Tuesday, November 23, 2010

SRWC Christmas Dinner Meeting

Spotsylvania Republican Women’s Club

Invites You and a Guest
for our

Annual Christmas Dinner Meeting
At the meeting we will introduce
Our 2011 Board of Executive Officers

Featured Speaker and Honored Guest:
Honorable Rob Wittman, MC

Monday December 13, 2010
6:30 PM

Fawn Lake Country Club
11305 Longstreet Drive
Spotsylvania, VA 22551

Reservations must be made on or before
December 10, 2010

Tickets are $28.00 per person
Mail Checks (payable to SRWC) to
Mary Jane King
11102 Fawn Lake Pkwy
Spotsylvania, VA 22551

Note: Any funds left over will be donated to
Bryce Reeves’ campaign for State Senate


Sunday, November 21, 2010

More reasons to give thanks: Spotsy GOP wins Best Committee

As you know, I am a big believer in celebrating our successes, and certainly 2010 has had its share of those! Another significant one just happened this weekend I wanted to share with everyone.
The Republican Party of Virginia named the Spotsy GOP the Best Committee in the 1st District for 2010, and has named our own Debbie Curcie as the Best Volunteer in the 1st District as well!
These awards are no small matter, as there are around 20 committees in the 1st district which do fabulous work and many wonderful volunteers as well!
This Thanksgiving, I give thanks that we work with such a terrific and talented group of conservatives and Republicans who help us win- and the best is yet to come! I am so thankful for all your efforts and know that they will serve us well for all the races we have to win in 2011.
Have a wonderful holiday, make sure to attend the November 30 meeting the week following Thanksgiving, and I look forward to seeing everyone then!

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Friday, November 19, 2010

Primer: county redistricting (to be discussed at Nov 30 meeting)


From: Steve Thomas, Chairman; DJ McGuire, Chair, Policy and Platform Committee

To: SCRC Membership

RE: Report on the makeup of the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors

Early next year, the Spotsylvania Board of Supervisors will draw up new districts in response to the changes in population since 2001. This also gives the Board an opportunity to examine the current number of districts and Supervisors (seven). At least four alternatives (including the status quo) have been presented by various citizens, groups, and even Board members (note: presented does not mean endorsed). This report will examine each of them based on what will present the most representative and efficient government for the people of Spotsylvania.

The four alternatives presented are . . .
• Maintaining the status quo of seven members and seven districts
• Maintaining seven districts but add two At-Large Supervisors to the Board
• Increase the number of districts to eight and add one At-Large Supervisor
• Increase the number of districts to nine

Option 1 - Status quo: This option appears on the surface to be most sensible (no neighboring county has more than seven members). However, that does not take into account the amount of growth the county has recently experienced since the last Board enlargement (from five to seven) in the 1980s redistricting. At that time, the county population was roughly 35,000 – or 5,000 per district. One of the reasons the board was expanded to seven seats was to avoid districts of 7,000 people, which was considered problematic. Today, the average district contains over 17,000 residents.

More populated districts can be problematic for a number of reasons: with more people to serve, elected/appointed officials will be less responsive to the average citizen. The instinct toward centralized government action in order to maximize impact on the citizenry will also grow as the number of citizens represented grows.

Locally, meanwhile, as the seven districts have grown in average size from 7,000 to 17,000, Spotsylvania has suffered 16 property tax increases, with zero tax cuts.

Another concern from the 1980s was the fact that Berkeley and Livingston Districts would lose their rural character, and thus leave rural residents with no voice on the Board. Moving to seven seats prevented this for 30 years, but “suburbanization” is creeping up on them again. Alre*99*ady, Livingston’s northern border nearly reaches Route 3, and Berkeley will likely need to incorporate Fox Point, Lee’s Hill South, or the many subdivisions along Tidewater Trail to reach the necessary population levels. Adding any of these to the subdivisions current in Berkeley (Timberlake and Lancaster Gate) would greatly reduce the rural nature of the district, and lead to the very thing the 1980s expansion was enacted to stop.

Option 2 – Seven Districts and two At-Large Seats: This option has all of the objections of the status quo, with two additional drawbacks.

The introduction of At-Large seats will lead inevitably to Supervisors (as well as School Board Members and Planning Commissioners) being perceived unequally. The best example of this comes from Washington, DC, where the City Council has Ward representatives and At-Large representatives. Several times, Ward members have “moved up” to At-Large seats, creating and furthering the impression of a two-tiered Council. This is a precedent we should avoid in Spotsylvania.

