RINO-Care Defeated Again By Freedom Caucus

For the second straight day a vote on Rep. Paul Ryan’s substitute for the UnAffordable Care Act was pushed back. This is thanks to the Republican Party’s House Freedom Caucus. They have been working on making Ryan’s bill true to the promises of the Republicans who ran last year and won; full repeal. And this bill is not a full repeal at all.

With all the lengthy negotiations by all the involved parties, Rep. Thomas Massie had planned to “change” his vote from “no” to “hell no.” Even Virginia’s 10th District Rep. Barbara Comstock planned to vote against it, which ought to tell you a lot. Great job to the conservative House Freedom Caucus. Keep working, this is not over by a long shot. Stay tuned for more.

freedom caucus.

Civil Rights Suit Filed Against RPV

Two veterans and dedicated grassroots activists filed suit against the Republican Party of Virginia in the US District Court in Harrisonburg. They were ejected from the Party and banned from participating in Party run elections.

A statement from their lawyer Charlie King of Loudoun County was released last week and is copied and pasted below.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 15, 2017

VETERANS FILE 1983 CIVIL RIGHTS SUIT AGAINST REPUBLICAN PARTY OF VIRGINIA TO GAIN RETURN OF VOTING RIGHTS

Contact: Charles L. King, Esq., 116 G Edwards Ferry Road, Leesburg, VA 20176,
(703) 669-3500, (703) 669-3525, charleskingesq@verizon.net

On March 12, 2017, Colonels Jay L. Marts and Dana Newcomb, two retired veterans filed a 1983 voting rights suit against the Republican Party of Virginia in the United States District Court in Harrisonburg, Virginia, seeking return of their right to vote in party nomination contests. Both men live in Frederick County, Virginia.

Jay L. Marts served twenty-eight years in the United States Army. Dana L. Newcomb, a West Point graduate, is a disabled veteran who served in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.

The Plaintiffs were banned from the Republican Party for four years under Article I of the Republican Party Plan, the bylaws for Virginia’s Republican Party. The Article I sanction is an automatic four year ban on party membership, voting in candidate nominating contests and running for office as a Republican. Article I also bans persons who have participated in the nomination contest of another party within five years from voting in Republican Party candidate contests.

Article I sanctions are imposed after a person participates in a party run candidate nomination process, signs a loyalty oath and then publically supports an opposition candidate.

Marts and Newcomb attended a Frederick County Mass Meeting to nominate county officials on April 27, 2015. After the Mass Meeting, both men supported independent candidates by Facebook posts, letters to the editor and making small contributions.

The Frederick County Republican Committee has a long history of in-fighting.

A petition to impose Article I sanctions on the Plaintiffs and eight others was filed with the Frederick County Republican Committee. The committee declined to impose sanctions. The decision not to impose sanctions was appealed to the Tenth District Republican Committee.

On July 25, 2016, the Tenth District Republican Committee responded by dissolving the Frederick County Committee, removing the Chairman and imposing Article I sanctions. The Plaintiffs appealed.

On August 27, 2016, the Republican State Central Committee upheld the actions of the Tenth District Committee.

King was critical of Republican Party Chairman John Whitbeck: “I tried to settle this quietly with Chairman Whitbeck. I got nowhere. These days I’d expected Mr. Whitbeck to have a more sensitive ear and appreciate the effort to resolve this privately.”

King continued: “Didn’t we just elect a Republican President who campaigned on helping veterans?”

King said: “One of my clients is permanently disabled from his service related injuries. This man literally sacrificed his body to protect us. Now John Whitbeck says my client, a retired full colonel, can’t vote because of Facebook posts and a letter to the editor!”

King called the Article I sanctions “unconstitutional, an illegal prior restraint on speech and just a bad rule. It’s not clear when the punishment starts or stops. What if the Republican Party unknowingly nominated a white supremacist? Would party members be forced to choose between supporting a repugnant candidate and political purgatory? There is no notice. No chance to defend yourself. No way to reapply early.”

King asked: “Where did the four year ban come from? Why not just make it ten years or better yet, for life? Wouldn’t that be easier?”

King urged readers to view the Party Plan on the Party‘s website: “I’m not making this up. I’m not spinning.”

King said his clients do not dispute the allegations made against them or the party’s right to discipline them: “You can kick them out of the party, but you can’t stop them from voting in party nomination contests. It’s power delegated from the state. Voting at a party convention is the same as voting at the school or community center.”

The suit asks the Article I sanctions be declared unconstitutional and for an injunction against their enforcement.

The Republican Party of Virginia, the Virginia Board of Elections and the Frederick County Republican Party are named as defendants.

King said he will also file a complaint with the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice.

The case number is 5:17 cv000022 and the suit may be viewed or downloaded on the Court’s PACER system.

