Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Gov. Mike Huckabee & Huck PAC Endorse VA Senate Challenger Bryce Reeves

SPOTSYLVANIA, VA— Today Bryce Reeves, candidate for Virginia's 17th Senatorial District, has received national attention thanks to an endorsement from former Arkansas Governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
"Huck PAC and I are pleased to endorse Bryce Reeves for Virginia State Senate from District 17. Bryce Reeves proudly served our nation as a United States Army Ranger, and served the people of Virginia as a Police Detective. Bryce is also a small business owner and understands what it takes to create jobs in Virginia. Not only that, but in 2007 Bryce was elected as the Chairman of the Spotsylvania County Republican Committee."
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is not only the host of the number one rated, Fox News Channel show 'Huckabee' and the nationally syndicated radio show the 'Huckabee Report', but is also the author of nine books, four of which have appeared on the New York Times Bestseller list.  In 2008 he ran for President of the United States, finishing second too Senator John McCain in the Republican Primaries.  As Governor of Arkansas he helped bring the state's $200 million dollar deficit to a surplus of $850 million dollars.  He has been named by Americans for Tax Reform as a "Friend of a Taxpayer" for his cuts in the state's spending.  His tenure in office oversaw Arkansas's largest period of job creation, and the per capita income increased by 50 percent.  He was named as one of five best governors in America by Time Magazine in 2007, and was among Go verning Magazine's 'Public Officials of the Year' that same year.  He has served as Chairman of the National Governors Association, and prior to serving as the state's governor he was elected as Arkansas's Lieutenant Governor in 1993.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Spotsylvania Republican Committee reacts to the retirement of Superintendent Jerry Hill

Spotsylvania, VA. Steve Thomas, Chairman of the Spotsylvania Republican Committee, reacted to the retirement of Superintendent Jerry hill today.
“We are disappointed in Superintendent Hill and how he is ending his career in Spotsylvania”, Thomas said. “After being indicted earlier in his tenure, he decided to take an early retirement that will cost Spotsylvania taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars and then spend even more on a self-congratulating pamphlet of accomplishments. To make matters worse, he committed a clear conflict of interest by trying to recruit members of his administration to run for School Board spots, including another ROP recipient. It is disappointing that one in charge of teaching others could stay here 10 years and yet not learn from his mistakes.”

Thomas continued, “To have Marty Wilder give another ill-conceived defense of Hill’s actions is equally perplexing, though not surprising: in fact, Mr. Wilder spent Election Day 2007 (when he was on the ballot in Chancellor) smearing Eric Martin in Salem precincts on behalf of Don Holmes. It is disappointing that, after all this time, neither Wilder nor Hill ‘gets it’. The citizens of Spotsylvania do not want their School Board members to be the Superintendent’s ‘bosom buddies’. They want serious, adult supervision of the Superintendent and accountability of the School system and its leadership. If the current School Board is unwilling or unable to do this, they will be replaced with stouter candidates who will.”

For more information, contact: Steven Thomas, 703-819-0127,

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Monday, June 27, 2011

First GOP Endorsements on 2011 made

Spotsylvania Republican Committee endorses its first candidates of 2011
Salem Supervisor candidate Paul Trampe and Chancellor School Board candidate Dawn Shelley unanimously endorsed by the Committee

Spotsylvania, VA. The Spotsylvania County Republican Committee today announced its first endorsements of independent candidates in the November, 2011 elections. The endorsements were unanimous and took place at the Committee’s monthly meeting on June 23, 2011.

Paul Trampe, an independent running for supervisor of the Salem district, and Dawn Shelley, an independent running for School Board in the Chancellor District, are the first candidates endorsed by the Committee in 2011. Other endorsements of independent candidates will take place at the Committee’s July 28, 2011 meeting at Salem Church Library. Party Nominations will take place at the Republican Mass Meeting at 10 am, July 9, 2011 at Snow Library.

“At the beginning of this year, I promised that the Spotsy GOP would not only support Republicans; we would also support conservative independents who wanted to work hard and make a difference in their community.”, said Chairman Steve Thomas. “Our party certainly does not have a monopoly on good ideas. And so, we wanted to endorse these two individuals about whom we felt very strongly that they are the correct choices in their respective districts”.