Option 3 – Eight Districts and One At-Large Seat: This option is preferable to the first two in the matter of district size (each district would fall to roughly 15,000 citizens). However, the At-Large problem absent from the status quo would persist here, unless the At-Large seat were made the Chairman’s seat (at it is in Prince William and Fairfax). However, an At-Large Chair presents an additional problem in that the perception of the Chair’s power would be greater than the actual power (1 of 9 voting members). This could lead to greater frustration with the Chairman in particular, and with Spotsylvania government in general. This same problem would occur in the School Board and the Planning Commission.

Finally, there will be question of where the new district will be. There is a growing divergence in priorities between the eastern and western parts of the county. One new district could be seen as giving advantage to the west at the expense of the east (or vice versa). Real or perceived regional imbalance should be minimized, not exacerbated.

Option 4 – Nine Districts: Under this option each district would fall to roughly 13,000 citizens, a reduction of nearly 25% from the current 17,000. It would be the best way to reduce the size of districts without making dramatic changes that are outside precedent for local government in Virginia. Moreover, without At-Large seats, all Supervisors (and/or School Board Members and Planning Commissioners) will be perceived equally. Finally, with two new districts, both east and west will likely get one new seat each, preserving regional balance.

The history of the country and the county provide compelling evidence for an increase in districts from seven. Neither the status quo nor Option 2 does that. Option 2 also opens up a new can of worms with at-large seats. Option 3 still has the at-large issue, and the benefit from an additional district is eroded by the regional imbalance it could cause. Only Option 4 increases the number of districts while preserving balance within the Board and the regions. For these reasons, the best thing for the Board of Supervisors to do when they redistrict is to increase the number of districts from seven to nine.

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Membership bylaws proposed changes (to be discussed at Nov 30 meeting)

Spotsylvania County Republican Committee
Change of bylaws proposal
Steve Thomas, Chairman

Currently, bylaws stipulate the following:
Article IV: Membership; Section A: Qualifications
“All legal and qualified voters, regardless of race, religion, color, national origin, disability, or sex, under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, who reside in the County of Spotsylvania, who are in accord with the principles of the Republican Party, and who express in open meeting, if requested, their intent to support all of its nominees for public office in the ensuing election, may participate as members of the Republican Party of Virginia in its mass meetings, party caucuses, conventions, or primaries in their respective election districts, and be eligible for election to the County Committee.”
Article V: Officers; Section B: Precinct and At-Large Members
“The term of office will expire at the next mass meeting, party canvass, convention or primary called for the purpose of electing delegates to the biennial District Convention. Candidates for At-Large membership, vacant precinct allocations, or any other vacancy for any office of the County Committee, other than chairman, shall meet the Qualifications of Section A with the additional qualification of having attended three committee meetings within the term of the current board. They will be nominated at the second such meeting and voted on the third. These candidates shall provide the secretary written declaration of this candidacy, signed by two sponsors, who are members of the committee. The secretary will report the candidate's name into nomination, along with the sponsors, at the second regular committee meeting. The candidate is then duly nominated, and will be eligible for election to membership at the third attended committee meeting by written ballot. A majority vote of the committee members present shall elect to membership.”
I propose amending Article V, Section B to the following:
“The term of office will expire at the next mass meeting, party canvass, convention or primary called for the purpose of electing delegates to the biennial District Convention. Candidates for At-Large membership, vacant precinct allocations, or any other vacancy for any office of the County Committee, other than chairman, shall meet the Qualifications of Section A with the additional qualification of having attended three committee meetings within the term of the current board. They will declare their candidacy and pay their annual dues in the first meeting, at which time they will be considered “Associate Members”, as defined in Article XIV. They will then be nominated and seconded at the second such meeting and voted on the third. These candidates in their second meeting shall provide the secretary two sponsors of their membership, who are current members of the committee. The secretary will report the candidate's name into nomination, along with the sponsors, at the second regular committee meeting. The candidate is then duly nominated, and will be eligible for full election to membership at the third attended committee meeting. A majority vote of the committee members present shall elect to membership.”
“Any person who is in accord with the principles of the Republican Party, and who express in open meeting, if requested, their intent to support all of its nominees for public office in the ensuing election, may be elected by the County Committee as an Associate Member of the Spotsylvania Republican Party. Associate Members may debate and discuss business at County Committee meetings, offer and second motions, and serve on Committees constituted under Article IX (Committees), but will have no vote on County Committee matters. Associate Members shall be assessed dues of $15.00 or in the case of students, $10.00.”
The current membership rules present an undue burden for the Committee to collect new membership dues, attract and retain new members, and conduct business in an open and public fashion. The amendment will allow the Committee to collect dues from prospective new members but not allow them to have a vote on substantive matters until they have attended three meetings and been elected by the membership as fully accepted members of the Committee.


