Virginia Right! News from Virginia, the US and the World 2017-10-20T23:08:01Z http://www.varight.com/feed/atom/ WordPress Elwood "Sandy" Sanders http://www.varight.com <![CDATA[Did the Northam Campaign Really Omit Fairfax from his Flyers? REALLY? Fairfax Voters Should Vote HYRA instead!]]> http://www.varight.com/?p=28050 2017-10-20T23:08:01Z 2017-10-20T23:08:00Z

I was astounded to get this email from the Vogel campaign that has a photo showing what appears to be a Ralph Northam print ad that leaves off his lieutenant governor running mate.

I think Vogel will allow this photo to be placed here:

Isn’t that neat?  (That I can copy this photo just like that, I mean!)  I was astounded to read this.  Is it fake news?  Was Jill Vogel taken in?

Nope.  It’s true.

Apparently a flyer was produced for a union – LIUNA – (the Laborers’ International Union of North America) that did not want to carry any materials with Fairfax on it.

I didn’t take Vogel’s word for it.  Here is confirmation from the Richmond Times-Dispatch:

The campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ralph Northam printed some fliers that excluded a picture of ticket mate Justin Fairfax to accommodate a union that has endorsed Northam but not Fairfax.

Why?  (Or as Breitbart might write WAT?)

Northam campaign spokesman David Turner downplayed the flier.

“Out of over 3 million pieces of literature printed for the campaign, this literature constituted less than roughly 0.5% of the literature printed, and was only for LIUNA to carry on their canvasses,” he said in a statement. “These doors have also received the regular literature. This means roughly 1.5 million households in Virginia have received the regular literature.

I think this is disturbing.  The major party candidate for governor has dropped one of his ticket mates so that a supporting group could hand out his materials.  REALLY?  Where is we are a team?  We run together.  Seems this is trouble.  I do not think for one SECOND that Fairfax’s race played ANY role in the decision but this one is a head-shaker.  But the optics are awful.  For the Democrats got into trouble with that very same Justin Fairfax at their 2016 presidential nominating convention (from the Virginian Pilot):

“With a big weekend coming upon us, poor wording was used. His request should not have been called divisive and we apologize for that. We have reached out to invite him to meet with the Chair (Susan Swecker) for a one-on-one meeting to determine how we can move forward together,” the apology reads, in part.

OOPS!

I would have said – you’re a union -use your Citizens United rights and print up your own flyers!

Maybe supporters of Justin Fairfax should at the least vote Hyra the Libertarian for governor if not GOP Ed Gillespie instead.  You leave us out; we’ll leave you out.

Remember this is an OFFICIAL NORTHAM flyer – sponsored by HIS CAMPAIGN.

So Fairfax supporters!  VOTE HYRA on election day!  If Cliff Hyra gets ten percent, the party will have ballot access AND will open up state politics.  Gillespie will probably win the election.  But I can guarantee something like this will not happen again.

 

 

 

 


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Elwood "Sandy" Sanders http://www.varight.com <![CDATA[Tradition (All of it this time!) from Guest Writer Gilbert Harrison Berger]]> http://www.varight.com/?p=28047 2017-10-20T21:46:54Z 2017-10-20T01:37:12Z Tradition – On any given Sunday (in real life, not the Oliver Stone directed movie), as we have come to expect and experience as part of our American culture, thousands upon thousands of spectators show up in person, or by the millions tuning in via television, to watch a particular football game. As we have also come to expect and experience on those Sundays, prior to the commencement of the game, is the call that comes over the stadium’s loud speakers in classic, commanding, tones – that goes something like: “And now to honor America, ladies and gentlemen, please rise and direct your attention to the middle of the field for the presentation of the colors and please remain standing for the singing of our National Anthem.” A very simple yet dignified pageant with no particular drama – unless punctuated by a fly-over of several military aircraft. A pageant infused with pride, somber and in short, a tradition of honor.

In the National Football League (despite the policy of the League for the players to stand for the playing of the National Anthem) there is no criminal punishment – and there should be none if a player doesn’t stand during the playing of the National Anthem. No one should dispute that the League has a right to exercise its authority to dictate to the players any policy regarding player conduct.

In another place, still in real life, but far removed from the sport and entertainment venue, people find themselves “spectating” and participating in buildings where another call is given – not over a loud speaker but from a person with a commanding voice. That person who displays a badge of law and order (authority) and who is armed with various devices (firearm) to enforce that authority, announces – with serious inflection – a “cry” that goes something like: “ALL RISE – the … court is now in session. The honorable judge … is now presiding…. Silence is commanded upon the pain of punishment … all persons … having business before this Court come forth and you shall be heard. God save the Commonwealth and this Honorable Court.”

In a court venue there is the “pain of punishment” for showing disrespect to the authority of the court (the judge personally and the authority they exercise); it is called contempt of court and you can be jailed or otherwise criminally punished for such. That is the world that I work in and that is the “policy” of my profession. The court venue is the place where I “play” and have the opportunity to kneel, if I dare. However, there are two things that I affirmatively and instinctively do when the call is made: RISE and remain SILENT. In all the years of being in courts where this call has been given despite whatever feelings I have about the particulars of any given matter or person before the court or reason to personally protest, I have yet to even think of doing otherwise. Even more so – in view of recent events out of the National Football League – never, ever, at no single time, not at all, in no way, have I seen anyone sit, or kneel, or do otherwise during the call to open court in protest. (This is not to say it hasn’t happened, only that I have not personally witnessed anything.) So, where does this “obedience” come from – fear of punishment – tradition – or out of a sense of pride and respect for the “system?”

