Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Roanoke Republican Lunch, this Friday, April 3



Friday, April 3, 11:45, The Plantation at Sunnybrook
7342 Plantation Road

Program: Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, candidate for Attorney General

Full Buffet lunch includes drink, tax, and tip - $13.25
Pay at the door on your way in please!

Please RSVP to gopgirl2@aol.com or call 890-6519 for a reservation

The place to be and the people to be with!!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Gov Kaine signs CHOOSE LIFE license bill, vetoes 2nd amendment bills

Great news, Gov. Kaine signed the CHOOSE LIFE license bill that was passed by the House and Senate. A BIG Thanks to Senator Ken Cuccinelli for sponsoring that bill.

Below is more information on the bill.

Also, be aware that Gov. Kaine vetoed a LOT of 2nd amendment bills, as well. I urge you to contact your delegate and senator and ask them to OVERRIDE the Kaine Vetoes in the upcoming April session. More details below

Email from Victoria Cobb, Family Foundation:

Governor Tim Kaine today signed into law legislation that provides for the creation of a “Choose Life” license plate!

Thank you to everyone who contacted the Governor and urged his support of this bill! Thanks also to Senator Ken Cuccinelli (R-37, Fairfax) for his tremendous leadership in maneuvering this bill through the General Assembly (If you’d like to thank Senator Cuccinelli, see the action at the bottom of this alert).

Since the fall of last year, pro-life Virginians through several organizations have rallied around the Choose Life plate, acquiring pre-paid applications required by DMV to be able to get the plates created, petition signatures and grassroots support. While Senator Cuccinelli’s original bill was killed in a Senate committee, he deftly amended an omnibus license plate bill on the Senate floor with the Choose Life plate, winning by a single vote (20-19).

Proceeds from the purchase of the plates will go to support pregnancy resource centers. These facilities offer medical, spiritual and physical support to women and families in crisis pregnancy.

Despite an all out assault by Planned Parenthood, NARAL Virginia and the ACLU, the Governor chose to dismiss the fallacious arguments of opponents and signed the bill into law.

These plates serve as an opportunity for both sides of the abortion discussion to come together and find common ground. As I told the media today, while all Virginians do not share the same understanding about exactly how public policy should address matters of abortion, many share compassion for the women and men whose lives are affected by an unplanned pregnancy. We know that those individuals need emotional support and tangible needs met.

In a letter I sent to Governor Kaine earlier this month, I reminded him that the Choose Life plate will provide private sector funding, not tax dollars, to organizations that support families caught in crisis situations. These entities provide STD testing, pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, counseling, classes on career-building, decision- making, parenting and relationship-building and information regarding abortion, adoption and parenting to help women make informed decisions. All of these services are free to clients. These entities reduce the number of women who appear at the doorstep of our tax dollar-funded state and local health centers. Contrary to the allegations of opponents to these plates, many of these centers that would receive funding are in medical facilities and are regulated as such. In many cases they are more rigidly regulated than abortion centers.

ACTION: Please send an email to Senator Cuccinelli by clicking the link below and thank him for his leadership on this issue!

**Click the link below to log in and send your message:http://www.votervoice.net/link/target/vaff30813386.aspx \

Email from VCDL, Virginia's pro-2nd amendment group, regarding the veto

Time is short - you need to contact your Senator and Delegate and ask them to override all of the vetoes on gun bills this year.

As usual, we have made this super simple. Click on the links below to send a pre-written message to YOUR Senator and YOUR Delegate. The computer will figure out who your Senator and Delegate are based on your address and your Zip+4.

**The veto override session is on April 8th, so we need to get cracking on this NOW!**
To email your Senator, click here:
or here:
To email your Delegate, click here:
or here:
Let's roll - we can do this!


Family Foundation Blog

Virginia Citizens Defense League

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Upcoming events

Remember.....the Roanoke City Party Reagan Dinner is tonight at 6 PM at the Hotel Roanoke!

Here are some other upcoming events:

Fri. April 3 -- 11:45 am
Roanoke Valley Republicans Lunch at Plantation Restaurant -
Speaker is Senator Ken Cuccinelli, AG candidate,
Thurs April 9 -- 7 pm
Sat. May 9 -- 10 am
Roanoke County Mass meeting to elected Supervisor candidates http://www.roanokerepublicans.com/index.php?option=com_frontpage&Itemid=1

Fri/Sat May 29/30 -- Repub Party of VA, State Convention in Richmond http://www.rpv.org/publications/page/2009-state-convention

Tues, June 9 -- Republican/Democrat Primary across VA, poll open 6 am to 7 pm

Sat. June 13 -- Roanoke Valley Republican BBQ, Details TBA

Friday, March 27, 2009

New talk show in Roanoke, with Brian Gottstein

Greetings, all! I am taking my political column from the Roanoke Star Sentinel to the airwaves in a new show on WFIR AM 960 called Freedom & Prosperity Radio -- a weekly source for talk about the state and national politics that affect Virginians.

