Sunday, May 31, 2009

Join Republican candidates in Roanoke, Monday June 1

Please join

Bob McDonnell

Bill Bolling


and RPV Chairman, Pat Mullins

For a GOP Ticket Rally

Monday, June 1st

10:15 am

Roanoke Airport

(Landmark Private Terminal)

5202 Aviation Drive

Roanoke, VA 24012

RSVP to Brent Perrin at

or Trixie Averill at

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

For Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli

As a long-time Republican activist, the position of Attorney General of Virginia is very important to me. We must have the best candidate in order to beat the Democrats, who will be well-funded this year.

For Attorney General, I strongly endorse KEN CUCCINELLI for the following reasons:

· Ken is the only candidate with a solid record of Conservative Votes in the Virginia Senate….anyone can claim to be a conservative, but Ken has the record to prove it

· Ken is the ONLY candidate who has won state-level office in an election, multiple times….beating Democrats in liberal Northern Virginia

· Ken has been the top champion for pro-life in Virginia, getting the endorsement of Republican National Coalition for Life

· Ken is endorsed by the NRA, GOA and VCDL-PAC as the strongest supporter of our 2nd Amendment rights

· Ken is endorsed by conservatives I trust, like Don Huffman, Senator Fred Thompson, Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Mark Obenshain, Delegate Brenda Pogge, RedState Blog and many others

· Only Ken has extensive experience working with VA Senators and Delegates, something the AG has to do very often, to get his legislative package passed

· Ken is part of a well-balanced ticket for the 3 population centers of Virginia….Bob McDonnell from VA Beach, Bill Bolling from Richmond and Ken Cuccinelli from Northern VA

Bottom line: Ken Cuccinelli has the best chance of beating Democrat Steve Shannon for Attorney General

VA Sales Tax Holiday - May 25-31

It’s smart to get ready for hurricane and flash flooding season, which arrives June 1st. And it’s smart to save money.

You can do both by shopping for such products as batteries, food storage containers, generators, first aid kits, bottled water, radios and more between May 25 and 31. When you do, you won’t pay sales tax on many useful products that cost up to $60 or on generators costing $1,000 or less. That’s a savings of 5 percent.

A complete list of exempt items is available at window

Friday, May 22, 2009

For First Time, Majority of Americans in Gallup Poll Identify as Pro-Life

By Dave Andrusko

"With the first pro-choice president in eight years already making changes to the nation's policies on funding abortion overseas, expressing his support for the Freedom of Choice Act, and moving toward rescinding federal job protections for medical workers who refuse to participate in abortion procedures, Americans -- and, in particular, Republicans -- seem to be taking a step back from the pro-choice position. However, the retreat is evident among political moderates as well as conservatives.

"It is possible that, through his abortion policies, Obama has pushed the public's understanding of what it means to be "pro-choice" slightly to the left, politically. While Democrats may support that, as they generally support everything Obama is doing as president, it may be driving others in the opposite direction."
From Gallup Poll, May 15

Last Friday Gallup released the results of its latest abortion poll and revealed that, for the first time since it began asking the question, a majority of Americans self-identify as pro-life.

As reported/interpreted by Gallup's Lydia Saad, we learn that 51% of Americans describe "themselves 'pro-life' on the issue of abortion and 42% 'pro-choice.'" A year ago the numbers were virtually reversed: 50% were pro-choice and 44% pro-life. Gains were especially pronounced among Republicans. But there was majority pro-life sentiment expressed by both sexes as well as by Protestants and Catholics, according to Saad, reflecting similar strong gains.

To give some context, when Gallup first asked this question in 1995, a whopping 56% said pro-choice to only 33% who said pro-life.

Respondents were also asked which abortions they thought should be legal. Remarkably, as many Americans said they oppose all abortions (23%) as said they support all abortions (22%).

Rarely mentioned in press accounts is that of the 53% in the middle who say abortion should be "legal only under certain circumstances," more than two-thirds of them (37%) support abortion only "in a few cases."

