Yesterday, the Republican Liberty Caucus of Virginia met to re-charter the state affiliate and to elect a new Board of Directors at The Hard Shell in Richmond. The affiliate was originally chartered at the RPV Advance in 2007. The members elected Matthew Gagnon as Chair, Steven Latimer as Vice Chair, Cliff Dunn as Treasurer, and I was elected as Secretary. In addition, three at-large members were also elected to the Board of Directors. The at-large members are Rick Sincere, Leonard Harris, and Matthew DeLeon.
Additionally, the RLC-Virginia Chapter had a booth at the Convention, where delegates could take the World’s Smallest Political Quiz. Many of those who took the quiz scored in the libertarian category, and this booth definitely allowed the Republicans in attendance to learn more about the RLC. Special thanks goes out to Lisa Miller, who sponsored the booth.
The Republican Liberty Caucus was founded in 1991 to promote individual liberty, limited government, and free enterprise within the Republican Party by promoting these ideals among Party officials and other organizations, identifying and supporting candidates who are sympathetic to these ideals, and promoting Caucus membership with those in the party and elected officials.
In perhaps one of the most widest margins in Convention history, Bill Bolling won the Lieutenant Governor’s nomination with a margin of 84-16. The next closest wide margin win was from 1985, when Buster O’Brien defeated Matthews by a margin of 72-28 in the Attorney General’s nomination. These are the unofficial results from the convention.
Bolling had 30 shutouts, and Pat Muldoon won three counties: Clarke, Giles, and Greene. Interestingly, there were ties in both Norton and Warren counties.
Now, we are off to victory in November, under a unified ticket of Bob McDonnell, running for Governor, and Ken Cuccinelli, running for Attorney General.
At the Republican Party of Virginia Convention yesterday, Ken Cuccinelli gave one of the most impassioned speeches detailing his devotion to life, liberty, and property, as well as, protecting and preserving the Constitution. Cuccinelli won the nomination with 65% of the overall vote, and there is no doubt that he can win in November. He will lead by principle.
On a side note, many supporters were at the Convention waving Gadsden flags during Cuccinelli’s speech, which are a symbol of American independence and liberty (i.e. “Don’t Tread on Me”). It was so breathtaking to turn around from the mini studio, where I was about to interview Rep. Eric Cantor to see the flags flying proudly.
I am glad that Ken Cuccinelli stands for the core principles of life, liberty, and property, and I look forward to helping him the McDonnell-Bolling-Cuccinelli ticket coast to victory in November.
Check out the video from NOVA Townhall.
On Friday, I had the opportunity to conduct an interview Danny Smith, who is running for the Virginia House of Delegates in the 38th District. The current incumbent is Bob Hull, who is facing a primary against Kaye Kory. Smith discussed how his campaign is going and addressed some of the core issues that his campaign will focus on. Right now, the residents of the 38th District deserves better leadership in Richmond, and Bob Hull has dropped the ball in his service to his community. Danny Smith is the right candidate, who will provide solid leadership in Richmond.
Interview with CCC: Danny Smith, Candidate for Virginia House of Delegates from Krystle Weeks on Vimeo.
**Cross Posted at Virginia News Platoon and YR Dominion
**Fingers crossed that this time, CoverItLive won’t mess with me.**
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After a long day yesterday of traveling down to Richmond, experiencing a CoverItLive meltdown, and touring the hospitality suites, Crystal Clear Conservative will hopefully *fingers crossed* have a live blog tomorrow for your enjoyment via Cover It Live. In the meantime, it is off to bed, as we have a long day ahead of us tomorrow.
However, here is a recap from the first day of the RPV Convention. There was supposed to be a rules challenge, which did not occur, and Kay Coles James was appointed Chair of the Convention. We heard from Rep. Rob Wittman and Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who energized the crowds today and urged unity within the party. Both the CRFV Chair, Kate Maxwell, and YRFV Chair, Mike Hardy both addressed the audience by saying that we are going to work hard to retain a Republican majority.
Tomorrow, I will be adding pictures to this post, but also, blogging more from bloggers row.
The RPV Convention delegates were evacuated briefly due to a fire scare at the Coliseum this afternoon. It last approximately ten minutes and delegates were given an all clear to come back into the Coliseum.
Summer is almost here, and people are packing up their vehicles heading off for their vacations. With last year’s astronomical fuel prices, many are wondering if this awaits the high costs will await them this year.
According to The Washington Examiner, the Democrats in Congress are proposing increased regulations and higher taxes on oil companies who drill both on the land and offshore. If a bill that has been drafted by the House Natural Resources Committee is passed, offshore drilling will be threatened by increased taxes on exploration and oil companies will also received an increased tax burden. This will only be passed along to the consumer.
At a time, when most would think that the Democrats in Congress would be concerned about their re-election bids and maintaining a majority, they decide to raise taxes for the oil companies, who are working to ensure that we are utilizing oil in our own country, rather than being dependent on foreign oil reserves. These taxes are only going to hurt Main Street America. Hopefully, this will be the wake-up call for Americans, when they go to the polls in November 2010. The Democrats do not care for the American taxpayer or utilizing our own natural resources for energy. Talk about thugocracy at work, people!
Since the RPV Convention will be taking place tomorrow, I have decided to create an open thread. Go ahead and voice your opinions. Do you think there will be drama in tomorrow’s Rules Committee meeting?
I will be at the Convention tomorrow, and beginning at 1 p.m., there will be a live blog on CCC, in addition to <a href="http://twitter.com/live tweets from yours truly. Additionally, there will be video, which you can find on my YouTube channel.
Click here to watch the three Democratic candidates for Governor dodge questions about card check. Only one candidate, Republican Bob McDonnell gave a detailed response on where he stands on card check and forced unionism. H/T to Bearing Drift
**Cross Posted at Virginia News Platoon