District Chair proposal (to be discussed at Nov 30 meeting)

Spotsylvania County Republican Committee
Proposal for Committee leadership organization
Steve Thomas, Chairman

District Chairmen
Several Units around the Commonwealth- notably Fairfax and PWC to our north- have a system of chairmen of their magisterial districts. These district chairs serve several important functions:
-Knowledge of precincts, important people, future candidates, voting patterns, volunteers, and Committee membership from their districts
-Knowledge of local issues
-Knowledge of elected officials and opponents
-Ability to call meetings of the Committee membership from that district
-Responsibility to make sure each of the precincts in their District has a Captain for elections
-They serve as a bench for future elected positions and Committee leadership
-They allow future candidates to become more knowledgeable about their area and the political process
I propose beginning this system of District Chairmen here in Spotsylvania. We have grown significantly as a county and a Committee, and the difficulty in drafting candidates and precinct captains requires more grassroots help than one of even a few countywide officials (like the Committee Chairman) can provide.
This system will allow new members to get their feet wet on a grassroots level, it will make it easier to find precinct captains, and it will allow more future candidates for office to come up through the ranks and develop a “bench”, which the Committee has lacked for some time.
This system would allow the Committee membership from each of the seven magisterial districts to elect new District chairmen at the November 30, 2010 Committee meeting.
The new positions created would be:
Battlefield District Chairman
Berkeley District Chairman
Chancellor District Chairman
Courtland District Chairman
Lee Hill District Chairman
Livingston District Chairman
Salem District Chairman
If new districts are created by redistricting, new District Chairs would then be elected.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Official Call: November 30 Meeting

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 Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at the Salem Church Library, 2607 Salem Church Road, Fredericksburg, Virginia at 7:00 pm. (Note that this is a different day and time than our normal meetings.)
The updated agenda shall be:

1. Call to Order (7:00)
2. Invocation
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Republican Creed
5. Roll Call of 2010 Membership
6. Treasurer's Report
7. New Business:
A. Update on 2011 Redistricting and proposal for consideration
B. Introduction of Bylaws changes to be considered in November meeting
C. Introduction of organizational changes to be considered in November meeting

Please note that all three items of new business will have documents to reference. These documents may be found at the "On the Spot" blog at spotsygop.com.

8. Old Business
9. Adjournment (8:30)

Steve Thomas
Spotsylvania Republican Committee


Gov. McDonnell elected Vice-Chairman of Republican Governor's Association

For Immediate Release:
November 18, 2010
Contact: D.J. Eckert
(804) 380.8324

Governor McDonnell Elected Vice-Chairman of Republican Governors Association
Vote Takes Place at RGA Meeting in San Diego; Governor Rick Perry of Texas Elected Chairman

SAN DIEGO- Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was elected Vice-Chairman of the Republican Governors Association today at the group's meeting in San Diego. Governor Rick Perry of Texas will serve as RGA Chairman. Joining Perry and McDonnell on the RGA Executive Committee will be: Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana; Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi; Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey; Governor-elect Nikki Haley of South Carolina; and, Governor-elect Susana Martinez of New Mexico.

Speaking about the election, Governor McDonnell remarked, "It is an honor to be elected by my peers to this leadership position with the Republican Governors Association. It is an historic time to be a Republican governor. Thanks to the leadership of Governor Haley Barbour, Executive Director Nick Ayers, and the entire staff of the RGA we have made tremendous gains over the past two years. After January, twenty-nine states will have Republican governors. From the upper Midwest to the East Coast to the South to the Rocky Mountains, Republican chief executives will be leading their states through this pivotal moment in American history. The solutions necessary to bring our nation out of this tough economy and into a new period of prosperity and achievement will be crafted, debated and implemented in our state capitols. That is why the work of the RGA is so critically important. Good politics makes good policy, and the RGA combines effective practical politics with innovative and visionary policy development. I look forward to helping lead the effort to ensure more Republican governors are elected in 2011 and the years ahead, and joining my fellow Republican governors in implementing policies that help get our citizens back to work and our economy back on track."