This is the latest survey evidence that Americans are rethinking their position on abortion. (See below.) But why the dramatic shift?

In one of the great understatements of recent times, Saad writes, "It is possible that, through his abortion policies, Obama has pushed the public's understanding of what it means to be 'pro-choice' slightly to the left, politically."

Think of it this way. The Media Establishment works overtime to portray Obama as a raging moderate, a middle-of-the-roader who is no more interested in promoting abortion (or "starting a culture war") than he is bankrupting the American economy.

But people aren't stupid. Equally important, they have access to the truth from places like this, and hundreds of other blogs. They are beginning to grasp that there is total disconnect between Obama's can't-we-all-just-get-along rhetoric and his policies which can have no other result except to vastly multiply the number of abortion.

Increasingly, if this is the face of "pro-choice," Americans are taking the immortal position of the legendary film producer Samuel Goldwyn to "include me out."

So what do these results from Gallup's survey (conducted May 7-10 of 1,015 national adults, aged 18 and older) tell us? Let me address six major points.

1. The massive turnaround means pro-life self-identification surpassed 50% for the first time ever. Previously, Saad writes, "the highest percentage identifying as pro-life was 46%, in both August 2001 and May 2002."

2. As mentioned above, when given options about which abortions they believe should be legal, 23% said abortion should be illegal in all circumstances (previously 17%) as compared to 22% who said it should be legal under any circumstances (previously 28%).

This in line with a recent national survey by the Pew Research Center which "recorded an eight percentage-point decline since last August in those saying abortion should be legal in all or most cases, from 54% to 46%," Saad writes. "The percentage saying abortion should be legal in only a few or no cases increased from 41% to 44% over the same period. As a result, support for the two broad positions is now about even, sharply different from most polling on this question since 1995, when the majority has typically favored legality."

3. But the fascinating numbers are ones that rarely get teased out from the data. 53% said abortion should be "legal only under certain circumstances." But what does that really mean?

Gallup probed this 53%, asking, "Do you think abortion should be legal in most circumstances or only in a few circumstances?" It turns out that 37% said only in a few circumstances while only 16% responded in most circumstances.

This means that 60% believe that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances (23%) or legal in only a few circumstances (37%).

4. Who is changing their expressed view? According to Saad, "The percentage of Republicans (including independents who lean Republican) calling themselves 'pro-life' rose by 10 points over the past year, from 60% to 70%, while there has been essentially no change in the views of Democrats and Democratic leaners." But there are other changes that are more significant.

5. "A year ago, Gallup found more women calling themselves pro-choice than pro-life, by 50% to 43%, while men were more closely divided: 49% pro-choice, 46% pro-life," Saad write. "Now, because of heightened pro-life sentiment among both groups, women as well as men are more likely to be pro-life." Specifically, women now self-identify as pro-life 49%-44% while men self-identify 54% 35%.

6. Obama's commencement address at Notre Dame was part of his ongoing attempt to divide and conquer the Christian community. But according to Gallup, there has been a seven-point pro-life gain among Catholics (from 45% to 52%), and an eight-point gain among Protestants (from 51% to 59%). Were the figures broken down still further to analyze the opinion of very regular church attendees, the percentage of self-identified pro-lifers would be higher.

And Obama is just getting started. As explained by NRLC, "Democratic congressional leaders, who are currently in control of both houses of Congress, are working with the Obama White House behind closed doors to craft 'health care reform' bills -- legislation that Barack Obama has already pledged will incorporate expansive pro-abortion provisions." And although he made the usual "moderate"-sounding noises yesterday, Obama has set his sights on the right of physicians not to be involved in abortion in any way.

