Friday, December 10, 2010

Brian Moran and Ward Armstrong...How Quickly They Forget

Governor Bob McDonnell previewed components of his transportation agenda for the 2011 General Assembly session today. Gov. McDonnell's overall transportation vision focuses on maximizing all available resources and programs to get projects initiated during one of the most favorable road building periods in Virginia history. Gov. McDonnell's proposals, when fully implemented, would pump $4 billion into road, transit and rail projects in the Commonwealth over the next three years, dramatically speeding up congestion-reducing efforts and increasing job-creation and economic development efforts statewide. 

Democratic leaders such as DPV Chairman Brian Moran and Democratic House Minority Leader Ward Armstrong have been quick to criticize this plan. However, they have failed to propose any ideas whatsoever on transportation.

Even more laughable is that up to $1.8 billion of this funding will be derived from accelerating the issuance of transportation bonds approved by Moran and Armstrong in 2007! All that McDonnell is doing is speeding it up to take advantage historically good deals for road building, and to put our citizens back to work. Doing this will save the state significant money in the years ahead by securing good deals today. As Moran said back in 2007…
“Overall, it [the bill and bond package] represents significant progress. The sum of plan is greater than the parts”
So it appears neither Moran nor Armstrong want to issue bonds to build roads that they voted for and applauded just three short years ago. All that’s changed is the governor is now Republican, oh, and we can get road building deals sealed for cheaper than any other time in modern history and get Virginians back to work in a very difficult economy.

That’s just the definition of partisan politics. We eagerly await their input on transportation, and we remind them that saying no is not an idea; delaying progress is not a solution.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Kirk Cox Elected New House Majority Leader, Bill Janis New Majority Whip

Delegate Kirk Cox has been elected as the new House Majority Leader and Delegate Bill Janis has been elected as the new House Majority Whip. Both are great members of the House of Delegates, and will serve their positions well. Our caucus is in good hands, and will continue to grow under the leadership we now have in place. Below is Speaker Bill Howell's official press release...

Speaker Howell Announces Kirk Cox elected as new House Majority Leader, Bill Janis new Majority Whip

RICHMOND, VA - Because of the election of Delegate H. Morgan Griffith to the U.S. House of Representatives last month, Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) today announced the election by the 61-member strong Republican Majority Caucus of Delegate M. Kirkland "Kirk" Cox (R-Colonial Heights) and Delegate W. R. "Bill" Janis (R-Henrico) as the new House Majority Leader and House Majority Whip, respectively.  The elections were held during a Caucus meeting this afternoon.

"I am delighted to have Delegates Kirk Cox and Bill Janis in these very important leadership positions," said Speaker Howell.  "Both of these individuals are trusted allies and talented lawmakers with remarkable backgrounds that they've used to help House Republicans offer practical solutions and deliver real results.

"Kirk is an outstanding member of the House who I rely on time and again for thoughtful analysis and strategic insights on the important challenges and opportunities facing taxpayers, families, businesses and Virginia.  Not only is he a widely acknowledged 'go-to' person on the state budget, education, military and natural resource issues, but Kirk also has done a superb job as House Majority Whip counting votes and building support for our ideas

"Likewise, Bill is an engaged and detail-oriented delegate who contributes so much to our Caucus and Commonwealth.  His service on key House committees has provided Bill with a firm understanding of the issues and how they impact people of all walks of life.  I'm confident that he will continue helping to identify policy goals and forge coalitions in support of sensible legislation that will improve the quality of life for all Virginians." 

"Since I have served for several years as the House Majority Whip, I am very familiar with the demanding tasks of leadership and am grateful for the vote of confidence from so many of my peers," said Delegate Cox.  "We have many challenging years ahead with tight budgets and a need to grow private sector jobs.  I look forward to working hard with House Republicans and all of my legislative colleagues to address these challenges and the aspirations of the people of Virginia as the next House Majority Leader."

"I am immensely honored by the trust and confidence placed in me by my colleagues from throughout the Commonwealth," said Delegate Janis.  I relish the opportunity to serve as the new House Majority Whip.  Together, we're going to help put Virginians back to work by promoting legislation that fosters an environment conducive to more job growth, more economic opportunity and more prosperity for all Virginians."

"After Republicans solidified our House Majority when voters gave us a net gain of six additional seats and now that these Caucus elections are behind us, it's time to focus anew on working with Governor McDonnell to govern thoughtfully and creatively on behalf of those we're so honored to serve," concluded Speaker Howell.

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Friday, December 3, 2010

Del. Comstock to Host Town Hall on December 7 on Proposed Government Contracting Cuts

Delegate Barbara Comstock will be hosting a Town Hall Reception for government contractors this Tuesday, December 7 from 7-9pm in Tyson's Corner. The town hall will be to discuss the President's proposed defense and national security cuts, and the impact they would have on our local economy and national security.

Last week, Governor McDonnell, Senators Mark Warner and Jim Webb, most of our congressional delegation and Tom Davis, who is currently serving as the Chairman of the Governor's Commission on Military and National Security Facilities, held a meeting with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates to discuss the lack of transparency, rationale or data to support the proposed cuts.

Former Congressman Tom Davis will be the Special Guest at the upcoming town hall reception. For details on the town hall and more information contact Elise Marsh in Del. Comstock's office at 703-209-3787 or email to

Monday, November 29, 2010

Greg Habeeb Running for Virginia’s 8th District

Greg Habeeb is running to fill the vacant seat left by Morgan Griffith, who was elected to Congress.

Habeeb grew up in Southwest Virginia, and knows what is important to the people living there. He was recently named as a top 20 Roanoke Valley Business Leader under the age of 40 by the Blue Ridge Business Journal. He is a determined individual, who is committed to the conservative cause.

“I want to go to Richmond and provide conservative solutions that work for families and taxpayers to control spending, keep taxes low, and create jobs for the people of Salem and Roanoke County” – Greg Habeeb

Virginia’s 8th District will be in good hands with Greg Habeeb serving as their delegate. To read more about Greg, or to contribute or volunteer, please follow this link.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Virginia Bill Asks for Tea Party License Plate

Our very own Del. John O'Bannon was recently featured nationally on The Drudge Report, for his upcoming legislation allowing Virginia motorists to purchase the above license plate supporting the Tea Party. The plate features the rattlesnake emblem and yellow background of the historic Gadsden Flag, which has become a symbol of the Tea Party.

