Monday, August 30, 2010

Virginia Faith and Freedom Coalition event Sept 8

FREEDOM FORUMS
www.vaffcoalition.com

Our nation is at a critical point in history. Our Christian values and the moral foundation of America are under attack. We are at a cross­road. But, we were born for such a time as this. As The Great Awakening preceded the American Revolution, so today, a spiritual awakening is essential to a cultural renewal. It was the sermons of pastors that fueled the American Revolution. Today is no different. Pastors are called to speak Biblical truth to our generation.

Join us for our Freedom Forums. You will be encouraged. We will share with you how we can play a critical role in preserving and passing on the legacy of liberty. We must be both “salt and light.” We must speak and vote our Christian values.

Liberty Counsel and the Virginia Faith and Freedom Coalition present Mathew Staver, Senator Steve Martin, Jack Rohrer and Duke Westover, Former Executive Assistant to Dr. Jerry Falwell Sr. We want to encourage and equip you for the work that lies ahead.

This is not about the Donkey or the Elephant. It is about the Lamb.

We hope to see you there!

· 2010 Election Update
· What you and churches can do to advance Christian values?
· Can pastors preach about moral values during an election?
· How can church members be informed of issues that affect life, liberty and family?
· Can pastors speak about moral and political issues without affecting
their IRS tax exemption?

There is no cost for the Breakfast. Please feel free to bring friends, family and members of your congregation who may benefit from our Forum. Please RSVP to jackrohrer@vaffcoalition.com

September 8, 2010

Dinner
Stafford
Jimmy the Greek
225 Garrisonville Rd
Stafford, VA 22555
(540) 657-9267
6:30pm

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Open House at Riverview Elementary not so open

Guest post by Dale Swanson

Monday at 2:00 pm I had the misfortune of attending my grand niece's open house at Riverview Elementary School in Spotsylvania. I was nearly a mile from the school when the traffic came to a stand still, thirty minutes later I was still over one quarter mile away from the school. Like just about everyone else I decided to park my car and walk to the school.

Here was the situation at North Roxbury and Larkin Chew Roads . . .


. . . More backup on North Robxury . . .


. . . and even more on the logjam . . .

No one could get in or out for more than 30 minutes. I witnessed people with broken legs walking in. Everyone that I spoke with was very upset.

So why was the road leading into the school was virtually impassible (God forbid if fire and rescue needed to be called; I'm sure they would have been blamed for this mess, too)? It turns out someone decided it would be a great idea to reseal the school parking lot just before the open house, making it unusable and forcing parents, teachers and volunteers to turn Larkin Chew and North Roxbury into makeshift parking lots.

Yikes!

When I finally arrived at the school the time allotted for the open house was over and people were still coming in! As I was leaving the open house they announced that they would be extending the time. I asked several of the staff who was the brilliant mind behind the planning of this open house. No one that I spoke with had the slightest idea. Is this the best that Spotsylvania county can do for the hard-working, taxpaying parents of this county?

Seriously?

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What a difference a year makes!

As noted by Riley at Virginia Virtucon, Krystal Ball gave this as her rationale for running against Congressman Rob Wittman:
If I can show that a 27 year old woman from a family with a sub $100,000 net worth, who is not a millionaire, not a scion of a political family, not a self-funder, can run for Federal office and win, I think we will see a tidal wave of people who use this model and example to run for Congress themselves…using the power of the Internet and the power of their ideas. No incumbent without ideas will be able to hide behind their office and PAC funding anymore. And that could change our country forever.

One year later, the Virginia Gazette finds that Ball is now herself a millionaire, and loaned her campaign over $200K.

Just so we're clear, no one begrudges Ball her success - that is, if it's on the up and up, and Riley has questions about that, too. What does bother us (or, at least, me) is the constant use of class warfare the Democrats use, even as they themselves become wealthy.

Unless I seriously miss my guess, Ms. Ball will tell us all that her newfound millionaire status is OK because, well, she's a Democrat. Sorry, but that's not the way it works. We Republicans would repeatedly get into trouble for throwing generalizations around, and even as the Obama-Pelosi-Reid regime continues their determined quest to make them all true, we have to be careful.

I suspect Ms. Ball will learn a similar lesson in November.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

CBS Poll Gives Obama an "F" on 9 Major Issues!



A CBS Poll that began in January gives results of OBAMA's first year in office and are as follows. Take note of the biggest one he pushed... "Healthcare" and its abysmal results followed equally worse by "BiPartisanship". Interesting to see is how well he does on Afghanistan and Iraq despite his lack of interest in our war compared to say... golfing.

Unless of course you're counting cutting $100 Billion from defense spending to demonstrate your fiscal wisdom after Cash for Clunkers and Wall Street bailouts to millionaires and two "stimulus" handouts of our tax money.

Like in school, A is excellent, F is failing...