Copies of the pleadings with exhibits are available upon request.

###

RPV banner.

Stewart Makes The Ballot

Prince William County BOS Chairman and conservative candidate for governor Corey Stewart passed the Republican Party of Virginia’s pre-check process for ballot access today.

This is the first step for a candidate in a state-run primary and it is no easy task. The minimum requirements for statewide candidates are at least 10,000 signatures of registered Virginia voters which must include at least 400 from each of Virginia’s eleven congressional districts. In order for a campaign to meet these requirements, they must be organized throughout the entire commonwealth. While it is just the first step, collecting signatures at such a high volume is deliberately a difficult hurdle to meet.

Cheers to the Stewart campaign for completing this phase in a judicious manner. They turned in 15,552 signatures! Well done.

corey for gov.

Hate For Trump Closes School District

We are still waiting to see an example of “Love Trumps Hate.” So far the left is just all about hating President Donald Trump. All hate towards Trump, in any and all forms, is considered constructive by the left. This is part of the #Resist movement.

The latest fake protest on a false premise is this Wednesday’s Day Without Women. What!? Who the hell is advocating for any day without women? What is the argument here? The crazies hate Trump so much and are so mad that a woman lost that now they believe Trump wants to eliminate women or something. Huh? What are they talking about? Would this ridiculous idea have been floated if Hillary Clinton had won? Of course not. So a Day Without Women is just another over-the-top anti-Trump rally, nothing more or less. Pathetic.

Especially pathetic because now these snowflakes have shut down an entire school district. Alexandria City schools will not open on Wednesday, March 8, because their employees have requested off of work to protest Trump. And it was granted.

Parents are upset that the City of Alexandria is allowing their teachers to cancel school because of their hyper-partisan desire to protest. You can join their calls and voice your opinion too, without taking off work. The number to call is 703-619-8000. You can also contact the Alexandria School Board through this link.

Remember, somewhere in all of this, Love Trumps Hate, but it hasn’t yet. Still waiting…

ACPS.

2nd Amendment Is My Permit

This morning the Governor of New Hampshire signed a law that basically recognizes the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution as your permit to carry a firearm. The bill was nick-named “constitutional carry” and the name says it all.

From today’s online Concord Monitor;

Under the new law, anyone who can legally possess a gun under state and federal law can carry it concealed in a purse, car or briefcase without a license. The licensing process will remain in place so people who want to carry outside state lines can get the necessary paperwork.

Federal law bars felons, drug users, fugitives and people convicted of certain domestic violence crimes from possessing guns. The new law took effect immediately.

New Hampshire follows a number of other states that have recently eliminated licensing requirements, including Idaho, Mississippi and neighboring Maine.

constitution1.

Petition Against Richmond Becoming A Sanctuary City

The mayor of Richmond wants to make the commonwealth’s capital a sanctuary city and Virginia First Foundation is pushing back against this unlawful idea. They sent out an email with links to their online petition and to their written petition for volunteers to print out and circulate, info copied and pasted below. Help out Virginia First Foundation in stopping Richmond’s mayor from his brazenly illegal decree.

How you can help:

1.Print off a petition and circulate it in your community. Completed petitions can be mailed to our organization at the address located at the bottom of the petition. Petitions for state-wide signatures can be found here and for Richmond City residents here.

2.Sign our online petition by clicking here.

3. Post information about the Mayor’s action on social media by sharing information and updates from our Facebook page. We are asking that when you send out Tweets to please use the hashtag “RVA1st”.

We appreciate all your support! Together, we can push back against the Mayor and his liberal friends.

VFF Logo Stack.

Take Back Virginia

Have you had the chance to see Prince William County Board of Supervisors Chairman Corey Stewart’s first commercial for his campaign for governor? Video embedded below. The Stewart campaign is showing a lot muscle with this ad, both in messaging and in the fact that they are on TV this early.

And if you like it and you want it to stay on the air then consider making a donation through this link.

.

Day One Executive Orders

On Donald Trump’s first day as president he signed an Executive Order halting any further implementation of the Affordable Care Act and setting up its repeal. This was something Trump campaigned on and it was something his supporters expected to see from him.

On Barack Obama’s first day as president he signed an Executive Order closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay. This was something Obama campaigned on and it was something his supporters expected to see from him.

The difference between the two orders is one is about helping the economy and the other was just symbolic bull. But there could be another yuuuuuge difference here…

Obama failed at closing the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, it’s still open eight years later. Trump has a bar set pretty low to beat. Or will the Affordable Care Act be to Trump what Guantanamo Bay still is to Obama?

trump 1st EO.

