Friday, May 28, 2010

SCRC Resolution in support of the Spotsylvania and Chancellor Volunteer Fire and Rescue

Whereas the Spotsylvania and Chancellor Volunteer Fire and Rescue have repeatedly risked their lives for their fellow citizens in countless fire and rescue efforts,

Whereas said fire and rescue efforts, which have saved untold numbers of lives and millions in property damages, have been overshadowed due to understandable concern over the death of Sandy Hill,

Whereas the Spotsylvania and Chancellor Volunteer Fire and Rescue have shown every effort to improve their performance to ensure mistakes, however rare, stay that way,

And Whereas the Spotsylvania and Chancellor Volunteer Fire and Rescue have done all of these things while saving the county and her taxpayers more than $8 million annually,

Be it resolved that the Republican Party of Spotsylvania:

Praises our volunteer firefighters for their life-saving and property-saving efforts,

Thanks the volunteer firefighters, and all public safety personnel, for all their uncommon courage and valor, and

Expresses confidence
that they will act upon the recommendations in the county investigation of the Sandy Hill tragedy.


Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Steve Thomas' response to the "Eddvertorial"

After reading Sen. Edd Houck's "Ode to Edd Houck" advertorial in the FLS May 25, I couldn't help but think of how anyone might be a better fit to be our Virginia Senator than Edd Houck. Perhaps even a 1981 VW Beetle. Consider:

1. A VW Beetle wouldn't try to confuse us with labels so we would think it's something other than what it is. Houck's self-description as a "classic-post-Byrd-Virginia-Democrat" is more confusing than anything the VW Beetle could come up with.
2. The VW Beetle wouldn't lie to us. Houck's assertion that Bob McDonnell, who won Spotsylvania with almost 70% of the vote, was trying to have a "no tax philosophy" when in fact McDonnell was simply trying to keep from raising taxes during a recession is a shameful distortion that the VW Beetle would never make.
3. The VW Beetle wouldn't oppose fiscal discipline. This contrasts with Houck's "Fundamentally, I just disagree with this no tax approach" comment.
4. The VW Beetle isn't deluded enough to think it could run for Governor. Houck's statement, "Would I like to be governor? Yeah." loses him points here.

So, remember when you see propaganda like the "Eddvertorial" that, when it comes down to it, even a VW Beetle would represent us better in the Virginia Senate than Mr. Houck. The best part about it would be, Mr. Houck would finally have the time to learn the fiddle he always wanted to play!

Steven Thomas
Chairman, Spotsylvania County Republican Committee.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

U.S. Pledge of Allegiance As Explained in 1969

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

New Leadership of Spotsylvania GOP Takes Office

Volunteer Fireman, Teacher highlight new leadership in county’s Republican Committee

April saw new leadership elected to the Spotsylvania County Republican Committee, including several firsts for the Spotsy GOP.

Steven Thomas was elected Chairman at a Mass Meeting, becoming the first chairman who is also a Volunteer Fireman, as well as the first county GOP Chairman who hails from the part of Spotsylvania in the 7th Congressional District (Livingston District). Thomas, a local businessman who is a member of St. Patrick’s Church in Spotsylvania, commented, “I am honored to take the reins of an organization with a proud history of standing up for the taxpayers of the county, even when it is difficult to do so. Such idealism will serve us well as we fight for Spotsy’s taxpayers over the next two years.”

Patty Mellott was elected 1st Vice Chair for the SCRC, becoming the first woman and first public school teacher elected to the top two posts in the county GOP. Patty Mellott is a life-long conservative and Republican. Patty graduated from the University of Mary Washington and has a Master’s of Mathematics Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a high school computer programming teacher and has been employed by the Spotsylvania County Public Schools since 1999. Patty is married to Scott Mellott and they have two children who attend the Spotsylvania County Public Schools. The family lives in the Chancellor District and attends church at Spotsylvania Presbyterian. Mellott added, “I look forward to working as the First Vice-Chairwoman over the next two years and seeing the committee field great candidates to run for the Board of Supervisors and the School Board”.

Gary Bullis was elected 2nd Vice Chair as well. Bullis, a two-time candidate for Supervisor from the Berkeley District, will focus on increasing Committee membership, especially from the rural parts of the county. He served on the Spotsylvania County Citizens Budget Advisory Committee and is currently serving on a Special Grand Jury to combat Crime and Gang Violence in Spotsylvania County. He is member of the Congressman “Cantor Advisor Committee”, the “97th District Advisory Committee” and The “McDougle for Virginia Advisor Committee”. He was recently reelected as President of the Rockland Creek Estate Homeowner’s Association.

