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I’ll Never Say “Never Trump” by Waverly Woods

Houston, “we have an umpire problem,” all right. It’s from top to bottom and everywhere in between.

By Waverly Woods

Even though I am a Cruz supporter and candidate for delegate to the RNC Convention in Ohio, I would support Donald Trump if he should become our nominee. As someone who has been a Tea Party leader for 5 years, I know how grassroots activists feel and why so many are divided between the Cruz and Trump campaigns.

All are disgusted with how the Republican Party is run and the representation from elected officials with an R following their names. Both sides want our country restored. Both feel their voices have not been heard. They want to know where the accountability is.

The Republican Party just doesn’t get it.

We all believe the system is rigged and what “We The People” choose is being ignored. We continue to vote for those candidates we think represent our principles and values, but when the candidate gets in office and start drinking the Kool-Aid, they do the exact opposite of what they campaigned on.

Everyone should be aware of their representatives’ voting histories. Why send the same legislators back to do the same job? People have had enough! They are now ready to throw the proverbial baby out with the bath water.

Trump supporters see him as a disrupter; someone who doesn’t need the Party Elite and can’t be controlled. Trumpsters want him to burn it to the ground, taking down all the RINOs at once.  Cruz supporters see him standing up to people like McConnell and Reid (one and the same). Yet Cruz may salvage what’s left of our Constitution without all the destruction.

So how did we get here? How did we become so deceived?

It’s about the process. People don’t understand the process: how candidates are selected. In Virginia we only had conventions until 2000. That process hasn’t changed, but the addition of the primary confused everyone. This presidential race is a perfect example of how useless primaries are and how they are a total waste of the taxpayers’ dollars. The nomination will be decided not by primary votes, but at the Republican National Convention, just like it always has been.

What the “Party” really doesn’t want you to know… is how to work the same system in your favor.

Oh, they’ll post the Official Calls and the Party Plan, but you are left to figure it out from there. It’s more than just showing up. It’s anticipating how the rules and Party Plan are manipulated.   The “keep it small and control it all” group are banking on you staying home, being too lazy to get involved, and not wanting the confrontation.

Now, more than ever, is the time to engage in how your country is being run. It’s time to take our country back by starting with our Party. How can we “Stop the Washington Cartel” or “Make America Great Again” if we can’t even restore the integrity of our own Republican Party? Do we actually believe in the Creed?

We Believe,

That the free enterprise system is the most productive supplier of human needs and economic justice,

That all individuals are entitled to equal rights, justice, and opportunities and should assume their responsibilities as citizens in a free society,

That fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraints must be exercised at all levels of government,

That the Federal Government must preserve individual liberty by observing Constitutional limitations,

That peace is best preserved through a strong national defense, That faith in God, as recognized by our Founding Fathers is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.

This isn’t just an idea or a passing thought, it’s our creed. Do we want to hold the “R’s” accountable to it or not? When we see a Party Chairman conducting himself like some out-of-control narcissistic tyrant, should we sweep it under the rug?

I say, HELL NO! The ugly fact of the matter is that this behavior is so common that it’s perceived as business as usual.

Houston, “we have an ‘umpire’ problem,” all right. It’s from top to bottom and everywhere in between.

The shenanigans are rampant throughout Virginia. It is pathetic to watch elected officials combine forces against the very people they serve in an attempt to control everything. This is either “slating” you out of your vote, or abusing the power of their office to control election outcomes in their favor. Then they come back and ask for you to vote for them again. Huh?! That’s a lot of nerve and arrogance. Moreover, it’s a lot of disrespect to the people who should matter the most.

Don’t be a part of the problem by staying home. Be a part of the solution by engaging. That’ll really tick them off! Watch VPAP.org and the Federal Election Commission to see where the money comes from for each incumbent (and who really owns them). Engage in the convention process and watch how many politicians call you on the phone and want to meet with you. You won’t get that in a primary. This is the absolute best way to force the will of the people and hold our elected officials accountable to everyone they serve.


Article written by: Tom White

Virginia Right! Endorses State Senator Tom Garrett in the 5th Congressional District

Sandy Sanders and Tom White don’t always agree on endorsing a candidate. And when we do not agree, we often personally endorse candidates. But Tom Garrett was an easy choice. Garrett receives Virginia Right’s endorsement as well as personal endorsements from Sandy and Tom.

Sandy Sanders’ Endorsement

Tom White agreed to write this together with me and we both agree:  For Congress in the Fifth District we support and thus the Virginia Right blog endorses:  State Senator Tom Garrett.  So this is my part and Tom (White not Garrett!  He’s not that kind of politico!) will write the rest.

I met Tom Garrett when he and Rusty McGuire were assistants in the AG’s office.  They had audacious goals:  Garrett was going to run for Louisa Commonwealth’s Attorney and McGuire was going to run for Hanover prosecutor.  Of course I supported Rusty and he lost the primary!  (Maybe this is not good for Senator Garrett…)  But Garrett ran against the incumbent and beat him.  Rusty McGuire became his deputy.  Now McGuire is the CA in Louisa and he’s doing an awesome job catching Internet predators.