Before a specialty plate can be issued in Virginia, 350 prepaid applications must be submitted to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. This application can be found here.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New Virginia Lawmakers Cite Ways to Cut Spending

A week after the election, newly elected Representatives Morgan Griffith, Scott Rigell and Robert Hurt are already citing ways to balance the budget, and cut federal spending.

All three agree on cutting the salary of members of Congress. They also believe they can cut the amount of money spent on staff salary, and mail pieces. It’s smart politics in that it shows the newly elected Representatives are willing to cut their own expenditures, something that is more directly in their control.

Representative-Elect Griffith also wants to end the practice that allows members of Congress to lease a vehicle through the House of Representatives. He said of his early ideas…

“They’re not going to solve the budget problem, but you’ve got to start somewhere”

To read more about how Virginia’s newly elected Representatives believe they can balance the budget click here.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Tim Kaine Out as Chairman of the DNC?

Looks like Tim Kaine, Chairman of the Democratic National Committee may be on his way out. Rumors have been swirling around that Obama’s Press Secretary Robert Gibbs might take over the position.

I wonder why these rumors have come up. Maybe it’s because nationally Republicans have picked up 61+ seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. Or even worse, that Kaine’s home state of Virginia went from having six Democrats in the U.S. House, to now having only three or two. Kaine says…

“My goal is to do what the President wants me to do…I want to do what I can to be most valuable...I’m kind of willing to let him [Obama], and the team, decide what is my highest and best use”

Maybe Obama and his team have decided that you have no use. 

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Republican Election Surge Hits U.S. State Houses

The recent election that gave Republicans control of the U.S. House of Representatives, will also lead to a change in state legislatures. This could lead to Republican control of Congress for the next decade.

Legislatures will soon be redrawing electoral districts for the U.S. House. This adjustment tends to favor the party in charge in each state. According to Tim Storey, an elections analyst at the bipartisan National Conference of State Legislators, Republicans will be in the best position to control congressional redistricting since modern remapping began in the 1970s. The Republicans heavy presence could allow them to preserve, or add, 15 to 25 U.S. House seats.

Republicans saw a net gain of at least 680 state legislatures. Election results so far have Republicans in charge of 54 legislative chambers, with Democrats controlling 38 and two chambers with a partisan split. 

To read more, please follow this link.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween

T'was the night before elections
And all through the town
Tempers were flaring
Emotions all up and down
I, with a bathrobe and a cat on my lap
Had cut-off the TV
Tired of political Bull-Crap!

When all of sudden there arose such a noise
I peered out my window
Saw Obama and his boys
They had come for my wallet
They wanted my pay
To give to the others
Who had not worked a day!

He snatched up my money
And quick as a wink
Jumped back on his bandwagon
As I gagged from the stink
He then rallied his henchmen
Who were pulling his cart
I could tell they were out
To tear my country apart!

On Fannie, on Freddie
On Biden and Ayers!
On Acorn, on Pelosi
He screamed at the pairs!

They took off for his cause
And as they flew out of sight
I heard him laugh at the nation
Who wouldn't stand up and fight!
So I leave you to think
On this one final note

Friday, October 29, 2010

Tim Kaine Says Democrats are "Nuts"

Former Virginia Governor, and current Democratic National Committee Chairman Tim Kaine, recently said that Democratic candidates who are ignoring their party and policies are “nuts”.

"I do think Democrats thinking that they can, you know, hold the Democratic label at arm's length, I do think that's nuts," he said. "You put the label after your name, be proud of it."

Yet again, the Democratic Party proves that they are crumbling. The head of their party is calling his own members “nuts” for not being loyal to their party. The candidates however realize that by remaining loyal to their party, they cannot win an election. They do not believe in the policies they voted for, and are scampering to sweep their track record under the rug. If the candidate does not believe in his own policies, how can the general public?

VA GOP Caucus says thank you Tim Kaine for asking the Democrats to embrace their faltering party. The Democrats should let the people know how they voted, and why.

Oh, and PS…let Obama know that after he campaigns for Tom Perriello, if he could please, please, please go campaign for Glenn Nye and Rick Boucher too.

To read the full article, please click this link.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Morgan Griffith Takes Over Lead in 9th Congressional District

Our own House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith has never stopped fighting to win his election, and for all his fight he has recently taken the lead over 15-Term incumbent Rick Boucher. The survey, done by SurveyUSA, shows Griffith at 47% to Boucher’s 46%. It’s a very tight race, but this poll shows the growing trend that voters are leaning Republican come Election Day.

Among voters who told the survey that they are uniquely interested in voting this year, Griffith leads at an almost 2:1 margin. The relative sizes of these groups will determine the winner, but this data provides great optimism and motivation for the last week of campaigning.

How is it that a 15-Term Representative cannot seem to win this fight? Clearly Boucher was not ready for the determination and tenacity that Griffith brought to this race. Griffith wants this seat more, and has shown this throughout his campaign. He cares about the constituents of the 9th Congressional District, and wants to serve them better than Boucher ever did. Griffith would keep in mind the better interests of his constituents when voting. Unlike Boucher who in the past voted to support cap and trade, which would negatively impact the coal industry that is so vital to SW Virginia.

SurveyUSA goes on to say that...
"Compared to four previous tracking polls, Independents have broken sharply Republican in the campaign's final week. The number of Republicans crossing over to vote for Boucher has steadily decreased, from 26% in July to 18% today. The number of higher-income voters voting for Griffith has steadily increased, from 43% in July to 49% today. Also, Boucher's lead among women has evaporated from a once 23-point advantage".
The GOP is poised for victories across the state, and the nation. This survey goes to show that Republicans are well on their way to leading this country again, and getting it back on the right track. For more information on the poll, please click this link.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Internal Turmoil Amongst the Democratic Party of Virginia

Since the recent announcement of DPV Chairman Dickie Cranwell’s resignation, it has been widely believed that Brian Moran would take over as the DPV Chairman. However, this has some Democratic Party members worried and questioning the selection process.