Thomas continued, “Paul Trampe is a hard-working straight arrow who is a Ph.D. economist. He knows how to get our local economy turned around right. He knows the difference between bad policy and good policy, and has the fortitude to fight for the good policy. He’s also a commuter who knows the struggles of commuters in Salem. He has already walked his district twice and outraised any candidate not running for countywide office in Spotsylvania. Compare this record to his opponent, who missed half his School Board meetings and failed to hold Jerry Hill accountable for any of the outrageous actions taken over the last year, and the choice is very clear.”

Paul Trampe added, "I'm honored to have the Republican Party endorsement and I will work hard to earn the trust they have placed in me."

The SCRC also endorsed Dawn Shelley for Chancellor School Board Thursday night. “Dawn Shelley is the kind of person everyone wants to see in public office. She’s not a professional politician- she’s a special ed teacher at Ni River Middle School, she has a BS and MS in education, she is a mother of two public school students, and she serves on Congressman Wittman’s Education Advisory Council. And she is extremely concerned about the total lack of accountability on the School Board at the moment. Dawn Shelley will bring the ratio of administrators to teachers back into balance. She is a hard working single mom who has seen the issues our school system faces from every angle, and she will make an ideal School Board member.”

Mrs. Shelley remarked, “I am very excited that the Spotsy GOP feels that I will serve the Spotsylvania students in a positive way and they have confidence in me. I will work hard to make sure the SCS students, teachers, and staff are treated with respect, and the citizens see a transparent school board in all that is done.”

Chairman Thomas concluded, “Everyone wants to see average citizens who are concerned about their community stand up and put themselves out there to run for office. Paul and Dawn are two of the very best, and we look forward to their public service for years to come”.
For more information, contact: Steven Thomas, 703-819-0127,

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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Official call: July 9 Mass Meeting


Mass Meeting of the Spotsylvania County Republican Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia

As Chairman of the Spotsylvania County Committee of the Republican Party, and pursuant to the Plan of Organization and as recommended and directed by the Committee, I, Steven Thomas, do hereby issue this call for a Mass Meeting to be held at Snow Library starting at 11 am local time on July 9, 2011 for the following purposes:

1. Selecting a Republican nominee for the offices of Sheriff, Commissioner of Revenue, Treasurer, and Commonwealth’s Attorney to be voted on in the General Election on November 8, 2011
2. Select a Republican nominee for the Board of Supervisors in the Courtland, Salem, Chancellor, and Livingston Districts to be voted on the General Election on November 8, 2011

And for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before the mass meeting.

Qualifications for Participation

All legal and qualified voters under the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, regardless of race, religion, national origin or sex, who are in accord with the principles of the Republican Party and who, if requested, express in open meeting either orally or in writing as may be required, 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 canvasses, conventions or primaries encompassing their respective election districts.

Filing Requirements

Candidates for election as a delegate or alternate delegate to the 1st or 7th Congressional District Conventions, or 17th Senatorial District Convention (if necessary), at said mass meeting shall file a written statement by mail or in person, to Steven Thomas, 9506 Logan Heights Circle, Spotsylvania, VA 22551, which must be received not later than July 2, 2011 and accompanied by any fees as noted below. Official filing forms may be obtained through the Committee’s website,

Prefiling/Registration Fees

Delegate/Alternate Delegate to the 17th District Convention - $10 voluntary registration fee
There will be a voluntary registration fee of $5 to participate in this mass meeting.
Please make checks payable to the Spotsylvania County Republican Committee.

Paid for and authorized by the Spotsylvania County Republican Committee


This is how you spur job growth

Commonwealth of Virginia

Office of Governor Bob McDonnell

June 20, 2011
Office of the Governor

Contact: Jeff Caldwell

Phone: (804) 225-4260
Email: Jeff.Caldwell@Governor.Virginia.Gov

Governor McDonnell Signs Tax Credit Legislation to Spur Economic Growth and Job Creation Related to Port of Virginia

~New Tax Credits Provide Incentives for Companies to Expand and Locate Businesses in Virginia and Reduce Congestion Associated with Port~

RICHMOND – Governor Bob McDonnell ceremonially signed three new tax credits today designed to spur economic growth and job creation, and reduce congestion, related to the Port of Virginia. The ceremony took place at the Virginia Port Authority’s APM Terminals facility in Portsmouth.