Mechelle Sharp, a local business leader and realtor, was elected 3rd Vice Chair, and will focus on the Committee’s Precinct Captain operations. She has two smart wonderful girls and a supportive husband, and is a realtor with Long and Foster Realtors Fredericksburg office. Mechelle adds, “I have taken this country and our freedoms for granted and have realized that I can't do this anymore. It is time to give back and stand up for all the wonderful people who have given their lives to make our lives and our country better. As Nike Says . . . Just do it!”

Michele Trampe, a local businesswoman from the Salem District, was elected the group’s Treasurer. Ms. Trampe is currently employed with Genworth Financial, Inc. where she has held Finance leadership positions in their Retirement and Protection segment, including her current position as Vice President and Controller – Accounting & Reporting. Prior to joining Genworth Financial, Inc. in 2003, she held positions with Ernst & Young, United States Enrichment Corporation and ULLICO Inc.

Joining them in the Committee’s leadership will be local activists Robert Stuber, Ann Heidig, Al King, DJ McGuire, Chris Yakabouski, Scott Mellott, Linda Bullis, Lynn Paschal Smith, and Eric Martin.

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Spotsy GOP statement on Northrop Grumman moving to VA


The Spotsylvania Republican Party joins Governor McDonnell and the rest of Virginia in thanking Northrup Grumman for choosing the Commonwealth for its new headquarters. As so many of our county residents commute north to work or to look for work, we are thrilled to see more opportunities for the citizens of this county.

We would also like to thank Governor McDonnell, the legislature, and their predecessors for creating the “overall economics” (to use Northup’s term) that made Virginia a superior choice. Governor McDonnell has made clear his commitment to bringing economic recovery to Virginia. Faced with economic and budgetary concerns greater than any since Doug Wilder, McDonnell – much like Wilder – set the tone by balancing the budget without economically damaging tax increases. He was even able to convince the legislature to reverse itself and remove a tax increase on Virginia businesses that would have directly affected Northup Grumman (Washington Post).

“We hope that Virginia’s low-tax example can be learned and repeated here in Spotsylvania, to create an environment where business is appreciated and encouraged to thrive”, said Steve Thomas, Spotsylvania GOP Chairman. “The relocation of Northrop to Virginia proves that sound tax policy carries with it rewards that validate the cutbacks necessary for a low tax rate on businesses and citizens.”

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GOP Tax Hike Resolution passed April 2010

Resolution presented to the Spotsylvania Republican Committee

Whereas the Great Recession has damaged the economy of Spotsylvania, Virginia, and the entire nation,

Whereas families and households across Spotsylvania have felt the effects of the Great Recession and have been compelled to change their lifestyles to fit their budgets,

Whereas over the last two decades, Spotsylvania has seen more than a dozen property tax increases and not one property tax reduction,

Whereas this year the tax rate translates to a 40% tax increase on average for Spotsylvania’s commercial landowners and businesses,

Whereas a number of citizens, including but not limited to members of this committee, not only made clear the damage a tax increase would do to the county, but also offered alternatives to a tax increase,

Be it resolved that the Spotsylvania Republican Committee

Expresses our profound sadness with the decision of the majority of the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors to subject the taxpayers of the county to another tax increase
Praises and thanks Supervisor Jerry Logan (our nominee in Courtland in 2007) for proposing the alternative of an equalized tax rate, which, if enacted, would have prevented a county-wide property tax increase, and

Also praises and thanks Supervisor Gary Jackson (our endorsee in Salem that same year) for supporting the equalized rate and also standing up for local taxpayers.

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

And IRAN is the Problem for U.S. Security?

The Obama administration disclosed the size of its atomic stockpile going back to 1962 as part of a campaign to get other nuclear nations to be more forthcoming, and to improve its bargaining position against the prospect of a nuclear Iran.

"We think it is in our national security interest to be as transparent as we can be about the nuclear program of the United States," Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told reporters at the United Nations, where she addressed a conference on containing the spread of atomic weapons.

The U.S. has previously regarded such details as top secret.

The figure includes both "strategic," or long-range weapons, and those intended for use at shorter range.

The Pentagon said the stockpile of 5,113 as of September 2009 represents a 75 percent reduction since 1989.

..and Hillary- it's called shampoo. Rinse and repeat.

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