This is the blog post about the time Tom Garrett ran for state senate in 2011.  People said:  Tom can’t win the primary and he won’t win the general election – he’s too conservative.  Well, he won the most exciting election I have ever live blogged and then crushed his opponent in the general by a 58% to 42% margin.  (And the opponent was a principal of a well-known pest control company with signs all over the place and who outspent Garrett! nearly 2 to 1!)

Garrett will beat to his own drum – not the establishment in the House!  Don’t take my word for it – ask Senator Thomas K. Norment.  Garrett boldly challenged Norment not to have both the Finance Chair and Majority Leader and even though he lost, it showed political courage.  Here’s my comment:  Garrett’s got guts!

Tom told me recently and it was for publication that he WILL join the Freedom Caucus if elected.  That ought to be a question for everybody running for Congress this year.  And NO is not an option.

So walk through a gasoline fire (if that is necessary!) this year in the Fifth and vote Garrett in the primary/convention and in the general election, too.

 

Tom White’s Endorsement

The 5th District is fortunate to have several good people who have stood up and offered to uproot their lives to represent their friends and neighbors in Washington DC. And anyone who stands up and offers to make that sacrifice is to be commended. But when Republicans face each other in primaries, especially in conservative districts, they all try to “out-conservative” one another. And my research into the candidates shows that is true in this 5th District race for the Republican nomination. So in a race with 5 candidates running for the Republican nomination all claiming to be more conservative and the better choice than the others it is hard to know who to believe. And it is even more difficult to know which candidate, if elected, will be a true conservative and which will be a patsy of the big spending, big government establishment that have gone hand in hand with the Democrats to create a $19 trillion debt.

But only one of the candidates stands out from the field because only one candidate has a voting record. That is Virginia State Senator Tom Garrett.

Garrett was elected to the Virginia State Senate in 2011 after serving as the Commonwealth’s Attorney of Louisa, Va. I have known Tom Garrett for 7 or 8 years and I can honestly say there is not a single vote he has cast as a State Senator that I have disagreed with. And I have applauded his tenacity as a Senator who has earned a reputation for doing the right thing from a Conservative’s point of view.

There is one thing that I detest in any elected official. And that is someone who puts the leadership of his party first, before the people he represents. Tom Garrett will face down anyone in order to do what he knows is right. As Sandy mentioned above, Tom will take on anyone to do the right thing.

Just the Right Amount of Experience

The mood of the electorate for the last couple of years has been one of anger towards the establishment and incumbent has become a dirty word. Tom has just enough experience to be able to hit the ground running and yet he is still one of us. His opponents have tried to paint him as a political insider, but nothing could be further from the truth. And I have yet to hear a single opponent criticize Tom Garrett on his voting record.

And Tom Garrett will make a welcome addition to the House Freedom Caucus to help Dave Brat combat the Republicans who have forgotten that they work for us.

Tom and I have kept in touch regularly. I have been impressed at how open and honest he is. He carried his mandate to do the right thing for the people of Louisa (NOT the criminals) into the State Senate. He is one of the most down to earth people you will ever meet and a rock solid Conservative with the voting record to back it up.

I do not hesitate to give Tom Garrett my enthusiastic personal endorsement and the endorsement of Virginia Right!

I trust Tom Garrett because he has earned it!


Article written by: Tom White

King William Re-Education Camps ?

                                             King William Re-Education Camps ?

By Bob Shannon Central Garage

The nostalgic longing for the good ol days, when …..” elected officials primary concern was the interest of all citizens” should have warned what was to come.   Would “all citizens” include the folks who for years wanted spending restrained and taxes cut ? Citizens made their voices heard in November. Are conservatives a separate class, should they keep their opinions to themselves ? Is the writer advocating that conservatives be sent off to re-education camp so we fall in line ?

Readers following this have to ask one simple question. Did the KW TEA Party place enforcers at polling stations last Nov. 3rd and strong arm voters to pull the lever for a new Supervisor ? Or is it possible …….voters independent and of their own accord concluded the KW TEA Party might have some valid points ? The writer uses the phrase “ urged on by outside influence”……..just whom does the writer mean by that ? Was King William invaded by pillaging Vikings ?

Are citizens of King William who apparently voted for new leadership part of that outside influence ? If anyone has created an environment of hysteria and animosity it is the folks who engineered the “ phony crisis” this writer furthers with once again repeating the grand lie that $5 million in budget cuts to the schools were ever even mentioned , discussed or considered. It takes some hubris to insinuate that others are using misinformation — after spreading that lie. Take away the feeding trough from the public sector and prepare for this type of discourse.

We now have F.O.I.A requests made for e-mails between private citizens and their elected representatives on the B.O.S ? Did anyone from the TEA Party ever ask for e-mails between former Supervisor’s Stone, Redd or Williams and private citizen’s ? No we did not, and we won’t idly sit by while the new Nazi’s in the County attempt to deny us the same right to communicate with these elected officials who at least are willing to listen to our concerns and ideas. Did these former Supervisors communicate with members of the Farm Bureau, the Ruritan’s, and other citizens in the County who expressed their opinion ? If you are a citizen who has another perspective is the writer suggesting we be denied the same rights ? The KWTP has informed and educated broader swaths of citizens allowing them a better understanding of how local government really works.