The Economy:
A: 4.77%

B: 4.56%

C: 5.27%

D: 17.80%

F: 67.60%

Foreign Policy:
A: 6.80%

B: 4.19%

C: 7.67%

D: 21.66%

F: 59.68%

Health Care:
A: 7.14%

B: 3.01%

C: 2.87%

D: 8.31%

F: 78.67%

Afghanistan:
A: 5.67%

B: 13.60%

C: 25.96%

D: 22.84%

F: 31.93%

Iraq:
A: 5.79%

B: 10.08%

C: 24.39%

D: 23.77%

F: 35.96%

Threat of Terrorism:
A: 6.63%

B: 4.92%

C: 9.74%

D: 21.19%

F: 57.52%

Energy and the Environment:
A: 5.66%

B: 5.56%

C: 12.70%

D: 21.03%

F: 55.04%

Social Issues:
A: 6.71%

B: 4.69%

C: 10.82%

D: 18.95%

F: 58.84%

Bipartisanship:
A: 6.60%

B: 3.12%

C: 4.00%

D: 8.08%

F: 78.20%

Obama's Overall Job as President:
A: 6.28%

B: 4.03%

C: 3.69%

D: 22.25%

F: 63.76%

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Monday, August 23, 2010

The National Federation of Independent Business Endorses Rob Wittman

America's leading small business association joins the US Chamber of Commerce in supporting local lawmaker

Adding to the growing chorus of support from small businesses for Congressman Rob Wittman, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) today endorsed Wittman for re-election in Virginia's First Congressional District. With a presence in all fifty sates, the NFIB is the leading small business association representing small and independent businesses in America.

"Your election is not only critical to the small business owners in your district, but also to protect free enterprise across America," said Lisa Goeas, Vice President of Political Affairs at NFIB. This announcement comes on the heels of another pro-business endorsement by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which announced its support for Wittman earlier this summer.

"I am pleased to receive the support of NFIB, which serves as the prominent voice of small and medium sized business in America," said Congressman Rob Wittman. "They play a pivotal role in defending the interests of the businesses that drive our economy, and this endorsement signals our joint commitment to protecting and promoting business as the solution to our economic recovery."

Since his election to Congress in 2007, Wittman has been a staunch advocate of smaller government and lower taxes, and has worked to rid government of the regulations that hinder business growth and restrict job creation.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

This is why we need to re-elect Rob Wittman to Congress

He fights for us, he fights for lower spending, he fights for our military. Truly one of the best out there, a real Virginia gentleman and a rock-solid Congressman.

Congressman Wittman's opinion piece in USAToday

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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Statement of Chairman Steve Thomas on tonight's "Green Incentives" vote

"This issue is a symptom of an economy-crippling tax burden driven by excess local spending. Since this credit was implemented, property taxes have risen 15% across the board, and for commercial properties the tax hike has been a whopping 93%.

Folks are desperate for tax relief. The last property tax cut in this county came in 1975. We are long overdue for broad-based tax relief that can be enjoyed by every Spotsylvania property owner."

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Thursday, August 5, 2010

In case you were wondeirng how to create jobs...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2010

Contact: Stacey Johnson
Phone: (804) 225-4260
E-mail: Stacey.Johnson@Governor.Virginia.Gov


Virginia Named Most Pro-Business State in America

Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2010; Second Straight Year Virginia Tops List

Virginia Leads “….states that serve as a model for the rest of the country in job retention and creation.”

RICHMOND- Virginia is the “most pro-business state” in America according to the Pollina Corporate Top 10 Pro-Business States for 2010 rankings released today. This marks the fourth time the Commonwealth has held the top spot, with previous top rankings garnered in 2003, 2007 and 2009.

In the official release from Pollina, the company notes that the study involves, “…ranking states based on 31 factors controlled by state government, including taxes, human resources, education, right-to-work legislation, energy costs, infrastructure spending, workers compensation laws, economic incentive programs and state economic development efforts.” Utah was ranked the second most pro-business state in the study, followed by Wyoming, South Carolina and North Carolina.

Speaking about the ranking, Governor McDonnell said, “Pollina has pointed out what we’ve known here in Virginia for a long time—that we are the best state in America for business. That’s no small feat in such a tough economy. Pollina clearly recognized the pro-business atmosphere and first-class educational system we have built here in Virginia. And that work is ongoing. This past General Assembly Session, we were able to secure a robust package of economic development incentives which we’re using around the state, country and world to create jobs for Virginians. In addition, we will continue to take an ‘all of the above’ approach to our energy future to work towards Virginia becoming the energy capitol of the east coast. This too will create the high-skill, high paying jobs that Virginians need.”

Governor McDonnell continued, “Over the past six months, our team has announced 131 projects in Virginia, creating nearly 8,000 jobs with a capital investment of $1.3 billion. This is a great start, but it’s just a start. The more announcements we make, the more jobs we create for Virginians. By keeping taxes and regulation and litigation at a minimum, we are ensuring that major employers, like Northrop Grumman, will continue to invest in the Commonwealth, bringing with them jobs and opportunities for all our citizens. Just this week we announced that another major Virginian employer, DuPont, would reinvest in a new $20 million facility Chesterfield. It’s a great honor for Virginia to be named the most pro-business state in America. We are going to do all we can to ensure that we stay there in the years ahead.”