Del. Joe Morrissey has been the most outspoken about his displeasure, going so far as to call out former Governor’s Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, who have been reported to be backing Brain Moran

With due respect to former Govs. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, I think they should have tried to determine what the roughly 5 dozen Democratic lawmakers who are up for re-election next year thought about the next State Party Chairman”

Sounds like Del. Morrissey seems worried, and rightfully so, that Brian Moran lacks the skill to win elections outside of Arlington County, as Moran's race for Governor proved. The Democrats again show that they are headed towards a downward spiral, with no clear leadership and turmoil amongst their party.

To read the full article on this issue please follow this link.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Goodbye Dickie

Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Dickie Cranwell is resigning this coming December.

I wonder what made him make this decision. There are countless reasons why, but maybe it was because...

1) Democrats have become increasingly apathetic towards the coming elections in November.

2) Republicans Morgan Griffith, Robert Hurt, Scott Rigel, and Keith Fimian will all be winning their respective Congressional races in just a few short weeks.

3) Earlier this year Del. Roxann Robinson and Del. Tony Wilt easily defeated their Democratic counterparts in their Special Elections.

4) In the 2009 elections, the Republicans swept the ticket by electing Governor Bob McDonnell, Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling, and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

5) In those same elections all but one Republican incumbent seeking re-election won. The Republican majority also increased by 6 seats, and welcomed 12 new Caucus members, bringing the total to 61 members.

The Democratic Party does not have much to look forward to either, as Brian Moran is likely to fill Cranwell's seat. If one recalls, Moran came in third place in the Democratic nomination for Governor. Looks like the Democratic Party is slowly falling apart, while the GOP is steadily gaining ground throughout the state.

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Cap and Trade Crackup

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal outlines how Democrat Rick Boucher's vote in support of  cap and trade has made his race an uphill battle, and his seat a toss-up. A seat he has held safely for nearly 30 years.

Boucher hails from SW Virginia...coal-country. The cap and trade bill is designed to crush certain industries, namely the coal industry. Voters have realized this, and are angered over the issue. Boucher believed his seat was safe enough that he would be able to support cap and trade, and in doing so he could pull other reluctant Democrats to join him in support. This support earned him a shout out from the White House as well.

However, what Boucher did not anticipate was a heated race with House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith. Griffith has made sure that voters are aware of Boucher's decision to support cap and trade. In doing so he has made this race extremely competitive. In a desperate attempt to keep supporters Boucher voted against ObamaCare, has recently supported the Bush Tax cuts, and has tried to make excuses for his support of cap and trade.

With only a month left until Election Day, this race appears to be as close as any race in the nation. Griffith will not back down, and is poised to take away a pivotal Democratic seat.

To read the entire article, please follow this link.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Nancy Pelosi Prepares to Smear Business!

As the election nears, Speaker Nancy Pelosi discusses her plans to "tattoo" those who produce jobs in America.....
“You have to understand what fighters our members are,” Ms. Pelosi told a group of columnists late last week. Indeed, she ascribed the Democrats’ political travails to their refusal to “play patty-cake” with powerful economic interests as they pursued a health care overhaul, new regulations for the financial industry and energy legislation capping carbon emissions.
“Now our challenge is to tattoo the practices of big insurance, big oil, big banks and the rest” onto Republican opponents, Ms. Pelosi said. “And our members feel very good about doing that.”

Read the full article here.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Republicans Hold Lead in Congressional Races

A recent survey by ccAdvertising has Republicans winning three out of the four Virginia Congressional races.

Our very own House Majority Leader Morgan Griffith is in a very winnable race, trailing by a slim margin. While our friend in the Virginia Senate, Robert Hurt, holds a commanding lead over his Democratic counterpart. Republicans Keith Fimian and Scott Rigel also hold leads in their respective races.

As Election Day draws near, the GOP is poised to be celebrating victories throughout the state. To read the full survey please follow this link.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Open Mouth ... Insert Foot

Earlier today Governor McDonnell annouced at a press conference the findings of an independent financial and performance audit of the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) that he ordered shortly after taking office.  The audit examined VDOT’s operations to identify cost-saving strategies, organizational efficiencies, and performance and operational metrics.

What the audit produced was truly troubling.... (These are just a few ... for the entire list CLICK HERE)
  • Approximately $1 billion in funding is currently available for VDOT’s maintenance and construction program that has not been used. This is not new funding, rather it is funding that would result from better leveraging and management of current resources
  • Federal funds should be obligated earlier during the fiscal year to eliminate current delays. Over the past two federal fiscal years, less than 10% of available amounts had been obligated 6 months into the year.
  • Monitoring of inactive projects must be improved to release unused funding for other VDOT projects as soon as possible. In FFY10, $163 million in federal obligations on inactive projects were released (20% of annual obligation).
  • Over $100 million in projects were delayed due to partial funding and other administrative issues found in the audit.
  • $877 million left unspent over the past two fiscal years.
If there is anything positive to take away from this whole situation it is to thank our lucky stars that we finally have a competent Governor in Richmond!  Members of our esteemed Caucus have been pushing for this independent and thorough investigation of VDOT for years... but each time we tried ... Governor Kaine or House/Senate Democrats would squash or belittle the initiative....

Let me refresh everyone's memory....

1.  In 2008, Delegate Scott Lingamfelter sponsored HB 6046 which directed the Auditor of Public Accounts to audit the Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation.  This bill passed the House 90-0 ... only to be killed in the Senate by the Democrats on a party line vote of 8-6 ...

Open Mouth ... Insert Foot -- Senator Colgan, Senator Houck, Senator Howell, Senator Saslaw, Senator Marsh, Senator Lucas, Senator Whipple, Senator Reynolds.

2.  Immediately upon the completion of the 2008 Special Session Minority Leader Ward Armstrong issued a press release calling the Republicans the "Party of no" and said we have "no ideas" to solve Virginia's transportation problem.... His most damning quote came at the end where his press release stated ... See it for yourself (HERE  or  HERE)

House Republicans continue to insist that they can find transportation money in an audit of VDOT – even though they’ve already done seven of them.