The writer has discovered ………a “budget process”, one that I personally have been a fixture at for the last 6 years. Odd, I don’t recall in all 35 or so of those meetings ever seeing the writer there. Often in the all day meetings I sat alone doing just what the writer suggests, learning as much as possible about the county budget, where the money was being spent and offering specific proposals on how expenditures could be reduced. The former elected official’s , predisposed to spend other people’s hard earned money had little regard for what we might think, or what objections we may have. The writer concludes with the sentence, “when will we rally and say ENOUGH ? . Readers will recall one of Candidate Hansen’s signs that asked that same straightforward question “HAD ENOUGH YET ?. Voters answered the question . Whether he won with 38% of the vote or 98% of the vote he won, and that is the system we have. Perhaps the writer just doesn’t like the outcome.

 


Article written by: Tom White

I Stand with RPV Chairman Whitbeck on Mark Berg Situation

I doubt there is a more vocal Republican when it comes to the Republican Party of Virginia’s war on Conservatives than yours truly. And there are not many elected officials in the Commonwealth more Conservative than Delegate Mark Berg. And I really hate the fact that Mark lost in a very close primary, but that is what happened.

Unfortunately, an active write in campaign was waged in favor of Mark Berg. And while I do not believe Berg was spearheading this effort to write him in on the November 3 ballot, there was a write in campaign nevertheless.

John Whitbeck wrote an Op-Ed at the Bull Elephant (Click here to read his piece) detailing the considerable effort he put forth to avoid this situation.

For the sake of clarity, I should point out that Del. Berg was never removed from the Party, nor did he resign from the Party.  There really is no such process because we do not register by Party in Virginia and I certainly do not have that power as Chairman. However, our Party does elect individuals to serve on the Official Committees that govern the Republican Party of Virginia (“RPV”). Up until October 31, 2015, Del. Berg was elected to serve on three Official Committees: the SCC, the 10th District and the FCRC. While individuals who serve on an Official Committees can be removed from their elected office after due process this did not happen to Del. Berg. Rather, he was deemed to have resigned from all Official Committees pursuant to Article 7, Section C, Paragraph 2 of the RPV Party Plan which states:

A member of an Official Committee is held to a higher standard of support for nominees of the Republican Party than an individual who merely participates in a mass meeting, party canvass, convention, or primary. Therefore, a member of an Official Committee is deemed to have resigned his Committee position if he (a) makes a reportable contribution to and/or (b) allows his name to be publicly used by and/or (c) makes a written or other public statement in support of a candidate in opposition to a Republican nominee in a Virginia General or Special Election. Such member may be re-instated by a majority vote of the other members of the Committee. (Emphasis added).

And the piece goes on to list the numerous efforts Whitbeck attempted on Berg’s behalf including a letter in the Bull Elephant post. All Mark was required to do was disavow the write in efforts.

He did so, but after the election.

Whitbeck points out that Berg, at this point, has two options. He can appeal the ruling, but it is my belief that the ruling is correct and I would support upholding the ruling. The second option is to be voted back in by a majority, which is the route I believe should be taken as soon as possible. And I would hope the vote would be unanimous.

Whitbeck correctly points out that the rules state that A member of an Official Committee is held to a higher standard of support for nominees of the Republican Party than an individual who merely participates in a mass meeting, party canvass, convention or primary. Such member need not actively support the nominee, but it is not permitted to knowingly allow your name to be used in opposition to the nominee. And after Whitbeck notified Berg, a simple statement could have prevented this unpleasantness.

So let’s vote Mark Berg back in and put this all behind us. We need Mark. There is a lot of work to do. And let’s give the Republican winner a chance. Chris Collins was elected with 86% of the vote.

Thank you John Whitbeck. I know it was hard but the right call was made here. Let’s all just get past it.

 


Article written by: Tom White

‘Welcoming America Initiative’ Is Destroying America

Patriots:

We must stand up for our Country! America need each and every one of us to put on the Armor of God.

Our country is being invaded by the “Welcoming America” Initiative. It is headquartered in Decatur, Georgia.

We are the government.  Our voices must be heard by the elected.

The Center for Security Policy released an investigative report by James Simpson:

“The Red-Green Axis: Refugees, Immigration and the Agenda to Erase America.” (PDF Here)

 

This report details how non-profits, foundations, government agencies are using refugee resettlementas a pretext to import waves of immigrants from third-world nations.

These refugees have little interest in assimilating. Many are from Muslim countries and they have this belief that it is their job to take America down.

This “Welcoming America” Initiative gives money to refugees throughout our communities.  This Initiative is to erase American laws, traditions and culture.

The Red-Green Axis is made up of people that are Activists, Contractors, Philanthropists, Church Organizations,  government agencies,  those we have elected to office to protect us, Lobbyists, and Islamic Supremacists.

Let’s Transform America!” they say.

There are Nine Primary national Refugee Resettlement Contractors, paid by the federal government to resettle refugees and asylumees.  And don’t forget about the Unaccompanied Children.