“The Port of Virginia is one of the Commonwealth’s greatest economic assets. The port and its related businesses annually sustain hundreds of thousands of jobs and generate billions in revenues and payroll. We have to maximize the tremendous advantages the port provides us with in the global economy,” said Governor McDonnell.

“As the economy begins to recover, and the Panama Canal expansion is completed in 2014, we must be proactive in providing incentives to attract new companies, and help existing businesses expand their operations, in order to maximize the port’s full potential. The port is a jobs and economic investment magnet. These credits are designed to capitalize on Virginia’s tremendous port assets and continue the pro-growth and job creation policies that have made the Commonwealth the best state in the nation for business.”

The governor continued, “The Commonwealth cannot take advantage of the port’s potential without addressing our transportation infrastructure needs in Hampton Roads. Our transportation plan, which was adopted with bi-partisan General Assembly support earlier this year, provides a significant investment in Hampton Roads’ transportation infrastructure. But, we still must do more to ensure that containers can get in and out of the port by providing incentives to shippers to use more environmentally friendly and congestion-reducing alternatives such as barge and rail.”

Senator Frank Wagner (R-Virginia Beach), who sponsored two pieces of the tax credit legislation, said, “With our 50-foot deep channel and our right-to-work laws, Virginia is ripe for investment. These new tax credits will encourage existing Virginia business to expand their operations and national and international manufacturing and distribution companies to locate in the Commonwealth.”

“As a long-time advocate for the Port of Virginia, it is great to see Governor McDonnell and the General Assembly recognize the importance of the port to the Virginia economy and take steps to enhance its competitiveness.” said Delegate Bob Purkey (R-Virginia Beach). “Our competitors up and down the East Coast have long utilized incentives to attract new business, and these credits will level the playing field and help create much needed jobs throughout Virginia.”

Port Tax Credit Legislation Signed Today: HB2385 (Purkey)/SB1282 (McWaters) – Barge and Rail Use Tax Credit

· Provides a $25 per TEU income tax credit for shippers electing to transfer there containers via barge or rail HB2531 (Purkey)/SB1481 (Wagner)

– Port Volume Increase Tax Credit

· Provides a $50 per TEU income tax credit for manufacturers and distributors of manufactured goods that increase their port cargo volume by 5 percent in a single year
· The 5 percent requirement is waived for a major facility locating in Virginia that will import or export in excess of 25,000 TEUs in its first year in the Commonwealth SB1136 (Wager) – International Trade Facility Tax Credit
· Grants a $3,000 income tax credit for every employee hired by a Virginia shipper that results from increased cargo moving through the port or an income tax credit of 2 percent of the cost of any capital improvement that facilitates increased cargo moving through the port

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Good job conservatives!

Last night, we came out in force and beat back this terrible UDA proposal- at least temporarily.

Let's make sure we show up June 28 to the public hearing to reinforce how bad an idea this proposal really is.

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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Family Foundation announces training classes

Victoria Cobb, President
Monday, June 6, 2011

Event Alert: Save the Date for Grassroots Training!

The Family Foundation, in conjunction with the Leadership Institute and American Majority have scheduled three grassroots training workshops for this summer, in preparation for this year’s important General Assembly elections.

All 140 seats in the General Assembly are up for election, including the state Senate, the body that has thwarted pro-family legislation for years. The Family Foundation and The Family Foundation Action plan extensive voter education and voter mobilization projects this Fall, and the trainings we have planned are an important aspect of our strategy.

We will be getting more details to you soon, but make sure you pick a training to attend and mark the date on your calendar today!

Saturday, July 16 with American Majority at Faith Baptist Church in Fredericksburg

Saturday, August 6 with Leadership Institute in Chatham (location TBD)

Saturday, August 20 with American Majority at Centreville Baptist Church in Fairfax County

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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Delegate Bell endorses Bryce Reeves for Senate


Bell Gives Ringing Endorsement For Reeves' Senate Challenge

June 7, 2011

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, VA— Delegate Rob Bell of the 58th House District has today endorsed Bryce Reeves, Republican Candidate for Virginia's 17th District. Reeves' campaign has been attracting state wide support ever since the redrawing of district lines, allowing a new opportunity for Republicans to gain back VA's 17th Senatorial District seat from an incumbent of over 28 years, and consequently a majority in the Virginia Senate.

