposal under the guise of fixing transportation. A special tax session of the General Assembly is scheduled for June 23.

The Governor's plan includes increasing the sales tax in Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia from 5 to 6 percent, something rejected by voters in those regions in 2002. It also includes increasing from 3 to 4 percent the motor-vehicle titling tax; an increase in the grantor's, or property seller's tax, of 10 cents per $100; and a $10 increase in the cost to register vehicles.

Last week I gave you two reasons why The Family Foundation does not support increasing taxes for "fixing transportation": the lack of a constitutional amendment that protects the Transportation Trust Fund from being raided, and the nearly 100 year old, depression era law that controls how Virginia funds its transportation needs. Until those two issues are resolved, Virginians should not be asked to send more money to Richmond to fund a broken system.

But there are other reasons to reject tax hikes for transportation. One of them is the new third rail of politics - education funding.

During this year's General Assembly session, the biannual "rebenchmarking" of the Standards of Quality resulted in a $1.1 billion increase in education spending in the new budget. What does "rebenchmarking of SOQs" mean? A convoluted formula that automatically ensures that Virginia's public school establishment will receive at least a billion more dollars every two years, regardless of student outcomes or reductions in enrollment. That spending goes up no matter what. By continuing with this system, public education is assured of securing funds at the expense of other core budget items (public safety, transportation, etc.). Any legislator who is honest will tell you that there is absolutely no way to fund this annual education increase and the rest of state government without some type of massive, statewide tax increase.

And here we are. In fact, do you know how much spending increased on transportation in the recently passed new budget? Zero. Not a penny. Zilch.

Why? Because as long as the SOQ funding formula remains unchanged, every other area of state government, including transportation and public safety, will get short changed. (Of course, the Virginia Education Association was one of the first to publically endorse the Governor's plan.)

This year, The Family Foundation supported a short-lived proposal to adjust the SOQ formula slightly, which would have in no way directly affected what is spent in the classroom. But such a change would have saved $200 million per year. That nearly half billion dollars every biennial would go a long way toward fixing the transportation crisis the Governor alleges needs immediate action.

As I said in my last email alert on this subject, because The Family Foundation has opposed increases in taxes over the years, we have gained a reputation as being "anti-tax." That isn't the case. We simply want our state government to be more responsible in how it spends our money before it comes to working families asking for more.

Family Foundation

Thursday, May 8, 2008

High Fuel Costs – Causes and Solutions

Fuel costs have shot up so high they are causing hardship for many Americans. It appears they will continue to surge, creating a number of serious problems. Why is this happening, and what can be done about it?

Politicians, bureaucrats, and judges have stifled domestic oil and gas production and the construction of new oil refineries and nuclear power plants. Their irresponsible behavior is forcing us to rely on foreign oil, gasoline, diesel fuel and gas; much of it coming from nations that are hostile to us. To buy this foreign oil, gasoline, diesel fuel and gas, we are forced to bid against other countries, including India and Red China, which have rapidly growing appetites for them. The United States dances to the tune of the OPEC oil cartels and the unstable and expensive world market of oil.

The U.S. has no shortage of oil and gas reserves. They are located in the Gulf of Mexico, other offshore areas, in parts of Alaska, and in other public lands. The American Petroleum Institute informs us that we could have enough domestic oil to power 60 million cars for 60 years and enough domestic natural gas to heat 60 million homes for 160 years. However, 85 percent of U.S. coastal waters and 75 percent of onshore prospects are off limits.

Did you know we import 60 percent of our oil and we have lost more than one million jobs in oil and gas during the past 20 years?

Politicians, bureaucrats, and judges have been blocking the construction of oil refineries and nuclear power plants for more than thirty years, which also contributes much to our dependence upon foreign suppliers of energy. The last new refinery built in the United States was Marathan Ashland's Garyville, La. Plant, completed in 1976. Between 1999 and 2002, refining capacity in the United States rose only 3 percent, pushing up prices since demand grew much faster than that. Watts Bar 1, which came on-line in Feb. 7, 1996, was the last U.S. commercial nuclear reactor to go on-line.

