Thursday, November 29, 2007

Shaun Kenney Lives Again to Blog the Good Fight

Shaun Kenney is back to blogging after a hiatus as the RPV Communications Director which no doubt must have tied his hands a bit.

Shaun is the longest standing Virginia conservative blogger I know of. That makes him older than I the way I look at it.

May God have mercy on the Democrats now. There's a perfect storm brewing in the blogosphere, and it's burning RED!

Check him out at http://www.shaunkenney.com/!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

If You Believe in God in America Today

A Plausible Story in Modern Day America
by an unknown Internet author

The Lord came unto Noah Jones, who lives in the United States, and said, "Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me. Build another Ark and save 2 of every living thing along with a few good humans." He gave Noah the blueprints, saying, "You have 6 months to build the Ark before I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights."

Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah weeping in his yard - but no Ark. "Noah!" He roared, "I'm about to start the rain! Where is the Ark?"

"Forgive me, Lord," begged Noah, "but things have changed since the last time this was tried. I needed a building permit. I've been arguing with the inspector about the need for a sprinkler system. My neighbors claim that I've violated the neighborhood zoning laws by building the Ark in my yard and exceeding the height limitations. We had to go to the Development Appeal Board for a decision.

Then the Department of Transportation demanded a bond be posted for the future costs of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the Ark 's move to the sea. I told them that the sea would be coming to us, but they would hear nothing of it.

Getting the wood was another problem. There's a ban on cutting local trees in order to save the spotted owl. I tried to convince the environmentalists that I needed the wood to save the owls - but no go!

When I started gathering the animals, an Animal RIghts group sued me. They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will. They argued the accommodation was too restrictive , and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space.

Then the EPA ruled that I couldn't build the Ark untilthey'd conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed flood.

I'm still trying to resolve a complaint with the Human Rights Commission on how many minorities I'm supposed to hire for my building crew.

Immigration and Naturalization are checking the green-card status of most of the people who want to work.

The trade unions say I can't use my sons. They insist I have to hire only Union workers with Ark-building experience.

To make matters worse, the IRS seized all my assets, claiming I'm trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species.

So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this Ark."

Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow stretched across the sky. Noah looked up in wonder and asked, "You mean you're not going to destroy everything I love and worked hard to create and the future of everyone I know?"

"No," said the Lord, "The government beat me to it!"

Spotsy County Reviews Next Five County High-Growth Areas

by Dan Telvock
The Free Lance-Star Newspaper
published 11-28-07

Spotsylvania County supervisors and planning commissioners got their first look last night at five areas where county staff proposes high-density, mixed-use development.

And almost immediately, they expressed concerns that these ultra-dense communities will spur more residential growth if zoning is not adjusted in other parts of the county.

The General Assembly mandated that high-growth localities like Spotsylvania create Urban Development Areas by July 1, 2011.

The UDAs are to accommodate growth for at least 10 years and for as long as 20 years.

For Spotsylvania, that means homes for at least an additional 28,000 people.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Spotsylvania Clerk of Court Won't Handle His Own Election Recount

by Dan Telvock
The Free Lance-Star Newspaper

Spotsylvania County Circuit Court Clerk Paul Metzger, who is seeking a recount of his Nov. 6 election loss, won't have contact with the voting printouts that his office is required to safeguard.

Attorneys representing Metzger and the winner of the election, Christy Jett, discussed the recount process during a hearing yesterday in Spotsylvania Circuit Court.

According to state law, Circuit Court clerks are required to secure the paper ballots or digital voter printouts in a locked vault. In Spotsylvania County, voters use touch screens to cast votes. The machines then print the results on what looks like long cash-register receipts.

Metzger voluntarily declined to participate in the safeguarding process. Spotsylvania Circuit Judge Harry T. Taliaferro III designated Metzger's chief deputy clerk, Cynthia Jessup, as the custodian of the election records.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Jim Gilmore Announces Campaign for US Senate

ALEXANDRIA -- Former Virginia Republican Governor Jim Gilmore said today he is a candidate for the U.S. Senate, setting up what the media has labeled "Clash of the Titans 2008" as Gilmore takes on former Democrat Governor Mark Warner for the honor of succeeding U.S. Sen. John Warner.

"We have a great many challenges facing our country." said Gilmore. "Of course, serious problems and crises are nothing new for America. But today, I'm sorry to say, we also find too often that our leaders just aren't up to the challenge."

"America has a lot of work to do and doesn't have the right leaders to do it," the former Virginia Governor said.

Although America is facing great challenges Gilmore said he remains optimistic about the future. "We haven't lost what's down deep in all of us, and what really keeps us together despite all the problems that seem to have descended on us of late," said Gilmore.