Our Congressman, Eric Cantor, elected Majority Leader!

Eric Cantor elected House Majority Leader

Congressman Eric Cantor today was elected House Majority Leader by his Republican colleagues as part of their efforts to bring new leadership to the problems currently facing our nation.

In accepting this honor, Majority Leader Cantor has committed to listen to the American people and work to cut federal spending and lower the national deficit to help get the economy back on track. As an important first step in that process, Eric is leading the Republican effort to ban all earmarks and has urged President Obama to veto any bills that contain earmarks.

To read more about Eric's election as House Majority Leader, please click here.


PSA: Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run/Walk

Arthritis Foundation Jingle Bell Run/Walk

When December 4th 2010. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. (Registration and Race Start/Finish Line is located on the back of the mall by Panera Bread)

Description Cost – 5K run or 1 Mile Walk – you choose. $30 Registration.

How to Register: Go to: www.DogCaptionCards.com/jinglebell
Click on "Join The Team" link found in the left hand column

For more information: Virginia Pit Bulls Help Raise Arthritis Awareness While Searching for Forever Home Canine healers on hand to raise funds and spirits at the Arthritis Foundation's Jingle Bell Run/Walk Fundraiser

Read all about it at: www.dogcaptioncards.com/PR-Virginia-Pit-Bulls-Adoption.html


Who: The Arthritis Foundation and DogCaptionCards.com

What: The Jingle Bell Run/Walk, a fun and festive holiday fundraiser for the
Arthritis Foundation, is teaming up with DogCaptionCards to promote a
loveable pack of available-for-adoption Pit Bulls from Bully Paws Pit Bull
Patriots and Ring Dog Rescue.

Why? The most enjoyable and economical way to avoid and reduce arthritis
discomfort, while losing weight and stress, is to walk a dog. Pit Bulls
are great exercise buddies (and couch potatoes.)

Where: Stony Point Fashion Park, Richmond, VA (by Panera Bread)

When: December 4, 2010. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. The Run/Walk
launches at 8:00 a.m. sharp, followed by an awards ceremony at 9:15 a.m.

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How: To register for the 5K run or 1 Mile Walk go to: www.DogCaptionCards.com/JingleBell then,
Click on "Join The Team" link found in the left hand column and fill out the application form that pops up

What else? Holiday and Christmas Card Sale and Fundraiser for Ring Dog Rescue.
DogCaptionCards.com is donating 25% of the sales off of all holiday, Christmas, Thank You and other card packs purchased by RingDogRescue supporters. This includes the new Naughty or Nice … Santa Pit Holiday Card.
To order click on our link: http://tinyurl.com/2dfmz7x Offer good while supplies last. Cards Printed in the USA

For more information about the health benefits of walking for everyone, including those affected by arthritis, go to: www.DogCaptionCards.com/HealthBenefitsOfWalking.html


Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thoughts and statistics

Just got this in the mail; worth thinking about.

A recent "Investor's Business Daily" article provided very
interesting statistics from a survey by the United Nations
International Health Organization.

Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years
after diagnosis:

U.S. 65%

England 46%

Canada 42%

Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received
treatment within six months:

U.S. 93%

England 15%

Canada 43%

Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it
within six months:

U.S. 90%

England 15%

Canada 43%

Percentage referred to a medical specialist who see one within
one month:

U.S. 77%

England 40%

Canada 43%

Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million people:

U.S. 71

England 14

Canada 18

Percentage of seniors (65+), with low income, who say they are in
"excellent health":

U.S. 12%

England 2%

Canada 6%

I don't know about you, but I don't want "Universal Healthcare"
comparable to England or Canada .

Moreover, it was Sen. Harry Reid who said, "Elderly Americans
must learn to accept the inconveniences of old age."


He is "elderly" himself but be sure to remember his health
insurance is different from yours as Congress has their own high-
end coverage! He will never have to learn to accept


The percentage of each past president's cabinet who had worked in
the private business sector prior to their appointment to the
cabinet. You know what the private business sector is... a real
life business, not a government job. Here are the percentages:

T. Roosevelt........ 38%


Wilson ................52%


Coolidge.............. 48%

Hoover................. 42%

F. Roosevelt......... 50%


Eisenhower........... 57%

Kennedy.............. 30%


Nixon................... 53%

Ford..................... 42%

Carter.................. 32%


GH Bush................. 51%

Clinton ................. 39%

GW Bush................ 55%

And the winner of the chicken dinner is:

Obama................ 8% !!!
This alone can explain the incompetence of this administration!!! 8 %

Yep! That's right! Only Eight Percent!!!.. The least by far of
the last 19 presidents!! And these people are trying to tell our
big corporations how to run their business... They know what's
best for GM...Chrysler... Wall Street... and you and me?