RPV Response To McAuliffe’s SOTC

The Republican Party of Virginia’s chairman John Whitbeck released the following statement in response to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s annual state of the commonwealth address, also linked here;

“Forced to stay in Richmond for one final session instead of being whisked away into the Hillary Clinton administration, Terry McAuliffe is trying to build a political legacy, something that he could be remembered for other than booze and investigations.”

“Unfortunately, he remains more focused on his political ambitions, anointing his chosen successor, and playing partisan games rather than doing the job of Governor and solving the challenges the hard working people of Virginia face.”

“Instead of working to solve the problems he has admitted instead he huddled with Obama and Nancy Pelosi to plot out a vast national network to return Democrats to power, and is now trying to bring that plan to Virginia under the guise or reform to hide his true agenda – one that has the full support of Ralph Northam.

“In fact, one of Terry McAuliffe’s partners in this effort will unveil their plan at the ultra liberal Center for American progress – where ultra-liberal Tom Perriello landed after being fired by voters in the 5th Congressional District.”

“From day one of his administration, this Governor has been all in to build out the Obama-Clinton vision of governance in our Commonwealth. While he lectures on ethics, he remains under investigation by the FBI. While he talks about the urgent need to reform our economic development efforts he fails to mention his own failures that cost the taxpayers millions.”

“Voters have had more than enough of failure and ham-fisted management in Richmond. Virginians have had enough of his political posturing and shady deals. In the end, Terry McAuliffe’s true legacy will be one of craft beer – and a Republican sweep this November.”

RPV banner 2.

Mattis Easily Clears First Hurdle

The Senate today voted to waive the waiting period for retired General James Mattis so that he can serve as secretary of defense. The vote was 24-3 in committee and 81-17 from the floor. All the nay votes were from Democrats. A confirmation vote still needs to be held, which Mattis is expected to win easily.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York called Mattis’ confirmation “a historic mistake.” She pushed the point of civilian control of the military, but failed to address how Mattis is still too connected to the military to be considered a civilian. She just highlighted that he is still with-in the waiting period and therefore nothing further needs to be examined. She was careful not to criticize Mattis, but by doing so she ended up not making much of a case at all.

Here is a list of the 17 Democrats who voted against the Mattis waiver (you can expect their presidential exploratory committees to soon follow):
Sen. Tammy Baldwin
Sen. Richard Blumenthal
Sen. Corey Booker
Sen. Tammy Duckworth
Sen. Dick Durbin
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand
Sen. Patrick Leahy
Sen. Ed Markey
Sen. Jeff Merkley
Sen. Chris Murphy
Sen. Patty Murray
Sen. Bernie Sanders
Sen. Jon Tester
Sen. Tom Udall
Sen. Chris Van Hollen
Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Sen. Ron Wyden

trump-and-mattis.

Virginia Senate Holds At 21-19

Two special elections today to fill open seats in the Virginia State Senate both went to the incumbent party. Republican Mark Peake won in the 22nd District and Democrat Jennifer McClellan won in the 9th.

No real surprise here. Democrats were hoping for a spoiler independent candidate in the 22nd who could take votes from the right, but he did terrible. There was an issue with ballots in Lynchburg, but everything seems ok. Peake was supposed to win, and he did. The 9th is so hopeless for Republicans that we didn’t run a Republican nominated candidate, so no surprise there either.

Tomorrow begins a new session in Richmond for the General Assembly. The scoreboard in the State Senate will remain as it did last year with a 21-19 majority for the Republicans.

va-state-senate.

Physical Privacy Act Press Conference Thursday In Richmond

Virginia First Foundation has announced a press conference scheduled for Thursday morning January 12th in Richmond to support the Physical Privacy Act (HB 1612). Delegate Bob Marshall, patron of the bill, will speak at the press conference. Below is the email from Virginia First Foundation announcing the event.

Our first priority is passage of the Physical Privacy Act (HB 1612), sponsored by Delegate Bob Marshall. We will be holding a press conference on January 12th at the Capitol in House Room 1 at 10am.

This legislation, if passed, will ensure that the privacy of minors is protected and will ensure that no child is unwillingly or unknowingly violated in any way while utilizing public school locker rooms and restrooms. Students wishing to seek private accommodations may still do so, for whatever reason, as long as they do not violate the rights of privacy for other students.

This legislation also ensures that parents are included in making decisions. Parents will be notified if a child wishes to be acknowledged as the opposite sex and will be notified if accommodations are requested. It also encompasses protection in places like our family public restroom facilities, such as rest stops, and in government buildings.