"I'm running for the United State Senate from Virginia because I want to be one of those leaders who call on the spirit that is common in all of us, and use it to restore our country for the benefit of our people and in the eyes of the world."

The Gilmore announcement sets up a high profile contest between the two Virginia candidates for the U.S. Senate. Gilmore, a nationally recognized authority on homeland security, has spent years addressing the issues of national security, terrorism and border security. Mark Warner raised taxes as Governor after promising as a candidate that he would not increase taxes.

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

The Free Lance-Star misses the point

Well, the Free Lance-Star noticed that we have a recount in the Circuit Court Clerk race, but they forgot one of the most important aspects of the recount.

Nowhere in Dan Telvock's entire piece does it mention that, by state law, Metzger and his staff would have sole custody of the ballots.

Am I the only one who thinks that fails the smell test?

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Metzger will request a recount

I have just heard that Paul Metzger will file for a recount in the race for Spotsylvania Circuit Court Clerk (that would be the race he lost to our Christy Jett).

Here's the problem: while the State Board of Elections handled the inital canvass, for the recount "the clerks of the circuit courts shall (a) secure all paper ballots and other election materials in sealed boxes; (b) place all of the sealed boxes in a vault or room not open to the public or to anyone other than the clerk and his staff; (c) cause such vault or room to be securely locked except when access is necessary for the clerk and his staff; and (d) certify that these security measures have been taken in whatever form is deemed appropriate by the chief judge" (Virginia election law, LIS, emphasis added).

In other words, unless a judge intervenes (and while I'm no attorney, the way I read it, (s)he can - "The chief judge of the circuit court or the full recount court may, consistent with State Board of Elections standards, resolve disputes over the application of the standards and direct all other appropriate measures to ensure the proper conduct of the recount"), Paul Metzger would have sole custody of ballots to be recounted for his own election.

That cannot stand.

Spotsylvania County Faces Budget Shortfall

Date published: 11/14/07
The Free Lance-Star Newspaper
by Dan Telvock


Spotsylvania supervisors face a sobering budget if assumptions revealed last night are true.

County staff told supervisors that they shouldn't expect any significant new revenue for the next budget that will be presented in February. But that doesn't mean the local economy is in a crisis situation.

Some supervisors became upset when staff provided an analysis that showed an estimated $9.4 million shortfall for the fiscal year 2009 budget. Such a deficit would require a 6.5-cent tax increase . The current tax rate is 62 cents per $100 of assessed value.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Wittman Trailed Convention and is Handed the Win in Surprise Late-Hour Shift

Check in was 11:00 am, and the first vote was supposed to start at 1:00pm. Debates about rules and regulations tied up the committee in charge of procedure for nearly 2 hours. The air conditioning was not on for hours and the gym was overcrowded to the point of feeling clostrophobic.

Eventually the event began and each candidate was given 8 minutes to speak about themselves. Yes, that's 88 minutes of straight back-to-back political speaking with each candidate claiming to be the experienced conservative in the room.

Some chose to have announcers as heralds, and some went straight into "Howard Dean" mode pounding on the podium and beating their chests (figuratively speaking).

FIRST BALLOTING finally started about 3:30 pm :
1) Paul Jost 110.95 votes
2) Chuck Davis got 85.85 votes
3) Sherwood Bowditch got 82.77 votes
4) Delegate Rob Wittman got 82.55 votes
5) Delegate Dick Black got 59 votes
6) Jim Bowden got 56.29 votes
7) David Caprara got 42.33 votes
8) David Corderman got 13.04 votes (ELIMINATED)
9) Kevin O'Neill got 13.54 votes (ELIMINATED)
10) Rob Quartel got 4.77 votes (ELIMINATED)

SECOND BALLOTING about 4:30 pm:
1) Paul Jost got 126.51 votes
2) Sherwood Bowditch got 105.43 votes
3) Chuck Davis got 85.30 votes
4) Delegate Rob Wittman got 82.55 votes
5) Jim Bowden got 62 votes
6) Delegate Dick Black got 59 votes
7) David Caprara got 37 votes (ELIMINATED AND ENDORSED DAVIS)

THIRD BALLOT ELIMINATES JIM BOWDEN, no endorsement, but many move towards Black about 6:00 pm

FOURTH BALLOTING about 8:00 pm:
1) Paul Jost got 146 votes
2) Delegate Rob Wittman got 120.24 votes
3) Sherwood Bowditch got 105.81 votes
4) Chuck Davis got 98.30 votes
5) Delegate Dick Black got 89.64 (ELIMINATED AND ENDORSED JOST)

Chuck Davis was eliminated in the fifth round, and threw his support behind Wittman, then Sherwood Bowditch drops out without a vote for some reason and endorses Wittman as well. So much for EITHER being a true conservative as they claimed in their earlier speeches. This had much more of a 'payback' feel than a coming together of ideals.