A “higher court” of civil authority advises us to “be subject to the governing authorities.” Romans 13:1 Why, because “there is no authority except that which God has established.” Id. Thus, “it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. “ vs. 5. This subjection requires that we give to authority what we “owe” it, and if we owe it “respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” vs. 7. Why would we “owe” anything to those “above us?” Contemplate in context the thirteenth Chapter of Romans verses 1-7. I can’t speak for others and their consciences, but if the theology is too deep then why not just be respectful because you would also want the same respect if you were in the position of authority. God forbid that the Golden Rule is too offending for public decorum.

Now in the football stadium and on the field when the Anthem is played: to whom or to what do the spectators and the players show respect and honor? The answer is clear – America. But what is America? In my opinion, in the context of showing it honor it can be viewed as a “person,” that person (America) is made up of its people – collectively – persons from all races, all beliefs, all colors, all political affiliations, and all ages – even the persons who disagree about what America stands for and even those who choose in their hearts to not appreciate its unique place among all other nations. To respect and honor the “authority” that is America means in my opinion that during the playing of the Anthem, even in our personal protest, we honor the authority that is in each of us by standing up (literally and figuratively) and standing for those who started this Nation, those who sustained it over the years, those who have sacrificed and are sacrificing with their lives and “sacred fortunes” for its continued existence; and for those living presently who, on any given day – not just Sundays, have the freedom and opportunity to use their life and their liberty to pursue any “happiness” they choose to undertake any task to change anything in our society that they think should be changed by doing so within the process of change inherit in the system that is America. (I hear the echoes of Woody Guthrie singing “This land is your land this land is my land”) The American system allows for change without any violence, bloodshed, terror or property destruction and certainly without disrespect to the opinions of others and to the collective rights of all. The blessed rights of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness is highlighted by the understanding that America was not perfect when formed but was given the process to fix it flaws from within. Even President William J. Clinton expressed such an idea by stating (in his first inaugural address in 1993) that “[t]here is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” The “right with America” is within each of us and that is what we should all show respect for during those 2-3-4-5 minutes it takes to listen to the Anthem being played on any given Sunday.

So, if you choose to kneel you are not disrespecting America you are truly disrespecting yourself by showing ignorance of that which is the “rightness of America.” But in case you don’t get it – I invite you to come to my work place and kneel. You have that right to do so and I honor America because of it.

 

Blogger Sanders would note:  Gilbert Harrison Berger is an attorney who lives in Orange County and primarily practices in Culpeper County.

Blogger Sanders would note again to his embarrassment there was ANOTHER PAGE to this article!  So here is the whole thing!  My apologies to Gil.

 

 


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Tom White http://varight.com <![CDATA[Gillespie campaign seen as snubbing Trump operative, causing uproar]]> http://www.varight.com/?p=28046 2017-10-19T17:13:37Z 2017-10-19T17:13:37Z This is a report from the Standard-Examiner. It looks like Ed Gillespie’s campaign is imploding.

RICHMOND, Va. – Ed Gillespie’s perceived snubbing of a former Donald Trump operative he had hired to whip up support for his gubernatorial campaign is causing an uproar among GOP activists already exasperated by Gillespie’s highly cautious stance toward the president.

Jack Morgan had expected to play a key role at a Gillespie rally headlined by Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday in Abingdon, a coal country region that voted overwhelmingly for Trump in November, activists said. But he found himself sidelined.

Gillespie hired Morgan, a colorful evangelical preacher and former 9th Congressional District GOP chairman, as his ambassador to Trump country after nearly losing the June primary to a rival who had run in the president’s bombastic, populist image.

But Gillespie’s campaign did not let Morgan help plan or speak at the rally – over the objections of another GOP candidate who employs Morgan, state Sen. Jill Holtzman Vogel, who is running for lieutenant governor and wanted him to introduce her.

Morgan’s wife was so offended that she refused to drive John Whitbeck, chair of the Republican Party of Virginia, to the airport for his return trip, according to the three Republicans familiar with the matter. And in an area of the state that Gillespie needs to turn out in force to overcome Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam, D, on Nov. 7, activists took to social media to vent their outrage.

“I will guarantee you all this,” Republican activist William Totten, the Smyth County director for Vogel, wrote on Facebook, “should Ed ever run for anything in politics again I will work my every waking moment to make sure he loses the primary.”

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Tom White http://varight.com <![CDATA[McConnell symbolizes what has destroyed the Republican Party]]> http://www.varight.com/?p=28045 2017-10-18T20:02:26Z 2017-10-18T14:55:28Z

 In a joint press conference on Monday with President Trump, U.S Senator Mitch McConnell made numerous statements that revealed just how much contempt the ruling class elitists have for the average conservative .

Responding to questions from the press McConnell stated that “ first you have to win” and then enunciated what he was talking about by citing the election losses of candidates like Sharron Angle who was backed by Nevada’s T.E.A Party conservatives and received no help from the RNC in her efforts. Roy Moore is just the latest example of the establishments selective choice as to whether or not a conservative candidate gets any help from the fella’s running the show in D.C .  Luther Strange was their guy and we all know why.

