Later this month the Virginia Tea Party Federation will hold its annual summit in Richmond, and once again, I will not be there. Not because I have a conflict, or otherwise have some reason why I couldn’t be there, I just wouldn’t ever want to set foot inside an event so co-opted by the “let’s make money off of conservatives” trolls who use the grassroots conservative movement as little more than their personal piggy bank.
If you had to pick between Eric Herr and John Whitbeck to become the next Chairman of the Republican Party of Virginia, would that decision be as difficult for you as it would be for me? That indeed looks to be the decision the State Central Committee will have to make at their January meeting as they replace Pat Mullins, who has announced he will step down as soon as a replacement is found. Fortunately, either of these gentlemen will likely do a great job filling Pat’s shoes.
Mullins has really done an outstanding job as Chairman during his tenure. RPV Chairman is a really hard job and about all the results you tend to get from it are endless gripes and complaints. About the best the rest of us could hope for is that the duties of that position are discharged with fairness and equity, and Mullins has consistently excelled at both. Not many of his predecessors mastered this, so Mullins has set a really high standard for whoever will succeed him.
Fortunately between these two candidates, I’m quite confident meeting that bar won’t be a problem. Choosing between them, well, that’s quite a bit more challenging.
This election is going to be a test of whether the now-superior Democrat data management and GOTV efforts can blunt the wave of disdain voters have developed for President Obama’s policies. When the odds are against them, can Democrats still get their base to turn out and overcome the dynamic of the election season? That’s going to be an interesting question to answer with the 2015 and 2016 elections coming up.
Local races to watch: 11th CD (Scholte vs. Connolly), Manassas City (Marc Aveni vs. 3 liberals)
National races to watch: US Senate in New Hampshire, Georgia, Colorado and North Carolina.
It’s going to be an interesting night, giving us plenty to talk about tomorrow.
So you’re moderately active in politics and wouldn’t mind lending a few hours to volunteer for a campaign where your contribution might make a difference? Yes, there are opportunities where your time won’t be wasted.
Manassas Votes, The local PAC run by Democrats Stephen Hirsch and Nancy Ingram, put out an ad today in the local paper endorsing candidates for the Manassas City Council elections, and what do you know, there’s Republican Mark Wolfe including his endorsement of a slate of two Democrats and one Republican. After voting for every tax increase imaginable and every spending program anyone could possibly conceive, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Still, I hope the Manassas GOP finally kicks this guy off the Republican Committee. He’s just begging for it, and someone needs to step up and make sure that happens.
Here’s part one in what I hope will become a multi-part documentary series on Gerry Connolly’s extraordinary support for radical Islamists at levels that far exceed what the Obama administration can possibly stomach. The more I discover talking to those communities affected by Connolly’s reprehensible agenda, the more committed I am to helping those communities find their voice. What they are suffering due to people like Gerry Connolly is beyond disturbing. (more…)
This Saturday Youth For Tomorrow is going to have their “Country Fair and Auction” to help support all that good work that this celebrity-laden outfit is supposedly doing. They’re going to put on a nice dog-and-pony-show to tell folks about how they help troubled kids and need your charitable donations to continue their godly work.
But almost none of what they’ll tell you is actually true.
When Scott Jacobs got the news that he was disqualified as a Republican candidate for Brentsville Supervisor because he failed to file on time as a candidate for the Republican Mass Meeting, he realistically had three options to consider. He could endorse Jeanine “for the good of the party” and recover some of the goodwill he lost by consistently playing fast and loose with elections laws and county ordinances, preserving some future viability as a candidate. He could try to find some parliamentary trick to get himself nominated at the mass meeting, which had a very low probability of success, but show he’s a fighter until the bitter end. Or, he could declare himself as an independent candidate after a massive campaign failure — as Tareq Salahi did in his quixotic race for Governor last cycle — outrage a huge swath of the majority of voters in the district and go on to being soundly repudiated in a general election.
Jacobs picked option three, the dumbest option of them all.
I visited with Scott Jacobs today, originally to confirm that it was one of his employees pictured on Virginia Virtucon taking down one of Jeanine Lawson’s signs. Scott was still in the midst of trying to figure out what to do in the wake of his campaign essentially coming to an abrupt end after neglecting to file as a candidate for the Mass Meeting on time, while blogs were breaking the story of the latest campaign screw-up. I gave him my best honest advice - to get ahead of the story, do everything he can to preserve his reputation for a future run for office, and it all seemed as if this wasn’t advice he was getting as he continued to struggle with what to do.
Right there in the midst of our chat, is his campaign manager Owen Burgess from Bull Run Strategies and it struck me: how do campaign consultants let this kind of thing happen to their clients?
Hey, Scott Jacobs! This is just a friendly head’s-up that I know who is in this picture committing a Class 1 Misdemeanor on behalf of your campaign, and based on just how close they are to you that it would be pretty laughable to say that you didn’t have anything at all to do with folks committing crimes on behalf of your campaign if you just let the next day or so pass without taking any action at all here. I know it’s been kind of a challenge to comply with the law during your campaign and there’s a long laundry list of elections law violations that you’ve managed to rack up, including failures to provide finance disclosures on campaign emails, on your campaign advertisements, and of course about placing signs. But outright willful violations of the criminal code is just a special kinda campaign lawlessness that just isn’t going to fly with me.
I’ve kinda run out of patience here.
Members of a political party should have the opportunity to choose whoever they think is the best candidate to run as their nominee in a general election. I can’t even imagine a circumstance that would cause anyone to disagree with such a basic premise, one that’s part of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Amazingly there are those out there who do, and they’re part of the Scott Jacobs campaign for Brentsville Supervisor.
