Thursday, July 29, 2010

Best campaign ads of this cycle (so far)

This is a great explanation of why conservatives are upset with Democrats right now- and why you should be too.

Campaign Video of the Year Candidate

...and a close second

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DJ McGuire's Spotsy Taxation History Lesson

Hold-the-what? A walk down memory lane
by DJ McGuire

Today we take a look at some local political history here in Spotsylvania.

One of the things I discovered in my campaign for the Board of Supervisors last year was the rather dubious record the county regarding taxes. In fact, the county has experienced sixteen property tax increases in twenty-two years (1988-2010). Now, truth be told, the county has so many recent residents (escaping even higher-tax jurisdictions), that this history hasn’t been highlighted much. Moreover, a number of the tax increases have come during reassessment years, where the tax rate was reduced, but not nearly enough to counteract assessment increases – and even when assessments fell (as they did this year), the tax rate rose by more than what would have equalized taxes.

This latter reason has, as one would expect, sparked quite the debate here. Many (including some Supervisors) have convinced themselves that the equalization concept (i.e., if the tax rate leads to a higher average tax payment, it’s a tax increase no matter what the rate is) is some recent creation of right-wing, anti-tax crazies trying to hamstring local government. So, I thought it best to take a walk down memory lane to see . . .

-How the tax rate was treated during reassessment years?
-What was done with taxes prior to 1988?
-When was the last time property taxes were actually reduced in Spotsylvania?
-The first question led me to the 1982 reassessment, in which property values rose 30% in the county. Keep in mind, this is 1982, long before the Republican Party elected any Supervisors in Spotsylvania (although Buford Carr was rumored to be one back in the day), let alone allegedly hijacked the tax rate discussion.

Yet what do we find as the headline for the budget story in the Free Lance-Star (emphasis added) . . .

"Spotsylvania sets hold-the-line tax rate of 65 cents

Cutting the budget to avoid raising the average tax bill, the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors last night approved a $28.7 million operating budget for 1982-83 that drops the real estate tax rate to 65 cents . . ."

Hold-the-what?

As an added irony, none other than Emmitt Marshall (who in recent years has tried to wave off the equalization idea) made the initial motion for the 65 cent rate (county staff had proposed 68 cents). So clearly, the idea that assessments can make a rate “cut” an actual increase has a long tradition in Spotsylvania.

Meanwhile, I found that, somewhat surprisingly given the nature of the spending debate, that even though the 1970s and 1980s had faster growth in population than the later decades (from 1970 to 1990, population grew over 350%, compared to 212% for 1990-2010), they also saw fewer tax hikes (seven versus fourteen). Lest we forget, this is also despite the 1970s having two double-digit inflation spikes.

But what about a tax cut? Well, after looking at Board meeting minutes and a slew of FLS stories (the archives going back 80+ years are on-line now), we find that the last genuine act of tax relief for Spotsylvania homeowners came in June of 1975. Since then, we’ve had nineteen property tax hikes (and six presidents, nine governors, four sheriffs . . .)

Oh, and the overall budget has grown over 3600% in nominal terms since then (890% in real terms).

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Krystal Ball spreading mistruths... again

It looks like Rob Wittman's Democrat opponent is at it again; she sent out her third attack mailer yesterday. This time, the mailer addresses issues regarding senior citizens. Attached is information responding to the claims made in our opponent's mailer.

In the mailer, our opponent references an HJR85 in 2009 - which does not exist. There is, however, an HCR85 - the Democrat Budget Resolution. The resolution would increase the statutory debt limit to $13.223 trillion in 2010 - 9.2% above the current debt limit.

We ask that you please call, e-mail, or post on our opponent's Facebook page to ask her to stop with the mudslinging and to start discussing the issues. We are going to continue to run a clean, issues-focused campaign. We have the right message and the right candidate and we are going to work to continue to bring common sense, conservative principles to Washington.

We need your help to keep Rob in Washington; we will begin our phone-banking and door-knocking for Congressman Wittman in August. There will be three months left until Election Day on Monday, August 2nd. We had a great volunteer effort for Rob's primary back in June; we need your help and support again to make the general election a success!

Thank you again for your time, efforts, and continued support. I look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail!

Anyone wishing to help out Rob Wittman, contact:

Christian R. Asaban
Rob Wittman for Congress
Northern Field Director
540.841.3620

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

OFFICIAL CALL for Thursday's meeting

OFFICIAL CALL TO THE MEETING OF THE COUNTY COMMITTEE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF SPOTSYLVANIA, VIRGINIA

I, Steven Thomas, do hereby issue a call for a meeting of the County Committee of the Republican Party of Spotsylvania, Virginia to be held on Thursday, July 22, 2010 at the Salem Church Library, 2607 Salem Church Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia at 7:30 pm.
The Committee shall have the meeting space from 7:00 pm to 7:30 pm for the purpose of non-official announcements and fellowship.

The updated agenda shall be:

1. Call to Order (7:30)
2. Invocation
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Republican Creed
5. Roll Call of 2010 Membership
6. Treasurer's Report
7. New Business:
A. Action item: Precinct preparations for November election
B. Action item: August 21 GOP Family Fun-draiser
C. Review of Stars and Stripes Spectacular
D. Action item: Fredericksburg Agricultural Fair planning
F. Action item: Letters to the Editor campaign

8. Old Business- Food for July meeting
9. Adjournment (8:30)

Steve Thomas
Chairman
Spotsylvania Republican Committee

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

HCA and Anthem reach agreement

We are extremely excited about the announcement that HCA and Anthem BCBS reached an agreement to include the SRMC into the Anthem network. This is a very positive development for Spotsylvania and for our citizens and we commend the two parties for the hard work they put in to reach the deal.

Steve Thomas
Chairman
Spotsylvania County Republican Committee

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Condolences

Friends,

I am sad to announce two passings in our GOP family.

First, Krystyna K. Locke, a longtime member our the Committee and the community, passed away last weekend at the age of 83. She was a dear friend and will be missed greatly by our community.

Those wishing to attend her Memorial service can do so tomorrow, Thursday, at 11 am at Covenant Funeral service, Fredericksburg Chapel. Her obituary can be found here: http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2010/072010/07062010/559880

Also, I am sad to report the passing of Jackie Mullins, wife of RPV chairman Pat Mullins, last week. A Memorial service to celebrate her life will be held tomorrow as well, Thursday, at 7 pm at Annandale Methodist Church at 6935 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA. More information may be found here: http://fairfaxgop.com/blog_post/show/56

See you soon,

Steve Thomas
Chairman

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Sunday, July 4, 2010

They must resolve this soon...

Looks like the HCA/Anthem standoff has not yet been resolved... and Sen. Houck's silence has been noticed.

http://www.fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2010/072010/07042010/559231

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