These are a few Voluntary Agencies:

  1. Church World Service; National Council of Churches
  2. Ethiopian Community Development Council
  3. Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society
  4. International Rescue Committee
  5. Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services
  6. Catholic charities/U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops
  7. U.S. Committee for Refugee and Immigrants
  8. Episcopal Migration Ministries World Relief Inc.
  9. World Relief, Inc.; Anglican Church of North America; Assemblies of God; Baptist Convention of NY; Christian & Missionary Alliance; Christian Community Development Association; Church of the Nazarene; Converge World Wide; Evangelical Covenant Church; and Evangelical Free Church Free Methodist Church; Foursquare; Great Commission Churches;  National Latino Evangelical Coalition; The Wesleyan Church.

Money they receive are in the Millions.

An Example of Welcoming Utah is a program of “Communidades Unidas,”  Alien Invaders are taught about rights and responsibilities, etc.

They have a network of volunteers and Partner Organizations Like:

  1. ACLU
  2. EPA
  3. United Way Grants
  4. AARP
  5. American Express
  6. March of Dimes Grants

In-Kind Donors

  • Vista and AmeriCorps paid staff
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Utah Department of Health

Community Partners:

  • Jackson Elementary School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Rose Park Elementary
  • Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office of Diversity
  • Utah Society for Environmental Education

On a personal note:

I went downtown yesterday to attend a Sunday School class. I was early. I sat in the fellowship hall and talked with one of the members, whose husband was important.

The people were not friendly.

Two children ran and skipped through the hall without any discipline.  (I said something.) Then I was told that the Sunday School class had leakage from the roof and the room couldn’t be used.

The  Sunday School Class was held in the Sanctuary.

Let me tell you, Patriots, I never heard such lack of spirituality  in my life.

The church represented to me: a Sepulcher filled with the dead in  their stone silent expressions.

OMG! Patriots, have we forgotten the souls of the Founding Fathers and those who fought for our freedom of self-government?

 

Donna Sayegh

 

Links to more resources on this:

Backgrounder info on RR issue:

Virginia page:

http://virginiafreecitizen.com/virginia-free-citizen-watch/

 

More about Simpson:

His book: (65 pages)

https://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2015/07/22/new-report-heralds-existential-threat-to-america/

PDF of book:

https://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Red-Green-Axis-10-05-15.pdf

YOUTUBE Clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u4LfJXzQnw

 

More about Corchoran

Her book:

https://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/2015/04/20/refugee-resettlement-and-the-hijra-to-america/

PDF of book: (78 pages)

https://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Refugee_Resettlement_Hijra.pdf

Key Points:

https://www.centerforsecuritypolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Refugee_Resettlement_Hijra_Bullets.pdf

YOUTUBE Clip:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6PzT8vEvYPg

 

 


Article written by: Tom White

Canova Peterson Platform: Eliminating proffers that were never actually paid made new houses, (up 13%), more affordable.

Canova Peterson is the current Mechanicsville District Supervisor in Hanover County, Va. Four years ago I helped get him elected and he barely squeaked by, winning by just 75 votes.Canova

I was proud to help with signs and I talked to hundreds of voters on election day at the polls in Mechanicsville. I don’t know the exact number, but I know a good portion of the 75 votes that put Peterson over the top were from people I personally convinced to vote for Canova.

And in reviewing the last 4 years and Peterson’s record, I can say I will not be taking a vacation day on November 3, 2015 to help Peterson at the polls. He has been a disappointment and, in my opinion, detrimental to the dream of keeping Hanover a safe, rural place to live.

Voters made a tremendous error in 2011 by electing too many supervisors to the board that had ties to developers and builders. We have seen $52 million in proffers fly out of window as Peterson and the other developer cronies voted to eliminate proffers that help to defray the costs to the existing property owners in the form of cash, land and roads and other items that will prevent a lot of the costs of the development from being passed on to existing property owners.

Canova Peterson’s largest source of campaign money, not surprisingly, is the Real Estate / Construction business according to VPAP. Peterson is an architect with close ties to the construction business.

So it shouldn’t have been a surprise that Canova Peterson was one of the developer lackeys leading the charge to eliminate proffers and line the pockets of his top donor class. And the spin and excuses Peterson has delivered in the years since he voted to get rid of proffers is staggering.

And at the September meeting of the Hanover County Republican Committee Canova Peterson rose to address the committee at the end of the meeting and complained about the misinformation being spread around. We agree with him that there is a lot of misinformation, but all he need do to locate the source is look in a mirror.

Canova’s Spin: Proffers make housing un-affordable.

In a debate held last month between Peterson and his challenger Glenn Millican, Peterson made the following argument as a reason to eliminate proffers:

We have a need for all types of housing in this community. Not just single family housing for the well to do. Our teachers, and first responders on the Fire Department, they deserve to be able to have homes too. Many of them when they are first starting out cannot afford that first house. One of the things that’s very important that we have done over the last 2 ½ years is we did help that by getting rid of the proffers. We reduced the price on those houses so that the lower people can afford a house quicker. Our children are no longer banned to living in other communities because they cannot afford to live in the county they grew up in. (Video can be found here and this statement is at the 10:00 minute mark in video #1.)

