Proposed legislation calling for a “Convention of the States” to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution has been the subject of a lot of discussion lately, and rightly so. Having never actually been convened before in the 226-year history of our Republic and with no legal mechanisms in place to govern what it would look like and how it would operate, there’s a lot of questions about the wisdom of doing this. What I haven’t heard adequately explained is why we would ever want to.
Susan Stimpson is complaining about RPV sending out mailers on behalf of House of Delegates Speaker Bill Howell’s re-election campaign dressed up as a “survey”, and newly-minted chairman John Whitbeck has gone on the offensive to defend the institution he now leads against her complaints. That certainly creates an opportunity for bloggers of various ideological persuasions and personal affiliations to copy-and-paste the complaints of both sides and try to drive their enemies into the ground, but it doesn’t begin to address the issues this “surveygate” actually raises nor help Republicans develop a more effective Republican Party of Virginia.
I had hoped that Virginia blogs would do a better job thinking before reacting on this one, but they haven’t. That just leaves a lot of (perhaps intentionally) mislead and confused people out there who armed with the sword of incompetence are poised to hack away at the wrong targets and guarantee the underlying problems here remain unaddressed while we learn more perfectly how to hate one another.
Unless the Republican Party of Virginia swiftly amends Article 1, Section A(2) of their party plan the following incumbent officeholders will be disallowed from being Republican nominees in the 2015 and 2016 elections:
Congressman Robert Hurt, 5th District
Congresswoman Barbara Comstock, 10th District
Senator Tom Garrett, 22nd District
Delegate Greg Habeeb, 8th District
Delegate Danny Marshall, 14th District
Delegate Todd Gilbert, 15th District and House Deputy Majority Leader
Delegate Clifford Athey, 18th District
Delegate William Howell, 28th District and Speaker of the House
Delegate David Albo, 42nd District
Delegate Jackson Miller, 50th District and House Majority Whip
Delegate Richard Anderson, 51st District
Delegate Peter Farrell, 56th District
Delegate Rob Bell, 58th District
Delegate Lee Ware, 65th District
Delegate Kirk Cox, 66th District and House Majority Leader
Delegate Manoli Loupassi, 68th District
Delegate Jimmie Massie, 72nd District
Delegate John O’Bannon, 73rd District
Delegate Barry D Knight, 81st District
Delegate Christopher Stolle, 83rd District
Shocked? I’ll bet you are.
Now that Sen. Mark Obeinshain and Del. Steve Landes have introduced bills in the General Assembly establishing “voter registration by party,” the topic of how to “fix” primaries has once again become a topic of some discussion. There are folks out there extremely concerned about Democrats voting in Republican party primaries and possibly changing the outcome of these contests. There are even folks out there concerned that having government compile a list of people’s political convictions could potentially be dangerous. What I haven’t heard yet is anyone acknowledging that whatever we try to do to “fix” primaries isn’t going to “fix” primaries.
Primaries don’t need to be fixed, they need to be abolished. They themselves are the problem.
Sometimes when you go through campaign finance reports you can learn quite a bit about a candidate. Donors tend to have quite personal connections to the candidates they contribute to, and through those connections get to know the real-life personal convictions that drive these candidates in a way that voters don’t often get to see. If a candidate tells voters during their campaign they’re going to do one thing, but their donor base believes something radically different that’s quite a red flag.
In addition to Corey Stewart’s typically disturbing haul of campaign cash from the developer community, and a curious large contribution from someone with the same name as a brutal North Korean dictator, there’s a contribution reported from someone whose frequent political commentary should make Republicans absolutely cringe.
Perhaps you’ve been eager to head right on over to the county’s website for the Brentsville District and see what newly-minted Supervisor Jeanine Lawson plans to do now that she got elected with over 70% of the vote. What are her big plans? Does she intend to introduce new legislation to address the issues affecting residents of the Brentsville District and the County as a whole?
If you were curious, I guess you’re going to have to wait a little longer to find out. It appears that Wally Covington’s previous staff walked away with the county’s website.