FIFTH BALLOTING about 9:30 pm:
1) Paul Jost got 200.38 votes
2) Delegate Rob Wittman got 160.5 votes
3) Sherwood Bowditch got 107.76 votes (WITHDRAWS AND ENDORSED WITTMAN)
4) Chuck Davis got 91.36 votes (ELIMINATED AND ENDORSED WITTMAN)

10:07 pm: JOST CONCEDES; ROB WITTMAN IS THE REPUBLICAN NOMINEE.

...Hooray.

Now if he wins Dec 11, does that mean that Albert Pollard will want his old job back as 99th District Delegate?

We should remember that even homefield-advantage Richard Stuart did not win a single county in the Northern Neck. Wittman's ambition to be our next DC Congressman, if successful, will leave behind a gaping hole from a position he was just elected for November 6th for AlPo to walk right back to Richmond in.

Wittman himself will require a special election to fill his empty seat. Will this chain-reaction end?

If he does not win in December, are the voters who elected him to be their Delegate for two years going to forgive him in 2009? That certainly is soon enough for AlPo's name recognition to be high enough to be recollected, and Wittman's quick-to-move-up to "first class seating" election move to not be forgotten.

But is it forgiveable? Only the voters know that answer.

As of now, we have a Delegate/Congressman Nominee to get elected December 11. Ambitious milk-toast is better than a Democrat on a good day I suppose.

...go Wittman.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

It ain't over yet

Christy Jett's narrow victory in the Clerk of Circuit Court race was narrow enough to ensure an automatic recount. Normally, recounted ballots are in the custody of the Clerk of Court, but I hear that the State Board of Elections is taking up this role due to the obvious conflict (the incumbent Clerk, Paul Metzger, is the one who trails Christy by 60 votes). Either way, we need to keep an eye on this one.

Monday, November 5, 2007

Well, I'm supporting Jim Bowden

Here's why.

VA Beach Taxpayer Alliance Endorses Jost for Congress

For further information, please contact:
Robert K. Dean - Communications Director 757-427-6606
PRESS RELEASE
VIRGINIA BEACH , VA
NOVEMBER 2, 2007

The Virginia Beach Taxpayer Alliance (VBTA) in an unanimous vote today, endorsed James City businessman Paul Jost for the vacant 1st Congressional District seat.

VBTA 's Chairman, John Moss, said that Paul Jost's association with limited-taxation groups in the region and state helped efforts to reduce the financial impacts of higher taxes on Virginia families. The defeat of the 2002 referendum calling for the highest tax increase in the history of Virginia is a part of the Jost portfolio of taxpayer protection victories recognized by the VBTA Board.

"Paul Jost's opposition to the unelected regional transportation authority and the excessive taxes and fees the authority will force on already financially-stressed families also was a major plus in our board's decision to endorse him," said VBTA Chairman Moss.

Moss went on to say that, "Paul, over the years has put his money where his mouth is by financially supporting initiatives designed to rein in the out-of-control growth of government and it's insatiable appetite for spending without regard to the taxpayer's ability to pay the taxes required."

The Virginia Beach Taxpayer Alliance is the region's premier limited-government, limited-taxation and protector of private property rights organization.
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Saturday, November 3, 2007

Conservatives Endorse Dick Black for 1st District US Congress

For Immediate Release
November 2, 2007

For Further Information contact: Dick Black at 540-786-5528 www.BlackforCongress.com

Conservatives Endorse Dick Black
“No one in Virginia has greater passion and courage to fight for conservative Republican values.”

WASHINGTON , DC —Prominent conservatives are supporting Dick Black:

Delegate Bob Marshall, Prince William County
"No one in Virginia has greater passion and courage to fight for conservative Republican values. Dick Black played a prominent role in enacting some the most visible pro-life and pro-family legislation in Virginia history. Dick Black leads on life, curbing taxes, and in restoring the moral fabric of the Commonwealth. He is my friend and would be a distinguished member of Congress."

Richard Viguerie, American Targeted Advertising
“We will not restore the Reagan legacy without “boat rockers’-strong leaders with strength of character to do what’s right when it’s the hardest thing to do. Dick Black doesn’t just promise-he gets results through bold, assertive action. The U.S. Congress needs men like Dick Black-men who hold their ground when others falter.”

Larry Pratt, Gun Owners of America (endorsement is in my personal capacity and not on behalf of the organization)
"Dick Black has been the Virginia legislature's foremost defender of gun rights. He is a man of unusual determination who gets dramatic results by taking aggressive action."