Hey Minority Leader Ward Armstrong ... Open Mouth ... Insert Foot

3. In a Washington Post article from 2008 the "Democratic controlled Senate" (aka Senator Dick Saslaw) responded by killing House transportation bills that didnt involve taxes, agruing that they would do little to relieve Northern Virginia's traffic problems.

In a separate Virginian Pilot article he said of Republicans ..."They’re simply not interested in fixing this”
Open Mouth ... Insert Foot -- Senator Dick Saslaw

4. Probably the most disturbing case of incompetence came from the states most powerful leader at the time, Governor Tim Kaine. Over the last two fiscal years there has been $877 million in unspent VDOT monies.... So not only was Governor Kaine missing in action for the later part of his term but he was also mismanaging VDOT so poorly that he was somehow making our tranportation woes WORSE!!!

During this time our very own Delegate Danny Marshall took the Governor to task in the Danville news ....

"Delegate Danny Marshall reiterated his call for an independent audit of VDOT. An audit of VDOT was done by then-Transportation Secretary Whitt Clement, but Marshall complained that was a case of the agency auditing itself. “VDOT was checking VDOT,” he said.

(Delacey) Skinner (a spokesperson for Tim Kaine) said "VDOT has had six independent audits in the last eight years. It is one of the most efficient transportation agencies in the country."

Open Mouth .... Insert Foot -- Governor Tim Kaine ... lets just hope you have taken the same level of competence and management over to the Democratic National Committee...

Friday, September 17, 2010

Speaker Howell's Case for a Repeal Amendment

In yesterday's Wall Street Journal, Speaker William J. Howell and Georgetown University Law Professor Randy Barnett had an opinion piece published regarding ongoing efforts that they -- like so many others -- are advancing to reinvigorate the 10th Amendment and a constitutionally sound view of a limited federal government. This issue has broad-based and growing support that is not limited to any one individual, party or region of our country.

Yesterday's Speaker-Barnett op/ed offers a sensible, practical and constitutionally sanctioned way forward for those who believe in a federal government with enumerated and limited powers, with the rest reserved to the states and the sovereign people. It's also especially timely this fall given the ongoing national debate about what, if anything, can be done to rein in an out-of-control federal government.

Please follow this link to read the opinion piece.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Speaker Howell's Letter Concerning HOT Lane Project Lawsuit

Below please find a letter from Speaker Bill Howell concerning a lawsuit against the HOT Lane project on I-95/395. This is a very important transportation issue for the Northern Virginia area, and the state. This lawsuit targets four individuals, and brings forth outrageous claims of conspiracy and racism.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Del. Barbara Comstock on Fox News

Virginia's own Del. Barbara Comstock was on Fox News discussing the State Departments recent 29-page report on human rights in America. This report was submitted to the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, and includes a complaint about the difficulty of forming a union in the United States. The report states that this equates to a violation of human rights, which Del. Comstock believes trivializes human rights. Please watch the video below, or follow this link.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Republican Jewish Coalition and Gerry Connolly

I wanted to bring your attention to an article on the Republican Jewish Coalition website. It is an interesting article that outlines the importance of the 11th District Congressional race between incumbent Gerry Connolly and Keith Fimian.

This race is not only important for Virginia, but for the entire country. Connolly is clearly nervous, and is trying to cover up his liberal views and track record in order to attract moderate voters. As this article points out, this tactic will not work for Connolly. Keith Fimian is the right man for the job, and will be a strong voice for Republican Virginians.

Please follow the following this link to read the entire article.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Del. Todd Gilbert on Fox News

Our very own Delegate Todd Gilbert was recently on Fox News discussing needed changes to immigration law. The federal government and Barack Obama need to take a bigger stand against illegal immigration in order to curtail this growing problem. Watch the video in its entirety below, or you can follow this link.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Republicans More Enthusiastic About November Elections

In a recent poll it was clear to see that Republican voters were more enthusiastic about the coming November elections, than their Democratic counterparts.

The poll found that 87% of base Republicans rated their enthusiasm level between an 8-10 (10 being the most), while only 76% of base Democrats shared that enthusiasm. The gap is even larger with soft Republicans and Democrats. Among soft Republicans 79% rated their interest between 8-10. This means that soft Republicans are more enthusiastic about the coming elections, then base Democrats! Only 52% of soft Democrats rated their enthusiasm level at 8-10.

These are staggering numbers, and proves the strength of the GOP in the coming November elections. To read more about these numbers please visit this link, which was posted on Public Opinion Strategies by Glen Bolger.

Democratic Candidates All But Ignore Their Legislative Successes

Democratic candidates up for re-election this year have been warned by advisors to stay away from bragging about their passed legislation. Why? Because the legislation they have passed has been radical and highly criticized. Their far-reaching policies will hurt them when it comes to Election Day, and they know it. Democratic candidates have tried to turn the attention to Republicans, but will have trouble doing so. The track record of Democratic candidates speaks for itself, and they cannot just sweep their legislation under the rug. They realize the error of their ways, and are trying to cover it up by placing attention elsewhere. Read an article focusing on this issue by clicking here.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Virginia’s Lessons for America: Speaker Howell on WRVA

Earlier today Speaker Bill Howell was on WRVA's Jimmy Barrett Show with special guest host Congressman Randy Forbes. They discussed Virginia's budget and the lessons Washington can (and more importantly SHOULD) learn from the way our state went from a $4.2 Billion deficit under Governor Kaine's administration to a balanced budget.

Since President Obama and his fellow Democrats do not seem to grasp the obvious I will outline a few things that they should take away from this interview....

  1. Tax Cuts are more stimulative than SPENDING!
  2. In a recession, it is vital to promote a pro-business climate rather than strap them down with more regulation and tax hikes!
  3. We must foster the growth of the job makers in this economy and live within our fiscal means as a country.
Instead of Washington continuing to promote the FAILING policies of President Obama and Speaker Pelosi ... they might want to take a page out of Governor McDonnell and the Virginia House of Delegates playbook to get this country back on the right track.