So according to Peterson, eliminating proffers made housing more affordable so the “lower people” can afford to buy. But proffers were only added to brand new homes. The county has plenty of starter homes and rentals for those starting out who are at the dawn of their careers. But the truth is, eliminating proffers has done nothing to lower the price of new homes in Hanover.

false-fact-checkFact Check: Peterson gets an F on this  claim.

One of the arguments for eliminating proffers was that the cost of housing would go down. In a presentation on the state of the county in November, County Administrator Rhu Harris reported that new housing costs were up by 13 percent in 2014. (See article in the Hanover Herald Progress.)

So even the county administrator would have to give Peterson 5 Pinocchio’s on this claim. Peterson’s developer buddies are not passing the savings on to the new home buyers. They are simply taking the opportunity to milk more money from new citizens while leaving the current citizens holding the bag for additional police, fire, school, water, sewer and other costs. Peterson is not being honest with the Hanover voters on this.

Canova’s Spin: The County Lost Nothing by Eliminating Proffers

In the same debate, Peterson made the following statement:

The County lost nothing. We never had $52 million to begin with. What we had was a wish and a hope that this money would come forward to begin with. Proffers came into being in Hanover in 1990 at $1,800 per house. When we got rid of the policy in 2012-2013 session it was $20,000 per house.

At $20,000 the most we ever collected was $2 million and that was in 1 year. The average over the 20 years was $1.3 million. People were talking about trying to collect $10 million over the next several years. That’s all based on hope and promises.

We replaced that with the Reserve Capitafalse-fact-checkl Improvements Project that used guaranteed money adding up to $180 million over that same amount of time.

Fact Check: Peterson gets an F on this claim.

Here are a few actual examples of proffers that Peterson calls a “wish and a hope”. And remember, the Real Estate / Construction industry is his largest single source of campaign funding.

Total Receivable Applicant/Developer
1,640,160 Rogers-Chenault, Inc
6,539,141 Wilton Development Corp.
186,692 Colonial Homecrafters, LLC
412,794 The Hanover Group
120,876 The Hanover Group
410,685 D.O Allen Homes
118,430 S L A, LLC
413,375 Diamond Group
377,165 Dee Associates, LLC
2,951,517 Four West Company
2,231,307 Four West Company
661,353 BWW Holdings
8,620,326 Hanover Development LLC
854,426 Glebe Hill Associates
558,858 Godsey Properties, Inc
3,518,669 Hickory Hill, LLC
2,340,184 Commonwealth Lands
1,511,664 Rogers-Chenault
2,159,520 Mountain Air, LLC
1,190,520 D&R Property Development, Inc
396,126 Atlantic Coast Townhomes, LLC
938,706 Atlantic Coast Townhomes, LLC
3,120,480 HHHunt, LLC
277,051 Godsey Properties Inc.
364,925 Historic Polegreen Church
417,656 Colonial Homecrafters, LLC
76,168 Rogers-Chenault, Inc
494,460 Carter Oaks, LLC
373,531 Balducci Developers, LLC
372,572 Mount Hermon, LLC
223,882 Mountain Run, LLC
383,530 Rogers-Chenault, Inc
843,771 HHHunt, LLC
446,445 Santee Farm, Inc
492,470 Anthony Sherman
705,778 Godsey Properties, Inc
412,940 West Point Resolution Co.

So, what could we do with this list of “wishes and hope”? Could our schools use any of that money? How about police and firefighters? Yes, there are limits on what proffers may be used for, but money is fungible.

Can you spot the glaring error in Canova Peterson’s logic?Stupidity-quote-inspiration

Political junkies like myself have been following and watching in horror as Canova Peterson and his developer buddies (along with the rest of the Board of Supervisors) have watched with horror as Hanover is paved with blacktop, houses and low income housing with no source of revenue to take the additional burden off of taxpayers. Something about Canova’s absurd arguments didn’t add up. And it hit me the other night.

Peterson claims that proffers made housing too expensive and in almost the same breath he claims we never actually collected the money.

So eliminating the proffers that were never actually paid and made housing too expensive (for the children he cries) has now made new houses, which have gone up in price by 13%, more affordable.

Let me repeat Canova’s stance on proffers:

Eliminating the proffers that were never actually paid and made housing too expensive (for the children he cries) has now made new houses, which have gone up in price by 13%, more affordable.

And Peterson whines about the misinformation going around.

Are you beginning to see why I will not be taking my vacation day this time to help Canova at the polls? No, I will sit back like the majority of the Hanover Republicans and do as little as possible. I will not be the grassroots this time to elect this supervisor to another 4 year term. Because he doesn’t deserve it. It is a shame that there was no primary challenger. One who will be truthful and honest with the voters.

Peterson Avoiding Debates

The Herald Progress planned to hold a debate at Lee Davis High School last month, but Peterson, citing a scheduling conflict, backed out. When I suggested that he use his Town Hall scheduled for tonight (10/13/2015) as a makeup debate, he refused.

You know why he refused? Because he can’t find a response to the question:

Eliminating the proffers that were never actually paid and made housing too expensive (for the children, he cries!) has now made new houses, which have gone up in price by 13%, more affordable.