It's on Sunday nights at 8 p.m. in the former Drudge Report slot. The team and I that put the show together talk about the pork, the political moves, and the happenings at all levels of government. We also present positive, free market solutions for issues that are important to Virginians -- solutions for better schools, better roads, lower taxes, and smaller government.

Our guests include news-making politicians, those fighting against the rising burden of government, and national experts to give you insight you won’t hear anywhere else.

We started the show in mid-February, and our guests have already included Stephen Moore - senior economics editorialist for the Wall Street Journal, Del. Ben Cline, Sen. Ken Cuccinelli, nationally-renowned school choice expert Adam Schaeffer, and Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling. This weekend, our guest is Burton Folsom, author of the book New Deal or Raw Deal?: How FDR's Economic Legacy Has Damaged America.

We talk about how government is looking at another New Deal to solve our economic problems of today.

The show is already expanding to other markets around the state (we are on in Charlottesville, too). It's presented by Virginia’s premiere advocate for limited government, free markets, and free people, Tertium Quids. Please tune in!

Freedom & Prosperity Radio airs Sunday nights from 8:00 – 8:30 p.m. on WFIR 960 AM in Roanoke (tune in right at the top of the hour, because our show is not preempted by the news). If you miss the broadcast, you can listen to and download archives of the show at our Web site, www.FandPRadio.com.

As a final request, I would ask that you consider passing this email on to others to help us build our audience in the Roanoke Valley. And please support the show's local sponsors, because without them, we wouldn't have this outlet to get the small government message out. The sponsors are attorney David Nixon of Huffman and Nixon, Access Control Specialists, the Roanoke Star Sentinel, and TertiumQuids.org.

We are looking for two more sponsors (it's a bargain!), so if you are out there, email me, and I'll send you more information!


Brian Gottstein

P.S. - I'm still writing my columns for the Roanoke Star, so keep reading those, too!

Group Picture of the 17th House of Delegates candidates

Just had to throw this one in........seems the candidates for the 17th HOD managed to get themselves into one phone booth. Interesting how they are all so young-looking.....and dressed like it's the 50's!!

Friday, March 20, 2009

Bedford Sheriff Mike Brown (Blue Ridge Thunder) endorses Melvin Williams for House

I am writing to endorse Melvin Williams as the Republican Nominee for the 17th District House of Delegates seat that William Fralin is vacating.

I have known Melvin since his tenure as an Assistant Commonwealth Attorney with the Bedford County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in the late 90s. In fact, Melvin worked side by side with my Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (Operation Blue Ridge Thunder) and was instrumental in perfecting a case that received national news coverage against the Chief of Staff, Office of Governor of West Virginia, in 1999. In addition, his legal expertise and assistance to the task force was instrumental in maintaining a 100% conviction rate…a statistic that still holds firm today.

Melvin is a highly principled conservative with strong Christian values that the Republican Party needs as its candidate.

Please join me in supporting this fine young man in his bid for Delegate, 17th District.


Michael J. Brown

1345 Falling Creek Road Bedford, Virginia 24523 Telephone: 1.540.586.4800 Fax: 1.540.586.9100

Board of Directors, National Sheriffs’ Association
Board of Directors, National White Collar Crime Center
Board of Advisors, Law Enforcement Innovation Center, University of Tennessee

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

RedState Endorses Ken Cuccinelli for Virginia Attorney General

RedState Endorses Ken Cuccinelli for Virginia Attorney General

Posted by Erick Erickson (Profile)

Monday, March 16th at 10:30AM EDT 7 Comments

You might not realize it, but this is an election year in Virginia and New Jersey. We are particularly focused on Virginia this year, both within the Republican Party apparatus and its candidates for office.

There are three men running as Republicans for Attorney General of Virginia. Only one fits our billing — conservative, pro-life, and able to win. That man is Ken Cuccinelli.

Cuccinelli is a rare breed. He is uncompromisingly conservative. He is ardently pro-life. And he represents liberal Northern Virginia in the Virginia legislature. In fact, Cuccinelli is the last of the conservatives to represent Northern Virginia in the legislature. In the last several election cycles, it looked like Cuccinelli was toast, running against more moderate and liberal Democrats. But each time, Cuccinelli came from behind to win a district whose demographics are to the left of him. And he has never once compromised his conservative principles to represent his district.
Ken Cuccinelli plays retail politics well. He’s great on the stump and he’s great one on one. He gets the grassroots. He knows the pulse of the grassroots. He knows his district. He knows his voters. More importantly, they know him.