Click HERE to listen to Speaker Bill Howell's interview...

Monday, July 26, 2010

Hey Gerry, Where's the Poll?

Poll's are always a fascinating thing. The Keith Fimian campaign released a poll in the Spring showing Fimian beating Gerry Connolly 40%-35% among likely voters, and more importantly 43% to 28% among independents. Two years ago, Connolly released a poll done in mid-July showing him beating Fimian. But where is his poll now? According to FEC reports, Connolly paid the same pollster he used two years ago $21, 105 on May 4, 2010 for a poll. Where are these results? They are nowhere to be found. Obviously, like the Fimian campaign's poll, Connolly's own poll shows him losing or else he would have released the results.

Want more proof? Connolly has been reinventing himself, saying he opposes the Pelosi agenda that he voted for 97% of the time. He also keeps complaining about having to take tough votes supporting President Obama's policies. Lastly, we now see Connolly showing up on the campaign trail. All further proof that Connolly is losing in his own polls.

Combine Connolly's bad internal poll numbers with the growing disapproval of the Democrat's in Congress, and you can see why voters have grown severely disenchanted with Connolly's mismanagement of the economy, reckless spending and mountains of borrowing.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Pinocchio Armstrong

Way back in March we commented on the war that Delegate Ward Armstrong was waging against Appalachian Power. We concluded then that this was largely a Political PR campaign, since his bills didn’t seem to be designed to actually DO anything--which probably explains why it didn’t even come close to passing.

But maybe passing legislation was never the point (why end a great PR stunt before you have to?) His activities since last week, after the State Corporation Commission (SCC) came out with an order on Appalachian’s rates, certainly suggest that Armstrong does indeed value this gift that keeps on giving.

But in keeping the flames burning, the truth is hard to come by. Armstrong put out the following “facts” in a statement last week when the Order came out:

“Today the State Corporation Commission (SCC) approved a $61.5 million base rate increase for Appalachian Power Company.”

Yes, this is what the SCC did, but wouldn’t it be useful to know this is less than half of what the company requested. All Session long, Armstrong railed against the 2007 deregulation legislation for having taken the teeth out of the SCC. For toothless regulators, they sure took a bite out of Appalachian’s request – a $92.5 million dollar bite to be exact.

Of course, admitting this would deny him the opportunity to make this next point, one the WSLS’s fact checkers corrected for their viewers (albeit a little too politely for my taste).

“Virginia APCo customers now face the highest electric utility rates in the Commonwealth as well as the highest rates in the AEP system nationwide.”

Okay, this one is just flat out false and Armstrong of all people should know this because one of the many places in Virginia that have higher rates is in his own backyard. His Martinsville constituents, who get their power from the city-run Martinsville Electric Department, are being charged higher rates than his Appalachian Power constituents. The second part of that is as false as the first: AEP has higher rates in at least 2 other states than it does in Virginia.

As if all this weren’t already a ridiculous and transparent stunt, he has the nerve to blast out an email criticizing Republican Delegates Don Merricks and Will Morefield for voting against his bill last session. That would be the same bill that less than half of his own caucus voted for. What he doesn’t tell you is that what will keep rates rising for everybody, are the actions of his own Democratic Party in Washington – Cap and Trade legislation and an anti-coal EPA.

But why solve problems when they are so much fun to keep kicking around. If this episode proves anything it is that Homer Simpson was right, “Facts are meaningless, they can be used to prove anything.” Especially when they are used like Armstrong does.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Former Delegate Steve Shannon Preparing to Fail Once Again

It has been a little more than 9 months since Former Delegate Steve Shannon was trounced in the November '09 election for Attorney General by Ken Cuccinelli by more than 15 points. Up until now he has kept quite a low profile. In fact, I saw no hide nor hair of Steve during the 2010 session at all ...

In yesterday's Washington Post, Steve Shannon wrote a scathing editorial about Governor Bob McDonnell and the Virginia General Assembly about how they have not expanded unemployment benefits over the past two years. He blasted them for not "expanding the eligibility criteria, thus preventing Virginia from collecting this $125.5 million in economic stimulus funds." The $125.5 million would have been apportioned to Virginia through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 if VA chose to expand their eligibility to include two out of these four items:
  1. People seeking part-time work;
  2. People who are in a state-approved training program who have lost their jobs in a declining industry;
  3. People who became unemployed because of a compelling family reason, such as caring for a sick or disabled family member;
  4. Or the state can offer eligible claimants with dependents a stipend of at least $15 per week for each dependent.
What Steve Shannon failed to mention was the overwhelming opposition to these proposals by the business community... You know ... the folks that actually EMPLOY individuals... and how it would only add to our unemployment problems and add additional cost to already struggling employers.

He also forgot to mention the Steve Shannon tax increase, that would be associated with broadening unemployment benefits and how impossible it is to undo the expansion if it ever passed...

Instead of kicking off another run at Attorney General with a pathetic piece like this, Former Delegate and wannabe Attorney General Steve Shannon might be better off to remain in hiding and keep his ideas to himself. Lucky for us we have Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli bringing common sense to Virginia.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

55% of Americans Believe Obama is a Socialist

According to a recent poll by Democracy Corps, a group headed by Stan Greenberg who is a close friend of President Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, 55% of Americans believe President Obama is a socialist. The same poll shows 48% support for Republicans against just 42% for Democrats. According to one informal advisor of President Obama, the US public's loss of confidence in Obama's leadership is a factor above and beyond their dissatisfaction over the state of the real economy. "I never thought I would say this, but even I'm unsure what President Obama really believes" says the advisor. "Instead of outsourcing decisions to Congress, he should spell out his bottom line. This is what leaders are for". This does not bode well for Democrats around the country. For example, Republican challengers are beginning to take the lead over Democratic incumbents such as Barbara Boxer in California, and Russ Feingold in Wisconsin. Republicans are beginning to get the upper hand all over the country.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Virginia Keeps Creating Jobs

Since the beginning of Governor Bob McDonnell's Administration, Virginia has added 71,500 jobs. This is the 3rd highest total in the country, behind only Texas and Pennsylvania. The 71,500 new jobs is also the 3rd highest percentage increase, behind Maryland and Delaware, over the same period of time. It is also important to note that Virginia's 7.1% unemployment rate is the 3rd lowest east of the Mississippi and 13th lowest overall in the nation. In the first 6 months of the McDonnell Administration, Virginia has closed 106 deals creating 6,851 new jobs and $1B in capital investment. Below is a chart displaying total jobs created percentages by region.