McConnell further showed his allegiance to the K Street crowd with the ridiculous point he made in his statement that former President Obama “ didn’t pass the A.C.A until his second year in office” ,… as if slowing Tax Reform , the wall or Infrastructure down has any relevance whatsoever.  Mc Connell favors slowing Trumps agenda down for one very simple reason, it gives his real allies the lobbyists ( representing the status quo ) time to mount an effort to carve out for themselves the favorable tax exemptions they currently benefit from and don’t want to see the ax fall on.  It should be clear by now that the original tax reform Trump has proposed won’t resemble anything like what ultimately passes.—because Mitch McConnell , Paul Ryan, McCain and others are doing their obligatory best to keep things as they are.

Conservatives however can take heart in some quite astounding changes taking place across the political landscape. Social and cultural rot has reached a point where green shoots are beginning to sprout. We have had enough of Antifa, Black Lives Matter ,Move on.org, the lawlessness represented by porous borders, the crime spewing from the urban areas, the continued downward spiral of our nation’s public schools , the corrupt results of a tax code that has become a form of legal bribery. Throw in the decade of republicans lying about what they were going to do if only we gave them majorities for icing on the proverbial cake.

Congressman Dave Brats victory was just the beginning, we are seeing gathering evidence that the American public has perhaps finally reached a point where they are awakening to what they have ignored for far too long.  Career Pol’s like Senator Bob Corker are recognizing their service in DC has run its course and the public has finally caught on to the charade that has went on for far too long. Conservatives have bent over backwards , distorting any reasonable definition of the word compromise over the last 50 years. It is high time to take back some lost ground and restore a measure of sanity. Our efforts certainly will face a very concerted effort to halt any progress we might make. Conservatives have allowed Progressives to root themselves in almost every institution from government at all levels, to education , the media, and yes ,the legal community. Court rulings, jury nullification, that defy common sense are now routine daily occurrences.  You know it has went too far when trial lawyers are trolling the airways with ad’s asking…….. “ have you taken the prescription XXX and developed a gambling addiction” ?     The inmates are running the asylum and Americans have had enough.

My intuitive senses tell me that a page is slowly turning. Is it too late ? Are the debt levels at a point already where the economic damage decades of spending money we didn’t have will certainly lead to a coming debt driven economic collapse ? I wish I did know the answer to that question, and I doubt anyone really does.

What I do know is this, Trumps election has provided an opening for those who understand the crucial crossroads we are at. If Trump’s agenda is stymied, if the collective forces aligned against him prevail we may not have another chance like this come along again in our lifetimes.

Move past the platitudes and slogans and make a conscious choice to do something about it, while we still have the time to. “ Doing something”….isn’t buying a license plate and deciding you did your share. “ Doing something” isn’t attending meetings at groups who are complainers clubs, “ doing something isn’t griping on social media about the way things used to be.

Doing something is actively engaging , making time in your schedule to attend and speak up at your local school board and Board of Supervisor meetings. Doing something is sitting down and writing letters to your local newspapers, doing something is writing this and other Blogs, doing something is standing up to the local elected officials and telling them to cut spending and taxes.

If you need some motivation , ponder this scenario playing out at the end of your life when your grandson or granddaughter asks you this question……..

Grandpa—Grandma……….” What did you do to stop this from happening “ ?

Bob Shannon  Founder  King William T.E.A Party


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Tom White http://varight.com <![CDATA[Poll Analysis – Virginia Governor’s Race]]> http://www.varight.com/?p=28042 2017-10-18T14:52:55Z 2017-10-18T14:50:21Z

polls photoMonmouth Poll Showing Gillespie Ahead, but They Sampled More Republicans than Previous Poll

Monmouth University released a new poll yesterday that purports to show that Republican Ed Gillespie has gained ground on Democrat Ralph Northam and is now a point ahead.

But is this poll really showing momentum for Gillespie?

I hate to disappoint my GOP colleagues, but this poll actually shows Gillespie is slipping since the Monmouth poll taken last month between 9/21/2017 and 9/25/2017.

In the September poll, Monmouth sampled 25% Republicans and 32% Democrats. The September poll has a +7 Democrat advantage. However, in the latest poll, the sample size changed. Considerably. The latest poll was conducted using 30% Republicans and 28% Democrats giving a +2 Republican advantage.

So the poll swung from +7 Democrat to +2 Republican, a 9 point swing in Republican’s favor.

The September poll showed Northam with a 5% advantage over Gillespie 49% to 44% with a +7 Democrat advantage.

The latest poll shows Gillespie with a 1 point lead over Northam with a +2 Republican advantage in the sample.

If nothing had changed, with a 9 point swing in the sample favoring Gillespie, one would expect the poll to show a 4 point lead for Gillespie. Yet the new poll shows only a 1 point lead for the Republican.

So the logical conclusion is that Gillespie has actually slipped 3 points from September has Monmouth used an “apples to apples” polling sample.

But the question is, why would a liberal New Jersey college want to show a Republican in the lead?

We can only speculate, but moments after the latest poll was released, the Democrats sent out a mass email to their mailing lists from Terry McAuliffe seeking … money!

This is bad, Tom.

After Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and the rest of the Republican machine threw their weight into the Virginia governor’s race last week, the latest poll shows right-wing extremist Ed Gillespie AHEAD in the race.

This race was already neck-and-neck. Now the stakes are even higher.

After this breaking news, we must up our spending IMMEDIATELY to take back this race and keep Virginia from going to an extreme Trump supporter. That’s why we’re asking you to chip in $10 today to fight back. Can Virginia Democrats like Ralph Northam count on you?

If you’ve saved your payment information with ActBlue Express, your donation will process immediately by clicking a button below. Otherwise, you will be redirected to a donation page.

And there are buttons for various amounts. (There was a link to the donation page in the text above, but I removed it.)

Obviously, the Democrat strategy in this race has been to tie Gillespie to Trump because even though Democrats lost the election last year, Hillary did win Virginia. But to call Gillespie a “right-wing extremist” aligned with Trump is laughable. So stirring up the Democrat base with the fear of a Trump “clone” as governor now being ahead of the Democrat will no doubt bring in a lot of donations. Far more than had the poll shown Gillespie slipping from 5 points behind to 8 or 9 points down, which is what the poll actually shows.

Another advantage this “fear” poll has for Democrats is ensuring that a victory for Northam is not inevitable. Democrats believe that a lot of their own failed to show up to vote because the fake polls showed Hillary was going to win by a landslide.

So the message the Democrats want to get out to the party faithful is all hands on deck. With your money and your vote. And this poll fits that narrative perfectly.

I’m not saying there is a conspiracy between Monmouth and the Democrats to manipulate polls to fit the Democrat’s playbook. But the only way to truly measure movement in a political race is by apples to apples polls. Not 9 point partisan swings. That is no way to conduct a poll.

Christopher Newport Poll

Comparing the last two CNU polls, Northam has dropped from 7 points ahead to just 4 points. Looking at the demographics in this poll, the mix of Republicans to Democrats only changed by a single point, which is good.

However, they also ask those who self-identify as neither Republican nor Democrat (Independents) if they lean one way or the other. The 10/2 to 10/6 CNU poll showed the Indy’s – which were almost 1/3 of the respondents –  their “lean”. In the earlier poll, they leaned 38% to Republicans and 34% to Democrats. But the CNU poll conducted October 9 to 13 queried Independents who leaned 44% Republican and 35% Democrat.

This poll shows Independent voters may be moving towards Gillespie.

Roanoke College Poll

Roanoke College conducted a poll September 16-23 and the latest was conducted October 8-13. In September, Northam lead Gillespie by 4 points and in the October poll, Northam increased his lead to 6 points.

The partisan split in this poll remained nearly the same between the two polls. And despite the fact that Northam increased his lead by 2 points, there was a slight movement towards Gillespie among Independents.

Conclusion:

In 2013 Terry McAuliffe was favored in every poll taken from July 2013 until election. McAuliffe won by 2.5% yet the polls showed him with a 6% average margin.

In 2017 Ralph Northam has been favored in every poll taken since April 2017 (with 2 ties). Northam has an average lead of 3.5% as of today.

In 2013, both Emerson’s and Quinnipiac’s final polls were the most accurate and showed McAuliffe winning by 2 points. (He won by 2.5.)

In 2017, Emerson’s latest poll shows Northam up by 5 and Quinnipiac’s latest has Northam up by 10.

The three polls I looked at above are the latest 3 out as of today. I am completely underwhelmed with the latest Monmouth poll and other than an apparent drop for Gillespie after correcting the horrendous partisan swing (+9 GOP between the polls), have no confidence in the Monmouth methods. And the poll did not ask the Independents if they are leaning Republican or Democrat. And other than a fund raiser for Democrats and a poll that may give Republicans a bit of overconfidence, I reject this poll.

But Roanoke and CNU both show movement by Independents towards Gillespie since their previous polls. This is when you want to see unaffiliated voters move toward your candidate and is good news for Gillespie and the GOP. The TV and radio ads put out by the GOP and Gillespie are most likely responsible for this movement and are having a negative effect among Independent voters as far as the Democrats go.

The “lead” by McAuliffe in 2013, according to the polls, was larger than the average lead for Northam in 2017. With Independents moving towards Gillespie, this race is trending in the GOP’s favor. But it is going to be very close.

I wouldn’t be totally shocked to see this race end up in a recount. And if that happens, the GOP will need to keep a close eye on Fairfax and other NoVa localities. If you recall, in 2013 Obenshain was ahead of Herring by 1,272 votes after counting the ballots. After fixing “problems” with counting equipment in Fairfax, Herring won.

Imagine that!

 

 


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Elwood "Sandy" Sanders http://www.varight.com <![CDATA[Virginia is More Isolated on Ballot Access than EVER; NC Makes it Easier to Get on the Ballot!]]> http://www.varight.com/?p=28039 2017-10-18T02:10:00Z 2017-10-18T02:10:00Z Great news from the Independent Political Report:  North Carolina just made it easier for third parties to reach the ballot – and they came up with two new and innovative ways to get ballot access other than 2% of the vote for Governor or President (about 94,250 votes – the LP gubernatorial candidate, Lon Cecil, got that  – just barely at 2.11 percent):

  • A new political party can get on the ballot if they (as a party) get enough signatures equal to .25% (one quarter of one percent) in the last governor’s race (about 11,800 signatures) as long as there are 200 signatures from each of the Tarheel State’s 13 congressional districts.