How can the president of a major nation and society, the one
with the most successful economic system in world history,
stand and talk about business when he's never worked for one?
Or about jobs when he has never really had one? And neither
has 92% of his senior staff and closest advisers! They've spent
most of their time in academia, government and/or non-profit
jobs or as "community organizers" when they should have been
in an employment line.

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Eric Cantor on the rise

Eric Cantor on the rise

by Tyler Whitley and Jim Nolan
Richmond Times-Dispatch
November 7, 2010

It's before 9 a.m. on the day after midterm elections and the U.S. Capitol is virtually empty -- except the office of Rep. Eric Cantor, R-7th.

The House minority whip and his staff have been up and running for hours -- juggling network television interviews, making calls and making plans after a historic GOP surge across the country that shifted power in the House to his party.

It is a surge that could chart a new, higher trajectory for Cantor's political future now that he is poised to become House majority leader.

Being successful in his own backyard has rarely been a challenge for Cantor, 47, a resident of the Wyndham subdivision in Glen Allen and former state delegate who succeeded the man for whom he once worked as an intern, Rep. Thomas J. Bliley Jr.

Cantor, first elected in 2000, ascended to minority whip in 2008 when Republican stock was low and Democrats were riding high. Now both Cantor's profile and his potential to make his mark on how America is governed are on the rise.

To read the entire article and leave comments, please click here.

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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

George Allen Book signing event

All are cordially invited to attend a book signing event with former Virginia Governor and U.S. Senator, George Allen, on Wednesday, November 10th from 6:30-9PM at Splitsville (new bowling alley) in Spotsylvania Towne Centre in Fredericksburg, VA. Once inside Splitsville it will be obvious where the event will be held.

RE/MAX Bravo, Splitsville, WFLS and Joseph-Beth Booksellers have partnered to co-sponsor this event featuring the author of “What Washington Can Learn from the World of Sports.”

The cost is $50/person which includes an autographed copy of “What Washington Can Learn from the World of Sports,” also, included is finger food and non-alcoholic beverages. A cash bar will be available.

Proceeds will benefit The George Washington Foundation (Historic Kenmore and Ferry Farm). We would love to have you join us and hope that you will help us spread the word by inviting others to attend.

E-mail registration form to Jane Wallace at jwallace@remax.net or call 540-891-8888 x 128. All major credit cards are accepted. You can registered at the door for the same price.


Thursday, November 4, 2010

This is why we love Eric Cantor

Congratulations, Mr. Majority Leader-Designate!

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Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Spotsylvania leads victorious sweep by GOP Candidates

Today, Spotsylvania led the nation with a sweep by Republican candidates for Congress.

While the rest of the Commonwealth was turning away recently-elected Democrats, Rob Wittman won his second full term with 64% of the vote, including 65% of Spotsylvania. As longtime Democrats were retired by angry voters, Eric Cantor won his sixth full term with nearly 60% of the vote, including 70% of Spotsylvania; Spotsylvania delivered Cantor's second-highest victory percentage.

"Virginia has always led the way for our country throughout its history. Tonight, it did so again", noted Spotsylvania Republican Chairman Steve Thomas. "As three new Republican congressmen are ready to join the new GOP majority in the House of Representatives, Virginia can claim one of the most Republican delegations in the nation."

Thomas noted the importance of Virginia's shift away from the Democrats: "In 2008, the Democrats asked Virginia for their support and trust; they got it, and they squandered it. Now Virginia is making us the same offer - and we will not let them down."

"We are especially proud of our Congressmen, Rob Wittman and Eric Cantor, two fine gentlemen who have made us proud during their tenure in Congress and will continue to do so over the next two years. And I want to give sincere thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who worked the polls on behalf of our Republican representatives."

Thomas also took the time to look ahead to the future: "Last year, Spotsylvania led the way in bringing thrifty and responsible government to the State Capitol. This year, we helped bring it to Congress. Next year, we will bring it to the Holbert Building, and in 2012, we'll help bring it to the White House."

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