"Please join me in supporting Bryce Reeves for the Virginia State Senate this year. Bryce is a successful small businessman and Army veteran, who will go to Richmond and fight for taxpayers and entrepreneurs. He understands that small businesses create jobs, and that we need a tax code that will encourage more growth, not less. Central Virginia needs Bryce in the Senate, and I encourage you to vote for Bryce Reeves November 8 this year."

Delegate Bell is an honors graduate of the University of Virginia and the University of Virginia Law School, and served as state prosecutor for five years prosecuting over 2,400 cases, working with men like Bryce Reeves— a former Police Detective— to bring criminals to justice. Bell has made a name for himself in the Virginia House of Delegates by sponsoring laws that create harsher consequences for drunk drivers, and ban criminal sex offenders from school property during school hours. He has been recognized for his continuous work to better society by such organizations as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)- Virginia, Virginians Aligned Against Sexual Assault (VAASA), and the Virginia Sheriff's Association.

Delegate Bell has spent his career in the House of Delegates working to help support small businessmen and job creation in Virginia. Bell has voted to provide innovative financing for large job creating economic development projects that helped produce more than 400 jobs and invest over $250 million into Virginia communities. He has also voted for legislation that protects Virginia's right-to-work laws, which helps the Commonwealth continue to attract new employers. Due to his commitment to these matters, The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) has been very supportive of Bell.

"I'm privileged to have the support of Delegate Rob Bell who is a proven leader in our General Assembly. With our mutual background in law enforcement and passion for creating jobs and economic prosperity for individuals who work hard to earn it, I am confident that we will be able to create a successful collaboration between our positions within the House and Senate," said Reeves.


For more details please call Chris Leavitt:
(540) 891-5473

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Monday, June 6, 2011

Virginia Senate candidate (17th) Bryce Reeves announces endorsements


Senator Obenshain Gives Support to Reeves

June 1, 2011

SPOTSYLVANIA, VA— In a series of recent endorsements by top Virginia leaders, Bryce Reeves, the only conservative candidate for Virginia's 17th District Senate seat, received his latest nod from State Senator Mark Obenshain. Senator Obenshain is Virginia's 26th Senatorial District representative.

"Bryce is the new fresh conservative senator we need in Virginia today. He is a rock-solid conservative that has stayed true to his core principles and will ensure we continue to move Virginia forward by cutting taxes, shrinking government, and creating jobs. We need to make sure Bryce is elected this year."

Obenshain says he knows the qualities and characteristics that make a first-rate senator, and has recognized them in Bryce Reeves. Reeves and Obenshain share many common ideals and support action plans such as lower taxes, removing bureaucratic binds in public education, solutions to transportation gridlock, transparency in government reform, and protecting the Constitutional values established by our Founding Fathers. Obenshain has spent his eight years in the Virginia Senate campaigning and supporting these important issues and is looking forward to a conservative senate majority for a change.

Currently, Obenshain serves on the committees of Courts of Justice, Local Government, Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources, and Privileges and Elections. Prior to his being elected Obenshain spent twenty-three years practicing law in Central Virginia, and was one of the founders of Lenhart Obenshain Law Firm, which has been named among The Best Lawyers in America, Virginia Super Lawyers, and Virginia Business Legal Elite. In 1994 he served on the Governor's Commission on Citizen Empowerment, which made recommendations that later lead to the 1995 Welfare Reform legislation. In addition to these many accomplishments the senator has also served as a member of organizations such as the Board of Directors of the Harrisonburg Education Foundation, the Board of Directors of Mercy House, the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council, and the Business Advisory Board for the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad.