A certain blogger in Virginia proposed a concept similar to that (probably actually stricter than the NC bill!) in Style Weekly!

  • A political party could also garner ballot access if their Presidential candidate was on the state ballot in 70% of the states of the Union (35 – the Libertarians and Greens got that many states in 2016)

Here is the bill as written into law following the veto of the Democrat Governor Cooper.

The joint statement from the Libertarian, Green and Constitution Parties included this:

 

This is the most dramatic improvement in ballot access anywhere in the nation in 20 years, when Florida reduced its petition barrier for offices, other than president, for both minor parties and independents from three percent of the number of registered voters to zero, according to ballot access expert Richard Winger.

“This bill could also influence policy across the nation. Republican-majority legislatures in Tennessee and Indiana, and perhaps Alabama, may pass similar bills.

Virginia already is an outlier among ballot access with it’s ten percent rule for earning ballot access; this will isolate the Commonwealth even more.  If the NC party leaders are right, and Alabama liberalizes ballot access from the present 20% to below 10%, it will make Virginia even more of an outlier (Oklahoma reduced its 10% threshold to 2.5%) than ever.

Notice this was a bipartisan effort.  The GOP-led NC legislature passed the bill and legislators from both parties helped override the Governor’s veto.

It’s time for innovative solons on both sides of the aisle to come together and pass this or a similar bill in Virginia.  It’s way, way past time!  The governor ought to call for it in the State of the Commonwealth address, too.

 

 

 

 

 


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Tom White http://varight.com <![CDATA[If Ed Gillespie Wins, Virginia Republican Legislators will go Full Metal Swamp Dwelling RINO on us. Again.]]> http://www.varight.com/?p=28036 2017-10-16T17:33:03Z 2017-10-16T17:33:03Z

swamp photo

Photo by angela n.

A few years ago I was writing a comment on a blog, I can’t remember if it was this site or another, but I wrote:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

I liked that sentiment so much that I put it on top of the right column of Virginia Right! and it is still there.

And it is still true.

Obamacare and the Swamp

How many Congressmen and Senators in D.C. have been running and soliciting donations for years on the promise to repeal Obamacare? And now that the Republicans finally have the trifecta in Washington, House, Senate and White House, you would have to be living in a cave to not know that we have been screwed by liars like John McCain and the rest of the Fake Republicans.

Electing Donald Trump as President hasn’t seen the swamp completely drained, but the water level is definitely going down. And the biggest and most dangerous rocks that were hidden just below the surface are now in plain sight. And these establishment slime-balls have been exposed as the liars that they are.

Virginians started draining the swamp in 2014 when Eric Cantor was defeated in a primary. After years of raising money with the promise to get rid of Obamacare, the voters finally saw through Cantor’s deception. A deception Cantor readily admitted to the Washingtonian in July this year:

Asked if he feels partly responsible for their current predicament, Cantor is unequivocal. “Oh,” he says, “100 percent.”

He goes further: “To give the impression that if Republicans were in control of the House and Senate, that we could do that when Obama was still in office . . . .” His voice trails off and he shakes his head. “I never believed it.”

He says he wasn’t the only one aware of the charade: “We sort of all got what was going on, that there was this disconnect in terms of communication, because no one wanted to take the time out in the general public to even think about ‘Wait a minute—that can’t happen.’ ” But, he adds, “if you’ve got that anger working for you, you’re gonna let it be.”

It’s a stunning admission from a former member of the party leadership—that the linchpin of GOP electoral strategy for the better part of a decade was a fantasy, a flame continually fanned solely because, when it came to midterm elections, it worked. (Barring, of course, his own.

Republicans were all big talkers and raised millions and millions of dollars promising to repeal a law knowing it would never happen.

And Trump threw a monkey wrench into that by winning the election last year, essentially calling the bluff of the swamp.

Who Is Ed Gillespie?

Ed Gillespie is the Republican candidate for Governor of Virginia this year. He was in a primary race that the experts believed would see Gillespie cruse to a landslide victory. He was leading challenger Corey Stewart by 20 to 30 points in all but one poll. And he won by just over 1%. And in all of the current polls vs. Democrat Ralph Northam, Gillespie lags by an average of 7 points and has never polled ahead of the Democrat.

Gillespie has never held public office and has one political loss to show for his desire to be in office. He lost to Mark Warner by less than 1%, far closer than the nearly 10% lead Warner showed in the polls.

Ed Gillespie began his political activity as a Democrat and switched to the Republican Party in 1984. He worked for Dick Armey and was involved in the GOP’s “Contract with America”.

It was in 1997 that Gillespie turned to the “dark side” and became a lobbyist with BGR Group. (This was one of the big groups supporting establishment candidate Thad Cochran against the TEA Party candidate in 2014.)

In 1999, Gillespie went to work for the presidential campaign of John Kasich. ‘Nuff said.

In 2000 Ed went to work for George W. Bush’s campaign for president. That same year, he founded Quinn Gillespie & Associates with Democrat Jack Quinn. Enron was one of their big accounts until Enron’s financial fraud scandal led the energy company to bankruptcy.

In 2002 Gillespie worked to elect Elizabeth Dole. Again, ’nuff said.

And between short stints as Republican National Committee chairman, Gillespie server in the horrendous Bush White House that squandered the House, Senate and White House and gave us Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama.