Paul Weyrich, President, Free Congress Foundation (in his personal capacity only)
"There is no more consistently conservative voice in Virginia than that of Dick Black. He has a keen understanding of the difficult challenges confronting our nation today. He will provide fresh new strength to the Republican cause in Congress."

Major General Hugh Overholt (USA Ret.), former Judge Advocate General of the Army
"There was no finer JAG officer than Colonel Black. A battle-tested Marine, he instilled good order and discipline throughout the U.S. Army. In the field and at the Pentagon, he made major contributions to national defense. He would be an extraordinary asset to the House Armed Services Committee in Congress."

Maj. Gen. Gene Deegan (USMC Ret.) former Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Paris Island, South Carolina
"As a lieutenant, Dick Black always moved into the thick of battle. A natural leader, he took personal risks defending his company and his nation. He helped lead and reorganize Fox Company, 1st Marine Regiment after it suffered heavy battlefield casualties. He was fearless in battle, and his combat experience would enhance the House Armed Services Committee's deliberations enormously."

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Thursday, November 1, 2007

"Kirk Twigg" Spotsy GOP's Write-In Candidate for Livingston District School Board Representative

"Kirk Twigg", CSP, MBA
WRITE-IN Candidate for Livingston District School Board
Phone: (540) 842-6164 -- Email: kttwigg@netzero.com

Biography
Kirk Twigg has an extensive occupational safety and loss prevention background, stemming 26 years. He has comprehensive experience in engineering, code review, system design, technical writing, project management, and administration working in Department of Energy, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, nuclear R&D, utility, auto manufacturing, government, and commerce industries as both consultant and in industry.

Kirk Twigg has a B.S. in Safety & Fire Protection Engineering from Oklahoma State University, holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Regent University, and is registered as a Certified Safety Professional.

Kirk Twigg is currently an Environmental, Safety, & Health Manager for WC Spratt, Inc., a large site development company in Fredericksburg.

From My Heart to Yours...
"My name is Kirk Twigg. I live in Livingston District, Spotsylvania. With dishonesty and improprieties looming over the candidacy of the school board incumbent for the November 6th, 2007 election, and since he is yet unopposed, I am running as a “WRITE-IN” candidate, “KIRK TWIGG” for the Livingston District School Board.

The people of Livingston certainly deserve better; better school board representation and SERVICE TO OUR CHILDREN, for a change.

My interests/goals are to:

  • Provide excellence in our schools, the excellence they deserve

  • Be a voice for special needs students (I am a dad of one)

  • Advocate for fiscal responsibility on behalf of our school board financial decisions

  • Put excellence, ethics, and character BACK into Livingston District school board representation.

  • Represent ALL parents from Livingston district, and serve all students of Spotsylvania County

I've had and have children in public schools. I value a strong education of all students in America, and I will vote for greater progress, efficiency, and higher bus driver/teacher salaries without more burden on taxpayers- YES it CAN be done!

Again, I think the people of our Livingston district certainly deserve better, and I am standing in the gap in an attempt to make a difference for them.

Please WRITE-IN "KIRK TWIGG" in the bottom right corner of the second screen of the ballot if you support these core principals in your school board representative! Thank you."

List of Candidates to date for GOP Convention on Nov 10, 2007 for Special Election Dec 11, 2007

The following is a list of candidates who have expressed a serious interest/have announced running for the 1st District US Congress seat recently left empty by the passing of Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis.

A Republican-only 1st District convention will be held in Caroline County
on November 10th, 2007 at
Caroline County High School.

Registration starts at 11:00 am and the Convention starts at 1:00 p.m.

Anyone eligible to vote in the 1st District may be a delegate, but you must have your local committee accept and authorize your request form in their respective mass-meetings! Most will be held after the Nov 6th election, but could be ANYTIME. Since you have about a 1 in 10 chance of your 1st choice being the final 'Chosen One', you should be prepared to have your second through tenth choice in order prior to coming, as everyone will have to vote and re-vote until a clear winner is determined.

The Special election on December 11th will be held throughout the 1st District at your regular local polling place and times (same as Nov 6th). Here, the public at large will elect the final candidate officially, or could choose a Democrat instead.

I admire each candidate for his willingness to step forward and lead our country in these troubled times. Each man deserves to be thanked for his hard work and perseverance to date and through Dec. 11. May the best and most qualified candidate win our convention so that we have a sure thing in December and NEXT November as well!

Let's all remember that no matter who we become delegates for, we have a statistical probability that our guy won't win, and we must ALL come together in December for the good of the GOP and once again next November! (Unless of course there's a Primary in June- then we start this mess all over again when the snow thaws!)

Republican Candidates/ Base Location in no particular order

If I've left anyone out or someone drops off the list, please notify me immediately! Thank you.