I’m sure I wasn’t the only one whose eyes popped after reading an article posted yesterday on Potomac Local that detailed the costs of establishing a permanent office for newly-elected Brentsville Supervisor Jeanine Lawson. This is going to cost taxpayers nearly a quarter of a million dollars? For a small office? What the hell is going on here?
And then when you start digging a little, you realize that this is nothing more than a preemptive strike by county staff to smear Lawson (and Supervisor Pete Candland) as a huge spendthrift right as she assumes office. This might qualify as the most outrageous story of the year, but with the ridiculousness we’ve seen from the county lately I wouldn’t be surprised if this pales in comparison to the open warfare between county staff and our elected officials I expect to see.
First-time candidates are always the most entertaining. Some degree of ignorance (an entirely excusable condition) is to be expected, but slathered on top of that you can too often find a whole heaping pile of incompetence as well. That condition is frequently exacerbated by the typical absence of anyone exhibiting any degree of campaigning competence within arm’s reach of these rambling fusterclucks, and as a blogger it’s my job to make sure you know all about them in hopes that the next time around those who aren’t ready for this kind of challenge bother to actually get educated before the next cycle or at least consider not running.
When Don Scoggins announced he’d be running for Occoquan Supervisor I had a feeling it wouldn’t end well, and it didn’t take long to confirm that. InsideNova posted their obligatory introductory article about his candidacy on January 4th, and by the 12th Scoggins was busily spamming links to it anywhere on facebook that seemed to have a Republican audience. One of these not-so-well-considered spots was on the Loudoun County Republican group.
Parts of Western Prince William County are up in arms once again as a result of Dominion Power seeking to extend power lines to what is most certainly a new data center project in Gainesville. It’s a recurring theme in areas of the “rural crescent,” especially around the Manassas battlefield, as this has been happening just about every two years like clockwork. We all seem to be surprised that this is happening each time, there’s yet another reactive “bus committee” that forms to oppose the project, and that opposition fails every single time despite the pledges by local elected officials that they’re going to do everything they can to protect local land values and the quality of life in the area.
You’d think by now we’d have learned something. Of course, we haven’t.
Prince William County Schools were obviously quite happy to report on the assigned responsibilities for members of the School Board today, detailing which members were the official liaisons to various associations and professional education organizations. There were representatives to the Virginia School Board Association, the National School Boards Association, the Northern Virginia Special Education Regional Board, the National Alliance of Black School Educators, and the Washington Area Boards of Education. Membership in each of these organization requires the School Division to pay annual dues, and of course each has an annual conference that board members must attend at taxpayer expense as well.
And what do taxpayers get as a result of this expenditure of funds? As far as I can tell, we get squat.
Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has once again put liberal political aims ahead of his oath of office, this time issuing an opinion that will ensure that dangerous criminal illegal aliens are released back into our communities even when the feckless Obama administration considers them so dangerous to public safety that it actually intends to deport them. Just consider how utterly extremist this open borders activism is for a moment: even the Obama administration, which has bent over backwards to protect the interests of dangerous criminals who have no right to be in this country at the expense of the American public wants these criminals deported, but Mark Herring is determined to make sure they’re quickly and expeditiously set free to commit further acts of brutality and mayhem.
Somehow I think the apology that briefly appeared on the PWCS website, attributed to unnamed “hackers” who might have been PWCS students, was a more apt and honest apology than the one officially made after the utter disaster of a decision to keep schools open on a normal schedule on January 6th. You be the judge - who knows how best to craft an apology, the folks taxpayers fund at north of six figures a year to squat in the Kelly “Taj Mahal” Building, or some spelling-challenged adolescents that somehow believe that “fuckery” is part of the English language?
During the past few months potential Republican challengers in the 2015 elections have been dropping like flies, and that continued today with an announcement by Jim Riley that he’s not going to challenge Maureen Caddigan for the Potomac District seat on the Board of Supervisors. Right amidst an unprecedented wave of voter outrage against political hack insiders who refuse to govern that’s swamping the country, potential conservative grassroots reform candidates are surrendering faster than 1940’s frenchmen. I’m sure they all have good reasons for hunkering down as the tanks roll on by, but if no one is going to stand up and fight it’s going to get pretty ugly around here real quick.
