When you send a survey asking whether people support your third party candidacy, you would want to make the survey available. Imagine my surprise when there was no survey…I had to chuckle, because I think that someone does not want to hear my opinion.
One also has to wonder what will happen if Bolling declares a third party candidacy. What will happen to all of his Republican supporters? Will they be able to attend the Republican convention and cast a ballot? Aren’t all delegates to the Republican convention supposed to support the Republican nominee, which will be Ken Cuccinelli? It is a shame that Bolling is considering a third party run, especially considering that he was “loyal” to the party for so many years. Cuccinelli is the nominee, so get over it. You can sit on the sidelines and not endorse…it’s a lot better than tarnishing your reputation as a crybaby.
So, when the news broke yesterday that everyone’s favorite party crasher, Tareq Salahi, is running for Governor in 2013, I couldn’t help but to laugh out loud.
After all, he is being sued by the Commonwealth of Virginia for alleged violations of the Virginia Consumer Protections Act with his business venture, VirginiaWineTour.com. I guess the Commonwealth of Virginia could use a party crasher-in-chief as their next Governor. However, I doubt he will get the money or the traction necessary to beat the two declared candidates: Ken Cuccinelli or Bill Bolling for the nomination.
It looks like the Republican primary will certainly be interesting come 2013. Also, TMZ has the candidate’s filing form on their site.
With the 8th District Convention coming up on May 12, it is time to look at some of the votes that will be taking place. As you know, I am a Ron Paul supporter and will be supporting their slate of delegates at the convention. Additionally, I will be supporting George Croft for Presidential Elector.
George has been a hard worker within the Republican party. He has been a strong supporter of Liberty (not to mention that he supported Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli), and I could not imagine a better elector to join the delegates who stand for liberty.
While the other elector (Barbara Bowie-Whitman) is part of the Conservative Coalition slate and offers an impressive resume as well, I am just not impressed by her candidacy and was recently taken aback by a recent email she sent to convention attendees. Additionally, it was a robo call I received that added to my lack of enthusiasm for this slate.
We need strong candidates who stand for liberty, in addition to the principles that Ron Paul fights for every day.
I wished I could still vote in the 11th District. After all, I now live in the 8th District, where we have a Congressman more interested in getting himself arrested or screaming at constituents (including a 27-year Army Veteran).
In the 11th District, there are two Republicans running for the nomination: Ken Vaughn and Chris Perkins. I have had the opportunity to look over the materials for both candidates, and I believe that Ken Vaughn is the better candidate for the nomination.
Vaughn is a strong defender of the Constitution, and will defend/protect our liberties. After all, Vaughn understands the fiscal issues facing our country and has a plan to get our budget back in order. Additionally, Vaughn is solid on the issue of protecting life (where his opponent has been largely silent). The real issue that completely persuades me to support Vaughn is his positions on liberty. Vaughn realizes that both the PATRIOT Act and TSA have been an infringement on our liberties. With the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, we need someone who will fight to make sure we are within Constitutional means of declaring war (Congress formally declaring, not just following the leader).
After listening to Perkins speak at a YR meeting, I gathered he is not a big fan of Ron Paul (and his supporters). He admitted that to a few of us, who inquired about his positions on SOPA and some economic issues. Rob at The Liberty Zone even added that he is not very interested in Second Amendment related issues and that he will not end entitlements.
As a strong Ron Paul supporter, I am not too keen on Perkins after talking with him about the issues that should concern many in the 11th District. Vaughn offers a refreshing change and could provide Connolly with a strong challenge, if he gets the nomination.
While it is a shame that I am no longer in the 11th, there is no doubt that this primary will be one to watch.
This is the first time I had one of these in a long time. How about a caption contest for the picture below? We have some state senators at work here, and perhaps, your caption can kick off this General Assembly session right. This is all for fun here.
The winner of this contest gets bragging rights, which we all know can be a good thing. Just list your captions in the comment section.
I have to give props to Kimberley Strassel of The Wall Street Journal for her recent op-ed on President Obama’s decision to invest time in Virginia. Strassel pointed out what has been underlying in the 2011 elections in Virginia: the unpopular Presidency of Barack Hussein Obama. As mentioned by many in both the blogosphere and mainstream media, Obama’s star has been dimming due to his lack of interest in handling the economic situation, as well as pushing through damaging legislation, such as the health care plan.
Strassel was especially right, when she said: “Elected state Democrats—who form the backbone of grass-roots movements—couldn’t distance themselves far enough from Mr. Obama in this race. Most refused to mention the president, to defend his policies, or to appear with him.” This point was especially true, as many TV ads from Democratic candidates went above and beyond to keep their distance from the unpopular President.
With the results from Tuesday night’s election, Obama better think again about putting all of his energy in Virginia. Investing resources in Virginia was a bad move, as we saw how unpopular Obama was, especially in the Southern parts of the Commonwealth and in Loudoun County. While the election was in a low turnout year, this does not yield well in winning the Commonwealth, and in fact, he will have an even difficult time than he did in 2008.
Today is Election Day in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Liberty is at stake with these state elections, and we must continue to protect the freedoms we cherish by voting. If we allow liberals to take control in Virginia, we are likely to face a deeper economic crisis with tax increases across the board. Do we really want this to occur? No. So, it is time to rock the vote.