Peterson Won’t Debate, but Sends in a Plant

Glenn Millican, the challenger, was more than willing to answer questions from Mechanicsville voters and held a Town Hall meeting in place of the debate Peterson backed out of. And while Peterson was unable to come, he did send in a plant, a Mr. Warren Rice. Rice read from talking points and repeated the same absurd claims Peterson has used to defend his “Eliminating the proffers that were never actually paid and made housing too expensive (for the children he cries) has now made new houses, which have gone up in price by 13%, more affordable” platform. (And by the way, Rice is a Peterson supporter and donor.)

What Rice claimed was that his son, a Hanover Firefighter, was forced to move to New Kent because the cost of proffers made a home in Hanover unaffordable – fitting in nicely as a prop to attempt to bolster Peterson’s argument from the debate that he muffed so badly.

And we will ignore the absurd contention by Rice that the proffers add $20,000 to the assessment of the house and the taxes ever year forever. Amen. Assessments don’t work like that, and besides, if they did, that same $20,000 would be refunded when you sell or pass on the house.

So let’s do the math on a firefighter living in New Kent and working in Hanover. And note that a firefighter living in New Kent and working in New Kent is paid less.

  • Rhu Harris said new home prices in Hanover were up 13% in 2014 after eliminating proffers.
  • The average Hanover firefighter makes $31,000.
  • The average Firefighter salary in New Kent is $27,000. 12% less.

At $.81 per $100 Real Estate Tax Rate in Hanover, if it was true that the $20,000 in additional costs added by proffers (that are not actually real according to Canova) are paid year after year, the additional tax comes to $162 per year. Which would have to come out of the additional $4,000 Hanover Firefighters are paid in Hanover vs New Kent.

But the Real Estate Tax Rate in New Kent is higher than Hanover at $.84 per $100.

Real Estate Tax on a $250,000 home in:

Hanover: $2,025.00

New Kent: $2,100.00

So, out of that $162 extra tax Rice was complaining about due to proffers in Hanover, you can subtract $75 because Real Estate Taxes are higher in New Kent. Leaving the cost of the additional $20,000 in non existent proffers in Hanover costing $87 more a year. Which is about $1.67 per week.

Now let’s say the commute from New Kent adds 40 miles per day round trip to the commute. I know firefighters schedules vary, but others, like Teachers who make an average $56,00 in Hanover and $50,00 in New Kent drive 5 days per week during school. Other jobs that are 5 days per week year ’round would drive an extra 200 miles per week. With gas pretty low right now  at $2 or less per gallon, if your car gets 25 MPG you are looking at 8 extra gallons per week, $16 dollars more per week and that comes to $832 per year in additional gas costs to live in

New Kent.false-fact-check

 So if Mr. Rice’s son lived in Hanover instead of New Kent he would save $745 per year.
So we will have to give Peterson’s plant Warren Rice a rating of False.
Peterson also made the claim that proffers were “replaced that with the Reserve Capital Improvements Project that used guaranteed money adding up to $180 million over that same amount of time.
Wow! Peterson replaced proffers that were only $52 million, but a figment of our imagination, with guaranteed money more than triple that of proffers. $180 million.
Let’s see. The proffers that made housing unaffordable but were imaginary and increased the price of housing by 13% when they were eliminated and which were paid by builders were replaced by $180 million in guaranteed money.
Notice that Peterson didn’t say who would be paying this $180 million. This time we must look in the mirror to see Peterson’s ATM. And if you are really quick, you might see a vapor trail of Canova’s hand picking your pockets.

Canova Peterson Wants More Secret Meetings Hidden From the Public

secret-meeting-safe-picHow can you deceive the voters and come up with platforms like “Eliminating the proffers that were never actually paid and made housing too expensive (for the children he cries) has now made new houses, which have gone up in price by 13%, more affordable.”?
Easy. You try to eliminate the freedom of information act laws that make closed door secret meetings illegal. Canova wants to meet in secret, away from prying eyes and ears to help out his developer buddies and their plans to take advantage of the taxpayers of Hanover County.
In an unbelievably attack on government transparency,  Peterson tried to have the law changed.
Times-Dispatch: When elected officials in Hanover and other jurisdictions want to meet, they have a simple choice. They can issue a public notice and get together to discuss the issue in the open, as they should. Or they can skirt the law’s intent by holding a series of “two-by-twos,” in which two supervisors at a time meet with county staff. (Virginia’s open-meetings law applies to gatherings of three or more elected officials.) Hanover’s supervisors find this inconvenient. So their chairman, W. Canova Peterson IV, wants state law changed so open-meeting laws apply only to quorums. In Hanover, that would permit three supervisors at a time to meet behind closed doors. This is a rotten idea, whose sole purpose is to put the convenience of public servants ahead of the interests of the public they are supposed to serve.
 Is this any way to serve the voters?

Article written by: Tom White

Don’t Forget: When you Get Signatures for your Favorite Hopeful Also Help Governor Jim Gilmore, too!