Politicians created federal and state regulations requiring dozens of "boutique fuels" – different blends of gasoline for different regions. This causes a very inefficient national market, because a surplus that occurs in one area cannot be shifted to another part of the country that needs more. Creating boutique fuels also requires expensive refinery shutdowns to change output from one formula to another, This reduces production overall and risks overproduction for some areas and underproduction for others. All of this results in higher prices at the pump.

Then there is the 2005 federal ethanol mandate, the Energy Policy Act of 2005, that politicians forced on us. Since taking effect in 2006, this measure has increased energy and food prices while doing little to reduce oil imports or improve the environment. Federal incentives for the creation of ethanol are costing the federal government (taxpayers) about $1.00 per gallon. Ethanol still tends to cost consumers more than gasoline. We can thank politicians for this additional increase in fuel costs.

Let us not overlook fuel taxes, a very large percentage of the cost of fuel. Who creates these big taxes? Politicians, of course.

Analysts tell us the steep decline in the value of the U.S. dollar is contributing to the steep increase in fuel costs. The dollar has lost its value because politicians have been spending far more money than our government has been receiving. The proposed Global Poverty Act (S.2433) is a classic example. The United States Senate may vote on it any day. This proposed United Nations style welfare to third-world countries could eventually cost U.S. taxpayers as much as $845 billion. Senator Barak Obama is sponsoring it.

When you see politicians attacking oil companies for the surge in fuel costs, you are seeing politicians scapegoating the oil companies to shift the blame. Let us put the blame squarely where it belongs – on politicians, bureaucrats, and judges.

What are the most important things we can do to bring fuel prices down? We must:Begin drilling for and using the oil and gas that are available in the United States.Build refineries and nuclear power plants.Remove expensive, wasteful mandates, such as the ethanol and boutique fuel mandates.Control governmental spending.

The huge problem of skyrocketing fuel prices and the serious problems they cause will not be solved until we, the people, insist that politicians, bureaucrats, and judges take the actions that commonsense tells us are required.

Monday, May 5, 2008

6th district committee meets on Saturday, May 3

The 6th district Republican committee met in Lexington on Sat. May 3.

Fred Anderson won re-election to chairman in a close race over Jim Crosby.

In the Roanoke Valley region of the 6th district, Trixie Averill won the position as National Delegate to the convention, while Max Beyer won Alternate Delegate.

Mike Bailey won 6th district Vice Chairman and Mickey Mixon won State Central Committee.

Congratulations to all these candidates!!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tax Freedom Day Finally Arrives

Tax Freedom Day Finally Arrives

Mark Warner’s Tax Hike Pushes Date Back 11 Days

RICHMOND, VA – After 115 days, Tax Freedom Day has arrived, and Virginia taxpayers can finally stop working for the government and start working for themselves.

Tax Freedom Day is the day in which taxpayers have earned enough income to pay off their estimated federal, state, and local tax bills for a given year, according to the Tax Foundation.

Virginia had successfully moved its Tax Freedom Day to April 18 in 2003. However, Mark Warner’s historic tax increase in 2004 brought that trend to a screeching halt. Virginians’ tax burdens increased steadily for three consecutive years thanks to Warner’s massive tax hike, resulting in Tax Freedom Day not occurring until April 29 in 2007. The Tax Foundation attributes this year’s improvement to the tax stimulus package signed by President Bush earlier this year.

“Tax Freedom Day paints a clear picture of the burden that government places on Virginia’s taxpayers,” said Republican Party of Virginia Chairman John Hager. “Unfortunately, the policies of Mark Warner and his friends Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton would only add to the number of days Virginians have to work for the government. Both Obama and Clinton will need to raise taxes to pay for their new government programs, and Virginians are all too familiar with Mark Warner’s support of tax hikes. In contrast, John McCain and the Republicans running for the Senate in Virginia understand that a low tax burden is a key component to a strong, competitive economy.”

More information about Tax Freedom Day can be found at the Tax Foundation’s website,

Saturday, April 19, 2008

'Expelled' looks at academia's efforts to silence opposition to Darwinism

Allie Martin - OneNewsNow - 4/18/2008 8:00:00 AM

A movie opening in theaters nationwide today examines how educators and scientists are being ridiculed, denied tenure, and even fired for questioning Darwinism.