He is an attorney by training. In the Virginia Senate, he serves on the influential Senate Courts of Justice Committee. While most people think an Attorney General deals primarily with criminal matters, in fact the Attorney General deals with business, property, governmental, and other legal matters more often — those are right up Ken’s alley. Ken’s bar admissions include the Patent Bar, Virginia State Bar, Eastern District of Virginia, Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, Court of International Trade, Court of Veteran Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Ken Cuccinelli is the perfect candidate for RedStaters across the nation to rally behind. He is pro-life, he is conservative, he wins in areas most people assume conservatives cannot win, and he is totally qualified for the position.

Please join us in supporting Ken Cuccinelli for Virginia Attorney General. More importantly, let’s help him beat the liberal GOP that has caused so many problems for the Virginia GOP. You can donate to him here.

Friends, there are not a lot of elections this year. There are not a lot of people needing a lot of money this year. Ken does need our help. And if you sit on the sidelines and don’t help Ken, you cede your right to complain about conservatives not making inroads — particularly in states like Virginia that are trending blue. We won’t take back Congress if we can’t build up an army of conservative leaders state by state.

Support Ken Cuccinelli.

Redstate.com Conservative Blog

Monday, March 16, 2009

Altizer announces bid for re-election

Roanoke County will have at least one contested race for the board of supervisors in the fall.
Mike Altizer, the seven-year Republican supervisor from the Vinton District, announced on Friday his bid for re-election.

"You won't hear me say I'm 'a man of the people,' " he told a room filled with more than 100 supporters. "You'll hear me say that I'm always going to do the right thing."

Altizer has already purchased lawn signs and handbills touting his intentions. Among his accomplishments, he listed starting dialogue on a regional jail, which was opened earlier this month, and opening a police academy in the county.

"We didn't have to send deputies for the jail to train in Martinsville, or Pulaski or Montgomery County," he said. "And we saved thousands and thousands of dollars by training them here."
U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, told people in the room that the district needs a "common sense conservative."

"We don't need any kind of change here in the Vinton Magisterial District," he said. "We have a great man running right here."

Altizer was appointed to fill a vacancy on the board in 2002, and ran unopposed in the next two

He will face a challenger. Patrick Patterson, director of guidance at William Byrd High School, announced he was seeking the Democratic nomination last fall.

Altizer, who is a retired district manager of Monroe Muffler Brake and Service, on Friday emphasized that his part-time job of supervisor had become a full-time ordeal for him as he traveled to Richmond to lobby for the regional jail.

Regarding Altizer, Patterson told The Roanoke Times in November:
"I'm not running against Mike Altizer. I'm running for the residents of Vinton, Bonsack, Mount Pleasant and all of east Roanoke County."

Up for election in November are three seats on the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors: Altizer's seat, and those held by Vice Chairman Joe McNamara, of Windsor Hills, and Richard Flora, of the Hollins District.

Josh Johnson announces for Republican, 17th House district

WSLS News Staffnews@wsls.com

Published: March 18, 2009

5:30 p.m.

Josh Johnson made it official Wednesday morning. He’s now in the running for the Republican nomination for the 17th District House seat, hoping to succeed Delegate Will Fralin (R). Fralin is stepping down to handle more business responsibilities.

10 On Your Side was the first to report Johnson would run last week.

Johnson chose the Roanoke Regional Airport to make his formal campaign announcement, calling it a symbol of the regional solutions he hopes to bring to the 17th District.

“We need to focus on having a sound economic infrastructure and of course a part of that is going be transportation and education and we also have to have an environment where we support jobs where we also work regionally, this is a regional seat,“ Johnson said.

WSLS TV 10 story

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Melvin Williams announces for Republican, 17th House


Melvin Williams, a Roanoke lawyer, declared from the doors of his Elm Avenue law office that he would seek the Republican nomination in the June 9 primary.

Williams, in brief remarks, painted himself as a business-friendly conservative who emphasized family values and a minimal role for government.

Monday's announcement marks his debut in politics.

Williams, 36, is a litigator with the firm Grimes and Williams, and served as assistant commonwealth's attorney in Bedford County for three years. He has pastored at several churches and serves on the board of Local Colors.

Williams is the first Republican to declare his intentions for the seat, while several other Republicans are rumored to be interested, including former Roanoke County Supervisor Mike Wray.