Got to this post for info on petitioning and remember to follow the rules exactly.  You can collect signatures for any or all of the candidates.  Let’s add former Governor Jim Gilmore to your clipboard and help get the governor on the ballot!

Governor Gilmore is an authority on the Three T’s:

Taxes – Helped to get the internet tax moratorium passed by Congress.  The governor has proposed a pro-growth tax plan.

fighting Terrorism – Another commission Gilmore chaired had ideas for more effective homeland security.  Also the OTHER 9/11 governor!

Technology – First state governor to set up a Secretary of Technology.  Look at what the Commonwealth is doing now:  Satellite launches, commercial drone flights, the Tesla of court clerks.  Might we be doing those things without Gilmore’s vision?

He also had a term as an elected attorney general and a term as an elected governor, too.  Gilmore will make a superb President.

 


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

Norway TV Network Plans to Show TV Series on Russia-EU Invasion of Norway!

I do not think this will really happen.  But it is fascinating that there is someone seriously thinking of it. But here it is.

Reports say that the Second Norwegian TV network will purchase and show a TV series based on a Russian invasion of Norway to overthrow an elected government of environmental wackos who then stop its oil industry.  Here’s a pro Russian source and here’s a Hollywood one.

And here’s the kicker:  The EU encouraged the invasion!

From the first source:

Events in the TV show evolve around the invasion of Norway by the Russian armybacked by the European Union – after environmental radicals come to power in the Scandinavian country and stop its oil industry.  (emphasis added by me!)

According to the script, Russia occupies the country and subsequently seizes its oil fields.

And from the US source:

Set in the near future, the series tells a story about Russia occupying Norway on behalf of the European Union, due to the fact that the newly elected environmental friendly Norwegian government has stopped the all important oil- and gas-production in the North Sea.  (emphasis added again by me)
How ’bout that!  I am not sure who I’d support.  On the one hand, there are elected environmental wackos – boo hiss!  But they are elected after all.  But not for liberty!  I believe in self-determination.  But on the other hand, the Russia/EU alliance is not our friend either?  Boo hiss!  And they do turn the oil back on.  But liberty seldom comes on the point of a sword (The American Revolution notwithstanding – which was not a radical revolution but rather a conservative one – one to restore and maintain the colonists’ rights as English subjects and if you won’t give us our rights, we’ll fight for them!) so the locals have to be helped.
I am glad to see the EU be so characterized as being in league with Russia to overthrow an elected government but I think the producers selected the wrong scenario.  Rather maybe if a nation tried to leave the EU and got invaded by Russia?    There’s already evidence the Union has peacefully overthrown elected governments in both Italy and GreeceHere is the powerful but unclear trailer (in Norwegian with no subtitles) for the show.  What satellite dish will show it here in the US?
Well, we know the European Union is not the friend of the US, either.  I wonder if I can speak to Donald Trump for five minutes or so…if he’d say that out loud, that would be a tremendous victory for liberty!

Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders

What About Governor Gilmore, Sandy? He May Have Done Better Than Expected…

I watched the First GOP Debate and I must say:  I long for the old Ron Paul days.  I even watched some Ron Paul debate videos before the big event (I missed the event with my candidate, Jim Gilmore, in it)

I did do some looking up about Gilmore and found some info.

Yes, it appears former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina won the first debate as far as expectations were concerned.  And I must say I would like to see Fiorina against the ten that were in the first debate.  I would like to see her do better.  I could have supported her if Gilmore did not make the race.

But this neat Google search trend chart shows the Virginia governor in third place among most searched by 624 pm.  (hat tip to 538Live)  Only Fiorina and SC Senator Lindsay Graham did better.  And Graham (Lord willing!) isn’t going anywhere.

Here’s the transcript of the first debate courtesy of the Washington Post.  Here’s Gilmore’s remarks to start out:

From one side of the stage, the other — the other, Governor Jim Gilmore.

You were the last person on stage to declare your candidacy. You ran for the White House once and lost. You ran for the Senate one time and lost. You haven’t held public office in 13 years.

Similar question, is it time for new blood?

GILMORE: I think the times are different now. I think the times are much more serious.

Because Obama and Clinton policies, the United States is moving further and further into a decline. I want to reverse that decline. That’s why I’ve entered this race, and I think I have the experience to do it.

Former elected prosecutor, attorney general, governor, I was elected to all of those offices.

A person who, in fact, has a long experience in foreign-policy issues, which is different from many of the other governors and prospective governors who are running. I was an Army intelligence agent and a veteran during the Cold War, assigned to West Germany.

I was the chairman of the National Commission on Homeland Security and Terrorism for the United States for five years. I was a person who has dealt extensively with these homeland security issues. I was a governor during the 9/11 attack.

I understand both of these issues, how to build the economy and doing that as a governor who’d built jobs, had cut taxes and also a governor who understands foreign-policy, and that’s why I entered this race.

Not a bad start.  I might have played up more the elected offices.  Maybe this tack:

“Let me start with introducing myself to the American people.  I was elected first a Commonwealth’s Attorney – most of you would say District Attorney – in suburban Richmond, Virginia.  Then I was elected statewide in Virginia twice – first Attorney General and then Governor.  I then served on two key commissions [state their names] that dealt with the taxation of Internet commerce and national security/fighting terrorism.”