Clearly, Virginia is leading the national recovery and are head and shoulders above our regional competition. Good work Gov. McDonnell and House Republicans who help bring great businesses to the Commonwealth!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

McDonnell Proposes Rest-Area Savings Strategy

When Bob McDonnell campaigned for Governor he promised to open the 19 rest areas that then-Governor Tim Kaine had closed. In April he fulfilled that promise and opened all of them. Virginia's rest areas serve 30 million people annually, and are therefore very important to maintain and keep open. With this in mind Gov. McDonnell has proposed his strategy on cost savings:

1) Reduce contracting costs when existing maintenance and operations contracts are scheduled to expire in December.

2) Try to attract private sponsors by bundling interstate highway signage, interior advertising space and vending.

3) Use grants to establish partnerships between the state and tourism organizations along Virginia's interstates, particularly at interchanges where scenic attractions could be promoted.

Gov. McDonnell is also waiting on a study by the Virginia Transportation Research Council to identify alternatives to the public funding of the interstate rest areas.

Longtime House Member Dies

George W. Jones, a representative in the House of Delegates for 16 years, passed away Saturday. Mr. Jones represented Chesterfield County and Colonial Heights. In the House he became the senior Republican on the Finance Committee, and in 1980 he headed Ronald Reagan's presidential race in Virginia. Mr. Jones was a great citizen to Virginia, and he will be missed. To read more please click here.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Congrats are in order ....

Congrats are in order for the two newest members of our Majority House Caucus.

Roxann Robinson and Tony Wilt easily dismantled their Democratic opposition in yesterday's Special Election.

Delegate-Elect Robinson won in a 44 point landslide and Delegate-Elect Wilt garnered more than 65% of the vote against a very well funded opponent.

Congrats to both and we are excited to work with you in the coming session.

Monday, June 7, 2010

McDonnell Bringing More Business to Virginia

Virginia is aiming to bring in foreign trade offices from locations such as London and Shanghai. State economic-development officials have begun work on creating foreign outposts in order to lure international business to the Commonwealth.

International investment has increased over the past few years, and while Virginia has been slow to take advantage of that in the past, Gov. McDonnell's administration is working on changing that. Gov. McDonnell will be using part of the $1.5 million that he secured in the 2010 General Assembly session to add foreign marketing presence, and hopefully more jobs as well.

China has been the main target, according the the administration. This is just another example of Gov. McDonnell working to make Virginia a more profitable state, and creating more jobs. Follow this link to read more about the project.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Speaker Howell Announces $35,448 in Savings

Latest Savings by House on top of $1.1 Million to be Returned in Current Fiscal Year

From Speaker Howell’s Press Release.

Virginia House of Delegates Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) today announced that the House of Delegates has returned $35,448 to the state treasury for Fiscal Year 2010 ending June 30 as a result of salary reductions for delegates, legislative assistants and House staff from a one-day furlough on May 28, 2010. House Bill 29, the Appropriations Act for the biennium that ends on June 30, 2010, contained a provision requiring a one-day furlough for all state employees. The $35,448 in savings announced today by Speaker Howell are in addition to not only the $1.1 million to be returned by the House to the General Fund by June 30, 2010, but also another $1.0 million to be returned by the House to the General Fund by the end of Fiscal Year 2012.

“Virginia taxpayers, families and businesses continue struggling to make ends meet and balance their finances due to the stubborn and lingering effects of the economic recession and, therefore, it is completely appropriate that members of the House of Delegates share in necessary belt tightening to reduce state spending,” said Speaker Howell.

This year, beyond the $1.1 million to be returned to the General Fund by the end of next month, the House saved $341,600 by keeping the Session expense rate at $135 for delegates instead of the IRS-authorized rate of $191. The House also saved another $94,300 by reducing temporary personnel hired during Session.

The House of Delegates once again understands what the Commonwealth needs to survive this economic climate. The House Republican leadership is a common sense solution for Virginia, compared to the Democrat-controlled Senate, who wanted to get paid for an extra day of work in the last day of session.

Kudos to the House of Delegates for fiscal solution to the budget deficit

Thursday, May 20, 2010

U.S. Chamber Ranks Virginia as Top Notch

Gov. McDonnell’s job creation tactics seem to have caught the eye of the U.S. Chamber.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce report recognized Virginia as achieving the country’s second highest growth performance, along with first in cost-of-living adjusted family income growth. Virginia also ranked 10th in entrepreneurship and innovation and sixth in a taxation and regulatory environment that spurs business.

Virginia in the past has been labeled as the best place to do business, but the commonwealth was one of the few to promote free enterprise by spurring private economic development as well. It seems that even during a recession, Virginia can still surge ahead with the help of Republican leadership.

Thomas Donohue, President and CEO of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had this to say to Gov. McDonnell:

"By embracing many of the strategies at the core of our free enterprise system -- competitive tax rates, open trade, and commonsense regulation -- states are helping to jumpstart our economic recovery and create more jobs."

Yet another success story from the McDonnell administration!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Obama Care Will Cost Virginia $1.5 Billion

No Sign of Relief in Sight for Health Care

The McDonnell administration recently increased its estimate for Virginia's cost of President Obama's health care overhaul to about $1.5 billion through 2022. This estimate is roughly a $400 million bump from the governor's previous assessment.

With the increased cost of federal mandated health care, it appears that Democrats will do anything to slice and dice the budget in years to come, to ensure that health care finds its way to every Virginian’s door step. It does not take an expert to point out the flaws in this financial burden on Virginia. This $400 million bump will provide no new helpful measures, just harmful mistakes.