Gillespie served as Chairman of Bob McDonnell’s election campaign that would end in disgrace and scandal and gave Virginia the largest tax increase in history.

Gillespie worked to elect Mitt Romney and also worked with American Crossroads, Carl Rove’s pro RINO PAC.

So for the last 20 years, Gillespie has been a lobbyist and has associated with some of the most hard core establishment politicians, most of which are the swamp dwellers we need to expunge from government if America will ever be great again.

Nothing is more Liberal Than a Republican With a Majority

When Ed Gillespie helped Bob McDonnell win in 2009, I worked hard for the same goal. And it was during McDonnell’s tenure that I learned just how deceiving Republicans can be with complete power.

McDonnell campaigned on privatizing the ABC stores and using the profits to pay for transportation. There was no need for a tax increase, he said. Fiscal responsibility was back in style.

After the McDonnell campaign, tax hikes were so out of favor that Tim Kaine’s proposed budget that included tax hikes were rejected unanimously in the House of Delegates. Every Democrat voted against Kaine’s budget.

But in a couple of years, Bob McDonnell turned that around. Casting aside a disdain for more taxes, McDonnell pushed through the largest tax hike in Virginia history. He even had to reach across the aisle to get some Democrats on board and gave them a number of sweetheart tax hikes to pass his own hikes.

Americans for Tax Reform reported at the time:

Governor Bob McDonnell, in one of his final acts as governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, signed into law a $5.9 billion tax increase on Virginia families to fund light rail and transportation projects throughout the Commonwealth. The tax increase is the largest in the history of Virginia, edging out Democrat Governor Mark Warner’s 2004 tax increase.

Virginians will see increases in their diesel fuel taxes and the gas tax will rise with higher gas prices and inflation.  Residents of Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads will see increases in the local sales tax from 5 to 6 percent, increases in taxes on home sales, and increased hotel taxes.  The rest of the state will experience a sales tax hike from 5 to 5.3 percent.

In addition, the legislation puts into place a regime set to collect internet sales taxes if Congress passes the Marketplace Fairness Act – currently in the House of Representatives (where, as written, it is not expected to garner enough votes to pass). If Congress is unable to pass an internet sales tax bill, Virginia residents will see fuel taxes raised even higher to make up for the promised tax collections.

Despite claims from Governor McDonnell, the massive tax increase is not a job creator and does not make the Commonwealth more attractive to small business and families looking to relocate.

Terry McAuliffe Held Largely in Check

I hear things like “we can’t take 4 more years of a Democrat governor”. But what has McAuliffe accomplished? Aside from ensuring Hillary won Virginia and refusing to cooperate with efforts to analyze the results for fraud. Sure he gave some convicts the right to vote back, but there were many in the GOP who were on board with this. Bob McDonnell was in favor of this.

McAuliffe blocked some GOP bills, but he was unable to get any of his far left agenda passed. The McDonnell induced Squishy Spine Syndrome healed itself with McAuliffe’s election. The Republican’s collective spines became rigid once again and stood fast against various McAuliffe moronic legislation.

We also see the same disease inflicting many Fake Republicans in DC since Trump became President.

Ed Gillespie. Lobbyist. RINO. Swamp-dweller.

For 20 years Gillespie has associated with the likes of Rove, the Bushes, Romney, Enron, Lobbyists and various Democrats. Donald Trump mostly endorsed him the other day in a tweet and Gillespie did not welcome the help from our president. And while Ed has tried to straddle the fence and be as non committal as possible, the warning signs are all there. Gillespie will bring Squishy Spine Syndrome back to Richmond if he were to win.

Northam = Gridlock

Oh, I’m not saying vote for Northam. The guy is about as exciting as watching hair grow. But the fact is, he is nowhere near the radical Terry McAuliffe is and will be far easier to hold in check than Terry was. True we won’t get to see a governor sign a bill that “denies women access to health care” by forcing doctors to wash their hands before they perform an abortion, or use sterile instruments. But we just have to roll the dice on that.

Trust me. If you don’t want to see another fiasco like Bob McDonnell’s Tax-portation bill, gridlock is our friend. The truth is, the Democrats will see more of their agenda implemented if Gillespie becomes governor than should Northam win.

People like Gillespie seem to have this uncontrollable urge to make Democrats and the Washington Post like them by passing liberal stuff.

But I Can’t Vote for a Democrat

Yea, me neither. But after spending the last few years working to drain the swamp, I’ll be damned if I will vote for someone I know in my heart is a clone of John McCain, Susan Coillins, the #NeverTrumppers and various alligators and snakes.

Ed Gillespie HAS NOT earned my vote and will not get my vote.

I plan to leave the governor portion of my ballot blank.

Dear Corey Stewart. Please Do Not Endorse Gillespie.

I can’t endorse Gillespie. I can’t even vote for him. And I hope the pressure on Corey isn’t so great that he allows it to override his principles. Besides, Ed Gillespie will do his utmost to undermine a Corey Stewart candidacy for Senate even if it means Tim Kaine stays.

Just Say No to Ed.


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Bob Shannon <![CDATA[Shannon endorses Cliff Hyra for Governor]]> http://www.varight.com/?p=28034 2017-10-16T09:52:57Z 2017-10-16T09:52:57Z

  Bob Shannon, Founder of the Mechanicsville & King William TEA Party groups and long time local activist makes this personal endorsement that is his and his alone. This endorsement is not an endorsement of either of the two groups he founded.