This year has seen some massive changes in our elected bodies as voter anger and frustration manifested itself in elections near and far. This freight train of voter outrage seems to only be picking up steam as we head to the elections of 2015 in Virginia, and soon we’re going to discover who tries to get on board and who gets run over. For some, the visuals of getting plowed into a railbed by a runaway locomotive will hardly seem adequate to explain the electoral drubbing which awaits them.
I’m getting reports that in
at least one every last precinct in Brentsville, all the Jeanine Lawson for Supervisor signs at the polls disappeared overnight and were replaced with Scott Jacobs signs. That a campaign that started with breaking the law finished by breaking the law should surprise no one, but it’s still utterly outrageous. Some people just can’t help but demonstrate that they belong nowhere near political power and legislative authority.
Get out there and vote for Jeanine Lawson today, and let’s put this terrible campaign out of it’s misery.
UPDATE: I’ve confirmed that all the polling places that were at schools have outdoor security cameras. If anyone should consider filing a criminal complaint about the theft and destruction of personal property involved, it’s quite likely that the police would have little trouble identifying the miscreants and be in a good position to swiftly deliver justice. I have little doubt about where such an investigation would lead and relish the opportunity to ensure that this kind of political vandalism is rewarded with the strongest legal consequences possible.
When illegal aliens come to America supposedly searching “for a better life,” might that include taxpayer-funded admission to performances of the Manassas Symphony orchestra? Apparently it does. If you’re one of the juvenile illegal aliens being temporarily housed (courtesy of your tax dollars) at Youth For Tomorrow, a new grant from the taxpayer-funded National Endowment for the Arts will allow you to go to a free concert. If you happen to be the child of a citizen or legal resident, well, not so much. You have to pay full freight.
I long to live in an America that treats citizens at least as well as it does illegal aliens. What a great country we’d be then, huh?
This open letter from Ralph Stevenson, Chairman of Prince William Citizens for Balanced Growth, should be required reading for anyone considering voting for Chairman of the Prince William County Board of County Supervisors in 2015. There’s not much chance that Corey Stewart will take note of what is in this letter, but voters definitely should and their votes really should take into consideration the information provided below. If Corey doesn’t take the lead of Milt Johns and announce he will not run for Chairman in 2015, the voters will have to render the verdict on his political future. (more…)
Little Johnny is trying his best to mind mom while the pastor is getting to the meat of Sunday’s sermon, not wriggling around, making faces at the people seated in the pews behind him, and trying mightily hard to not make that airplane sound that seems to escape his lips every time he gets bored. Pastor started out with a funny story, launched into some bible references, and is now about to tell us once again that through faith, Christ crucified gives us an eternal home in heaven that we don’t deserve, but have been given through His grace. Just a few minutes more, and Johnny might be able to collect on having another chocolate chip cookie in the fellowship hall, and darned if those just make outstanding bribes for good behavior.
But here comes Santa Claus to wreck it all.
The Republican Party is in deep trouble. After candidates tell us during their campaigns that they’re actually conservatives, that they’ll fight for principle, that they’ll be reliable and honorable, too many of them retreat right back into doublespeak, back-room dealmaking and abandon their principles at the first opportunity for them to follow through on their campaign promises. Today’s deplorable demonstration of the rot festering within the Republican Party is none other than Virginia’s Congressman misrepresenting the First District, the dishonorable Rob Wittman.
Not much in the way of surprises at this evening’s debate, with Jeanine Lawson showing she knows what she’s talking about, Eric Young showing that in a lot of ways he doesn’t, and Scott Jacobs clearly demonstrating that he doesn’t want to know what he’s talking about. A few observations might be useful if you don’t want to slog through two hours of debate video, even with the preliminaries cut out for your convenience: (more…)