This November we have the opportunity to retire Gerry Connolly from Congress. This is the person who should replace him.
Are you one of the families that used to be able to afford health insurance before Obamacare loaded the marketplace up with regulations that increased premiums and made deductibles skyrocket? We are. We’re one of thousands of families across the Commonwealth that don’t get health insurance through an employer’s benefits plan and have to weigh the option of enrolling in an expensive health insurance plan with ridiculous deductibles or being able to pay our mortgage and thus avoid homelessness.
Yesterday Republicans in the House of Delegates tried to fix that, and Senate Democrats stopped them, leaving us without any real possibility that we will ever have health insurance despite whatever crushing penalties the federal government might impose.
As expected, Brentsville Supervisor Wally Convington was appointed as a judge during today’s special session of the General Assembly, and with that we almost-officially kick off the race to replace him on the BOCS, pending only the official announcement of a special election.
Republicans will hold a “mass meeting” to select a nominee at Patriot High School on October 1st at 7:00PM. So far the announced candidates are Jeanine Lawson and Scott Jacobs. No Democrats have announced their intention to run for this seat yet, and most likely none will.
Just watch the massive development projects in the process of asking for favorable rezonings have all of their hearings delayed since the “let’s pave over the rural crescent crowd” just lost a critical vote. If Lawson wins, the era of massive residential building projects that overcrowd our schools, strain our public resources, add congestion to our roads and bankrupt the county budget may finally be over.
When a group of shady characters filed a lawsuit against the Republican Party of Virginia asserting that it is right and proper to have Democrats determine the outcome of local Republican Party operations, some of the names involved were hardly surprising. Jim Rich, for one, has been amazingly consistent over the years in demonstrating that he believes Democrats should select who leads Republican party units and who their nominees for elected office should be. But why would the Convention of States Project be involved here?
The easiest way to find someone who utterly doesn’t understand politics is to look at first-time candidates. The ignorant among them put on a tremendous display of what a fundamental lack of understanding looks like, and today’s poster child is none other than Brentsville Supervisor hopeful Scott Jacobs. Willfully breaking local ordinances enacted by the same body he would like to be a member of without any explanation at all is just painfully stupid.
Elections often provide a source of amusement for us, and the circus surrounding the Senate candidacy of Montana legislator Amanda Curtis is certainly among those. A Democrat candidate spewing Marxist dogma, given to praising Communist Party icons and all-around wingnut never seems to exhaust our capacity to revel in political mirth. But what if I were to tell you there was another Marxist radical running for federal office right here in Virginia? Would that surprise you?
Meet Norman Mosher, the Democrat running in the First Congressional District of Virginia.
As the Prince William County Schools and the Board of County Supervisors continue to peddle the line that the “Unaccompanied Alien Children” program isn’t causing any “problems” for schools and other local government services, they’re resolutely refusing to release any information on the impacts this influx of juvenile illegal aliens to support their claims. They won’t tell you how many foreign nationals are becoming a burden on local taxpayers, they won’t tell you what it costs to educate and provide services for these foreign nationals, and they’re not at all telling you what services for legal residents and citizens we will have to forego because this increase of burdens on the taxpayers is happening precisely when the Commonwealth is trying to figure out how to plug an $830 million budget gap which almost certainly will cause a reduction in state aid to localities. There’s a cost here, and if government expects us to fund these costs taxpayers darned well deserve to know what those costs are.
Well, if it wasn’t enough that Youth For Tomorrow was getting paid millions by the federal government to increase the burdens on local schools by pushing illegal aliens every month into our already-overcrowded schools, they apparently want to do it even more. Look at what they filed with the planing commission on June 23rd, soon after they figured out that they couldn’t establish group homes in Fauquier County without going through public hearings:
TO AMEND THE PREVIOUSLY APPROVED SUP CONDITIONS (SUP #PLN2011-00209) TO MODIFY THE AGE OF THE PARTICIPANTS & THE SIGN REGULATIONS, TO CLARIFY THE PROGRAM SERVICES, TO ALLOW TEMPORARY CLASSROOM TRAILERS, AND TO ELIMINATE A BUFFER.; LOCATED ON THE NORTH SIDE OF LINTON HALL ROAD, APPROXIMATELY 1,800 FEET NORTHWEST OF THE INTERSECTION OF RTE. 28 AND LINTON HALL ROAD.
So it’s not enough to move about 80 illegal aliens per month into our area schools and get about $100,000 in federal funds per illegal alien to make that happen. In order to really transition that program from one that helps at-risk kids turn their lives around into becoming a full-blown, profit-maximizing detention center for juvenile illegal aliens they need to cut down trees, set up temporary buildings, and start taking in juveniles older than 17 years old.
UPDATE: I spoke with a member of the planning commission this evening about this, and that person said they were completely in shock at the massive changes Youth For Tomorrow were trying to make. Over a dozen temporary trailers used for housing up to 180 about illegal aliens before they’re dumped on local schools every month? I doubt the planning commission will give a favorable recommendation on this application, and without a doubt the public hearing on this will be absolute chaos. No amount of federal money can make this look like anything other than it is - an unconscionably greedy money grab for taxpayer dollars, and the consequences on the community be damned.
Those concerned about how illegal aliens are eligible to obtain special privileges not available to citizens because of their unlawful status may take heart in the fact that when these privileges involve rights protected under the U.S. Constitution, the grant of this special treatment is likely in violation of federal law. Not only that, but the persons granting these exceptions are specifically subject to criminal sanctions that superseded the normal immunities available to government officials for official acts. Not that the law was written with the intent of protecting citizens this way, but the plain language of the law is not too hard to discern.