It'll take a while, but sooner rather than later, most Americans will understand that Planned Parenthood and NARAL never had a friend in the White House like Barack Obama. And as they do, the number of self-identified pro-life Americans will continue to mount.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Lunch With New RPV Chair - Pat Mullins (5/21/09)

THURSDAY May 21, 12 noon, The Plantation at Sunnybrook
7342 Plantation Road
Program: PAT MULLINS, RPV State Party Chairman
Come meet Pat and hear his plans to grow the party and win elections this November! Pat will be up for re-election at the May convention and wants to meet YOU!
Full Buffet lunch includes drink, tax, and tip - $13.25
Pay at the door on your way in please!
Please RSVP to or call 890-6519 for a reservation
PS -- Save the date for the SHRIMP FEST - Aug 29!!
The place to be and the people to be with!!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The National Rifle Association Endorses Ken Cuccinelli for Attorney General

Great News! I have received the endorsement of theNational Rifle Association for Attorney General.

As many of you know, getting the endorsement of theNRA is definitely not a given. But based on my years of proven experience defending the rights of sportsmen and hunters, the NRA has given me a rare A+ rating!!

In their letter, the NRA said:

"Your exemplary record of past service in the Virginia Senate clearly illustrates your commitment to protecting the rights of law-abiding firearm owners and sportsmen. Based upon your proven record and firm pledge to continue to serve as an advocate for Virginia's law-abiding gun owners, you have earned an A plus rating from the NRA-Political Victory Fund."

I am very pleased that the NRA has endorsed my candidacy based not only on my future commitment to the 2nd Amendment but also my proven legislative track record.

Earlier in the year I was pleased to receive the endorsement of Gun Owners of America, the Virginia Citizens Defense League, as well as the support of former Senator Fred Thompson, Governor Mike Huckabee and thousands of Virginians who have filed as delegates to the Republican convention.

Look for more updates as the endorsements and momentum keep building.

I'll see you in a few weeks at the Convention!


Ken Cuccinelli II

(Note...this is not just a good rating...but the HIGHEST rating of A + and an ENDORSEMENT......) Blog Moderator

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Many local legislators score well on TFFA report card

The Family Foundation Action, a non-profit pro-family group in Richmond, has just released their 2008/2009 Legislative Report Card. This document ranks our state senators and delegates on how they voted, according to issues that are important to the family.

A special congratulations to our local elected leaders who scored 100%!

This includes:

- Senator Ralph Smith
- Senator Steve Newman
- Senator Mark Obenshain

- Delegate William Fralin
- Delegate Morgan Griffith
- Delegate Lacey Putney
- Delegate Charles Poindexter
- Delegate Chris Saxman
- Delegate Ben Cline
- Delegate Kathy Byron

Check out this link to view a PDF copy of the report card, or you can download or print your own.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Townhall Blog endorses Ken Cuccinelli for Atty. General

My heart is with conservative state senator Ken Cuccinelli and I join in endorsing this leader for the Commonwealth of Virginia. With the Virginia Republicans still rebuilding, I believe that Ken will fill the void the leadership void created when Senator George Allen lost in 2006

(Excerpted....see link below for article)

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Roanoke County Republican meeting, Sat. May 16

As Chairman of the Roanoke County Committee of the Republican Party, and pursuant to the Plan of Organization and as recommended and directed by the Committee, I, Graham Leonard, do hereby issue this call for a Mass Meeting to be held at the Community Room at 4428 Pheasant Ridge Road, Roanoke, VA 24018 starting at 10:00 AM local time on Saturday May 16, 2009


May 21--12 noon, GOP Luncheon at Plantation, new RPV Chairman Pat Mullins to speak

May 29 through May 30--Virginia GOP Convention in Richmond

June 4--7 p.m.Roanoke County Republican Committee Meeting (More information pending the release of the call)

June 9--Republican PrimaryPolls open 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. at your regular polling location. Republicans in House of Delegates District 17 and the Windsor Hills magisterial districts will be electing nominees in these respective districts.

June 13--4 p.m.Roanoke Valley Republican Barbecue Republicans from across the Valley will gather at Fallon Park for a great event that will include music, food, great fun, and entertainment for the children. More details will be provided as they become available.

Aug. 29-- 6 pm Annual Roanoke County Shrimpfest Fundraiser