The movie is called Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed and stars Ben Stein. Filmed in documentary style, Expelled shows the viewer how the debate about the origin of life is one-sided on college campuses and academic institutions worldwide.
Also featured in the documentary are professors on both sides of the issue -- those who have been blacklisted because they question Darwinism, and those who defend evolution and refuse to believe that the universe could have been brought about by an intelligent being.
Stein, who is a former presidential speechwriter, actor, and author, finds it amazing that many of the intellectual elite allow no dissent from Darwin's theory of random mutation and natural selection.
"The intelligentsia said at a certain point that Adolf Hitler was the wave of the future, and so the intelligentsia is often wrong and in fact I'd say they're wrong at least as often as they're right," explains Stein. "We aim to show that they're wrong again. You know what else? We're sick of being pushed around by the intelligentsia."
According to Stein, Darwinism played a role in the Holocaust as the social elite of that time used Darwinian principles to justify purging society of "inferior" races. He also warns that in today's culture, Darwinism is continuing to have a negative impact on social and moral issues.
Stein and the movie's producers are hopeful Expelled will spark more freedom when it comes to teaching about the origins of life.
In Roanoke, showing at the Valley View Grande Theaters

Monday, April 14, 2008

Election results for local units

On Saturday, April 12, Graham Leonard was elected as the new Chairman of the Roanoke County Republican Committee.

Also, Doug Gimbert was re-elected as chair of the Botetourt County Republican Committee.

Congratulations to Graham and Doug on their leadership roles !!

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Roanoke County & Botetourt County Mass meetings, Sat April 12


We will be electing a new chair for the next two year cycle at this meeting and your vote is important. We will also be hearing from a number of guest speakers from around the state, so it will be an interesting meeting. Please make every effort to attend, BUT...

If for any reason you can not attend the mass meeting but wish to be elected as a delegate to the 6th District Convention in Lexington on May 3 or the State Convention in Richmond May 30-31, please let me know as soon as possible BEFORE the mass meeting so that we can add your name to the delegate list. We will also be electing a new county GOP committee and likewise, if you would like to join at this time but cannot attend, please let me know so I can include you on the new membership roll.

Look forward to seeing everyone there!!

Trixie Averill
Roanoke County GOP Chair

Botetourt Co. Mass Meeting
Registration begins at 9:00 AM, meeting starts at 10 AM.
Location: Read Mountain Middle School, Cloverdale
Purpose: Election of Committee members, Delegates to the 6th District & State Convention, and election of County Chairman.

For more information, Contact Doug Gimbert at

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Salem elects new party Chair

Congratulations to Greg Habeeb. He was elected chair of the Salem City Republican party at their recent meeting.

Greg is an attorney with Gentry Locke and can be reached at

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Ken Cuccinelli to run for AG in 2009

(The ticket of McDonnell/Bolling/Cuccinelli will be a GREAT all 3 are prolife conservatives who believe in limited govt. and low taxes !!)

March 31, 2008
Dear Fellow Republican:

Well, last week I told you we’d move on to a new topic this week. This week’s topic? We’re going to run for Attorney General of Virginia in 2009. I hope that I can count on all the readers of The Compass to support our effort. For those of you that are ready to commit your support now, please click the link at the bottom and check the box in the upper right hand corner!

Here are some of my remarks from earlier today about why I am running and how I hope to carry forward a conservative, Republican agenda in this race and into the office of AG.

This is a big day for us, as we’ve decided to proceed with an exploratory effort in pursuit of the Republican nomination for Attorney General in 2009. With the establishment of Bob McDonnell as our presumptive nominee for Governor and Bill Bolling running for re-election to Lt. Governor, we have the opportunity to have the strongest ticket Republicans have advanced in many years.

I believe that I can round out that ticket, bringing my history of conservative leadership and a strong grassroots network based in Northern Virginia. This would be a ticket with a record of fighting for Virginia families and businesses, representing the three most populous parts of the Commonwealth, and with values that I believe will also resonate strongly in the rest of Virginia as well.