The McDonnell administration, along with the House of Delegates, already crafted a successful budget which looks to fiscally tackle the budget shortfall while stimulating the economy. The GOP-controlled House was adamant throughout session with keeping spending in check, most notably with implementing a real structural reform that will continue to control spending in the future. However, all the hard work by the General Assembly seems to be over-shadowed by the looming health care crisis that will cost Virginians over $1.5 billion in the near future.

Obama’s health care will hurt Virginians more than the current economy.

Read more at the Washington Examiner:

Monday, May 10, 2010

Workers Choosing Unemployment Over Jobs

Whats Wrong With This Picture?

From The Detroit News:

"...some seasonal landscaping workers choose to stay home and collect a check from the state, rather than work outside for a full week and spend money for gas, taxes and other expenses, raises questions about whether extended unemployment benefits give the jobless an incentive to avoid work."

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Republicans Win in Chesapeake School Board Elections

Democratic Chairwomen Loses Seat

Last night the GOP captured four out of the five open seats in the City of Chesapeake School Board Elections. Harry Murphy, Michael J. Woods, and Jay Leftwitch were among the Republican candidates who retained their seats. With Republican victory came Democratic lost, Chairwomen Sheila Hill-Russ lost her seat Tuesday night, while two newcomers Christine New Craig and Bonita Billingsley Harris were elected.

Christine New Craig,
the chief of staff for Chesapeake Del. John Cosgrove, used her nine years experience with the General Assembly and Delegate Cosgrove to come out victorious.

"I think people wanted a new set of creative eyes on board, and a little bit of experience on the budget," she said. "I'm ready to start."
- Chrstine New Craig

The city of Chesapeake has the Republican exepirence needed to lead Chesapeake in the right direction.

Full Story by Virginian Pilot

Monday, May 3, 2010

New Abortion Restrictions Save $$

Gov. McDonnell's office reports that the new restrictions could save Virginia more than $150,000 annually.

From the Washington Post

"The General Assembly last week approved an amendment to the state budget that would limit funding for abortions to those performed in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is at risk. Nothing in state law had previously banned Medicaid-funded abortions in instances when the health of the mother was in jeopardy.

Last year, 147 abortions at a cost of $174,000 were performed in cases where the health of the mother was at risk at clinics or hospitals, according to new data provided by the governor's office. "

Yet another maneuver by the McDonnell administration and General Assembly to push Virginia forward.

Friday, April 30, 2010

The Coming Tax Tsunami

An Insider's Look on What is to Come

By Congressman John Carter(Tx-31)

April 15 is a day which already strikes dread into the hearts of most Americans who pay taxes. But following 16 months of one-party control of the House, Senate, and White House, taxpayers are now facing a federal tax tsunami as the full $670 billion in Obama Administration tax increases come into effect.

The House Ways and Means Committee today released the list of $670.341 billion in tax increases that have thus far been signed into law by President Obama, equating to a staggering $2,100 per year in additional federal taxes for every man, woman, and child in America. Those new taxes include at minimum 14 violations of President Obama’s campaign pledge not to increase taxes on middle-income Americans, which he defined as families making less than $250,000.

Here are just some of the new taxes that have been loaded on the backs of taxpayers in only a little over a year of one-party control of Washington:

-Tax on individuals who do not purchase government-approved health insurance
-Tax on employers who fail to buy government approved health insurance
-40% tax on high cost health plans, but with an exemption for union members
-.9% increase in Medicare tax on wages and self-employment income
-A new 3.8% surtax on certain investment income
-Increase from 7.5% to 10% of income the threshold for deducting medical expenses
-A new $2,500 annual cap on Flexible Spending Account contributions
-Excise taxes on brand name pharmaceuticals
-Excise taxes on medical devices including wheelchairs
-A 10% federal tax on indoor UV tanning services
-New tax on insured and self‐insured health plans
-Double the penalty for non‐qualified HSA distributions
-Tobacco tax increase

But that’s not all. Unless Congress takes action, here is a sample of additional tax increases that are scheduled to kick in automatically in the immediate future:


-The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) will decrease from $46,700 to $33,750 for single filers and from $70,950 to $45,000 for married couples filing jointly.
-Taxpayers will not be allowed to deduct their state and local general sales taxes from their federal income tax.
-businesses will not be able to claim a tax credit for research, experimentation, and development activities.
-Taxpayers will not be able to claim a deduction for qualified tuition and expenses.
-School teachers will no longer be able to write off books, supplies and other equipment
-Five year depreciation of farm machinery and equipment will expire.
-Donations of books to public schools (K-12) will no longer be eligible for an enhanced charitable deduction.


-The 35% income tax bracket will increase to 39.6%
-33% bracket will increase to 36%
-28% bracket will increase to 31%
-25% bracket will increase to 28%
-10% and 15% brackets will condense to 15%
-The child tax credit will decrease from $1,000 to $500.
-The marriage penalty tax will be restored, charging married couples a higher tax rate than individuals on the same total income
-The “death” tax returns with a 55% maximum rate and a $1 million exemption, after years of decreasing “death” tax rates,
-The dependent care tax credit will decrease from $3,000 to $2,400.
-The energy efficient home appliance tax credit will expire
-The tax credit to hire unemployed veterans and disconnected youth will expire.
-The Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which allows employers to credit up to 40% of the first-year wages of a new employee, will expire.
-The $400 “Making Work Pay” Tax Credit will expire.


-The adoption tax credit will decrease from $13,170 to $5,000.
-The credit for electric drive motorcycles, three-wheeled vehicles, and low-speed vehicles will expire.
-The conversion credit for plug-in electric vehicles will expire.


-The tax credit for cellulosic biofuel producers will expire.

The last thing taxpayers and our national economy need in the middle of the worst recession in a generation are back-breaking tax increases that siphon trillions more dollars out of the free market economy.

We need jobs to get out of this recession – not new taxes. And those jobs need to be good-paying, permanent, private-sector jobs, not the temporary census-counting jobs the President attempted to crow over this month.