The late Jerry Lund who had a local radio talk show on WRVA was a mentor of sorts when it came to my forming of political thought. Jerry had an often repeated line where he would challenge listeners to be “intellectually honest”. I can today smile thinking back to the nights when I would be listening to his program, knowing at almost the precise moment when Jerry was going to unload that challenge to a particular caller who was inclined to make excuses for one political party or the other, or sometimes a specific politician. You simply were not going to get away with it on Jerry’s show. Jerry had the intellectual chops, but more importantly he had integrity that was his hallmark personality trait.

The contest for Virginia’s next Governor moved me to drill down and consider precisely why I think Cliff Hyra is a superior candidate. In the course of doing so I find myself thinking a great deal about the common phrase I use to describe the two major political parties,…… “ two heads of the same snake”. Frequently I observe people shaking their heads up & down in agreement.  A quiet slow recognition is building across the nation that neither of the two major parties are willing to address the major problems confronting our localities ,state or nation. Kicking the can down the road —ought to be both of the parties motto.

On a recent occasion I quietly contemplated two local elected officials, one a local Supervisor, and proud democrat progressive, the other, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates who touts his conservative credentials every election cycle. I made a list of about 8-10 issues and went back through their votes and public claims only to find on each one of these issues they were almost identical in their support for expansion of these programs, more funding and support of tax dollars for a variety of economic development projects . Both support higher spending on Education, K-12 and College. Political slogans and campaign promises aside, both of these men govern and advocate for bigger government and more spending, regardless of what they say around election time. The very same dynamic is occurring in the Governor’s race.

The test I use for whether or not I’ll support a candidate today comes down to the 3 I’s, Intellect—Integrity—Independence. Hyra attended and spoke at one of the King William TEA Party meetings back in late April. Anyone who has attended the Candidate Debates we hold here, anyone who has attended one of our meetings when we have had elected officials and candidates speak to our group know how thoroughly we vet these folks. It isn’t the typical campaign stump speeches or allowing them to come in and run out the clock that they are infamous for doing, often times never answering a single question with any degree of depth. We grill them and get to the heart of the issues with a high degree at determining just what this guy or gal really believe on the issues. Hyra passed in my view with flying colors. It might also explain yet again this cycle why the two major party candidates didn’t want Hyra on the same stage with them.

You can change the mind of an honest man, but you can’t persuade or change the heart of a man who has sold his soul to the money changers or the political bosses in the parties establishment that are quietly running the show behind the scenes. They can spout campaign slogans and platitudes verbatim, they roll off their silver tongues like butter. Yet when elected as we have seen the last 10 years they immediately fall in line with their masters and do their bidding, no matter what they said on the campaign trail.

So my challenge to each of you who read this and know me is this. Examine as you walk into a voting booth in a few weeks your own conscience and just ask yourself the question Jerry use to ask his listeners……are you being intellectually honest in your vote ?  Do you like so many continue to see elections as some sort of athletic contest, we gotta win, or has your political reasoning matured to a point where truth matters ?

For conservatives who in their heart know the difference and want to send the two headed snake a clear and unambiguous message, cast a ballot for Cliff Hyra on November 7th. Somewhere on a golf course in Heaven , Jerry will smile down on you.

Bob Shannon            Founder  Mechanicsville & King William T.E.A  Party groups


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Elwood "Sandy" Sanders http://www.varight.com <![CDATA[Let’s Talk HOD Races – Check This Site for Your District Number]]> http://www.varight.com/?p=28033 2017-10-16T02:17:52Z 2017-10-16T02:17:52Z The tarantula is OUT!  (Had to wait until the wasps are in bed asleep!)  Ready to talk the election (wasn’t the vote in Austria great?) here in Virginia.  Let’s rumble…

Now we start with House of Delegates races:

This is the official website of the Virginia Democrat House Candidates and this appears to be their challenger (or running in open seats) list.

While I admire people for running for office and expressing their views (I once described it in a rather earthy but not unholy manner as BTSED), most of the positions taken based on a small sampling of websites are bad:  Expand Medicare, universal background checks (already have them – they want to ban or regulate private sales of firearms), so-called equal pay for equal work (already have this), etc.

Some have called for such ideas as a single payer health care system.  Let’s call that what it is:  Socialized medicine.

Lee Carter, a Democrat running for a Manassas-area seat in the House of Delegates, is leading a crop of House candidates pledging to push for a state-level, single-payer healthcare system if they reach Richmond.

Carter joined 15 other Democratic hopefuls in announcing the new initiative Oct. 2, which is aimed at radically reforming Virginia’s healthcare system to cover all of the state’s 8.4 million residents.

By the way, the article did not say the other fourteen hopefuls’ names.  Very uninformative not to say.  So, if you live in one of these contested districts, ask the Dem candidate:  Are you for single payer?  (Can also ask:  Are you for regulating the private sales of firearms?  So-called expansion of Medicaid?)