“We need a President who can deal with the Three T’s:  Taxation, fighting Terrorism, and Technology.  Maybe people should look for experienced leadership that has not been part of what is wrong with DC today.”

“I was the first state governor to propose a state cabinet-level Secretary of Technology.  Now I do not think we need a Secretary of Technology at the Federal level but we do need a President who can and will embrace what is right about new technology and also knows it’s dangers – especially to liberty.”

“People might not know me very well.  Some laugh at my campaign.  But I graduated from the University of Virginia Law School – the law school from Jefferson’s college – and I was not accepted initially.  I was accepted to the University of Richmond – fine school by the way – but I was not in class the first day – I was in the dean’s office at UVA and they had an unexpected vacancy – and that is how I got into UVA.  You need a President who will have determination until victory is won – on the great issues of the day.”

I would have mentioned how my commission on Internet taxation recommended the successful moratorium on sales taxation and any benefits of the terrorism commission.

I also thought the paragraph about the need to warn the American people about the very real possibility of a long war with ISIS and Islamic terrorism sounded very Presidential:

And I’m going to tell you this, we need to use the benefit of our law enforcement people across this country, combined with our intelligence people across this country. We need to use our technological advantages, because what we’ve warned of is an international guerrilla movement that threatens this country. It’s going to happen in this country, there are going to be further attacks.

We have to be prepared to defend the American people, prepare them for a long war, stand up for the defense of this country, and stand up for the values of this country…

Done very well.  Now I would also add – we do not have to fight ISIS like we did in Iraq.  Get a coalition together.  Provide support.  As the governor did here:

Our job has to be to recognize the conflict between the two. I have proposed there be a Middle East NATO so that we can combine our allies there to stand up to Iranian expansion, and at the same time join together to begin to stop and this ISIL thing before it becomes an actual state.

I might have said it differently but this is exactly right.  Consider a call for some sort of war crimes trials (yes I know it’s a concession but maybe we can do it using the existing legal systems of the nations where the crimes occurred) for the terrible acts by ISIS.  I would also consider discussing the issue of technology and liberty.  How to balance security against 1984.

The next thing was taxation, growth and regulations and the governor nailed it:

I’ve had the growth code (ph) there for about five years, and it’s this specific program. We’re going to do a tax cut for all Americans. We’re going to have a three-bracket tax code, 10, 15 and 25 percent. We’re going to combine all commercial activity in business into one place in the tax code and charge it 15 percent, which is going to suddenly make us competitive with the rest of the world. And we’re going to eliminate the death tax.

GILMORE: With a couple of additional tweaks, we know what this will do. It will cause the economy to grow, to explode, to create more jobs. And first of all, we’ve got to recognize that there is problem that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have caused. And that problem is too big regulations like the EPA, too much new taxes on business that we have seen and “Obamacare.” These are drags on the economy, it’s a deliberate drag. I propose to reverse that and get this economy moving again.

A President can control the regulatory apparatus to a great extent. This President showed that.  Governor Gilmore can do it.

I also thought the Virginia Governor nailed it again here on the appointment of judges:

GILMORE: Well, as you know, I’m a former elected prosecutor, a former elected attorney general, trained at the University of Virginia in constitutional law, and I don’t believe in litmus tests except this.

I believe we should be appointing Supreme Court justices who will follow the law and not try to make the law. Now, the challenge we’re seeing today is that the Supreme Court is being converted into some type of political body.

They have to have some legal basis and precedence for being able to follow the law instead of making the law up, and my goal is — in appointing Supreme Court justices, would be to point — to appoint justices who would follow the law.

Gilmore was not done yet:  He said he’d examine every executive order of the past (especially this President) “…because the president shouldn’t be legislating: not through that vehicle or any other. We should be relying upon the leadership of the Congress to pass the laws.”  Exactly right.

His conclusion is solid:

GILMORE: Well, I was a conservative governor of Virginia, I governed that way, and that’s my track record. But the key thing that we’re seeing now is serious challenges to this country that must change, the direction of this nation must change. And that’s why I’ve offered a specific program to the people of America tonight to address the fundamental problem of getting our country growing again, getting our economy growing, wages up, opportunities for people.

And second, the international crisis we are facing is most dreadful and most dangerous. I have the experience as a prosecutor, attorney general, governor, United States Army intelligence veteran, governor during the 9/11 attack, chairman of the Terrorism Commission for this country. It’s time for real substance and real experience.

And that’s what I’ll offer to the people of the United States in this candidacy for the presidency.

Now if say, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had said this in the later debate, it might have been a turning point.  I am encouraged that Gilmore got some serious Google search.  I am not on the Gilmore team and I am not sure I would be helpful.  But I would play the Three Ts and build a strong platform around it.  Use the UVA story.  Governor during 9/11.  (See if Giuliani would help or even endorse!)

Governor Jim Gilmore is a serious candidate and has serious ideas.  He is not tied to Bush or Obama.  I am for Jim Gilmore until and unless he either wins the election or drops out.

 

 

 


Article written by: Elwood "Sandy" Sanders