I can win in November 2009 because I stand strongly for conservative principles and I have proven that I can explain them in way that demonstrates to an average Virginia family that I can make a positive difference in their daily lives. A difference in cutting red tape and fighting tax hikes that produces more jobs. A difference in protecting our liberties while keeping our families and children safe. A difference in cutting government waste and focusing government spending on core priorities like transportation, education, law enforcement and caring for those who cannot care for themselves, as we did in mental health reform this year. Meeting and talking to people about these and other issues is what I will be doing with my exploratory committee.

Northern Virginia has not been represented on a Republican ticket for the better part of two decades, and I believe that my fellow Republicans across Virginia are now as committed as I have always been to competing in Northern Virginia. All three of my campaigns have been well known for our grassroots success. Despite good fundraising on our part, the Democrats have made sure that we have been outspent in every race we’ve ever run, yet we’ve won with the support of a large group of truly good people who share my commitment to conservative principles. They have put us over the top every time, and I am confident that it is those folks that will get us over the top again – this time for Attorney General.

One of the other blessings we’ve had in our campaigns is a huge number of small donors. We literally have a network all over Virginia of thousands of folks that have written small checks to our campaign (hint, hint). Our donor base is more than three times the size of ANY other elected state Republican Delegate or Senator. If just our donors come to a convention for us, and half of them bring their spouse, we would have over 2/3 of the votes that we will need to win the nomination.

Of course, beyond our donor base, we’ve got a volunteer base of many hundreds of activist volunteers not only here in Northern Virginia, but we’ve had help from literally every corner of the Commonwealth – some of them have driven up to help us during our races, others have made phone calls or provided other volunteer help right from their homes. We will be calling on those folks to help again and to come to the convention in 2009 to put us over the top. Again, we have a large base of volunteer supporters to call upon in addition to our significant donor base, and we think that’s a great position to start this race. If they come through, we’ll win.

Now, there is a reason that we have the best volunteer and donor base in the Commonwealth. It is because I have stayed true to the conservative principles that I have advertised in my campaigns. Simply put, I am a conservative at heart. It’s not just positions, it’s who I am. I am unapologetically pro-life and anti-tax, and I have been the biggest defender of the 2nd Amendment and property rights in the Virginia State Senate since my arrival. And I have done all of this in some of the toughest political territory for a conservative, not merely in Northern Virginia, but in inner Northern Virginia, in Fairfax County – the biggest single vote prize in the Commonwealth in statewide races.

Part of the reason for the loyalty of our base is not simply my leadership on virtually every issue of interest to conservatives, it is also because I have been advancing conservative positions in what has been a very hostile environment for conservative principles in Virginia – the Virginia State Senate – and then going home to Fairfax to defend my conservative positions in election after election – always as one of the Democrats’ top targets statewide.

Because we’ve been working in Fairfax’s tough political territory, we’ve had to run the leanest and most efficient grassroots campaigns in the Commonwealth, and we will bring that same hard-working style of grassroots campaigning to the race for Attorney General. I am confident that we can be competitive statewide, but now we’re going to hit the road and find out. If the response to our exploratory effort from Virginia Republicans is positive this year, then we will proceed to a full blown campaign, probably by the end of the year.

This is the beginning of a new campaign, and we intend to run a campaign that the founding fathers would be proud of. A campaign that consistently applies conservative principles to today’s pressing issues. We don’t offer the citizens of Virginia a government that caters to their every whim and want, but a government that provides ample opportunity for each person to achieve his or her greatest potential.

Podcast at Bearing Drift
Tonight, after our announcement, I joined Jim Hoeft for a podcast that you can listen to here:

Ready to Get On Board?
While we help all our candidates running in 2008, we’re also going to start recruiting for 2009 right now – today. Are you ready to commit to supporting me for the GOP nomination for Attorney General? I hope so! If you are, please sign up now by clicking here and signing up today! And then forward this on to your friends to sign them up too! First one to 10,000 wins!

Senator Ken Cuccinelli
Virginia 37th District