The 17th District seat is currently held by Republican William Fralin of Roanoke, who said at the end of February that he was leaving office. Fralin's surprise announcement set off an immediate surge of interest in his seat, which included several Democratic members of the Roanoke City Council.

Melvin Williams' website

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Sen. Mark Obenshain endorses Ken Cuccinelli for AG

My Endorsement
February 27, 2009

As we approach the end of the General Assembly Session, it is now time to turn our attention to the races for statewide office and for the House of Delegates. While we must elect Bob McDonnell and Bill Bolling as Governor and Lt. Governor, it is also critical that we elect another Republican as Attorney General.

Today I am writing to ask you to support Ken Cuccinelli's campaign for Attorney General by becoming a delegate for Ken to the Republican Convention on May 30th in Richmond. Please set that date aside on your calendar.

I have endorsed Ken in his race for Attorney General because he is the right candidate – at the right time – for Virginia and our Republican Party.

Ken is my colleague, seatmate and friend in the Virginia Senate. He is a true conservative leader who never fails to support a just cause that needs his help.

While others talk about their beliefs, Ken Cuccinelli is the only candidate with an actual record of actually voting and fighting for our shared conservative values. Ken has been a Senate leader on issues of Public Safety, Life and Family, Taxes and Smaller Government, The Second Amendment and Property Rights. No one is better suited to tackling the issues which face the Attorney General's office than Ken.

After our stinging defeat in November, many of us believe that it is more important than ever that we nominate proven conservatives to carry our party's banner.

Ken Cuccinelli has the record, the background, and the experience to make an ideal Attorney General for our Commonwealth – but he needs your help.

Please sign up today to become a delegate for Ken. Just get one of the filing forms and return it to Ken's campaign and you'll be set to attend the convention! The filing deadlines are all coming up fast; some have already passed. To learn more about Ken or to find other ways you can help, visit his website at www.cuccinelli.com.

The filing forms for all of the local GOP units will be available at the RPV website at www.rpv.org, so please check back often or just let Ken's campaign know if you're willing to attend the convention to nominate Ken. Remember, there isn't a moment to lose. Please download your form right now!

Also, please contact Ken's campaign today about getting involved. He has a long history of running grassroots campaigns, and that takes people like you to succeed!
If you have any questions about Ken's values or how to sign up to be a delegate, contact Noah Wall on Ken's campaign at (703) 766-0635 or via email at noah@cuccinelli.com.

Mark Obenshain
Virginia State Senator

P.S. Please go to www.cuccinelli.com to learn more about Ken today. Please fill out a delegate filing form today and sign up to be a delegate for State Senator Ken Cuccinelli's bid for Attorney General. I'll see you at the convention!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

VCDL endorses Cuccinelli for Atty. General

The Republican Party is holding a Convention on May 29-30, 2009, toselect candidates to run for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General inthe General Election.VCDL-PAC is endorsing a candidate for each of these positions at theRepublican Convention:

LT. GOVERNOR: William T. "Bill" Bolling. This endorsement is based onthe excellent record Lt Governor Bolling established representing theinterests of Virginia gun owners during his career in the VirginiaGeneral Assembly, as well as his forthright and unequivocal 100% pro-gunanswers to the VCDL Candidate Survey. The Bolling campaign website is:http://www.billbolling.com

ATTORNEY GENERAL: Kenneth T. "Ken" Cuccinelli, II. Despite being fromNorthern Virginia, Senator Cuccinelli has been among the stalwartleaders in protecting the 2nd Amendment in the Virginia State Senateyear after year –- even when he is viciously attacked for such stands inhis home district. In addition, he has answered the VCDL candidatesurvey strongly pro-gun. Senator Cuccinelli has supported us in verytough circumstances, now here’s your chance to return the favor. TheCuccinelli campaign website is: http://www.cuccinelli.com

This Convention provides supporters of the Right to Keep and Bear Arms(RKBA) in Virginia the opportunity to select progun candidates for theRepublican Party. Fewer than 5,000 activists will decide thenominations, so those who care about the issues will make all thedifference.I highly encourage you to register as a Delegate at the RepublicanConvention to ensure that the RKBA is strongly represented.
A link tothe Convention filing deadlines and forms is:http://www.cuccinelli.com/meetings.htm

Contact your family, friends, and fellow 2nd Amendment activists and getthem to sign up to attend the Convention TODAY.

Sincerely,Kenneth M. Elliott, Jr.

Chairman, VCDL-PAC---------------------------------------------------Authorized by the Chairman, VCDL-PAC, VA 01-042NOT authorized by any candidate or political party----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------***************************************************************************VA-ALERT is a project of the Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc.(VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organizationdedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right toKeep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right. VCDL web page: http://www.vcdl.org