Monday, December 29, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
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 Emily.Stewart@att.net or call 804-523-4538
Monday, December 15, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
This event draws Republican activists from across the state.
The event sponsored a "straw poll" for the Republican nomination for Attorney General....here 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
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
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
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 email@example.com
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Here is some local media coverage of the event:
WFIR 960 AM radio
Sunday, October 26, 2008
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.
PALIN RALLY MOVED SLIGHTLY
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 Virginia.JohnMcCain.com. 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.
SIGNS AND CAMERAS
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!!
Roanoke Regional Victory Headquarters
3904 Franklin Road SW, Suite E
Harrisonburg Victory Center
182 Neff Avenue
Suites 13 and 14
Montgomery County Victory Center
302 A North Main Street
Washington County Victory Center
903 East Main Street
Danville Victory Headquarters
625 Piney Forest Road, Suite 206
Thursday, October 23, 2008
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!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
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.
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.
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.”
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
These can be printed and used in church bulletins, posted on bulletin boards, etc.
National Right to Life:
American Family Association
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
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
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The McCain/Palin ticket has CAUGHT FIRE in SW Virginia!!
Thursday, September 4, 2008
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.
"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."
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.
WND also ran into pollster Frank Luntz, who called it "the best vice presidential speech I have ever heard."
"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.
McCollum said America has a "new star."
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."
"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."
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."
"We tend to prefer candidates who don't talk about us one way in Scranton and another way in San Francisco," Palin said.
"There are a lot of Reagan Democrats in Pennsylvania that are going to be looking at this race," he said.
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."
"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.
Friday, August 29, 2008
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.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
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
"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
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.
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.
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
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 Politico.com...
Friday, August 1, 2008
Lucas brings Hummer to news conference on gas
Aug 1, 2008 11:31 AM EDT
NORFOLK, Va (WAVY.com)--It 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.
WAVY.com 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
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!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
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
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 GOPs 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
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
‘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
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
THE ROANOKE COUNTY GOP SHRIMP FEST!!
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
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.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
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.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
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.
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
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
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, www.taxfoundation.org/taxfreedomday/.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
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.
Monday, April 14, 2008
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
THIS SATURDAY APRIL 12 -- REGISTRATION FROM 9:30-10:30 --
ROANOKE COUNTY ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, behind 419 West.
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!!
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 email@example.com
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
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