Every dollar going to government deficit spending is a dollar taken from private-sector jobs, and one that we cannot afford to lose if we hope to restore a vibrant economy and future for our children and grandchildren. That is the primary reason we have seen unemployment soar to record highs over 2009-2010.

Let’s hope that by next April 15, voters will have made the changes in Congress to reverse these crippling new taxes, and start repairing the damage to our economy from reckless fiscal policies.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Cheers to McDonnell- More Jobs on the Way.

Major Winery Trade Show Moving to Richmond

Gov. Bob McDonnell is not stepping off the gas when it comes to job creation in the commonwealth. Just yesterday McDonnell announced that Northrop Grumman will be moving their operations from Los Angeles to Northern Virginia, and today the Governor announced that Wineries Unlimited's trade show will be relocating from Pennsylvania to Richmond in 2011.

"We are thrilled that Wineries Unlimited has decided to move to Virginia. Virginia wines have seen their standing in the domestic and global marketplaces grow in recent years and having Wineries Unlimited in Virginia will help us as we continue our efforts to promote Virginia wines both here and abroad. This is also a chance for us to showcase our first class wineries to people from across the nation.
- Gov. McDonnell

The Wineries Unlimited trade show is the second-largest vineyard and winery conference and trade show in North America. The trade show’s move from Pennsylvania is projected to generate $1.5 Million in revenue for Virginia, as well as over 2,000 visitors to the state capital.

Another impressive and much needed move by Gov. McDonnell! What will he do tomorrow?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Northrop Grumman Heading to Northern Virginia.

Gov. McDonnell Proves his Title as a Jobs Governor

Yesterday Gov. McDonnell announced the decision, in a joint statement with Northrop Grumman, to move their Headquarters from Los Angeles to Northern Virginia

"To gain the corporate headquarters of one of the largest global security contractors in the world is a testament to the strong business climate that we are focused on continually improving."
- Gov. McDonnell

Victory can be credited to the extensive effort on behalf of the McDonnell administration and the General Assembly. With countless meetings and talks with the company Gov. McDonnell and the General Assembly provided the attractive incentives needed to lure Northrop Grumman from LA to the Commonwealth. The McDonnell administration expressed their excitement with gaining one of the largest global security contractors in the world:

"This Administration will keep taxes and regulations and litigation at a minimum to attract job-creators from around the world to our state to ensure more new opportunities for all Virginians. I welcome Northrop Grumman to Virginia. I know the company will be a great corporate citizen and partner, and I thank Chairman Wes Bush and his team for their investment in the future of Virginia."

The new location of the headquarters could create up to 300 new jobs in the region as well as stimulate more economic growth for Virginia.

A great move by Gov. McDonnell and the right step towards Virginia’s economic future.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Del. Tim Hugo Elected Caucus Chairman

Hugo is the New Chairman

Press Release from Del. Tim Hugo

Richmond, VA (April 21, 2010): Today, the Virginia House Republican Caucus voted unanimously to elect Delegate Timothy D. Hugo (R- Fairfax) to serve as the Republican Caucus Chairman. The position, previously held by former Delegate Sam Nixon, was left vacant when Nixon resigned to become Chief Information Officer of the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA).

"As a recognized leader within the Caucus, Tim understands the duties required of this position and has the right temperament and experiences to be very successful in his important new capacity," stated Speaker William J. Howell. "During these tough economic times and need to reform state government to make it smarter and simpler, it is imperative that we have an energetic, dedicated and knowledgeable member like Tim joining our leadership team. Like so many, I am looking forward to working with him and our Majority Caucus will be better off because of his leadership."

The position of Caucus Chairman is one of four leadership roles within the House Republican Caucus. Others serving in leadership positions include Speaker William Howell, Majority Leader Morgan Griffith, and Majority Whip Kirk Cox.

"I humbly accept the responsibility that has been entrusted to me today," Delegate Hugo said in accepting the position. "Since being elected, I have watched the Republican Caucus expand on its majority under our current leadership. I am thrilled to broaden my responsibilities within the caucus and relish the opportunity to serve the citizens of Virginia."

Delegate Hugo was first elected to the House of Delegates in a special election in December 2002, filling a vacancy left by former Delegate Jay O'Brien. Delegate Hugo garnered over 67% of the vote in his first election. Now serving in his eighth year as a member, Delegate Hugo is a member of the Commerce and Labor, Finance, Transportation, and Privileges and Elections Committees. He represents parts of Fairfax, Centreville, Clifton, and Fairfax Station.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Obama Demands US Flag to be Taken Down in Haiti

Obama Does Not Want US Flag in Haiti????

Following the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the United States rushed in to help with money, medicine, and manpower. To date, we've already given over $179 million in humanitarian aid... but Barack Obama has just ordered all U.S. installations to take down their American flags, lest we be seen as an "occupying army" rather than "international partners."

The absence of the American flag bothers Navy veteran Arthur Herriford, national president of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.

"It's very improper," Herriford said. "Our military people always engage and function under the American colors — always have and always will."

No other country giving aid in Haiti has lowered its flag, why should we?

Story From USA Today

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Democrats Wish Every Day Was Tax Day!

It's hard to believe that on a day where so many Tea Parties are occurring across the country that Virginia's Senate and House Democratic Leadership would once again prove how completely out of touch they are with the citizens of Virginia.

With more than $800 Billion in tax cuts set to expire this year .... new healthcare taxes coming down the pipe .... cap and trade taxes destroying business .... and all the other taxes that the Democrats have yet to dream up ....House and Senate Leadership (Senators Saslaw and Howell and Delegate Plum) were voicing their support for a statewide GAS INCREASE at a luncheon in Dulles today.

Sounds to me like Saslaw, Howell and Plum are feeling a little left out on the TAX TAX TAX fever that is happening in Washington, DC and wanted to take a further swipe at Virginia's taxpayers.

Funny thing about that is ... the Taxer in Chief Obama isn't even in favor of an increased gas tax. White House: "No support for gas tax"

How much more out of whack with Virginia can the Democratic House and Senate leadership be???

Reminds me of a quote by the great Ronald Regan ... "Republicans believe everyday is the Fourth of July, but the Democrats believe every day is April 15th"