The full Pollina rankings and report can be found here: http://www.pollina.com/publications/probiz~1.htm

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Monday, August 2, 2010

Gov. McDonnell comes to Fredericksburg August 24!

Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of Governor Bob McDonnell


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 29, 2010


Contact: Stacey Johnson
Phone: (804) 225-4260
E-mail: Stacey.Johnson@Governor.Virginia.Gov


Governor McDonnell Announces Statewide Town Hall Tour
“Virginia Speaks: A Conversation about Jobs, Government Reform and Our Future”
Town Halls Start in Roanoke on August 4th; Conclude in Bristol August 31st

RICHMOND- Governor Bob McDonnell will hit the road in August to hold eight town hall meetings around the Commonwealth. The tour will kick off in Roanoke on Wednesday, August 4th. The “Virginia Speaks: A Conversation about Jobs, Government Reform and Our Future” events will allow Virginians to speak directly with Virginia’s governor about the issues facing the Commonwealth. The governor will also spend a portion of each town hall discussing his efforts to make government smaller and simpler, privatize Virginia’s state run ABC stores, and create good jobs statewide. In addition to Roanoke, “Virginia Speaks” town halls will be held in Norfolk, Chester, Fredericksburg, Fairfax, Harrisonburg and Danville before concluding in Bristol on August 31st.
Discussing the “Virginia Speaks” statewide tour, Governor McDonnell noted, “I’ve served in elected office for 18 years. During that time I have consistently found that the best ideas don’t come from Richmond, they come from Virginians in communities statewide. We are focused on reforming state government to make it simpler, smaller and more efficient. To best accomplish this goal we must hear from the citizens who own that government, and who deal with it on a daily basis. That’s why we are launching the ‘Virginia Speaks’ statewide town hall tour. It’s your government, and we want to know how we can make it work better for you.”
McDonnell continued, “One of our ideas to make government smaller and simpler, while providing an immediate infusion of new revenue for transportation, is to privatize Virginia’s state-run ABC stores. Our state government must be focused on core priorities instead of services that should rightly be provided by the private sector, offering Virginians more choice and convenience. In a tough economy, why should we miss out on hundreds of millions of dollars for roads just so the state government can retain a monopoly on the sale of bourbon and vodka? We need to get roads built, and we need to refocus government on its core responsibilities. Privatizing ABC will accomplish both goals, and I’m going to talk about this proposal at each one of our town halls. I know Virginians will be able to help us privatize ABC the right way by sharing their experiences and good ideas.”
The Governor concluded, “I’m also going to discuss other ways by which we can reform Virginia’s state government, and how we are working to help the private sector create the good jobs we need in every community. More importantly however, I’m going to spend my time listening. I want Virginians to tell us how government can work better, what would make it easier to access and use, what doesn’t work, and what we can do to ensure a better return on their investment. I’m looking forward to starting this tour and traveling all across the Commonwealth in August.”
The governor will be joined at each town hall by a number of cabinet secretaries and Administration officials. In addition to the sites of the official “Virginia Speaks” events, the governor will be traveling to a number of other Virginia cities and counties during this same time period. Details of the governor’s public events for each week will continue to be released through the Friday weekly public schedule.
Additionally, in order to accommodate the “Virginia Speaks” tour, and ensure the maximum amount of public input for the Governor’s Commission on Government Reform and Restructuring, the previously scheduled final full meeting of the Commission has been moved from August 26th to September 13th. The meeting will still be held in Richmond. The interim report of the Commission will now be issued by September 15th.

“Virginia Speaks: A Conversation about Jobs, Government Reform and Our Future”

****Town Hall Schedule****
August 4, 2010 — 7:00pm-8:30pm
· Roanoke
Roanoke County Administration Center
Board of Supervisors Board Room
5204 Bernard Drive
Roanoke
August 9, 2010 —7:00pm-8:30pm
· Norfolk
Old Dominion University
Webb University Center – Hampton/Newport News Room
4201 Hampton Blvd.
Norfolk
August 19, 2010 — 7:00pm-8:30pm
· Chester
Cultural Center of India
6641 Ironbridge Parkway
Chester
August 24, 2010 — 7:00pm-8:30pm
· Fredericksburg
University of Mary Washington
Lee Hall – Room 412
1301 College Avenue
Fredericksburg
August 25, 2010 —7:00pm-8:30pm
· Fairfax
Northern Virginia Technology Council Auditorium
2214 Rock Hill Road, Suite 300
Herndon
August 26, 2010 —7:00pm-8:30pm
· Harrisonburg
James Madison University
East Campus Dining Hall – Montpelier Room
800 S. Main Street
Harrisonburg
August 30, 2010 — 7:00pm-8:30pm
· Danville
Institute for Advanced Learning and Research
Great Hall
150 Slayton Ave.
Danville
***Partnering with the Sorensen Southside Public Leadership Series***
August 31, 2010 — 7:00pm-8:30pm
· Bristol
Bristol Public Library
J. Henry Kegley Meeting Room
701 Goode Street
Bristol

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