"Senator Obenshain continues to fight on the front lines of critical issues facing us today. I am proud to have earned his endorsement for this potentially tie-breaking senate seat, and look forward to working with him to come up with solutions to the problems facing the Commonwealth today. The time for a positive change is coming this November 8, and I'm grateful to have the support of so many fellow patriots."

for more details please call Chris Leavitt:
(540) 891-5473

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Bryce Reeves is a candidate seeking Virginia's 17th Senate Seat. Reeves is a successful small business owner, a former Army Ranger and Police Detective. Reeves is a fiscal conservative who supports all Virginians' rights guaranteed by our state and federal constitutions, creating new jobs, improving public education quality, restoring our economy, fighting for veterans' needs, and promoting a business growth in a Free Enterprise system. He has been married to his wife Anne for 20 years and has two children, Nikki and Jack. The family resides in Spotsylvania County. Learn more about Bryce Reeves at

Additional endorsements include:

Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling

Former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III

Major General (Ret.) Carroll D. Childers

Colonel (Ret.) Richard "Dick" Black

Major (Ret.) George J. Misek

Glenn D. Gardiola

Family Research Council

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Cantor article on job creation

Cantor and the GOP: Restore growth, create jobs, compete with the world
Richmond Times-Dispatch
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, the Republican from Virginia’s 7th District, was in town recently to discuss his colleagues’ proposals for restoring growth and creating jobs.
It’s a fairly simple plan, filled with proven solutions and a fundamental faith in the private sector – in the ability of people like you and me to make sound decisions about our finances and our families.
The House Republicans want to ease regulation, simplify the tax code to help American businesses compete with corporations overseas and pass stalled trade agreements that will open foreign markets to U.S. products. The plan also calls for a modernized patent system, visa reforms to encourage entrepreneurs and highly skilled graduates of U.S. schools to stay here, increased domestic energy production - and reduced federal debt.
That last item should be a natural result of the other proposals, if paired with federal spending restraint.
“You can’t get back to balance unless you grow the economy, and if you have growth you get people back to work,” said Cantor, whose wife, Diana, serves on the board of this newspaper’s parent company.
The plan is not novel, is not surprising and is radical only in the sense that it is so profoundly different from the policies pursued during the past few years. It is, essentially, a return to the fundamentals that improved American standards of living so immensely since 1982.
Continue reading this article from the Richmond Times-Dispatch >>

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Friday, June 3, 2011

Campaign updates for the county- nominating processes

As you know, we have a lot of local and state office elections this year. To that end, I wanted to update you on a number of relevant items:
1. Senator Richard Stuart has selected a primary (held Aug 23) as his method of nomination. Those in the northwest part of the county now have him as your State Senator. If no challenger for the nomination, then no primary.
2. We have selected a Convention (July 16) as the nomination selection method for the 17th District, where Bryce Reeves is currently the only filed Republican candidate.
3. Bobby Orrock has selected a primary (August 23) as his method of nomination.
4. Mark Cole selected a canvass as his method of nomination.
5. John Cox has selected a primary (August 23) as his method of nomination.
6. Bill Janis (Belmont and Brokenburg precincts) selected a primary, held August 23.
7. Ryan McDougle selected a primary (held August 23). He will be the guest speaker at Monday's SRWC meeting, 7 pm at the Salem Church Library.
8. For Sheriff, Commissioner of Revenue, Treasurer, and Commonwealth's Attorney, as well as Supervisor of Chancellor, Salem, Courtland and Livingston, the party selected Mass Meeting (held July 9) as the method of nomination. If any offices have contested nomination fights, we will hold it at Spotsylvania HS; if not, one of the library branches.
9. The deadline to file for countywide offices as well as Supervisor (if you are seeking the GOP nomination) is June 15- coming up soon! No signatures are required for this.
10. If independents are running and seeking the GOP endorsement, they have until August 23 to file to run, though the GOP will be debating endorsements in our July regular meeting.
11. Redistricting in Spotsy is now complete. There are 10 new polling places, several new precincts, and a number of district boundry changes. To check out the new approved map, click HERE.
12. Delegate Cole will be holding a series of town hall meetings. The schedule is:
- Wednesday, June 8 Fredericksburg Library on Caroling St. from 7:00PM to 8:30PM;
- Monday, June 13 Bealeton Depot Willow Dr. from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM;
- Thursday, June 16 England Run Library on Lyons Blvd in Stafford from 7:00PM to 8:30PM;
- Wednesday, June 22 Salem Church Library in Spotsylvania from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM.


Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Final Spotsylvania county redistricting map

75% of Spotsylvanians will have a new polling place, supervisor, state rep, or congressman. This map contains polling places, precincts, and new districts.

For the record, though the Committee took no official stance and are not entirely pleased with the final map- particularly several confusing changes in Chancellor- we were pleased with the process, its transparency and thoroughness especially, and commend county staff for their role in the difficult redistricting process.

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