If you believe in liberty, then I do not have to share endorsements, because you’ll know what is right. However, if you live in the 35th State Senate District, you can probably tell there is a great need for change. In fact, I have given you six good reasons to defeat Dick Saslaw. (Note: I would have had more, but marathon training got the best of me.) Also, there has been some corruption within the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office…but of course, we need to fix that as well by dropping Stan Barry.
Aside from the election in Virginia, there is an election in Ohio as well to decide on Issue 2. SB 5 was voted on in the Ohio legislature to assist local governments with spending on government employees. Basically, it will enact some changes within benefits and collective bargaining agreements for government employees. This is one step for government reform, and the people will decide in Ohio to keep SB 5 (Issue 2) or vote against it and allow the local government to spend more to keep these employees happy. You can learn more about Issue 2 here, but it is imperative (especially if you have family in Ohio) to vote Yes on this issue.
There is much at stake both in Virginia and Ohio, so we can’t stand idle and watch liberty burn to the ground. We need to fight to preserve liberty.
On the sixth day of defeating Dick Saslaw, it is apparent that he will do anything to stay in elected office. Although, I have been behind on this series, I have covered on some of the essential reasons why Saslaw should be defeated on November 8, as he stands against gun rights, wants to raise your taxes, against school choice, and has a track record of failed leadership.
Today, I will be highlighting another reason why Saslaw should be defeated…the Kings Dominion law. Of course, we all know how valuable Kings Dominion, Water Country U.S.A., and Busch Gardens are to Virginia’s tourism industry. During summer, it is a ritual to attend these amusement parks. However, there is a law that Saslaw valiantly defends and that is to delay the start of school until after Labor Day.
Saslaw receives large donations from Sea World Parks & Entertainment and the Virginia Hospitality & Travel Association. Saslaw has been against repealing this law and has even called the arguments by teachers and parents “hogwash.”
Even more interesting is that many of Saslaw’s fellow Northern Virginia state senate colleagues are against the Kings Dominion Law. Dave Marsden (37th State Senate District), Kaye Kory (38th State Senate District), and Janet Howell (32nd State Senate District) are in favor of repealing this law. Marsden even said, “What kind of message are we sending if selling cotton candy at Kings Dominion is more important than schools?”
If Saslaw is such a strong advocate of public education, why is he opposed to opening schools before Labor Day to ensure students receive more classroom time?
On the Second Day of Defeating Dick Saslaw…YouTube gave to me…another great clip of Saslaw hating on gun rights.
Note: Saslaw interrupts VCDL President Philip Van Cleave’s testimony in support of HB 1573.
Now, we all know Saslaw hates guns. In fact, he goes as far as to block a bill during the last General Assembly that is based on the Castle Doctrine (HB 1573), which would allow a homeowner to use physical force against someone who commits the crime of breaking and entering into their house.
Evidently, this is not the only time Saslaw has shown his disdain for gun rights supporters. In 2008, a supporter, who was lobbying against a potential change to Virginia’s gun laws, overheard the Senator’s insults towards gun rights advocates. According to the Bristol Herald Courier, Saslaw said: “I see we’re debating a gun bill today. Half of the cast of ‘Deliverance’ is in town.”
It is one thing to be against gun rights advocates, but to insult or interrupt someone for sharing their views, goes to show that you do not have the decorum to serve in the State Senate.
What do you think of this scenario: A political candidate wants to meet with public school teachers to discuss funding and to request support for their re-election campaign? Sounds a little unethical or desperate, doesn’t it?
Well, this is occurring in a Northern Virginia State Senate race, as Toddy Puller’s campaign sent an email out to public school teachers in Prince William County about setting up private meetings in their schools. Below is the email that was sent out by Megan Fitzgerald, who serves as Puller’s Field Director:
Toddy Puller, the State Senator for most of Prince William County is
reaching out to school in hopes of meeting with teachers to talk about
education and the importance of funding our future. My name is Megan and I’m
the regional field director for Prince William County. I would love the
chance to meet with you one-on-one to talk about Toddy Puller. I am very
interested in talking to students about local government and emphasizing
its importance. I know that you all are very busy and have a strict curriculum
but I do think it could be beneficial. Please let me know if there is a
time I could come into the school to talk to you more about the State Senator
(preferably before school starts).
Toddy Puller for Senate
Puller is being challenged by Jeff Frederick in the November 8th General Election, and it seems that Puller is really fearing that this will be a tight race. My guess is that she wanted to rally public school teachers to help her, but this also brings up another issue regarding transparency. Since these will be held in the schools with teachers, these are closed meetings, thus meaning there is zero transparency to voters in the 36th District.
Frederick made the following comments regarding Puller’s meeting request:
“Why does a campaign operative need to discuss public school funding with teachers two months before an election. Why is Senator Puller sending her political campaign into our public schools to begin with? And most importantly, if everything is above board, why do these meetings need to be in private?”
“If the Senator Puller would like to engage teachers and students in the democratic process, then we should debate the issues at every high school in the district. However, clandestine political campaigning has no place in our public schools, and funding for our public schools should never be used as leverage with teachers. Senator Puller owes the taxpayers an explanation as to what exactly her campaign operatives are doing in the public schools.”
Frederick is right about these meetings. You would think that Puller would want her constituents to hear about her views on public school funding, instead it seems like she wants to keep these closed.