Now VPAP brings out this unfortunate fact:

I tried to get the GOP to seek out candidates in uncontested races (and even said if the Republicans won’t do it – the Libertarians should!) to run up the vote in up ticket races:

These 29 races ought to have solid candidates. If you recruit them – I understand the GOP can nominate candidates (ballot access has its advantages) without a signature – if the party recruits them they can run. Give them $5000 each and free access to solid campaign staffers – maybe a pool of campaign managers to run several campaigns at once.

The $5000 each would only be $145,000 total and the Republican races without a contest could help with that by giving some campaign funds they will not need or the RPV could have a special fund for this purpose. Spending money will force the incumbents (and maybe the state party) to spend a few dollars in these races to protect these incumbents.

Who’s in at the RPV?

Good question.  Who IS in?  My review of the situation shows two changes since that post in April:  Paul B. Haring running in the 38th and Linda Schulz in the 86th.  If you can support them, do so.

Now if Northam etc run up huge margins in NOVA again in uncontested districts than ask the state GOP:  Why didn’t you find some money and attract good candidates.  The Dems are smarter in this regard this cycle.  They may not give me credit and they might not have gotten the idea from me but they did what I suggested.  They got candidates to run – attractive, interesting, articulate candidates for the most part – and we get some vote out all over based on these hopefuls.

Sandy and maybe the blog will make some endorsements in HOD races as we get closer to time.  November 7.  It’s coming.

 


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Elwood "Sandy" Sanders http://www.varight.com <![CDATA[Bob Shannon, Tea Party Leader, Endorses Hyra for Governor]]> http://www.varight.com/?p=28032 2017-10-15T22:46:54Z 2017-10-15T22:46:54Z This is an astounding but not entirety surprising development:

Bob Shannon, Founder of the Mechanicsville & King William TEA Party groups and long time local activist makes this personal endorsement that is his and his alone. This endorsement is not an endorsement of either of the two groups he founded.

The late Jerry Lund who had a local radio talk show on WRVA was a mentor of sorts when it came to my forming of political thought. Jerry had an often repeated line where he would challenge listeners to be “intellectually honest”. I can today smile thinking back to the nights when I would be listening to his program, knowing at almost the precise moment when Jerry was going to unload that challenge to a particular caller who was inclined to make excuses for one political party or the other, or sometimes a specific politician. You simply were not going to get away with it on Jerry’s show. Jerry had the intellectual chops, but more importantly he had integrity that was his hallmark personality trait.

The contest for Virginia’s next Governor moved me to drill down and consider precisely why I think Cliff Hyra is a superior candidate. In the course of doing so I find myself thinking a great deal about the common phrase I use to describe the two major political parties,…… “ two heads of the same snake”. Frequently I observe people shaking their heads up & down in agreement. A quiet slow recognition is building across the nation that neither of the two major parties are willing to address the major problems confronting our localities ,state or nation. Kicking the can down the road —ought to be both of the parties motto.

On a recent occasion I quietly contemplated two local elected officials, one a local Supervisor, and proud democrat progressive, the other, a member of the Virginia House of Delegates who touts his conservative credentials every election cycle. I made a list of about 8-10 issues and went back through their votes and public claims only to find on each one of these issues they were almost identical in their support for expansion of these programs, more funding and support of tax dollars for a variety of economic development projects . Both support higher spending on Education, K-12 and College. Political slogans and campaign promises aside, both of these men govern and advocate for bigger government and more spending, regardless of what they say around election time. The very same dynamic is occurring in the Governor’s race.

The test I use for whether or not I’ll support a candidate today comes down to the 3 I’s, Intellect—Integrity—Independence. Hyra attended and spoke at one of the King William TEA Party meetings back in late April. Anyone who has attended the Candidate Debates we hold here, anyone who has attended one of our meetings when we have had elected officials and candidates speak to our group know how thoroughly we vet these folks. It isn’t the typical campaign stump speeches or allowing them to come in and run out the clock that they are infamous for doing, often times never answering a single question with any degree of depth. We grill them and get to the heart of the issues with a high degree at determining just what this guy or gal really believe on the issues. Hyra passed in my view with flying colors. It might also explain yet again this cycle why the two major party candidates didn’t want Hyra on the same stage with them.

You can change the mind of an honest man, but you can’t persuade or change the heart of a man who has sold his soul to the money changers or the political bosses in the parties establishment that are quietly running the show behind the scenes. They can spout campaign slogans and platitudes verbatim, they roll off their silver tongues like butter. Yet when elected as we have seen the last 10 years they immediately fall in line with their masters and do their bidding, no matter what they said on the campaign trail.

So my challenge to each of you who read this and know me is this. Examine as you walk into a voting booth in a few weeks your own conscience and just ask yourself the question Jerry use to ask his listeners……are you being intellectually honest in your vote ? Do you like so many continue to see elections as some sort of athletic contest, we gotta win, or has your political reasoning matured to a point where truth matters ?

For conservatives who in their heart know the difference and want to send the two headed snake a clear and unambiguous message, cast a ballot for Cliff Hyra on November 7th. Somewhere on a golf course in Heaven , Jerry will smile down on you.

Bob Shannon Founder Mechanicsville & King William T.E.A Party groups

I respect and admire Bob very much.  We are colleagues and fellow activists.  He raises significant issues and questions.

So, what’s the next shoe to drop?  Where will Sanders or Virginia Right go in the top election?  Head or heart?  How will the tarantula attention span play out for blogger Sanders?  And how about House of Delegates races?

 


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders ]]>
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