Virginia First Foundation board member, Pastor Travis Witt issued the following statement: “HB 1612 is a positive and common sense approach to the safety, privacy, and well-being of all of Virginia’s children. To ensure that individual privacy and safety are protected for all of Virginia’s children, this bill must be passed. It makes adequate provisions for children seeking single-use restrooms when needed and ensures that children are not forced to experience forced physical exposure to the opposite sex against their will. This is a common sense solution for students, parents, administrators, and legislators. We urge all Virginia lawmakers to support this bill. This bill includes parents in the decision making and every liberty-minded individual supports privacy and safety for all of Virginia’s children. In 2010, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau report entitled, “Child Maltreatment 2010,” highlighted that sexual abuse is not solely restricted to physical contact. Such abuse can include non-contact abuse such as exposure. The long term effect on children cannot fully be measured. Psychologists have been warning for years that early exposure to sexual issues can have long term damage on children such as early sex, high-risk sex, and sexual violence. Public school facilities are not the place for social experiments that permit early exposure to sexual issues when there is ample evidence that such exposure can lead to long term developmental damage. The Physical Privacy Act ensures that safety, privacy, and well-being of all of Virginia’s children are protected.”

You can sign-up for updates from Virginia First Foundation at VAfirstfoundation.org/join.

VFF Logo Stack.

Judicial Watch Wins Appeal

Here is the press release from Judicial Watch on today’s ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals, also linked here.

(Washington DC) – Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton made the following statement regarding today’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in a case that would require Secretary of State John Kerry to seek the help of the attorney general in recovering additional Hillary Clinton emails:

The courts seem to be fed up with the Obama administration’s refusal to enforce the rule of law on the Clinton emails. Today’s appeals court ruling rejects the Obama State Department’s excuses justifying its failure to ask the attorney general, as the law requires, to pursue the recovery of the Clinton emails. This ruling means that the Trump Justice Department will have to decide if it wants to finally enforce the rule of law and try to retrieve all the emails Clinton and her aides unlawfully took with them when they left the State Department.

The appellate ruling reverses a decision in which the District Court declared “moot” a Judicial Watch’s lawsuit challenging the failure of Secretary of State John Kerry to comply with the Federal Records Act (FRA) in seeking to recover the emails of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other high level State Department officials who used non-“state.gov” email accounts to conduct official business (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. John F. Kerry (No. 16-5015)). According to the FRA, if an agency head becomes aware of “any actual, impending, or threatened unlawful removal . . . or destruction of [agency] records,” he or she “shall notify the Archivist . . . and with the assistance of the Archivist shall initiate action through the Attorney General for the recovery of [those] records.”

An appellate panel found:

Appellants sought the only relief provided by the Federal Records Act—an enforcement action through the Attorney General. But nothing the Department did (either before or after those complaints were filed) gave appellants what they wanted. Instead of proceeding through the Attorney General, the Department asked the former Secretary to return her emails voluntarily and similarly requested that the FBI share any records it obtained. Even though those efforts bore some fruit, the Department has not explained why shaking the tree harder—e.g., by following the statutory mandate to seek action by the Attorney General—might not bear more still. It is therefore abundantly clear that, in terms of assuring government recovery of emails, appellants have not “been given everything [they] asked for.” Absent a showing that the requested enforcement action could not shake loose a few more emails, the case is not moot.

In May 2015 Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit after the State Department failed to take action following a letter to Kerry “notifying him of the unlawful removal of the Clinton emails and requesting that he initiate enforcement action pursuant to the FRA,” including working through the Attorney General to recover the emails. Judicial Watch’s lawsuit subsequently was consolidated with a later lawsuit by Cause of Action Institute. This ruling reverses a January 2016 decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia dismissing the case and remands it.

judicial-watch-logo.

Brat For Vets

The latest email from Representative Dave Brat mentions the House’s commitment to veterans. Below is the part that highlights vets, the full email is linked here.

The House also passed multiple bills to help put veterans back to work and ensure they receive the quality of care they deserve. You can see the bills below

H.R. 5166, the WINGMAN Act – I was an original cosponsor of this legislation to help Congressional offices better serve the veterans in their district in navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs.

H.R. 5458, the Veterans TRICARE Choice Act

H.R. 3286, the HIRE Vets Act

H.R. 5600, the No Hero Left Untreated Act

H.R. 4757, To amend title 38, United States Code, to expand the eligibility for headstones, markers, and medallions furnished by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for deceased individuals who were awarded the Medal of Honor and are buried in private cemeteries

brat-sticker-16.

NFL Greats Brown, Lewis Meet With Trump

The Trump Tower watch is a wild spectacle. Politicos want to know who is coming in and so does TMZ and other celebrity stalking cameramen. So we weren’t too surprised when the populist president-elect meet with pop culture figure Kayne West today. But we are a little surprised by the appearance of NFL legends Jim Brown and Ray Lewis. After their meeting with Donald Trump the two Hall of Famers sung praises for the president-elect, story linked here.

You never know who will show up next.

jim-brown.